Cypress Gardens is starting to be a new mysterious situation.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 3:51 AM

Not one for rumors but this is becoming very interesting.

The CG website is posting that they will not be having ski shows this weekend. Also, if you go on their website and try to buy an e-ticket, it doesn't exist for the option to buy.

Talk has been going on that someone has bought CG property.

The site that is selling CG rides now only post the rides that have been sold. The others that still are up for sale have been removed from the site.

Make of it what you will, but something is brewing here.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 12:04 AM

Legolaaaaaaand!!!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009 9:15 AM

^ Gimmie a semi truck, and I'll be happy to start hauling the bricks.

On second thought, we're gonna need a barge or five. :)

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Monday, September 21, 2009 12:14 AM

Perhaps someone with the good sense to know that Kent Buescher was actually on to something bought the park and the rides that hadn't been sold yet? Or is that merely wishful thinking?

I just don't understand how the owners figured they could revert back to the model for that park that had already failed once, and in the process do the same thing to Cypress Gardens that was the catalyst that really killed Conneaut Lake. Does their strategy not have "EPIC FAIL" writ large all over it?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:23 PM

Local under capitalized owners always do well, ie...Conneaut Lake Park. The same formula worked great for Hunt's Pier in Wildwood, NJ also.

You have a beautiful location in the middle of a county full of retirees, who will not climb water slide towers, and nothing to draw anyone from Orlando or Tampa. 2 strikes, and the pitcher is in the wind up.

Whatever CG is to become, it had better have a great shuttle service from Orlando, and be a 'must see' off the exit ramp. When the South of the Border billboards stop, CG billboards better start. And quick.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:33 PM

The lights have been turned off again.

Cypress Gardens

Last edited by Chitown, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:42 PM
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:49 PM

"Coming up with a model that works in today's marketplace is a challenge."

What a sad closing quote in that article. I agree with Dave. The park WAS on to something with the rides that it dismantled last year. Attendance was surprisingly strong right up through the Starliner's opening.

You don't retreat from that. A rural waterpark, water ski show, and garden is NOT going to cut it.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:51 PM

I honestly feel that Land South Holdings didn’t buy the place to run it; they either wanted to develop it or flip it. They were able to get $50+ million of assets for $ 16.8 Million and then liquidated rides for about $7 million (based on ITAL’s website list prices for sold rides) and who know what else was sold.

I think the figured out that they can’t develop the land and are now looking for the exit. The remaining rides and slides are either headed to auction or a buyer for all the assets may have been found. It might be Palace Entertainment; they own Silver Springs in Ocala and honored CG pass this past winter during the shutdown. I guess time will tell.

Last edited by otterkpr, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:52 PM
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