The proposed Orlando Thrill Park has received a major setback after the Orlando municipal planning board unaminously rejected zoning adjustments required to build it.
Plans for the Orlando Thrill Park would see it constructed on a 78-acre plot off International Drive, around a mile away from the Universal Orlando Resort. However, this land is currently designated only for use as space for apartments and retail stores, with changes required to allow it be used as part of a theme park.
Initial designs for the park show that it would contain 14 large thrill rides. This would include rollercoasters from major manufacturers including Intamin, Vekoma and Mack, alongside a range of flat rides from companies including S&S Power and Mondial. Full details of the proposed attractions can be found in Theme Park Tourist's recent report.
Local residents in the Tangelo Park neighborhood had raised concerns about noise levels, which the park's backers had moved to address. Orlando Thrill Park Partners claimed that it would construct a 650-feet buffer wall and a canal in order to minimize the noise impact, which it claimed would not exceed 70 decibels (the same level as traffic on the road) in neighboring residential areas.
The decision does not mark the end of the project, with the developers able to appeal the planning board's decision to the Orlando City Council. The council is set to accept or reject the planning board's recommendation at a meeting on May 23.