Cypress Gardens long-term viability not yet obvious

Posted Friday, December 9, 2005 11:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Cypress Gardens Adventure Park owner Kent Buescher says there are many challenged ahead for the park, which nearly doubled its expected attendance and one year. Most of Cypress Gardens' attendance came from 300,000 season pass holders who needed only to show up three times for one of the park's 50 weekly concert events to account for more than half the park's annual visitors. About 80 percent of the first year crowd was residents who live within an hour's drive. That means the park attracted only half as many bigger-spending tourists as Buescher hopes to draw.

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