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Old 03-18-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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I'm not sure if Orlando is the best location in all of North America for this attraction, With hurricanes and all, plus Orlando is very flat, not very scenic. Whats your opinion on this attraction coming to Orlando in 2010? Good or bad idea?
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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Its an excellent idea. Orlando is beautiful! I've parasailed at about 800 feet and it is definetily breath-taking! 400 feet should be okay. You would be amazed at some of the things you see up there, its quiet too.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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I have been hot air ballooning around here and Noodles is right - Orlando is very scenic from above. You'd be very surprised! I am all for it.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Tropical version of NJ (FL)
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Ehh... kinda cool, kinda just another tourist trap. And I agree, no hills or really anything I would refer to as "scenic." I can go up to Lake Lure, NC and see 2 states at one time, with beautiful hills and mtns. Like I said, cool, but other areas are far more scenic.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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But where else on Earth can you see Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld all at once from the air as well as the many lakes around and all that's going on International Drive. It must be difficult seeing everything as a "tourist trap" instead of accepting it with a free mind.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Sounds very cool. shame they can't get it to the size of the arch in St.L
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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This actually should make it more pleasant, considering how flat Orlando is with very little reaching the skies, it would make a great attraction. But I am worried about the high winds, considering the assurances that it will be certified for it. I would hope they would close it in the case there were anything above 50 mph. Just hope it's not a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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I don't think this type of attraction will work in this area. Orlando is very different from the other tourist areas where these things have been built. Take London for example, people go to London to see London. People do not come to Orlando to see Orlando they come to experience attractions in theme parks. What you will see from this vantage point is theme parks and urban sprawl, regular ordinary modern homes and businesses. Obviously people will be going up in this thing to see theme parks, the closest theme park to it is Sea World while the two more popular resorts Disney and Universal are further away and wont be close enough to see all the details. I think there is a demand to see the Disney resort from the air due to it's size but this can be accomplished with the new Balloon attraction at Downtown Disney or helicopter tours which probably cost quite a bit less and offer a much closer view. I can see this being very popular for launches but they will probably have to charge more for these events since they only occur every so often. Assuming this even gets finished I would be very surprised if it does well.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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Well you all who don't like it don't have to worry. They have scraped the plans as of today. The developers have "put it on hold" until the recession ends.

In other words, you won't ever see it.
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Tropical version of NJ (FL)
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I think it'd be cool though. I just think it's so flat and you would see a lot of sprawl. Being able to see multiple theme parks at once? Meh.
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