Cypress Gardens names new general manager

Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Cypress Gardens Adventure Park announced Monday that George Vitello has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the Winter Haven theme park. Vitello is tranferring from Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga., where he served as director of revenue service. He joined that park in September, after working in the amusement park business since 1989.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005 11:19 PM
I sure hope he wasn't in charge of Cheetah's maintenance...or Triple Hurricane will soon be as unrideable. ;)\

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 6/8/2005 9:42:50 AM ***

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:50 AM
I think the forces (not to mention the manufacturer's) are a quite different in both of the aforementioned rides. I highly doubt Triple Hurricane will ever get "rough."

I'm assuming you just rode Cheetah not too long ago, Moosh? Was it really that bad? I thought it was supposed to have come out of a rehab not too long ago.


Wednesday, June 8, 2005 9:44 AM
I added the smiley because I was really just trying to be funny.

Yes, I rode Cheetah on May 27th. It was horribly rough, and everyone else in my group thought so as well.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 1:46 PM
SoB, Psucklone, RWB rought, moosh?
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 1:46 PM
Oh, and I forgot HC5. What did you think of MB anywho? And my Swampy?
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 2:55 PM
Swamp Fox was awesome! The great out portion made up for the lackluster back portion. HC5 was better than I expected but that's not saying much. It has to be the G-trains...HC5, along with Cheetah, tracked horribly. Someone in our group described HC5 as "SOB without the loop: all helices and not much fun." I think that sums it up well.
Thursday, June 9, 2005 12:02 AM
Hey Moosh I was at Myrtle Beach over the Memorial Day weekend...that Sunday actually. Were you there then? You summed up my thoughts on Swamp Fox and Hurricane exactly. Wow did the trains on Swamp Fox look brand new though! Oops, taking this news item ever farther off topic.
Thursday, June 9, 2005 10:04 AM
Yep...we were at Family Kingdom from 1p-3p, then headed over to the Pavilion from 4p-5p, then back to Family Kingdom and rode Swamp Fox until the 6pm closing.
Friday, June 10, 2005 5:13 PM
Joe, I rode Cheetah about 6 weeks' out of rehab, couldn't really tell what, or even IF, work had been done on the poor thing. I did ride it *right out of the box* and it was a MUCH better ride. Just far too many forces in the ending figure-8, and in the far turnaround, for anything but *perfect* maintenance, and trains...(of which it gets neither).

Cheetah and HC5 are basically the same ride in terms of the abuse they dished out....not far from Sonny....yikes! :(

I'm done trying to convince them to send those blasted G-trains back to whatever plane of Hell they came from...oh well, at least my SP is still good at Cypress, and that M-V junior is WAY re-rideable. ;)


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