Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hard Rock Park: Before and After

This is just a quick follow-up to my last article. I may or may not be able to do an essay this week, and my previous post was lacking pictures, so here's a comparison of the original Hard Rock Park with the later Freestyle Music Park.

Lady Liberty with her Zippo lighter before...and after. You'd think they could just get a new one.

   The park exit has a Beatles quote. The entrance had one by Nirvana.

And...Freestyle has nothing. I understand copyright is an issue, but something is missing to give the guests a proper goodbye.

Here's a nice little gag at HRP that only works when you see both incarnations of the sign, one during the day, and one at night.

And now it's an generic 50's diner that I could find at any park. Bravo, Freestyle. Very creative.

A British snack stand remains British, but loses its humor in the process.

A nicely themed spinner loses its mushrooms and becomes a fairy garden. Notice this has nothing to do with music, a repeating theme at Freestyle.

What has been called by some to be the greatest dark ride in amusement park history become a cheap sellout made within the time frame of two months.

Here's some of the wild-looking artwork at HRP's Heavy Metal Graveyard.

And this is what Freestyle replaced it with. This is listed as an actual attraction meaning I payed admission to see this. Its one thing to find an ugly garden like this in a neighbor's yard, but at a major park?

The Punk Pit was a nice illusion. At a distance it was a main street, but up close, the buildings had the faces of punkers. It was replaced by Jump, the facade of which looks more like Sesame Place than a music-themed park.

The Led Zeppelin hanger becomes a "time machine." Note that the final Freestyle version added a coat of pink paint to it.

Finally, here is the difference between the then and now of the iconic Gibson guitar.

That's all for now!


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