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Title: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on January 03, 2019, 09:19:27 AM
Just announced.  April 5-7 will be Young Heathens... I mean Christians Weekend next season.  I would avoid going during that time like the plague.  Still working out when Cox and Mercy Saturdays will be. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on January 03, 2019, 11:39:55 AM
Just announced.  April 5-7 will be Young Heathens... I mean Christians Weekend next season.  I would avoid going during that time like the plague.  Still working out when Cox and Mercy Saturdays will be.

Absolutely!!lll      Just say NO!!!!!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on January 05, 2019, 11:04:32 PM
Since technically it WAS in 2019....

Silver Dollar City - New Year's Celebration<LINK> (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/01/new-years-celebration-sdc.html)

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jiGm8S0yAYI/XDFzRjr6SmI/AAAAAAAAxrQ/osoNNnRh7VMn1qbwiJch-cNVs0nePtZYQCLcBGAs/s400/10.JPG)
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on January 06, 2019, 10:40:48 AM
@ Swoosh, I guess I forgot you were there on that High Volume Day! 

How did you get around with the other 400 people that were there? :o
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on January 06, 2019, 03:05:58 PM
@ Swoosh, I guess I forgot you were there on that High Volume Day! 

How did you get around with the other 400 people that were there? :o

There were about 1200 people there final count.  The shows were all populated pretty well. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on January 08, 2019, 12:31:20 PM
@ Swoosh, I guess I forgot you were there on that High Volume Day! 

How did you get around with the other 400 people that were there? :o

There were about 1200 people there final count.  The shows were all populated pretty well.

Nice..
hey!  did you get the opportunity to meet the CEO?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on January 08, 2019, 04:08:19 PM
@ Swoosh, I guess I forgot you were there on that High Volume Day! 

How did you get around with the other 400 people that were there? :o

There were about 1200 people there final count.  The shows were all populated pretty well.
Nice..
hey!  did you get the opportunity to meet the CEO?

Not formally.  He said hi to me and the group of citizens I was with at the time.  We were doing a lap through the Riverfront area when we saw him.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Coaster on January 11, 2019, 07:18:43 PM
Is it just me or are SDC's social media accounts much more active this offseason? It seems everyday they are posting something new, sometimes not even in relation to the 2019 season. The types of posts are also different. For instance, one day they asked to post a gif of how waiting until March to visit SDC makes you feel.

This is a fun change I have seen. But, I could be imagining things.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on January 11, 2019, 08:09:00 PM
They are posting more.  They added a couple of younger people to the staff and I think that has helped them.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on March 12, 2019, 12:05:40 PM
Looks like Opening Day is going to be a complete washout
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Gilligan on March 12, 2019, 01:55:16 PM
Looks like Opening Day is going to be a complete washout

Yup, cold and rainy today.  Heavier rain tomorrow and very windy Thur. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on March 12, 2019, 01:58:30 PM
 Its why I stayed home instead of going. I like SDC in the rain, but I would have to leave my doggo home. He is an indoor baby. Only likes the sunshine. He isn't spoiled or anything. :)
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: DianaGail on March 12, 2019, 02:00:41 PM
Looks like Opening Day is going to be a complete washout

Yes. With inches of rain falling. We had planned on going but now weíll try to go Sunday instead.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: milhouse on March 12, 2019, 03:44:27 PM
We are going Saturday. Not my favorite day to go- figure itíll be very busy, but itís the only day I can get away.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: JustGoHogs on March 12, 2019, 08:30:55 PM
Lovely bride and I are planning on being there with our 4 1/2-year-old Grandson who is moving with his Mommy and Daddy to Colorado at the end of the month.  Kind of a final celebration for the 3 of us for a while.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on March 12, 2019, 09:15:48 PM
We will be going tomorrow for a few hours in the afternoon.  Maybe the rain will be moved out by then.  In any case, it will be nice to walk around with few other people there.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on March 13, 2019, 10:10:16 AM
Well, so far the weather looks like it's decent, but the rain is coming.  They might get a little time in before it starts to wash everything out.
I'll be there tomorrow (Thursday), which outside of a bit of wind looks to be a pretty decent day.  I'll do what I can to get photos and a video of the day posted Thursday night or Friday morning.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: kurtbach on March 13, 2019, 12:34:13 PM
Looking forward to those pics, Sir Willow.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on March 14, 2019, 08:55:07 AM
My lovely bride and I will be there at some point tomorrow afternoon and at some point Saturday morning, times dependent upon her Doctor's apt and so forth.

Staying at the Classic tomorrow night.

Will report on both.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on March 14, 2019, 04:46:25 PM
Had a great day today.  Uploading the photos now (there's a bunch, and starting to edit the video.  All goes well, hopefully I'll have it posted up by tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on March 18, 2019, 10:58:14 AM
Visited the City Friday afternoon (call it 3 - 6) and Saturday morning (opening to noon).

