Published: September 10, 2007 at 1:32 AM
Poor Cypress Gardens, it has a long and proud history. But in recent years, it just couldn't compete with the big boys. As Disney and Universal added their new theme parks (IOA, AK, Disney/MGM) to soak up all those extra vacation days, Cypress Gardens really took it hard. When you look at how many major attractions there are in the Orlando area, it's awfully tough to for a family to choose a day at Cypress Gardens in place of far more elaborate options.
In my case, I've been to Orlando six times and while I've always been curious about CG, I've never gone. Next trip, I would try Gatorland for the first time over CG... not to be mean, it does interest me but just not enough to drive there and give up time at other places that interest me more. I do with them luck keeping it going, but my guess is that someone may develop the land for another purpose given the number of failed owners that have come and gone.