Myrtle Beach mayor wants council to keep Pavilion from being moved

Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2004 10:59 AM | Contributed by TeknoScorpion

The mayor of Myrtle Beach wants the city council to keep Pavilion from being moved by voting for a measure that would require the Pavilion Amusement Park to remain in its current location. A development corporation formed to revitalize the area has not yet made any firm plans about what to do with the park.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:44 AM
Any ideas as to where the Pavilion would be re-located at?*** This post was edited by BullGuy 8/24/2004 11:45:37 AM ***
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 4:25 PM
Finally... a politician with a brain ;)
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 5:18 PM

"While the Pavilion is very popular in a traditional and emotional sense ... it's only a three- or four-month economy," he said.

What doesn't have a three- or four-month economy at Myrtle? My brother and I were discussing this the other day, and he mentioned that MB is a ghost town during the offseason. He said he saw a McDonald's closed for the season. A McDonald's, for crying out loud.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 7:08 PM
Well, Vater, there in lies the problem. The Downtown Re-development wants a year round Myrtle Beach, and quite frankly, it could happen. We've been there in late fall with 80* temps.

And I agree that Downtown needs re-vitalized, but not the way they want to. Clean it up, clean up the stores (too much vulgar trash in the windows) and then put in something like Chicago's Miricle Mile with GAP, Polo, Tommy, etc. down town, with the Pavilion still being the center piece(though admittedly it could use some work, but I think that stems from the owners knowing it could close soon), and you have a place for families to go year round. Right now it caters to older Teens and 20 somethings with the bars and clubs.

They just seem to be going about it the wrong way. I'll be there in Sept., and don't think I won't be speaking to someone in the city about this:).

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 8:07 PM
Though it's not about MB Amusement Park, I did have a question. Was I dreaming or were their plans announced for a park owned and themed after Hard Rock Cafe to be built at MB?
Tuesday, August 24, 2004 8:54 PM
Yeah. It is supposed to built at the site of the now closing Myrtle Beach Pottery.

Back to the Pavilion. I was there in late July and absoluletly loved the placed. Seaside amusement parks are awesome. Riding a rollercoaster and seeing the ocean's waves crash on the beach is awesome in everyway possible. Yeah, the Hurricane does shuffle, but it out does all of the woodies at PKD (was there on the same vacation). The rides may be packed close together, but that is what gives it its special character and feel.

One more thing, who made their dark ride, The Haunted Hotel? Just curious.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 11:45 PM
Sally re-did it a little while back.

Here's a link to it

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 12:04 AM
The haunted hotel was better before, IMO, when there was an opening out over the midway on the second floor, but it is still good. Yes, there is a Hard Rock Park going into Myrtle, its confirmed, they're just trying to get all the planning and paperwork done. Which is another reason I don't want the pavilion to close/bemoved back on Kings Highway(where they wanted to move it a long time ago), it would probably become more of a theme park, which the Area dosen't have, and now that Hard Rock is there, it would be too much competition for both. In the current situation, the area could support both Amusment Parks, the Theme Parks, and even the action Parks with rides/Coaster down there.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:36 AM
I personally think that it would be better to move the amusment park to a bigger location. Its not really worth a 45 minute drive from n. myrtle to go to that amusment park if the moved it and them maybe expanded a little bit i think that woudl be better there are plenty of people that would to a highly populated amusment park.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 4:23 PM
Yes, but there is something magical about the ocean combined with the sounds and smells of an amusement park. I'm serious, it's a sensation you can only get at the beach. Moving it inland would ruin the whole experience.

Someone mentioned earlier that MB temperatures have been 80ยบ in late Fall and that is true. In fact, I usually make a trip to MB the last operating weekend of the Pavilion & Family Kingdom. Usually FK stays open one extra weekend than the Pavilion. That is in mid-October. But here is my question. Since temperatures do tend to stay rather comfortable there, even in Nov., WHY don't these parks stay open later than mid-October?? I mean, they could at least keep the main attractions open until Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 7:09 PM
They need time to take the rides apart before the really cold weather and snow comes. Even though MB temperatures never get down to freezing.
Thursday, August 26, 2004 2:47 AM
Which is why you run it like the Florida and California parks, by closing off a ride or two at a time for maintainence. As I've said before, they do need to re-vitalize the down town, but not by removing a formula that works.

And for Mforceaholic, apparently most people dis-agree with you, the Pavilion is Hella busy during its operating season. But if you want a big time Theme park, the Hard Rock Theme Park is supposed to be going in soon.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 6:42 PM
Myrtle wouldnt be the same without the pavilion. Then the strip would be dead there's simply nothin like it. But i agree that they should revamp the strip a little because in the day it looks really run down and old, especially near the family kingdom area.

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