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The 9 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (November 30 – December 6)

6. SKYPLEX Orlando project zoning approved

Image: SKYPLEX

Despite a months-long lobbying campaign by Universal Orlando Resort, the zoning for the 570-foot SKYPLEX structure (which will play host to the Skyscraper, the world’s tallest roller coaster, a 450-foot drop ride appropriately named SkyFall, and zipline attraction SkyFly) has been approved. Of course, there’s still a long ways for this project to go, as it still needs to be funded and built. However, Skyplex developer Josh Wallack seems confident that the project will meet its 2018 construction date. 

7. Universal Orlando sets its sights on potential expansion

Image: CBRE

During the zoning debate over SKYPLEX, news broke that put Universal Orlando Resort’s opposition to the project in sharp context: parent company Comcast has a huge 490 acres of land under contract just four miles away from the current resort, adjacent from the now-approved location of the SKYPLEX project, which has already been zoned for hotels and attractions. 

Though anything can change at any moment, insiders are saying they expect this land acquisition to be completed very soon. We’ve got more on this development here

8. Skyflyer project set for zoning vote 

Image: Unicorp

Now that SKYPLEX has been approved, another tall ride is heading into the spotlight for its own Orange County Commission vote. Zoning for the StarFlyer, a 420-foot-tall spinning attraction to be built near the Orlando Eye will be approved or denied on December 15th. Considering the SKYPLEX project was almost double the height of this attraction, developers are confident that the zoning for this swing-style attraction will be approved. If this project does indeed receive the thumbs up, it should open in 2017.

9. New prop shop opens at Universal Studios Florida 

The Williams of Hollywood Prop Shop opened several days ago inside Universal Studios Florida, selling signs, costumes and other props from current and former Universal attractions including Jaws, Twister and even past iterations of Halloween Horror Nights. This new store is located inside the former magic shop in the Beverly Hills area of the park, near Mel’s Drive In.

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