It’s been about ten years since a new theme park has been built in the U.S. and the latest one to open its doors puts a unique twist on the them park experience.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the home of Hard Rock Park, a place where thrill-seekers can experience the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster while rocking to the music of Led Zeppelin or the Eagles.
Among other features, the park boasts a 70-foot replica of a Les Paul guitar, and a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty who is proudly holding a Zippo cigarette lighter in the air above her head instead of the well-known torch that’s held by the original. She also sports a pair of sunglasses and emblazoned on her pedestal is a quote from Neil Young: "Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World."
The park also features different areas intended to cater to the tastes of the various rock fans who visit. There’s the "British Invasion," "Cool Country," "Born in the USA" and even "Rock and Roll Heaven," where there stands a memorial to 350 musicians who are no longer around to entertain their fans.
As the name suggests, Hard Rock Park is the brainchild of the folks who brought us the restaurants of the same name. The grand opening of the park featured concerts by the Eagles and The Moody Blues.
Hard Rock Park plans to open each spring and continue operations into the fall season. With hopes to attract about 30,000 fans a day, the operators of the park have to be pretty confident that the age of Rock and Roll is far from over.
For more information on the Hard Rock Park, see the Orange County Register.