Hard Rock theme park a go in Myrtle Beach
Hard Rock International made it official today, announcing construction of its awaited $400-million theme park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Hard Rock Park, designed to handle a daily capacity of 30,000 guests, will be built on 140 acres on the corner of U.S. 501 and the Intracoastal Waterway.
According to a Hard Rock press release, the park will feature "six unique, custom-designed zones celebrating rock's culture, lifestyle, legends and irreverence.... Hard Rock Park will include more than 40 attractions, a multi-purpose live music amphitheater, shows and state-of-the-art sound systems -- uniquely developed for the project, roller coasters, children's play areas, restaurants, cafes and retail stores."
Construction will begin this spring for a 2008 opening.
Sounds pretty cool, but I would like to see how the park will attract guests who are not fans of rock.
I have to say, my initial reaction to this was "Hmmm... Opryland 2.0." But, hey, I liked Opryland. The budget for this size of a park seems a little light to me, leading me not to expect any cutting-edge DarKastle/Spidey-type rides.
I think that what they have chosen to theme after is pretty much irrelevant in this case. The Hard Rock Park, if done properly with some money, technology, decent management, and class, will absolutely rake in the money.
I think that the Hard ROck theme park is a great idea. I live in fayetteville, North Carolina and the closet park is Carowinds.which is a couple of hours away.but mrytle beach is only 2 hours and is huge tourism in this area. adding another theme park is just what we need. i just hope there may be something like a season pass for those like me who can travel to myrtle beach for a weekend trip.
OK, this could be a great thing. Invision an interactive hotel room trashing, or "so you want to be a rock star" stage show with audience participation. Roller coasters themed to styles of rock, from the hectic Punk style to the calm even tempered Pop. I could see a Space Mountain type ride with laser shows set to metal. The possibilities are endless. I agree with Niles that the basic "park" setup is overdone. It is always nice to come across a really good restaurant in any park that will serve great food and not be a "take out" style place.
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