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(WSMV Nashville)   Opryland limits weekend access due to COVID. Graceland still available for contracting Elvis' lingering social diseases   (wsmv.com) divider line
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2021-11-30 11:04:04 AM  
The sign said OPRYLAND LEFT, so we turned the car around and went home.

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2021-11-30 2:14:43 PM  
Just when I finally worked up the nerve to spend a weekend in Boston.  Uggh.
 
2021-11-30 2:18:14 PM  
The hotel is known for its Christmas displays both inside and outside the hotel building. Thousands of people visit the hotel to view the display.

"We invite and welcome visitors without room or event reservations to arrive on site prior to 2 p.m.

Yes, because outdoor Christmas lights look so nice before 2pm.
 
2021-11-30 2:18:16 PM  

solokumba: The sign said OPRYLAND LEFT, so we turned the car around and went home.

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Man, you found an ancient map... most of the rides we used to hit aren't on there at all, but there are a lot more random little music stages.
 
2021-11-30 2:22:09 PM  

leftshue: solokumba: The sign said OPRYLAND LEFT, so we turned the car around and went home.

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Man, you found an ancient map... most of the rides we used to hit aren't on there at all, but there are a lot more random little music stages.


I thought the theme park part of it closed up years ago?

/went there in the 70's
//was walking around one time and asked some random guy what time it was and then realized it was Charlie Daniels
 
2021-11-30 2:23:44 PM  

chevydeuce: leftshue: solokumba: The sign said OPRYLAND LEFT, so we turned the car around and went home.

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Man, you found an ancient map... most of the rides we used to hit aren't on there at all, but there are a lot more random little music stages.

I thought the theme park part of it closed up years ago?

/went there in the 70's
//was walking around one time and asked some random guy what time it was and then realized it was Charlie Daniels


Theme park is gone, it's now a mega-mall and the Hotel :(
 
2021-11-30 2:26:08 PM  

chevydeuce: leftshue: solokumba: The sign said OPRYLAND LEFT, so we turned the car around and went home.

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Man, you found an ancient map... most of the rides we used to hit aren't on there at all, but there are a lot more random little music stages.

I thought the theme park part of it closed up years ago?

/went there in the 70's
//was walking around one time and asked some random guy what time it was and then realized it was Charlie Daniels


Oh it did.  1997. But they'd added quite a bit between that map and shutting down.
 
2021-11-30 2:27:04 PM  

Walker: The hotel is known for its Christmas displays both inside and outside the hotel building. Thousands of people visit the hotel to view the display.

"We invite and welcome visitors without room or event reservations to arrive on site prior to 2 p.m.

Yes, because outdoor Christmas lights look so nice before 2pm.


If you aren't contributing to the electric bill why do you think you have a right to be on private property?
 
2021-11-30 2:27:49 PM  
I loved going to Opryland when I was a kid back in the 70s, but it was torn down and now there's a stupid hotel in its place.
 
2021-11-30 2:43:52 PM  

leftshue: solokumba: The sign said OPRYLAND LEFT, so we turned the car around and went home.

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Man, you found an ancient map... most of the rides we used to hit aren't on there at all, but there are a lot more random little music stages.


From 1972 till 1978 I would go maybe 2 times a year. Once with family and once with friends. I dug the indoor laser light show because it was air-conditioned. Most of the other stages were outside in the heat. Screw that.
During the 70's it was well maintained and a very nice park. I never visited after 1979 for some reason. I didn't even know they had closed it in 1997.
 
2021-11-30 2:54:25 PM  
yeah, I'm just going to say don't go within 5 miles of that tourist mecca any time in the month of december... especially not weekends.  the exits from both directions will be backed up miles of people either trying to get into the mall/hotel area or out of it... for god's sake just go to the pharmacy and get you a nice burger and a few cold ones and stay the hell away from that damn hotel and their 'decorations'.
 
2021-11-30 2:59:23 PM  
I attended a conference there about 6 years ago. It is a weird hotel. Like they designed it for people who like the concept of being outdoors but want to stay indoors.

