Published: August 29, 2013 at 9:52 AMI used to go to Action Park about once every two years back in the 1980's. I loved the place. Worst injury I've ever had in a park setting occurred there..sprained my shoulder on a vicious primitive mat ride called the Surf Hill. My favorite attraction was the Cannonball slide, which is still there. It's a very short, enclosed dark body slide that drops you at least six feet from the tube into a deep pool of freezing water at the end. All the water's natural. Their Colorado River raft ride is pretty awesome too. I's a place that's definitely been toned down since it re-opened as Mountain Creek.
Published: August 29, 2013 at 4:14 PMMr. Elliot reports: "One of the people in our spy network just came across a permit to put in a construction trailer in the Jurassic Park area for 18 months."
I Respond: I've pulled permits for bunches of construction trailers in Central Florida and I've never had to commit to a specific duration. I'm also wondering how these spies determined that the trailer would go in the Jurassic Park area? I mean, the construction trailers for Potter are sitting right next to the Cabana Bay site (miles -- literally -- away from Potter).
Published: August 29, 2013 at 7:10 PMTo answer your question TH...
I see your point and frankly haven't got a clue...
That is what I get for trying to do rumors and news from an ivory tower in Denver.
Published: August 29, 2013 at 9:28 PMIsn't it obvious, then? The construction trailers at Jurassic Park are for Disney's Star Wars Land. Duh.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:02 AMTH, I heard the ground markers in JP are blue... that tells you something right there. Any other color would be nothing, but blue is important.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 3:00 AMProbably because it says so on the Orlando Permit site:
And enter BLD2013-05885
Published: August 30, 2013 at 5:53 AMI am proud to say that I survived Action Park intact. Their water drop slide, you were airborne for the entire drop. You only made contact at the bottom. They had some crazy rides.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 8:51 AMThat permit on that site has KHS&S listed, they did quite a bit of the work on the Jurassic Park area when IOA opened, so I suspect the rumor sites were just using some educated speculation. Certainly leans that way.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 9:19 AMCase Number: BLD2013-05885
So it is 18 months. I don't understand why TH is the authority for construction. Just because he has his experience doesn't mean other people have the same experience.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 1:19 PMAgain, I've never pulled a permit and been asked for a duration. And I've pulled trailer permits for multiple projects. Meaning the 18 months (or for that matter any duration) could be a default. Also, the duration does not necessarily mean the trailer will be up and running for 18 months. It could be up for just five, six or ten months.
Again, I don't know, I've never had to provide a duration.
Second, the Blog Flume post says "One of the people in our spy network just came across a permit to put in a construction trailer in the Jurassic Park area ..."
Actually, Adventure Way (the address listed) is outside of Islands of Adventure in "trailer city." Not sure how that constitutes "the Jurassic Park area" any more than it would be regarded as "the KidsZone area." All of the construction trailers working on the Potter project are located there and that places them a bit more than a mile away from the job site.
Third, the company referenced on the permit is KHS&S who were just awarded renovation work at City Walk. City Walk is about to experience a major face-lift with multiple restaurants going under renovation. The general contractor on the City Walk project is Hensel-Phelps whose trailer is located on (you guessed it) Adventure Way.
Any expansion at Universal would be wonderful for my industry and my community. I would welcome such an arrival. But when I talk to my sources in Central Florida commercial construction ... I have yet to hear anything solid regarding another major attraction at Universal.
Perhaps those (ahem) "other people have the same experience" I do could step up and post some better or additional information. That'd be great!
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:10 PMThere is a Temporary Construction/Office Trailer Permit.
"Construction trailers may be allowed for a period up to 2 years with additional 6-months extensions, but shall not be installed until after the issuance of a building permit and shall be removed within 30 days of issuance of the final Certificate of Occupancy."
So the default is 2 years, not 18 months.
Perhaps they are cracking down (maybe someone complained). This is known to happen on occasion. It isn't always business as usual.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:25 PMYes ... They are cracking down ... That must be it ... Maybe we could check with the "other people" and get some confirmation.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:40 PMWell TH, you done a wonderful job with your analysis. Surely, you must know. CALL THE OFFICE!!! That's the other people.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM(Chuckle)
Unfortunately the office staff is busy grappling with the big construction trailer crack down.
Published: August 30, 2013 at 2:49 PMYes, that must be it. No, they are merely documenting their terms. The crackdown comes later, as anyone who dealt with the permit office will know. They are quite strict with details.
Published: September 1, 2013 at 3:55 PMI have to hand it to TH, he knows his stuff. Now we just need to turn him to the dark side... and I don't mean Disney Star Wars Land. I bet if I paid for his parking at the Hard Rock, he would be much more receptive to USF brainwashing tactics.