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^^I haven't ridden lapbar trains on one of those yet, but here's hoping they increase in numbers. It's sad how the OTSRs make what could be a reasonable (if mundane) ride into something pretty awful.

 

Enjoyed the article; sounds like the park will have a lot going for it. I hope they do very well, and I'd love to visit soon!

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^^I haven't ridden lapbar trains on one of those yet, but here's hoping they increase in numbers. It's sad how the OTSRs make what could be a reasonable (if mundane) ride into something pretty awful.

 

Enjoyed the article; sounds like the park will have a lot going for it. I hope they do very well, and I'd love to visit soon!

^Exactly!

 

With lap bars the ride is a fun equivalent to a roller skater. With the OTSR's it's a Junior SLC!

 

I personally don't think it's going to be an issue - Steel Lasso at Frontier City has the lap bar trains. I think they started exclusively using the newer train design when they debuted the really small junior suspended layout at Movie Park Germany in 2007.

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There is at least a large banner hanging on the track that is being expanded, Commander I think it's called, that shows the entire expansion. Basically the same one we have seen before with the flats moved around a little. The construction that is going on now is being done by Fun Spot staff with rented machinery. I watched for a while when they first started and sincerely hope that most of this project is done by people who build stuff for a living.

 

I was out again yesterday for a ride or two and it was pretty unimpressive. Someone needs to clean the place up, it looked like crap, burger was crap and the rides were the worst I've had there. Someone was learning on Paratrooper and apparently on the salt shakers too. I have had much better times in the park than my last one was. To me it seemed like construction could be any time now, weird I suppose but thats the way it felt to me.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Officials on Thursday gathered on International Drive for a groundbreaking ceremony at Fun Spot. The amusement park is adding a new section that will include several rides.

 

It's the first major upgrade in the 15 years for the attraction owned by the Arie Family. Chief Operating Officer John Aire Jr. said the expansion plan will bring additional jobs to I-Drive.

 

"Well with this $20 million expansion. We plan to add more than 100 jobs to the local economy... from ride attendants to maintenance personnel, management teams and supervisors... from beginning salary all the way up to executive salary."

 

Construction crews have already been hired and start work in earnest. The planned expansion includes the area's first wooden roller coaster and a steel, family coaster. A new go-kart track is also planned.

 

http://www.wogx.com/story/19599261/fun-spot-to-expand

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A couple cool things on the Fun Spot facebook page. They are getting a BRAND NEW Tilt-a-Whirl, I didn't think they still made new ones and it's a ride I love so I'm glad to see a new one. They have some photos of construction crews doing some clearing...so there's dirt, wIll someone get more pictures of the dirt please. Also you can see the ground breaking ceremony, actually quite boring, and there a couple GCI links to blogs about the coaster. It's a start.

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I went by today and there is some work being done, not what we're looking for but it's progress. The main thing lately has been filling the ditch that ran under the former Commander track, they accomplished this and poured some concrete for drainage. I talked to a guy who said they are still planning on March through May to open the new rides, seems difficult to me. Tractors on site are moving dirt making way for the go kart track that will be 4 stories tall. They had painted the chasis for the old karts red and blue, they look nice. The other tracks got snazzy new signs and they put a kid track over by the slide and carousel. They are changing the concession as well in preparation for a major expansion of food service, seems they are going to put some big bucks into it.

 

I really hope this is a huge success for Fun Spot, that coaster will be a hell of a calling card for this area. Speaking of which, there is no sign of the new coaster. I saw a bunch of folks dressed nice coming from up stairs, hopefully finalizing plans to go ahead with construction. I know it was a big deal to them to have the coaster under way if not track complete for IAAPA. Obviously they can't finish track but maybe they could at least get a start. On that note, how long might it take to get footers in for White Lightning. After that the thing could go up pretty fast.

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What's that you say? You want to see some actual progress at Fun Spot? Well look no further, you found it!

 

Drove by the park today, they've officially moved onto the "tractors pushing dirt around" phase. I imagine it shouldn't be long before we start seeing some construction on the expansion area of the park.

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The area is now officially a "hard hat" area, and no trespassing!

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John Deere made an appearance.

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Lots of dirt getting pushed around.

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Plowing the field so a magnificent GCI may grow and yield a bountiful harvest of airtime.

 

Was that nerdy? I think it was a little over the top.

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Lots of construction markers.

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Push that dirt! Push that dirt!

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Just in case you didn't believe this was Fun Spot.

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This should look very different in a few months.

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Noted!

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I really wonder if any trees will be saved.

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From the end of the property you can see how much has been cleared.

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A little perspective on how large the expansion will be.

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Excited to have a GCI installed five minutes from home!

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For the bilingual TPR members.

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Rob you have always been so kind to keep everyone informed of Fun Spot's progress, so I thought I would share some exclusive photos with your readers prior to us posting them to our social media outlets

 

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Portion of the steel coaster

 

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More of the steel coaster

 

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and even more of the steel coaster

 

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White Lightning seat

 

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Front view of White Lightning seat

 

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Check out the paint =)

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