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Title: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on September 06, 2017, 02:09:41 PM
This is your official thread to post updates and speculations dealing the 2019 operating season for Silver Dollar City properties in Branson, MO.

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Thanks and happy speculating.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on September 07, 2017, 06:13:46 PM
I certainly wouldn't guess at much in the way of new rides for 2019 at this point considering the colossal expenditure this year. I'd love to see another year of shows emphasis though.

Maybe, just maybe, we'll see something happen with the entrance widening/overhaul that we've been assuming has to happen any year now?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on September 08, 2017, 10:12:06 AM
Maybe, just maybe, we'll see something happen with the entrance widening/overhaul that we've been assuming has to happen any year now?

I look for that to happen this winter. :-\ :-\     At least take down the wall and rework that part.   

I personally am hoping they dont take out the little "creek" area just inside the wall, maybe just a wider functional bridge or crossing of some kind ;D
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on September 08, 2017, 12:16:08 PM
Maybe, just maybe, we'll see something happen with the entrance widening/overhaul that we've been assuming has to happen any year now?

I look for that to happen this winter. :-\ :-\     At least take down the wall and rework that part.   

I personally am hoping they dont take out the little "creek" area just inside the wall, maybe just a wider functional bridge or crossing of some kind ;D

I agree that this will probably happen this winter.  They are essentially done with track installment on TT and have now moved onto integration with the park (through removal of structures and new additions which will start to pop up). 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on September 08, 2017, 10:28:36 PM
That's not really the actual pinch point though. They need to either completely rip out and expand everything through the hospitality house or build the second pathway around the cave opening. Widening the plaza behind the big logo would just make it uglier without much benefit, if done by itself.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on September 08, 2017, 11:27:50 PM
That's not really the actual pinch point though. They need to either completely rip out and expand everything through the hospitality house or build the second pathway around the cave opening. Widening the plaza behind the big logo would just make it uglier without much benefit, if done by itself.

Youre right of course.... hadnt thought that far in.... but right inside the turnstiles... people stop to put away their passes, wait on the kids, get the ESV's, pick up strollers, look at bakery..... that whole area is packed!!..

Then the bottleneck up by the cave entrance going through there... especially at christmas time!!

So really,  3 problem areas....    have to see what the PTB come up with... ;D
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on September 09, 2017, 09:59:16 AM
My idea is to.
1. Take out big logo
2. Reconfigure ticketing area to be booths and customer service (will exit back into plaza and won't be allowed to exit bay bathrooms anymore)
3. Turnstiles will be where big logo was located
4. Rentals / Trailblazer will be moved to old customer service
5. Old turnstiles, rental building, trailblazer/sbb buildings removed
6. Build additional pathway around other side of sink hole
7. Reconfigure cave set-up so Entrance and Exit are in same area.  Make that part of HH cave gift shop and waiting area.  Make entrance be off square. 
8. Remove the rest of HH that's not used for new Cave entrance
9. Make new entry arch to segue from newly reconfigured pathways around sinkhole to the city
10. Perhaps add a new "newspaper" building down in new entrance plaza with newsboys handing out maps (newspapers) and answering general park questions. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: marolinesdad on September 09, 2017, 08:57:06 PM
I like all of that except removing the HH.   Love that old building. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on September 09, 2017, 11:52:16 PM
I like all of that except removing the HH.   Love that old building.

It is no longer useful in its current setup.  It would also be in the way of the new walkway configurations. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on September 10, 2017, 01:23:09 AM
My idea is to.
1. Take out big logo
2. Reconfigure ticketing area to be booths and customer service (will exit back into plaza and won't be allowed to exit bay bathrooms anymore)
3. Turnstiles will be where big logo was located
4. Rentals / Trailblazer will be moved to old customer service
5. Old turnstiles, rental building, trailblazer/sbb buildings removed
6. Build additional pathway around other side of sink hole
7. Reconfigure cave set-up so Entrance and Exit are in same area.  Make that part of HH cave gift shop and waiting area.  Make entrance be off square. 
8. Remove the rest of HH that's not used for new Cave entrance
9. Make new entry arch to segue from newly reconfigured pathways around sinkhole to the city
10. Perhaps add a new "newspaper" building down in new entrance plaza with newsboys handing out maps (newspapers) and answering general park questions.

The current rental area is a huge bottleneck....but I cant picture them moving it.  They have a huge storage area for the strollers/carts right behind the booth.  They can't move that into the little customer service shack.  A two secordary path though for people to take to avoid that would be great.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on September 10, 2017, 05:59:53 AM
My idea is to.
1. Take out big logo
2. Reconfigure ticketing area to be booths and customer service (will exit back into plaza and won't be allowed to exit bay bathrooms anymore)
3. Turnstiles will be where big logo was located
4. Rentals / Trailblazer will be moved to old customer service
5. Old turnstiles, rental building, trailblazer/sbb buildings removed
6. Build additional pathway around other side of sink hole
7. Reconfigure cave set-up so Entrance and Exit are in same area.  Make that part of HH cave gift shop and waiting area.  Make entrance be off square. 
8. Remove the rest of HH that's not used for new Cave entrance
9. Make new entry arch to segue from newly reconfigured pathways around sinkhole to the city
10. Perhaps add a new "newspaper" building down in new entrance plaza with newsboys handing out maps (newspapers) and answering general park questions.

The current rental area is a huge bottleneck....but I cant picture them moving it.  They have a huge storage area for the strollers/carts right behind the booth.  They can't move that into the little customer service shack.  A two secordary path though for people to take to avoid that would be great.

