Street signs serve as reminder of Hard Rock Park failure

Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

If the towering Led Zeppelin roller coaster's white curlicues aren't enough, there are signs around the bankrupt Hard Rock Park that provide daily reminders of the theme park's failure. The renamed Hard Rock Parkway was supposed to be a long, four-lane road that could handle the tens of thousands of visitors a day who never showed up. The previous street name, Outlet Boulevard, was a remnant of the Waccamaw Pottery outlets, which enjoyed its heyday but eventually went bankrupt.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:39 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

I didn't realize the park was being liquidated. FAIL. Is it too early to speculate who is going to buy that B&M?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 12:08 PM
Coasterfusion's avatar

I think these two should buy it...

Six Flags Inc. should purchase Led and place it at Six Flags Maryland. It has been a while since they got a coaster and they need something there to bring guests.

Cedar Fair should purchase it and place it at Carowinds. Carowinds was a nice park, however, no rides were special.....
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 1:05 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

SFA? They have an enviable collection of coasters and I still dread going there. They should work on customer service and a bathroom in Gotham City first.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 1:11 PM
Coasterfusion's avatar

Joker's Jinx, Batwing (unreliable), Roar, Mind Eraser, Wild One, Superman, and Two-Face (unreliable). To be honest and not to sound mean but I don't think that park has an enviable collection of coasters. The coasters there are outdated and yes I agree they need to work on Customer Service but I am talking about ride status and that park is in need of a new coaster badly.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 1:15 PM
Jeff's avatar

I think that park has a great collection of rides. If they were maintained adequately and had the right customer service, there isn't a reason in the world that park couldn't be killer.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 3:11 PM
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Just for clarification, Two-Face has been for sale for at least six months (not sure if it ran at all this year). The bathroom down by Batwing has been requested since the 1990s with no luck, so I'm not holding my breath. Briefly meeting with the old GM Terry Prather, he seemed like a nice guy (probably too nice to fix their employee issues). The park is gearing itself into a SFKK/GL situation - the ONLY investments happening there seem to be for waterpark expansion. Carowinds, OTOH, makes for some interesting discussion vis-a-vis the B&M...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 4:59 PM
Coasterfusion's avatar

Does anyone know what they will be doing with the bridge that was being constructed for the entrance of the park?
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 7:12 PM
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Jeff said:
there isn't a reason in the world that park couldn't be killer.

Funny you should mention that. I've never quite felt safe at that place. :)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 9:58 PM

Coasterfusion ...

I can name many parks that would envy SFA and Carowinds collections. ValleyFair, for one, while my home park, serves the Twin Cities, which is the second largest metropolitan area in the midwest and probably serves an area spanning far beyond the Twin Cities.

Other parks like Knott's, and *particularly* Six Flags Marine World, could use another coaster.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:22 PM
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Just seeing that quote reminds me of the same issue in Branson, MO. It's the name of the street leading into the Parking lot of Celebration City. (And I'm not talking about Red Route or MO-376 here, its a road off of it that leads into CC parking lot and serves as a main entry.) The original name of the Road was Mutton Hollow Drive and it kept that name on the signs (Including through it's lifetime as Branson USA) until sometime after Celebration City opened, Now the street is called Celebration Drive. Since Silver Dollar City has now closed Celebration City concept assuming what they plan on doing with the park, it will not reopen under that name. So the street name will be changed again. A history of that road is when the Park was originally called Mutton Hollow. This road originally opened as a new entrance to Mutton Hollow when MO-376 opened replacing its old MO-76 entrance which was located just East of it. (Source: TerraServer Satelite Image of old Mutton Hollow)

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 12:03 AM

Yes, if only they could send the B&M to Knott's. They need another high quality coaster badly. It's pretty large though. I don't know where Knott's would put it. But I can dream.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 10:33 AM

Send it to SFOT, that was one thing I noticed that they really didn't have was a large multiloop coaster. For Holiday in the Park the only looping coaster that was open was Shockwave. The others Mr. Freeze, Batman, and Flashback.

SFStL could use it too.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 12:05 PM
Coasterfusion's avatar

You know what would be awesome!? If Six Flags Inc. purchased the coaster and transported it over seas to Six Flags Dubailand! Just a thought, that's all....

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 5:47 PM
LostKause's avatar

NO! I want MY home park to get the ride! : p

I just hope that some of the rides end up in good homes, where they will be cared for and well maintained, which excludes most SF The rides weren't anything special, and maybe that's part of the reason the parks failed in the first place, so I really don't care if the rides find there way near me or not.


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