Category Archives: Hard Rock Park

Was Hard Rock Park Family Friendly?

Warning: Today’s article may contain images and concepts that are NSFW. Unless, of course, you visited Hard Rock Park. In that case, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Enjoy! After recently posting an article about the employees of Hard Rock Park, reader fan51 commented that saying phrases like “kick ass” doesn’t mean

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Hard Rock Park Employees “Kicked Ass”!

Those of you who are fans of Theme Park University know my deep rooted love for the former Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was revolutionary, edgy, sexy and, in some ways, ahead of its time. While I have written many articles on the origins, details and demise of the park, one

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Firing Up Maximum RPM For Potential Buyers

Hard Rock Park

Fans of this site know that Hard Rock Park holds a special place in my heart for how ground breaking it was in so many ways and for what the future could have been. Residents of Myrtle Beach have been driving by the former site for years peering over the fences, looking for any signs

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Prizes, The Future and A Thank You

Theme Park University is proud to announce it’s first Pop Quiz Contest with prizes to be won! Josh Young talks about “the end” of the Hard Rock Park series as well as what’s to come in the future for TPU!

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An Exclusive Interview With Jon Binkowski – Former Hard Rock Park’s Chief Creative Officer

Jon Binkowski Opening Day Hard Rock Park

In an exclusive interview five years after Hard Rock Park opened and quickly closed, Josh Young sits down and chats with Jon Binkowski: former CCO at Renaissance Entertainment in Celebration, Florida where Jon is still creating attractions for the themed entertainment industry.

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Hard Rock Park 10: Why The Park Closed

Gates used to enter Hard Rock Park

Why did Hard Rock Park close? Learn some of the missteps that were taken as well as some of the bad luck the park encountered as Josh Young ends his in-depth series on one of the most fascinating parks in the world.

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Hard Rock Park 9: Why The Park Did Not Fail

After creating a unique product in a heavily visited tourist market, Hard Rock Park closed in September of 2008, despite the work the creative team put into the project. Find out reasons the park did NOT close before you find out why it did.

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Hard Rock Park 8: Abandoned Ideas Part 2

My last article at Theme Park University featured a handful of exciting additions that were to be added to Hard Rock Park, had it been a bigger success. Jon Binkowski and his creative team collaborated on the design of a Hard Rock Hotel, a shopping and dining complex called Paradise City, a parade route, a rapids ride

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Hard Rock Park 7: Unused Concepts Part 1

Theme Park University shares exclusive concept artwork for the Hard Rock Park that never was. Josh Young takes a look at attractions, hotels and shopping complexes that were on the drawing board for future expansion in his first of a two part story.

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Hard Rock Park 6B: Even More Attention To Detail

Yet another look at the details that went into Hard Rock Park in the summer of 2008, little gems you will likely never see in any theme park ever again.

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