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Project: Skyplex entertainment complex (Updated)

Project: Skyplex entertainment complex (Updated)
Updated as of July, this rendering of Skyplex entertainment complex includes the hotel and all aspects of the property. (provided)

Skyplex entertainment complex is a multi-stage project that developer Wallack Holdings aims to anchor the new Entertainment District of International Drive.

The latest of six world record-aspects of the project that were confirmed on Nov. 17 include a 524-foot vertical lift that will begin 24 feet below ground, carrying riders on the Skyscaper polercoaster to a height of 501 feet, also a proposed world record.

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Skyplex's surf park, SkySurf, will contain the world's largest man-made surfing wave pool. Previously announced world records that project will feature include SkyFall (world's tallest drop ride).

Skyplex will include 1.5 million square feet on roughly 14 acres, a 350-room hotel, the SkyFly free-fall zip line, simulators, games and other rides, along with space for other attractions, restaurants, bars and retail. The development will have a 2,400-space parking garage, and a 10,000-square-foot Perkins restaurant (to be the chain's largest).

Liechtenstein-based ride maker Intamin Amusements Rides will supply the ride system for the Skyscraper rollercoaster, through an agreement with International Amusements Inc., the project developer announced July 29.

Initially projected at $200 million, the project's budget rose steadily in 2014 to $300 million, and in May was updated to $460 million in June to reflect the acquisition of Perkins restaurant, and new hotel plans for the property.

Skyplex is involved in a rezoning application that calls for seven individual parcels to be unified as one planned development. Submitted in late March, that rezoning application will be heard by Orange County's Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 1.

FAST FACTS

Location: Northeast corner of the intersection of Sand Lake Road and International Drive
Owner: Wallack Holdings
Start Date: First Quarter 2016
End Date: Spring 2018 
Project Budget: $500 million (as of November)
General Contractor: Winter Park Construction (subsidiary Euforria is managing the pre-construction process); HHCP (architect), U.S. Thrill Rides (polercoaster design), Celtic Engineering
Description: A mixed-use entertainment complex covering more than 14 acres at the northeast corner of the I-Drive and Sand Lake Road intersection, with a hotel, parking garage, SkyPLAZA retail and dining mall, the new Skyscraper polercoaster, Skyfall drop attraction and nearby dining and retail establishments.

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