To the delight of coaster enthusiasts across America, it has been announced that Cypress Gardens Adventure Park will become the new home for the famous Starliner wooden roller coaster. Along with the Starliner, Cypress Gardens will open an all-new interactive children’s area called Bugsville.
It was announced in March of 2005 that Cypress Gardens had bought the Starliner roller coaster from the now closed Miracle Strip Park in Panama City, Florida. The Starliner was originally built in 1963, and was designed by John Allen who is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, roller coaster designer of his time. However, when it was announced that the Starliner had been saved, no one knew when this classic wooden coaster would reopen.
The Starliner will be the park’s 6th roller coaster, and construction to rebuild the coaster will begin immediately. The park is hoping to have the Starliner reopened in late-May of 2007. Kent Buescher, President and CEO of Cypress Gardens Adventure Park also announced that the park would open Bugsville in the spring of 2007.
Bugsville will be home to many rides, a special theater, and eventually an interactive play structure. The first phase of the Bugsville project will be completed in 2007 and will include 13 rides. This new children’s area will also feature a new show called “A Bugsville Adventure.”
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park will also introduce a brand-new season pass for 2007 at the price of $69.95. In was recently reported that the park was dealing with major financial problems, but it now seems that the park has kept its troubles to a minimum. Cypress Gardens operates year round and will give free park admission to anyone who has a 2006 season pass to any theme park in the country through December 24th, 2006.