In 2015 Universal acquired 475 acres of land on Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida for $27.5 million. Since the purchase, many have speculated that this land would be used for a future Universal theme park. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the former landowner Stan Thomas sued Universal claiming “he still owns the rights to enforce private deed restrictions there, which included a ban on theme parks.” Universal rejected that claim, saying he hadn’t said anything about this restriction until after he filed the lawsuit over a year after the purchase. That lawsuit was resolved in agreement with both parties on Wednesday, April 11.
While Universal has not made any official announcements of a new theme park, due to this lawsuit they had to make the most direct reference to the potential new park via “documents filed in the lawsuit.” Universal maintains that the lawsuit was purely about their right to construct a theme park, “and not about any specific plan for one.”
Attempting to not divulging any details about a potential theme park, Universal simply stated that this lawsuit did not have “any relevance to figuring out what we’re doing behind the scenes regarding the plans for a theme park, which is obviously super, super secret commercial information.”
Universal has not responded to the Orlando Sentinel’s requests for more details.
Credit: Orlando Sentinel