Continuing through the All Access area of the park…
As if the free park maps weren’t incentive enough…
Looking back into the All Access area, I have to point out the not-terribly-hidden guitar
emblem there. It’s completely unnecessary, but it’s the sort of detail that proves to
me that these guys were really trying their damndest to design something special.
If you’re not musically inclined, you’re forgiven for making the easy “Press Your Luck”
connection upon seeing the Whammy Bar. First thing I thought of as well. I’m dumb.
The Whammy Bar was a very nice (but overpriced) little bar with a nice VIP
observation area on the upper level. When the park hosted an ACE event, they let ACE
members watch the fireworks show from that upper level. Very cool of them.
As you reach the end of the All Access area, you get a good look at the park’s central
icon here in the “Vegas High Roller Plaza.” I agree that’s a weird name, by the way.
That’s a giant replica of a Gibson Les Paul, finished in traditional Gibson sunburst.
We’ll get a better look at it later on.
In addition to the Riff Notes (last page), there are also these inspirational quotes all
over the park playing into the philanthropic attitude of the Hard Rock brand.
As mentioned before, the park utilized a circular layout. At this point, guests could
turn left into the “Rock & Roll Heaven” area or right into “Cool Country.”
We’re going to start off in Rock & Roll Heaven. This section of the park is dedicated
to (as the name implies) musicians who are no longer with us. Well, that’s what you
would think the name “Rock & Roll Heaven” was supposed to mean, right?
Some better detail of the rock angels on the gates.
Okay, this memorial does seem to fit into what I think the theme of the area is.
As you can see, each brick represents a fallen musician.
The inner circle represents what I guess would be considered the upper echelon. I
have to wonder what they were planning to do if another “top tier” star died…
When people talk about why Hard Rock Park didn’t survive, they mention stuff like
the weak economy, the lack of marketing, not having enough stuff to fill a day…
The correct answer, of course, is “because Pepsi sucks.”
While I consider most gaming areas to be blights on parks, I have to at least give credit
to Hard Rock Park for having more amusing looking games. Interestingly, I saw this
game set up at Broadway at the Beach a few months after the park closed.
Just past Rasta Roll, you would hang a right into the rest of the area.
Reggae River Falls was a water play area – the highlight (I guess) was one of those
giant tipping buckets that dumps water on guests. I haven’t got anything against these
attractions, but the placement didn’t seem quite right. Something like this functions
better in a corner section, where it’s easier for parents to monitor their children.