New Opryland Tribute site

Saturday, October 25, 2003 9:30 PM
Weeeeee I think I see me on the Wabash Cannonball! Thanks for the link CoastermanX.
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Saturday, October 25, 2003 9:48 PM
I came across this site as I was doing my 'Opryland' rounds.

It is a cool little site with pics of what Grizzly River Rampage looks like now. (Its under Where are they now)

Good enough to get my two thumbs up.

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Can you feel the thunder?
Thunderhead comes to Dollywood in 2004!

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 4:05 AM
Cool pics!

I have only been to Opryland once. I was around 4 or 5 so needless to say I don't remember much about it.

-Tina

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:22 AM
Thanks for pointing that out CoastermanX!

I've been waiting for an Opryland tribute site for along time. Kind of odd that while the park closed at the beggining of the internet revolution, there's hardly anything about it on the web.

Maybe one day somebody will get around to actually doing a proffesional Opryland site, that actually does the park justice.

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:55 AM
Technically it didn't go under. It's parent company, Gaylord Entertainment, just wanted to get out of the park buisness bacause they were money hungry.

So, when the park's attendance dropped below 2 million, in '96 and '97, (Thanks to Gaylord's Neglect) Gaylord found the excuse they were looking for and jumped at the chance to get rid of the park.

A Mall was built on the site, and to Gaylord's surprise, the Mall failed, and they would have just been better off keeping the park instead.

The Closing of the park really hurt Nashville's tourism. There was a 70% drop in tourist income after the park Closed, and the city still has not recoverd. Based on how well Branson, Myrtle Beach, and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg are doing right now, Nashville probably never will.
*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 10/26/2003 4:53:37 PM ***

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 10:18 AM

Quite right Dukeis#1,

They bulldozed Opryland to build of all things a shopping mall. Opry Mills opened as a joint venture between Gaylord and the Mills Corp. but in 2002 Gaylord sold their shares to Mills Corp along with the land the mall sits on. So they basically closed Opryland for nothing since now theyre getting NO profit from the land.( I mean OL used to pull quite a profit for a park that hadnt really had anything tremendous done to it in years). So basically when Gaylord closed Opryland, they shot themselves in the foot. Now all that is left of OL is the old troughs of Grizzly River Rampage-a grim reminder of what used to be there. How sad.

www.oprylandthemepark.com has been 'coming soon' for 4 years now, and www.access2control.com was supposed to be back in Winter of 2002, but hasnt started back up yet.

Please visit my Opryland Page-it's my plans for the future with some background. Check out my Old Hickory Land page while your there.I also host a Opryland Yahoo! Group.


Alex's Place used to have postcards and pics of OL-but it is hardly ever up and running anymore.

If you know of anymore OL pages, please post them as im making a 'Opryland' Notebook full of nostalgia.

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Can you feel the thunder?
Thunderhead comes to Dollywood in 2004!

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 3:45 PM
Quite ambitious future plans CoastermanX. I look forward to seeing the day that mall is razed.
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Sunday, October 26, 2003 4:08 PM
Yeah , a little too ambitious. You're trying to become the next Disney or something.

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I'd like to thank the academy , and my mom , and my fans,and.....oh forget it , I hate you all.

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 4:23 PM
I don't think the Opryland Division is far from reach,rebuild everything either the real things or at least get the blueprints from Gaylord,builders,City, or somebody. Make it as close to the way it was as possible.

Old Hickory Land is different-it's a start from-scratch resort idea.

Any further comments or ideas, just post.

PS-Anyone have an idea where our second 'Opryland'-style park can be built (in US)?

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Can you feel the thunder?
Thunderhead comes to Dollywood in 2004!
*** This post was edited by CoastermanX 10/26/2003 9:29:47 PM ***

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 5:31 PM
Just as long as you rebuld Chaos as close to the way it was as possible, I'll be happy....be sure to include the music they played.....btw, if anybody wants that music contact me on AIM at jasonman123 , or email me at stljason1@hotmail.com

I remember when Access2control was still up and running...a great site, had really the only good pics and information on Chaos on the net. You can still visit the site the way it was on archives somewhere.....im shocked whoever runs/ran that site is still paying to keep it......

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*** This post was edited by stljason1 10/26/2003 10:33:11 PM ***

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Sunday, October 26, 2003 5:35 PM
Ya...I'm working on getting my web site back up and running asap. I just don't have much time with collage and all.

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Monday, October 27, 2003 1:26 PM
AAHHAA!

Gaylord thought they could trick us! They were wrong.

Opryland closed due to 'declining attendence' this is all wrong.

According to an article in a local Oak Ridge newspaper,published in 1998, it cays according to Amusement Business 'Opryland beat Dollywood with a attendence of 2.25 Million, DW had 1.95 Million' this all happened on Opryland's last year of operation,1997.

What were they trying to pull?

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Thunderhead comes to Dollywood in 2004!

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