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Miracle Strip Amusement Park, Panama City Beach
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Opened in 2009 at Pier Park, Miracle Strip Amusement Park is a smaller version of a beloved amusement park of the same name that was open from 1963 to 2004. At this retro amusement park, you'll discover the 1964 carousel, 1985 Zamparella balloon race, and 1952 Allen Herschel red baron that were part of the first amusement park and have been restored. Hop on classic rides like a Ferris wheel, scrambler, and tilt-a-whirl, a rollercoaster. All of the rides date between 1937 and 1991 and were refurbished for the park. Admission to the park is free; you pay for each individual ride, or you can purchase armbands for unlimited rides. Use our Panama City Beach trip itinerary builder to visit Miracle Strip Amusement Park on your trip to Panama City Beach, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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This place is a total joke. The sad part is that is has so much potential to be a great place. The people that run it have zero business knowledge and have offended so many locals in so many different ways. I regretfully bought 4 "Annual Passes" that apparently should have been called Season Passes since you can only use them from Feb-Labor Day even though their website says valid through Dec 31, 2015. Their prices are outrageous. Their staff is underqualified. The safety of their rides and attractions are more than questionable. It really is a shame and they don't seem to care. Hopefully someone can come in and salvage what could be a great Panama City Beach attraction.
This place is terrible, they say the ride will be open in twenty more minutes. After twenty minutes, we ask a couple of workers if the rides still open. They said "think out side the box." I find that unacceptable, when we come to check if we can get a refund. There is no refund. Even though during cause of weather. And we are it from here. We are heading back home tomorrow. Very disappointed!
The park is nice for a small town amusement park, but it is poorly managed. I was a season pass holder and supported the park for the first 5 years, until I was banned from their Facebook page for simply stating "you should not talk about your customers like that on social media". It's very sad that such a cute place has such poor management. If you go to the park and don't have any issues, you'll be fine and will probably have a good time. But if you have a problem with anything and bring it to the attention of the management, good luck! I do not recommend this park to anyone. Spend your money at gulf world, pier park rides or shipwreck island.
PLEASE READ At Miracle Strip with Bella and Eevie. They were riding the bumper cars when a large piece of metal fell from above Bella, almost hitting her. The ride wasn't stopped until I said something. I told the young teenager working how dangerous that is for anyone riding. He said and I'm quoting "I tell them about it all the time" I asked to speak to the park mgr. Then up walks another young man, couldn't be more than 20, who acted as if it was our fault the metal fell off. I told him I didn't care who's problem this is, it needs to be repaired so no one's child will get hurt and I plan to contact the owners. I'm not going repeat what he said next. Anyway, he got very rude. As I was exiting the park, I ran across him again and told him how upset I was, when in chimed an older woman, mannish looking, smart mouthed about the situation. I told her what he and I was discussing wasn't any of her business. She told me it was because she was a park supervisor. I told them both, that they didn't represent the park well. It saddens me to say that this company is in the hospitality/customer service business and they have people in the position to talk smart to paying guest instead of trying to find out if everyone is ok, or explain that they will do everything in their power to remedy the situation. In addition, earlier, while we were in line for another ride, children got stuck on top of the roller coaster and the park didn't appear to maintained as well as it's been in the past. I feel the rides aren't being maintained as well as they should, which is scary when our precious children are the ones on them.
This park is slightly expensive to get into, but it was worth it for us. The front half of the park is great for smaller children- very cute little roller coasters. We didn't spend that much time there because we don't have little ones but it looked fabulous. Then, you cross over a beautifully whimsical bridge with a *AMAZINGLY FUN* zip line to the left. Then you are in the part of the park meant for older people. We went on the Scrambler, the Bumper Cars, the Tilt-a-Whirl, the Sea Dragon, and the roller coaster that I cannot recall the name of. All of these rides were MAGNIFICENT. they were fast and fun and not for the faint of heart! We had a blast. One of the best parts for me was the fact that many of the rides are original versions from the 1960s and 1970s. It bothered me to see that the other reviews were so negative because of this- the rides are older. Yes, the roller coaster has to be pushed to start. That is how it has always been- even in 1970. The roller coaster is fun and good as new. The rides are perfectly safe so do not worry about the safety aspect. Miracle strip is a beautiful, whimsical, great place for people of ALL ages. We had a great time and will gladly go back!
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