Jimmy Dickens
Country music's Mike Snider performs in the park
The Stars meet the Fans in the Park at Opryland. Celebrity Pictures by Joanne Adams.
Our country music
photographer Joanne with
Opry Star
Jeannie Pruitt
Little Jimmy
Porter Wagoner
Jim Ed Brown
Opryland USA Theme Park
The late, lamented Nashville, TN theme park offered an exciting mix of
music and rides. This video is a tribute to the park's former employees.
I am a former Opryland employee from the 1970's. Pat Adams
Opryland Flume Zoom Ride video
This video was shot on June 13, 1989 in Nashville Tennessee
This video was shot from the Sky Lift
at Opryland USA on June 13, 1989
Opryland USA Theme Park in 1972
Super 8 film Opryland Theme Park in Nashville 1972 home movie
Opryland USA
in Nashville Tennessee

by WNPT Nashville Public TV with pictures
from us at TennesseeConcerts.com

I hope you have had a chance to see the "Memories Of Opryland" TV special on
WNPT Nashville Public Television. Many of my own Opryland pictures were
shown periodically throughout the show. Some of these pictures were taken by
Joanne Adams. My name was listed at the end of the show in the credits, as a
photographer. The program has been aired several times this year. If you missed
it, it may air again this year. Or, you may still be able to get the DVD (with extra
footage & pictures) for a $60.00 donation to Nashville Public Television. Go
back into time and enjoy Opryland once again, while helping public television.
WNPT also has a Memories Of Opryland Slideshow, including many Opryland
photograph's. They also have an Opryland Theme Park quiz. I am a former
employee of Opryland. I also have lots of memories & pictures of going
to the park and seeing many artists perform live, so I was happy
to help out when Channel 8 contacted me.

The WNPT Nashville Public Television on Channel 8 home page


Our Opryland pages are some of the most popular Opryland pages
on the internet. Sign our new Opryland Theme Park Guestbook.

Send your pictures & stories from Opryland Theme Park
to pat@tennesseeconcerts.com  Nashville Tennessee USA
Tennessee was The Home of American Music and so much more to millions
of major theme park dedicated to live performances, and as any kid who
rode the laughter and screams of joy were an important part of the experience.

Nashville Public Television gives fans of the park, and viewers throughout
Middle Tennessee, a chance to journey back to the park with MEMORIES
This segment of the documentary looks at the great rides that made
Opryland worth a visit as well as Opryland's biggest fan: Roy Acuff.
See all of our Opryland pages filled with pictures & videos from the park including the rides.
See the stars in concerts including Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell and others.
By Former Opryland Employee Pat Adams. Click on Images to Enlarge
Opryland USA Theme Park
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Opryland USA
From Wikipedia

Opryland USA (later called Opryland
Themepark and colloquially referred
to simply as Opryland) was an
amusement park located in suburban
Nashville, Tennessee. It operated
seasonally (generally March to
October) from 1972 to 1997, and
for a special Christmas-themed
engagement every December from
1993 to 1997. During the late 1980s,
nearly 2.5 million people visited the
park annually. Billed as the "Home of
American Music," Opryland USA
featured a large number of musical
shows along with typical
amusement park rides such as roller
coasters, carousels, and the like.

Opryland in the 1970's
The genesis for a theme park in
Nashville was the desire for a new,
permanent, larger and more modern
home for the long-running Grand
Ole Opry radio program, as the
Ryman Auditorium was falling into
disrepair and crowds were
outgrowing the 3,000-seat venue.
WSM, Inc. (a subsidiary
of the National Life and Accident
Insurance Company, later NLT
Corporation), the operator of
WSM-AM-FM-TV and the Opry,
settled on a tract of land (Rudy's
Farm) owned by a local sausage
manufacturer in the Pennington
Bend area of Nashville. The new
Opry venue was to be the
centerpiece of a grand entertainment
complex at that location, which
would come to include the theme
park and a large hotel/convention
The theme park opened to the public
on June 30, 1972, well ahead of the
Grand Ole Opry House, which
debuted nearly two years later, on
March 16, 1974. The park was
named for WSM disc jockey Grant
Turner's early morning show,
"Opryland USA", itself a nod to the
stars of the Grand Ole Opry.
However, despite the obvious
connection to country and western
music, the park's overall theme was
American music in general; there
were jazz, gospel, bluegrass, pop,
and rock and roll-themed attractions
and shows as well. Major thrill rides
at the park's opening included the
"Rock 'n Roller Coaster" and "Flume
In 1975, Opryland expanded for the
first time. The "State Fair" area was
constructed on land formerly
occupied by the park's buffalo
exhibit. The new expansion featured
a large selection of carnival games,
as well as the Wabash Cannonball
roller coaster, Country Bumpkin
Bump Cars, and Tennessee Waltz
swings. However, shortly before
opening for the season, the park fell
victim to a large flood of the
Cumberland River that covered most
of the park and was as deep as
sixteen feet in some locations. The
park's opening was delayed by a
month and several animals in the
petting zoo were killed by the
Opryland became extremely
successful during the mid-1970s,
and by the 1977 season the park
was drawing nearly 2 million guests
annually, the preponderance of
which were from Tennessee and
adjoining states, since the nearest
theme parks comparable to
Opryland were located in places
four-to-six hours away, such as
Cincinnati (Kings Island), St. Louis
(Six Flags over Mid-America),
Charlotte (Carowinds) and Atlanta
(Six Flags Over Georgia).
Attendance continued to climb into
the 1980s.
In 1977, Opryland Hotel (now called
Gaylord Opryland Resort &
Convention Center), a large
resort-style hotel, was built next
door to the park, and has expanded
several times to become the largest
non-casino hotel in the world.
In 1979, Opryland added the
Roy Acuff Theater next door to the
Grand Ole Opry House in the Plaza
area. It was primarily used for the
theme park's premier musical
production. Because the theater was
placed outside the park gates, tickets
to the theme park were not required
to attend shows at the Acuff.
However, shows at this venue
usually required a
separately-purchased ticket. This
also allowed the general public to
attend shows at the Acuff without
having to pay for park admission.
Nashville Area Concerts
Website by Pat Adams
Wondering where the rides went?
The rides were bought by SIx Flags. With that said,
Rockin' Roller Coaster is now at Six Flags Great Escape
in Lake George, NY. Hangman went to SF Discovery
Kingdom (it has a new paint job!) Old Mill Scream went
to Wild Waves in Federal, WA along with a few of the
Hampton Kiddie Rides. Kentucky Kingdom received the
Tin Lizzies, the pumps of the Grizzly and a few boats.
Everything else was used as parts and otherwise
scrapped. The Kids Club jungle boat was bought by
Nashville Shores. Grizzly River Rampage was at
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom several years ago.
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