Universal Studios' Plans For Texas Based NEW Concept Park Receives Approval.
Universal Texas has officially been given the green light!
The new concept park which was announced by by Universal Parks & Resorts back in January this year has now been given the green light.
Frisco County Council & The Planning and Zoning Commission announced their support for the plans earlier this week and issued approval for the project to proceed.
Universal Texas will be the first park of it’s kind by Universal Studios and will focus it’s target market on a more family friendly approach.
Rides and attractions set to feature within the park will be centered around more popular family based movie IPs.
As you can see in the above concept art Universal Texas is set to be on a much smaller scale to the likes of other Universal Parks such as Universal Orlando & Hollywood.
It does however look to offer quite the selection of different family friendly rides and experiences as well as fully themed zones, lands and more.
The new Universal park is set to be located just off Dallas North Tollway and Panther Creek Parkway & is said to be aimed at those between the ages of 3 and 11 years old.
In an official presentation by Jonathan Hubbard, Frisco’s Planning and Zoning manager it was announced that Universal expect daily footfall to be around 7,000 to 10,000 visitors per day with weekends potentially doubling that figure.
It is also reported that in order to proceed the new Universal park would have to comply with local city noise and lighting ordinances.
It’s therefore proposed that Universal Texas could potentially open as early as 08:00 and close as late as 22:00.
The maximum height of theme park and potential supporting accommodation was also discussed and it was advise this could be subject to additional planning approval.
It has however been stated that any hotels and attractions could reach a maximum height of 100 ft or 10 stories tall in total.
Initial ground works on the brand new park could start as early as later this year and it’s estimated that the total site could occupy a total area of 97 acres overall.
It has also been revealed that Universal Texas could also include a 300 room hotel and the addition of this would make it a resort rather than just a theme park.
Universal Texas is currently projected to open to the public in 2026, however be sure to stay tuned here on TPI for more information as and when it drops.