Saturday, July 13, 2013

Exclusive Fun Spot Orlando Update


ORLANDO, FL – On Saturday, June 8th, Fun Spot Amusement Park, just off International Drive, had a HUGE-ER Party. Celebrating its 15th birthday, and the opening of its $25 million expansion, the park had a ribbon cutting for 2 new roller coasters, a new 250 ft SkyCoaster, 4 new thrill rides, new buildings all on 10 new acres.

VIPs who participated in the Ribbon Cutting, included Congressman Daniel Webster, State Representative Linda Stewart, State Representative Mike LaRosa, Orange county Sheriff Jerry Demings, City Commissioner Sam Ings, Florida Attraction Assoc president Bill Lupfer, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Jay Levenstein, First Baptist of Oviedo’s Dr. Mercer and local TV and radio personalities.

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The new 250 foot SkyCoaster ride (part sky diving, part hang-gliding) is now the tenth tallest structure in Orlando. Fun Spot has also add two new roller coasters, including Orlando’s only wooden coaster, plus new thrill rides. 

“When I started Fun’n Wheels on I-Drive in 1978, I never expected I would be having a 15 acre park with roller coasters, just up the street,” said John Arie, Sr, Fun Spot’s Owner and CEO. “But I knew that roller coasters would take our parks to a new level.”

John Arie Jr, television spokesman and COO stated, “This will be one great party, and one ribbon cutting people will remember. It’s going to be HUGE!”

Fun Spot is located just off International Drive on Fun Spot Way. It has free admission and free parking, where you can pay per ride or pay for an all-day Armband. In November 2012, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) named it the Best Family Entertainment center in the USA. A second, 9 acre park is located in Kissimmee on Highway 192 next to Old Town. 

“We provide people with a great alternative, both the tourists and the locals,” said Arie, Sr. “You can come for a ride, or a couple of hours or all day. People are looking for those options, and for value.”

Arie Jr stated, “These are two great coasters, both built in America. You get great “air-time’ with the wooden coaster, and its so smooth. The steel coaster leaves your feet dangling and you soar over people’s heads as they walk through the park. It’s cool.”

Fun Spot has hired 100 new employees for this expansion, and more than 150 people were hired by the local general contractor, HJ High of Winter park for the building of this new park. .

“You got to come out and try these new coasters,” said Arie Jr. “It’s Huge!”.
The Florida County Comissioner was on hand as well.

Lots of press. . .

Orlando's only wooden coaster, and
probably the best in Florida!