This morning it was reported that Universal Studios has purchased 101 additional acres of land on Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida. This new purchase would bring the total to 575 acres. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Universal closed on the purchase for $27.5 million on Thursday, a source close to the deal said.” For perspective, this acreage is bigger than Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. Not yet approved, Universal Orlando has also recently filed a plan with Orange County to get approval for 2,451 overflow parking spaces on land along Destination Parkway. There has not been an official statement from Universal about how this purchased land might be used in the near or long-term future, but it’s fair to say that Universal may be considering a fourth theme park in the Orlando area.
Earlier this year it was announced that a Nintendo-themed area was coming. As previously reported, it seemed like a tight fit if it was built on the Universal Studios Orlando park. The opportunities would be huge if an entire park was dedicated to Nintendo, and this would be huge in attracting even more travelers from all over the world. Of course, this is only speculation at this time. Could an amusement park that is completely dedicated to Nintendo be a success in the short term? Long term? Stay tuned to Coaster Addict as more details about this purchase and future land usage!