A Universal Studios theme park and resort is being built in north Texas, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney has announced.
Mark Woodbury, President and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts, stated that the park will be unlike any other Universal park in the world and that they are “extremely excited” to bring the park to Texas.
“We are known for creating unique, innovative and interactive experiences for the whole family,” Woodbury said. “We have a portfolio of fantastic attractions that appeal to young families from around the world. We had the idea to bring them all together and create one destination specifically designed to appeal to families with young children Now that’s what you see in this illustration and that’s what we hope to bring to Frisco.”
Page Thompson, president of new ventures for Universal Parks and Resorts, said the company purchased 97 acres on the east side of the Dallas North Tollway near Panther Creek Parkway to build the park and hotel.
The project is about a quarter the size of the parks in Orlando, Florida, with a smaller scale more appropriate for younger visitor ages.
According to one study, McKinney and Frisco are ranked third and fourth nationally.
Woodbury said the park is expected to be a one- or two-day experience and they also plan to build a 300-room hotel on the property.
Officials did not say when they plan to open the park.
That property is in a 2,500-acre development that includes plans for approximately 10,000 homes, PGA headquarters, a golf course and a $500 million Omni hotel.
Universal Parks & Resorts is owned by NBCUniversal, which also owns NBC and Telemundo. Opera currently operates theme parks and resorts around the world, including two US locations in Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida. The company also operates parks in Osaka, Japan, Sentosa, Singapore, and Beijing, China.
Universal is currently building Epic Universe, a theme park set to open in the summer of 2025 as part of Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal Studios is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of Telemundo.