First good thing--talking with and catching up with so many friends among the staff/entertainers.  It really is like a family reunion.

Second good thing--low numbers Friday afternoon, very relaxing.  Saturday morning crowd much larger and growing as we left.  We timed things just right to balance numbers and weather.

Third good thing--City looked good.  Clean, fresh.  Some places aren't open yet (we're still waiting to resupply with soap!) but the shops we went to had good stock.  Had to buy my wife a new pie plate since her last one got broken in the cabinet--great quality and price.

Fourth good thing (but one spot of trouble)--30 minute cycle on the train both times we rode.  The robbery has been change dup a bit, but it works well.  Only one damper on that show--the pistol doesn't go off reliably.  Conductor Kathy had to yell "Bang" on Friday afternoon."  I really wish the PTB wouldn't screw around with things like that.

Fifth good thing/First bad thing:  FM looks and sounds good.  But Saturday morning, when we went in, it was closed.  There was no one at the entrance to say it was closed; we--and several more--only learned when we got almost inside.  I don't know if it happened suddenly or not, but they really should have had someone at the stopping people before getting on the bridge.  Maybe just bad timing.

Sixth good thing--Food.  We ate our fill at Molly's Saturday morning and brought home cinnamon bread from Sullivan's, including the relatively new Time Traveler kind.  As they say, it don't get no better!

Seventh good thing--frequent shuttles, even when not crowded.

Eighth good thing--a $5 off $25 (or greater) purchase at the craft stores which printed out after one purchase.  It made another purchase easier!

No second bad thing--and 8:1 ratio is pretty darn good, and the one bad wasn't really all that bad.

All in all, a great first trip of the year.  Looking forward to several more!

Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on March 18, 2019, 03:21:52 PM
@ pallalin - -   Sounds like a good visit,  got to see lots of stuff it sounds like...  good start to the year.../

Sorry about the trouble at Classic, I am still trying to find another location... ::)
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on March 19, 2019, 08:50:49 AM
Sorry about the trouble at Classic, I am still trying to find another location... ::)

We sort of expected it. 

But you need not be sorry:  your groundwork has benefitted us all, and, frankly, we are all in your debt, which we too seldom acknowledge.  Thank You!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on March 19, 2019, 12:40:55 PM
Sorry about the trouble at Classic, I am still trying to find another location... ::)

We sort of expected it. 

But you need not be sorry:  your groundwork has benefitted us all, and, frankly, we are all in your debt, which we too seldom acknowledge.  Thank You!

thanks, for that,..   

I just contacted KD, she is going to try to help me with contacting another motel. 
I also sent out another email to the Econo bunch.. ::)
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on March 19, 2019, 04:21:40 PM
We were going to go see the Hughes show at tell them we were there because of her, but the Friday show was at 2, and we missed it.

Maybe next time.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: cowboy on March 22, 2019, 10:19:17 AM
Park opened at 9:30......was waiting in line for time traveler before gate drop, line stretched up to square (we were in line about ghost bridge)....got to TT building by 9:45 bottom que filled up behind us....at 10:15 they made announcement they were pausing operations to add second train.

I donít understand with as many people in park before rope drop....why they were not ready with multiple train operations from opening.

Jay

Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on March 22, 2019, 04:40:28 PM
Saw the Hughes Brothers show last night.  Didn't see KD, but then I also haven't met her before.  But they were short a few family members and others due to illness.  Lots of junk going around.  Fun show though, and lots of changes from the past.  If you haven't seen them in a couple of years, go check them out as almost the entire show and set are all new since one of the brothers moved to California.

Stopped at the park for a couple of hours this morning.  Long lines, lots of people.  Took a ride on the train, saw the Petersens play, looked in a few shops and walked around the park, and headed out after 2 1/2 hours.  Just to busy for us.  But I'll bet all the new employees get their workouts and get a lot more comfortable in their roles after this weekend.  It's going to be crazy tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: cowboy on March 22, 2019, 07:24:26 PM
Just some quick notes on our first trip of 2019 (actually since 2017 - never made it last year).

Arrived at park at 8:15 and waited outside by tram drop off points until they opened turnstiles at 8:30. Walked into the square around just after 8:30 and went to Mary's for breakfast - killed some time before rope drop (bad idea).

To keep from writing a novel I'll just use bullet points:
1. Very Crowded today (Friday, 3/22/19)
2. Because of crowd, TT not opening exactly at 9:30, us waiting in line prior to park opening, and stopping to add second train on track - we waited 1hr 45min to ride. Ride maintained a long wait all day
3. All rides were full - Line for Flooded Mine reached beyond queue and up the hill.
4. Speakers on train ride were not clear, too much static, was hard to hear. But the robbers were funny and interacted very well with the group.
5. Food lines were long - so we skipped some our normal standards
6. We will be back after April 10th - missing too many of our favorite shops
7. Fire in the Hole was down every time we checked our app
8. Flooded mine seemed to be working very well (except for my gun, but I just grabbed the gun from the middle bench). Even saw the guy in the boat with the cannon move - that's a first for me.
9. Park seemed clean, people were friendly, everything I ate was good....no real complaints except the crowd was very big and lines were very long.

