Fun Spot's "Skycoaster" changes I-Drive skyline

Skycoaster ride lets visitors soar 250 feet in the air

Published On: Feb 22 2013 11:35:37 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 23 2013 03:10:47 AM EST
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -

The skyline along International Drive will look very different by Saturday evening, thanks to a new attraction at Fun Spot Amusement Park.

Workers are installing what will be one of the tallest structures in Orlando once they erect a 250-foot "Skycoaster" as part of a huge expansion to the park.

For a family of thrill-seekers, Fun Spot's newest attraction will be 250 feet of magic.

"I definitely want to do that," said Cheri Reynolds, who came with her family from New York.

As crews race to get it off the ground for it's June 8 grande opening, the excitement is building.

"We come here for the go carts -- that's our favorite thing at Fun Spot, but new attractions are something new to try and something fun," said Steve Haraden, also visiting from New York with his family.

The world's largest Skycoaster in Kissimmee is 300-feet tall, and attracts visitors, but few are brave enough to ride the ride said Fun Spot representative Mark Brisson.

The Skycoaster in Kissimmee brings people in, but only about 10 percent of people are brave enough to ride it, said Brisson. However, the new development is a local economic booster, with 200 construction jobs and offering 100 new jobs when the expansion is complete.

"As profitable and as great a ride as the Skycoaster is, it's also a 250 feet beacon," said Brisson. "When they're on I-4, when they're on the turnpike, 'What's that over there? It's huge!'"