The purchase gives Universal full ownership of its top three, most-attended theme park resorts around the world: Universal Studios Japan, the Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Studios Hollywood. Its fourth branded park, Universal Studios Singapore, remains the property of Resorts World Sentosa and is operated under license from Universal.
Comcast obtained majority control of USJ Co. in 2015. Comcast reports that today's purchase price was US$2.3 billion, placing the valuable of Universal Studios Japan at $7.4 billion, including the assumption of outstanding USJ Co. debt. The deal is expected to close in April.
Universal Studios Japan opened in 2001 and attracted 13.9 million visitors in 2015, according to the most recent TEA/AECOM Theme Index report. That makes USJ the most popular single park in the Universal family, the fourth most-attended park the world, and the world's largest theme park outside of Disney.
In 2020, Universal Studios Japan will open Universal's first Nintendo-themed land, topping am ambitious expansion schedule that will see the installation of Universal's largest Minion-themed land later this year, an expansion of its Jurassic Park area last year, and the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2014.
Universal Parks and Resorts earlier this month launched a U.S. national ad campaign with that unifying brand for its Orlando and Hollywood parks. Comcast obtained full ownership of the Universal Orlando Resort in 2011, which previously had been a partnership with private equity firm Blackstone Group.
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