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That's great! I didn't know that Skyline had any buyers for this. The concept looks like it has some wonderful potential, from what I saw at IAAPA.

 

Has anyone from this site tried it out? I would love to hear how it is, just because it is an interesting concept.

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Has anyone from this site tried it out? I would love to hear how it is, just because it is an interesting concept.

I'm insanely competitive, so I had an absolute blast trying it out, both ways. When I rode in the seat, I really didn't care about the view at the top because I was too busy barking at my buddy to not mess up playing the game. So much fun!

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Skyline opened up their first attraction at Fun Spot last week:
Park News - (12/22/14) Skyline Attraction opened their first Strike-U-Up game/attraction at Fun Spot America’s Kissimmee location late last week.

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http://screamscape.com/html/fun_spot.htm

 

It's a good fit for a park like Fun Spot.

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I'll be very curious to go check it out to see how the park is operating it. I think the most confusing thing about it is what it actually is. Is it a game? Is it a ride? I realize it's designed to be both, but that also creates an interesting dilemma for a park. Who operates it? Does it operate like a ride where it's included on your wristband or is it a game where you pay for it? And does the rider pay more than the player?

 

I may go down this week and see how it's doing.

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We've experimented with both separately, and we are now running it as a combination of the two. A wristband will get you on to ride or you can pay like a game with the ability to win a prize. This isn't necessarily how all operators will do it, nor necessarily how we'll continue to do it at Fun Spot, but it seems to be working out well right now.

 

In all cases, it's been very popular!

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^ When you pay as a game, who pays? The rider or the player? Or a combination of the two. And if there are only two people playing, do they get a prize automatically? Or do they have to wait for another team to play? And what if that other team wants to "ride" and not "pay to play?"

 

Sorry if it's so many questions, I'm just putting on my theme park operations hat and asking the same kind of questions I probably would have in the days when I worked in parks.

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No need to apologize for asking questions. Frankly, it's helpful to see what people are asking about.

 

Each rider/player team pays together, so only two payments are received per game in a two-tower setup. We have a "single player" game in the case that only one team is there to play and they don't want to sit around waiting for another (like with other games). The single player game operates more like a hi-striker, in that the striker has three chances to get the rider to the top in a single strike.

 

As for mixes of paying customers and wrist bands, it has only happened a couple times. If the paying team wins, they get a prize, otherwise no prize is given out.

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Must admit it looks great fun! Any of the Coaster / Cruiser group think it would work on RCI Oasis 3 Board walk? As Robb has mentioned before they build things into the ship rather than bolt stuff on the deck (NCL / Carnival Style).

 

Would work well in that location I think.

 

Stu K

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Today Fun Spot America held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gator Spot by Gatorland experience coming to the park in a few months. This first-of-its-kind partnership between Fun Spot America Theme Parks and Gatorland will allow Fun Spot guests to see baby gators, birds, crocodiles and even a rare Albino Gator for just $6. This $1 million project will be constructed in roughly two months and is opening opposite the park's Tilt-A-Whirl attraction.

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It wouldn't be a Gatorland experience without gators!

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The entrance of Gator Spot by Gatorland will definitely represent the Gatorland wooded-flair well.

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The new attraction will offer a great sampling of all that Gatorland has to offer at their park.

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This plot will look VERY different in just a few months.

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Ready for the main event...

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A look at the full construction plot.

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John Arie Jr., the face of Fun Spot America Theme Parks started the ceremony with a few words about the project.

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Invited guests included Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and more!

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A meeting of industry moguls, John Arie Jr. of Fun Spot America Theme Parks and Gatorland CEO Mark McHugh shared some fun jokes on stage!

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Mark shared some more background on the joint project's history, which began over a year ago at which time John Arie Sr. mentioned to him that they were contemplating adding a gator experience at Fun Spot America. That initial thought was soon explored as a joint-partnership and the rest is history.

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A fun shot of the groundbreaking ceremony with some great expressions to match!

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Gatorland even brought some animals from the park! I was able to hold a parrot!

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The long-awaited installation of the Screamin' Swing, now to be known as Space Invader, is finally beginning.

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The Air Raid attraction near the entrance of the park is being packed up as well.

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While we were here, it didn't hurt to take a ride on the incredibly fun White Lightning--still the crown jewel of the park!

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Thanks again to Fun Spot America and Gatorland for hosting us today! We can't wait to see Gator Spot by Gatorland when it opens in just a few months!

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^It is gone and an employee was surprisingly open with me as to why. Near the top of the ride there was a lot of electrical wiring that was exposed to the elements and the ride would go down basically every time it rained. Obviously that doesn't work in central Florida.

 

The grass underneath the ride wasn't even fully dead. Classic Zamperla. A completely different replacement attraction is planned for the spot, timetable unknown.

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That's definitively a surprising reason for sure. I know it rains a lot in Orlando and what not it's not like none of these rides are located outside, such as at Luna Park. I am not expert or anything but just seems like a problem that would've been resolved rather than removed.

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^It is gone and an employee was surprisingly open with me as to why. Near the top of the ride there was a lot of electrical wiring that was exposed to the elements and the ride would go down basically every time it rained. Obviously that doesn't work in central Florida.

 

The grass underneath the ride wasn't even fully dead. Classic Zamperla. A completely different replacement attraction is planned for the spot, timetable unknown.

 

So, they thought it easier to remove a brand new ride, instead of working with Zamperla on fixing a seemingly simple issue? This reason doesn't really add up.

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They may have been able to sell it back or sell it off easily since it is so new. Today they were able to pack up the entire foundation of the ride (base/supports/fencing) in about two hours with 4 guys so It was easy to remove.

 

I just asked if it was gone for good or going off to be refurbished and that was the answer given. He said it would operate better if it were indoors. Still, something else is destined for its spot. He actually told me what as well but it's weird to be given that previous information so IDK if I should say what's coming in its place.

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Much as I hate to see AirRace leave, I am really exited that the screaming swings are coming soon. I could ride Air Race a couple of times before my stomach said No More. But I can ride screaming swings all day. (and have marathoned it BTW) I wonder where the swings are going in at? The old Air Race spot would be good. Any Ideas as to where they are going ?

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^It is gone and an employee was surprisingly open with me as to why. Near the top of the ride there was a lot of electrical wiring that was exposed to the elements and the ride would go down basically every time it rained. Obviously that doesn't work in central Florida.

 

The grass underneath the ride wasn't even fully dead. Classic Zamperla. A completely different replacement attraction is planned for the spot, timetable unknown.

 

Doesn't Drayton Manor have the same ride? England gets plenty of rain throughout operating season.

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