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Opryland U.S.A.

Postby montezooma » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:04 pm

Opryland U.S.A.

Boy, going through old coaster stuff can really be fun. I came across all this stuff on Opryland, I probably haven't looked at it in over 10 years.

This was truly a beautiful and unique park, it really is a shame what became of it. It wasn't big on thrills but it sure had a lot of talent and charm.

Opryland was located just 9 miles from Nashville on 200 acres of rolling countryside. It was a tribute to Americana and America's Musical Heritage.

Enjoy my look back at this wonderful park that is now a discount mall. Progress, you gotta love it :(

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The brochure celebrating the 25th season. It didn't last much longer.
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The Hangman....Six Flags MarineWorld got the ride, Wild Adventures got the name.
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Park information. This book tells about each themed area, the rides, shows, games and other attractions.
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Opry Plaza theme area
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The Hill Country theme area
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Old New Orleans & The Riverside theme areas
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The America West theme area
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State Fair Area & Lakeside Area
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and finally DoWah Diddy City
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This is the basic layout of the park showing each themed land.
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The Jukebox Theater, Barnstormer & Nestea Plunge log flume
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The arrow development corkscrew "Wabash Cannonball", Grizzly River Rampage and Opryland Train
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"Sign Tennessee" a tribute show to the blues and another shot of Grizzly River Rampage, the second river ride built by Intamin
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The Opryland U.S.A fact sheet
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Notice the original cost of the park and the attendance back in 1979.
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Parking was only $1.50 or a parking season pass for $7.50. You can't even park one day at Six Flags for that amount.
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$9.75 admission...those where the days!
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Now onto the rides...
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I find it interesting that they release the number of passengers for that season. How cool is that?
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Three locomotives???? Does Disneyland even have that many...lol
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This was not a typical horse type carousel and if my memory serves me it was at the park for a couple of years, then it was gone.
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The Wabash Cannonball, this is one park that I remember ran two trains at the same time on their corkscrew. One train was red and the other was blue.
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This unique ride was only one of two built by Bradley and Kaye. The other was at Old Chicago, the indoor amusement park in Chicago. Both rides met a similar fate. Intamin took a stab at recreating this ride and they too are all gone. I am going to venture to say that the ride just wasn't that great. But I remember liking it.
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The Tennessee Waltz
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The Rock-n-Roller Coaster. This ride was also called Tree Topper. It is now located at the Great Escape in New York.
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Another shot of the Wabash Cannonball. This shot is a mirror image of the ride. Opryland seemed to use this mirror image in a lot of their printed material.
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General park pictures.
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more pictures of the park.
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The entire Opryland U.S.A. complex

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Postby Sticky Nicky » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:07 pm

Another Awesome "retro package". Keep them coming.

I still don't know why this park closed.
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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:59 pm

I so upset that I was never able to go to Opryland USA! My mom went and she said she loved it! Looks like a good thirll park and show park! The roller coasters looked really good! Too bad it closed, same with Libertyland! Libertyland was Elvis Presley's favorite amusement park! It had a good line up of rides, too. Now it just sits dormat (Libertyland).

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Postby Goliath513 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:12 pm

From what I've read, Hangman/Kong was the only successful relocation from the park. It would be nice if they could salvage some of those rides now at Old Indiana. Oh well, at least part of Opryland helped build up my home park of SFDK, even though the coaster is far from decent.

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:17 pm

All of the rides that were sent to Old Indiana that were in the open field are now scrapped. Its sad to hear that because those were good rides that could have been used. Six Flags, at that time owned the property with the rides. Why couldn't Six Flags install the rides in their parks instead of having to pay for a new roller coaster?

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Postby ernierocker » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:18 pm

Sticky Nicky wrote:I still don't know why this park closed.


Gaylord Entertainment stated they closed the park because it was losing too much money. Same old song and dance.

This was my childhood park, so I really appreciate you taking the time to put this together.

It really was a shame that Gaylord couldn't of just sold the park off instead of paving it. They always seemed to care more about the hotel than the park. When they built the final conservatory, any chance of expanding the park was cut off.

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Postby Top Thrill Dragster » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:20 pm

^^^Great Escape got Rock N Roller Coaster.

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:35 pm

Top Thrill Dragster wrote:^^^Great Escape got Rock N Roller Coaster.

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Your right. But, Six Flags was really thrifty, (sarcastic)! But really, they should have installed more coasters than 2! The Steamin' Delta Demon look like a fun ride!

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Scenes from Opryland 1977

Postby montezooma » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:58 pm

Here are pictures from around the park taken from the 1977 souvenir booklet. But first a park map from the year that Grizzly River Rampage was built.
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So Sad :(
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This page from one of the parks last seasons sure makes it look like the park was full of excitement and energy.

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Postby Sean Menefee » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:40 pm

Another shot of Hangman's badass logo.

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