Friday, October 16, 2015

Planning Troubles for Orlando's Skyplex + World's Tallest Coaster

© Skyplex
At a recent hearing, the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission voted against approving a rezoning needed for the Skyplex development to move forward.

The vote does not mean the project is dead, however, as the zoning now moves to the County Commissioners for a final approval or denial.

The Skyplex Project would be located on International Drive, not far from the Universal Orlando Resort - which according to many sources has been lobbying hard against the project.  Universal contends that the nearly 600 foot tall tower, containing the world's tallest coaster at just over 500 feet, would ruin sight lines and not fit in with the area - and that they are not afraid of the competition.  Universal has a height limit of 200 feet for rides and attractions at their parks.

If the $500 million project is able to move forward it will include a selection of food and retail locations on 14 acres of land, along with the observation tower, roller coaster and SkyFall, a 450 foot tall free fall ride.  You can read more on the project's design and features on the project's website.