Panama City Beach, Florida.
Opened: March of 1963
Closed: September of 2004
Miracle Strip Amusement Park was once considered the Coney Island of Florida. It had over 16 differen’t rides and attractions that were unique. This set Miracle’s rides apart from any other Amusement park fair. With differen’t themes and creative ideas, the rides were transformed into big attractions for guests. The most famous and popular ride from the day of the park’s opening, to it’s closing was “The Starliner”. The Wooden Coaster was one of the largest for it’s time.
In 2003, after nearly forty years the park announced it’s plan for closure. The Owner Billy Lark sold the land to developers, seeing it as a better deal then having to deal with the rising financial problems and not gaining attendance to keep the profits. The 2004 season was it’s last.
Many of the rides including the starliner have been sold to other theme parks. While the land is still there and most of the remaing park is gone, for awhile it was abandoned and forgotten. In December 2009, it was announced that a smaller version of the park was to be recreated at the Peir Park outdoor shopping mall. The main roads across from the beach front park are now silent, you can no longer hear the bells, music and laughter. The lights are gone. Memories are all that remain.
For more information on the rides, the history or pictures of it’s Heyday and downfall: