Fun Spot America Orlando

15th February 2014

Fun Spot America originally opened its gates in the late nineties as a small family entertainment center. A change of ownership a few years ago resulted in a major expansion that added three roller coasters, a Skycoaster, a new go-kart track, and several thrill rides.

The largest coaster in the park, and its signature attraction, is Orlando's first wood coaster. White Lightning (#2000) is an out and back design from Great Coasters International, though to describe it in those terms short changes what is probably better thought of as an modern take on the design, with a twisting first drop, double up and down sections, a high speed turnaround, and a lot of airtime. The ride was fun in the morning, but when I returned after nightfall the forces were noticeably stronger, and I managed over ten laps.

It's worth pausing for a moment to reminisce about a day, a little under seven years ago, when I rode my one thousandth coaster. Sitting next to me on that occasion was Chris Gray, an enthusiast pursuing a career in the industry. By pure coincidence Chris happened to be in Orlando this weekend, and was gracious enough to allow me the chance to recreate the same geeky photograph for credit number two thousand. It seems improbable that either of us will be around long enough to hit three thousand, but you never know!

2000

The other major coaster in the park is Freedom Flyer (#2001), a clone of Kvasten and an excellent ride in its own right. As with the wood coaster, this ride really came alive after nightfall, thanks in no small part to the bright coloured lights shining all around the park.

I was having too much fun with the coasters to bother with much else, though I did take some photographs from the top of the Giant Wheel, and when nobody was looking I sneaked one lap on the relocated Sea Serpent kiddie coaster.

 

Osceola County Fair

15th February 2014

It took me just over half an hour to drive from Fun Spot America to the Osceola County Fair, featuring a midway presented by Strates Shows. Their midway is unique in the United States (and possibly the world?) in that it is moved around the country by train, a specially designed example with sixty-one cars that is over a mile in length.

Strates are careful to note that not all of their rides appear at every event, as they need to be trucked in from the nearest train station and assembled. Fortunately for me both of their coasters were built up here, allowing me to tick off Zyklon (Strates) (#2002) and Wacky Worm (Strates) (#2003). There was also a powered Go-Gator, though the height limit made it very clear that this was a ride for children only.

Strates

 

Fun Spot America Kissimmee

15th February 2014

On my way back to my hotel I made a ten minute stop at Fun Spot America Kissimmee to ride the relocated Kiddie Coaster that I'd last seen almost ten years earlier at Wonderpark in Cincinnati. The ride was rather good, featuring a surprising amount of airtime for its size. I then walked across the road into Old Town in the hope of finally getting my Wacky Worm credit, but it wasn't to be; the ride was closed for maintenance.

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