Cypress Gardens gets variance for thrill ride

Posted Friday, June 25, 2004 10:57 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Cypress Gardens owners got the OK on Thursday to build one of its rides 120.5 feet high. The county's board of adjustment granted a request for a height variance for the "Thunder Bolt Shot Tower," which will haul riders up into the skyline and then drop them in a free-fall.

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Friday, June 25, 2004 1:33 PM
I will be slamed for posting this again.I had hoped for something NEW not the same rides as wild adventures oh sorry wild adventures has animals and animal shows. Cypress garden will have the gardens and water shows. So i expressed my opinion in the only way i could I did not renew my wild adventure Annual pass and those of my family (4).I know that 4 passes do not mean much but i will renew when they get something new and Original or at least something that is not a 2 hour ride away.Making clones of rides has worked so well for six flagsand at least there parks are a little farther away from each other.
Friday, June 25, 2004 2:09 PM
Jeff's avatar Don't you think you're over-reacting a bit? What's "original" anymore at a small park aside from signature wood coasters (which they've not built yet)?
Friday, June 25, 2004 3:26 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Making clones of rides has worked so well for six flagsand at least there parks are a little farther away from each other.

Kevin, almost every park in the world has the same assortment of flat rides. They're staples of any well-rounded park experience. So yes, you are over-reacting IMHO.

mOOSH [t-minus 6hrs, 40 mins until GID]

Friday, June 25, 2004 11:13 PM
Isn't the drop tower ride at Wild Adventures only an 80 foot double shot tower? This 120 foot tower ride sounds much better! :-)
Saturday, June 26, 2004 2:26 PM
Kevin, look at the positive side of all of this. Here is a chance for a new experience, in Florida, to enjoy some new coasters (eventually a larger wooden one), an improved Cypress Gardens ( I was not impressed with the old one-don't get me wrong but I went as a teen and there are only so many flowers, water-ski shows and girls in hoop skirts that you can handle in a day), and a chance not to lose a another wildlife area to condos and developments.

I have not gone back to Islands of Adventure in 2 years because of the reasons you have mentioned above (nothing new added) and while it is a GREAT theme park there are only so many times you can go on a season pass without being bored. So while I can understand your reaction to Wild Adventures in Ga I cannot see where a new experience in a new location can be the same old thing.

Sunday, June 27, 2004 12:56 PM
I was writing about the steel coasters (at cg)being the same as swamp thing and ant farm express.(at wa)I understand they are building a park from scratch (almost)and they do not want bad rides but they are being too carefull by only building clones. I know they can't afford to build a 50 million dollar coaster.But if they are gonna build a clone why don't they clone something overseas.Not some ride that is a 2 hr ride away.

That said when they get the full size woody complete I will probably go to ride it.*** This post was edited by kevin38 6/27/2004 12:58:49 PM ****** This post was edited by kevin38 6/27/2004 1:03:04 PM ***

Monday, June 28, 2004 8:09 PM
Bro, this is the only park I know of getting a Disk'o, the shot tower is by A.R.M (I think that's the name), and a plethora of great and thrilling flats (I have the complete list in my Amusement Today, just don't want to type it). They are getting around 20 rides or so, and this is an overall 35 million dollar renovation in the first 12-18 months, and an estimated planned 7 million dollars each year for the next 3-5 years (that is a lot of money). Keep in mind the park is just reopening, and these rides that have been cloned or that are similar to rides at other parks are solid draws at all their other locations, and cover a wide demographic (from family to moderately thrilling). Several of them are the first installations at a park, or the first few

Give them some time, they aren't even open yet.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004 12:43 AM
Mamoosh's avatar But if they are gonna build a clone why don't they clone something overseas. Not some ride that is a 2 hr ride away.

Winter Haven is about 440 miles from Valdosta. How are you able to get from one to the other in 2 hours?


Tuesday, June 29, 2004 10:39 AM
rollergator's avatar He meant two hours from HIM, Moosh...;)

Keep in mind who the target audience for the park is, will ya? ;)

Seriously (just for a second I promise), if the park manages to DISTINGUISH itself from the other attractions available in the area....then it can be VERY successful (and profitable). If they try and take on the entertainment GIANTS of Disney and Universal by trying to play ball on THEIR fields, then Cypress is doomed...knowing how Kent B. dealt with WA, I don't see that happening, he seems to have a very good grasp on things...;)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004 3:06 PM
Your off by 175.90 miles mapquest said 234.10 mile by road.I was refering to the fact valdosta is a 2 hr ride from me.I assume CG is a 4 hr drive because i can get to US/IOA in 4 1/2 hours and disney in about 5 hours.(traffic willing)The point I wanted to make was i was upset the coasters were the same and WA is 2 hrs closer (day trip).If I am gonna drive 4 hours and stay overnight I would probably go to one of the bigger more complete parks. CG will be cheaper (if i renew my WA season pass it will be free).I am not able to take more than one or two days at a time off work so the longest i can go to orlando is three days. I was just thinking they need a signature ride The woodie may work for this but considering the steel coasters I think it will be small and short.But I could be wrong this is just my opinion feel free to disagree.(Moosh)

P.S. 440 miles south of valdosta would be miami*** This post was edited by kevin38 6/29/2004 3:12:53 PM ***

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:06 AM
If you wait till it opens, I'm sure they will add rides as the park is open longer

For now, let's be happy because a beautiful park has been restored :)


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