Robb, while I do agree that $35 is alot, other parks are charging alot more and getting away with it. Look at Magic Springs
, they're charging $45 for a one day pass and I'm gonna take a guess that I would have more fun at Hard Rock Park than at Magic Springs. That park. Granted, they do have a waterpark included, but the entire park is very do-able in half a day. Magic Springs is also in a vacation-destination town, much like Myrtle Beach.
$35 is alot but it's better than $50.
I don't know much about Magic Springs since I've never been there, but isn't the park in closer proximity to some of the local attractions, convention centers and golf courses than Hard Rock is?
And as far as local cities go, while neither of them boast a huge population, Little Rock's 180k is at least a bit stronger than Myrtle Beach's 22k.
I'm not sure if either park REALLY draws from any of the big cities within a few hours drive. Magic Springs has Dallas, the #7 most populous city in the US to pull from, whereas Hard Rock Park seems to pull mostly from Charlotte and Columbia and neither of those two cities even come close to the population of Dallas.
Family Kingdom, while no where near as "nice" of a park as Hard Rock seems to have the right idea. They have free admission with a pay-per-ride or wristband option (less than $25), the are open afternoons and evenings only, when it gets cooler and the sun goes down (people stop sitting on the beach and looking for something to do) and they are VERY convenient to anyone staying at the beach.
I still think Hard Rock's biggest challenge is getting people who have come to park themselves on a beach for a week to get in the car and drive to the park. Especially during the day.
I have no idea if Hard Rock Park can be a success or not, but the park has probably been the most epic failure in the amusement industry recently, but who knows, remember Magic Springs even failed once too.
Like I said previously, if you haven't gotten the credits, and the park does in fact re-open, I'd go get them ASAP...and I wouldn't book your airfare too far in advance just in case!