Zoo Miami may be new home for Dania Beach Hurricane

Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:09 PM | Contributed by Jeff

After Dania Beach's iconic wooden rollercoaster, Hurricane, ground to a halt last April, county commissioners are discussing plans that may have the coaster roaring back to life as a part of the entertainment district at Zoo Miami. At the last meeting of the commission's Recreation & Cultural Affairs Committee, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss' resolution directing the mayor's office to explore the feasibility of relocating the coaster within the Zoo Miami property unanimously passed.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:17 PM

This would be a great move for them. Teh move is minimal and will decrease overall coasts. the main structure is likely in pretty good shape requiring only retracking.

Zippen Pippin have made 110,000 dollars already at a dollar a rider max.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:36 PM

That ride was moved mostly in name.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:49 PM

Completely in name I think?! Didn't all the non-wooden hardware come from Race World?

This shot from Mike really illustrates what was moved in the Little Dipper relocation. Spot the white timber, not much.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:57 PM

Rick, Wrong coaster. Daina Beach was moved from Daina Beach Boardwalk to Cypress Gardens by Kent Beusher *SP*

It recieved a new train and almost totally new lumber. For all intensive purposes it was entirely new, based on the old ride.

Zippin Pippin got the Raceworld trains and lift motors ect.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:26 PM

Chuck, you're thinking of Miracle Strip's Starliner...Dania Beach Hurricane was all-new.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:48 PM

Charles Nungester said:
intensive purposes

:)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=For%20all%20intensive%20purposes

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:51 PM

Even when Starliner was moved, They did keep the old trains with the buzz bars, though part of the ride had to be re-profiled to fit into Cypress.

When you move a "recently-closed" wood coaster, you're lucky if you can reuse 40 percent of the wood.

Big Dipper and Orzek Wildcat, for instance, will probally never run again.

I will also guess that if Son of Beast doesn't reopen by 2012, it's a loss due to the refurbishing costs.

Last edited by john peck, Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:52 PM
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Thursday, June 30, 2011 8:33 AM

Not much of a loss, depending on how you look at it.

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Friday, July 1, 2011 9:46 PM

I'm loving the idea of keeping this in South Florida. The only odd thing is that this whole Zoo Miami expansion was supposed to be the waterpark and entertainment center in a few years and THEN the amusement park and hotel. I'm not sure if this will change the priorities, or if they'll just set up the Hurricane close enough to the zoo to be a part of that until it's time to build out the whole park.

Zoo Miami is a very nice zoo, especially if you rent one of the safari cycles and pedal your way through it, but this coaster would really make it popular with the locals.

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