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Thursday round-up: Universal Orlando plans its sixth hotel

June 30, 2016, 9:34 PM · Universal Orlando has filed paperwork with the City of Orlando to begin work on its sixth on-site hotel. According to documents filed with the city, the hotel will include 600 rooms in one tower and be built on about six acres just south of the upcoming Sapphire Falls hotel, next to the Cabana Bay.

The hotel would be the smallest of the six at the Universal Orlando Resort. According to a report from Orlando Business Journal, "Aventura Hotel" might be the name for the hotel, based on information in the city documents and a recent trademark filing by Universal. That suggests a Spanish-influence theme for the property, but at this point, who knows?

The Sapphire Falls Resort opens in July, and Universal officials have made clear that they intend to continue adding hotels and rooms to the resort, as Universal looks to close the gap to market leader Walt Disney World.

Speaking of Disney World, the resort announced today another hard-ticket holiday event. The "Disney Countdown to Midnight – A New Year’s Eve Celebration" at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be $225 per person and includes a DJ, band, "bites and wine pairings" from selected Disney hotel restaurants, and a viewing of the Magic Kingdom's midnight fireworks to ring in the new year. Reservations will open July 4 and be available available online or by calling +1-407-939-3463.

Finally, Legoland California has dedicated what it's calling the "tallest Lego building in the United States" — its Miniland version of One World Trade Center in New York. Here's a video of the dedication, along with shots of the installation of the model.

From the park's press release:

The One World Trade Center LEGO model is built with more than 250,000 LEGO bricks, and took eight Master Model Builders more than 1200 hours to build. This dynamic structure weighs more than 1,000 pounds and towers at a record breaking 26 feet, making it the tallest LEGO model in the U.S.

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July 1, 2016 at 11:08 PM · Universal seems to be following the mantra, "Build it and they will come". Disney has been resting on it's laurels, but is finally getting the idea. Maybe it's the 5.5 billion spent on Shanghai that's kept Disney from investing stateside. Although I remember Rasulo saying that the market for the parks was 'mature'. Well, Comcast/Universal has proven him wrong. 'Mature' at Disney has become 'stale'.

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