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Re: The Hard Rock / Freestyle Music Park Discussion Thread

Postby OldJJman » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:35 am

Guy T. Koepp wrote:Interesting Jeff, Weird thing is that everybody here in Nashville & at the Opryland hotel still can't seem to figure out why the park was removed? From what I've heard, the park wasn't failing.


That's actually quite true.

From what I remember, the park was in the black - very small profits, but in the black nonetheless. The owner had been expecting so much more in the later years, but it never developed into the cash cow he had been hoping for. When Chaos opened in the late 80's (early 90 maybe) it was a HUGE capital investment (7m+) and it took several years to recover from that as the ride aged, people weren't exactly having to go back to ride it again. (Big spiral in a box with a soundtrack!) It took until '95 (the last year I went) for the finances to recover enough to install another major ride, Hangman. (Now Kong at SFDK)

The profit margin never got as fat as had been projected. The repeat business just wasn't as high as been hoped, and when tourists head for (and think of) Nashville, the thought of hitting an amusement park doesn't readily come to mind.

When the proposed buyout of the park came, the offer was "too good to be true" for the owner. He finally got that cash in hand and ran.

That's what I remember, 15+ years after the fact.

So yes, I took some liberties with the mall/amusement park thing. (AND I enjoyed it!) But, I have grown an almost hatred toward HRP/FMP/xxxPark as myself and others have said before it was built, it will not survive. Period.

Kudos, though, to the people making money off failure. If it works....


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(and NO Guy, xxxPark is NOT a real possibility. The x's are there for any future acronym that may be used by the owner's of that plot of land. So, don't get your hopes up!)
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Postby Guy T. Koepp » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:44 am

I so badly want an XXXpark. I would quit freelance work and become an XXXmagineer! I've got all kinds of deviant rides cooking up in this brain of mine. :lover:
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Postby OldJJman » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:57 am

Guy T. Koepp wrote:I've got all kinds of deviant rides cooking up in this brain of mine. :lover:


Somehow, a chairswing is the first thing that comes to (my) mind.
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Postby chadster » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:07 am

Guy T. Koepp wrote:Your wish is my command. There is this little website that has tons of cool stuff about rollercoasters and theme parks. Here is one of the segments. I think you can probably find the rest there somewhere as well.

http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=Opryland_Memories_part_5_qlr3

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Postby noregrets » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:48 am

I was checking out this park the other day on Bing Bird's Eye. It looks really great, great theming, great rides and coasters. Just a bunch of morons building all this in the wrong place. Do people even go to Myrtle Beach any more? The most popular spring break spot these days is Miami. That's where they should have built it.

I'm really hopeful the place will close up for good and that beautiful B&M can get relocated to an actual OPEN park so I can ride it lol.

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Postby Guy T. Koepp » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:17 pm

^I think eventually, this will happen. I just hope it is still salvageable by that time. That seaside air is probably wreaking havock on all that steel.
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Postby Stitch_101 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:34 pm

Led Zepplin/Time Machine is an "OK" coaster. It's fun for the most part, but not exactly a reason to go put of your way to ride it unless you really want the credit. I'm sure, if or when the park fails again, it will be sold off, and I'm sure it will make a good addition to whatever park gets it, but depending on the park it I'm sure it won't become the star attraction.

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:28 pm

^^^ People go to Myrtle Beach...just the WRONG set of people for a full priced rock themed music park! All you have to do is drive around and see row after row of churches and families bringing wal-mart bags of food to eat on the beach. The combination of these two groups are not going to lead to a successful $50+ a day theme park.
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Postby Jew » Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:33 pm

^Exactly. We've all said this 100 times before, but just to say it again: the park absolutely could have been successful with better pricing and ANY sort of plan to get guests away from the beach (free shuttles, hotel packages, etc.).

I think it is pretty obvious by now the only intent of the park was to save the original business owners in that area who combined their land/attractions to build the park from losing everything.

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Re: The Hard Rock / Freestyle Music Park Discussion Thread

Postby chadster » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:41 pm

So if the rumors are true that the new investors have sent word down to the park to get the rides ready, who that doesn't have the credits want to meet up on opening day to ensure we get them before they close again?

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