Fun Spot Expansion Plans
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest Central Florida attraction news and rumors, then you’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding Fun Spot’s plans to expand their Orlando facility. If not, we’ll recap… during IAAPA in November of 2011, they announced their plans to open a new water park. Then, on an episode of the In The Loop podcast, park spokesman Mark Brisson confirmed they also planned on adding a wooden roller coaster and small steel family coaster. We really didn’t have a solid idea of how all these projects would come together, but thanks to a recent Municipal Planning Board meeting, we now have the basic overview of how this expansion will look.
Before we jump in, let me just say these plans totally took me by surprise. I definitely didn’t expect an expansion of this magnitude, and it’s one that will completely transform the current ‘tourist trap’ feel of Fun Spot into something more like a mini Six Flags.
The work will be done in two phases. For Phase I, the park will be adding a new parking lot, complete with a parking garage, able to accommodate up to 372 vehicles. This lot will become the main parking location for the park. They’ll also be constructing a brand new entrance building at this new lot, with a 120 foot tall ferris wheel on top, which is pretty awesome. Also part of Phase I is the 65 foot tall GCI wooden roller coaster, as well as a 260 foot tall Sky Coaster, and the expansion of one of their existing go-kart tracks.
Phase II involves the addition of their water park, which will feature at least 9 attractions, including some very innovative slide concepts like the Double Bowls Eye, 360Rush, and Splash Rally. It promises to be a “one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, signature waterpark”. Also part of Phase II is a 220 foot tall WindSeeker ride, 20 foot tall suspended family coaster, and several smaller thrill rides and ‘Kid Spot’ area. When complete, the expansion will occupy a once barren 10.5 acre plot of land.
Overall these plans are very ambitious and should hopefully transform the once small venue into an awesome new family destination. I personally can’t wait for the wooden coaster and waterpark. Below I’ve included several images from the planning meeting, including an overview of the expansion, with major rides highlighted, as well as the layouts of the two proposed roller coasters and the overview of the new waterpark. Enjoy!