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Is Universal Orlando building their own rail transit system?

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Well isn’t this interesting!

It has been reported that Universal Orlando Resort could be in the process of brainstorming new ways to get tourists to its future expansion plans on Universal Boulevard. You can see in the proposal below that the company is entertaining new transportation options within their International Drive area.

All of this would make complete sense, especially given the fact that Universal Orlando Resort’s growth will be increasing exponentially with new additions in the coming years. So it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give tourists the option to connect from hotels to parks in a way that doesn’t require too much physical effort.

BizJournals reports that the map only shows a line connecting Universal’s two noncontiguous parcels — a 20-acre parcel and a 17-acre site fronting Universal Boulevard— to the much larger 400-plus acre land mass along the corridor. There haven’t been any details on whether that would be a rail, road or even water system that could help connect the three parcels of land, but it’s at least nice to know that they are aiming for convenience along with their major expansions.

What kind of transportation connection would you like to see at Universal Orlando Resort? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

9 Comments

  1. Jared

    If this is true, then Universal won’t be opening this expansion till at least 2025, probably 2030. Universal is not ready for a 3rd gate yet. You’ll see hotels being built but UC and budgets can’t handle Beijing and this at the same time, they just can’t.

    1. jim

      you do know that comcast owns NBC/Universal whom own the Universal parks right? Comcast has a ship-load of money

      1. Jared

        Comcast is in a high revenue business, but their expenses in maintaining their assets and infrastructure is also astronomical. Disney made more profit than Comcast last year despite Comcast having roughly $20 billion more in revenue. Also, Disney has a ton more in financial assets, whereas Comcast has far more real assets. This has Disney at a huge advantage over Comcast.

      2. Jared

        Plus, Universal Parks are 4% of Comcast’s business. It’s tiny. Despite the CEO’s comments, which are really nothing more than typical stockholder reassurance, Comcast is not going to explode the budgets of a sector that is 4% of their business to well over 10% of their spending, not to mention Comcast will be investing massively in the cable business in the next decade to compete with fiber optic rivals like Google Fiber, AT&T’s new fiber optic expansions, etc.

  2. Sally Scholl

    That price should be for Universal & Islands of Adventure!!!

  3. EricJ

    Maybe the main monorail-system stop will be themed to the USF Simpsons area.
    (What’s it called? MONORAIL!)

  4. Adam

    The cool thing about the monorail at Disneyland is that you can go from your Hotel to the back of the park. All of the parks in Florida start at the front and work back. It would’ve been amazing to have transport from our Hotel to Diagon Alley and then work our way back to the front.

    1. WDW FL

      Disneyland is not in Florida

  5. rplrx

    If you superimpose this map over a satellite version you will see that there is already a “water channel/canal” where the transportation line is. Hmmm…

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