Hard Rock Park has issued this press release which reveals the themed areas and some ride names. Of particular interest are two of the coasters: Maximum RPM!, "a convertible car coaster that races to 80s new age hits", and Midnight Rider, "a Southern Rock roller coaster that careens through a creepy abandoned lumber mill." I know Premier and Vekoma were two of the suppliers announced -- perhaps Maximum RPM! is a Premier coaster similar to Italian Job, and Midnight Rider could be a Vekoma mine train.
You can also see a park rendering here. (I think this is new, I know I have not seen it before.) This shows off all of the coasters, including the B&M off to the left. It looks like it will be a floorless or regular sit-down looper. Not a lot of flat rides are visible, but you always have to take these early renderings with a grain of salt.
Reminds me of Hong Kong Disneyland... both were/are cool concept from the start, but just initially lacking. Probably not somthing I'd go to for its opening year, but maybe 4 or 5 years down the line...
I agree with Charles Nungester. Nothing about this park screams originality to me. It might be a cool place to stop at if you're vacationing in South Carolina, but from what has been shared, it doesn't look like a destination park. IOA had a whole sleu of never-before-seen attractions that were years and years in the making. For Myrtle Beach, this is huge. But for the amusement industry this is just a really expensive themed amusement park.
Some people mistake discussion and observation for constant complaining. From what has been displayed, I think it is missing some inspiration and cutting edge attractions. I don't think that's an unfair statement in the slightest. I think it's unfair for people to be tagged as complainers for pointing out what they think is or may be missing from a ride, park, or expansion.
Acoustic Viscosity said: There was a very nice park there just last year. ;)
Well...not, *exactly* right there. When I made the post I was thinking of that exact location, not Myrtle Beach as a whole. But yeah, point taken.
And SFGAMDie Hard, it is unfair. If you compare every new park to IOA you're going to be disappointed every time, more than likely. You have to judge the park based on it's own pretentions and goals first and foremost, and without stepping in the park and experiencing it as a whole, that's pretty difficult IMO.
Seeing a new park's rendering and plans and immediately comparing it to IOA just seems out of the blue and pointless to me. I'm fine with it if you think the ride lineup looks lacking or disappointing or something, but I see a chance to ride 5 (it looks like 5, right?) coasters I've never ridden before and I think "Cool!" I *don't* think about any park in Orlando that doesn't have anything to do with the price of tea in China. *** Edited 4/11/2007 11:56:12 AM UTC by matt.***