Cypress Gardens (EXTINCT!)
(1936 - 2009)
Assorted brochures and vacation guides for the former Cypress Gardens theme park.
Located just outside of the Orlando metro area in Winter Haven, Florida, Cypress Gardens was billed as Florida's first theme park.
In its early days, Cypress Gardens was more of an expanded botanical garden with additional features such as water skiing shows as well as Southern Belles. The theme park was one of the top tourist attractions in central Florida until Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971.
Over the next thirty years, Cypress Gardens was sold and it changed ownership several times. The park's attendance continued to spiral downwards, and the theme park itself closed on April 13, 2003.
On February 22, 2004, Cypress Gardens was sold again, but this time the park was also renamed to Cypress Gardens Adventure Park. New life was breathed into the theme park, new rides were added (including its first roller coaster), and Cypress Gardens Adventure Park opened in November of 2004. Additional rides were added to the park, and an adjoining water park was built as well, but Cypress Gardens still failed in bringing in the tourists. The park's ownership changed hands again in 2007, it was temporarily closed near the end of 2008, it reopened in the spring of 2009, and Cypress Gardens Adventure Park closed for good on September 23, 2009.
On January 15, 2010, Cypress Gardens was purchased by Merlin Entertainments with the intention of being converted into the company's fifth Legoland park. Legoland Florida opened on October 15, 2011. The spirit of Cypress Gardens still lives on as the park's original botanical garden has been preserved in Legoland Florida.
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