On behalf of the staff here at Theme Park University, we wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has stumbled across our new site. This truly was a gamble on if there was going to be an audience who wanted to get a “peek behind the curtain” of themed entertainment and we couldn’t be happier with the reaction.
Hard Rock Park
If you would have told me the reaction to the Hard Rock Park series was this strong, I never would have believed it. The overwhelming response has been far beyond my expectations. The product was far from perfect, but it was one of the most unique projects in theme park history. Theme Park University is proud to be the only place where you can find the history of how the park came to be, the unique experiences they had to offer in the summer of 2008 and what lead to it’s ultimate demise.
For those of you who loved the series, the good news is, there is actually a little more to come. Intentionally, I left out several important aspects of the park including entertainment, food and beverage offerings, and their unique approach to training and empowering front-line employees.
Many “Rockers” who worked at Hard Rock Park have reached out to me, telling me that working at the park that summer was the best job of their entire life. Theme park employees are a unique breed and special bonds are formed with co-workers, making friends with people who you stay connected to your entire life. If you worked for Hard Rock Park and you would like to share your story with me, feel free to drop me a line at JoshYoung@ThemeParkUniversity.com. Your story and photos might be featured in a future article!
As a thank you to the readers of Theme Park University, we are holding our first Pop Quiz Giveaway! You could be the lucky recipient of what is now considered a collector’s item! On the handful of trips I made to Hard Rock Park back in the summer of 2008, I snagged ten original park maps and luckily they are in excellent condition.
Scattered throughout the Hard Rock Park series on Theme Park University are several “lessons” I intentionally threw in to give a better understanding of how the theme park business works. Sneaky, eh? The good news is, the test is “open book” so feel free to go back into the Hard Rock Park series to find the answers. Rules are as follows:
All Quizzes must be turned in by midnight on May 24th, Eastern Standard Time. In order to win, you must get all five answers correct and follow our Facebook Theme Park University Fan Page. Out of the quizzes that are turned in that receive an A+, ten will be chosen at random to receive an original Hard Rock Park map. Winners will be announced on our TPU Facebook Fan Page on May 26th and contacted by personal message via Facebook. Cut and paste the quiz with answers and e-mail to JoshYoung@ThemeParkUniversity.com for your chance to win:
1. What type of licenses did I say should be obtained to play popular music in a theme park?
2. According to the old marketing adage, how many times does a customer need to see an ad before they will spend money at a new business?
3. What design feature did All Access Entry Plaza have that was intentionally used to try get guests to “slow down”?
4. ___ ___ is a financial term used to guesstimate how much money each guest spends once they enter a business.
5. If a guest did not want to ride a particular attraction at Hard Rock Park, they followed a “chicken exit” sign that featured what?
Best of luck to everyone and thanks so much for supporting Theme Park University!!
Moving forward, we have some exciting articles coming including a review on a unique wrestling dinner show in Orlando, a look a Sea World’s newest attraction Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and a behind-the-scenes look at a show featuring the largest animatronics ever created. It’s an exciting time here at Theme Park University, but I need your help.
If you are in the themed entertainment industry and would like to see your project, past or present, featured on Theme Park University – we want to hear from you! Our goal is to showcase how themed entertainment attractions are designed, constructed, operated and maintained by giving readers a glimpse at the process.
We are also looking for contributors outside of the United States! If you are a theme park junkie like us and would like to help showcase your favorite park or attraction, drop me a line at JoshYoung@ThemeParkUniversity.com.
If there is any particular theme park attraction or park you would like to see featured on TPU, leave it in the comments section below and our research team will see what we can do to feature an article about your favorite theme park topic!