New Roller Coasters Now Open in Orlando at Fun Spot America
GCI wooden coaster White Lightning and inverted coaster Freedom Flyer are now open at Fun Spot America. Located in Orlando, not far from Universal, this park’s 2013 expansion brought many enhancements.

A rare wooden roller coaster in Florida, White Lightning should be a welcomed good old-fashioned, addition to the state packed with heavily-themed steel thrill rides. Here’s a video of White Lightning at Fun Spot America:
Note – For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster without permission from the park.

There’s no sense in going for intense thrills when you’ve got Universal down the street. Freedom Flyer should fit right in with the park’s focus on family rides. For the coaster geeks, this Vekoma model is a less common variation of the coasters found at Kings Island, Legoland, Carowinds and other parks. Here’s a video of Freedom Flyer:
Note – For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster without permission from the park.

White Lightning - Fun Spot America - Front CarAs you might be able to tell from the videos, there’s some work to be done as Freedom Flyer’s station wasn’t even complete when the video was filmed. I love how White Lightning’s trains look with their train-theming (pictured right).

According to Fun Spot’s Facebook page, the rides are now open although the grand opening is scheduled for June 8th.

At Fun Spot, you can pay-per-ride or pay one price to ride everything. As I’ve said, I’ll definitely check out these coasters the next time I’m in Orlando (hopefully for IAAPA).

More of my thoughts on White Lightning.
Also, for more on these rides and the park’s expansion visit Fun Spot’s website.

What’s Your Take?
Have you ridden either of these new roller coasters or been out to the park to see the new expansion? What’d you think? Leave a comment below. Images courtesy of Fun Spot’s Facebook page.

6 Responses

  1. Mike M.

    Nice to get a traditional woodie in the Orlando area. Florida is severly lacking in them. And it took me traveling to other parks around the country to realize that Gwazi was a crappy wooden coaster. Hopefully the ride gives some good airtime. That’s something that is noticeably missing on the vast majority of Florida’s coasters. I’ll be sure to check it out during one of these weekends in June.

    • Nick D.

      Starliner at formerly Cypress gardens was a great classic ride, but it was torn down…

  2. Gearhart

    I think White Lightning looks like a lot of fun, especially for it’s size. Can’t miss these next time I’m down there. I actually had a blast checking out the other Fun Spot in Kissimmee earlier this year despite the Power Trip credit being rather meh.

  3. Mike

    Is Freedom Flyer the first INvert to not have OTSR. I have to admit I think this coaster looks like tons of fun. No headbanging, thank you very much!

  4. james

    Rode both front and rear seats. On grand opening day ,Saturday June 8th. Front seat great views of area and nice ride. rear was a bit more interesting felt the ride : very smooth and nice ride. For a “smaller coaster'” as bigger ones at cedar point or six flags . it is a massive improvement to the park Hope they can add more rides and maybe a bigger coaster in the future!

  5. Mike M.

    Finally got around to getting on this ride over the weekend (my wife actually suggested it!!! 🙂 ). It’s $9 a pop if you don’t buy the all-inclusive wristband, but I only came to Fun Spot for one reason so it was worth it! (Side note: If I could pay $10-$20 to head to Disney just to ride Rockin’ Roller Coaster or Everest, I’d SO do it.)

    Anyways, White Lightning was actually pretty awesome! It wasn’t just good as a “family” woodie, but it actually was one of the better woodies I’ve been on. Don’t let the small size fool you. Starting from the first drop, White Lightning feels FAST. Yet, the ride was also incredibly smooth throughout. We sat in the backrow and, although we didn’t experience any ejector air that you typically get from out-and-back woodies, we got a good amount of floater air on the ride’s multiple drops.

    Plus, even though it was a Saturday night, the ride was walk-on with just one train running. Definitely worth the ride if you’re in the Orlando area. You can literally park, buy a Fun-E-card, and ride White Lightning in 10-15 mins. We don’t have any kids yet, but I can see myself in the future bringing the family to Fun Spot and then sneaking off to marathon ride White Lightning while the kiddies go do their thing!


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