It’s been a little over ten years since the infamous Hard Rock Park opened and quickly closed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since the closure in 2008, it was rebranded to Freestyle Music Park the following year by a group of Russian investors. However, Freestyle Music Park also suffered the same fate and operated for
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It’s finally happening. Immersive art installations and theme parks are finally colliding. Are you familiar with Meow Wolf? If not, you should be. It’s a massive immersive art installation in New Mexico that’s absolutely mind-blowing. We covered it at TPU just after opening and since then, the themed entertainment has taken notice. Now they are
For those of you that have been following Theme Park University from the beginning, you know that we started with a series of articles on the short lived Hard Rock Park. To this day, I still meet people who read those articles and want to know more or relive their memories of visiting. The story
The similarities between Hard Rock Park and the Titanic are downright creepy. Giant plans, lots of investments, large budgets and as nearly as soon as it starts to take off, it sank. Theme Park University readers know that I covered the evolution of the park extensively here, from unused concepts to what lead to the
While perhaps not intentional, Theme Park University has become known for two things: learning about extinct attractions and telling it like it is. Today we are going to focus on attractions that do not work for one reason or another and the ripple effect it has on the entire industry. For the most part, as
Most likely, if you’re a reader of Theme Park University, you want to know how the themed entertainment industry ticks. Readers ask all the time for advice on how to get into the industry or are craving that insider knowledge. There are hundreds of people you can talk to, but rarely do a dozen of
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
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
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!
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.