Posted Thursday, July 27, 2006 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Polk County says it seeing a major jump in attendance, and the park believes a water park it opened late last summer is the reason. Cypress Gardens has made it past the initial enthusiasm of its reopening about 18 months ago, and park attendance is up by 20 percent over the same time last year.
Read more from Bay News 9.
I would imagine they concentrated their efforts on getting the waterpark open and the animal section completed. I am hopeful that once their expansion slows down they will be able to spend more time and money to take care of what they already have.
*** This post was edited by janfrederick 7/27/2006 11:18:07 AM ***
I know that they are in the most extremely competitive theme park market on Earth, a dwarf in the land of GIANTS. But, if they play their cards right, promote local corporate and community picnics (ala Kennywood), and target their market more on the local audience, I think this park will do very well in the long term.
As a father of a 36 inch 2-year-old I can make an argument that this park is the best for this size child. He got to do all the coasters (including his first woodie) sans the spinning mouse. They let him on the Tilt-A-Whirl, Eagles, and his favorite...the Pirate Ship. No other park or fair I have been to has allowed my son to ride so many of the "adult" rides. In fact Scandia (CA) and The Orange County Fair were calling for a 48 inch minimum(?) last weekend for these same rides. ...must be that stronger gravity on the West Coast...? My boy loves the fast stuff. I can only tell you parents of little ones who are also thrill seekers...Cypress Gardens has a lot to offer.
I'm afraid that the only way they will get traffic to the older garden areas is to start putting some rides there. I'm sure this is wrong in a traditionalist sense...but there was NOBODY frequenting these areas on my day in the park. A nice flume and/or rapids ride (as mentioned above) are needed. They have the potential setting to make this a unique American Park with a European feel.
I certainly hope they do not go all thrifty/generic on us and make the park look like every other. While the new ride and water park areas are nice...they certainly are not landscaped to the standards of the older sections.
P.S. I do not care how they want to justify it...but no park that rotates ride operations (ie one operator runs two or more rides) will EVER be seen as "big-boy" amusement park. Save this cheap move for the Boonville County Fair!
^^^ Eerie I tell ya. Before the take-over, my last visit to CG was, in the early 70s, when I was about 4, maybe 5. Now, when I went back, I thought my back yard had better "gardens". But not better rides... ;)
Keeping one eye on Elysburg, I guess '08 is the earliest we'll likely see Starliner...until then, increasing the capacity of the waterpark is CRITICAL.
As a father of a 36 inch 2-year-old I can make an argument that this park is the best for this size child.
My initial thoughts on the park were EXACTLY that....while Disney is going more high-tech, hi-thrill (presumably in competition with Universal), this park is going in the opposite direction...where there IS a market niche available...
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