PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., April 16, 2014 - Panama City Beach, located along the white, sandy beaches of Northwest Florida, will soon celebrate the third incarnation of a beloved amusement park by the sea. The original Miracle Strip Amusement Park was founded in 1964, and provided generations of beach-goers with thrills and memories before closing in the early 2000's, when the property was sold as part of a real estate deal.
Visitors and locals alike mourned the loss of the beloved park until 2010, when Teddy and Jenny Meeks purchased the vintage carousel ride from the park and brought it to Pier Park, a kind of town center for Panama City Beach. The nostalgic thrill was a hit, and additional rides (including a 1974 Big Eli Ferris Wheel) were added. But while the park was big on fun, it was small on space, which is why the Meeks acquired a much larger plot of land adjacent to their location, and began moving after New Year's Eve 2013.
With the new location will come 10 new rides (for a total of 20), a water playground and a state-of-the-art batting cage. New rides include a RipTide Roller Coaster, Tea Cups, Swing Planes, and bumper car area.
"We know that this amusement park is a nostalgic place for locals and visitors to create lasting memories," shares Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Dan Rowe. "The grand re-opening couldn't come at a better time as we gear up for the summer season and plenty of Florida sunshine!"
Miracle Strip Amusement Park will celebrate their Grand Re-Opening on April 18 at Noon, then open daily at Noon. The Park is located on 284 Powell Adams Rd. at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. 32413. No admission into the park is required, and individual ride tickets are $4 each, or $28 for an unlimited ride armband (per day). The park also offers the "Family 4 Pack" deal that offers a free unlimited ride armband with the purchase of three. For more information, call 850-230-5200 or visit www.ms-pp.com.
Editors Note: Images of Miracle Strip Amusement Park