Originally Posted by HooverDam
Because when I think Rock'n'Roll, I think Eloy. Absolutely horrid idea. I love theme parks (I once drove 16 straight hours just to visit Cedar Point), but this idea is doomed to fail.
First off, the developers chose a terrible location, I understand their thinking is to try to get both people from Phoenix and Tucson, but in all likelihood, they'll get neither. A location like this will mean a full day trip for anyone who wants to visit it, making it hard for locals to spend much money there.
Furthermore, the theme is obviously corny and doesn't fit the area at all. Most "theme" parks don't even have themes these days and they're better off for it. Cedar Point, Six Flags, Bush Gardens, Paramount Kings Island, et cetera don't all rely on one lame theme, they rely on quality coasters, and thats what people want. Disneyland is the only park that can get away with the 'terrible rides, lots of theming' approach, because of their cartoons and movies.
If you want a park to be successful in Arizona, the first thing you need is a better location. An ideal location would be on the Pima Indian Reservation in the NE Valley, there's lots of open land, but its still close to millions of people. This is a good location because its near the prime areas of fall-spring tourism, but its also near enough to the city for locals to use it in the summer. Since no one is traveling to a desert in the summer, its imperative to have enough local support during that time.
Secondly, forget some hokey theme, no one cares about that crap. The only theme that would even work here is Western/Cowboys or whatever, but that stopped being popular when we put a man on the moon. If you wanted to have lightly themed different sections of the park, that may work, but its rare that a park can survive with such a narrow theme (save maybe Holidayworld).
Thirdly, you'd need a park with a ton of water rides, shades and indoor attractions. A lot of theme parks have a neighboring water park, that wouldn't work here, you need them to be intertwined. Have lots of shaded arcades, maybe something like the Fremont St Experience in Vegas in part of the park would work well.