So you're saying they can't build another storage area over at the new site? :o ???
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on September 11, 2017, 09:52:55 AM


So you're saying they can't build another storage area over at the new site? :o ???
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That would be great.  I thought the sinkhole was right behind that shack?  I can quite picture how that shack is positioned currently.  I would have guessed they wouldn't have enough room.  I would have guessed a new building by the current bathrooms in the ticket building would be the best place for adding a new shooter place.  I think there a parking lot behind it that just could be used.

Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: chittlins on September 11, 2017, 11:47:39 AM
I like all of that except removing the HH.   Love that old building.

It is no longer useful in its current setup.  It would also be in the way of the new walkway configurations.

During the backups in there at Christmas time for the trams, I can't imagine how much gift taking goes on in there
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on September 11, 2017, 12:20:22 PM
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So you're saying they can't build another storage area over at the new site? :o ???

That would be great.  I thought the sinkhole was right behind that shack?  I can quite picture how that shack is positioned currently.  I would have guessed they wouldn't have enough room.  I would have guessed a new building by the current bathrooms in the ticket building would be the best place for adding a new shooter place.  I think there a parking lot behind it that just could be used.

I was talking about right next door to the current GR building.  There is the former wedding booking building that is no longer being used that could be bulldozed and the storage building could be built there.  The current GR building will have to be remodeled anyway to handle rentals and Trailblazer/Showlover passes. 

As for the bathrooms, That can be remodeled and expanded some into the area.  I was thinking the "Newsies" building could go in that corner off the back of the OM building -- it would be to your immediate left once you enter the new gates.

NEW LOGO AREA -- so I was thinking the log and axe could be moved to the planter area south of the Administration Building.  (so around the corner from the ticket booths - past the water wheel).  It would still be front and center that way and you would have the ability to get more of your people in the photos.

Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on September 11, 2017, 02:49:19 PM
Those restrooms need some love....they aren't terrible but they need updated/expanded because they get slammed in the mornings and are one of the first 'attractions' on peoples to do list (especially those who have a few hours drive).  Wouldn't hurt to expand and modernize a place that is very 'first impression' sensitive.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sdcfan88 on March 16, 2018, 06:30:46 AM
I straight up asked about this while up there on opening day and was directly told by some pretty big names that the current entrance/exit will remain as it is. They explained to me that everything from the square to the ticket booths is considered as historical property that will be preserved. They are however in the planning stages of building a secondary entrance/exit. The old parking lot by Grand Expo being the likely future site. Not sure how that will work logistically with the trams/buses, but we will see.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: mhguy77 on March 16, 2018, 07:22:49 AM
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They are however in the planning stages of building a secondary entrance/exit. The old parking lot by Grand Expo being the likely future site. Not sure how that will work logistically with the trams/buses, but we will see.
In the 90's we used an entrance that was built into Shad's shack down next to the bathrooms at the red gold hall.  You could park in the employee parking and they had an entrance in this area.  It may have been for busses ext. but I remember using it because there was no line.  This would make sense when they are parking people down near Notch to funnel them in this way.  My only issue is this is prime real estate back there.  That parking lot is flat and needs almost no prep for additional expansion.  I would think they will soon fold this into the park.  Its close to 76 but if you consider what other parks have done near roadways (ToonTown and Tomorrow land in DL) You can effectively block the sights and the sounds of the road with buildings and a few trees behind them.  However, I don't know that is as much of a concern as it once was.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on March 16, 2018, 08:51:22 AM
That would be interesting... it would indicate that they are looking to add parking somewhere on that side, even if it is a continuation of their satellite parking. 76 will need a major widening, and possibly a dedicated tram lane... or perhaps a monorail? Works for Alton Towers.

The current employee parking lot is probably the next lot that can be greatly expanded to lot 5 size. Or it would be the perfect spot for the resort.

That side of the park is the best expansion space though, so I'd prefer that they kept the entrance where it is and expanded it to include a pathway around the other side of the sinkhole. Reunion Hall could probably be sacrificed to the cause, but certainly not the mine/mill.

I'm not looking for much of anything to happen in 2019 though. They really spent their wad for the time being and need some ROI to recharge. Between the Christmas event, TT, and rebuilding the skillet area, it feels like they've already been spending more than usual.

Then again, they've got some serious momentum here...
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on March 16, 2018, 04:09:01 PM
If they build a resort there and maybe have some type of public transport connection (Gondola's?) I could see a 2nd entrance.  Or some type of a VIP parking entrance?  They won't get buses/trams over there from the other lots without using 76.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: mhguy77 on March 16, 2018, 08:35:40 PM
Don't they own all the way out to the apartments as well out in the woods beyond the train loop?  If you google maps you can see.  Some where on here they had  a"ownership" map.  I think there would be room for a resort and transport through the woods.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on July 27, 2018, 08:37:13 AM
I’m calling it now.  2019 will be a “show year”
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: cowboy on July 27, 2018, 11:31:02 AM
Do you think we'll see another Christmas "expansion" like they did in 2017? From the crowd reports, that seemed to be a very popular attraction.

I wonder if they would ever construct a "snow hill" like they do at the Six Flags parks? Or an ice skating rink?

Jay
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on July 27, 2018, 11:55:02 AM
A show year is about what I expect. Still hope to see work start on some general infrastructure/crowd flow improvements.

I can't see any more Christmas expansion because of how much they spent last year plus the fact that they literally can't fit any more people into the park on busy Christmas weekends.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on July 27, 2018, 01:42:34 PM
I can't see any more Christmas expansion because of how much they spent last year plus the fact that they literally can't fit any more people into the park on busy Christmas weekends.

The issue is that SDC is no longer the only park around that does Christmas stuff.  What they need to do is move Living Nativity to Dockside so that they can have animals.  Both WOF and SFSTL have camels, donkeys, sheep and other animals for their versions.  Having it at Dockside would allow for a petting zoo between shows (like WOF). 

