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Just read this article from the Orlando Weekly about Fun Spot adding Live Entertainment along with a new "Old Florida" section, and in the fourth paragraph, it mentions some possible new attractions for the near future, most notably a dark ride and a roller coaster.

Fun Spot recently added new live in-park entertainment at their I-Drive area location. The new puppet and live character entertainment is akin to the Citizens of Hollywood at Hollywood Studios. The new characters are provided by local improv company, Power2Improv. Currently they are only there on Saturdays but other days should be added soon.

The new characters are part of a live children???s show and provide some in-queue entertainment for guests. The addition is interesting as Fun Spot currently features free admission with a per-ride ticketing system. Fun Spot in recent years has been promoting their all day passes and season passes. The online fan community has in recent months speculated that a small admission fee may help security at the park, which did see a shooting earlier this year.

The new live entertainment is part of a larger expansion that Fun Spot is planning. They announced a new water park in 2011 but the area that was planned for the water park recently saw the addition of Gator Spot. At the time of the water park plans also called for moving the Ferris Wheel to the top of the entrance plaza building, a move that was later cancelled as well. The long term plans for the property also included a dinner theater at one point. The dinner theater is now rumored to include the new Power2Improv characters.

Recently new signage in the park stated a new ???Old Florida District??? themed district would be added to where the water park was originally announced. While no new details have been released the Gator Spot area next door can give us a good idea of what the new area will look like. Among the new additions for the new area it will likely include a new dark ride themed to a trip to Florida. The Florida themed dark ride is part of the larger focus on keeping guest in the park during the afternoon rain showers. Other new rides are rumored to include a second roller coaster, a Dumbo-style spinner and a log flume. The roller coaster will be taller than the other two but with a short ride time. A new hotel is also rumored to be added to the park in the coming years.

The water park will now likely be part of the 12 acre addition across Fun Spot Way from the current park. The water park is still in the plans but the timeline has been pushed back. It is now on track to open around the time of Wet ???n Wild???s closure.

Sadly none of these additions or rumored additions has been announced for Fun Spot Kissimmee. The live entertainment may make its way to that park if the Orlando park test proves popular. The only other strong rumor for that park is of a larger buy-out by Fun Spot of Old Town, which sits next door.

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I hope this comes true and I hope its a hyper gtx coaster

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I'm calling the Hyper GT-X
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I'm actually pretty impressed with these plans for expansion. When I lived in Florida, I visited Fun Spot back when it was just an FEC (although a good one), and now they've become a good small amusement park. :)

I wouldn't expect the coaster to be anything too expensive. Maybe it could be a Hyper GT-X, Premier Sky Loop, Eurofighter, or something else similar.


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deere839 wrote:
please don't be aa premier sky loop

That would actually be a really good addition to the park. Those rides are great.
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There are only two others (soon to be three) in the entire country. That's not very many compared to other kinds of clones (Batman clones, Boomerangs, SLCs, etc.).


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^no there not theres already to many in the usa

Apparently 3 coasters is too much. Even though these are a lot better than an SLC and there are currently about 13 of them running in the USA. :lol:
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Judging from attractions they have, El Loco might be added. :)
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The roller coaster will be taller than the other two but with a short ride time.

This Screams shuttle coaster to me.
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deere839 wrote:
theres to many of those to

I agree with the SLC's but with Vekoma's new trains and track design I would love to see more. Boomerangs are huge crowd pleasers because the GP absolutely love the forwards and backwards elements (which might explain why people still ride Goliath at SFNE).

Batman clones are actually really good and don't take up as much space as a custom B&M invert they are also really forceful especially backwards and fun.

deere I've told you many times before clone does not equal bad (Vekoma is the exception, but from the park's standpoint boomerangs and SLC's are great for the GP).
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im not sure if this is true but I hear during the opening of lightning run some fun spot people were there riding it

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deere839 wrote:
im not sure if this is true but I hear during the opening of lightning run some fun spot people were there riding it

Aren't they both owned/operated by the same company?
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I mean, why wouldn't people from fun spot be riding a coaster at another park? are they not allowed to travel? Beyond that with the exception of tempesto,(because of apollo) I think the skyloops have a positive change on a parks skyline. I can't say what they ride like as I have not been on one, but neither has the only one I've seen complaining about the skyloops.
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usually you see some higher ups go to other parks to see how well the ride does to see if they would want to build one


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I mean any moment can be a possible business decision, but people are allowed to have fun too
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I agree but deere does have a point for once. Kennywood actually rode Wicked at Lagoon before building Sky Rocket. If you look at SR's layout you will see the similarity to Wicked in the first half (Tower->overbanked turn->zero-g).

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Beyond that with the exception of tempesto,(because of apollo)

I think Tempesto's location is perfect. It does look great from the outside IMO and it looks great in the Fiesta Italia section with its vibrant colors.
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I wonder if El Loco needs a larger space than Tempesto (which Deere is pointing out) does. ;)
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this is where they got to expand for right now

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but I hear they bought some of this land here right now they added a gravel lot for now

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deere839 wrote:
they bout

How does one "bout"?
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