Dania Beach Hurricane closed permanently

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The tallest wooden roller coaster in Florida, visible to anyone driving up or down Interstate 95 in southern Broward County, is closed for good. But the coaster's wood and steel parts are still worth millions, so the owners of the Dania Beach Hurricane are looking for a non-profit willing to take on dissembling the 3,200-foot-long, 100-foot-tall roller coaster to sell it for salvage parts.

Read more from The Sun-Sentinel.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:26 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar

That's unfortunate. That was a pretty fun ride.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:30 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

It was in my top 10 woodies

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:19 PM

Are you back now? :)


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:22 PM
Vater's avatar

Glad I got to ride it. I probably rode that coaster more than any other in Florida, just on the two business trips I took to Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago. Definitely an above average woody.

Yeah, yeah...TWSS.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:30 PM
rollergator's avatar

Those last hills were pretty amazing when the ride ran well (almost always, in my experience). Catching after the late-afternoon showers could really make that thing fly...

Was hopeful for a brief period that Miami MetroZoo would be a player....apparently that didn't pan out. RIP, DBH... ;~(

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:08 PM

Never got the chance, regret that I didn't.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:39 PM

This is certainly not a good track record for CCI's at this point in this regard. Think:

Villan
Hurricane
Mega Zeph
Rampage
Twisted Twins

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:06 PM

I'm going to use my 1000th post to say:

Dammit. I really liked that little ride. When we were in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago we drove over for the Hurricane. (at my insistence, of course.) It was night time and it had rained pretty hard, so we were the only ones there for the outdoor attractions. I bought strips of tickets and my partner only wanted to go once, so that left me with enough to ride over and over. I remember the operator, seeing that I was an enthusiastic (and the only) customer, didn't even collect tickets for many of my rides.
But I had a blast in the dark of night discovering a new ride that I wasn't at all familiar with beforehand. I don't get to that area often, and chances are I would never have gone back, but I'm sad if it has to go. It was a smaller ride, but one that I thought was well worth it's weight.

Ah well. Off to You Tube, I guess, for a re-ride.

Last edited by RCMAC, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:07 PM
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:11 PM

Walt S said:This is certainly not a good track record for CCI's at this point in this regard.

Actually, I think the DB Hurricane was designed by Dennis Starkey. He also designed SF Great America's Viper - hence why they have similar lines and that (very smart!) wide structure.

Either way, it has been sad to see several CCI coasters go down. They were built cheap(er) and very aggressive - great rides indeed!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:40 PM

Walt S said:

This is certainly not a good track record for CCI's at this point in this regard. Think:

Villan
Hurricane
Mega Zeph
Rampage
Twisted Twins

And they are not even that old. The mean age is what.... 10-12 years?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 6:42 PM

I'm pretty upset over this...I've tried to ride this coaster 3 different times. 3 different years. All of which it was suppose to be open...I never did get to ride it. I even still have my ticket to ride it. I got up to the station, it broke down. Now my ticket is in a frame never to be used :(

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:01 PM
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DBH was built by Coasterworks. I know it kind of seemed like a CCI, but it was not.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:19 PM
LostKause's avatar

It was an awesome ride and one of my favorites! I only got to spend one day with it, but that one day made me a big fan. It seemed big and powerful. It had these unique small hills before the turnarounds. The third drop was not very steep, creating a long, slower decent with a little bit of a curve.

It was a unique ride, and what has become of it is a great loss to the coaster world.

My hope is that Dick Knoebel might some day rebuild this awesome coaster, but I doubt that will ever happen.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:00 PM
Jeff's avatar

What difference does it make who built the rides if their demise was ultimately a business problem? Is the dormant B&M at Freestyle Music Park indicative of a problem with B&M?


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:00 PM
bjames's avatar

I was vaguely aware of this coaster, just now looked at some pictures of it. It looks pretty cool but obviously that can be deceiving. I guess the most surprising thing is that it was so young.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 9:30 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Sad that I never took the time to ride DBH. Everytime I was in Tampa or Orlando, it was just too hard to make the long trek down instead of going to one of the megaparks. Kind of regret that I didn't go.


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