Is Cypress Gardens back on track?
An Orlando Sentinel story
touches on the new owners of Cypress Gardens
and what they are doing to bring the park back to it's earlier glory. It sounds linke the new owners, local people, have the right idea to bring the park back. I had been to the park when my parents would bring us down to Florida for vacation from the cold New York winters, so I do have a certain fondness for the park.
Im glade someone besides me. Submitted a articale on this.
We took our grandchildren last spring and had a great time; there is work to be done to continue the improvements; the smaller park was nice - not so overwhelming for little ones. Need to work on the food offerings, too. We are planning to go back when the kids visit this spring and hope to see the improvements.
My parents have been to Cypress Gardens without me, but I've never been. If I do read positive reviews of the park on here during the year, I'll make a point to visit in the Spring of 2009. With so many parks to see in the Orlando area, I tend to pick the parks with bigger rides; but a small relaxing park can be fun, too. I hope they do well.
Oh for God's sake give it up!
Well thats one mans view...But as the Big three price themselves out of reach. Mark my words it will work..With the same parks in Souther California...All their smaller ones do well...So No reason not to belive Cypress Gardens wont either...But then your not looking at it from the right perspective either...
BGT is far out of reach, and it does amazingly well. CG really needs to step it up, take away the "RCT" feel it has, and make it a normal park. Add food, add shows, and add a flow to it.
"Not looking at it from the right perspective?!"
Cypress Gardens is first and foremost a beautiful garden and shouldn't be turned into a theme park and plastered with a bunch of rides. I don't believe it was ever intended to be a high volume park due to its nature (no pun intended). If this company knows any better, they will figure out the gardens are its biggest asset and what they plan should evolve around that concept. Make the experience edutaining. Something like Animal Kingdoms “It’s tough to be a bug” would be cute. There are millions of bugs and plant life and there are as many different ways to tell a story. If the company is in to make millions and millions, well that may not be do-able.
While thats a wonderful idea, its been tried....and it failed. They tried to capitlize on the gardens above all else....People in America, specifically Orlando want rides in their Gardens.
I'm not convinced that theme park owners know much about obtaining gardens and all efforts were exhausted. As stated in this thread, operational costs go up with rides and maintenance. It's a historical garden and needs to be preserved. There is a balance it's just knowing how to go about it. I find it hard to believe that the Sanford Zoo can get major corporation sponsorships for exhibits, but CG doesn't have a chance.
Ok this is my last vote on this. Cypress Gardens is on the Historic Registery. And the land around it is to be used for the expantion to attract guests to it. And it would take an act of congress to change any of it as it sits today. The Park is forever protected from development and will always remain. Adventure Group file banrupcy after the failure of funds appeared to restore the garden area after the huriccanes. And insurace companies. Failure to pay settlements as well. Every blog on here has its vailid points. And Im sure all will fare well. Park attendance figures show it reached 1.1 million guests last year. Reaching it 5th year goal 2 years early. The Tv ads have become more slick in their apperance. The concert list is now back on track with big names ever weekend. And new shows being added. THier working on inproving the the staffing and food selections. And moneies have been freed to work on the gardens as well. With that said lets just wish them all the best.
The debt load dropped dramatically when they went into bankruptcy-Great opportunity to make it work NOW. Kent's not a bad guy- hurricanes make a lot of people look bad.
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