Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2005 8:48 PM | Contributed by Odd Todd
Amusement Today is reporting Miracle Strip's Starliner has been saved and will be relocated to one of Kent Buescher's two parks, Cypress Gardens or Wild Adventures, and is likely to open for the 2006 season.
What great news! While I think the coaster should go to Cypress, I'd be happy to see it operate in Valdosta too. I commend Mr. Buescher for his dedication to preservation, which certainly seems like good business sense to me.
Cypress Gardens would be a better fit for Starliner since they lack a full sized adult woodie and Cheetah is a similar design (out & back). It is also interesting to see that John Fetterman from Knoebels is doing the relocation of the ride since it will not be his (Knoebel's) ride. But than Knoebels is owned by coaster enthusiasts instead of corporations looking out for just their interests. I'm sure John will do a good job. I expect the ride to run better than ever because of John! :-)*** This post was edited by Pink Floyd Fanatic 3/23/2005 2:53:53 AM ***
John Fetterman probably isn't working on the project as part of the Knoebels team, he was most likely hired as an outside consultor. Mr. Fetterman has an extensive background in wood coasters that goes well beyond what he has accomplished at Knoebels and considering he is one of the biggest PTC enthusiasts you'll ever find, it would have been silly for Mr. Buescher to NOT hire the guy! With his name attached to this, we can all expect nothing but the very best.