If this sounds familiar, Hard Rock tried to open up a park based around the musical theme in Myrtle Beach, SC, which later turned into Freestyle Music Park before it's eventual closure and the rides being sold off to various places around the world.
The 1,400 acre park will employ upwards of 20,000 people and it's said have to have a price tag of $3.5 billion dollars, same as DreamScape Mountain. However, we're not 100% sure on that as $1.5 billion has been thrown around a well. The park would include hotels, retail spaces, shopping areas, golf courses and more, just like in Texas.
No matter how you slice it, they're looking at $5-$7billion for two theme parks and oh yeah, DreamVision SoundScape? That opens in 4 years with a 2019 opening date announced during today's press event as well. How, I have no idea as they don't even have the land purchased nor ground broken yet for the project. Maybe by phases they mean opening one small piece at a time? Dunno how well that would work after you show everything and don't mention any of those details either.
So, just what will this park include? Well, like the last time, here's the breakdown of the whole thing for ya. Once again, a ton of questions swirl around this one, but we'll get to them later. First up? A look at the park layout from the concept art shown.
Would be rather strange to put something such as that behind a park gate, but hey, ya never know with these things, right?
That's not all though! In and around the mountain will be a pair of coasters. One of them being more family oriented as it takes guests on a slower pace and then another more high speed thrill ride for those looking for more excitement. It's the latter that seems to be really interesting as they've described it as "being able to ride the music". What does this mean? Well, from their description, the music will speed up and slow down in direct correlation with the speed of the ride.
There's been proposals of this kind of thing before but the maintenance on it would be pretty high, and that's usually the reason they don't happen when it comes down to it. Also, the fact that they have marine life so close, I'm not so sure on that, but hey there is SeaWorld Aquatica with slides through habitats, guess anything is possible. Would cool if they can pull it off though.
Immediately around the mountain is something that will be called America Blvd, where supposedly parades and other night time events will take place. The idea behind it being that it will focused on giving a tribute to all types of American music history.
Now, once in side you'll get to the lands. So, let's get to them. As you can imagine, Rockopolis will feature the history of Rock 'n Roll and all of it's celebrated history. From the images, it appears that maybe this will be the '50s inspired area that they keep showing, but it's hard to say exactly. If it is, this area will have a number of things going on with it including some kind of coaster along with a bumper car ride themed like music notes. At least that's what it looks like anyway.
What land this would fit into, really not sure either. It could feasibly fit into the '50s area of Rockopolis since drive in theaters were in their hey day around that point in history. Yeah, we'll go with that for now.
Next up, the Jazz Alley section of the park.
Outside of these two, there's really not much to talk about as the Country Music/Wild West area, along with the Gospel area, weren't talked about much in detail. Not sure why, but apparently they didn't feel the need to disclose that, maybe things aren't 100% finalized for them yet.
The only clue we really have are an image saying that the area could be called Wild West Adventureland and something that looks like some kind of rapids ride. Well, at least it looks like the rapids ride would fit in with the theme, but it's hard to say really.
Now, the other big feature of the park would be a massive indoor water park/beach area. The images that they showed during the press conference showed all manner of things happening in here from your traditional water park stuff to surfing pools and all manner of other things.
Outside of that, not much else was really mentioned about the park other than the opening date which at this point is only four years away. This seems like a massive stretch, even more so when they've been quoted as saying they're possibly "weeks or months from finalizing the deal" for the land to build this on. Again, wouldn't you want that before you announced this thing?
Again, there is possible land that could be used for this, as local news has reported, but no infrastructure to get there. By that we mean no highways or utilities robust enough to service such a massive park. Of course, that can all be built out in time and coincide with the park's construction as it moves forward. The other interesting thing is that the leadership of DreamVision said that they have "most of the money" secured. Um, this park opens in 4 years and you don't have all of it? If you're going to hit that mark you better have things moving at light speed and yesterday.
So, again, we sit here with a ton of skepticism on this one. Why? Well, we've learned of yet another theme park deal that DreamVision was involved in that apparently has gone nowhere in Isreal. This brings the total parks up to 5; Lake County, South Africa, Isreal, Fort Worth, and now Muscle Shoals. The other previous three have never materialized, it would seem and they promised the South Africa park and movie studio would open in 2017 but I can't find any info on that at all anymore. Sure, any number of things could've derailed these projects but it gives them a track record of talking more than doing. Maybe that's unfair, but it's hard to ignore.
There's also the small matter of moving the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The park seems to revolve around this being part of it's center piece. However, that would be news to many on the board of directors at the facility. Yep, that's right, they haven't exactly spoke about this key part of the park with the folks that run the place. Another oops moment. Again, not to say it couldn't or won't happen but you don't make these announcements without all your ducks in a row.
Moving on, and forgetting the past deals that have gone nowhere, they're still looking to spend $7 billion dollars in the next 5 years to open two theme parks. That's astronomical amounts of money and even the likes of Disney and Universal can't pull that kind of thing off these days. How in the world is a company that has no real product, unlike Disney back in the 1950's with Disneyland, going to do this?
Look, I'll be the first to wish them luck, but with how hazy the details are on this one and the past record of the company making promises it hasn't delivered on, it's hard not to go "Yeah, right" to the whole thing. Both concepts are really cool, interesting, and would be huge for the areas they're proposed in, but until something concrete happens I got some land in the Everglades to sell ya.