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Death Defying Excitement on Your Orlando Vacation

There are always a few tourists that need death defying excitement on their Orlando vacation. Most thrill-seekers are content with roller coaster rides, alligator shows or zip line adventures. I know I am! No doubt there are many exciting things to do during your vacation here. However, you might want to know about a couple of exciting attractions – one will not be available for much longer, and one is a once-a-year event. If you plan to check out these two exciting events, you’d better use some of your adrenaline and do it soon.

Exotic Driving Experience

Want to drive this awesome car? You’d better do it soon!

WDW Speedway / Richard Petty Driving Experience

The Walt Disney World Speedway and Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closing this summer. One of the thrilling aspects of this attraction was the Exotic Driving Experience. Read our earlier post about this experience. Starting July 1, 2015, you will no longer be able to race around the track at unheard of speeds in a car you might only be able to dream about driving.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If this closing will affect your late summer vacation, never fear. You can travel an hour and a half northeast of Disney and have the same Exotic Driving Experience at the Daytona International Speedway. It will still require advanced planning due to the Speedway in Daytona undergoing a huge renovation.

Sword SwallowerWorld Sword Swallower’s Day

So you want to be a sword swallower? Ripley’s Believe It or Not will hold a free sword swallowing performance on February 28, 2015. This will be the 8th annual celebration. There are only a handful of people in the world that are able to practice this art. I wonder why…

If you are also curious about this death defying act, you’ll be able to watch these three professionals:

  • Dan Meyer, World Sword Swallower’s Day founder and America’s Got Talent finalist, will attempt several death-defying feats. Meyer has swallowed as many as 21 swords at one time.
  • Franz Huber, who is coming all the way from Germany to participate.
  • Haley Hall, who at just 16 years old may be the youngest sword swallower in the world.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This event is very entertaining. It also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made in the field of science and medicine. Not many know this, but they also raise money for esophageal cancer research.

The FREE show will be held February 28 and starts at 1:30 p.m. The official “swallow” will commence at 2:28:15 pm, just like the date 2/28/15. This isn’t so odd, after all, this special event in Orlando is held at the Odditorium! You may also be able to catch this death defying show at Odditoriums in New York City, Hollywood, San Francisco, Baltimore, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Branson, Atlantic City, Orlando, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, Key West and Grand Prairie. For more information, visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not web site.

Not everyone needs this level of excitement while on vacation. The theme parks in Orlando offer many thrills. Let us know what your most-thrilling ride or theme park is by commenting below. What gets your adrenaline going?

A New Orlando Thrill Park? Maybe not….

Orlando Thrill ParkBack in October, big news was released about a new amusement park coming to Orlando.  The Orlando Thrill Park was proposed to be built on 77.7 acres near the north end of International Drive.  The plans were for several ‘extreme’ roller coasters, with interlocking loops and vertical “top-hat” drops.  The tallest ride was going to need approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, due to the height, 425 feet tall!  The park has a forecast attendance of 2 million people annually.

However, the latest news is that Orlando’s Municipal Planning board voted to reject the proposal.  The reasoning behind the rejection is due to local resident opposition.  The proposed location is bordered on the north by Festival Bay Mall and on the south by a residential neighborhood, Tangelo Park.  Residents voiced concerns of traffic increases, noise, and disruption of education due to the noise and screams coming from the roller coasters.  I could definitely see their point; I don’t think I’d want a thrill park built so close to my neighborhood.  But, on the other hand, a new park would generate much-needed jobs in the area; they say it will bring over 2,000 construction jobs and 1,250 permanent jobs.

The idea isn’t totally dead yet, developers have 5 days to regroup and appeal the decision.  The developers performed required traffic and noise studies, which are now posted on the city’s website. The developers say they are still talking with the city about noise-level requirements and are seeking special zoning for sound levels, to what was granted to Universal Orlando.  And, they would have to keep the ‘noisy’ sections away from the residential area, using those areas for restaurants, gift shops, and shopping areas.

IF this park is approved, it could pose a challenge to other amusement parks in the area, such as Fun Spot and Magical Midway.  Keep checking our website for additional information as plans progress.  And, please feel free to comment, and let us know what YOU think.

A New Amusement Park Coming to Orlando?

Developers have just announced plans for a new amusement park, Orlando Thrill Park.  The plan is in the very early stages and will be weeks before a proposal reaches the city commissioners, but Orlando Mayor Budd Dyer said the plan sounds exciting, stating “We’re always excited for new opportunities, especially since we’ve had some challenging economic times. Anything that’s out there that can bring jobs, we’re happy about.”

The park would be built on 77.7 acres near the north end of International Drive, owned by I-Drive Investors LLC.  The Baker Leisure Group, which specializes in building theme parks, is assisting with this project.  The park may feature as many as 15 rides, including several roller coasters.  The proposal mentions ‘extreme’ roller coasters, with interlocking loops and vertical “top-hat” drops.  The tallest ride will need approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, due to the height, 425 feet tall! These types of extreme rides are very popular with ride enthusiasts and the shear height alone will attract a lot of attention to this new amusement park.

Developers acknowledged the park could lead to an increase in light pollution and traffic, and will conduct a noise study in this area, which is bordered on the north by Festival Bay Mall and on the south by a residential neighborhood, Tangelo Park.  On the other hand, a new park would generate much-needed jobs in the area. Jobs for when the park is eventually opened, as well as many jobs during the construction phase.  If this park is approved, it could pose a challenge to other amusement parks in the area, such as Fun Spot and Magical Midway.  They may need to “rise up” to the occasion to sustain their business. Keep checking our website for additional information as plans progress.