It may not look like much right now, but work has already begun on the new SkyPlex project on International Drive in Orlando.
Engineering and construction crews have been busy preparing the property in anticipation of beginning the structural elements. It is expected that initial concrete pours will begin sometime after the first of the year.
Skyplex is an entertainment complex to be located on the Northeast corner of Sand Lake Road and International Drive in Orlando. The complex will include a 570 feet (170 m) tower, which will feature a 501-foot Skyscraper polercoaster, the 450-foot Skyfall drop tower, a 600-foot Skyfly zip line, the Skysurf water park and a 350-room hotel.
Skyplex will also be home to the world’s largest Perkins Restaurant and SkyPlaza retail, entertainment and dining center and a 2,400-car parking garage.
The project is expected to open in 2019.
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Skyplex, the $200 million retail and entertainment destination scheduled to be built on Orando’s International Drive, has just added another parcel to it’s project site.
The developer purchased an adjacent half-acre site from Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. The property is the third piece they have secured so far at the northeast corner of International Drive and Sand Lake road to build the 12-acre Skyplex tourist destination.
Skyplex will feature a 570-foot-tall Skyscraper roller coaster and observation tower attraction, a vertical roller coaster that will drop from the height of the tower and ride along the outside of some of the retail structures at the center. The destination is expected to feature nearly 500,000 square feet of luxury retail space, including high end shopping.
Construction is expected to start in 2015 with a grand opening slated for 2016.
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After months of speculation it has been officially reported that a new 570-foot-tall roller coaster, called the Skyscraper, is on the way to Orlando’s International Drive.
The Polercoaster from US Thrill Rides will be built as part of the Skyplex Entertainment complex on the northeast corner of the intersection of Sand Lake Road and International Drive.
With nearly one mile of track, Skycraper will include 8-passenger vehicles that will reach speeds up to 65 miles per hour. The coaster will have the capacity to carry up to 1,000 people per hour. The ride is expected to cost less than $20 a ticket. Continue reading It’s Official: Orlando’s Proposed Skyplex Entertainment Complex Will Include PolerCoaster
Attention thrill-seekers: the word is almost official… the world’s tallest roller coaster, will be built near the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road in Orlando.
The Polercoaster will be approximately 570 feet tall… the tallest structure in Central Florida. For comparison, that’s about 150 feet taller than the Orlando Eye Observation Wheel, now under construction along I-Drive just south of Sand Lake Road. It will be nearly three times higher than both Disney’s Expedition Everest and Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit coasters and roughly 130 feet taller than the 35-story SunTrust Center in Downtown Orlando.
A press conference to officially announce the project is scheduled for Thursday, June 5th.
The Polercoaster will include an observation platform at the top that will have shops and a restaurant and event space.
Early news accounts mentioned that the Polercoaster will cost around $18 per rider and that it has the capacity to carry approximately 850 to 1,600 people per hour.