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2021-11-30 3:02:44 PM  
Opryland USA - RIP
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2021-11-30 3:17:00 PM  

BorgiaGinz: I loved going to Opryland when I was a kid back in the 70s, but it was torn down and now there's a stupid hotel in its place.


Slight correction - hotel has been there a long time, they replaced the park with a mega-mall (which is even MORE insulting IMO)
 
2021-11-30 3:24:25 PM  
Another fun thing about Opryland, it was a relatively small park. If you were 10 years old your parents would just tell you where to meet up at the end of the day. They would want to see shows in peace, while the kids gathered in packs and wreaked havoc all over the park. In the 70's you could buy tons of candy and junk food all day long for 10 bucks. You could even buy cigars as a kid and nobody batted an eye.
 
2021-11-30 3:28:54 PM  

Mad_Radhu: I attended a conference there about 6 years ago. It is a weird hotel. Like they designed it for people who like the concept of being outdoors but want to stay indoors.

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I stayed there for a conference a few years back. Gotta say it was nice having a waterfall right outside my balcony.

Super weird place, though. Not sure why someone would vacation at a mall with a fake outdoor scene but there were a lot of tourists there. Takes all kinds, I guess.
 
2021-11-30 4:11:24 PM  
She has her own personal theme park now?

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2021-11-30 4:30:29 PM  

holdmybones: Mad_Radhu: I attended a conference there about 6 years ago. It is a weird hotel. Like they designed it for people who like the concept of being outdoors but want to stay indoors.

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I stayed there for a conference a few years back. Gotta say it was nice having a waterfall right outside my balcony.

Super weird place, though. Not sure why someone would vacation at a mall with a fake outdoor scene but there were a lot of tourists there. Takes all kinds, I guess.


Same here. I had the waterfall by my room and it was great. The vibe was just really weird and fake.
 
2021-11-30 5:46:47 PM  

holdmybones: Mad_Radhu: I attended a conference there about 6 years ago. It is a weird hotel. Like they designed it for people who like the concept of being outdoors but want to stay indoors.

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I stayed there for a conference a few years back. Gotta say it was nice having a waterfall right outside my balcony.

Super weird place, though. Not sure why someone would vacation at a mall with a fake outdoor scene but there were a lot of tourists there. Takes all kinds, I guess.


People who have to vacation to reach a mall that nice.
 
2021-11-30 7:02:45 PM  

solokumba: Another fun thing about Opryland, it was a relatively small park. If you were 10 years old your parents would just tell you where to meet up at the end of the day. They would want to see shows in peace, while the kids gathered in packs and wreaked havoc all over the park. In the 70's you could buy tons of candy and junk food all day long for 10 bucks. You could even buy cigars as a kid and nobody batted an eye.


Me as a broke-ass high school student working part time at Taco Bell could go to the park, spend an entire day riding some pretty fun coasters with friends (the Hangman in particular, and I just remembered the Cannonball too!) and pigging out on junk food, and still usually have enough cash for the all-you-can-eat salad bar at Shoney's on the way home.

My family used to get together and head to the hotel to see the lights. We lived about 80 miles away, and whoever said "avoid that area like the plague this time of year" is freakin' right. I think it's worse now with the damn mall, though.
 
2021-11-30 8:58:07 PM  
went there about three years ago when we were in town to see John Prine play a New Year's show at the Opry. the wife wanted to check out the Christmas displays and such, and we ended up taking the boat ride around the garden. interesting to see, but I was more excited about heading off somewhere to go eat some hot chicken afterwards

the mall is weird though. they had some Rainbow Cafe or something the kid wanted to eat at so we went there. I haven't seen a mall that packed since the 80's

/it was a great concert. ate something bad at a casual BBQ before the show so missed Iris Dement's set, but recovered for Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nights Sweats. Prine was amazing - my first and last time seeing him in concert
//also down the street was Cooter's Dukes of Hazzard museum/tourist trap. fun to go in there for five minutes just to see Daisy's dukes, but when we left they didn't even say "y'all come back now ya hear?" and the 8 year old in me was rather disappointed
 
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