FUN SPOT AMERICA (Orlando, FL)
in Orlando and Kissimmee, FL
Park News - (12/15/16) (Update: NOW OPEN) Fun Spot America has confirmed that they will be adding a VR Coaster experience option to their Freedom Flyer family inverted coaster at the Orlando park site. They hope to have it up and running in time for the Christmas holiday week. You'll take flight to battle robot looking enemies in a cityscape. There will be designated seats available for both VR and non-VR riders.
(7/20/16) I'm really surprised to hear this, but Orlando Weekly reports that Fun Spot's owners are now looking into the possibility of adding a third location to their small chain of parks. In fact, they are apparently looking closely as possible locations on the west end of 192 which is seeing a lot of new growth and renovations.
2017 - MINE BLOWER / Gravity Group Wood Coaster - (2/16/17) A lot has changed at Fun Spot America in Kissimmee since the last video update from Midway Mayhem, as a ton of new materials are on site and construction is starting to ramp up on the new coaster project as the vertical construction is now well underway. They also show off the new future location for Hot Seat which is also under construction.
(2/8/17) A new Tweet from Fun Spot America gives us our first look at the themed train design that Mine Blower with have, featuring three giant red explosive looking rockets strapped to the front car. According to the tweet, they also have confirmed that the layout will also feature 2 mine tunnels along the route as well. Sounds great... though I do fear that the general public will end up calling it Mind Blower instead of Mine Blower for the first few years.
(2/6/17) Fun Spot America aired a new air during the superbowl in their local markets which named their new 2017 wooden coaster as "MINE BLOWER". Interesting name I guess... now if only they would add some mine themeing to go with it. You can see the ad aired posted to Twitter by WildGravityTravels below.
(1/23/17) The latest construction update from Fun Spot America has been posted to WildGravityTravels this week. More dirt pushing and more hardware for the coaster supports are showing up on the giant concrete pad. Check it out!
(1/18/17) Midway Mayhem takes another look at Fun Spot America in Kissimmee this week to see the latest construction update from the park. In addition to some progress being made on the future coaster site the park has taken down the Hot Seat ride (S&S Screamin' Swing) for the time being, as it is expected to be moved to a new location at the park and rebuilt. Meanwhile a ton of materials have arrived for the new coaster and the giant concrete pad has what appears to be the footer bolts for the coaster structure already in place.
(1/11/17) WildGravityTravels took a trip down to Fun Spot America's Kissimmee location this week to check on the latest coaster construction progress (still pushing dirt around and demolishing some existing items in the way). If you watch the video posted there, they also take a look at the new Ferris Wheel being set up in front of Old Town next door as well, which features some crazy glass enclosures on the rider pods.
(12/24/16) A few new pictures from Fun Spot America of the new coaster construction site were sent in this week from a Screamscape reader. Enjoy!
(12/19/16) One of our readers has sent in some good pictures from Fun Spot America showing off the start of site clearing for the new coaster as of this week where they have now removed the slick track go-kart track.
(12/12/16) With the cat out of the bag about Fun Spot Americia's new plans to build a coaster in Kissimmee it wasn't long before the Midway Mayhem camera arrived on the scene to shoot some footage of the site where the new coaster will be going, with some clearing of the site already in progress. Check it out below.
(12/10/16) Fun Spot, I have to say that I'm impressed. The small Orlando operator that runs two small parks in Orlando surprised everyone by announcing that they were building a new and impressive looking Gravity Group wooden coaster at their Kissimmee Fun Spot America location next door to Old Town. I was not just impressed by the ride, but by the fact that they managed to keep this entirely a secret all this time, even from me.
While the new coaster does not have a name yet, it will stand 82 feet tall, drop 80.5 feet, have 2256 feet of track that includes overbanked turns and a 360 degree barrel roll inversion. Fun Spot is working on the name still at this time, as well as possible themeing and naming right / sponsorship opportunities for it. Based on the concept artwork it also seems a lock that the new coaster will also use Gravity Group's special Timberliner trains. Look for the coaster to open in time for Summer 2017, though this will be one to keep an eye on, because they'll have to put it up very quickly to make that window.
???? - Future Expansion - (1/12/16)
Fun Spot America is developing a new vision for the park and how they should grow it and have enlisted the help of Falcon's Creative Group to help work on their new long term plans. This includes the addition of new themed areas, an expansion across the street and more. They've posted a couple of pieces of artwork showing off one possible vision for what they are looking to build, but the final plans are still in development at this time and nothing has been set in stone.
(7/23/15) According to NewsPlusNotes, Fun Spot America is preparing to begin an expansion on the attached available property near the Gator Spot to create an "Old Florida District" themed area that would feature a dark ride, log flume, a new family spinning ride as well as a new coaster that will be taller than the others, but also shorter.