They could then put their “World Fest at Christmas” show In Riverfront Playhouse and leave Red Gold for another musical. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on July 27, 2018, 02:43:06 PM
I’m calling it now.  2019 will be a “show year”

So....your saying not to expect anything....lol

Every year is a show year.

I don't expect another major ride or expansion for a few years....hopefully they invest a bit into the classics though.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on July 27, 2018, 03:19:28 PM
I’m calling it now.  2019 will be a “show year”

So....your saying not to expect anything....lol

Every year is a show year.

I don't expect another major ride or expansion for a few years....hopefully they invest a bit into the classics though.

Not exactly.  “Show Years” come the season after a large capex.  The park makes a big deal about these big name acts they’re bringing in. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: chittlins on August 06, 2018, 08:23:12 AM
I’m calling it now.  2019 will be a “show year”

So....your saying not to expect anything....lol

Every year is a show year.

I don't expect another major ride or expansion for a few years....hopefully they invest a bit into the classics though.
  The park makes a big deal about these big name acts they’re bringing in.

I giggled, big name, good one.

Try mostly also ran.


Half Dollar Holler needs much love and a couple of kiddie rides.

The Grand Expo has really filled in canopy wise but that space between the kiddie coaster and ElectroSpin is screaming for something. That covered area is just wasted space.  There is a lack of seating under it, and the fountains aren't working. The shape of the area says a classic whip style ride would be perfect but a fireball would fit.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on August 06, 2018, 12:02:28 PM


Half Dollar Holler needs much love and a couple of kiddie rides.



HDH does need something, It just never really took off like the PTB thought it would.
I dont know if a couple of small rides would do it..    BUT if they do something , I hope they encrorach on the bridge anymore than they already did
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: chittlins on August 06, 2018, 12:49:19 PM


Half Dollar Holler needs much love and a couple of kiddie rides.



HDH does need something, It just never really took off like the PTB thought it would.
I dont know if a couple of small rides would do it..    BUT if they do something , I hope they encrorach on the bridge anymore than they already did


That's just it. I walked across the bridge around 7:30 last night and looked down and saw emptyness. To the void on one side where the mini swing was at and the empty spot that the storytelling occasionally takes place on the other hand. It looks bad right now.

Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on August 06, 2018, 02:25:11 PM


Half Dollar Holler needs much love and a couple of kiddie rides.



HDH does need something, It just never really took off like the PTB thought it would.
I dont know if a couple of small rides would do it..    BUT if they do something , I hope they encrorach on the bridge anymore than they already did

With it being an "off year" I think that now would be the time to move the bug rides over to HDH from GE.  The area where the bug rides are currently in GE can actually be walled off and used on down the road for a future expansion OR they could add a flyer and another flat ride that are relatively cheap.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on August 07, 2018, 08:40:19 AM
With it being an "off year" I think that now would be the time to move the bug rides over to HDH from GE.  The area where the bug rides are currently in GE can actually be walled off and used on down the road for a future expansion OR they could add a flyer and another flat ride that are relatively cheap.

My thought was something NEW at HDH,
maybe 2 or 3 smaller Kids Rides or attractions of some kind, 
Something that would generate a new found "excitement" in that area.

I just think that area is overlooked by the people...  They head downhill to the Expo, or All the way to FL.   
Need something to get them to stop and spend some time at HDH.   
Maybe the ladybugs, and another existing ride would do that..?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on August 07, 2018, 09:36:16 AM
I'd still hate to see them smoosh rides in where they aren't really needed. HDH is fine. It's a big hit with the young kids in my family. They did leave an ugly hole that I would love to see filled in with landscaping, but other than that I'd rather they left it alone.

Plenty of room to add rides near Fireman's Landing and the expo without harming any more of the park's remaining ambiance and charm.

All I want in 2019 is a re-focus on making the festivals into a bigger deal again. Bluegrass and BBQ has slumped off to the point where it's just some extra BBQ in Red Gold Hall and a few random family bands (although they do get some credit for having Ricky Skaggs come in). The Craftsmen/Harvest festival is basically null at this point since so many of the old craftsmen aren't coming back. Festival of Wonder wasn't as extensive as it could be... Christmas and the Gospel festival seem to be the only festivals that are currently up to par.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Coaster on August 07, 2018, 11:04:34 AM
I'd still hate to see them smoosh rides in where they aren't really needed. HDH is fine. It's a big hit with the young kids in my family. They did leave an ugly hole that I would love to see filled in with landscaping, but other than that I'd rather they left it alone.

Plenty of room to add rides near Fireman's Landing and the expo without harming any more of the park's remaining ambiance and charm.

All I want in 2019 is a re-focus on making the festivals into a bigger deal again. Bluegrass and BBQ has slumped off to the point where it's just some extra BBQ in Red Gold Hall and a few random family bands (although they do get some credit for having Ricky Skaggs come in). The Craftsmen/Harvest festival is basically null at this point since so many of the old craftsmen aren't coming back. Festival of Wonder wasn't as extensive as it could be... Christmas and the Gospel festival seem to be the only festivals that are currently up to par.

