Florida / Tropical Wonderland
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Map of Tropical Wonderland (Tarzan's Jungleland)
How the property looks today (2010)
What it looked like back in 1963
The History of Florida Wonderland
The almost forgotten Florida Wonderland park was located in Titusville, Florida which at the time was known as Indian River City. It opened way back in 1959 by Mr and Mrs H.C. Kirk. The park featured an old west and Indian village area, electric boat rides, train ride, and many types of animals. Monkey Island was a favorite from visitors from all over. It closed in 1973
When the 70's hit things changed. First, the name of the park was now Tropical Wonderland. Johnny Weissmuller, of Tarzan fame, was now throwing his name in support. He even had the occasional appearance for signing autograph's and pictures. This brought new life into the park.
At this time the park also had amusement rides, food, more gift shops, and other fun things to do. Things were looking up, well until Johnny pulled his support because of animal treatment issues. No one knows if this was true or not, or if Johnny was just not happy, but there are the old articles with so many animal escapes over the years it was open, and even when it closed down.
All that remains after all these years are old canals, the snake building, and a few patches of concrete and tile floors.
More Florida Wonderland (from Shawn)
Older maps even documents for now defunct parks can be
found on the web with
enough searching. Downloads are made easy with a PDF to excel converter.
Some pictures by Rob Donkers
Article from Rob Donkers (german to english translation)
Here is a great article
Article by Ron Masters
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