Sucks to hear about Hard Rock Park. Really was hoping to see that place booming.
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Thanks for your kind attention.
When I was there on Saturday, I noticed that most of the shows had 1 presentation in the afternoon, but 2 presentations in the evening. Management seems to see what's going on and have adjusted accordingly.
They've also kicked off an aggressive new marketing campaign, including a full page ad in the weekend section of the Columbia newspaper. There was a coupon for $10 off admission as well as information about the "bring dad for free on Father's Day" promotion.
As for Freestyle, Steve does have a very good point about Myrtle Beach. The trend for many who visit MB is to go to the beach until about 3 pm, and then hit the town. That makes me curious to see a breakdown of their attendance. Also, the rebranded park has only been open for 2 weeks and the summer crowds are just now starting to arrive. Hotel rates go way up around the end of June until the end of August.
As for attendance numbers, I heard somewhere that FSMP's goal for this season's attendance this year was only 600,000, compared to HRP's 2 or 3 million.
The park lacks must-do attractions, is in a poor location and lacks a soul. The best that can be said about the park is that it is close and cheap. Close and cheap do not make for a memorable park experience.
If a Disney, Universal, Busch, Cedar Fair or Six Flags park was in Myrtle Beach, Freestyle Music Park would be even more of a ghost town than it is now!
Attendance estimates are anywhere from 200 to 700 people IN TOTAL per day. That INCLUDES free admission. How on earth can a park survive when you have more employees than customers?