Heavy machinery used for Universal Kids Resort construction in Frisco, Texas

Construction Begins at Universal Kids Resort

Universal Kids Resort construction has begun in Frisco, Texas. Announced in January 2023, the park’s primary audience will be young children and families. That’s a pretty big departure from typical Universal theme parks, but if it’s successful in North Texas, I imagine we’ll see more kid-centric parks showing up across the country. In addition to the theme park, Universal Kids Resort will also include a 300-room hotel.

Artist rendering of Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Artist rendering of Universal Kids Resort. Copyright © Universal

“Universal Kids Resort will inspire the unbridled creativity of kids through imagination, discovery and most importantly – play. We’re designing the resort so kids and families can feel the thrill of being physically immersed in their most beloved stories and characters.”

Molly Murphy, President, Universal Creative

Universal Kids Resort is much smaller than any other Universal Park. The entire lot is 97 acres, 38 of which will be used by the actual park. By comparison, Universal Florida’s footprint is 707 acres, with 245 acres being used by the two parks. These stats do not include Epic Universe data.

Universal anticipates hosting 7,500 guests a day, although that number could climb to 20,000 during peak times. Frisco residents aren’t thrilled with the traffic those numbers will bring, but Mayor Jeff Cheney isn’t concerned. He said an H-E-B Grocery store’s opening impacted traffic more than the park will. I think he might be right. Our son works at that H-E-B. Driving near it can be a beating. North Texans want those tortillas…

Fortunately, the park’s main entrance is immediately after the offramp from the Dallas North Tollway. The parking area looks much more accessible than what you find in Universal Orlando.

Site plan for Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas

I visited the construction site over the weekend. A lot of work has been done since the groundbreaking, but nothing has gone vertical yet. It’s all about land prep now. North Texas soil is not ideal for building, so it could take a while.

Be sure to follow Alicia Stella for all the latest rumors about Universal Kids Resort. She’s a Universal guru. Her latest story on the park has me excited to visit, and we don’t have young children.

I’ll post Universal Kids Resort construction updates every few weeks. They won’t be bioreconstruct greatness, but I don’t know how to fly a helicopter.

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Construction gallery

Main intersection near Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Tollway signs near near entrance to Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Excavator at Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Universal Kids Resort construction in Frisco, Texas
Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Pipes at Universal Kids Resort
Scrapers and dump trucks
Pipe cradles
Cradles for setting sections of pipe in preparation for welding and installation with a team of pipe layers. The rollers allow for movement from thermal changes.
Heavy machinery used for Universal Kids Resort construction in Frisco, Texas
Pipe needed in Universal Kids Resort construction in Frisco, Texas
Universal Kids Resort site
Fields Parkway expansion
Universal Kids Resort construction in Frisco, Texas
Construction entrance
Danger sign
Water pumps and tanks

In addition to land prep, Panther Creek Parkway needs to be widened and extended. Currently, it ends less than a mile from the tollway.

Street construction near Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Road construction outside Universal Kids Resort in Frisco, Texas
Crane

Residents directly south of Universal Kids Resort don’t seem thrilled with their new neighbors. Universal heard their complaints and has agreed to pay for a privacy wall near the neighborhood entrance. Thanks to Alicia Stella from Orlando Park Stop for that info.

Neighborhood wall construction
Neighborhood wall construction