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Planning board shoots down plans for new Orlando Thrill Park

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Published: April 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The Orlando municipal planning board met today to vote on a proposed new Orlando Theme Park. The board unanimously voted to reject three zoning changes that would have been required to move forward with the plans to develop this park off of International Drive.

Orlando Thrill Park Partners first proposed the plans to build the park next to the Tangelo Park neighborhood back in November of last year. It had plans to build a park with several coasters including one that was to be over 400 feet tall.

Orlando Thrill Park Partners now have five days to appeal to the Orlando City Council over the planning board's rejection. WESH reports that the City Council is expected to either accept or reject the recommendations made by the planning board at its May 23rd meeting.

Update: Here's an artist's concept of the proposed amusement park.

Readers' Opinions

From 98.70.73.99 on April 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Who needs the jobs anyway not the residents of Orlando we have a booming economy .When Rick Scott said lets get to work Florida he was just kidding.
From 168.18.144.107 on April 19, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Ehh... I dont feel as though think park will be able to compete. It looks like a wild adventures. No shade, lots of water. I doubt I would ever go.
From Robert Niles on April 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM
That concept art looks like the most cramped park I've ever seen.

What about access and egress for those parking garages? There's either too much parking, or not enough road.

Queues? Food? Shade? Guest flow within the park? Noise? That measly narrow pond and fountains aren't going to be enough to mute this thing.

Either the park fails to attract many people, in which case what's the point, or it overwhelms this site. Neither's a good option for proceeding.

Please allow me a moment, however, to pause in incredulity at the thought of a current Florida government agency telling a developer "no." Wow. I didn't think it possible.

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