It has been seven years since the original Miracle Strip amusement park closed its doors for good, but for the last three years locals and visitors alike have been able enjoy a smaller version, with several of the original rides. Now they'll be able to enjoy a few more.
Next spring, Miracle Strip at Pier Park will feature a total of seven rides and several attractions, including more of the originals from the old amusement park that first opened in 1963.
Call it a blast from the past. For those of you who remember the old Miracle Strip amusement park in Panama City Beach, rides like the "Shockwave", "The Sea Dragon", and the "Starliner" bring back fond childhood memories.
Many were sad to see the park close in 2004 after over forty years of operation. Now a smaller version is back and it's becoming quite a crowd-pleaser.
It all started in 2009 with the original Miracle Strip "Carousel". Now kids and kids at-heart are once again able to enjoy a local tradition.
"Bringing that here really brought some nostalgia and incorporated the old Panama City Beach with the new Panama City Beach with Pier Park" said Miracle Strip at Pier Park owner Teddy Meeks.
When Meeks saw the impact of the carousel, he added more rides. Now the original "Sea Dragon", along with the "Sock Hop Jumping Pillow" and old-fashioned "Crank Cars" will join the line-up
While that's impressive, Meeks has even more plans to expand.
"Daily, we're hearing encouragement--"bring back this, and bring back that", and we're trying! It's a process and what we tell people is, "hey, Miracle Strip was built over forty years and this is just our third year in business" added Meeks.
The "Sock Hop" is already up-and running. Crews hope to have the "Sea Dragon" operating by New Year's Eve. Meeks says he's also trying to bring back Miracle Strip's original "Starliner" roller coaster.