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Disney Is Buying More Land. Is a New Theme Park on the Way?

By Jennifer Saibil – Updated Apr 2, 2020 at 9:51AM

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According to public records, the entertainment giant just bought more land abutting part of Disney World.

While Walt Disney (DIS -2.31%) stock is reeling from coronavirus-related losses and theme parks remain closed in the U.S. indefinitely, the Orlando Business Journal disclosed that county records show the company just bought an extra 26.3 acres of land. 

More magic in the kingdom

Disney bought the land from Lake Reedy Development Group, LLC, in Orlando, Florida. It sits on the west side of The Magic Kingdom, the oldest of the parks that make up Walt Disney World.

A woman with a child on a ride at Disney World.

Image source: Disney.

The transaction was made by Celebration Company, a subsidiary of Disney that handles development in the area. The purchase is in addition to 235 acres of land the company purchased from the same group last December. Both parcels sit in the same area.

The records show the land was bought on March 31 for a total of $1.05 million, or just about $39,924 per acre.

Lots of new land

This is a small amount compared to other purchases Celebration has made over the past two years, which amount to more than 5,000 acres of nearby properties.

The Walt Disney Company has not commented on what the land will be used for. While a new theme park for the resort is a possibility, it's also possible that the land will be used for conservation efforts. The more land the company buys and conserves, the more it can develop other properties while still maintaining a high level of land conservation.

It may also be used as grounds for a more private, upscale hotel experience for guests who want to visit Disney World with a greater luxury atmosphere. 

In the meantime, development is on hold while the parks are on standby.

Jennifer Saibil has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Walt Disney and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $60 calls on Walt Disney and short April 2020 $135 calls on Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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