Universal Orlando has filed site development plans with Orange County that give the public its first look at the southern expansion of the Universal Orlando Resort.
Filed today with the county for Universal City Development Partners, Ltd. as "Universal Boulevard PD / DP3 Infrastructure DP," for 9649 Universal Blvd, with a case number DP-18-10-356, the Land Development Plan details the paving, grading, drainage and utility plans for the site.
A tip of the hat to Richard Bilbao at the Orlando Business Journal, who first published the plans this morning. That led my to the Orange County "Fast Track" public records site, where I downloaded the complete plans for myself.
The plans describes the site as 541.5 acres, including 5,089 provided parking spaces. The site's maximum allowed building height is 400 feet. There are 135.38 acres of open space required for the project, and the planned development will include 100.72 acres of asphalt area and 1.4 acres of sidewalks. Orlando-based Kimley Horn is the engineer of record for the project.
The plans reveal the layout of roads and lakes for the project, including what looks to be the project's parking lot or structure. It does not detail plans for the theme park or any other amusement or accommodation facilities that Universal might be planning for the site. This just shows how the cars and water will move around the site.
It's not a stretch, though, to assume that what is missing from the plans is what will be filling the empty spaces that the plans do not detail.
Universal Orlando also is building a 4,000-room, two-phase Endless Summer Resort on the site of the former Wet 'n Wild water park, which it closed and demolished nearly two years ago. This additional expansion site, which is located near the Orange County Convention Center, provides Universal with more than enough space for a fourth gate at the resort, following Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and the Volcano Bay water theme park, all of which are located on Universal's original property to the north.
Universal is sitting on an abundance of IP that it could use for this gate, including its announced Super Nintendo World land, which is now under construction at Universal Studios Japan for a 2020 opening. Universal also has the rights to its Dreamworks Animation franchises, not to mention an ever-expanding set of locations from the Wizarding World franchises, to theme additional attractions in a new park.
Even though the public documents reveal some of Universal's plans, the company remains somewhat tight-lipped about them, confirming only that it is working on something, but not exactly what it will be or a timeframe for its development and opening.
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