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Opryland USA:
Post Demolition
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Opry Mills opened May 12, 2000,
under the ownership of Mills
Corporation (later acquired by
Simon Property Group). Gaylord
Entertainment initially had a
minority stake in the new
shopping center, but later divested
it. When the arrangements for the
future of the Opryland property
were made public in 1997,
Gaylord announced its intentions
to construct a new entry plaza for
the Grand Ole Opry House with
shops and restaurants, as well as
a public marina and entertainment
complex at Cumberland Landing
(the General Jackson's port).
However, these plans were
abandoned as Gaylord focused
less on entertainment and more on
its hospitality assets.
The long low concrete levee wall
which once separated the park's
New Orleans, Riverside and State
Fair areas from the Cumberland
River is still a part of the mall
grounds, and visitors who enter
the mall property from the
McGavock Pike entrance can still
view remnants of the graded
railroad embankment which once
supported the tracks of the park's
short-line railroad.
The Southern Living Cumberland
River Cottage became a training
center for hotel employees
(Gaylord University), and was
moved intact to the former
location of Chaos until being torn
down in 2010. The large
administration building that briefly
sat outside the park gates became
the offices of the General Jackson
and Music City Queen riverboats,
and was moved intact to a
location near the Cumberland
Landing docks.
Much of the Opry Plaza area
remained untouched and open for
business. The Grand Ole Opry
House, Roy Acuff Theater (later
renamed BellSouth Acuff
Theater), and the Grand Ole Opry
Museum remained in constant use
throughout and after demolition of
the park. The buildings that once
housed the Roy Acuff and Minnie
Pearl museums eventually became
the administrative offices of
WSM radio. The Gaslight Theater
became home to Gaylord
Opryland's annual ICE! exhibit,
and was utilized as a rental facility
for television production,
banquets, and other events. It
was the only building left standing
that once occupied the gated
theme park.
Though much of the hardware
had been removed, the course of
the Grizzly River Rampage water
ride was visible along the path
between Opry Mills and Gaylord
Opryland for fourteen years after
the ride entertained its final
guests. In the fall of 2011,
Gaylord Entertainment built a new
events center designed mainly to
hold the hotel's yearly "ICE!"
exhibit nearby, clearing the old
Grizzly River Rampage site in the
process. By November 2011, all
recognizable remnants of the
theme park were gone.
In 2004, The Tennessean
newspaper published a statement
by Gaylord Entertainment
claiming that current company
executives had found no evidence
that previous management ever
had a business plan for Opryland,
let alone any strategic analysis
that led to closing it, and that no
compelling reasons had been
found for the park's closure.
Most of the Opryland-era
executives left Gaylord
Entertainment early in the decade
when it was refocused into a
more hospitality-oriented
company. In 2012, Gaylord CEO
Colin Reed called the closing of
Opryland "a bad idea," and said he
spent much of his first year at
Gaylord fielding complaints about
it (he arrived at the company in
2001, more than three years after
the park was demolished).[7][8]
On January 19, 2012, Gaylord
Entertainment announced plans to
open a new theme park in
Nashville near Opryland's former
location. Plans call for a park that
can be used nearly year-round, as
a water park in the summer and
snow park in the winter. It was
planned to be a joint venture with
Dolly Parton and Herschend
Family Entertainment
(owners/operators of Dollywood
in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) and
was expected to open in 2014,[9]
but Dollywood and Herschend
backed out of the plans later that
year, citing Gaylord's decision to
sell the rights to operate its hotel
chain to Marriott International as
a reason for exiting.
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