This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Hard Rock/Freestyle Music Park , this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.
Freestyle Music Park's Official Website, ceased operation in early 2010
Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!
April 9th, 2007 - Rides announced for Hard Rock park opening in 2008 - SEE BELOW!
September 20th, 2007 - A look at HRP's Preview Center and construction
March 17th, 2008 - "Midnight Rider" renamed "Life in The Fast Lane"
September 24th, 2008 - Park closes early for the season but says it will re-open in 2009 after emerging from Chapter 11
February 17th, 2009 - FPI MB puchases park for $25 million
February 20th, 2009 - new owners speak of potential changes to park
March 16th, 2009 - Nights in White Satin is no more
April 9th, 2009 - park is renamed Freestyle Music Park
May 4th, 2009 - transformation of "Led Zeppelin: The Ride" to "Time Machine" announced.
May 23rd, 2009 - Freestyle Music Park opens
June 21st, 2009 - Park announces lower than expected attendance numbers for first month
July 9th, 2009 - Park drops entry price significantly to draw crowds.
January 10th, 2010 - FPI MB being sued for assumed debt that it has not paid off
February 5th, 2010 - Freestyle Music Park forced to close its offices
March 29th, 2010 - Announcement that park has no plans to open in 2010
July 1st, 2010 - FPI MB fails to pay debt obligation, creditors could force park foreclosure
August 24th, 2010 - Most of Board of Directors resigns over foreclosure situation
June 12th, 2011 - FBI US (the mortgage holder) purchases the park out of foreclosure, park may reopen in 2012
February 13th, 2012 - Waccamaw Pottery outlets has a new owner!
February 17th, 2012 - Park gets new mortgage from foreign lender
July 3rd, 2012 - Land flagged for Hard Rock Park hotel up for auction
April 25th, 2013 - Concept for park plot gets sale offer of $10 million
Yup, I love DaRock!
Official Hard Rock Park website:
Two roller coasters - one jamming to '80s tunes, another blasting Southern rock - a cafe reminiscent of the '60s and a Jamaican-themed water play area are among the attractions that will fill the Hard Rock Park.
Six zones will cater to music fans' different tastes, from country to British rock. A heavy-metal comedy act dubbed "Roadies Stunt Show" will feature acrobatics and pyrotechnics.
The 140-acre park's developers, working on the park's financing and plan for more than four years, unveiled the details Monday, kicking off a six-city promotional tour at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.
Each stop will net a piece of Hard Rock memorabilia to go in the park, including a graffiti-covered wall from the notorious CBGB rock club in New York City, which closed last year, and a white studded cape owned and worn on stage by Elvis Presley.
The park is scheduled to open in April 2008. Tickets will sell for $46.
"We've been dreaming up Hard Rock Park for the last few years and we can't wait to start showing people what they can expect to experience," Steven Goodwin, the park's CEO, said in a news release Monday morning. "From the innovative technology to develop the rides and the entertainment experience to the truly priceless memorabilia we will have on display and special events we will host, visitors can expect a new standard of fun to rock fans of all ages."
Among the park's attractions:
# Maximum RPM! | A convertible car-coaster that races to 1980s new age hits
# Midnight Rider | A Southern Rock roller coaster that careens through a creepy abandoned lumber mill.
# Reggae River Falls | A Jamaican-themed water play area.
# Garage Jam! | A foam ball play-station
# Carnaby Street Cafe | A 1960s joint featuring gigantic lava lamps and traditional British fare
# Roadies Stunt Show | A high-action comedy starring heavy metal riggers performing acrobatics and pyrotechnics
# An amphitheater
# Mainstreet Gas & Gifts | An old gas station converted to a surf shop where antique glass gas pumps become kid- powered whirlpools.
The park will have six features catering to different genres:
# 1. All Access Entry Plaza - Stores and public spaces
# 2. Rock & Roll Heaven - Explores the feelings and emotions "behind the music," including the influences and the legends
# 3. British Invasion - Celebrates rock 'n' roll English style. The look and feel of London creates a backdrop to explore rock's most influential artists and musical genres
# 4. Lost in the 70's - An indoor mall featuring the '70s genres of punk, disco and glam
# 5. Born in the USA - Salutes the birthplace and "melting pot" of rock
# 6. Cool Country - The music of the South
Now that details have been released, officials are hitting the road in their most high- profile piece of memorabilia, the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Bus, to promote the park. The bus will hit the Hard Rock Cafes in six cities, starting in New York today, then return to Myrtle Beach on April 18 for the opening of a preview center. The center, on the park site in Fantasy Harbour off U.S. 501, will give people a glimpse at what the park will look like.
This park is sounding awesomer by the minute. Would have been nice to know which ride will become the B&M, but the attractions sound like good ideas to an already great park! I just hope that it opens on time in 2008.