Abandoned Freestyle/Hard Rock Amusement Park on NBC’s Revolution

People are fascinated by abandoned amusement parks. It must be the juxtaposition of a normally happy place looking sad, abandoned and creepy. One of the most recently abandoned parks in the country was the backdrop of recent episode of NBC’s Revolution. The show is based on an apocalypse caused by the end of electricity and in turn all electronic devices. Last week, our heroes found themselv...[Read More]

What’s the Best Defunct Coaster You’ve Ridden?

Roller coasters like Wildcat, Disaster Transport, and Son of Beast will be or have already given their final rides this year. With all of these roller coasters retiring in 2012, it got me thinking about the best roller coasters that I’ve ridden that are now no longer with us. Let’s discuss our favorite defunct coaster this week and least favorite next week. It’s So Hard to Say Go...[Read More]

Featured Photo #33 – Props to Prototypes

Their openings are often delayed and their known for having downtime even after they are open. But, how can you not applaud the creativity and ingenuity of roller coaster prototypes? These firsts expand on existing designs and concepts and take them a step further. Launch coasters come to mind as suffering from delays and downtime. I can remember Volcano The Blast Coaster’s and Hypersonic XL...[Read More]

Featured Photo #25 – The Hardest Working Mascot

If this image startled you, I apologize. That’s Boom the Troll from Myrtle Beach’s defunct Freestyle Music Park. He wasn’t a well-known mascot, but he was one of the most active I’ve ever seen. His job didn’t end after strolling around the park and posing for photos. Boom tweeted, made YouTube appearances around town, and he even had his own website. In the end, Boom ...[Read More]

Featured Photo #4 – The Best Currently Defunct Coaster on the Planet?

This great Bolliger & Mabillard looping roller coaster, formerly known as the Led Zeppelin Roller Coaster and The Time Machine, has to be one of the best defunct roller coasters anywhere. It was the marquee roller coaster at Hard Rock Park when it opened in 2008. It was a pretty photogenic coaster with its zeppelin shaped station and white steel track partially situated over a pond. I took thi...[Read More]

2009 Theme Park Year in Review

Happy New Year! It’s time once again to recap the biggest theme park news stories of 2009. The Roller Coaster Class of 2009 The two huge roller coasters that opened in Orlando had very different fates. SeaWorld’s Manta opened early to rave reviews while Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit opened several months late with mixed reviews. To be fair, Rockit is a one-of-a-kind ride with several techn...[Read More]

Theme Park Travel Odyssey 2009 Edition

2009 Theme Park Travel Odyssey Time to recap my 2009 theme park trips. This was a busy year with a number of interviews, media days, and fun theme park trips. I’m even going to include a lost trip that I don’t think I’ve referenced on the blog. From the warm tropic atmosphere of Orlando to the mean streets of Manhattan, my travels took me to 10 theme parks. But, it all started ba...[Read More]

Freestyle Music Park Theme Park Review

From Hard Rock to Freestyle – Myrtle Beach’s Music-Themed Amusement Park’s Revival After last year’s surprising failure of the $400 million Hard Rock Park that only survived for five months, many wondered if a theme park could survive in Myrtle Beach. Last winter it looked like the remnants of Hard Rock Park were going to be sold off piece-meal until Steve Baker and FPI swo...[Read More]

Rip Ride Rockit vs Time Machine | Roller Coaster Showdown

Who Wins in a Battle of the Rocking-est Roller Coasters? Roller coasters have been incorporating music and on-board speakers for some time now. But two roller coasters that opened this year have taken the riding and rocking theme to new heights. The Time Machine (formerly Led Zeppelin – The Ride) was revamped by the new owners of Freestyle Music Park. The B&M looping roller coaster featu...[Read More]

Myrtle Beach Trip

I’m off on another coaster trip. This time I’m taking the family to Myrtle Beach, SC. While we’re there I hope to re-visit the revamped Freestyle Music Park. It will be interesting to see all of the changes the park has undergone from when it was Hard Rock Park. I’d also like to go to Family Kingdom Amusement Park, so that I can ride the classic wooden coaster Swamp Fox. Wh...[Read More]

Freestyle Music Park Live Ticket Giveaway

Live Giveaway This Thursday Night For this week’s Freestyle Music Park giveaway you won’t need to answer any trivia questions. This time it’s all about luck. I’m hosting a live giveaway on Thursday night at 8:16 PM EST. The winner will recieve a four park of tickets to the park, a can koozie, and a mouse pad. All you have to do is be the one who posts the 44th comment. Here...[Read More]

Freestyle Music Park Ticket Giveaway

Want to win tickets to an exciting new music-themed amusement park? Enter my Freestyle Music Park Ticket Giveaway. Freestyle Music Park is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It offers  more than 50 attractions including roller coasters, rides, shows, children’s play areas, restaurants, cafés, retail stores, a multi-purpose live music amphitheatre and a park-wide sound system, which creates a...[Read More]

  • 1
  • 2

Lost Password