Fun Spot's White Lightning is up and running...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:22 AM
rollergator's avatar

The new GCI at Fun Spot America began taking passengers late last night. Looks really fast. I'll be down there Friday night. Considering the fate of adult wooden coasters in FL, good to have a new one! The double-up/double-down looks particularly inviting.

Be nice to ride this in the moonshi....moonlight. ;~P

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:47 AM

The ride looks kind of short to me.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:01 AM

It's not a huge place.

And you look kind of short to us.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:25 AM

Gator, be very specific when you share your thoughts on the ride, so I can live vicariously through you.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:30 AM
rollergator's avatar

LOL Mike - I've never been one to lack for descriptiveness...occasionally to a fault. Congratulations to GCII, Fun Spot, and the Arie family for making a large, but very prudent, investment.

Unlike Celebration City, Fun Spot has 2 ideally-located venues for nighttime entertainment. The family is growing their parks the right way for the market they're in, and I expect the payoff to be....well, to use their word, "huge!"


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:13 PM

Oops, I forgot. It IS a huge place!

And I wonder if the flats and everything else are ready to go as well?

Last edited by RCMAC, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:43 PM
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:20 PM
matt.'s avatar

Looks like the best coaster in Florida to this moi. Will be excited to get down there hopefully in 2014.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:14 PM

I'd like to get down there and ride this before the heat Gwazifies this work of art.


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:16 PM

This ride looks like it has a ton of air time, and it has twists and turns. If it were twice as tall, 15-20 mph faster, and 1,500-2,000 feet longer, it'd be a top ten coaster.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:27 PM

Size doesn't always matter.


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:52 PM
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That's what she said.

Wait, that IS what she said. Well, there went that joke.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:04 PM

Going to be in Orlando a few days prior to the opening... Hoping for a soft opening!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:26 PM
LostKause's avatar

Hoping for a soft opening? That's what SHE said...

This coaster looks really cool, but it still seems like just a kiddy coaster at a small family fun center to me. Next time I get down there, I'll probably go out of my way to give it a spin though.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:12 PM

I SO didn't mean that as a dirty comment, but hey! I walked right into it. Lol


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:31 PM

LostKause said:

This coaster looks really cool, but it still seems like just a kiddy coaster

Wooden Warrior much?


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:00 PM
rollergator's avatar

^Oh my goodness. If it turns out to be THAT good, it might take me a week or so to describe it in words. Love the Warrior...

Of course, Rollo Coaster is pretty solid for a "kiddie" ride too.

Cornball was way up in the rankings for several years.

Herc, old TX Rattler, Mean Streak....

I'm just not entirely sold on the "bigger is better" concept....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:22 PM
LostKause's avatar

I have never rode it. I don't even care enough about it to look up how far Quassi would be for me to travel to. The Wooden Warrior doesn't appeal to me, for some reason. It's awfully small.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSs7wwi28R8


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:42 PM
birdhombre's avatar

^ Ooh, don't let the size fool you, and the POV really doesn't do it justice. It still amazes me how Wooden Warrior packs so much into a mere 45 seconds, but there's air popping all over the place. Yet it's crazy smooth and the Timberliners are deliciously comfortable.

I first rode it on the day Hurricane Irene's outer bands were just starting to sweep in, and we were two of literally a dozen people at the park. Even though we only paid for 3 rides, the ride op let us go as much as we wanted... so we tried each row. Starting up front and working toward the back, the ride got increasingly crazy.

Unfortunately, the park doesn't have a lot else to offer, but if you're ever going to Lake Compounce, Quassy is only a half hour away and you can pay per ride.

Looking forward to Gator's full report on White Lightning!

Last edited by birdhombre, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:44 PM
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:25 AM

Travis, the 9 rides I had on WW two years ago were among the most purely FUN rides I've had on any coaster the last several years.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:59 AM
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It's 75 feet tall and 2000' long according to RCDB.

For me that puts it in the same size category as Cornball, Raven, Phoenix, Hellcat/Avalanche, NM Rattler, Wooden Warrior...

I'm a huge fan of all the big parks in the Orlando area but this looks like the first coaster in Florida I'd love to spend an extended amount of time riding. If that makes me a big fanny of kiddy coasters at FFCs then so be it!

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