Universal Smacked With $250 Million Lawsuit Over New Epic Universe Plans

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Universal Orlando Resort is currently in the midst of constructing what will be the largest Universal Park in the world.

The Epic Universe was announced back in 2019 and is now set to be completed in 2025. While Universal Orlando ran into construction delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems this isn’t the only hurdle the company is having to deal with.

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Florida Politics recently reported that Universal is being smacked with a massive $250 million lawsuit over the land at the Epic Universe.

In a lawsuit filed on Friday, Fourth Watch Acquisitions, a Georgia real estate entertainment development company, revealed it is suing Universal and Universal City Property Management for more than $250 million in alleged damages.

Fourth Watch Acquisitions says it was under contract to buy 135 acres for $125 million from Universal City Property Management, or UCPM. An agreement was made in September 2017 and the closing was set for early May 2018. However, that never happened.

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UCPM sold the land to Universal Orlando in April, just weeks before the deal with Fourth Watch Acquisitions was supposed to be finalized.

Fourth Watch says it had planned to get into the theme park business but was cut out of the deal. The lawsuit alleges the nature of the deal could allow Universal to “also eliminate a competitive threat in the theme park industry”

“By acquiring the Land, Universal could link large swaths of previous unconnected land it owned into a contiguous tract suitable for a large-scale entertainment property development,” the Fourth Watch lawsuit said.

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While nothing except Super Nintendo World has been confirmed, the Epic Universe is rumored to house a Classic Monster Land, DreamWorks land, and another addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. In addition, Universal Orlando has plans to construct multiple hotels, including a Resort at the back of the theme park, as well as several other properties just across from the Epic Universe.

Many believe Epic Universe could give Universal Orlando an opportunity to become even more competitive with Walt Disney World Resort.

More On Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is home to many thrilling and epic attractions that you won’t want to miss. You can experience Hogsmeade, which includes Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, and The Flight of the Hippogriff, as well as Jurassic Park River Adventure, the all-new Jurassic World: Velocicoaster, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and much more at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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Then, don’t forget about all the amazing attractions like Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, The Simpson’s Ride, E.T. Adventure Ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s, MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack, Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt, and much more all next door at Universal Studios Florida. Also in major Universal Parks News, Epic Universe— the largest Universal Park in the world— is currently under construction and is set to be finished by 2025.

What do you think about transportation to Epic Universe at Universal Orlando Resort? Let us know in the comments!

If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies! And, who could forget about the Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’! Universal is also in the midst of building its biggest theme park ever, the Epic Universe, which is set to open in 2025. Or, how about a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the movies?

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