Starliner (Cypress Gardens Adventure Park)

Roller coaster in the United States
Watch the on-ride POV
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park
Location Winter Haven, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated July 14, 2007 to November 17, 2008
Miracle Strip Amusement Park
Location Panama City Beach, Florida, USA
Operated 1963 to September 5, 2004
Builder Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Designer / calculations John C. Allen
Type Wooden
Track layout Out and Back
Riders per train 18
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 70 feet
Drop 65 feet
Length 2640 feet
Inversions 0

Starliner was a Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters out and back wooden roller coaster formerly located at Miracle Strip Amusement Park, and then Cypress Gardens Adventure Park which would later become Legoland Florida. The ride opened in 1963 as one of the first attractions in the park and the first permanent roller coaster in Florida.[1]


At the time of construction, Starliner was the first permanent roller coaster in Florida. When Miracle Strip Amusement Park closed in 2004, Starliner was relocated to Cypress Gardens, which later became Legoland Florida. On Monday, November 10, 2008, Land South Holdings announced the temporary closure of Cypress Gardens, which was shut down November 17 of that year. The park would reopen on March 28, 2009, but none of the rides would operate again, including Starliner. However, the ride has been stated to be making a return to Panama City Beach, Florida.[1]

Jim Barnett

Jim Barnett, a radio DJ better known as Jim King, was featured in the Guiness Book of World Records in 1978 after having ridden Starliner for an entire week. In 1980, he rode it for fifteen consecutive days.[2][3]



8 Hills


2 trains with 3 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 18 riders per train.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Starliner's return
  2. "Miracle Strip's Starliner May Move". Tallahassee Democrat. March 29, 2005. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  3. "Starliner Roller Coaster to Have New Home". Pensacola News Journal. March 29, 2005. Retrieved October 21, 2021.

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