SeaWorld Orlando gets OK from county for water park plans

Posted Friday, August 12, 2005 9:39 AM | Contributed by Jeff

SeaWorld's plan to build a new water theme park effectively won approval from Orange County government Wednesday, all but clearing the way for ground breaking this fall. Some local residents worry about an increase in traffic in the area.

Read more from The Sun-Sentinel.

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Friday, August 12, 2005 10:35 AM
If you moved to Orlando in the past 25 years I have no sympathy for traffic problems. It is no different in South Florida. I have no right to complain because any idiot could anticipate the growth that was coming.
Friday, August 12, 2005 10:44 AM

Horrible traffic in the I-Drive area of Orlando? Wow--imagine that.

Friday, August 12, 2005 11:55 AM
Playa will be all excited... :-)

Dittos on the traffic comments...people in Vegas complain about traffic on The Strip...? I've never understood killing the goose that lays the golden egg...

Friday, August 12, 2005 12:10 PM
"any idiot could anticipate the growth that was coming."...

Apparently not the people responsible for building new roads...LOL!

The locals were complaining 5-6 weeks ago when SeaWorld first announced its intentions (I saw it on the Orlando news)...and with SeaWorld, DiscoveryCove, AND the new waterpark, that area in specific is COMPLETELY not eqeuipped for the traffic they'll get...

Friday, August 12, 2005 1:08 PM
I have to agree. This is going to be a nightmare traffic wise. I had enough problems in that area on days in February when the park is dead. I can't even imagine what it would be like on a high season day. Toss in a waterpark and it's grid lock. Just look at Gurnee....
Friday, August 12, 2005 4:44 PM
But its not like the waterpark is going to bring that many new people to Orlando. It's just going to change where tourists spend their money. Honestly... how many people are going to plan trips to Orlando just because of Sea World's new waterpark?
Saturday, August 13, 2005 12:40 AM
Gurnee was bad last year when I visited GAm on a tuesday WITHOUT the waterpark, Bob. I don't know if I'd even want to see it now.
Saturday, August 13, 2005 9:13 AM
It may not bring many more visitors to Orlando but it will probably increase the length of stay for many folks by a day or two....the new waterpark should have no problem doing 750,000 - million guests a year....perhaps more during the first few years of operation.
Sunday, August 14, 2005 2:30 AM
I was amazed today at how much work had already been completed considering the approval was still pending (well, officially anyway, LOL). With the proximity to the Convention Center, I'd expect more executives to bring the family along to those *business* meetings in Orlando....the place will be packed, but it is gonna be pretty BIG...shame the roads aren't any wider... :)
Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:08 PM
The one thing I noticed when I lived down there in 1994-early 1995 is that they added things like huge apartment complexes and did nothing for the roads. I lived on the opposite side of Disney from I-4 and all (on the westside) and back then there was just my apartment complex over there- now its all built up- but they haven't changed the layouts of any of the roads!
Monday, August 15, 2005 12:52 AM
Exactly! South FL may have grown a lot faster than Central FL has over the past 20 years, but their infrastructure has expanded WAY more in order to handle the increases...sure you find lots of traffic jams in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area, but they HAVE built a lot more roads. In Orlando, I guess they figured the growth was more of a *fad* such luck... ;)

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