Cypress Gardens will reopen with new partner

Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Cypress Gardens Adventure Park will reopen March 28 with Winter Haven native Bill Sims as the third owner. Sims, the former CEO of Silver Springs Nature Park who worked with Cypress Gardens founder Dick Pope, will become the third partner in the theme park.

Read more from The Ledger.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:32 PM

When Cypress Gardens reopens next month, officials hope all the rides and the animals will be gone. They said 14 of the 38 rides have already been removed and the plan is to have the rest of the rides gone by March 28.

I sure hope that the Starliner gets another home, but having to get it out of the park in 32 days is a bit of a miracle. Anyone know if there are special arrangements for it(If there are, I really don't know.), such as giving it extra time to find another home.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:35 PM

I suspect that timeline doesn't involve the woodies. Or the revolving observation tower, which I believe I read on another thread is staying.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:10 PM
LostKause's avatar

Since they are keeping the slides, why couldn't they keep the coasters too? Add some go-carts and it would make a really nice family entertainment center.

Too bad about no animals though.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 4:51 PM

My thoughts exactly ^ There's no reason why a few rides can't stay, namely, the wooden coasters in addition to the flying island .


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