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Old 06-27-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Universal buys Wet 'n Wild and land around it

According to Orlando United and Parkscope, Universal has purchased Wet 'n Wild and surrounding area (total of 55 acres). Wonder what Comcast has up their sleeve now?

http://www.parkscope.net/2013/06/uni...d-in-full.html

http://www.orlandounited.com/forums/...803#post321803


http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#se.../p2p-76470787/

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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ooooh exciting!
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:19 AM   #3
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I saw that last night, things are getting real interesting and exciting.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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I have to think that given that they have a space on their property where a new highly themed waterpark would fit in nicely why would they buy the land of a 40 year old park they already owned.They know they need room to expand and if you were to buy a couple more of the properties around Wet n Wild they may have just been able to find the room needed for a third park.It's close enough to the main property and a lot of the properties around Wet n Wild are in decline or empty so a redevelopment of the area would not only give Universal a third park but would help the north end of I Drive which has several hotels and businesses either closing or in a state of decline.If you think about it the I Ride trolley doesn't even go to Universal now,if they put in a form of transport to get people over to the main site now people don't have to walk over.Obviously there would be some questions and concerns like the streets around the property,traffic,parking and getting people between the sites but this is Universal,they're just putting a train between IOA and USF and easily got a bridge approved for Cabana Bay,I have to believe there's more to this purchase than a simple purchase to keep a 40 year old waterpark.Sure they could retheme the waterpark and make it nicer but they know they need to expand to a third park and this mightgive them a shot.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:28 AM   #6
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This is going to be interesting.
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I have to think that given that they have a space on their property where a new highly themed waterpark would fit in nicely why would they buy the land of a 40 year old park they already owned.They know they need room to expand and if you were to buy a couple more of the properties around Wet n Wild they may have just been able to find the room needed for a third park.It's close enough to the main property and a lot of the properties around Wet n Wild are in decline or empty so a redevelopment of the area would not only give Universal a third park but would help the north end of I Drive which has several hotels and businesses either closing or in a state of decline.If you think about it the I Ride trolley doesn't even go to Universal now,if they put in a form of transport to get people over to the main site now people don't have to walk over.Obviously there would be some questions and concerns like the streets around the property,traffic,parking and getting people between the sites but this is Universal,they're just putting a train between IOA and USF and easily got a bridge approved for Cabana Bay,I have to believe there's more to this purchase than a simple purchase to keep a 40 year old waterpark.Sure they could retheme the waterpark and make it nicer but they know they need to expand to a third park and this mightgive them a shot.
once off the itrolley, you can catch a bus that drops you at #4.
still some walk but better than walking all the way from Idrive.
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last fall i took pictures of the construction from the hotel/rph, looking down and across the construction sites.


it was said then about adding the huge pool/water type park between the existing hotel to the new hotel.


now the rumors have been confirmed.



looks like UO is here to stay.......
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why would they buy the land of a 40 year old park they already owned.
According to the article, they did not own the property, they only leased it. This will now give them full ownership.

From the article:
Up until today, Universal only leased Wet 'n Wild and did not own the land itself.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #10
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There is so much traffic in that area though. I wonder how or if they'll address that in some way?

This could be real exciting.
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There is so much traffic in that area though. I wonder how or if they'll address that in some way?

This could be real exciting.
monorail? hehe

It would be awesome if Universal came up with some new transportation system this area
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monorail? hehe

It would be awesome if Universal came up with some new transportation system this area
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