Comcast seeks zoning approval for huge Universal Orlando Resort expansion

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Several months after purchasing a large piece of land — 474 acres of it near Universal Boulevard to be exact — Comcast is now formally seeking theme park zoning approval from Orange County in order to expand their Universal Orlando Resort.

Newly released documents show Comcast Corporation seeking approval to convert the undeveloped land, which was purchased for $130 million last year and amounts to roughly the size of four Magic Kingdom theme parks, according to News 13.

Currently, cow pastures and vacant farmland sits on the land, which is less than two miles down the road from the Orange County Convention Center, not far from I-Drive 360 and the Orlando Eye.

If the zoning is approved, the land could be used for a new park or parks, as well as hotels, resorts and shopping.

The move continues Universal’s momentum in Orlando, as revenues rise and visitors continue to flock to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

What exactly Comcast plans to do with the land remains unknown, but it continues an aggressive expansion by Universal Orlando with new water park Volcano Bay on the way and new rides such as Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Fast and Furious: Supercharged coming soon, as well as the refurbished and remodeled Incredible Hulk roller coaster.

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