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The Dania Beach Hurricane: Florida’s Forgotten Coaster

The Dania Beach Hurricane is a wooden coaster that opened in Dania Beach Florida back in 1996. It was designed and built by Coaster Works and the Stand Company. It was located at Boomers! park, but was operated by a third party company. The ride closed in 2011 and has sat abandoned ever since. On March 16th of this year developers hosted a press event to officially start the demolition of the ride, and it appears that after more than a month of demolition none of the ride has actually been torn down yet. Two weeks ago I went down to Dania Beach and decided to go take a look at this defunct wooden beast.. Let’s see how the coaster is looking after 5 years of being closed.

I walked up to a side gate of the former Boomers! park and I could see the coaster is still standing. The park has been demolished over the past few months, you can see the rubble of it in the foreground of this photo:

The ride is basically untouched, all the signage is still on the ride and the train is still inside of the station…

As soon as I started snapping photos, a security guard came flying around the corner in a white Jeep and told me I was not allowed on the property.

So instead of going on the property I decided to drive around the border of the land and grab some pictures of the old ride. I started off by driving by the main security checkpoint of the demolition site, as you can see it was fenced off.

To the left of the entrance was a memorial for a person who somehow died on the property…

I then went on Interstate 95 (I-95) which provided some great views of the Hurricane.

It was a large out and back woodie!

One final shot of the former scream machine before it gets laid to rest…

 

 

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