Old Florida at Its Finest

by Melissa (Hare) Van Doren
(Landrum, SC)

As a native Ft. Lauderdale kid, born in '64, I have great memories of many Old Florida lost attractions and Pirate's World is one of my favorites.

I was much too young for the concerts - what a cool thing to have seen those amazing bands in their early years! - but I do remember many of the rides. Wasn't there a menacing pirate at the top of the log flume, just before the biggest drop?

My dad had to ride with me on the Steeplechase, and I remember getting my legs pinched and still loving every second of it. But the Wild Mouse scared the crap out of me - it was years and years before I would go on one again (and I still didn't like it, LOL).

I wish we could walk through it now as it was then. Everything would look cheap and dangerous, I'm sure, but what a wonderful time-travel it would be.

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