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I'm excited to see them evolve into a full "theme park". I was very impressed by the service of the ride ops on my last visit---there were no more than 50 people in the whole park, but those ride ops were running around to whatever ride we wanted to ride and being super friendly.

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Love fun spot as its a great airport day park or evening after Universal or Sea World park or great 1st day park after you have driven up from a cruise port lol.

 

Concept art could change but fun spot has said it wants a log ride , water park and coaster. so I guess this is an idea they wanted to share. I bet all the comments and feed back is taken on-board. Only think missing is a

hotel lol .

 

Go Fun spot see you in 2018!

 

Stu K

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I guess the water park is the only part of the plans that's a bit puzzling to me, that plot of land in the concept art and on the map is a bit small and it seems like there are plenty of great water parks in town so I'm not sure how that fits into the model of what Fun Spot is now as a place you kind of stop into for a few hours but don't spend a full day at. Then again with Wet n Wild closing maybe there is a place for something like that. I'm sure Volcano Falls or whatever it's called will be priced higher such that it's included in the overall Universal Resort pricing structure so maybe there is a market for a smaller more affordable park option.

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^I see the water park as actually being the most successful area of the park. All the tourists basically live in or have their bathing suits at the ready. You need some cool water relief 8 months out of the year, and it absolutely fills a need for a low cost water park. Anyone remember Water Mania on 192? I see it filling that niche.

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^I think a water park attached to Fun Spot has a far stronger chance of success than any of the local "water parks" attached to some of the I-Drive area resort hotels (like CoCo Key) ever have. Fun Spot manages to draw a consistent audience, and like you said, most tourists are at the ready with their swimwear to dive in when the opportunity arises. This makes total sense for Fun Spot.

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Yeah I get what you all are saying and I think a smaller lower priced park would do great in Orlando I just hope they build a full fledged "smaller" lower priced water park and not just throw in a few slides with a pool for the sake of having a water park option. I guess the other thing I was thinking was that a lot of resorts and hotels in the Orlando market now have really nice pool areas with water slides and lazy rivers and splash pads and stuff that kind of fill that niche in a way, it's not just the major Disney properties anymore. The old water park concept plans from Fun Spot looked like a great "smaller" water park option with some really unique slide complexes and all, but this recent concept art it didn't look like much more than a typical resort complex squeezed into the rides expansion. Again I know concept art is just concept art and it's all subject to change but I hope if they are going to add a water park section they do it right.

 

I just looked up Watermania on 192 and yeah I don't remember that place at all. The more I think about it Wet N Wild will have a million visitors per year up until the day it closes so there is certainly a market there, I just hope what Fun Spot builds capitalizes on that market and doesn't get lost in the mix.

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I'm excited about the growth of Fun Spot and glad they've gone with the themed areas idea also. It's awesome to see how fast this location is expanding. I saw a few commercial looking buildings in the artwork, so I'm looking forward to what those will be also. There's a few other things that pop into my mind with the expansion though...

 

1) The parking garage. Would it be a pay to park garage? Is it strictly for Fun Spot? My guess is it will be a pay to park garage, because the overflow from the Outlet Mall would take at least half the parking spots, if not more. From a business stand point, if people who are not Fun Spot customers are willing to pay for it then I think Fun Spot should bank off of that.

 

2) Will there be a bridge going over Fun Spot Dr. to connect the two sides? From the concept art I saw a crosswalk by White Lightning but no bridge anywhere. I think the better idea would be to have a bridge so traffic isn't interrupted.

 

3) I think it's great we'll have a cheaper park to visit in Orlando, but I hope there's enough security to keep the park at an enjoyable environment.

 

I'm looking forward to hearing more details about the development! I can't help but compare the overall size of what will be Fun Spot to Opryland USA that used to be in Nashville. Opryland might've is a little larger I believe.

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The parking garage. Would it be a pay to park garage? Is it strictly for Fun Spot? My guess is it will be a pay to park garage, because the overflow from the Outlet Mall would take at least half the parking spots, if not more. From a business stand point, if people who are not Fun Spot customers are willing to pay for it then I think Fun Spot should bank off of that.

They could do something where they knock X amount of dollars off of an all-day pass or something if you show your parking ticket.

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1) The parking garage. Would it be a pay to park garage? Is it strictly for Fun Spot? My guess is it will be a pay to park garage, because the overflow from the Outlet Mall would take at least half the parking spots, if not more. From a business stand point, if people who are not Fun Spot customers are willing to pay for it then I think Fun Spot should bank off of that.

 

2) Will there be a bridge going over Fun Spot Dr. to connect the two sides? From the concept art I saw a crosswalk by White Lightning but no bridge anywhere. I think the better idea would be to have a bridge so traffic isn't interrupted.

 

1.) While the outlets would probably spill over a few cars during the busy season, I feel like charging for parking at Fun Spot would be counterintuitive as the park has always touted its affordability including free access to the park, with guests only having to pay for the attractions and experiences you choose to enjoy. The parking garage seems more like the park would be making a significant effort to position itself for future expansion beyond this master plan, because the parking garage would allow for the existing parking lot parcels to be leveraged for additional park development.

 

2.) From what has been referenced in the press releases and concept art, it looks like there would be some kind of ride experience that would take you to the expansion plot across the ride (the Sky Buckets). That being said, I could certainly see an elevated path being added if the plot was being used for more than a few additional attractions.

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^The outlets are busier than you think! And if there was a nice garage there it would be filled with outlet workers and shoppers. I think Fun Spot could do something where they validate a parking charge and make money from the outlet shoppers. Many of which would pay a few bucks to have a nice safe, shaded spot.

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^I see the water park as actually being the most successful area of the park. All the tourists basically live in or have their bathing suits at the ready. You need some cool water relief 8 months out of the year, and it absolutely fills a need for a low cost water park. Anyone remember Water Mania on 192? I see it filling that niche.

 

Agreed! Orlando always needs new ways for people to cool off.

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You don't need a wave pool, install a wave river. Don't compete with Aquarica or Typhoon/Blizzard. These are huge hits at Shlitterbahn and I think other manufacturers are copying them now. I would outline the entire water park area with one. Go for a huge all in one structure like Montezuma put in at Cowabunga in Draper.

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I went to the park on I Drive for the first time recently. This is a real class act of a park, small but packed with fun. They have a well rounded ride selection to meet all ages and the staff was very friendly. My son and I had a blast and we also enjoy their other park next to Old Town. I see great things for this little gem of a park chain.

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Looks like Fun Spot have invested some serious money by installing incredibly bright LED's to line the White Lightening coaster to increase visibility. Looking GREAT in my opinion

 

The Mako Madness video on Youtube shows they chase through a rainbow pattern, would be cool to see if they can be programmed into Red, White and Blue. That would be super awesome.

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That looks great.

 

I've got to be honest. There are plenty of reasons to be jealous of anyone who lives in Orlando and while you don't think of it very often, Fun Spot should be high on that list. Where else can you be out grocery shopping and randomly be like "Hey let's go ride a great coaster on the way home" and be back in the. At 10 minutes later. Plus the park is open every day all year until Midnight.

 

I love Fun Spot and I'm jealous of everyone that lives near it. I wish we had something like that.

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