Florida's Marineland makes last ditch effort to be relevant

Posted Monday, June 9, 2003 4:42 AM | Contributed by General Public

After six decades of banking on showbiz schmaltz, Marineland is making its first serious stab at revival since the seaside attraction started falling apart in the 1990s. Last week, workers were tearing down the 3-D movie theater and plugging away at a new marina. In the fall, they'll start working on a dolphin lagoon that will replace the small circular pools that have housed the dolphins for 65 years.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Monday, June 9, 2003 5:34 AM
Well, this isn't a good sign:

I live in Florida and didn't know that Marineland was still open. I could have sworn that they closed about 5 years ago. They better get the message out a little better.

Monday, June 9, 2003 6:40 AM
rollergator's avatar We drove that way about a year and a half ago, and I was also kinda surprised to see them operating. They really do a fantastic job of keeping the place a secret...oh, you mean they're NOT trying to do that....my bad...;)

If they don't find a niche soon and exploit it, they'll be Cypress Gardens North in no time, hoping for a rescue.

Monday, June 9, 2003 6:50 AM
In March of 2001, while driving form Daytona to St.Augustine, we passed Marienland. At that time, it was quite a dismal looking place... almost surreal. Kind of "run down" with very few cars in the parking lot (maybe 3... not even sure if it was actually open then).

Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

Monday, June 9, 2003 1:02 PM
kpjb's avatar Is this the same company as Marineland in Niagara Falls?

Come on, fhqwgads!

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 8:01 AM
Carousel Rabbit's avatar It is my understanding that there is no relation between Marineland of Canada and the Florida park. Their logos are completely different and their respective web sites make no mention of each other.

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