Thursday, September 24, 2015

Miracle Strip at Pier Park For Sale + New Observation Wheel Plans


Aerial view © Bing
Miracle Strip at Pier Park, an independent amusement park in Panama City Beach, Florida, has closed early for the season and is reported to be for sale - with a new owner said to already be lined up.

The park recently obtained permission to build a 190 foot tall observation wheel at a cost of $7 million, which would attract guests looking for amazing views of the ocean.  It seems that the plan to obtain permission for the wheel was a necessary part of the deal to get the park sold, per this story.

The park moved just a few hundred feet from its former location in 2013, receiving a new home on much more land with plenty of room to grow.  Miracle Strip at Pier Park is home to a wide variety of classic amusement rides and attractions, many of which came from or are very similar to those at the original Miracle Strip park.

A plan has been in place for over a year now to recreate the famous Starliner wooden roller coaster, though this sale may put that ride in jeopardy.  The article states that the observation wheel will cater to a wider audience and then perhaps later the wooden coaster could materialize.  We'll have to wait and see what happens.


1 comments:

Elias Mertens said...

Ugh! WHY AN OBSERVATION WHEEL! Many people (me included) would LOVE and WERE planning to take a road trip to Florida to ride the Starliner recreation. I know 0 people who would drive many hours to ride an observation wheel, on which the park already has a Ferris Wheel. And the ideology that "more people can ride the wheel than the roller coaster." WHAT?! More people would like to ride a roller coaster than an OBSERVATION WHEEL! And why wouldn't they choose the roller coaster first? It's cheaper than a $7,000,000 wheel!