BeemerBoy wrote:Location, location, location.
That's quite true.
I said it from day 1 (I'm not going to bother looking up where I said it though.), this park will fail.
Reason - That area of the country CAN NOT support a quality amusement park.
They could barely support MBP. MBP was losing money. plain and simple. The locals couldn't support it enough to keep it alive. The owners saw an opportunity to sell, and did. It is now my understanding that the condo towers that were supposed to go up there, have stalled due to lack of sales. (i.e. NO MONEY coming in.)
The property that HRP was built on, (IIRC) or near, an ABANDONED shopping mall. It take quite a lot to kill an indoor shopping mall!
If the local economy can kill a shopping mall, what chance does an amusement park have?
Look at the demographics: it's damn close to being a retirement community. No other real points of interest (unless you LOVE playing golf!) that could bring in the tourist dollars needed to make it survive, because the locals can't support it. It just won't happen.
Myrtle Beach IS NOT a major tourist destination anymore!! It will never be that way again.
Scott is right. It all boils down to location. The Hard Rock people made a POOR decision by building the park in Myrtle Beach. Especially, considering the initial investment made by the Hard Rock company. It would be interesting
You can argue that "Where else would they go?"
There's plenty of available land in SoCal or Orlando that could have been looked at. That way they could have been a year 'round operation. Even with the stiff competition, they could've had a fighting chance. Especially with so many more attractions to draw people in, and (very important I might add) better, larger airport accessibility.
The first year, IOA didn't do all that great. I believe that USF still outdraws IOA in sheer numbers. But IOA is gaining ground. Plus, it's open all year to keep up with the Disneys, and other attractions down I-4.
Think about it, with no real competition, HRP is falling way below expectations. They have nothing else to offer.
I see the park opening next year, and the same thing happening. By then the locals will have already have that "been there, done that" syndrome.
After that, I seriously doubt that they will be open for a 3rd season.