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Developers of the Starflyer attraction planned for International Drive filed plans with Orange County earlier this month, with the attraction pole set to stand 417 feet tall up to its spire point, and riders reaching a height of 353 feet.

The world's tallest swing ride is planned for the Vue at 360, the future name for what is now Kings Plaza, an 8.9-acre parcel owned by Unicorp. Charley's Steak House and Kings Bowling hold long-term leases with Unicorp in the plaza. The property lies directly north of I-Drive 360.

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The project's new Development Plan (DP) should go before Orange's Development Review Committee on June 1.

Site owner Unicorp National Developments would immediately file building permit applications after DRC approval, which could come after that June 1 meeting, said Chuck Whittall, president and CEO.

"We hope to break ground on it in the Fall," Whittall told GrowthSpotter. "We're very excited, and think this will be a great new attraction for I-Drive."

A general contractor has yet to be chosen, Whittall added.

Unicorp added an "amusement" use to the Goodings Plaza PD zoning in December, and successfully applied the Convention Plaza District Overlay Zone rules to allow for a 450-foot height maximum on the parcel.

The developer of the 425-foot attraction plans to hire a general contractor in the coming months and break ground by July, but another land owner and tenants of Kings Plaza may file a legal challenge to halt the project.

As depicted on the site plan, the attraction's entry point for customers will be a single-story ticketing building with a footprint of about 3,581 square feet, set on the eastern side of the Starflyer pole.

In its operating position, riders will be spun outward at a 125-degree angle.

An overview of the site plan for Starflyer attraction. The development will cover a relatively small space on the southwest corner of the Kings Plaza parking lot.
An overview of the site plan for Starflyer attraction. The development will cover a relatively small space on the southwest corner of the Kings Plaza parking lot. (Kimley-Horn)

The attraction's footprint will cover what is currently parking area and a taxi stand in the southwest corner of the Goodings Plaza/Kings Plaza property.

Starflyer developer Ritchie Armstrong's Orlando Starflyer LLC will lease a pad from Unicorp within the Kings Plaza parcel. The attraction height of 417 feet will stand slightly taller than the Orlando Eye wheel, which is about 410 feet off the ground at its peak, Whittall said.

Whittall estimates the project to cost near $10 million through buildout. No outside financing will be sought for the project, he said, with Unicorp paying to construct the ticket sales building and Armstrong's company paying for the attraction.

Highlighted in blue is the parcel on which Starflyer will be built in its southwest corner, directly north of I-Drive 360 and the Orlando Eye.
Highlighted in blue is the parcel on which Starflyer will be built in its southwest corner, directly north of I-Drive 360 and the Orlando Eye. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Armstrong told GrowthSpotter in December the project could be operational by the end of 2016.

Australian ride manufacturer The FunTime Group will manufacture the Starflyer, and Maryland-based Ride Entertainment will install it.

Kimley-Horn is civil engineer on the project, and the architect is Scott + Cormia.

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