The largest amusement park along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is upgrading for the summer season by adding four new rides and renaming its oceanfront water park.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park, at 300 S. Ocean Boulevard, will debut the Twist n Shout Wild Mouse-style steel roller coaster, which officials say offers a different experience than its other, well-known Swamp Fox Wooden Roller Coaster.
Also new for this summer: Kite Flyer, a lay-down passenger gondola ride; Flying Tigers and the Frog Hopper. The 13-acre park has about 30 rides.
Along the oceanfront, Family Kingdoms Water Park will now be called Splashes, a name change that officials say better reflects that it is a full-scale water park on two acres. The water park has operated since 1977.
The amusement park has operated since 1966 and was originally known as Grand Strand Amusement Park. It was renamed Family Kingdom in 1992 when it was purchased by the Ammons family, which also owns the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort.