While Orlando’s already known for its world-class theme parks, a developer thinks that there’s room for one more. The Baker Leisure Group has proposed a thrill-focused park that would be located in the Tangelo Park area near the Festival Bay Mall. It would be just a short drive from Universal Orlando Resort and its two theme parks. Central Florida is also home to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and my favorite park in the state, Busch Gardens Tampa. If that wasn’t enough, Legoland Florida will be opening in 2011 as well.
Like many, I’ve considered Central Florida’s theme park market saturated at this point. However, Orlando Thrill Park will offer something different. The park’s success will hinge on whether they can communicate its distinction as the home of the most intense and extreme thrill rides in Florida. If built, the park would easily attract roller coaster enthusiasts like myself. Of the fourteen rides that the park has proposed, eight of them are roller coasters. And of the eight, five or so are either prototypes or rare in the United States.Roller coaster enthusiasts are a tiny niche group in the overall theme park visiting public. So, the developers are hoping Orlando tourists will spend one day out of their week long vacations at the park. They’re also aiming for those local adrenaline junkies that are interested in extreme thrills. Currently, Busch Gardens Tampa and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are the only places that you’ll find somewhat intense thrill rides in Florida. It’s an area that’s heavy on theme and light on thrills. Orlando Thrill Park aims to fill that void.
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