FSU & OU enjoy Cheez-It Bowl ‘Day of Kids’ event at Fun Spot
ORLANDO, Fla. — Players and coaches from Florida State University and The University of Oklahoma joined in on the fun at the Cheez-It Bowl “Day of Kids” event at Fun Spot. Read: 9 Things to know about the Cheez-It Bowl and the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl“To me, all the gifts that you can give these football players and gift cards and backpacks and trips to Fun Spot is amazing. I feel like a lot of them feel like that’s been the best part of the trip so far,” said Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports. The Seminoles and the Sooners will head back to practice and prepare for Cheez-It Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 7 Cheez-It "Day of Kids" at Fun Spot FSU & OU join in the fun of the Cheez-It "Day of Kids" event at Fun Spot.wftv.com
Fun Spot’s new Sky Hawk swing allows riders to fly through the air like a superhero
ORLANDO, Fla. – You will soon have the chance to feel like a superhero flying through the sky. Fun Spot America said Thursday that it will introduce Sky Hawk to its Orlando park next month. The swing will make 10 revolutions per minute as its tower lights up in purple, magenta, yellow and orange. Ad“We’re excited to offer our guests this thrilling new ride,” said John Arie Jr., CEO of Fun Spot America Theme Parks. Sky Hawk will become the 31st ride at the park, officials said.
These companies are hiring in Central Florida for the holidays
Disney World told News 6 it’s not hiring for seasonal workers this year. It’s why this year he said he’s not able to hire seasonal workers like he usually does. While the company couldn’t provide exact hiring totals for Central Florida, each store and distribution center in the area will be hiring seasonal team members, according to Target. CareerSourceWhile they’re not all necessarily seasonal, CareerSource Central Florida has a variety of positions up for grabs. Those looking for a new job can visit CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com or call 800-757-4598 to be connected to a CareerSource Central Florida career consultant.
Guests at Fun Spot repeatedly violated Orange County’s mask mandate, records show
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Fun Spot near International Drive has been put on notice three times in the past few months after strike teams found that guests weren’t always wearing masks while at the amusement park, according to records provided by Orange County. The first strike team visit occurred on Aug. 13 after a citizen complaint. Orange County has had a mask mandate in place for months to stop the spread of COVID-19. While strike teams have been visiting businesses to make sure they’re complying with that rule, the focus has been on educating rather than fining or punishing, according to the mayor. News 6 has contacted Fun Spot for comment.
Heres all the businesses Orange Countys coronavirus strike teams have visited
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. In the past month, Orange County strike teams designed to make sure that local businesses are following coronavirus guidelines have been busy performing inspections and what theyve found is that most establishments are in compliance. [READ: Orange County strike teams to visit businesses suspected of not following mask mandate, CDC guidelines | Orange County strike teams aim to gain compliance by educating businesses on COVID-19 measures]Salons, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, car dealerships, gyms, grocery stores and massage parlors were all included on the list. Among those not in compliance was Fun Spot off International Drive, which a strike team visited on Aug. 12 after a citizen complaint. Of the 69 businesses that were visited twice, 57 were in compliance by the time the strike team visited the second time while 12 were still not in compliance. Scroll through the document below to see all the places the strike teams have visited.
Fun Spot Orlando reopened Friday to the general public, masks not required
click to enlarge Photo via Fun Spot OrlandoFun Spot Orlando reopened on Friday at 2 p.m. and plans to reopen daily to the general public. As far as theme park news goes, "it's huuuuge," since Fun Spot now becomes the first Orlando attraction to reopen since the coronavirus pandemic closed theme parks and family entertainment centers in mid-March. Fun Spot has released a list of social-distancing measures and sanitation steps similar to those of other parks like Universal Legoland and Gatorland have, but with a slightly more laid-back approach. "Masks are not required but encouraged," the park posted on Twitter , adding on their website, "We encourage you to bring your own masks as an added precaution." "Guests venturing out to the 22-year-old park are asked to use the main entrance at 5700 Fun Spot Way.orlandoweekly.com
Fun Spot to reopen ahead of Memorial Day weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. Fun Spot, which has been pushing to be allowed to reopen after its extended coronavirus closure, will be allowed to do just that in time for Memorial Day weekend. During an Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting on Monday, CEO John Arie, Jr. said he was hoping to be allowed to open Friday. pic.twitter.com/ZUdqoE5Yhj Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings (@OCFLMayor) May 21, 2020John Chidester, the vice president of marketing for Fun Spot America, said he expects a good turnout this weekend. For example, every other row on rides will be empty and the park will operate at 50% capacity to begin with. Shortly after Fun Spots reopening announcement, Universal Orlando sent out an alert notifying guests that its parks would soon begin operating.
Central Florida could see uptick in coronavirus cases as attractions reopen
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Announcements came Friday that several Central Florida attractions -- Universal Orlando, Fun Spot and Gatorland, to name a few -- were planning to open in the near future, but that doesnt mean the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic is over. Pino said right now, the county is seeing about 20 to 30 cases a day. Before being allowed to open, those attractions were required to present plans to Orange Countys Economic Recovery Task Force that included restrictions meant to prevent a second wave of coronavirus cases. With the cumulative total of cases in Orange County at 1,744 and a positivity rate of 2.9%, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said hes optimistic that the region wont see a spike in infections. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Whats open in Orlando: Everything you can visit amid the coronavirus pandemic
Of course, not everything is open just yet, which is why well update this story as more locations start to open their doors. Check out the list below of things open in Central Florida:Treetop Trek: The Brevard County zipline park will open Saturday, May 23 with reduced hours. Leu Gardens: Not only has this Audubon Park botanical gardens remained open, its also been free for the past few weeks. ICEBAR Orlando: Guests can cool down and grab a drink and a bite to eat at this I-Drive ice-themed attraction. WonderWorks Orlando: A pop-up on the I-Drive attraction indicates that it will be open soon, but an exact date hasnt been provided yet.
Here’s what Fun Spot, Gatorland, Icon Park want to do to keep you safe
ORLANDO, Fla. – Some of Orange County’s smaller attractions said they have strong guidelines in place for keeping guests safe, and they want to open by the end of the week. Leaders from Fun Spot America, Gatorland and Icon Park presented their plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on Monday. “Our priority is number one the customer’s safety comes first,” said Chris Jaskiewicz with Icon Park. “Keep things clean and keep people healthy.”All three parks have been closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Our goal is to seek approval from the task force and from Mayor Demings and open our park this Saturday, May 23,” said Mark McHugh with Gatorland.
Fun Spot America, Gatorland push to reopen during phase 2
ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s been almost two months since Gatorland Orlando closed its doors due to the pandemic. Now with the news of Universal's CityWalk and Disney Springs partially reopening, workers say they are ready to reopen whenever they get the green light. Gatorland Orlando, along with other local attractions like Fun Spot America and Icon Park submitted letters to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings asking to be included in phase two of the governor's reopening plan. Employees at Gatorland Orlando have safety measures already set up throughout the park-like 6 feet place holders on the ground and signs with new restrictions for guests. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.