Posted Monday, July 12, 2010 12:03 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Cypress Gardens and its owner Kent Buescher purchased the Starliner roller coaster in 2006 after its former home at Miracle Strip Amusement Park was closed in September 2004. Cypress Garden is now being replaced with Legoland and recently unveiled plans for the theme park do not include the Starliner. The park is looking for a home for the ride.
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Boo. What a wasted opportunity to bring in an additional market. I'd go to Legoland to ride the Starliner. I won't go without it.
Well, that market didn't do Cypress Gardens enough good to stay in business. I doubt Legoland is worried about that market very much.
What? This makes no sense. The previous owner buys, relocates, and repairs the coaster and now they don't want it? They're treating it like it's an Arrow looper and not a John Allen woodie.
Coasters and other rides are more of a side note to Legoland.
If you look at how well Legoland CA is doing... the purchase, relocation and repair of this coaster is chicken feed. It's something they had in their back pocket for a while and decided it wasn't necessary to carry it around anymore. Why open a brand new park with a "rickety old coaster?"
This isn't really news anyway. They pretty much said they didn't want it from the beginning.
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What? This makes no sense.
Actually it makes perfect sense. Legoland's key demographic is too short and too young for Starliner. I hate to see the ride be demolished (which is isn't) or sit in a field and rot (which it may if a buyer isn't found). But this ride absolutely does not fit Legoland.
It's been almost a decade since I was in Orlando. Any chance Funspot in Kissimmee has room for the ride? I can also see this being a good fit for Del Grosso's...especially since their Arrow looper was trashed during removal and isn't happening.
The reason DelGrossos's hasn't erected the looper is because they have no place to put it. They wouldn't have any place to put Starliner either. I doubt Funspot USA has any room either. Though, I don't really know what property they own.
Why would they have purchased it if they didn't have room for it?
The reason Del Grosso's hasn't put up the Arrow looper isn't because of lack of room, its because it was trashed during removal.
Well, that's not what they've been telling people.
Fun Spot Kissimmee already got the spinning coaster from Lego....er, Cypress. What their land situation looks like is anyone's guess - there's a lot of open ground in "the back area" if they were to start piling rides on their current parking lot....but I don't know who owns said "undeveloped land".
I really fear for the future of Starliner.....and kinda wish Bay Beach had picked up the Allen instead of the Miller (can NOT believe I'm saying that, but the Miller is already sadly "gone-gone", whereas the Allen design was JUST fixed - and jazzed up).
Considering how little wood is used in a relocation (regardless of age) I'm not sure it really matters what the condition is. I'm sure it makes a difference. I'm just not sure it's significant.
I guess those are all logical reasons for it to be relocated. Just seems strange on first glance that anyone running a park would say 'no' to a newly renovated coaster. I must be thinking like an enthusiast.
Still, that might be the quickest close-renovate-open-close cycle for a coaster. Well, until Texas Giant opens again anyway. ;)
Then there is the question, "why bother spending $4 Million to relocate something when you have something totally new built for nearly the same price?" One word: nostalgia... that's what saved Starliner to begin with.. will it happen again?
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. I can remember when nostalgia really mattered.
Sigh. Good times. ;)
With a Cypress gardens area I was hoping they would keep Star liner.
Now they said they are looking for a new home for the coaster. they might keep it in teh extended family moving it to one of the Busch Gardens or Seaworld parks.
Actually, Jason, the reason so little lumber is moved and re-used is that by the time the coasters close they're usually in pretty poor shape. I imagine that at this point, most of the Starliner's superstructure could be re-used; it would mostly need to be re-tracked.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
I dunno. Starliner's adopted environment is central Florida -- hot, wet, and bug ridden.
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