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Orlando Thrill Park developers appeal against planning rejection

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The backers of the proposed Orlando Thrill Park have appealed against the rejection of zoning adjustments required to build it, as they attempt to keep the project alive.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the appeal is likely to be heard within the next few weeks, although the precise timetable is yet to be set. Last month, the developers received a major setback when the Orlando municipal planning board unaminously rejected zoning adjustments that would have enabled the Orlando Thrill Park site to be used as an amusement park.

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. City staff originally recommended approving a change of use, but the planning board voted against this guidance.

Currently, the Orlando City Council is set to vote to accept or reject the planning board's recommendation at a meeting on May 23. However, this may be rescheduled now that the appeals process has begun.

Initial designs for the Orlando Thrill 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.

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