The owner of a Car Wash Express is looking to build a dune buggy attraction on W192 in Kissimmee, right next door to his new $3.3 million car wash.
David Daniels told GrowthSpotter he plans to lease about 1 acre on the parcel near Mile Marker 14 on W192 that is currently home to a helicopter tour attraction. The property is owned by Randy Bonson.
Daniels, who is also a real estate broker, said he plans to build a sand track for the dune buggies and share parking and other facilities with the existing helitour business. The initial investment would be about $500,000, but Daniels said he hopes it will lead to other entertainment options at the 18-acre site.
"I did this many years ago up in the Panhandle," he said. "There's one up in Panama City now. It would be the same concept. They've got some other activities."
Last November, he purchased the neighboring 2.7-acre tract for $375,000 and is about six weeks away from opening his second full-service car wash.
"It has 19 self-service vacuums and 10 detail bays," he said. "It will be a really good facility with good equipment. Once we get up and running, we'll have about 40 employees. The dune buggy attraction will create another five or six jobs."
Osceola Engineering Inc. is the project engineer and will represent Daniels on Wednesday in a pre-application meeting with county planners.