Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:17 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Universal Orlando has purchased another 101 acres for its new theme-park projects in Orlando, adding to the 475 it has already assembled. Universal closed on the purchase for $27.5 million on Thursday, a spokesman for Universal confirmed. The new acreage is along Sand Lake Road, giving Universal a new major road frontage for its expansions.
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I'd be feeling uncomfortable if I was Lockheed Martin, with theme parks all up in my grill. It's a strange patch work of land at the moment. The island of land southeast of the convention center in particular seems odd. They have now more undeveloped land than the existing resort lives on.
They are either just acquiring the land to have it or have something in mind. They want more hotel rooms, we know that but are they planning something bigger? Would they consider something as big as replacing the existing parking structure so they can have a fourth gate or another resort without I-Drive separating them?
I used to get hung up on the whole separation from the mother ship, until I thought about the fact that this is no different from Disney aside from the fact that there are other businesses instead of swamp in between the parks.
Jeff is the "Island of land" the parcel they want to build a parking lot on .Speculation is they are building an employee parking lot on it to bus all employee's in (at least during peak season) The new employee parking deck becomes a Hotel parking structure . New HP themed hotel with direct entrance to Diagon Alley . (stairs to nowhere may go somewhere)Taking Comcast at their word of building a ton of rooms.
Between the employee lots and the support buildings, it appears that they could easily add an area to USF that is almost as big as the park itself. Assuming they own everything up to Turkey Lake, which I imagine they do.
They would need to move all of that back of house stuff to the new parcel of land.
The compactness and connectivity are why I prefer Universal Orlando and Disneyland over Disney World. They did a pretty good job with Cabana Bay but crossing Adventure Way or taking a bus isn't nearly as nice as walking or riding a boat from one of the Lowes resorts.
With the amount of Creative positions the company has had opened for awhile now I would say something pretty big is coming. As far as the Studios goes I would imagine with the closure of Bill & Ted at HHN, the Fear Factor stage will be removed for something new. All of the land that is behind Simpsons is currently being developed into something as well. They do doubt have some big projects ahead because they have added a lot of project offices in backstage areas at Studios. Some of which have signs on them that read 'New Attraction Development Team'. Definitely excited to see what is coming in the near future.
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