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New details released on Orange Lake Resort's 'high action adventure park'

Orange Lake Resort filed a rendering of the new high action adventure park. It includes zip lines, a high ropes course, inflatable water slide, climbing tower and other rides.
Orange Lake Resort filed a rendering of the new high action adventure park. It includes zip lines, a high ropes course, inflatable water slide, climbing tower and other rides. (Orange County)

Development plans filed Wednesday with Orange County reveal more details about the high action adventure park planned for construction this year at Orange Lake Resort.

Located at 8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, the resort and its country club golf course span more than 800 acres on either side of S.R. 429, just west of the Walt Disney World entrance and north of U.S. 192.

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Philip Wilson, executive vice president of Extreme Engineering, discussed the plans with GrowthSpotter.

"We just got approval to start breaking ground and put the park in this summer," he said. "We're going to start production in the next two or three weeks. It's 100 percent a go. They want us to have it done in June or July."

Details on what the sprawling 800-acre resort has planned for new service buildings, and expansion of its pool/entertainment complex.

The filing is part of a revised Development Plan (DP) that Orange Lake initiated with the county in early April that includes two new housekeeping buildings, GrowthSpotter reported on April 8.

The park includes many of Extreme Engineering's signature features: a pair of zip lines, a high ropes course, a rock climbing tower, a giant inflatable waterslide and extreme air jumping ride.

"They're really trying to have amenities that speak to young families and millenials," Wilson said. "They needed a stay-to-play solution."

The company has designed similar parks at Summer Bay Resort and Westgate River Ranch Resort, but works with each client to install theming that makes each location unique.

"This will be the most highly-themed adventure park at any resort locale," Wilson said. "It's going to be great. We're really going to immerse people into a cool environment."

The park will be constructed on the eastern end of the resort, on property reserved for a future timeshare tower. According to the revised DP, Orange Lake Resort would remove the adventure park if it decides to move forward with construction of the new timeshare building.

"That's the beauty of our products," Wilson said. "They're anchored down, so they can be moved to another site. But most of the theming would have to be demolished."

A leading maker of ziplines and rock-climbing walls will unveil its latest creation. The cloud coaster marries the concept of roller coasters with ziplines that can be built anywhere.

Last November Extreme Engineering introduced its newest product, the Cloud Coaster, at the International Association of Adventure Parks and Attractions trade show in Orlando. The cloud coaster marries the concepts of roller coasters with ziplines to create a thrill ride that can be built anywhere.

The first will open this summer at Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, followed by a second location in September at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"We're in discussions with Orange Lake to put in a Cloud Coaster as Phase 2 of the adventure park," Wilson said.

Resort officials declined to comment on the project, saying it would be premature since the county has not approved the change permit.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407)420-6261, or tweet me at @LKinslerOGrowth. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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