Freestyle Music Park opened Memorial Day weekend as planned and the early reviews are positive. DiscoverMyrtleBeach took a tour before the park opened and has some great photos of the revamped park. It’s amazing how much the new owners have been able to do in just a few months. Some have been critical at the lack of updates coming out of the park, but as you can see from the photo tour they’ve been hard at work getting the park ready for its relaunch. While the park’s long term success is still up in the air it appears that park is off to a good start.
Early Reviews of Freestyle Music Park
The Sun News has a positive article comparing and contrasting the new park with its former state as Hard Rock Park. The local community has really seemed to rally behind Freestyle Music Park more than the previous park. From the marketing efforts to the re-branding that removed the “drug and sexual references”, the Sun News article is encouraged by the re-launch.
It’s a much different park in many ways, changed from an adult attraction with some things for kids to a place with real family (children) appeal. –Sun News
On the enthusiasts end, ThemeParkReview has a message board thread with a short trip report. The visitor thought the park was really nice, but still didn’t feel like there was enough to do. The user didn’t mention that he was visiting with a family, but that may have something to do with it. Enthusiasts (myself included) sometimes need to be reminded that we rabid roller coaster lovers make up about 0.00044% of the amusement park visiting public. Wisely, Freestyle is catering itself to families, because that’s where the park’s bread will be buttered.
Here’s a shaky YouTube video of Time Machine (formerly Led Zeppelin). I can hear the new music, but I can’t discern what song it is or which decade it represents. And here’s a video of Round About (formerly Maximum RPM).
Freestyle Music Park – Ticket Prices, Discounts, & Hours
Tickets have been reduced by $10 this year compared to the Hard Rock Park prices. They are $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids ages 3 to 9. I think there’s also an additional $10 discount for North and South Carolina residents, though I didn’t see it on their web site. Enthusiasts have suggested that the park offers twilight rates as many vacationers to Myrtle Beach will be at the beach during the day. At least for the next few weeks, the park will offer twilight hours during weekdays from June 1st to June 5th. From 4PM to 10PM at a reduced admission price. I’m looking forward to visiting this park with my family to see first hand how it’s transformed.
Read more about Freestyle Music Park’s transformation in Part 1 and Part 2 of my interview with the new President Steve Baker. Also, learn more about the park’s previous life in my full Hard Rock Park review.
What’s Your Take?
Are you planning on giving Freestyle Music Park a try this year? Leave a comment below.