Agreed with everything in this post. I would like the area where HDH to maintain the charm it has left. I would love for 2019 to be a focus on the festivals. It would be great if each festival received at least one major addition that really improved its quality, similar to what Christmas in Midtown achieved last year.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Pintrader on August 07, 2018, 02:01:37 PM
I am not sure what more they could do with the Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival.  They have a lot more than just Ricky Skaggs.  I mean 8 time female vocalist of the year Rhonda Vincent, 7 time vocal group of the year Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Gibson Brothers, The Grascals and 60 other acts throughout the festival.  They also have the Youth In Bluegrass which started at the gazebo in 2001 then moved to the Riverfront Playhouse and now is at the Opera House, and has standing room only there now.  I think in 2015 Bluegrass & Barbecue was voted the IBMA event of the year and is always at the top of the list.  D.A. Callaway has been voted promoter of the year by SPBGMA I believe 4 times since 2012.  The barbecue at Red Gold is really good and reasonably priced.   I think it is a fantastic festival and very hard to improve upon.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on August 07, 2018, 04:42:45 PM
I am not sure what more they could do with the Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival.  They have a lot more than just Ricky Skaggs.  I mean 8 time female vocalist of the year Rhonda Vincent, 7 time vocal group of the year Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Gibson Brothers, The Grascals and 60 other acts throughout the festival.  They also have the Youth In Bluegrass which started at the gazebo in 2001 then moved to the Riverfront Playhouse and now is at the Opera House, and has standing room only there now.  I think in 2015 Bluegrass & Barbecue was voted the IBMA event of the year and is always at the top of the list.  D.A. Callaway has been voted promoter of the year by SPBGMA I believe 4 times since 2012.  The barbecue at Red Gold is really good and reasonably priced.   I think it is a fantastic festival and very hard to improve upon.

As for the BBQ part - I would expect a BBQ contest - at least for one day - bring in a few trucks for a day and have both an official contest and a SDC customer contest - They would have to offer samples from each vendor (either with an overall ticket or individual sales).

I assume they might have a hard time finding trucks to give up a weekend of regular sales though.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Runner1960 on August 07, 2018, 04:55:03 PM
Here is what  I would like to see. Cut out the festivals on the holiday weekends totally. Bluegrass  on Memorial day ? ZIP.  Gospel Music on Labor day. Cut it out and give something everyone can enjoy.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on August 07, 2018, 07:28:03 PM

As for the BBQ part - I would expect a BBQ contest - at least for one day - bring in a few trucks for a day and have both an official contest and a SDC customer contest - They would have to offer samples from each vendor (either with an overall ticket or individual sales).

I assume they might have a hard time finding trucks to give up a weekend of regular sales though.

Where would they park the trucks?...

IF they had a real contest, and the competitors accepted the invitation, there could be 75-100 trucks/booths.. or  easily more.. 
Cant put those in the park for 1 day.?   
Maybe make a 2 day event out of it?   BUT?  same questions. Where would you park the trucks?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sirwillow on August 07, 2018, 08:21:06 PM

As for the BBQ part - I would expect a BBQ contest - at least for one day - bring in a few trucks for a day and have both an official contest and a SDC customer contest - They would have to offer samples from each vendor (either with an overall ticket or individual sales).

I assume they might have a hard time finding trucks to give up a weekend of regular sales though.

I like what they used to do, and I'm not sure why they quit.  They used to have several BBQ places from a reasonable radius set up in Red Gold and sell their goods.  At various times it's included Famous Dave's, Hawg Wild (sadly now out of business), I believe Buckingham's, and several others.  Then in the last couple of years they pretty much eliminated all of the outsiders and went with just their own, and it's a shadow of what it was.  While it wasn't a "contest" per se, there was the option to walk around and get samples from a bunch of places and have your own personal contest. 

and the smell as you rode by on the train...   oh, that used to drive us crazy but we loved it.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on August 08, 2018, 10:32:13 AM

As for the BBQ part - I would expect a BBQ contest - at least for one day - bring in a few trucks for a day and have both an official contest and a SDC customer contest - They would have to offer samples from each vendor (either with an overall ticket or individual sales).

I assume they might have a hard time finding trucks to give up a weekend of regular sales though.

Where would they park the trucks?...

IF they had a real contest, and the competitors accepted the invitation, there could be 75-100 trucks/booths.. or  easily more.. 
Cant put those in the park for 1 day.?   
Maybe make a 2 day event out of it?   BUT?  same questions. Where would you park the trucks?

That's why I would say limit it to just a few participants....maybe 4-6.  But your right....I they might not be able to park there trucks in the park.  Most end up smoking all night long.  I assume they wouldn't let them in the park and cook overnight in the park.  Not sure if there is enough room around Red Gold outside for even 4-6 of them.

Not to mention the trucks would be direct competition with SDCs own restaurants for our dollars.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: mg on August 08, 2018, 10:05:19 PM
It's a big hit with the young kids in my family. They did leave an ugly hole that I would love to see filled in with landscaping, but other than that I'd rather they left it alone.

Our son loves the treehouse structure and can spend quite a bit a time there going through it time after time. If anything, an additional treehouse structure with slides could be a good addition. Maybe replace the sand an story area with an additional structure and connect it to the existing one with a bridge over the middle. It's nice to have a place for him to play and spend some energy and not just wait in line for a ride.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on August 09, 2018, 09:28:17 AM
It's a big hit with the young kids in my family. They did leave an ugly hole that I would love to see filled in with landscaping, but other than that I'd rather they left it alone.

Our son loves the treehouse structure and can spend quite a bit a time there going through it time after time. If anything, an additional treehouse structure with slides could be a good addition. Maybe replace the sand an story area with an additional structure and connect it to the existing one with a bridge over the middle. It's nice to have a place for him to play and spend some energy and not just wait in line for a ride.

