Freestyle Music Park to Unveil Sections
Hard Rock Park:
In the next few weeks, we'll be seeing more of the plans for the Freestyle Music Park (formerly known as Hard Rock Park) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Freestyle Music Park, the former Hard Rock Park, will unveil a section of the park on Wednesday (4.22.09). This is media-only event not open to the public.
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Freestyle Music Park, the former Hard Rock Park, will unveil a new children's section and some new children's rides at a media event Wednesday (4/22/09).
The park's new owner, FPI MB Entertainment, has said it wanted to make the park more family friendly. The event, which is not open to the public, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Word is that it's an 80's theme.
Here is the early reporting from The Sun News (Myrtle Beach newspaper):
Families visiting the new Freestyle Music Park will be able to choose from four new children's rides -- all named after hit songs -- in a new, 17,000-square-foot kiddie area unveiled Wednesday by the park's new owners.
The new rides include a samba tower, where riders sit in balloon baskets that rise up a central post; a kite flyer, where riders lie down in a pod that spins around and gives a sensation of free flight; a magic bike, where riders control how high their cart goes by how fast they are pedaling; and a convoy ride, where parents and kids sit in little trucks that follow a fixed route.
The rides are being named Get Off My Cloud, Fly Like An Eagle, Wheels In The Sky and Life Is A Highway, respectively. The entire kids area has been dubbed Kids in America.
I just got off of the new website. It has a ticket section and the new price is $40 for ages 10 and up. That is more than I paid for Hard Rock Park as a SC resident!! My family spends a week at Ocean Lakes campground every year. We did not try Hard Rock last year because of the high ticket prices as compared to the other attractions. We can go to Family Kingdom or one of the large water parks for much less. I went to Hard Rock by myself when the kids went back to school and it was OK. I rode everything twice and saw all of the shows within 3 hours. I didn't feel that there were enough attractions for the entry price to take the entire family back. I was so excited to see "Freestyle Music Park" plan to open on Memorial Day. Well the ticket prices are higher than Hard Rock. Once again, our family of 5 will not pay $200 plus parking to get in and have 2 to 3 hours entertainment. I hope that they don't price themselves into bankruptcy again!
It looks like the prices fall in line with a lot of other parks. The only difference is that seem to be pricing strictly according to age rather than age and height. Those over 10 will likely be able to experience everything in the park..save the Zeppelin coaster (or whatever it's called now) When you think about what the park has instead of all it's troubles, it isn't that bad of a price.
Any park in the country can be done in 2 to 3 hours when attendance is that low, so if attendance picks up, it will take longer to go through...and perhaps people will feel a little more like they got their days worth
I'm sure that there will be discounts. If they are working with the hotels and advertisers like they say they are, coupons for 5 bucks or so off will grow on trees. Another true price test for me will be the cost of everything inside the park. By the time I got there last year, they had a lot of gift shop stuff on sale, but the stuff that wasn't was overpriced...including some of the food.
Look at it this way, local residents can take advantage of a $75 season pass for 10 and over, and $45 for 10 years and younger. That's half the price it was last year, and on par with what other parks of that size are offering. Parking is free with the pass and it includes discounts on food and gifts.
I'm curious to see what else they've had to change. Hopefully they haven't stripped the place. They were off to a great start with the themes, just needed more rides.
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