We recently got a construction tour of Fun Spot America and their new expansion of the I-Drive property in Orlando, and wow, it has grown leaps and bounds since our last visit! Things are looking well on track for their re-grand opening in early June! Let's take a look at what we saw....
This will soon be the new park entrance, ticket booths, and will also have some party room facilities, etc. Again, this building wasn't much more than a shell the last time we were out at the park!
The Vekoma Freedom Flyer is now track complete and probably not that far off from testing.
Here's a view for the lift hill enthusiasts!
Lots of tire drives...
Oooh! I think I see plastic wrapped trains!
I actually got to test out this new Vekoma hanging coaster! =)
Was cool to see the wheel bogies were at least assembled and on the track!
This certainly isn't something you see every day!
Yay! Lap bar trains!
All plastic wrapped!
It's interesting to compare Freedom Flyer's first drop...
To White Lightning! Both very curvy!
Lots of the woodie structure is now complete, and they've even started tracking in some areas.
A closer look at White Lightning's first drop...
This woodie sure has a lot of wood stacks!
It's cool that Fun Spot chose the much longer layout for their Vekoma Jr. Suspended. The only other model with this layout is at Grona Lund in Sweden!
The Himalaya building going up right next to the GCI woodie.
Yay! Wheelie from Six Flags Over Georgia lives!
Right now this guy is kind of lonely. He wants his friends!
GCI dudes hard at work getting this ride open for early June!
Everything you need to build a GCI woodie is contained in this box.
Yay! Celebrity spotting!
Another look at the new entrance building.
The Skycoaster "pond"
There's the Skycoaster! This is the 250ft model from MGM Grand Adventures. Orlando will now be home to the world's tallest Skycoaster AND the world's second tallest Skycoaster!
Another look at the Himalaya building. I'm told this will be the bigger version of the ride, being much more thrilling. Awesome!
Here you can get a better look at the layout of the Vekoma. See how it's much bigger than the standard version you've seen at other parks?
I spy a Tilt-A-Whirl!
And that's where the tracks currently end!
Still have a bit of work to do, but it's going up very fast!
You can see the footers in place for the rest of the supports.
Taking a look at the Skycoaster loading platform.
And this is what it looks like to stand right UNDER the Skycoaster!
The extension of the Go Kart track is well underway, and this will make this track the largest in the park!
More work being done to the entrance to the Skycoaster building, which will also house a main concessions and quick-service eating facility.
A look at the construction from the Skycoaster loading area.
And work on the inside of the building under the Skycoaster.
While Lightning has a "YOLO" moment on it right now!
This is where the track jump is going to be...
Kind of an interesting look at the steel frame structure.
You can see that the supports for the woodie and the Go Kart track are going to intertwine!
Yay! The third coaster is on site!
It's a Miler kiddie from Playland at Ocean City, NJ.
Not sure what the final name of the ride is going to be, but they've got the old sign just in case!
The pathways connecting the previous park and the new section is being constructed.
In this area right here is where the Paratrooper and the Scrambler will be re-located.
When their current location is cleared, that will open up the pathway to the new section of the park. (Technically it will open up the pathway to the old section, since you'll now be entering from the new area...)
It's not that often you see a brand spanking NEW Tilt-A-Whirl!
I sorta miss the old-style tubs, but the new ones are really comfy!
From the road, While Lighting really stands out!
Now you can really see the GCI signature first drop here.
And one final look at the construction wraps up this update! We will post more photos again soon!
Wow this expansion is really going in high gear. The coasters are looking great as is the other ride additions and infrastructure. I haven't been to this park before, only the one next to Old Town. I look forward to paying my first visit here. By the way, did you know that before they created Fun Spot they used to have a smaller funpark called Fun N Wheels? I believe it was located further up I-Drive near the Sand Lake Road intersection.
Awesome update, Robb! I can't wait to actually see what this place looks through on a straight walk around the whole place. It's going to be a really nice little park, I think. Incredible how much work can be done in such a short amount of time.
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