Monday, January 12, 2009

Myrtle Beach: And Then There Was One

Amusement industry headlines have been absolutely littered with all the bad news coming out of Myrtle Beach over the past couple years. The classic Myrtle Beach Pavilion had no sooner met its untimely demise than the news began to break about the fate of its flashier upstart cousin, Hard Rock Park. But while the industry at large was busy focusing on these stories of gloom and doom, a silent success story was being written by nearby Family Kingdom Amusement Park.

© Family Kingdom

This charming little park, which stands proudly as one of the last true seaside amusement parks in the United States, has gained from its competitors' losses and shows no signs of following in their unfortunate footsteps. In fact, TripAdvisor recently named Family Kingdom the #5 best amusement park in the country outside Orlando. And you'll be hard pressed to find a newspaper or magazine article about the Grand Strand which fails to mention this family favorite.

But don't take my word for it--Family Kingdom's web site includes links to a whole host of articles covering the park's rich history and continuing popularity. A few of their rides really have a story to tell! It's also interesting to note the caustic tone taken toward Hard Rock Park in some of these articles, and that's putting it gently. Regardless, one common theme rings clear: A whole lotta love is still bestowed upon Family Kingdom, and it is well deserved.


dwitos079 said...

The family kingdom is a nice, solid, little park.

It is sad about the pavillion, now it is just a grass field.

Sabrina said...

I agree, the loss of the Pavilion was tragic and unnecessary. My family used to vacation in Myrtle Beach when I was a kid, so I have many fond memories of both these parks. Family Kingdom has come a long way since its days as Grand Strand Amusement Park and I'm really glad to see that it's doing well!