The weather was ideal with a slight breeze and high clouds and the traffic was light when we arrived for the park’s opening.
The crowd was not too heavy at the gate, though we still had 45 minutes to wait.
Fortunately time passed quickly with music (sorry – no Justin Bieber), entertainment, and even a brief speech, and soon the gates were opened!
The shops and restaurants were the first things that we saw and the staff were all very welcoming and friendly.
The Island in the Sky Ride was renovated and kept as a reminder of the past.
It afforded a great view of the park from 150 feet above.
There were some really cool models to see of many familiar places done in fine detail.
There are also many rides that, for the most part, had short lines.
They kept the fantastic scenery from when the property was occupied by Cypress Gardens, such as this southern belle, in Legos of course!
The gardens make for a quiet and beautiful break from the pace of the rest of the park.
Before we knew it, it was nearly closing time and we had to depart.
By the time we started to leave, the park was getting ready to close and end its first day of business. My family very much enjoyed the visit and brought back more than a few souvenirs, many good memories, and a desire to return again, which is not a bad first day outcome for any amusement park!