Boardwalk and Baseball

Amusement park in the United States

Boardwalk and Baseball
Haines City, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated February 21, 1974 to January 17, 1990

Boardwalk and Baseball, originally known as Circus World, was an amusement park in Haines City, Florida, USA. The park originally had a circus theme before later changing to a baseball theme. The park closed on January 17, 1990 after it was purchased by Anheuser-Busch.[1]


Circus World, a circus-inspired amusement park, was announced in September 1972 with plans for an amusement park, safari, and hotel. The project was developed by Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel Inc. Ground broke for the park's preview center on April 26, 1973, with Mercury Construction Co. building the center.[2] The preview center included a large building themed as a circus tent, complete with an IMAX theater inside.

Mattel announced plans to sell the subsidiary in December 1973. At approximately the same time, the preview center was delayed from December till February 1974. Circus World Showcase, a preview center for the Circus World amusement park, opened on February 21, 1974 after a media preview the day before. It included a carousel as the only ride. At the time, the complete project was estimated to cost $50 million and be completed in early 1976.[3]

An expansion to the park opened in 1977, including the Zoomerang roller coaster, a small children's play area named Clown-A-Lot, and the usage of former railway cars as decoration. It was expanded again in 1978 with Florida Hurricane and Center Ring.[4]

Circus World closed on May 10, 1986 and was re-branded as Boardwalk and Baseball.

Boardwalk and Baseball closed on January 17, 1990.

Defunct coasters

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Dragon Coaster Zamperla Powered Family 1985 1989 or later Unknown
Florida Hurricane Marvin M. Black Co. Wooden June 18, 1978 January 17, 1990 Relocated to Magic Springs & Crystal Falls
Wiener Looping Schwarzkopf Shuttle 1985 1985-86 Travelling Germany
Zoomerang Arrow Dynamics Shuttle 1977 January 17, 1990 Relocated to Fun Spot Park

Defunct attractions

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Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
1001 Nights Weber Flying Carpet 1985 1990 Relocated to Geauga Lake
Big Wheel Vekoma Ferris Wheel 1983 1988 Relocated to Gillian's Wonderland Pier
Big Wheel Nauta Bussink Ferris Wheel 1989 1990 Relocated to Lagoon
Calypso Unknown Calypso 1981 or earlier 1987 or later Unknown
Canoe Ride Unknown Unknown 1985 1985 or later Unknown
Carousel M.C. Illions Carousel 1974 1981 or later Unknown
Das Monster Unknown Polyp 1985 1989 or later Unknown
Enterprise HUSS Enterprise 1978 1990 Unknown
Grand Rapids Log Flume Arrow Dynamics Log Flume 1987 1990 Relocated to SeaWorld San Antonio
Jaguar Unknown Unknown 1985 1989 or later Unknown
Music Express Unknown Music Express 1985 or earlier 1985 or later Unknown
Ranger Unknown Ranger 1985 or earlier 1989 or later Unknown
Santa Maria Schwarzkopf Santa Maria 1985 1990 Travelling France
Schlittenfahrt Mack Rides Matterhorn 1985 1990 Travelling USA
Scooter Pavilion Unknown Dodgem 1981 or earlier 1989 or later Unknown
Swiss Bob Unknown Unknown 1985 1989 or later Unknown
Para Tower Unknown Parachute Tower 1985 or earlier 1989 or later Unknown
Wave Swinger Zierer Waveswinger 1985 1990 Travelling Germany


  1. Strother, Susan (January 18, 1990). "The roller-coaster ride is over for theme park". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  2. Brown, Lonnie (1973-12-19). "Mattel Selling Circus World". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 2023-07-09.
  3. Fiero, Peter (1974-02-21). "Hurry, Hurry! Circus World Showcase Officially Opens Today". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 2023-07-09.
  4. "Fifteen former Ringling Circus Train cars go to Circus World Theme Park 1977-1986 & Boardwalk and Baseball 1987-1990". Theme Trains. Retrieved 2023-08-11.