Catching a wave in landlocked Kissimmee doesn’t seem likely. But soon tourists and locals will be able to experience the rush of sliding, riding and surfing waves when Fantasy Surf opens this October.
The new $4 million indoor aquatic recreation venue will be located near U.S. 192 and State highway 535 on FantasyWorld Resort property. Fantasy Surf will feature the patented FlowRider system that has the look of surfing and wakeboarding, ride of snowboarding, and tricks of skateboarding in a controlled environment. The thrills and techniques developed from this water experience have even spawned a new competitive sport – Flowboarding.
A merchant in the Florida Mall used to offer indoor surfing, but they recently closed. Besides Fantasy Surf, the only other option for surfing in the Orlando area are the early lessons sometimes offered at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
Fantasy Surf will feature a FlowRider Double system which is 32 feet wide, 49 feet long and can accommodate 25 to 30 riders per hour. The padded walls, floor and beach is covered by a three-inch sheet of water that creates a surfable wave. This ride, with its cushioned surface, was designed for wipeouts. Some Royal Caribbean cruise ships also feature FlowRiders (pictured here).
“Riders will experience an adrenaline rush like no other theme park or thrill-based attraction,” said Chuck Richardson, director of hospitality and marketing. “Fantasy Surf riders will want to come back again and again as they increasingly develop their skill while cooling off in a secure, indoor environment. Plus spectators will enjoy watching as much as participants enjoy riding.”
In addition to the indoor wave experience, lite dining and a surf shop will be available. Fantasy Surf will accommodate large groups and parties and unique, memorable custom events. All are welcome. You don’t need to be staying at the resort to take part. Prices have not yet been set.
“We are creating a Central Florida experience that will not only appeal to tourists but to school and corporate groups, board sport aficionados and people who want to learn a new sport,” said Richardson.
Approximately 300 construction tradesmen are working to build the 14,000 square foot facility. Once completed, Fantasy Surf is expected to have 11 full-time employees and will be open seven days a week throughout the year.