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Universal's Secret Theme Park Expansion Plan Just Got MUCH Bigger

Back in 2015, news broke just before Christmas that Universal had purchased a 450-acre property known as the Sand Lake Road complex near Universal Blvd. At the time this property was the largest undeveloped area in the I-Drive tourism area, and with a location just a few minutes from Universal Orlando Resorts' theme parks, many assumed that this land purchase was setting the stage for Universal Orlando Resort to expand in a real way with new parks, hotels and more. However, it looks like this land purchase from two years ago wasn't the end of Universal's plans, as resort-owner Comcast quietly made a BIG move yesterday that should get Universal fans VERY excited about the future.... 

Universal quietly adds another 100 acres to an already HUGE expansion area

Yesterday it was revealed that Universal Orlando Resort owner Comcast purchased 100 more acres of land off of Sand Lake Road, adding more land to the aforementioned 450 acres of land that was purchased in 2015, bringing their total land ownership (spread across several parcels) in this new area up to nearly 600 acres, and nearly doubling Universal's current land. You can see the new purchase above, which is highlighted in red, alongside the 2015 purchase, highlighted in green. For comparison, the existing Universal Orlando Resort is highlighted in blue. 

To get a sense of how big these two parcels are together, consider that the current Universal Orlando Resort, including the two theme parks, Volcano Bay, CityWalk, and all six current and future hotels sit on approximately 800 acres. With the addition of this new land buy, Universal could easily have the space to build two or three additional theme parks, another shopping district, and potentially half a dozen new hotels as well. 

Of course, Universal has not provided any news on what their plans for the land include, but longtime well-sourced rumors have indicated that Universal's goal is to build more theme parks, and then shopping and hotels around the theme parks. And with such a massive area of land now in their possession, it would seem these rumors are likely correct. 

However, though Universal now has a bunch of land, there's one MAJOR hurdle they will still need to overcome in order to make their massive expansion plans a reality... 

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