Category Archives: Hard Rock Park

An Exclusive Interview With Jon Binkowski – Former Hard Rock Park’s Chief Creative Officer

In an exclusive interview five years after Hard Rock Park opened and quickly closed, Josh Young sits down and chats with Jon Binkowski: former CCO at Renaissance Entertainment in Celebration, Florida where Jon is still creating attractions for the themed entertainment industry.

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Hard Rock Park 10: Why The Park Closed

Why did Hard Rock Park close? Learn some of the missteps that were taken as well as some of the bad luck the park encountered as Josh Young ends his in-depth series on one of the most fascinating parks in the world.

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Hard Rock Park 9: Why The Park Did Not Fail

After creating a unique product in a heavily visited tourist market, Hard Rock Park closed in September of 2008, despite the work the creative team put into the project. Find out reasons the park did NOT close before you find out why it did.

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Hard Rock Park 8: Abandoned Ideas Part 2

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My¬†last article at Theme Park University¬†featured a handful of exciting additions that were to be added to Hard Rock Park, had it been a bigger success. Jon Binkowski and his creative team collaborated on the design of a Hard Rock Hotel, a shopping and dining complex called Paradise City, a parade route, a rapids ride […]

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Hard Rock Park 7: Unused Concepts Part 1

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Theme Park University shares exclusive concept artwork for the Hard Rock Park that never was. Josh Young takes a look at attractions, hotels and shopping complexes that were on the drawing board for future expansion in his first of a two part story.

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Hard Rock Park 6B: Even More Attention To Detail

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Yet another look at the details that went into Hard Rock Park in the summer of 2008, little gems you will likely never see in any theme park ever again.

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Hard Rock Park 6A: The Devil Is In The Details

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In the latest on our extensive series on Hard Rock Park, Josh Young takes a look at some of the artistic and gutsy details that gave the park character.

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Hard Rock Park 5: One Of A Kind

Hard Rock Park had several original attractions, this week Josh Young examines two of the most ambitious projects: Maximum and Nights in White Satin The Trip.

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Hard Rock Park 4: “Whole Lotta Love”

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Theme Park University takes a look at Hard Rock Park’s creative process in putting together the world’s first, and only, roller coaster themed to the legendary rock band: Led Zeppelin.

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Hard Rock Park 3: How To Move People

In the latest article of Josh Young’s series on Hard Rock Park, he takes a look at what changes from the original art work, and deliberate choices designed to keep the family together.

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