Fun Spot announces new wooden roller coaster for Kissimmee from The Gravity Group

Posted Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release (edited for grammar and to remove extraneous capitalization):

Today we are excited to announce our HUGE deal with The Gravity Group, an American based company out of Cincinnati, Ohio. As part of the deal, The Gravity Group will custom design a new roller coaster that will be built for Fun Spot America's Kissimmee, Florida location.

John Arie Jr., Fun Spot America's CEO stated, "This is HUGE news not just for us, but the city of Kissimmee, as this will be the only wooden roller coaster in the southeast United States that will feature a 360 degree barrel roll . This roller coaster will be completely unique and thrilling. We have worked tirelessly with the Gravity Group to design a ride that will be a must ride coaster for any thrill seeker or coaster enthusiast, definitely bucket list worthy. We are still working through the theming, naming rights and sponsorship opportunities but with over two million visitors to our parks each year, we do expect to move forward quickly on these opportunities. This is HUGE news for all of us in this community as we all continue to raise the bar and level of expectations when guests visit our city. Let's Make America Fun Again!"

Read the press release on Market Wired.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:07 PM

I would like to dub the first-of-its-kind feature at the 0:57 mark, the Face Flattener.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:29 PM

Is this the same Fun Spot that has White Lightning? I get my fun spots confused.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:33 PM

I think a 12-year-old or Donald Trump wrote that release. I shutter at the thought of it without the edits.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 3:14 PM

No, that Fun Spot is in Orlando on I-Drive. This coaster is for the Kissimmee Fun Spot.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 3:16 PM

The Kissimmee location has a nice spinning mouse, too, so this definitely ups the game there.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 3:35 PM

I see that the project will add 50 construction and 20 full-time jobs. My understanding was that Fun Spot originally planned to build the coaster in Mexico, but after serious lobbying and some tax incentives by the new administration they are staying in Florida.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 4:12 PM

Neuski said:

I shutter at the thought of it without the edits.

Last edited by Vater, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:27 PM
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Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:08 PM

Composite shutters! Not real wood!

That video is amazing though. Great addition to the area. I'm excited. I still need to get on White Lightning however. I have no real good excuse.

Vater said:

I would like to dub the first-of-its-kind feature at the 0:57 mark, the Face Flattener.

"Taller riders must ride on the right side of the train."

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:12 PM
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Friday, December 9, 2016 11:32 AM

kpjb said:

I get my fun spots confused.

You should really see a doctor about those.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:37 AM

This thing looks impossibly compact and fun.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016 3:14 PM

That's what she said...

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Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:58 PM

So excited I don't know how I'll make it to opening day. Gravy-ty Group coming to my backyard...I must have been a REALLY good boy this year.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016 6:31 PM

You define backyard weird. You live in the "other" Florida. :)

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Monday, December 12, 2016 10:15 AM

In Gainesville, it's 2 hours to Jax, Tampa, Tally, or Orlando.

When the next-nearest TGG ride is, what, Kemah...yeah, this is virtually next-door. LOL!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:04 PM

Can anyone tell me if Gravity Group built White Lightning?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:20 PM

If only we had some way to look up that kind of stuff here...

https://coasterbuzz.com/RollerCoasters/white-lightning

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:10 AM

So is this "wooden coasters can go upside down" thing just a fad, or is it here to stay? I have yet to ride one of them yet, so I can't comment on the thrill factor or what they add to the ride.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:53 AM

As long as RMC is dominating the hearts and minds of coaster lovers I'd say inversions are here to stay.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 10:43 AM

Pagoda Gift Shop said:

So is this "wooden coasters can go upside down" thing just a fad, or is it here to stay? I have yet to ride one of them yet, I can't comment on the thrill factor or what they add to the ride.

I haven't ridden them either, but they add inversions.

You're welcome.

Joking aside, this is not a fad. Stand-ups were a fad. It lasted what, 15 years? The modern inversion has been around for 40+ years now, and the only reason we haven't seen them on wooden coasters until recently is because the technology wasn't there.

Last edited by Vater, Wednesday, December 14, 2016 10:44 AM
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