"This landmark property, recognized worldwide, is for sale," reads the sales brochure found on the park's website. "Bedrock City, established in 1972, has been a family business that has offered 40 years of family fun. A gift shop, theme park, restaurant, RV park and campground and convenience store are currently operated."
The Flintstones only ran for six short seasons, but it left behind a legacy that has stayed with us for decades. Linda Speckels, a 73-year-old grandma who has been running the place on her own since her husband passed away 20 years ago, wants to sell the property and enjoy her retirement. While the reviews for the place are certainly mixed (comments indicate that the park is most often deserted and also in a state of disrepair), the nostalgia certainly garners a bunch of bonus points. It's quirky, it's cute and it's definitely full of yabba dabba doo.
As videos taken at the park indicate, the buildings, the decor and the brontosaurus whose tail you can actually slide down are super Flintstone-y. There is a huge fake volcano you can ride through, and you can visit the beauty salon and grocery store, put yourself into jail and take a tour inside Fred's house.
One caveat, which is a huge one, is that the new owners would have to renegotiate the park's licence with Hanna-Barbera, which may bump the price up quite a bit. And if you wanted to maintain the Flintstones theme, you'll have to have that on your to-do list. Otherwise, if you're not interested in keeping it the same, then that won't be an issue — just raze the property and start over with something new.
It wouldn't be as kitschy and unique, however, if you did something boring like build a casino on the spot. So buy the property, renegotiate the license, do some work and keep Bedrock City the beacon of the '60s that it is.
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