Polercoaster Florida, anyone know what happened with this over 500ft tall roller coaster?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:31 PM

Just wondering if anyone "In The Know" knows anything? All the hype about Florida getting this world record over 500ft tall Polercoaster and that announcement that was to come in 2 weeks is now about 3 months overdue.

It did look interesting.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:51 PM

I was driving down Universal Blvd. the other day, looking at the giant Ferris wheel construction, and wondered the same thing. I haven't heard anything.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:14 AM

On the way to Fun Spot last Wednesday I made the grave error of accidentally getting off I-4 at Sand Lake instead of Kirkman, I just wasnt paying attention until it was too late. But while I waited in traffic I could see the base of the ferris wheel and yikes! that thing's gonna be tall. What they had built was already the tallest thing around.

Last edited by RCMAC, Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:15 AM
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Thursday, February 20, 2014 9:55 AM

I'm sure it's as dead as we all imagined it would be when it was first announced.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:31 AM

Announcement within 30 days... I'll believe it when I see it.

"Theme park insiders tell WESH 2 they’re betting the Polercoaster will be in a big-name park because the expense of building it would make it a money-loser as a standalone attraction."

Yes... "theme park insiders." They know what's up. Obviously this is going in Epcot.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:03 PM

Except the word at IAAPA was that it would be a standalone attraction, built by some kind of developer who has restaurants and clubs or something.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:23 PM

If it is a smaller developer I wonder if the delay is a stab at creative financing

If the contract has non disclosure in it.

If it were leaked could they sue builder for damages paying for part of the build?

We will find out as soon as they apply for FAA permit.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:36 PM

My mom asked me last night to NOT ride this. "Please promise me you won't ride this, it looks like it's in a muddy field." She should know better by now...I will ride it once - any more than that depends on how good it is, where it's at, and what they charge (I have NO belief that this is going in to a major park).

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Well, clearly you're not a theme park insider, then.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:54 PM

That term become funnier than usual for me last year.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:44 PM

I want to reach out and choke whoever wrote that article for including that sentence. "Theme park insiders say..." = "I read an anonymous post on a website and I don't feel like doing any research."

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:25 AM

Evidently the height has been increased to 570ft., but that's not really much of a development. I have a feeling the delay could have something to do with quite a bit of land that was foreclosed on just after the new year on the Universal Blvd. side of I-Drive. There have been a lot of troubled development plans for several different lots over there, as well as a lot of work going on in the large block of land around and owned by the Wyndham resort on I-Drive as well, so a few places this is (or was) likely to land that are seeing increased activity of one kind or another.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:52 PM

Or the alleged developer just doesn't have the money.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:08 PM

Jeff said:

Or the alleged developer just doesn't have the money.

Exactly. It was NEVER going to a big Orlando park, and it certainly isn't now.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:17 PM

Jeff said:

Or the alleged developer just doesn't have the money.

Well, that's kind of what was implied by the whole properties going under foreclosure statement (i.e. I believe Thomas/FQP was the intended developer).

Actually, when the news first broke at IAAPA, I was leaning towards Hard Rock in Tampa until it was clarified that it was for the Orlando area.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:33 PM

I can tell you almost for certain that it was someone who had no business attempting something like this.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:59 PM

Well that doesn't surprise me at all, and I have a few names in mind, but will hold my tongue a bit more here than I did when Orlando Thrill Park was in the works (I wish it would have happened just because I'm really missing a high concentration of large/great coasters, but know it wouldn't have worked).

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:21 PM

CreditWh0re said:

Exactly. It was NEVER going to a big Orlando park, and it certainly isn't now.

OUTSIDER!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:59 PM

There should be a site called Theme Park Outsider. Every article will say, "I don't know what's going on and I don't care because I hate theme parks."

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:08 PM

I always thought there should be a website called Theme Park Revue.

It would cover 19th century song and dance shows about theme parks.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, March 7, 2014 12:57 PM
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