vcgjr76 wrote: The article goes from the original concept to why the park failed.
It's an interesting look at the park, but when the story gets finished, you'll still never see the real reason that the park(s) failed.
No offense, but there are 257 pages before this one that very thoroughly cover that discussion.
The bottom line is this (which NONE of the experts, insiders, or creators of HRP will ever admit to, because if they did - it would mean that they had an initial catastrophic misjudgment): the per capita
income of residents and tourists to the area simply could not sustain a large amusement park, especially with a $50 admission.
Myrtle Beach residents and tourists couldn't sustain a park 1/5 the size (that was always busy), Myrtle Beach Pavillion. Nor could they sustain an outlet shopping mall which stood vacant for years on that very site HRP was built on. They barely sustain Family Kingdom, only 3 miles away.
The three most important things in business are:
It was built in a very BAD location.
You will find in the previous 257 pages many, many predictions, before the park even opened, of the park's demise. Once it opened, and a few people here had visited, those people said "get there while you can - it won't last".
We knew this, but because we don't have financial backing, or certain corporate sponsors, we "don't know what we're talking about".
Yet the park failed. Twice. By people that KNOW
what they are doing.
They will NEVER admit that it's a bad location. Never.
Rollercoaster Rider wrote:It could've survived somewhere else. If it was near Nashville, It would be operating and booming!
Remember Opryland? Smaller park. Same fate.