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August 18, 2005

Galaxy Spin Roller Coaster Opens At Cypress Gardens

Article written by:
Eric Gieszl, Editor

Winter Haven, FL -- Cypress Gardens fifth roller coaster, Galaxy Spin, blasted off on Wednesday, August 17th after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am.

The park's newest roller coaster is modeled after a wild mouse coaster, but with an added spin. Passengers seated in individual cars will find themselves spinning, uncontrolled as they dip and dive through the hairpin turns and steep drops on this roller coaster.

"We're proud to launch the fifth coaster and 39th ride at Cypress Gardens," says Kent Buescher, President and CEO. "Galaxy Spin is a wonderful complement to our ride selection, in keeping with our effort to offer great family excitement."

"I think guests of all ages will find it a thrilling ride, with enough exhilaration to keep the thrill-seekers happy, but not too intense for our younger and older guests," added Buescher.

According to Cypress Gardens the alien theme is in keeping with the park's retro atmosphere, recalling the fascination America had with UFO's in the middle of the last decade.

"When Cypress Gardens was in its first hey day during the 1950's and 60's, there was also another phenomenon occurring. More and more Americans were looking to the skies for signs of 'little green men,'" says Buescher. "When we were searching for our fifth coaster, the spinning cars just lent themselves to a UFO theme."

Galaxy Spin opens in the middle of Cypress Gardens wildly successful first season under new management. The park has already surpassed all expectations and the newest roller coaster is another well-received addition to the revamped park.

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