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Welcome to Paradise!

Long-awaited amusement park thrills at Margaritaville Resort

It’s been a long time coming — five years to be exact — but the wait for Paradise Pier Fun Park is finally over.

The excited squeals and shrieks coming from visitors to Biloxi’s Margaritaville Resort are music to the ears of Tessy Lambert, chief marketing officer for Lodging & Leisure Investments LLC. The highly anticipated attraction officially opened on March 3.

“We wanted to create a place where people could come to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime,” she says. “We can’t wait for everyone to experience the joys that Paradise Pier has to offer!”

Lambert describes the park as 2.5 acres of pure adventure, featuring 15 wild and thrilling rides for adults and kids, plus some tamer options for smaller guests. Some of the main attractions include Saltwater Stables, a double-decker merry-go-round; Rolling Thunder roller coaster, which offers guests two ways to ride; the Buoy Blaster, a 10-story free-fall ride; and a 180-foot observation wheel called the Biloxi Tide Turner, which features air- conditioned, enclosed gondolas and provides a light display after sunset.

“This name is significant because we believe Paradise Pier Fun Park will turn the tide for family fun here on the Gulf Coast,” Lambert says. Other rides include the Sea Swinger, Storm Surge, Tropical Hopper, Puddle Jumper, Hit the Deck, Treehouse Twirl and S.O.S., all of which offer unique thrills.

Paradise Pier also is home to an aerobar, a distinction it shares with Las Vegas, Dubai and Singapore. The ascending-bar experience offers 140-foot-high views and is priced separately at $19.99, which includes a hand-crafted cocktail in a souvenir cup.

Paradise Pier has added more than 150 new team members to fill various roles, according to Lambert, including ticket office sales attendants, ride attendants, food service attendants and maintenance positions. The diverse range of family-friendly activities and amenities at the park, she adds, will enhance the Coast experience for locals and visitors alike.

“Our unique location, right on the ocean’s edge, sets us apart, providing guests with stunning views of the coastline as they twirl their way through the air,” Lambert says. “Whether you’re a thrill seeker or just looking for a fun day out with the family, Paradise Pier Fun Park is the place to be!”

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