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The 7 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (October 30 - November 5, 2017)

6.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. You can read more about this project here

7. Universal shares more details about Fast and Furious ride

Image: Universal Orlando Resort

After nearly two years, Universal Orlando Resort is almost ready to open its newest attraction: Fast & Furious – Supercharged, which is scheduled to welcome its first guests early next year. Announced last year, Universal has finally released some concrete details about this adrenaline and action-packed attraction, including a first look at the ride vehicle, as well as interesting details about what kind of story guests will experience on this ride. We've got a lot more on this new attraction here

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