Freestyle Music Park
Myrtle Beach, SC
Located on the site of the defunct Fantasy Harbor indoor outlet mall, the original plans for this location were for a movie theater. However, it opened in April 2008 as the theme park called the Hard Rock Park. The name was licensed at a cost of $2.5 million a year from Hard Rock International, operators of the Hard Rock Cafe restaurants. The park was planning to operate throughout the entire calendar year, but in September 2008, the park closed, employees were laid off, and the park's owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The stated reasons for the park's rapid failure were the 'macroeconomic conditions' of the 2008 economic downturn. In January 2009, the company converted to Chapter 7 liquidation, and the park was sold to FPI MB Entertainment for $25 million. After all of the Hard Rock merchandise was destroyed and the rides were renamed, the park reopened as Freestyle Music Park in 2009. Although the owners were sued several times for non-payment, park management had fallen behind on repaying debts racked up by the original owners, and the 2009 attendance was less than expected, park owners claimed in early 2010 that the park was here to stay. A few months later, it was announced that the park would not open for the 2010 season. The property sat dormant for several years. A few rides were sold to other parks in 2013, but the majority of the rides were removed from the property in 2014.
Hang Ten (formerly Shake, Rattle &
Iron Horse (formerly Eagles Life in the Fast Lane)
Round About (formerly Maximum RPM!)
Soak'd (formerly Slippery When
Time Machine (formerly Led Zeppelin - The Ride)
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