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The Orlando theme park is closing quickly as Central Florida's skyline changes forever

A popular Orlando theme park has closed its doors forever. The dismantling of its iconic, towering Central Florida attractions continues, marking the end of an era.

Photo credit: Magical Midway Thrill Park in Orlando, Florida

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Orlando Theme Park is suspending all operations as the dismantling of iconic attractions at Magical Midway Thrill Park begins

Magical Midway Thrill Park, a popular entertainment destination in Orlando, Florida, has permanently closed its doors. Located at 7001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, the park has long been an integral part of the area's entertainment landscape.

Standout attractions included a massive arcade, two elevated wooden go-kart tracks and Jr. go-karts, providing excitement for guests of all ages. In addition, exciting rides in the park such as the Starflyer, bumper cars, bumper boats and a carousel ensured that visitors had a varied range of experiences.

MAGICAL MIDWAY RIDES CONTINUE TO BE DISCONTINUED 4.29.24 The dismantling of the tower attractions at Orlando's Magical Midway continues as the SlingShot crashes and is part of the drop tower. Crazy to drive down the street and not see these rides on the skyline after so many years – @Midway_Mayhem on X

Considered by many to be a family-friendly destination, Magical Midway is ideal for spending quality time with family and friends. It has been praised for its captivating atmosphere and exciting attractions. Guests particularly praised the breathtaking views from the slingshot ride. Despite its closure, the memories and experiences shared at Magical Midway Thrill Park will undoubtedly remain in the hearts of its guests.

Two girls with long hair hanging upside down and laughing on a ride at Midway Magical Thrill Park, dressed in bright pink and green tops against a clear blue sky.Two girls with long hair hanging upside down and laughing on a ride at Midway Magical Thrill Park, dressed in bright pink and green tops against a clear blue sky.
Photo credit: Magical Midway in Orlando, Florida

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On April 22, 2024, the legendary Magical Midway Thrill Park in Orlando, Florida permanently ceased operations. Over the years, the park has become synonymous with its thrilling Slingshot attraction. However, there were signs of the park's closure when cranes were seen removing the topper from the Star Flyer ride in April 2024.

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The closure of Magical Midway marked the end of an era for many visitors who had enjoyed the thrills and attractions. Despite its popularity, Magical Midway has overcome its fair share of challenges. Incidents had led to temporary closures, highlighting safety concerns.

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In July 2011, the park closed its gates following a Star Flyer accident. Then, in April 2012, another incident occurred when one of the go-kart tracks collapsed, resulting in two people being hospitalized. These incidents raised questions about the park's safety protocols and infrastructure.

A colorful ride at Magical Midway Thrill Park with a tall central tower and multiple swings attached to chains spins against a cloudy sky background.  Each swing carries people enjoying the ride.A colorful ride at Magical Midway Thrill Park with a tall central tower and multiple swings attached to chains spins against a cloudy sky background.  Each swing carries people enjoying the ride.
Photo credit: Magical Midway Thrill Park

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Additionally, the park's resilience has been tested during the COVID-19 pandemic. While other theme parks in the area decided to temporarily close in March 2020 to curb the spread of the virus, Magical Midway remained open to the public.

Despite a global health crisis, this decision sparked mixed reactions from the community and highlighted the park's challenges in dealing with unforeseen circumstances.

The closure of Magical Midway Thrill Park marks the end of an era in Orlando's entertainment landscape. Despite all the ups and downs, the memories created at its gates will undoubtedly remain in the hearts of its guests for years to come.

Anna Harden

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