Cypress Gardens Adventure Park
Legoland Florida

Cypress Gardens, Florida

     Founded in 1936 by Dick and Julie Pope, Cypress Gardens became the birthplace of performance water skiing in 1941.  The park was run by the Pope family until 1985 when it was purchased by book publisher Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich (HBJ).  Just four years later, Busch Entertainment Corporation, a subsidiary of Anheuser Busch Companies, purchased Cypress Gardens, Sea World, and Circus World.  Cypress was sold in 1995 to a private partnership led by Bill Reynolds.  Declining attendance forced the park to close in April 2003.  A year later, the park was bought by Kent Buescher, owner of Wild Adventures in Georgia.  Land South Adventures, LLC, purchased the park in 2007, and Baker Leisure Group took over the management in early 2008. 

   In November 2008, the park announced it would close for a major renovation.  The park reopened in March 2009 with a water park and the original botanical gardens, but the animals were gone and the roller coasters and rides were in the process of being removed.  The park closed yet again in September 2009.  After months of limbo, it was sold and later reopened as Legoland Florida in October 2011.  I am planning on visiting Legland later this summer, so please check back for new pictures!

After the park switched over to Legoland, three coasters were removed (see below for pictures and more information):

Fiesta Express
click to enlarge Fiesta Express Fiesta Express Fiesta Express by Zamperla Click to enlarge Fiesta Express pictures

Galaxy Spin
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Dragon (formerly Okeechobee Rampage)
click to enlarge Okeechobee Rampage Okeechobee Rampage Pictures of the Okeechobee Rampage roller coaster New roller coaster

Relocated roller coaster Relocated Starliner roller coaster click to enlarge Starliner Starliner wooden roller coaster Coaster Classic Starliner before it was demolished Amazing roller coaster pictures click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge

Flying School (formerly Swamp Thing)
click to enlarge Swamp Thing Swamp Thing Swamp Thing coaster Swamp Thing roller coaster click to enlarge

Coastersaurus (formerly Triple Hurricane)
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