Hey Thrill Seekers.
Seems like everyone is playing “Guess who” at the moment with regards to the rumours that another big theme park company are looking to build in Orlando.
I know rumours about new parks opening in Central Florida is a regular occurrence so don’t take our word for it, but Richard Bilbao at the Orlando Business Journal – traditionally a solid source of news in the local Business community – is reporting that a “top U.S. Theme park operator” are looking at a 200 acre site located on International Drive including the majority of Artegon, the location is perfectly situated in the heart of theme park land being only 2.7 miles away from Universal and 6.2 miles North of SeaWorld.
So who could it be?
In my opinion the Big Three can be eliminated from consideration. Disney’s not about to expand off it’s property. Universal already has an expansion site on I-Drive and SeaWorld needs to strengthen its existing Orlando assets so their concentration needs to be put in to this, not into a separate property miles away.
Who would want to take on the challenge and compete with the Big Three?
It’s going to need to be something spectacular to attract visitors from other more established theme parks.
Could it be Merlin Entertainments? They already have LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven and operates the Orlando Eye and Sealife Aquarium on I-drive. Do they have another brand they can offer, something to do with Dungeons, maybe a Dungeon themed hotel and park, who knows.
Theme park fans are wondering who the mysterious theme park operator could be, suggesting names like Cedar Fair LP, Six Flags Entertainment Corp. and Herschend Family Entertainment, which each could be looking for a way to break into the Orlando market.
Cedar Fair owns and operates eleven amusment parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and 5 hotels. Are they planning to expand?
Six Flags already hold properties in the US, Canada and Mexico. It is the largest amusement park company based on the number of properties owned. They own 18 throughout North America consisting of theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers. Could they be coming down South?
Six Flags is my guess, who do you think it could be? Who would you like to see bring something new to Orlando?