Baker Leisure Group proposes thrill park for International Drive

Posted Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:30 PM | Contributed by Brian Noble

The Baker Leisure Group, which specializes in building theme parks, is helping a group of investors with the project to build “The Orlando Thrill Park.” The park would sit on 70 acres of land located along International Drive and would feature several roller coasters.

Read more WFTV/Orlando and The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:54 PM

Wow, thought I was going to "scoop" this one, LOL. Saw it on tonight's news. We definitely need another thrill park... ;)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:45 AM

Theme parks: ✔
Water parks: ✔
FECs: ✔
Thrill park: __

If this happens, the only thing needed to ensure that no coaster/park enthusiast would ever need to set foot outside Orlando is a historical, family-owned, traditional amusement park from the Golden Age.

That can be done, right? ;)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:18 AM

Sure, they could just move all of Geauga Lake there.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:23 AM

Well, all that's left of it anyways...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:23 AM

Little late for that.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:24 AM

^^More like all of Freestyle (success and all included free!)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:38 AM

I have been searching for the "sketch" mentioned in the articles - I see the rendering of the compact (assumed B&M) looper, but no layout sketch - can someone point a blind man to a link?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:50 AM

Jason Hammond said:
Little late for that.

Well, there's one coaster they could buy.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:20 AM

Mesothelioma: The ride?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:05 PM

Raven-Phile said:
Mesothelioma: The ride?

Could they get Sally Struthers to do the promo video?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:12 PM

As long as they feed her a pallet of cake.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:13 PM

Jerry said:

Could they get Sally Struthers to do the promo video?

Screen wouldn't be wide enough. (yeah, I'm one to talk :))

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:53 PM

Tekwardo said:
As long as they feed her a pallet of cake.

I envision a skip loader dumping it on her table...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:03 PM

Just to simply say it, and the emails have been floating through the industry the past 24 hrs, anyone is 'irresponsible' to give these guys ANYTHING after the extremely poor job they did with Freestyle.

That being said, people forgive in this business, but do not forget, and anyone who was burned buy any combination of HRP/Freestyle, they will not commit dollar one in either monies, services, or equipment.

BLG knows exactly what they did wrong, and all you will see on their resume's will be 'management contract of Freestyle Park'. Nothing more. In their eyes, they did just a fine job, and are qualified to operate in Orlando.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:48 PM

Another Park in Orlando would be so awesome! It would be one more reason to go to orlando and I think a park like this sounds like it could be like Orlandos first Extreme thrill park. I mean Disney and Universal are Extreme theme parks (meaning there is loads of theming involved in the entire experience) and Sea World is a fun place to go with your family to see animals and go on a few rides. Wet n' Wild is an Extreme water park. So I think it is time Orlando had an Extreme thrill park. I wonder if this was built if it would be added to the "Orlando Flex Pass plus" thing that gets you into sea world, aquatica, wet n'wild, Universal, islands of adventure, and Busch Gardens? If this park offers the Extreme thrills that the other Orlando parks don't than I don't think they would ever need to compete with theming so this should be kind of and easy thing to build.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:02 PM

A park where every rollercoaster is either:

1.) Over 250ft

2.) A copy of a famous wood coaster that no longer exists!

;)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:17 PM

anyone is 'irresponsible' to give these guys ANYTHING after the extremely poor job they did with Freestyle.

Perhaps. But, if you've ever seen The Producers, you know that there are always "investors". Suppliers will just ask for better payment terms, and get paid up front. If the "investors" can be signed up, things will happen.

I'm not betting a lot on it. The plot of land sounds particularly star-crossed. But, stranger things have happened, and Mouse-Town might have the tourist traffic to support it. (Though I thought Myrtle did too.)

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Friday, October 15, 2010 4:54 PM

TTD cost, what, 25 million eight years ago right??? So were talking major bukubux to get this open, assuming all 15 attractions are up and running at opening. Probably won't attract families (if at's all thrill rides) much, who spend more than teens and young adults (who seem to be the target) generally.

Dunno, but it seems like return on investment could be very sketchy, to say the least.

Last edited by Robocoaster, Friday, October 15, 2010 4:55 PM
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Sunday, October 17, 2010 5:43 PM

Robocoaster said:
TTD cost, what, 25 million eight years ago right??? So were talking major bukubux to get this open, assuming all 15 attractions are up and running at opening. Probably won't attract families (if at's all thrill rides) much, who spend more than teens and young adults (who seem to be the target) generally.

Dunno, but it seems like return on investment could be very sketchy, to say the least.

Maybe this is to attract the teens and young adults that arn't entertained by the disney rides or need some time away from the Universal theme stuff.... I don't know i can't think of anyway to make either of those non appealing to people but an example of a place near by that is doing fine without family everything is wet n wild with all their extreme water slides and that place with the Star flyer and sky sling thing. I think this mainly appeals to the locals and some visitors out of state who know about it from friends and family there.

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