Glad to hear your kids enjoy that area, as-is.. 
So oftem we dont hear that story, we hear bad things, or negative feedback or ill-feelings..
I am sure there are many families that like the area, But it just doenst seem to be a big draw for families..
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on August 11, 2018, 01:10:02 PM
So with so many things ending and/or not coming back for Cowboy Fest.  How much do you bet we get our own version of The Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood next year as a replacement?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on August 11, 2018, 01:49:13 PM
I forgot about that, but I would say highly likely. I knew it was just a matter of time when I saw the crowd reports at DW. I will miss the cowboys and crafts, but this is what is hot right now and the true craftspeople just aren't around much anymore.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Gilligan on August 11, 2018, 06:51:51 PM
As far as craftsman, I know a few who've left.  One of the reasons is because they aren't allowed to do their craft, but must meet a quota of pushing out craft crap instead of real craftsmanship.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Gilligan on August 11, 2018, 06:53:12 PM
Did I miss something? What's not coming back to the Cowboy Fest?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Duelist on August 11, 2018, 07:15:20 PM
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The wild west show for one thing- I haven't heard about anything else yet.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on August 11, 2018, 07:17:56 PM
Did I miss something? What's not coming back to the Cowboy Fest?

Cowboy Poet, Mustangs, last year for Wild West Show. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on August 12, 2018, 06:22:45 PM
That will be a shame to loose those events,  Will make quite a void in the festival.... :(
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: HumphreyHawk on August 24, 2018, 09:20:25 PM
With the TT post closed....wasn't sure where to put this.

Ran across a youtube clip today of the Mack shop....include some footage of the TT cars being built....might be the track too...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBL-159APAo
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on August 31, 2018, 05:13:32 PM
Everything you think you know is about to change. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on August 31, 2018, 05:45:30 PM
Everything you think you know is about to change.

But when will we be advised of the changes to come?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sirwillow on August 31, 2018, 05:55:22 PM
Everything you think you know is about to change.

So does that mean we're going to start the bit again about how they're moving Echo Hollow, moving/ completely redoing the entrance to the park, rerouting the train, moving the cave, etc...  :-P
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on August 31, 2018, 09:04:47 PM
Everything you think you know is about to change.

But when will we be advised of the changes to come?

Late Fall Festival - though not “officially” from the park. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: mhguy77 on September 01, 2018, 07:52:05 AM
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Late Fall Festival - though not “officially” from the park.
Maybe time for a sell out.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sdcfan88 on September 02, 2018, 06:08:51 PM
Dollywoods LumiNights is coming I bet. Some might balk at this (as discussed in another thread which I will add the link to below) but the bright side to this is I wouldn't be opposed to more opportunities to be at SDC at night.

http://www.sdcfans.com/forums/index.php?topic=3802.0
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Duelist on September 02, 2018, 06:26:28 PM
Everything you think you know is about to change.

Hopefully not the theme.  That would be a deal breaker
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: biscuitcreek on October 05, 2018, 12:31:41 PM
Noticed at the park last week the signs for the final season of It's a Wonderful Life (which we speculated may be going to the Showboat for 2019 due to a 2017 survey).

Do we know what is replacing It's A Wonderful Life in 2019?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: U Smell Smoke on October 05, 2018, 08:40:40 PM
I thought I read it was going to be Miracle on 34th Street in 2019.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 07, 2018, 10:00:11 AM
The show replacing it sounds like a World Fest sampler platter show.  So think of the things they’ve had in the past at World Fest and cram it all into one show. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: biscuitcreek on October 07, 2018, 11:16:34 AM
The show replacing it sounds like a World Fest sampler platter show.  So think of the things they’ve had in the past at World Fest and cram it all into one show.

So it's going to be Christmas around the world or something like that replacing It's A Wonderful Life?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 07, 2018, 01:31:41 PM
The show replacing it sounds like a World Fest sampler platter show.  So think of the things they’ve had in the past at World Fest and cram it all into one show.

So it's going to be Christmas around the world or something like that replacing It's A Wonderful Life?

Yeah that’s the rumor I’ve heard but until it’s officially announced anything is possible
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Gilligan on October 08, 2018, 03:25:57 PM
I'd rather see Miracle on 34th St. than Christmas Around the World.  At this point, it doesn't sound too exciting. If this really happens, I think guests that only have time to see one play will choose Dickens over Around the World which will make Dickens much more crowded.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 08, 2018, 05:53:34 PM
I think it would be a step back - if anything I’d keep Wonderful Life.  Put the Around the World Show in Riverfront and then put a new Nativity Show is Dockside with animals (both WOF and SF have animals for their nativity shows)
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: mhguy77 on October 09, 2018, 08:01:40 AM
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I think it would be a step back - if anything I’d keep Wonderful Life.  Put the Around the World Show in Riverfront and then put a new Nativity Show is Dockside with animals (both WOF and SF have animals for their nativity shows)
I agree SDC might consider the crowds at Christmas are not shrinking they are growing and Saturdays and other busy days are almost unbearable.  The closed water rides causes this crowd issue to be more obvious.  SDC needs to accommodate more people inside and maybe they would increase what would appeal to the older folks that may travel with family.  It would seem to me the shows are the ticket.  IAWL was or is a very well done show,  Personally, I think Miracle on 34th street taking place in 1930s new york is the furthest thing from SDC I can imagine.
 But then again I think the winds are changing as it is.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 09, 2018, 01:21:53 PM
^lol, what about 1800's England for the dicken's show?  ::) Or the north pole Santa meet and greet? It's Christmas...

I assume they'll bring in another great Christmas production. They would be stupid not to keep a successful thing going. How many people see these shows each season? Most of them are completely filled up on the weekends. They are expensive to produce for sure, but the ROI has to be reasonable considering the kind of draw they bring to the park. WOF/SF aren't ever going to compete with SDC on these kinds of shows. All they have are the cheap karaoke shows.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Runner1960 on October 09, 2018, 02:07:49 PM
Id settle for SDC adaption of Christmas Vacation. :) 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 10, 2018, 09:32:43 PM
WOF/SF aren't ever going to compete with SDC on these kinds of shows. All they have are the cheap karaoke shows.

