A developer is hoping to make a splash into Orlando’s bustling tourist area by adding a surfing simulator to the mix of entertainment options near Disney World.
SPW Holdings, based in Brevard County’s Merritt Island, submitted a permit application Monday with Orange County for a project titled “Wave Club Orlando.” The plan includes two restaurants and bars along with a surfing simulator on 3.26 acres of property on Vineland Avenue next to a Publix shopping center.
The application was filed by Mark Silver and Fred Bouvard, who founded SplashWorld Water Park in France in 2015. According to Bouvard’s LinkedIn page, SplashWorld was home to the largest surfing simulator in the world.
In an email to GrowthSpotter, Bouvard said the surfing simulator concept in Orlando has nothing to do with the France waterpark.
He did not provide more details about the possible project, saying it’s too early in the process to speak about it.
The request could require approval from the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners before it can move forward, according to the application.
The property sits off Interstate 4 and is currently a parking lot between a Publix shopping center and a hotel. It’s located near several restaurants and retailers a short drive from Disney World theme parks.
The property is owned by local real estate investor Wayne Hillman through an affiliated company Regency 1B LLC. He purchased three adjacent plats totaling ten acres in recent years for more than $5 million.
One of his properties, at 12235 Regency Village Dr. now holds a Spot X Red Roof Inn hotel that was built in 2021. A Cambria Hotel And Suites is proposed for the other Hillman-owned property, located beside the location of the proposed surfing simulator.