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Cypress Gardens

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This classic John Allen "out and back" wooden coaster was built in 1963 at Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach and operated there until Labor Day 2004. In 2005, the coaster was purchased and dismantled. The Starliner was relocated to Cypress Gardens under the close supervision of John Fetterman and Leonard Adams of Knoebels where it operated for a little over a year before closing again. The coaster will not be part of the new LEGOLAND® Florida park.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
2007 Wood Out and Back John Allen
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    2 - 18 passenger
  • Train Designer
    Philadelphia Toboggan Co.

Starliner Facts & History

1963 – Starliner opens at Miracle Strip Amusement Park

September 5, 2004 – Starliner closes when Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City closes forever.

March 2005 – Kent Buescher of Amusement Parks Group purchases the coaster with plans to relocate it to either Wild Adventures or Cypress Gardens.

July 14, 2007 – Starliner reopens at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.

November 18, 2008 – Starliner and Cypress Gardens Adventure Park close forever.

2010 – LEGOLAND® Florida announces the Starliner is not part of their plans and begins to disassemble the coaster.

Train has three cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 42 inches tall with an adult or 48 inches to ride alone

Where to Coast

Visit Cypress Gardens to ride this roller coaster.

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