I wonder when someone will sell the name of a park, the way cities and sports teams sell the names to stadiums? This could have been a candidate - sell the naming rights to Apple and open "iPod Park."
Let's put it this way... the name "Freestyle Music Park" doesn't make me want to rush online and book a trip. Hard Rock Park at least piqued the curiosity of people over age 40-45.
The BMX/skateboarding show may fit into the former Malibu Beach Party area pretty well. Rock and Roll Heaven was one of the worst-executed areas in the park. The main attraction was Led Zeppelin, which makes no sense considering (last time I checked) Robert Plant is alive - he just looks like a zombie.
The Taste of Paradise restaurant was more surf/tiki themed, so they could just expand the whole thing out so that area covers the "extreme sports" angle. Score rights to some surfing music and toss out Whole Lotta Love. That Zeppelin station may still be problematic, but we'll figure it out.
The rumor that turns my stomach is the CSI Show in the Globe Theatre. Look, they can't get away from the fact that a large section of the park is UK themed. The outside of the auditorium is a rough replica of the Globe Theatre. What in the name of Zeus' butt does CSI have to do with any of that (and while we're at it, is CSI a good family show?).
I have concerns.
Are we having a creative recession, too?
Eventually the names all just get abbreviated anyway: WDW, USF, IOA, SWO, CP, BGE, SFMM, KBF, WOF, and (remember this one?) HRP....
I will say this. Mr. Baker is spot on in this interview with his analysis of Hard Rock's failure. That bodes well for the park, because he knows what needs fixed. The problem is that they now have to rebrand, retheme, and rename everything. I think he downplays the intellectual property rights court decision. I'm sure that it played a huge role in pursuing the Hard Rock brand because even if they would have stayed with Hard Rock, they would have had to pay Steve Goodwin millions for the use of his "intellectual property", which actually should have been included in the bankruptcy auction.
Despite the name, and the fact that the park may lose some of that edge that I loved, I am optimistic about Freestyle's future. Mr. Baker's client list includes Disney and some of my favorite amusement parks. I have to believe that the guy knows what he's doing, but it takes time...something they don't have a lot of. That's why it wouldn't be right to pass judgement on this year's version of the park.
I can now only wish that I would have had the money to buy.
HARD ROCK is a name brand, and Hard Rock Cafe's embrace ALL TYPES of music - as was reflected by the park. Alot of locals have shown both their ignorace of, and lack of ever entering the park by saying that the "new name will cover all types of music, not just rock". Shows they never went through the "COOL COUNTRY" section.
Before, if you said to someone "Hard Rock PARK" - A Hard Rock...PARK? Really? I didn't know there was a Hard Rock PARK! Where is it? That sounds cool. We have to check that out.
Freestyle Music Park. Oh.Cute name.Does it have any rides?
the new owners need to get off their butts and get the website up with official open dates/times so that us out of towners can plan flights. (assuming of course they want us to go there rather than another park)