Yes it is Cypress Gardens. They are closing their doors for good on Sunday the 13th. They are blaming 9/11 for a 42,000 decrease in attendance. *** This post was edited by NoLimitChic 4/11/2003 9:27:21 AM ***
Cypress Gardens is a relitively nice park. I visited there in 1985. Its mostly a park with (get ready for this) Gardens... it's got a lot of animal exhibits and a few childrens rides. Several shows, and really beautiful themeing. Too bad its closing, it was very enjoyable.
you can still get into their non-frame site as of 11:30a CDT(they didn't remove all of their pages) ;) ;)
------------------ --George H ---Superman the ride...coming to a SF park near you soon... Currency tracking experiment... http://www.wheresgeorge.com (Referring to The "George" on the $1 bill - Not Me)
I visited Cypress Gardens many times in my youth. It's way more of a botanical park than a ride park.
I have fond memories of the park, yet its not one that I would go out of my way to see. I don't think its the economy, or terrorism, or war, or anything, just perhaps that the park belongs to a simpler, kinder time.
On my last visit, over half of the park is botanical gardens, mind you some of the prettiest botanical gardens I've seen. Tropical style, and a lot of southern influence with the famous Cypress Gardens ladies strolling the park in antebellum outfits and all.
The middle of the park featured what may be one of the most famous water ski shows ever, as well as all the shopping facilities. (Trivia: If you owned a boat, or knew soeone who did, Cypress Gardens used to allow you to travel by boat to the back of the ski show area, and watch the show from your boat, for FREE.)
The other half of the park went through numerous transformations: zoological park, kiddieland, more gardens. They have/had a very unique Intamin Flying Island. An observation tower type ride that is just freaky. Nothing too thrilling.
I suppose the begining of the end was when they started charging to park, used to be free, last time I went past there it was $5. Admission price was also always kind of steep for what they offered.
Mind you we used to go on Easter Sunday, where for a long time they held a Sunrise Service at the water ski show grandstand on the lakes. If you attended the service, you got to stay for the day for FREE. (You just couldn't get a re-entry stamp)
------------------ ---- David Bowers Mayor, Coasterville
Cypress had a canta-lever (sp?) observation tower billed as "One of only 3 of its kind in the world" called Island in the Sky sponsored in 1995 by Kodak. It was really cool. It was mostly kiddie rides though they had a really neat walk-thru Butterfly Greenhouse and some of the best theatre shows in Central Florida (including Disney). Their Water-ski Shows were their biggest draws and broke several records including being the first to perform a 4 tier pyramid. One of the neatest things they had were 15 passenger boats that transversed the canals through the gardens. It was always a nice calm relief from the enormous other parks in Central FL and it was absolutely beautiful come X-mas.