Ride line-up revealed for proposed Orlando Thrill Park
Details are now emerging about the ride line-up at the proposed Orlando Thrill Park
, slated for 77 acres on the northern end of International Drive, by Wet 'n Wild and Universal Orlando.
The park unveiled its master plan two weeks ago and today the LA Times quotes the park's spokesman detailing a line-up of 14 new rides for the park.
Here's what the Orlando Thrill Park plans:
- Mondial Splash Over
- U.S. ThrillRides SkyQuest (There's one of these inverted hang-glider-style rides under construction for 2012 at Indianapolis Zoo.)
- S&S Power drop tower
- Mondial Revolution
- Intamin Mega-Splash
- Chance Morgan Unicoaster (a himalaya-style ride)
- Vekoma motorbike launch coaster
- Mack launch coaster
- Vekoma suspended looping coaster
- Vekoma Stingray flying coaster
- Vekoma/Chance Morgan Dive Pretzel coaster
- Intamin ZacSpin coaster (The first in the U.S. is coming to Magic Mountain next summer.)
- Intamin inverted accelerator coaster
- S&S Power fourth-dimension coaster
Will a pure iron park succeed in Orlando? Now that we know what kind of iron this park will bring, what do you think?
Woohoo sounds awesome to me!!!!!!!
I think I found examples of these, sorry if I'm wrong:
Here's the dirty secret about iron parks, compared with theme parks.
This sounds like my dream park!
The 4d coaster lines are going to be the WORST!
Based on what I've read in the article, the management seems to know what they're doing. They're projecting a potential of 2 million annual visitors, which is a pretty conservative estimate. The spokesperson even mentioned that they know they can't out-Disney Disney, so at least they understand the environment. In fact, they're happily acknowledging that there won't be any dark rides, theming, shows, or any other fluff. Nothing but the biggest, tallest, and fastest.
Robert said: "What will OTP do to address this capacity issue? Will it keep ticket prices high? Will it implement an advance reservation/purchase system? Or will it allow itself to be overrun at opening, potentially creating bad word-of-mouth that dissuades future visitors?"
That's why I said "potentially." With a huge crowd, you take a risk. If people love it despite the wait, you're golden. If people judge it not worth the wait, you're toast. Potter (obviously) = gold.
I still don't like this idea. I looked at Vekoma's site and the Stingray coaster has a capacity of around 700 pph. This, along with the fact that it is an "iron park", will not fare well. As pointed out, parks like Busch Gardens have a comparable amount of coasters. Plus, 80(ish) acres is not alot of land for a park like this. Big coasters take up a lot of room, and will leave little for expansion.
The idea is terrible. Sounds like a hangout just for teens>
After an 18 hour drive, there better be more waiting for me than a mediocre collection of amusement park thrills. I'll take a pass.
This has dead park written all over it, unfortunately.
My older children, (teens), have outgrown Disney World, and Universal is just too small to keep them occupied all week. What is needed in the Orlando area is a park like OTP that provides shuttle service (from the hotel or Disney resort) for the teens to go on their own to OTP, US/IOA, etc. allowing parents to "do" Disney with the tots/tweens. The beauty of Orlando is there is so much variety...OTP will only enhance the variety.
Several of the announced rides hold a lot of appeal to me...the 4D, the Dive Coaster, Sky Quest, and that Beach-ball unicoaster thingy. The park will be a capacity nightmare, and I REEEEALLLYYY hope they change the name. But IF it gets built (and that IF is bigger than the Grand Canyon)...it, and young Mr. Potter, will be enough to get me to Orlando for the first time in five or six years.
I will visit this park, but I gotta say: the one thing I'm really concerned about is the heat. The heat at SeaWorld, Busch, Universal, and Disney is bad enough, and those parks have lots of shrubbery, shade, indoor queues, and indoor attractions.
I think this is really going to be thrilling and I'm all for, especially having an attraction that is geared more towards your older teens and young adults, so we can experience a more fun and exciting environment for us rather than spending time and a whole lot of money at Disney and Universal which are more for babies.
i hope it is successful so that it pushes Disney and the others to keep digging deep and coming up with new attractions to stay relevant. Look at all that's going on with Disney now as a result of IOA's HP.
Clearly the park is aiming itself towards the teen/young adult market.
Okay but I'm still confused on where they are gonna get 77 acres off International Drive! The only lot I can think of that's big enough for that is the wooded area next to Festival Bay Mall that's off the North End of I-drive. But that's a smaller lot and it lacks any room for expansion since it butts right up against that Kingspointe Road (I think that's the name of it)
Isn't this the same team that built and abandoned FreeStyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, SC? Now it sits rusting and bankrupt.
A telltale phrase from the LA Times article: "Developers hope to secure financing in the coming months ..."
If I travel that far for an amusement park, this adult will be going to something better (most of the other parks in Orlando sound better to me) and most likely will be going to Disney. I guess I must be a baby since someone said Disney is for babies...... lol.
I think there will be people interested in visiting...something new is always worth seeing once. But, what will the rate of return visitors be, especially if there is no room for expansion? It really doesn't offer anything for those who aren't thrill seekers. The lines will be the downfall, as well as the lack of theming. In Central Florida, where "theme" is all the rage, unless you have some kind of theming, you are doomed.
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