Cheap when compared to a Broadway budget show, but far from being karaoke.  Perhaps you actually visit those events before being so negative? Just a thought.  Both are well done.  WOF is more of entertainment and experiences.  The lights actually could rival SDC in some areas (not Midtown obviously) and SF has a great ride lineup
available. 
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 10, 2018, 10:08:24 PM
Oh I've seen them, hence my comment. Come on, we all know the shows I'm talking about. Every chain park has at least one show with a few random performers lip-syncing or karaoke-ing to some top 40 soundtrack. I've never understood why these shows are so prevalent when they rarely have much of an audience, but it seems like some parks just want to check off the box for "live performances". Sometimes even certain SDC performances fall into the vein, but at least here we always get actual singing and usually a backing band.

There are some good, or at least entertaining, shows here and there of course. Not saying they are ALL bad.

My point remains that SDC is special in their emphasis and execution of stage shows, and it would be a shame to drop the ball by not replacing Wonderful Life with another good show.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 10, 2018, 11:00:38 PM
I've never understood why these shows are so prevalent when they rarely have much of an audience,

Now I know you’ve never been because they’re standing room only at Winterfest and Holiday in the Park.  The living nativity at SF packs the Palace and that place is huge.  The “karaoke” show in the Empire is always full and the show in Miss Kitty’s is always full too.  Over at WOF, any show in the Moulin Rouge is standing room only even in the summer.  The show in Tivoli was pretty full too every time I went. 

The same thing with the Texas SF parks during HITP.
Yes, SDC shows are good, but they don’t have the monopoly on being the only parks with well attended Christmas productions
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 15, 2018, 03:02:55 PM
I hope to check out HITP soon. The only time I've seen full crowds at the shows I was referring to was when people just wanted to get some air conditioning... but I digress. My point was that SDC is special in that they have such great shows and they need to keep pushing it instead of letting it drop off when Wonderful Life leaves. If the competition is picking up, that's all the more reason.

Anyway, sounds like they are doing an actual announcement thing this year? Perhaps just getting in line with modern social media trends since everyone is hyping every announcement these days. KD hyped the announcement of a coaster REMOVAL.

I'm guessing the pumpkin festival is about to be announced.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: okiebluegrass on October 15, 2018, 05:16:29 PM
As long as the craft festival keeps going they can call the fall festival whatever they like.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sirwillow on October 16, 2018, 02:48:09 PM
Looking forward to the announcement Friday and seeing what it is.  They've managed to be pretty tight lipped about this one, but I have started to hear some rumbling this week that it might involve a lot of water next year.  Hopefully they'll make the announcement rapidly.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: chittlins on October 16, 2018, 07:24:22 PM
Looking forward to the announcement Friday and seeing what it is.  They've managed to be pretty tight lipped about this one, but I have started to hear some rumbling this week that it might involve a lot of water next year.  Hopefully they'll make the announcement rapidly.

Is WhiteWater worth the effort anymore?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: okiebluegrass on October 17, 2018, 02:10:11 PM
Water? Rapidly? Lost River?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 17, 2018, 02:23:22 PM
lol, I just realized how long it's been since I even thought about White Water. This SHOULD be a year for them to get a new attraction. It's been forever, and it's presumably an "off" year for SDC.

As for the rumors of a water ride at SDC being replaced... we'll see. I'd be surprised if they announce that this week since you don't want people to skip a year to come back when the new ride is ready. That's why they always keep mum about new coasters even when they are half-built a year in advance. Plus, I am still thinking they might go a different direction and rehabilitate something else, like FM or FiTH.

We're probably just going to get show/festival announcements, but there's some possibilities here.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 17, 2018, 05:22:51 PM
Though SDC has been known for doing back to back developments and announcements. 2005 was Powderkeg 2006 was Grand Expo and 2007 was the Barn Swing.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Tmboote on October 17, 2018, 06:46:21 PM
Based on the wording being used in these teasers and Time Traveler just opening, I expect this to be a show related announcement.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sirwillow on October 17, 2018, 08:56:22 PM
Based on the wording being used in these teasers and Time Traveler just opening, I expect this to be a show related announcement.

That was my initial thoughts.  And hoped for some needed rehabs.  I think those are still on the table- at least the show.  But over the last few days I've talked to a few people and they all seemed to lean the same way, that it's more than that.  Actually had one say they were more excited about what is coming next year than they were over Time Traveler, which is a strong indication that it's much more than a show.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 17, 2018, 09:25:55 PM
What if it's a bunch of shows: New Festival of Wonder headliner, big summer series, maybe Ricky Skaggs coming back for Bluegrass and BBQ, and then the Wonderful Life replacement. Didn't they have a rock concert this summer that was pretty well attended? Plus you have the big Christian bands for the young Christians weekend. Could be a "year of shows" just like the year of food and the year of crafts.

I'll hold out a little hope for something to be announced ride-related, but I was never really expecting much for 2019. If they add a ride, chances are it will be for young kids. I think the big rehabs will cost enough and be extensive enough that it will take till 2020 for the first one to open, even if they start working on it in 2019.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 17, 2018, 09:38:15 PM
Did I hear somewhere that RMC retracked Blazing Fury for Dollywood a few years ago? What if they did the same for FITH?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: DollarCityBoy on October 18, 2018, 12:57:11 PM
The teasers that SDC is sending out on their FB page are obvious it is in regards to shows.
...but it also got me to thinking...could it be a rebuild of Riverfront Playhouse?
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sanddunerider on October 18, 2018, 04:58:10 PM
 We know They are cancelling changing show... I find it hard to believe that will be there big announcement,  But it is a "media game"..

We know from reports that the "Fall" festval is going to be "different", because of vendors NOT being asked to return.. Will that warrant an announcement??   Hmm..  "Media Game"

Of some of you are speculating the Halloween theme event... Hmm??   maybe..   But Media?  probably.

