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Miracle Strip 2.0 Old rides resurface in Panama City


Many of the old rides from Miracle Strip amusement park in Panama City Beach, Florida, are due to by employed by another park in the same resort. The new location will be Pier Park, a new shopping and dinning complex at Panama City. The old Miracle Strip carousel was purchased and put in Pier Park over the summer, and some of the last remaining rides at the old strip will soon join it. The Miracle Strip Amusement Park closed its doors in 2004, but a park is set to open in March 2010. The project is being developed by the Simon Property Group, which says the park will start out small but there are plans to expand once everything is up and running. Buddy Wilkes, former general manager of Miracle Strip Amusement


Park, recalls that three of the park's rides were sold to the developers who bought the Miracle Strip Amusement Park land. These included a Chance carousel, a Zamperla Balloon Race and a bi-plane ride. “Last summer in addition to the carousel there was a small rock climbing wall, a Eurobungy and a couple other small games,” reports Wilkes. “I wish the guy well, he does have a captive audience at Pier Park, but we do not have anything to do with this venture. We still maintain the Miracle Strip Corporation, and the name, so I'm not sure about the name.” For now, it looks like the Simon Property Group is building a kiddie park. Any more than that, and Wilkes reckons they will have a lot of work on their hands: “If he pursues larger rides he's going to need to have someone involved with ride operations, maintenance and safety. From what I know about the maintenance of these attractions, cost of replacement parts, liability, state laws and the local marketplace, the more he adds, the more difficult it will be to make the numbers work.”


Mondial Wind Seeker


Mondial has revealed plans for a new tower attraction. Mondial has revealed plans for a new tower swing attraction.


Built to the Dutch manufacturer’s usual sturdy standards, Wind Seeker stands 65- metres-tall and features hinged steel arms, rather than


chains, allowing it to operate at


relatively high wind speeds. It also features a high 50-passenger capacity (25 twin seats).


When in flight, the arms turn around the centre at up to 70km/h, creating a diameter of 30-metres. Required


ground space is 15.8-metres. The unit moves up the tower at 2.5- metres a second, reaching a maximum height of 61-metres. The Wind Seeker is TÜV certified and a patent has been applied for. Negotiations are currently under way to find the first client.


Gillians Funland expands


Opened last summer, Gillian's Funland at Sea Isle City in New Jersey will expand this season with the addition of five new rides. After acquiring more land on both sides of the park, Jay Gillian worked with broker Rides-4-U to obtain a collection of rides from the now-defunct Kiddieland Amusement Park at Melrose Park in Illinois. These include a Eli Bridge Scrambler, Sellner Tilt-a-Whirl, Allan Herschell Wet Boats, plus a Zamperla Kiddie Swing Galleon ship.


"I chose these rides because they are great family rides," offers Gillian, who also operates Gillian's Wonderland Pier in nearby Ocean City,. "I hit all the numbers I planned to hit [last season]. I was very conservative." Gillian opened Funland with 12 rides plus concessions and made about $400,000 in his first season.


Glllians Funland in 2009 12 FEBRUARY 2010

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