Miracle Strip Amusement Park sold, and closing

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 10:22 AM
http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/680857.html

What will become of Starliner?!?!? We can't lose another woodie, especially not an Allen.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 10:29 AM
:(
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:01 AM
Sad, sad, sad. I hope the woodie finds a new home.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:06 AM
Another classic beachside park bites the dust under the developer's axe....as IF there wasn't already PLENTY of open property in the area. Sad, sad day....:(

Starliner to Cypress Gardens perhaps?

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:16 AM
This is very sad news. I'm glad that we allready had a Memorial Day weekend trip planned down there to hit the park. My Wife used to live in the area as a kid (Ft. Walton Beach) and had many happy memories of the park and is looking foward to visiting it again. *** Edited 4/15/2004 1:01:02 AM UTC by Pale Rider***
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 12:01 PM
One vague part of the article...

It says that this is the 41st and last season for the park, but yet the article never makes it clear if the park is actually going to be operating this year or not.

If it will be operating I guess I will have to reroute one day of the June vacation to hit it. *** Edited 4/14/2004 4:03:37 PM UTC by SLFAKE***

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 12:17 PM
According to their website, the season has allready started with limited weekend operations going on. Therefore, when they say "this season" they are talking about the current one that has allready started as being the last.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 7:37 PM
I smell a beach trip coming up to PCB! I'm totally bummed.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 8:14 PM
I feel bad for the dark rides. I've wanted to go there several years just for the dark rides.:(
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 8:42 PM
Maybe Knoebels could find room for it. That looks like a pretty decent ride. I really hope someone buys it.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 9:13 PM
Condos? Another Walmart, Home Depot, and Outback Steakhouse. Stripmalls?? More urban clutter than you can shake a stick at.

Lord you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone. Pave paradise...put up a parking lot. ohhhh la la la la....CRAPOLA!!!!

Wood - anything else is an imitation

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 10:33 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if the same thing happens to this developer as happened to Kieran Burke when he bought an amusement park at the beginning of the season and allowed the park to operate until the end of the season?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:28 PM
Please tell me Gaylord isn't involved behind the scenes.
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 11:10 AM
Not sure Knoebels would be interested in the ride, but I'm sure that it would make a PERFECT fit at at least a dozen or so other parks!
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 11:12 AM
Who is Kieran Burke again, Dave? Why does that name seem so familair?
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 11:41 AM
Kieran Burke is the Chairman and CEO of Six Flags, Inc.

As Dave eluded to, he used to be the CEO of a property development company known as Tierco. Tierco bought Frontier City in 1990 with the intention of tearing it down for real estate development. They eventually realized they could make more money by keeping the park open than building an office complex.

Tierco became Premier Parks...Premier Parks bought Six Flags...

That little real estate company is now the largest operator of theme parks in the world.

*** Edited 4/15/2004 4:09:51 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

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Friday, April 16, 2004 2:21 AM
Thats who I thought you ment, but the name didn't add up to me for some reason
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Friday, April 16, 2004 11:05 PM
I just had a random thought...if Lake Winnie bought Starliner they could erect it beside Cannonball and have them race. I believe the layouts are almost identical except mirror images of each other. Just a fun thought.
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