A new $309 million action sports and entertainment resort is in the planning stages for Kissimmee, just down the street from Walt Disney World.
Xero Gravity Action Sports is planning to develop this new park on 75 acres near the intersection of U.S. Route 192 and State Road 535 (see map below). It’s planned to open in early 2018
“Our Company is creating the next step in the tourism sports industry,” said CEO and founder Larry Walshaw. “We are developing a one of a kind sports and entertainment resort which provides unique hands-on experiences. We will be hosting televised pro and amateur competitions, think X-games, with sports shows and clinics, and we will have daily competitions at all venues for visitors who like to compete”.
The resort is planned to have:
• A 14 story ski and snowboard mountain with nine snow tubing lanes
• Five acres of real surfing with up to 10-foot waves and boogie boarding area
• A 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor skateboard park
• A USA-BMX sanctioned race track
• Two skydiving pods
• A 20,000-square-foot indoor dodgeball trampoline arena
• A rapid river and wave pool
• Rock climbing up to 140 feet
• Zip lining throughout the park
• Two 14 story competition waterslides
• 20 foot to 120 foot free fall jump zones
• An interactive four story climbing/zipline/ropes challenge course
• Snowball fight arena
Other amenities include, a 250 room Hyatt branded hotel with roof top pool and bar, a 2,000 seat amphitheater, swim up bar and grotto, swimming pools, cabanas, day spa, retail facilities, sports training facility, multiple restaurants and sports bars, and the International Action Sports Hall of Fame.
Chief Operating Officer Jim Hunt, formerly with Village Roadshow and Paramount, added, “The ball and stick industry for amateur sports has decreased 25 percent over the past 10 years, while action sports participation and competition around the world has increased to over 22+ million athletes. Unfortunately, action sports facilities to accommodate training, competition and individual and team sports have not kept pace. We intend to change that by offering an alternative to individuals and families who want to experience more than the typical ride oriented theme parks and to those athletes who want to train and compete.”
Steve Pollak, senior V.P. of Asset and Development Management for Xero Gravity said, “Over the past year and a half, we have put together a world class development team and meticulously vetted and added the top sports venue companies in their respective industry. We are in due diligence on the property and are having substantive discussions with the Osceola County Development Department regarding an incentive program for potential bonding of the project, which is part and parcel of our overall capital raise.”
Here’s a video showing what to expect: