Cypress Gardens Closed!Gone for good?
From Susan JacksonToday Cypress Gardens in Florida finally gave up the ghost and closed after revamping the park.
Posted September 23, 2009 at 3:50 PM
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From TH CreativeBoy Jason and Sara are BUSY lately!
Posted September 23, 2009 at 4:27 PM
Orlando Sentinel: Cypress Gardens shut down once again Wednesday, its owner saying it has exhausted "every possible approach" to keep the storied-but-struggling tourist attraction open.
The abrupt closing came just seven months after the region's oldest theme park -- once famed for its botanical gardens and Southern belles -- had reopened on a bet that it could succeed with a combination of scaled-back operations and cheaper ticket prices.
Owner Land South Holdings LLC, the Polk County investment firm that bought Cypress Gardens for $17 million at a bankruptcy auction in 2007, said in a statement that it could find no way "to keep the park running in its traditional form."
The company said it has begun negotiations with several potential buyers and lessees interested in acquiring all or parts of the property.
From Domenik JostStraight from the cypressgardens.com website:
Posted September 23, 2009 at 6:25 PM
Cypress Gardens and Splash Island Waterpark Now Closed
From Gareth HWell lets place bets on LegoLand putting up some cash and purchasing it.
Posted September 23, 2009 at 9:25 PM
Stranger things have happened!
From Rob PThat's sad.
Posted September 24, 2009 at 2:21 AM
From TH CreativeHere's a thought ...
Posted September 24, 2009 at 5:47 AM
Find an investor to buy the name and re-locate it closer to the tourism areas -- Highway 192 or I Drive.
From David GrahamTH along that idea, if they did that, sell the property to the state for a park. That way it can be put, if not already, on historic site, the state can preserve the property. Legoland or whomever can have the naming rights, Cypress Legoland Gardens or whatever. I can see it as a win, win other than the purest wanting to keep the name there, tied to the current property
Posted September 24, 2009 at 6:35 AM
From James RaoTPI Gardens, anyone?
Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:06 PM
From Gareth HWould sell a lot of T-Shirts then Robert ;)
Posted September 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM
Who would TPI Gardens be sponsored by though?
From ricky patemanits always sad when a theme park closes but i live in the uk england and your park is big news over here at the moment, storm surge has arrived from your park to the uk, It is now operating this year at thorpe park,
Posted March 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM
It is also said over here that tussards is intrested in buying cypress gardens alongside merlin and turning it into legoland which is also over here in the uk
Tussards is a uk based company that owns many theme parks in the uk including thorpe park, alton towers, chessington world of adventures london dungens and the london eye.
From Nick Markham^You are correct. Merlin announced it will build a new Legoland Florida which is scheduled to open this year!
Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM
From James RaoI'll wager anyone $100 that the Green Bay Packers will win Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011. Any takers?
Posted March 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM
From Nick Markham^ Nah, Green Bay doesn't have a chance of even getting to the super bowl...
Posted March 4, 2011 at 7:14 AM
From James RaoYou're probably right. And a Legoland in Florida, that will never happen!
Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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