Universal Orlando hints at name of 4th theme park

ORLANDO, Fla. — Comcast executives in July gave a glimpse of how much they hope to amp up a war with Walt Disney World as they hinted at a possible name for a fourth theme park they believe would make Universal Orlando Resort destination for a week-long stay.

In a question-and-answer session July 26, an analyst inquired about a patent application filed last month for the name “Fantastic Worlds.” The application said the name was for “entertainment services in the nature of amusement park and theme park services.”

“Is that any indication you’re planning another gate (theme park) in Orlando? Could you talk about plans and timing on that?” asked an analyst from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“We are looking at it,” a Comcast executive said, confirming the company filed the name registration. “We love the theme park business. It’s one of our best, most consistent businesses.

“We think we have a lot of very long runway. Another gate in Florida would have the advantage of turning Florida from a two- or three-day destination to potentially a week-long destination. We think that would be attractive.”

The comments show Universal is in the fight with Disney over getting guests to stay longer, said Dennis Speigel, president of the Ohio-based International Theme Park Services.

“They are upping the game,” he said, adding that Universal is declaring, “We’re No. 2, but we’re moving strong.”

The name Fantastic Worlds would be a more encompassing, “expansive” choice for a theme park and might include Nintendo-related attractions, Speigel added. NBCUniversal announced in 2016 that it planned to build Nintendo lands in Orlando, California and Japan in the future.

In recent months, Universal has been acquiring hundreds of acres of land along Sand Lake Road for what could be an addition to its current theme parks: Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida and Volcano Bay water park.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Travel

From TripAdvisor, a program to help refugees get to know the U.S.

TripAdvisor wants refugees to the United States to explore and get to know their new homeland, and the hospitality company’s yearlong Welcome Home campaign aims to do just that: Launched last month, Welcome Home gives recently resettled refugees in New York City and parts of Northern California the opportunity to book a tour or activity of their...
How dirty are the hot springs in Colorado?

COLORADO, Colo. — Visiting hot springs seems to be a growing trend in Colorado — whether it’s a spa-style hot spring with a booze-filled concession stand or one that means an 8-mile hike over rugged terrain. While everyone is so eager to hop in the relaxing pools, few people seem to question whether or not they’re sanitary....
These are the best frequent flyer programs

Roughly half of the people who belong to a U.S. airline loyalty program don't understand how it works.  We're not just talking about people who fly a few times a year. A J.D. Power study published Wednesday revealed that almost one-third of those who travel enough to gain status (silver, gold, platinum, etc.) may be unable to explain how they...
Travel deals: Sale fare to Hong Kong and two-for-one Broadway tickets

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - The Harbor Court San Francisco, near the Embarcadero Waterfront, is offering 50 percent off a third night to celebrate its recent renovation. With the "Get Into Bed With Us" package, book a Friday and Saturday night at the regular rate and receive half off the Sunday night rate. Nightly...
Creede: Inside Colorado’s ‘LAST Great Place’

Bill Dooley and his seven classmates had to memorize a poem in high school.  “It’s day all day in the day-time,” goes the famous line. “And there is no night in Creede.”   That was written by Cy Warman, who arrived at Colorado’s silver boom town in 1892, when indeed it seemed the sun would always shine...
More Stories