Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A pending deal that involves Florida, Polk County and the owners of Wild Adventures could open Cypress Gardens with a new lease on life. The new park would likely see new development with attractions similar to those found at Wild Adventures.
Read more from The Gainesville Sun.
Anyone else think this sounds like the same yahoos proposing the "Only in America" themepark outside of Pittsburgh?
"Indoor snow-skiing facility."
"It was hard to take seriously."
Sure sounds like it could be the same folks to me.
Anyway, I would like to see Cypress Gardens preserved. It is one of the last remaining Florida roadside attractions that has fought to stay alive in the shadow of the Mouse.
For example: when Disney or Universal adds a coaster, it had better cost a lot and be one of kind to compete with the precedent they have set for themselves ie. Space Mountain, the Hulk. However, the new Cypress Gardens, like Wild Adventures, can add several stock coasters (Vekoma SLR, Boomerang (though I hate Boomerangs) or Wild Mouses/Mice) and still appeal to the average park goer.
Best of luck to the new potential owner!
With ideas like OrlandoCoaster's, and good marketing efforts, they could probably do well with something along the lines of Celebration City....:)
edit: wahoo, I've seen firsthand what Kent Buescher has done with Wild Adventures....this is NOT the same kind of "folks" as in Pittsburgh, or those in charge of the on-again, off-again, LeSourdsville Lake...
Making inroads that close to Orlando WOULD be tough, but Kissimmee's Old Town seems to have a viable concern, and *differentiation* is obviously key to their success....
*** This post was edited by rollergator 12/22/2003 1:09:59 AM ***
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