You wont see Riverfront being rebuilt/repaired.. I look for it to disappear is a major redo of that area related to lake silver and FL..   Now? do I expect that for 2019?  NO.  But I firmly believe that day is coming.  ..

I Dont believe it is anything major as far as a ride or attraction, too quiet, no rumors and more importantly...NO boundary or elevation flags... If it was going to happen and be MAJOR.... we would be seeing flags by now.

Water related? Hmm?  Could be, If it is.. I hope it is impressive..   LOL

So, Yes. it will be interesting to find out what the big "media" announcement is..   
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sirwillow on October 18, 2018, 06:43:18 PM
Sanddune- if what I am hearing is correct (and I'm hearing it from multiple people now) then at least one of your statements you may be surprised to find is incorrect.  At least one.  :-)
now it's waiting until tomorrow to find out if what I have heard is correct or not.  lol
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 19, 2018, 09:01:03 AM
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NEW for 2019, Silver Dollar City Presents
The Year of Shows & Festivals
New Mega-Productions & Glowing Fall Nights
        (Branson, Mo. 10/19/18)    A hallmark of Branson’s famed tourism industry is live entertainment and production shows, with Silver Dollar City having proven decades-long leadership in presenting great and unique talent.  Today’s announcement of the 2019 lineup strongly builds on that tradition, with Silver Dollar City beginning a new era of even bolder entertainment with “The Year of Shows & Festivals.” The 1880s internationally-awarded theme park is planning millions of dollars in additions with new and original productions, larger-than-life shows and festival adventures.

        Topline features include a new $1 million, original mega-production show for Summer, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure; and new for Fall, a spectacular evening and nighttime experience, Pumpkin Nights with thousands of glowing pumpkins artfully brought to life throughout the streets of the City, creating the biggest Fall in the park’s nearly 6-decade history.

        Other large-scale elements include a globally-acclaimed acrobatic French-Canadian lumberjack production show; a slate of evening concerts in the Echo Hollow Amphitheater including Bluegrass Nights in Spring and then, throughout the season, legendary rock, pop and country performers; the new Kid Magic summer show; plus The Festival of Wonder with visually-stunning, globally-inspired production shows.         
 
Summer Mega-Productions
        Imagination comes to life on stage in a huge production opening with Star-Spangled Summer -- the all-new, original production, created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure. The $1 million Broadway-style musical is a magical journey of discovery with a colorful cast, flying characters, state-of-the-art sets and special effects. Also new for summer is a show featuring the world’s youngest magician and illusionist, Kid Magic, starring Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn, direct from America’s Got Talent.
 
Supercharging Fall
        The City transforms into a glowing-orange wonderland in Fall 2019 as Silver Dollar City presents Pumpkin Nights. This evening lighting event with thousands of pumpkin creations and larger-than-life icons includes giant scarecrows, cats, owls and other characters shining in the dark. A new Pumpkin Pathway leads to Pumpkin Plaza with a dance party and fall activities. The park stays open until 9 pm, with rides running too, creating a new nighttime experience for families.   

        Fall daytime debuts a pulse-raising French-Canadian production show -- an acrobatic musical about singing and dancing lumberjacks in a high-energy internationally-acclaimed stage show. Also by day, in a setting filled with colorful pumpkins, Silver Dollar City craftsmen welcome visiting artisans, with select new crafters each week. 
 
        Spring kicks off the year with The Festival of Wonder, billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience,” designed to spark curiosity by presenting several hot-ticket shows such as Phoenix Fire which is a black-light, laser and fire production, and new circus-inspired extraordinary acts for CirqUnique. 
 
        New for Bluegrass & BBQ is Bluegrass Nights, featuring nightly concerts with top bluegrass artists in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Following Southern Gospel’s 12 biggest days for Southern Gospel Picnic is a new event for September: Country Music Days presents 13 back-to-back days of iconic country music and Saturday Night Celebrity Concerts with classic country stars.
 
        The grand finale to the year is Christmas. The City transforms into one of the world’s most recognized holiday celebrations, An Old Time Christmas, with over 6.5 million lights, the dazzling Christmas In Midtown, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, original musical productions A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life, plus a towering Special Effects Christmas Tree – all for a Christmas season bigger and brighter than ever.
 
        “We are, and always will be, respectful to our roots of presenting great crafts, unique music and family-friendly shows,” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. “This coming year, we will add many colorful layers, boldly building a new era of entertainment into our traditions.  Guests are seeking new adventures and always looking for something they haven’t seen before. We promise we will deliver new experiences while embracing favorites as we support our mission statement of Creating Memories Worth Repeating,” Thomas said.
 
        Season passes for 2019 go on sale November 1. For details and additional elements:
800-831-4FUN(386), or www.silverdollarcity.com.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: History Buff on October 19, 2018, 09:05:35 AM
They had specifically said some of those things were going away.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Swoosh on October 19, 2018, 09:12:26 AM
Yeah.  They had announced that both Rudolph and Wonderful Life would be leaving but it appears that’s no longer the case - and is a smart move to keep both.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Gilligan on October 19, 2018, 09:22:02 AM
It's A Wonderful Life is back in??? Sounds better than I expected, but I will miss the cowboys. My brother-in-law was in Dollywood for Lumi-Nights and thought it was hokey.  It doesn't sound too bad to me.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: biscuitcreek on October 19, 2018, 09:37:33 AM
They had specifically said some of those things were going away.

Yes, the ads for this year say it's the last year for It's a Wonderful Life but it is mentioned in the press release.

