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  1. RichOBJ

    RichOBJ Rookie

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    Sup ya'll got another inside scoop for you guys. Talked to Unicorp's Chuck Whittall about huge upgrades coming to Icon Orlando 360.

    In a nutshell:
    • A new double slingshot ride on the southern side of Icon Orlando, bookending the complex with the existing Starflyer ride to the north. The new ride will be built tall enough to be considered the 'world's tallest.'
    • A drop tower — similar to rides like Disney's Tower of Terror — on the Universal Boulevard side of the complex, which currently is used as parking space. That ride also will be designed as the 'world's tallest.'
    • A new powered zipline ride, as well as other not-yet-announced thrill rides on the Universal Bourevard side of the property.
    More details (including hotel expansions) are in the story (PAYWALLED): https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando...ive-unicorp-chuck-whittall-has-300m-mini.html
     
  2. Teebin

    Teebin Legendary Member

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    Meanwhile, down the road, Universal is spending 300M on one attraction.

    (i just made that up and have no idea what the potter coaster is costing)
     
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    This portion of I drive will have the reputation of having the world’s tallest type of rides if they build the Polercoaster.
     
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    Just what Orlando needs, another slingshot. When I went to tin roof that is what I heard over and over. NOT
     
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    They are also getting a new restaurant...Blake Shelton's Ole Red.
    In 2020
     
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    Wonder who talked him into the restaurant biz?
     
  7. Wes

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    Not sure but he already has 2 locations running and a 3rd opening before this one does
     
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    Hate the slingshot, love everything else. I-Drive is finally starting to become the place everyone makes it out to be!
     
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    I know no rides I would call "similar to tower of terror" that are not other towers of terror.
     
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    Wait, isn’t there supposed to be a drop-tower attached to the Skyplex? Why would they build a record-breaking drop tower only to have the record broken shortly afterwards? What’s the point?
     
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    Maybe they don't believe it will get built either
     
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    Well, they’re probably going to be disappointed when it does get built. That’s a ton of money wasted on a product that won’t be unique for very long.

    But, then again, they are building a slingshot for some reason.
     
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    Fun and interesting day at Icon Orlando
     
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    As if ICON isn't tacky enough. More useless crap to clutter up the skyline.
     
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    I don't mind I-Drive 360, considering it looks nice and the new starflyer is nice to look at. Magical Midway has to be losing business, that place is just tacky.
     
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    Ummm, what's wrong with this? Orlando needs more stuff outside of the theme parks.
     
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    It appears Starflyer is owned by the same people as Magical Midway? And the rides RichOBJ mentioned as coming to Icon Orlando appear to be the same exact set from Magical Midway... it appears Magical Midway is relocating to within Icon Orlando, so I can't imagine it staying open once that is done.
     
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    Didn't know that. Logical for them to do that.
     
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    Excited to see the coverage and detail that @RollermanDan will be giving for the sake of this.
     

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