About Fun Spot America Theme Parks
Fun Spot America Theme Parks is a family-owned business with a long history in our industry. Our Founder, John Arie, Sr has been a part of the entertainment park industry since 1969. John operated and ran several small tracks from 1969 through 1978.
In 1979, John opened Fun N Wheels on International Drive, which was and still is the heart of the tourist corridor in Orlando, Florida. Fun N Wheels in Orlando was the first themed action park with multiple tracks, family rides, and an open-air arcade. It featured the world’s second slick track and central Florida’s first figure 8 bridge tracks. The concept was well-received by locals and tourists alike.
In 1988 John opened his second Fun N Wheels in Kissimmee, Florida, just minutes from Disney World. Both locations became a staple in the community and proved to be very successful. John sold the Fun N Wheels properties in 1988 and continued to manage the parks until 1991. In 1990 John opened the first Fun Spot in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and shortly after opened the Virginia Beach location. In 1994, John created the world’s first sprint track, delivering the best side-by-side racing excitement in a concession kart environment. John also developed aviation-inspired guardrails that provide the safest, most efficient, visually pleasing guardrail system in the industry.
In 1997 he moved the Fun Spot brand to Orlando and began construction of the Orlando park on the North end of International Drive, close to his original Fun N Wheels location. The Orlando park opened on December 24th, 1997, and introduced our patented design of multi-level tracks that became our signature.
In 2004 we purchased the world’s tallest Skycoaster, and in 2007 we expanded that attraction to the 9 acres of tracks, family/thrill rides, and an arcade at the Kissimmee location. In June 2013, Fun Spot Action Park underwent a 15‐acre renovation and expansion including a name change to Fun Spot America! The Orlando location now boasts Orlando’s first wooden roller coaster along with the second-tallest SkyCoaster in the world, the tallest being at our Kissimmee location. In 2017 the Mine Blower wooden roller coaster opened at Kissimmee Park and features the only wooden roller coaster that goes upside down in the Southeast United States.
The year 2017 also brought expansion outside of Florida when Fun Spot America acquired an existing park in Fayetteville, Georgia, and renamed it Fun Spot America Atlanta. The Atlanta location boasts our largest four-story go-kart track, The Samson. Standing at 40 feet tall and 1,800 feet long the track is Georgia’s first and only multi-level go-kart-track. Atlanta is also home to a new Ferris Wheel, Batting Cages, Mini Golf, and more fun for the whole family.
With the continued support of our local community and a strong belief in the practicing of “The Golden Rule”, we hope to continue to grow and provide Safe-Clean-Fun for all.