Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2004 7:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Cypress Gardens, which closed last year after a steep decline in visitors, has a new owner. Papers finalizing the sale were signed yesterday transferring ownership to Kent Buescher, who owns Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. The county and state also have stakes in parts of the land.
Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 9:36 AM
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 10:24 AM
Today, Cypress Gardens, tomorrow, LeSourdsville Lake...
Go Kent Buescher...this was *all over* our radio/TV news this morning....:)
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 10:48 AM
This is good news for Vekoma, too.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 11:27 AM
Moosh, I'm gonna have to call in Phil (the Prince of Insufficient Light) so he can *darn you to heck* for that last incisive (insightful?) comment...:)
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 12:06 PM
I hope it's good news for Gravity Group
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 12:54 PM
Me too, but Vekoma does do wood, too.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 2:33 PM
Well, Moosh, I was thinking that since Wild Adventures has a CCI, then a GG could be around the corner.. but you never know!
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 3:28 PM
I predict the following coasters: a Vekoma Boomerang (as much as I hate them, this would be the only one in the state of Florida), a Wild Mouse/Cat, a CCI Woodie with steel supports (similar to Cheetah at Wild Adventures) and a kiddie coaster.
I think this park will do very well since it will provide an alternative to the huge Orlando parks, especially if it keeps the prices low. According to today's Orlando Sentinel, the owner plans to open the park with an admission price of $26.95, $8 LESS then when the park closed last year.
Add a bunch of spin and barf rides, and we are talking FUN!
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 3:38 PM
John Peck - I agree. I think it would probably be Gravity Group or S&S as well. I was just making the point that Vekoma does wood as well.
OrlandoCoaster - Your prediction is pretty close to what I was thinking as well.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 3:58 PM
Wow, this is great news. Here's hoping it means more coasters for Florida, not that they're deprived or anything. ;)
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 4:36 PM
Actually, I don't believe Vekoma is manufacturing wooden coasters anymore.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 7:42 PM
Vekoma? As far as I know, they did trains and ride components. Actual design is a separate company and another company built it (talking about Robin Hood). Martin & Vleminckx (the french canadian company) built the structure for Robin Hood.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 8:08 PM
I beleive Vekoma also did the ride sales, which is why most referred to them as Vekoma products.
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 2:09 PM
While I believe this is a great move to insure the survival of the park, and I LOVE the idea of new roller coasters in Florida (especially if it is a new "woodie") I just hope he keeps "The Gardens" neater than the park in Valdosta, Georgia. I took a group of friends up there two years ago and the grounds were full of litter, the food tables were loaded with debris and food remains, and the park employees for the most part were very unpleasant.
I wrote a letter to the company, as well as an email, saying that we thought the selection of rides was terrific (including the Cheetah Roller Coaster) but the park could have been cleaner. While there was no letter reply, the email I got was very condescending and the feeling I got was that they could have cared less what our opinions were.
Hopefully "The Gardens" will become a different story. Kept as two separate areas I believe the attraction can be very sucessful.