Get ready for more Ripley’s Entertainment attractions in Orlando, because the company behind the Believe It Or Not Odditorium has just purchased additional property along Universal Blvd.
As first reported by Orlando Business Journal, on Jan. 19 Ripley’s Entertainment entered into an agreement with Georgia-based Orlando Equity Partners LLC (OEP). to purchase two plots of land along Universal Blvd, totaling 17.221 acres. No price was announced for the purchase, and Ripley’s has not officially confirmed any plans for the property, but the parcels adjoin the 23 acre lot they bought in late 2016 from the same seller for $23 million, giving them a total of about 40 acres.
Ripley’s newly assembled parcel is on the south end of Universal Blvd across from the Orange County Convention Center, next to the new TopGolf and near property Universal Orlando is developing for future expansion. According to additional documents, OEP and Ripley’s will have easement and cost sharing agreements for an access road and reclaimed water lines, as OEP will retain approximately 11 acres of their original parcel.
According to the Universal Boulevard Planned Development land use plan, the “intended use” for the newly purchased land is up to 120,000 square feet of retail space, for which OEP has assigned Ripley’s its development rights. In addition, earlier this month Ripley’s filed a notice of commencement to construct infrastructure for future office buildings nearby at 9535 S. John Young Parkway.
While we wait for Ripley’s to announce plans for their new property, watch these videos from the company’s current I-Drive attraction: