I just checked the Wikipedia entry for SOtB and I almost said the billboards extended for two-hundred miles in either direction. They said it extends for 175 miles in either direction. But, I just talked to my parents and they said that doesn't sound accurate at all as that would take it all the way back to Virginia.
They still travel down to Myrtle Beach at least once a year, and they said the advertising has been severely cut down from what it once was and that the signs aren't as glitzy as they once were either. They bypass SOtB now and take the next exit in Dillon as it's faster than taking the 40mph road that goes behind SOtB.
Each one of the billboards features Pedro (their mascot) and has all kinds of crazy and/or bad puns (some of them are listed on the Wikipedia entry such as "Forecast-Hot today, Chille tomorrow!") Now when I would visit, some of the signs had moving parts as well.
I seem to remember many of the billboards featuring discount tickets for Disney as well and the entry also reminded me of one of the number one advertised things down in that area--fireworks.
The park will NEVER come back. There was one really interesting flat I've never seen ANYWHERE else. There were a couple other flats, and IIRC a pretty cool train ride. Since I'm moving pictures-sites, I'll try and post some links in the next few days.
edit: Time flies. It was over Christmas break...LOL!
*** Edited 3/18/2008 2:38:59 AM UTC by rollergator***
The billboards did keep things visually interesting on trips to Myrtle Beach or to Disney, as the landscape gets incredibly monotonous after a while. And one can only take so many signs for cheap cigarettes and fireworks.
According to everyone we had talked to the park was still operating at that time - we just had to hit the road before the rides were up and running for the day.
Somehow I think I'll live. :)
Okay that was harsh, but it is really, really tacky. They have cut down on the billboards tremendously. They used to stretch for like a state in either direction every few miles or so. I saw the stuff operating a few years ago, haven't been back by since. *** Edited 3/19/2008 5:28:24 AM UTC by Willh51***
The billboards are still ALL over the place going North, but there *seemed* to be fewer coming home...
I love cheesy stuff so kind of regreted not stopping there but I was by myself and didn't want to be "that guy".
Rob Ascough said:
I can't believe I never heard of this place!
Funny growing up in KY as a kid it seemed like everybody knew about it. But I guess Myrtle Beach was a popular vacation spot, I've still never been myself.
The water is very warm in comparison, the beaches are nice, and at the time there was so much to do. Granted there still is a lot to do, but it has changed. We lost The Pavillion and gained The Hard Rock park. There used to be a killer go-kart place in S. Myrtle Beach which is gone, but now there is a Nascar park.
What hasn't changed is the one-up-manship of the miniature golf courses. They were heavily themed when I was a kid, and now it looks like they are even more so (there's one with a huge fire-breathing dragon). A simple flat miniature golf course with no obstacles or even the basic obstacles would have a hard time competing.
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