Rock Theme Park Preview Center Review
Posted: April 19, 2007
By Raymond Elling
back my friends, to the show never ends. I'm so glad I
could attend. Come inside. Come inside. These are similar
words echoed by legends of rock, Led Zeppelin. It's a
fitting beginning for the grand opening of the Hard Rock
Theme Park Preview Center which debuted to the public
opened at 8am and visitors were treated to a first look
at all the rides and attractions the Hard Rock Theme Park
will have when the gates first open in the spring of 2008.
backstage tour begins with Rock 'n Roll Heaven, an area
of the park which will explore the feelings and emotions
"behind the music". On hand in first part of
the center are amazing pieces of rock memorabilia including
an outfit by Ozzy Osborne and the only guitar signed by
the original surviving members of the group Led Zeppelin.
A piece you can't miss is the giant stained glass mural
with images of Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and James
Brown. If you pay close attention to James' right leg,
you with notice the Godfather of Soul's signature. This
is a piece Hard Rock acquired just two days before Brown's
in the next preview room, Cool Country is an area expressing
a istinctively American form of music from the south.
Featured in this zone, no one can miss the Midnight Rider
coaster display complete with a ghostly menace. Check
in the opposite corner for a video display featuring a
country show on ice. Over the course of the day a couple
of ice guitar sculptures added to the ambience. Lining
the wall you note many more concert art pieces and memorabilia.
you remember being in the time of the next area, you weren't
really there. Checking out Lost in the 70's, you be greeted
by the robot from Forbidden Plant and walk across psychedelic
purple and yellow shag carpet. Also, you can sit and play
Pong on a B&W television. The TV, by the way, was
actually a very hard piece to acquire according to one
rep. "We just couldn't find a black and white television."
sat with Rusty Rustad, Preview Center Project Manager
as he played Pong with his wife, Nancy. Rustad has been
working on the project since September of last year and
was thrill at the grand opening and is ready to move on
to the next stage of development. Rusty shameless beat
on to the next part of the 70's a black-light room features
a spinning vortex which is guaranteed to make you stumble
and possible feel sick. But hey, it's the 70's.
in British invasion, a full size Abbey Road photo wall
is set up for you to recreate the famous photo from the
Beatles. In the center of the room you can check out the
sports car decked out in the British flag. Meanwhile,
a roadie stunt woman hangs from the ceiling. She along
with concept art details the Roadies Stunt Show which
will be a great addition to the park.
on to Born in the USA, you can act like a rock superstar
at your own open mic session and peak through the window
at a recording session currently in progress. As with
all areas, the walls are covered with memorabilia and
park concept art.
final room features a projected fish tank on the floor,
that when stepped on, causes the water to ripple. A very
cool feature, but the main piece in this room is the scale
model of the entire park showing the Hard Rock Theme Park
in all its glory.
can tour the preview center for free and pick up Hard
Rock Theme Park merchandise at the entrance. We couldn't
help but pick up a few trinkets ourselves including a
couple of Hard Rock Theme Park pins commemorating the
opening with the year 2007 on them.
the morning hours were light, scores of people were checking
out the center by late afternoon and stayed for the concert
featuring Sister Hazel.
director Becky Senkerik, who hopped off the tour bus at
7:45 in the morning, told us that park is on schedule
and she is happy to have wrapped up the tour which hit
New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Memphis, and other stops.
All in all it was a great start to the most anticipated
project to hit Myrtle Beach and we look forward to the
Grand opening in 2008.