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The remains of Opryland USA, Nashville, TN

It was really cool how wide the trough was for Grizzly River Rapids.

The remains of Opryland USA, Nashville, TN

A difference I have noticed between the old rapids rides and those built in the early 1980's is there was more randomness in the ride with the wide troughs and islands in the middle of the stream with separate streams around them made each ride a truly different one.

The remains of Opryland USA, Nashville, TN

I don't really understand why Opryland left all of this just sitting here after demolishing the park.  I understand that it was right next to the hotel but if you're going to get rid of it you might as well get rid of it.

The remains of Opryland USA, Nashville, TN

The reason it was probably just left to act as a giant leaf magnet is the cost of taking out all of that concrete and with it being a part of the property that was not going to be developed, at least in the foreseeable future it was spared the wrecking ball with the rest of the park.

The remains of Opryland USA, Nashville, TN

The Opryland Hotel did add a nice walkway around the back of the ride so guests of the hotel can enjoy the scenery while out for a walk.



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