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 $75.00 donation to Nashville Public
Television. Receive two "Memories Of Opryland" DVD's for a $120.00
donation. 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 & more.
See the stars in concerts including Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell and many more.
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 center.
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
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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