Goodbye, Bedrock City: Arizona’s Flintstones Theme Park Has Closed After Nearly 50 Years
Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles happen to be evicted from Bedrock. Arizona’s Bedrock City was welcoming lovers of The Flintstones for almost 50 decades, but all that has come to a finish, as stated by the Arizona Republic. The quirky roadside appeal across Route 64 in Valle has closed their doors.
The land is situated about 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon, therefore it’s a prime spot for attracting tourists who are passing through the area, but that is not the end of its run as a roadside attraction. The newspaper reports that the pterodactyl statue at Bedrock–and nearly everything else in the park–will be substituted by additional winged creatures.
The park will get a showcase for all birds of prey together with performances highlighting the birds’ searching abilities, such as falcons, hawks, and eagles.
These plans indicate the end of an era for Bedrock City, which started at the 1972. The site’s owners erected replicas of those Flintstone and Rubble residences, as well as a schoolhouse, jail, and theatre. Guests could go down a brontosaurus-shaped slide, then drive their way through a “volcano,” and snap photos with plenty of recognizable characters in the classic animation.
The remote location of the site made it hard to keep employees, although the park initially hired actors to entertain the guests. Through time, the park fell into disrepair, and the property was eventually set up for sale in 2015.
The mid 20th century was an excellent time for pop culture-themed roadside attractions, and Bedrock City was one of many. Still another Flintstones-themed playground opened in Custer, South Dakota in 1966, although 1970 brought a Wizard of Oz theme park into North Carolina. Unfortunately, a number of these parks did not last. South Dakota’s Bedrock City closed down in 2015 the identical year that the Arizona park has been put up on the market. The Land of Oz in North Carolina been abandoned for decades, though it sometimes reopens for particular events.
There’s one small consolation for Bedrock fans, though: The Valle park’s signature dinosaur slide will be kept intact, as will the saber-toothed cat and woolly mammoth statues, which will become part of a children’s playground that the new owner, Troy Morris, plans to build.
“I understand people’s emotional attachment, but it’s time in a business sense for something new,” Morris told the Arizona Republic. “But we’re definitely going to keep a little piece of Bedrock.”
[h/t Arizona Republic]