cparkes92 wrote:Never been to either Fun Spot park despite going to Orlando in March almost every year for the last 15 years
Then you're missing out. I would place the Fun Spot parks between amusement parks and F.E.C.s for sure, but the Orlando one is worth at least an evening visit for White Lightning and a few classic flat rides.
The very last day I was in Orlando with family for spring break last year and after doing Wet 'n' Wild (may it Rest In Peace), we had a few hours to kill before hitting the airport and flying out so my dad allowed me the opportunity to drop into Fun Spot Orlando for a quick run on both coasters. It was a perfect close to our trip, and both coasters were quite fun! White Lightning was especially fun with all its airtime, and I managed two rides on it!
Keeping with the discussions on this board, I'm hoping to make it back to Orlando at some point in the near future specifically to drop into Sea World and try Mako! The park definitely offers the best bang for what a coaster junkie like myself pays for, especially considering the exorbitant admission fees of the other bigger parks.
I was at the media day this morning and am putting something together. Let me just say, I am also not a big fan of Rapids, but when you've got an 85' tall Intamin Vertical Lift I think I can make an exception!
While Robb is up at Kings Island, I'm seeing if Shamu is in the Shed!
First the big announcement...coming for 2018...Infinity Falls!
It's going in the back of the park in the Sea Gardens area which will be completely rethemed.
Here are all of the juicy facts:
Name Infinity Falls
Location SeaWorld Orlando
Opening date Summer 2018
Description - Featuring the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride, the adventure will immerse guests in a lush, freshwater rainforest while sharing the importance of water conservation. SeaWorld’s new river rapids ride connects the entire family with the awesome power of water and its importance to our planet in a thrilling way that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Highlights - Riders experience the excitement of category IV rapids -Unique elevator lift creates the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride -Family-friendly thrill ride for all ages -New village area to explore, and actively participate in helping freshwater ecosystems from inside the park
Story Not long ago, a drone sent to explore the jungles of South America discovered previously uncharted structures in a remote area along the banks of a freshwater river. A group of explorers and scientists were sent to investigate the discovery. Upon arrival they set up base camp near an abandoned structure. They studied and explored the river, falling in love with its power and the nature living along its banks. Inspired by the river, they developed a sustainable camp for others to visit and explore so they too, could learn more about the jungle and how their connection to the waters of the world.
Type River rapids ride, Manufacturer Intamin Amusement Rides, Switzerland Ride time More than 4 minutes Track length 1,520 linear feet Elevator lift The first of its kind in North America Drop height 40 feet – the tallest river raft ride drop in the world Rider height 42” Ride vehicles Custom-designed, 8-passenger rafts with an expedition theme
And some artwork...
The Sea Garden area will look a lot different next year!
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Also, we were reminded that Kraken Unleashed (VR) opens in Mid-June!
A few things...
- The VR will be OPTIONAL - There will be a new virtual queue (they are developing it in house) for the VR - The story will mix Kraken and Journey to Atlantis - Paper Mache Kraken will be leaving us!!!!!
And now some photos they shared with us...
The super scary main bad guy dinosaur thing you'll encounter when of course, something goes wrong!
These next few are actual screen grabs from the VR.
This is the base of the sub that you'll be piloting.
Well well well...about time seaworld developed that back end of the park. It will definitely help spread the crowds more and probably have a new restaurant open to cater the attraction patrons. I always felt that people were concentrated in the Antarctica/JTA area but with mako and the new show and this ride opening it will help spread folks more.
I am Really excited and hopefully their next project will be wild arctic.
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