January 02, 2008
Cypress Gardens Getting New Management Team
The new owners of Cypress Gardens anounced this afternoon that management of the attraction is being turned over from former owner Kent Buescher to Baker Leisure Group of Orlando.... Read More »
October 17, 2007
Sale of Cypress Gardens Completed
The $16.8 million bankruptcy sale of Cypress Gardens Adventure Park is a done deal, one of its new owners said Tuesday. "We're ecstatic," Brian Philpot said late Tuesday. Philpot said he and his partner, Robert Harper IV, are "committed to the long haul"... Read More »
September 24, 2007
Talk of the bay: First suitor makes proposal for theme park
A Mulberry investment group has filed a base bid of $16.8-million to take over Cypress Gardens in a bankruptcy court auction that comes to a head this week. Led by attorney Brian Philpot, the group called Land Holdings South LLC is the first of several su... Read More »
September 06, 2007
Cypress Gardens to Be Sold
Hammered by three hurricanes in 2004 and a court battle with an insurance company, Cypress Gardens Adventure Park here and Wild Adventures park in Georgia will be put up for bids to satisfy the requirements of the 2006 Chapter 11 filing, according to the... Read More »
July 16, 2007
Starliner Roller Coaster Opens
Cypress Gardens is back on track with Florida's oldest surviving wooden roller coaster. The park reassembled the "Starliner" piece by piece, after moving it from an old amusement park in Panama City Beach. Cypress Gardens invested more than $4 million in... Read More »
July 13, 2007
Papers stall roller coaster
The debut of the transplanted wooden roller coaster at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park was delayed Thursday because two safety documents had not been certified by state regulators in Tallahassee. Kent Buescher, president of the Winter Haven attraction, sai... Read More »
June 28, 2007
Opening of Cypress Gardens coaster delayed
The historic Starliner roller coaster will not open Saturday as planned at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park, park officials say. The coaster is near completion, but an unforeseen delay related to the installation of the ride's computer system has delayed th... Read More »
May 17, 2007
Florida's first coaster will be rolling again at C
The whitewashed timbers don't look like much lying in a heap, but wait a few more weeks and they'll look plenty familiar to roller-coaster enthusiasts and visitors who remember the now-closed Miracle Strip in Panama City Beach.
The relocation of the Star... Read More »
December 11, 2006
Florida theme park adds Bugsville, coaster - Akron Beacon Journal
Cypress Gardens, a 70-year-old central Florida theme park in bankruptcy proceedings, has announced the addition of a historic roller coaster and a new play area to increase its appeal as a family destination.
According to the Tampa Tribune, the kids area will be called Bugsville and will feature 13 rides.
The park is also adding the historic Starliner, a 43-year-old wooden roller coaster that was once the main attraction at the now-defunct Miracle Strip amusement park on Panama City Beach.
September 18, 2006
Leaders back theme-park boss - Orlando Sentinel
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park may have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but locals haven't lost confidence in the reborn park or its savior.
The park filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in Georgia federal court, listing more than $50 million in debts, forced mainly from unpaid insurance claims from the trio of hurricanes that passed through in 2004, park officials said.
"This is not a surprise," said Winter Haven Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Gernert. "We knew it [the insurance claim] was causing serious concern."
September 13, 2006
Theme park files for bankruptcy - St. Petersburg Times
Less than two years after bringing back the water skiers, roller coasters and Southern belles, Cypress Gardens Adventure Park is in bankruptcy court.
Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne are getting the blame for throwing the 70-year-old attraction into Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
Adventure Parks Group LLC of Valdosta, Ga., the company that owns Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven and Wild Adventures in Valdosta, said Tuesday that it will keep the parks open and honor season passes while reorganizing its finances.