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Artegon Site for New Theme Park?

Discussion in 'Other Orlando & Central Florida Tourist Spots' started by Galaxy Defender, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. SeventyOne

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    Essentially yes. A few of the anchors remain, but the majority of the mall is walled off. Fairly certain the indoor golf was inside the wall last time I was at the theater, so done.
     
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    At least as of last week when I saw Blade Runner there, Putting Edge is about the only thing that is still open. The discount bookstore next to it is long gone though.
     
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    You make it sound like it's hard to park at DS. It's absolutely not. I used to work there at a 3rd party vendor and parked in the garage every day. It was always easy.
     
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    Parking at DS is MUCH better than it used to be, but I hate the crowds there and dealing with the tourists.
     
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    The rumor was that the buyer of Artegon was also buying that site...
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    It has gotten worse recently though - they now wont allow CMs to park in the garages after like 1pm on any day and not at all on the weekends.
     
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    Sounds like a waste of valuable land, but whatever.

    As long as the movie theater stays i'm cool with it.
     
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    I wonder what the "and more” entails.
     
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    I like that it seems to be focused more on movie cars, I might be interested in checking it out. Hopefully it's just enough of a tourist draw to kickstart more shops and restaurants. I could definitely see it being a good fit for God's and Monsters to return. Throw in an arcade, some other attractions and I could maybe see this mall finally working.
     
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    Forgive me for not being able to give all the details (the people who write my checks would get angry), but I will say the "and more" sounds like a Ninja Warrior-esque training course/attraction that includes trampolines, obstacles, rockwalls, VR attractions, paintball etc.

    EDIT: I heard more may be in works, but for now its still a "lets get in here and see what we got" type of scenario first.
     
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    Ninja Warrior training course you say?

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    The days of couple-hour attractions like Mystery Fun House and Xanadu are long gone. Look at CSI, which closed, and Titanic, which is on its way out if it's still open. Given that this plot is off the beaten path--by just a mile or so but that's far enough--it needs to be something largely self-contained. Great Wolf Lodge or something similar might work. Maybe a paradigm shift like the original Church St Station. (Not sure what that might be.) But trying to compete with everything further south on I-Drive just isn't going to work.

    At the same time, I can't imagine any shopping surviving there with the Outlet Mall virtually surrounding it. Would always be the back-up choice, as was the case with Festival Bay.

    And the final option--housing--doesn't seem particularly viable either, unless they can create a new access road further away. But as is, not convenient for traffic, and in a sketchy area.

    Best of luck to the new buyers, but this just seems like a white elephant property.
     
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    More about this, Prime Time Amusements and Dezer developments bought it out

    New Artegon developer says more than just fun center coming - Orlando Sentinel

    They own Xtreme Action Park in Ft. Lauderdale, but that space is much much smaller than Festival Bay/Artegon, so I have no real idea what's going here.

    Prime time also is the contractor who runs all the arcade games at Universal and the hotels there.
     
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    I can't find the article, but there was another article talking about the Artegon purchase. It had a quote from the founder that made it sound like Artegon was basically going to be used as a warehouse/office with a fun center and retail on the side.

    The new owner basically said that the real estate was too good of a deal to pass up.
     
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    Many old malls are being used as offices, call centers, etc these days. They cost too much to demo and unless you have a solid business plan to replace it, might as well keep the infrastructure in place.
     
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    This is crazy. I dont know how to feel about it.
    I think the Ice Skating rink, paint ball and indoor trampoline gym (although there was one already there) is cool, but go karts and indoor pinball?

    it's just a knockoff of Many other attractions in the area. IMO, He just has up front money.

    Wish they'd just turn it into apartments.
     
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    I am hearing that some of the land near the mall is being scouted out for an indoor ski experience.
     

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