So in September Frontier ran a sale for $15 flights to Orlando from Cleveland, so naturally I jumped on this sale for my Dad and I. The time of the flight however was not the best leaving CLE at 5:30 and getting into Orlando around 7:40, plus the $15 quickly turned into $40 after baggage and seat upgrade fees. However that’s still a cheap flight to Orlando no matter what. So since the first day or more appropriately night was a short one we decided to head to Fun Spot America for a few hours since they are open till midnight every day. Come check it out!
Fun Spot America, open late! Obviously it was dark already but the time we got to the park so all of these pictures will be night photos.
On the way to pick up our unlimited wristbands for the night, here’s the sign with all the info for pricing. We paid a little less than that since I got them online ahead of time but it’s still cheap compared to all the other major theme park attractions in Orlando.
Upon first sight in the park is the Freedom Flyer roller coaster and White Lightning. Also in the bottom left corner is the short lived Air Race. I did not give this a ride while I was there that night, didn’t want to test my stomach limits. haha
The massive Sky Coaster lit up all green, you can definitely see this from miles away.
First up my Dad wanted to try the go kart tracks so that’s where we headed.
There’s four different go kart tracks and each provide their own unique thrills.
After some time with the go karts we headed over to the main attraction that I was excited for… White Lightning!
White Lightning boasts the claim of being the only wooden roller coaster in Orlando. There was one in Tampa, but that one also closed, more on that later. Wooden coasters generally don’t do too well in Orlando since there is no downtime for maintenance since the parks are year round. When Fun Spot was looking at building a wooden roller coaster they obviously wanted something that could be light on maintenance. They got GCI to build their first ever steel structure roller coaster with a few other enhancements to ensure a smooth ride for a long time.
Speaking of GCI….
Who’s ready to ride?
White Lightning is still super smooth! It’s not as twisty as most GCI’s but it’s still got some amazing air time moments for a small fun coaster. Definitely a great addition to Fun Spot.
Next up Freedom Flyer!
Freedom Flyer was the biggest mystery to me here, I’d been on Vekoma family suspended coasters before and never really enjoyed them. However this one is much newer than all the other ones and maybe they’ve improved on the design.
Let’s go for a ride! The lift as you can see is a series of drive wheels and not the traditional chain.
Freedom Flyer was a great surprise! It was a little bumpy in some areas definitely indicative of Vekoma but not enough to make the ride not enjoyable. Heck the ride was a lot of fun, and even provided some good forces throughout the final helix.
The final helix is definitely the rides best part. Better than I expected and another solid coaster for Fun Spot.
There was one more coaster I needed to ride….
The Sea Serpent was a rough one, you’re traditional bumpy kiddie coaster but hey there’s this Rhino to wave at.
Taking a break at SkyDiner we grabbed some food. It’s very nice inside and a great way to warm up on a rather cool night in Orlando.
How about the Ferris Wheel for some aerial views?
A look back toward White Lightning and Freedom Flyer.
Some go kart action, from here you can see how the tracks overlap each other.
Here’s a wider look at the go kart area.
White Lightning’s back half, if you look closely there’s even a train going through the course. On the left side is the double down, one of White Lightning’s signature air time moments.
And look at that twisty track, that’s more like GCI.
A look over at the International Drive area at night. I’m sure this view will be much different when the world’s tallest roller coaster is built in 2017.
As you can see the park was basically empty tonight, not too many people here.
My Dad posing with the Route 66 sign.
Fun Spot’s front area of the park which includes a carousel and a scrambler.
One final look at the massive Sky Coaster arch before heading back to the hotel for the night.
See you later Fun Spot!
Fun Spot America is a fun little park, both of the major roller coasters are actually pretty damn good and it’s a fraction of the cost of all the other competitors in the Orlando area. Plus your unlimited ride wristband includes all the go karts as well. Come spend an afternoon or a few hours at Fun Spot if you’re in Orlando, you won’t regret it.