I am looking forward to the expansion of shows and music. Since we don't ride as much anymore, the expansion of music and shows gives us a reason to continue being season pass holders.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 19, 2018, 09:49:40 AM
AWESOME. This is everything I wanted from a year dedicated to shows. If I were in charge, this is literally exactly how I would have laid it out.

The new pumpkin festival sounds like it has been well thought out and isn't just DW's Luminights plopped into SDC. I love the emphasis on daytime crafts and the new Lumberjack show with the pumpkins being a nightly thing.

The new summer broadway style show has me super excited as well. Like I was saying earlier, I want to see more of these really well produced shows at SDC. I'm excited to see how another big non-Christmas show will do.

As a Bluegrass fan, Bluegrass Nights has me excited. I hope Ricky is coming back for this. I know the Country nights will be popular as well.

AND they're keeping Wonderful Life? Cherry on top.

Honestly, I might end up at SDC 10+ times next year... not a small feat for me since I live ~4 hours away and have to get a hotel or camp.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sirwillow on October 19, 2018, 10:16:06 AM
Sounds like it's an interesting year.  I appreciate how it looks like they are doubling down not just on one or two shows but beefing up the entertainment as a whole.  That's good because is some spots it looked like it was starting to slide.
I'm curious about the big summer production.  That could be really good, or really cheesy. Hopefully it hits the good mark.  The other shows and festivals look to be fun.
Those who had a feeling about October were right on.  I noticed it said crafting days, but then no other mention of the crafters.  Wonder what's really happening with them.  But the fall evenings should be nice at least.
Overall, very nice.
What I've been hearing I didn't see mentioned at all, and that's partially why I didn't talk about it- strong rumors and nothing more.  What I've heard is that they are taking out Lost River and the BBQ rib place and completely redoing that entire area of the park, including a new rapids ride and other additions.  I've also heard it's a 2 year project, which would account for why it's not mentioned.  It also may not happening, which would also explain that.  lol  So we'll see.  :-)
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Gilligan on October 19, 2018, 10:33:56 AM
Branson Tri-Lakes mentioned the crafters - different crafters on park weekly.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 19, 2018, 10:46:03 AM
The Lost River thing is certainly a big rumor at the moment, as are some other things. We'll see what happens with that later in 2019. I presume there will be walls up in August if that pans out.

As for crafters, they probably have to get more nuanced with them due to declining quantity and quality of actual crafters. People don't necessarily want to park it at SDC for a month or more anymore. Focusing on bigger names on a weekly basis may be a good strategy. Gives them more spotlight.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Joy on October 19, 2018, 11:27:41 AM
Welp, I watched the preview video and wow, I am super excited for next year! Hopefully I'll actually get to go; haven't been to SDC since 2016. I do get to go to Dollywood on Halloween this year, so it'll be cool to see LumiNights and get a taste of what's coming to SDC next year.

Also, I wanna point out on their 2019 page that they mention an "expansion" at Grand Exposition with the "new Woodland Hike." I'm very curious to know what that means!

https://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/2019Overview
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 19, 2018, 12:24:20 PM
Heh I was right on about the Pumpkin Festival and it's presumed location. It will be a good fit for GE.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: chittlins on October 19, 2018, 12:35:44 PM
Sounds like it's an interesting year.  I appreciate how it looks like they are doubling down not just on one or two shows but beefing up the entertainment as a whole.  That's good because is some spots it looked like it was starting to slide.
I'm curious about the big summer production.  That could be really good, or really cheesy. Hopefully it hits the good mark.  The other shows and festivals look to be fun.
Those who had a feeling about October were right on.  I noticed it said crafting days, but then no other mention of the crafters.  Wonder what's really happening with them.  But the fall evenings should be nice at least.
Overall, very nice.
What I've been hearing I didn't see mentioned at all, and that's partially why I didn't talk about it- strong rumors and nothing more.  What I've heard is that they are taking out Lost River and the BBQ rib place and completely redoing that entire area of the park, including a new rapids ride and other additions.  I've also heard it's a 2 year project, which would account for why it's not mentioned.  It also may not happening, which would also explain that.  lol  So we'll see.  :-)

More shows to counteract the lack of indoor attractions when the temp falls.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: shavethewhales on October 19, 2018, 12:42:31 PM
Heh I was right on about the Pumpkin Festival and it's presumed location. It will be a good fit for GE.

lol, yeah and I was right about them doing a "year of shows", though it wasn't much of a leap from the teasers and previous year's of emphasis.  ;D

I would guess that the Woodland Hike thing at GE is going to be a small trail around the perimeter from the gate at the insect rides to the gate by the elephants. If you look on google maps you can see where it could go, though the topography is a little steep at certain points. This will probably be something like a trick or treat trail or maybe just a bunch of pumpkins in the woods.

Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: biscuitcreek on October 19, 2018, 01:21:42 PM
Here's the link to the free article in Branson Tri-Lakes News:

http://bransontrilakesnews.com/news_free/article_f8a446fe-d3aa-11e8-98a0-8b40073b97f0.html
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Runner1960 on October 19, 2018, 03:08:27 PM
Sounds like a exciting year. I was hoping that a replacement of IAWL would come about but looks like it will be the same old same old there. A very interesting choice for the summer though with a pirate themed show. I will be curious to see how they theme this out to fit in. But, A very good effort overall for the park.
Title: Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
Post by: Coaster on October 19, 2018, 08:48:46 PM
Great announcement and it looks like great additions for 2019! I'm most intrigued about the summer Broadway show and the new fall offerings. I kind of figured the pumpkin nights would be coming since that has been such a hit for DW. I will be excited to see how it pans out. I think Valley Road and Grand Expo are the perfect locations for it. One thing I hope they do is step up the BBQ for the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. I didn't make it to the park during that festival this year but it definitely sounds like it was lacking.

Very excited for 2019!