All this week, News 4 This Morning is looking at theme parks of the tri-states of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Some still open, others defunct.
The Walt Disney World Resort, better known as DisneyWorld, is perhaps one of the most iconic and beloved theme parks in the world. Following in the footsteps of Disneyland, DisneyWorld opened in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in 1971. Expanding throughout the decades, the popular park has attracted tens of millions of visitors and expanded to over 60 square miles of property. DisneyWorld itself is made up of many theme parks like Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Miracle Strip was a park that opened in 1963 in Panama City, very close to the beach itself. One of the headlining rides of Miracle Strip was the Starliner roller coaster, which could be seen from much of the beach and nearby streets. Miracle Strip also featured other rides like the Zierer Wave Swinger, an arcade, a shooting gallery and much more. After over 40 years of operation, the park closed in September 2004, with the remnants of the park demolished or moved to other parks over the next few years. A new Miracle Strip at Pier Park opened earlier in the year.