The backers of the proposed Orlando Thrill Park have opted not to appeal against the rejection of zoning adjustments required to build it, effectively killing the project.
Plans for the park would have seen it constructed on a 78-acre plot off International Drive, around a mile away from the Universal Orlando Resort. However, the land is currently designated only for use as space for apartments and the Municipal Planning Board recently rejected an application to enable it to host an amusement park.
While the developers originally planned to pursue an appeal against the decision, the Orlando Sentinel reports that the action has now been dropped due to the high costs involved. Instead, a deal has been reached with the city to use the site for other commercial projects.
Initial designs for the Orlando Thrill Park showed that it would have contained 14 large thrill rides. This would have included 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.