|HomeAttractions ListBooksPoster GalleryTimeline||Miracle strip Amusement Park was a civilization away native the large, mega-theme parks of Florida. Situated just across from the Gulf top top Panama City Beach, in ~ 12000 Front coast Road, Miracle strip resembled much more the classic seaside boardwalks and trolley parks the yesteryear. Opened by Jimmy Lark in 1963, miracle Strip thrived up alongside the Starliner roller coaster and also just kept getting bigger and also better.|
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The park had actually been fine maintained, with attractive landscaping included in a mid-1990"s renovation. A pretty touch to be the numerous covered bench swings that took the ar of stationary benches transparent the park. Parents might sit, tenderness rocking, and also relax if the kids took yet one more ride on the biplanes or bumble bee ride.
By the end, there to be a full compliment of usual carnival rides lining the midway at wonder Strip: huge Eli Ferris Wheel, wave swinger, merry-go-round, musik express, paratrooper, teacup ride, spider, train ride, Looper (loop-o-plane), Sea Dragon (swinging boat), Shockwave (Kamikaze), bumper cars, mini-enterprise, the O2 fall ride, a range of small scale versions and also spinning rides because that the little fry, and more.
Many of the rides space deserving of one-of-a-kind mention:
The Abominable Snowman. Passing beneath the large guy, you gotten in his igloo (and the rarely pleasure right here of air conditioning, do a prevent in precious it alone). Inside was a typical Eli Scrambler ride, yet with atypical strobe lighting and also a pounding sound system.
Dante"s Inferno. With the grinning devil"s mouth awaited a possibility Trabant.
The Dungeon. A Tilt-a-whirl was hidden inside the funky yellow dome following door to the Spider. The spider web theme ongoing inside through webs painted on the walls and also black tubs ~ above the ride.
The Haunted Castle. This to be a great, old fashioned cheesy dark ride v two passenger cars that bumped along dark corridors previous day-glo horrors. Lights would certainly flash on suddenly to expose yet another chicken wire defended monster, and also there was even the requisite rotating tunnel.
And, of course:
The Starliner. A fine man Allen designed wooden roller coaster. That ran nearly the length of the park and also the roar of wheels on rails -- and also the screams of happy riders -- could be heard from virtually anywhere.
At one time it hosted the American Coaster enthusiasm "Coaster Classic" designation, but the addition of brand-new trains v seat dividers made the ineligible in later on years.
Although the park had apparently been shedding money for numerous years in the post-9/11 tourism slump, things had actually been choose up, therefore the notice made by owner Billy Lark in April, 2004, that that year would be the park"s last season came as a bit of a shock. Yet Lark had sold the land the end from under the park and also Labor Day, 2004, was the park"s critical day the operation. After 41 year of constant operation and an ext than 20 Million visitors, Miracle piece was gone.