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.
Opryland USA Theme Park
Opryland Related Videos
Nashville Area Concerts
Website by Pat Adams
Opryland in the
1980's & 1990's
from Wikipedia

In 1982, Opryland expanded for the
second and final time. The new area,
entitled "Grizzly Country", was built
on the extreme north end of the park
to house the Grizzly River Rampage, a
whitewater rapids ride.

In 1984, Opryland added a third roller
coaster, "The Screamin' Delta Demon"
(an Intamin bobsled-style ride), in the
New Orleans area of the park. This
project also included adding a second
(albeit subtle) park gate adjacent to the
parking lot.

In the mid-1980s, "Trickets" (three-
day admission tickets for one price)
were introduced and large numbers of
season passes were sold to residents
of the Nashville area.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, two
new competitors to Opryland would
emerge: Kentucky Kingdom in
Louisville, Kentucky, and Dollywood
in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (which had
recently been converted and expanded
from its previous incarnation as "Silver
Dollar City"). These two parks grew
into regional destinations, contributing
in part to a decline in Opryland
attendance. Partially in response to the
competition, and to entice out-of-town
guests to come, package deals
including rooms at the hotel, tickets to
Opryland, and admission to the Grand
Ole Opry were developed and
marketed throughout the region.

Annual changes were made to the park
to continue to attract local
Nashvillians as well as out-of-town
visitors. Large attractions such as the
General Jackson Showboat, new roller
coasters, and water rides were installed
on a biennial basis until 1989, with the
opening of the "Chaos" roller coaster.
The next (and final) large attraction to
open would be "The Hangman" roller
coaster in 1995.

The park also attracted top country
music stars to perform nightly
concerts at the park's premier venue,
the Chevrolet-Geo Celebrity Theater,
built in 1992. Initially included in park
admission during the first two seasons,
Opryland began upcharging for the
concerts in 1994. In 1995, Opryland
added two venues (Theatre By The
Lake and Roy Acuff Theater—
including a renovation and expansion
of each venue) to the series, billing it
as "Nashville On Stage". After
lackluster sales, the multi-venue series
reverted to only the Chevy-Geo
Theater in 1997.

During the summer of 1993, the
popular Mark Goodson game show
Family Feud traveled to Opryland and
taped several weeks of episodes that
opened the show's sixth season with
Ray Combs as host. These syndicated
episodes began airing in September and
featured some of country music's
brightest stars including Porter
Wagoner, Boxcar Willie, Charley Pride,
Brenda Lee, the Mandrells, and the
Statler Brothers, as well as at least one
week of regular Nashville families
playing against each other. As of 2012,
it remains the only time in the history
of the long-running series that
episodes have been taped outside of
its home studio.

Also, beginning in the early-1990s and
continuing through its final season, as
a nod to TNN's NASCAR coverage, as
well as Opryland's official designation
with NASCAR, the annual "TNN
Salute to Motorsports" event would
take place over a weeklong period.
This included numerous motorsports
exhibits as well as meet-and-greets
with racing personalities.

In 1994, Gaylord Entertainment
invested heavily in the renaissance of
the entertainment district in
downtown Nashville. The company
converted an old Second Avenue
building into the Wildhorse Saloon,
renovated and reopened the Ryman
Auditorium, and began to provide
water taxi service along the
Cumberland River between the docks
adjacent to the amusement park and a
dock downtown. As part of this, the
amusement park's official name was
changed to "Opryland Themepark".
The "Opryland USA" name was then
designated as the destination's name,
to encompass all of Gaylord
Entertainment's Nashville properties.

In September 1995 and September
1996, the Grizzly River Rampage was
used as a course for the NationsBank
Whitewater Championships, which (in
1995 alone) served as a qualifier for
the 1996 Summer Olympics in
Atlanta. Following those events (as
well as 1997), the course was drained
and a temporary Halloween
attraction—"Quarantine", tied into the
storyline of the neighboring indoor
roller coaster "Chaos"—was
constructed in its bed.

In 1996, a third park gate was added
near "Chaos", which allowed
pedestrian traffic between Opryland
Hotel and Opryland Themepark for
the very first time. Previously, hotel
guests wishing to visit the amusement
park would be shuttled between the
two on buses.