Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
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However, it may have been poorly managed and wasn't in the greatest theme park market, but I still think the park's big down fall was the whole music theme....just doesnt seem so appealing...that's why I dont think Disney should have a music themed park, like previously brought up
One ride like RnR or Universal's upcoming Rip-it Ride-it Rock-it is fine, but I dont think an entire park full of music coasters is worthwhile
I am disappointed it didn't do better. The park sounds like something with great ideas and potentals. If Disney ever builds a Music Park, they should take some clues.
There is nothing wrong with Hard Rock Park inside the gates, they followed the formula of IOA and other theme parks closely and although the park needs to grow a little, it still looks great. If it were built 2 years ago, it would have been a financial success even without mass marketing. Instead it opened amidst a perfect economic storm for the area, and management wasn't prepared for it. They spent all of the money on the park and staff, and chose to completely rely on Myrtle Beach's tourist base, which was in budget mode and had little money to spend. Most other years, that wouldn't have been such a gamble.
This park is not dead. As long as they can stick with it and fix what's broken (and it really isn't much), it will be a success.
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I agree admission prices were just to far above the norm in Myrtle Beach! I really feel the park failed in growing upon an already proven concept! Music, rock and roll, or call it what you'd like!
Other than opening weekend, did they have any other "big" name intertainment? Ya, sure currently touring acts, ie....KC and the Sunshine band, etc....which are not bad if marketed correctly, etc....
I would have hired or just found the right people to bring in the regular touring acts and make them become an issue! My meaning is that there is a House of Blues in Myrtle Bch that had better and more well named acts appear at such venue. Why couldn't HRP bring in those acts??? You tell me who wouldn't pay their asking admission price and then get the name music acts that others were paying 30 plus dollars for just down the road?
Just to name a few......Peter Framton, Queesryche, Godsmack, Lynard Skynard, etc....just review the music acts that had or have appeared this last year there at House of Blues, and you can see where HRP missed out on being a true advance on the Hard Rock scene!
Again, me personnally.....I'd pay $50 to get the park and concert inclusive! I'd maybe even pay more pending on who might be playing, etc!!!
The park did just fine in personnal and I had enjoyed my visits there, but I still feel that if they treated the park as a concert/amusement venue, they may have done much better??? If they're interested, and reading this, contact me and I'll be happy to lend more ideas to what I feel the Hard Rock concept is truely about, but I feel they just missed a great oppertunity to make things work!
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