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Fun Spot America celebrates grand re-opening; ride my new favorite Orlando coaster White Lightning!


Looking for a different type of park to visit in Orlando? A less expensive, lower key option perhaps?

Look no further — Fun Spot is the place for you!

Fun Spot America on International Drive.
Fun Spot America on International Drive.

The Fun Spot parks are a set of local, family-owned and operated amusement parks with locations in Orlando (on International Drive) and Kissimmee (on Hwy 192), just miles away from Universal Orlando and the Disney parks. Both Fun Spot parks offer free admission, free wifi and free parking! This means the non-riders in your family can still come into the park at no cost and enjoy the day. For the more adventurous, you can pay by the ride or get an all-day riding wristband. For the true thrill seekers, you can purchase a season pass and experience the fun all year long!

You’ve probably seen the billboards around town or even passed one of the Fun Spot parks themselves. “It’s HUGE!” is what they say, but now Fun Spot America is even “Huge’er!”.

Fun Spot America on International Drive.
Fun Spot America on International Drive.

Fun Spot America just had it’s grand re-opening this past weekend and has tripled in size over the past year, expanding from five acres to fifteen. Included in this large expansion are some awesome new attractions, like the world’s second tallest SkyCoaster at an astonishing 250 feet high! The world’s tallest SkyCoaster can be found at Fun Spot’s other location, Fun Spot USA, located in Kissimmee. Also included in Fun Spot America’s expansion are four new flat rides, a new go kart track, a food court, and not one but two new roller coasters.

One of the new coasters is Orlando’s first wooden roller coaster: White Lightning. It’s a compact, out and back roller coaster designed and built by Great Coasters International, known internationally for extremely smooth, fast and twisted wooden coaster designs.

Fun Spot America on International Drive.
Fun Spot America on International Drive.

This ride offers a very steep, twisted first drop, fast turns, airtime and a crazy ending that will make you want to ride again and again!

The second coaster is a customized suspended family steel roller coaster, Freedom Flyer, built by Vekoma of the Netherlands. Freedom Flyer is a inverted roller coaster that is great for people of all ages, flying over park midways, and offering excellent views of the newly developed areas of Fun Spot America.

Fun Spot America on International Drive.
Fun Spot America on International Drive.

Having visited both parks recently I was truly impressed! I have never experienced a group of employees that were so wonderful and friendly. We visited the park many times during our vacation, and each and every time we were greeted by smiling faces. The employees really made our visits a lot more enjoyable and memorable.

The other thing that I LOVED is White Lightning. Being a roller coaster fanatic I have been on quite a few roller coasters of all varieties, and White Lightning has quickly moved into one of my favorites! If you enjoy roller coasters, you will not want to miss White Lightning or Freedom Flyer.

Both Fun Spot locations are currently open daily 10:00am to midnight…

Fun Spot America on International Drive.
Fun Spot America on International Drive.

This makes Fun Spot great place to visit in the evening once the other parks have closed for the day.


Fun Spot America (International Drive)

Offers a choice of roller coasters, Thrill rides, go karts and games, including:

  • Orlando’s Only Wooden Roller Coaster—White Lightning
  • 4 Go-Kart Tracks—3 multi-level, 1 speed track
  • 7 Family/Thrill Rides – Including the Paratrooper, Rip Curl and Revolver
  • World’s Second Tallest SkyCoaster at 250 Feet
  • Cadet Go-Kart Track Designed for a 4, 5 and 6-year-old. A child’s First Drive
  • 8 Kid Spot Rides for Preschooler Fun
  • 2 Stories of Over 100 of the Hottest New and Classic Arcade Games


Fun Spot USA (Hwy 192)

Offers a HUGE array of thrill rides, go-kart tracks, and arcade games:

  • The World’s Tallest SkyCoaster at 300 Feet High
  • 4 Go-Kart Tracks—2 multi-level, 2 speed tracks
  • 10 Family/Thrill Rides – Including Rockstar Coaster and Screamin’ Eagles
  • 8 Kid Spot Rides for Fun for the Younger Set
  • Over 60 of the Hottest New and Classic Arcade Games


Official website:

Looking to celebrate a Birthday? Be sure to check out Fun Spot’s Birthday packages, available at both parks. Also take a look at the event calendar, as the parks host a variety of events and deals often.

See ya on White Lightning!


Fun Spot America – map

Click any marker to display the attraction or venue name. To scroll or zoom, use the controls on the top-left of the map. You may also switch to different map views by using the buttons on the top-right of the map.

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Fun Spot America – photo gallery

Click any image to view it full-screen. When the full-screen image is open, click to the right or use the right arrow on your keyboard to advance through the gallery.


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Missy Hodges
Missy Hodges
June 19, 2013 1:14 pm

awesome! Will have to check it out when we go back in Oct!!

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