Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Falcon's Creative Group will spearhead Fun Spot's new long-term vision plan

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 6:00 AM

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Fun Spot recently announced a long-term vision plan for their Orlando location that is being spearheaded by Orlando’s very own Falcon’s Creative Group.

The Orlando location, in recent years, has seen a major expansion that featured the addition of two roller coasters, including Orlando’s only wooden coaster. (The only other operating one in Florida is at Legoland.)

At the time of that expansion, Fun Spot also announced a mini-water park was in the works. New renderings released as part of the announcement regarding the new vision plan do include a water park element, though the new water park includes a different slide layout (and likely a new manufacturer) than the previously announced plans. The mini-water park will include a lazy river, kids water fort and numerous slides. It will be the first major section of the new plan to open, with a planned opening date of next year.

The new water park will be part of the Old Florida section of the park that was also previously announced. The new renderings show off a log flume ride with indoor elements. Sadly, the plans do not seem to show any dark rides, though the plans are only an early indication of what may come.

Plans also indicate a new parking garage on the Fun Spot property to the west of Fun Spot Way. More parking has long been needed at the popular family entertainment center, which regularly sees their parking lot fill up on busier days.

Also in the renderings are a number of classic, carnival-style flat rides. These off-the-shelf rides are the backbone of Fun Spot and help separate it in a market filled with custom-designed attraction experiences. The plans seem to show at least one new roller coaster, a new entrance plaza and a sky gondola ride. (The gondola ride has been confirmed by Fun Spot since the renderings were released.) The ride is similar to a previous one at the Magic Kingdom, which had issues due to the local weather, but the technology around the ride system has greatly improved since then. Maybe Fun Spot will work with the city to expand the gondolas around north I-Drive as a transit option. 

The plan also features a number of nondescript buildings on the southwest corner of the property, near I-4. While no confirmation of what may go there has been released, there have long been rumors of third parties being interested in opening numerous businesses at or near Fun Spot. The most likely candidates include a dinner theater (which Fun Spot expressed an interest in at one point), a hotel and stand-alone museum-style attractions.

A new entrance plaza with a central water feature and what looks to be a larger retail area is in the works.

While the plans are still very short on details, Falcon’s and Fun Spot have confirmed a central theme for Fun Spot will be used throughout the park. The park will be broken into six sections with each celebrating a specific aspect of Americana. We already know of the Old Florida section that will include Gator Spot, the new water park and other water rides. A boardwalk area seems to be shown in the renderings, and a Route 66 section is also a likely contender. The final three sections are harder to figure out but part of the new section seems to show neon designs similar to a 1950s/'60s style.

More specific plans should be announced over the coming months as Fun Spot prepares to break ground on the new water park.

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