Category Archives: Extinct Attractions

Six Flags Power Plant 2: Not An Amusement Park

Welcome back to our series on Six Flags Power Plant! In Part One, we discussed the project and talked about how much of a game changer it could have been for Six Flags and the industry. In Part Two, we get an exclusive interview with Gary Goddard who discusses his involvement with the Six Flags

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Six Flags Power Plant Part 1: An Experiment In Baltimore

One of the things I am most proud of at Theme Park University is documenting parks and attractions that have closed. From Hard Rock Park to MGM Grand Adventures, to the Titanic Attraction at Fox Studios Australia, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing the heads of each project and finding out about the design phase,

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Remembering Phantom Theater At King’s Island

Welcome to Part 2 of our coverage of what is arguably Kings Island’s most missed attraction: Phantom Theater.  The story of the attraction loosely was based on “Phantom of the Opera” with original characters. As guests went through the queue, they would encounter posters of the theater stars such as… Houdelini… The Great Garbonzo… …

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Pacific Ocean Park Brought Back To Life In New Book

As many of you know, I am fascinated with theme parks that are no longer with us. There are so many interesting stories, so many lessons to be learned and dozens of hard to believe facts that go along with every one of these parks that are no longer with us. One of these closed

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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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MGM Grand Adventures 5: Grand Canyon Rapids

MGM Grand Adventures

I have done about a half dozen interviews with various individuals who were involved with creating MGM Grand Adventures now. After asking every single one what they thought made the park stand out from others, I expected to hear attractions like Hollywood Backlot River Tour or Deep Earth Exploration. However, without hesitation, industry veterans like

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MGM Grand Adventures 4: Haunted Mine Ride

MGM Grand Adventures

Today we take an exclusive behind the scenes look at the Haunted Mine at MGM Grand Adventures, a very short lived dark ride that opened with the rest of the park in 1993. Guests entered a queue that was set up like a museum dedicated to an Indian Tribe that once lived in Southern Nevada,

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MGM Grand Adventures 3: Backlot River Tour

MGM Grand Adventures

Traditional movie parks have most of their attractions tie in with a popular film or franchise like Transformers: The Ride at Universal Hollywood, the Ice Age Adventure at Warner Brothers Movie World Germany, or even The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the case of MGM Grand Adventures, their rides and shows almost

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