Despite opposition from nearby Universal Orlando Resort and a coalition of locals, the Skyplex project to be located on I-Drive was unanimously approved by Orange County Commissioners late Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Orlando Business Journal, the $500 million Skyplex will include a “501-foot Skyscraper roller coaster, the 450-foot Skyfall drop tower, a 600-foot Skyfly zip line, the Skysurf park and a 350-room hotel, all built in and around the SkyPlaza retail, entertainment and dining center”.
Skyplex will also integrate with a previously announced nearby project on International Drive led by Unicorp National Developments that will develop about 20 acres of land for several hotels varying in size as well as dedicated areas for retail shops, restaurants and nighttime entertainment.
Universal’s main reasons for opposing the Skyplex project was not fear of competition, noted the Orlando Business Journal, but “cited the project’s 560-foot tower as something that will bring unwanted light pollution, noise and traffic to the area”.
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