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I was at Fun Spot late last Thursday the 12th to get my credits. Caught the Universal fireworks while riding the coasters. Loved White Lighting. A solid classic ride. Every town should have one like this. Freedom is good for what it is. The Gator Spot (love the meshing of names there) seems to be death rolling along. One question, was that area to be the once projected waterpark portion of the park? This park screams for a S&S El Loco or Eurofighter like Iron Shark. Will love to visit again in 2017 But with more time.

 

A White Castle stand make perfect sense there. Maybe a Nathan's Famous stand as well.

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Here's a few things we tweeted out today from the White Castle Crave Mobile at Fun Spot! It will be at the Orlando location the 19th/20th and Kissimmee 21st/22nd. Get there EARLY! When we left people said they had been waiting 90 minutes!

 

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This morning @FunSpotAmerica I'm having some @WhiteCastle then gonna ride White Lightning! Yes!!! #CraveMobile

 

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For the first in #Orlando, @WhiteCastle is OPEN @FunSpotAmerica! AWESOME!!! #CraveMobile @CraveMobile2

 

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The @WhiteCastle @CraveMobile2 has a pretty good line at 11am! @FunSpotAmerica

 

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You know what #Orlando craves? @WhiteCastle!!! Get 'em NOW @FunSpotAmerica #CraveMobile

 

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We are about to satisfy our crave! @FunSpotAmerica @WhiteCastle #CraveMobile

 

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What does TPR crave? @WhiteCastle that's what! Get 'em NOW @FunSpotAmerica 19/20th Orlando 21/22nd Kissimmee

 

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Roller coasters & @WhiteCastle! We have satisfied our crave @FunSpotAmerica! #CraveMobile is here NOW!

 

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And here was the line when we left!

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Delicious!

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I'm not drunk right now so I'll withhold my comment on White Castle beef sliders. But having the CraveMobile there appears to be a PR/Marketing home run.

 

Although I love their Chicken Sliders (not available at mobile locales)

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They better be some damn awesome burgers though if people are willing to queue for that long.

 

The thing is they are far from awesome, just unique to many people in the area.

 

Remind me of the mania around Krispy Kreme when they moved into new cities, they are not that good.

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^Yep. I'm not a White Castle fan, either, but if people want to wait 90 minutes for a box of little burgers, that's their choice; as you said, Larry, it's a "novelty."

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They better be some damn awesome burgers though if people are willing to queue for that long.

 

The thing is they are far from awesome, just unique to many people in the area.

I would actually rather have White Castle than just about most other burgers, to be honest. I actually really *like* them and we have been known to go out of our way for them when we are in areas that have them.

 

I personally would MUCH rather have a White Castle burger than In N Out, Burger King, Wendy's, Steak N Shake, and many other fast food burger places.

 

While some might say it's an "acquired taste" this most certainly proves there are a lot of people how there who have acquired that taste.

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They better be some damn awesome burgers though if people are willing to queue for that long.

 

The thing is they are far from awesome, just unique to many people in the area.

I would actually rather have White Castle than just about most other burgers, to be honest. I actually really *like* them and we have been known to go out of our way for them when we are in areas that have them.

 

I personally would MUCH rather have a White Castle burger than In N Out, Burger King, Wendy's, Steak N Shake, and many other fast food burger places.

 

While some might say it's an "acquired taste" this most certainly proves there are a lot of people how there who have acquired that taste.

 

Other parts of the country have Krystal's. Little burgers much like White Castle and often considered "closing time" food. I can do without the onions at either place and order accordingly.

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It makes a little more sense to me now. White Castle is an unobtainable novelty for Florida, where it does not exist -- much like In-n-Out or Whataburger for people in the midwest/northeast. On the flip side, anyone in a blue-dotted area on that map (myself inculded) probably looked at those lines at Fun Spot and wondered what the heck those people were thinking.

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It makes a little more sense to me now. White Castle is an unobtainable novelty for Florida, where it does not exist -- much like In-n-Out or Whataburger for people in the midwest/northeast. On the flip side, anyone in a blue-dotted area on that map (myself inculded) probably looked at those lines at Fun Spot and wondered what the heck those people were thinking.

 

Two of the most whacked out insane fast food openings you can witness is a Chick Fil A and a Popeye's Chicken. Even if there was one relatively close by, folks freak over those in the Mid South. I hear the CFA is a nationwide phenomenon.

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The White Castle in Vegas had a similar rush when it opened. I personally enjoy White Castle when I have the opportunity to eat it! It's not gourmet, but it's far from terrible. I think a lot of people just can't deal with the aftermath.

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The White Castle in Vegas had a similar rush when it opened.

 

And, what's interesting about the Vegas White Castle, is its existence is due to the massive (4+ hour) lines the food trucks generated when they stopped there in 2013. So if that scenario is any indication, maybe we'll see a White Castle open up here in Orlando.

 

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In 2013, a White Castle food truck created four-hour waits in line for fans attending the Las Vegas Foodie Fest. The orderly, but impressively dedicated scene inspired local restaurant team Herbst-Richardson to push the steamed slider company to make the great leap west. Previously, the closest Castle to Las Vegas was in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

http://vegas.eater.com/2015/1/28/7928877/how-long-were-the-lines-for-sliders-at-white-castle

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^Los Angeles had similarly long lines when they did a "pop up" location in conjunction with promoting "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle" and we still don't have one out here. That probably has a lot more to do with California's not so business friendly climate

 

I think the biggest things are on the back end: someone needs to have the capital to set up the distribution chain and deal with any labor hurdles to still meet the required profit margins.

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To me the best idea seems to be to keep one of the White Castle Trucks in Florida full time. Have it drive around making stops in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando monthly. It makes money, they can supply one truck instead of several stores, less labor, less overhead, and people have shown they'll show up for it.

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