Sunday, August 25, 2013

From The Vault: Miracle Strip 1995 Brochure

This week's From The Vault features on a brochure from one of the most commonly missed amusement parks, Florida's Miracle Strip.

This brochure is dated from 1995, though was sent to me the following Summer.  Not sure why they did not have updated materials for 1996, but it doesn't really mater much.  Miracle Strip was located in Panama City Beach, and had its final season in 2004.

The park consisted of Miracle Strip, which had coasters and rides, and the nearby Shipwreck Island, a water park.  The property offered the "Double Parked" ticket plan which gave visitors entrance to both the amusement and water parks on different days, if they liked.

I would be doing myself a disservice if I did not point how that the creatures in the upper left are creepy - I'm not sure many kids would want to have their photo taken with those park mascots!  This center section features shots of many of the parks rides and slides.

The Starliner wooden coaster was the biggest of the thrills, a classic John Allen design.  The coaster is currently in storage and will hopefully be rebuilt eventually by the operators of the New Miracle Strip park.

Plenty of other rides can be seen in these photos as well, such as the Musik Express, Sea Dragon, the Shockwave, and Wave Swinger.

Miracle Strip also offered some live entertainment as well, as seen on the schedule above.  Shipwreck Island Water Park, which still operates today, dominated the second panel of this section.  Nothing better than beating the Florida sun with a day at a water park!

The center of the brochure featured these no frills maps of both attractions.  Other attractions that are often mentioned as being missed were the indoor rides that fans loved.  These include the Dungeon (indoor Tilt-a-Whirl), Dante's Inferno (indoor Trabant), and the Abominable Snowman (indoor Scrambler).  Another sure highlight was the Haunted Castle, a classic Bill Tracy designed ride through dark ride.