Jay
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on March 22, 2019, 10:10:31 PM
Saw the Hughes Brothers show last night.  Didn't see KD, but then I also haven't met her before.  But they were short a few family members and others due to illness.  Lots of junk going around.  Fun show though, and lots of changes from the past.  If you haven't seen them in a couple of years, go check them out as almost the entire show and set are all new since one of the brothers moved to California.

Stopped at the park for a couple of hours this morning.  Long lines, lots of people.  Took a ride on the train, saw the Petersens play, looked in a few shops and walked around the park, and headed out after 2 1/2 hours.  Just to busy for us.  But I'll bet all the new employees get their workouts and get a lot more comfortable in their roles after this weekend.  It's going to be crazy tomorrow.

Being "moms" assistant I would guess the K.D. wont be around much in the evening. Pretty sure her main hours will be daytime shift..
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on March 25, 2019, 10:35:59 PM
Hereís our PTR for Spring Break Days
http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/03/spring-ride-days-sdc.html
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on March 27, 2019, 05:21:55 PM
We made a quick trip today!

I was nervous because we were directed to lot 6 at 10 am.

1. Noticed the cement at the clock right off! Yikes.
2. You could see where they patched spots in the asphalt on the square with cement.
3. The new TT area looked nice. They did a great job building that in. Went to get in line for TT for my first ride and the second we got down the flight of stairs and onto the bridge walkway they shut it down. No ride for us.
4. I really am not sure if I like the signage for the new eateries. They are nice. They are clean and well made. But they are not......original?
5. The crowd level wasnt bad considering. There were pockets of people. Nothing that I would call "crowded".
6. The line for powder keg was almost to the entrance! At 11 is. Nope. We dont have time today to wait in that line.
7. We went to get in line for FITH. People were walking out and we were told it was shut down for mechanical reasons.
8. Wildfire was a walk on. Still lots of fun some 20 years later.
9. AP was a walk on as well and a hoot! I just wish they would give this ride the attention it deserves.
10. FM was so much fun today! Did they add more targets?? It felt like it! It looked sooo nice. It was clean! I mean its not a dirty ride. But it looked like it got that attention!

We got pork rinds and a cookie at Sullivans Mill. Splurged on 6 pieces of taffy. Left by 1. Husband works tomorrow so it was not an all day event. Still a ton of fun and a really nice day. The square was pretty quiet when we left. I did not witness anyone coming in as we were leaving. HH was quiet.

Now I dont know how they determine parking, but Lot 2 & 3 were full by 1015. They began filling lot 6. When I left it was around 1/2 to 3/4 full? Lot 5 was empty.

All in all it was a quiet relaxing trip. We plan to go on the 10th for Festival of Wonder. :) Again another short trip.  Cant wait!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on March 28, 2019, 07:41:07 PM
I bet this weekend will be a good weekend to go.  Looks like it is supposed to be rainy and cold Friday and/or Saturday so I bet that keeps the crowds down.  I am thinking about going even though I have been out of town the last 2 weekends in a row and have lots to do around the house.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: kbosch1 on April 01, 2019, 01:31:46 PM
We went to the park yesterday for a few hours.  We were planning on going Friday but the weather changed our plans.  Since it was a little cooler than weíd prefer (we didnít plan for cold weather on our trip) we decided to leave our condo around 10 and got to the park around 10:15. When we arrived they were still filling parking lot at Stop 2 and werenít even half full.  It was going to be a good day!!  Jumped on a tram and was in the park in no time. 
We caught the Pickers show after entering and then attended our first ever church service in the chapel at 11.  We enjoyed the unique experience in a theme park and then decided to hit some rides.  We walked right onto FITH and we were sorely disappointed in the condition of the ride.  There was no audio recordings/music at all throughout the entire ride.  Even my wife made comments about it and she doesnít pay much attention to those things.  She was asking about saying something to customer service or someone at the park.  It really is a shame.  We then walked right onto front row on PK and had a nice (although cold) ride.  They were running 3 trains which kind of surprised me.  We went over to WF, and the line was more than halfway through the cue.  Only running one train (go figure?) so we decided to go hit OR.  Once again, we walked right onto the ride and had another great ride including cold/wind induced tears!   We walked around the construction wall to see the new updates and the new Ribhouse location.  Attempted TT, but it was about a 45 min wait so we went to Wagon Works Grill and had a burger and then decided to check out the new Engine 14 and take a train ride.  Walked into the depot and were the first ones in line.  Waited about 10 minutes for train to arrive and boarded.  Good ride and a good show.  After the train ride, we hit FM and loved it.  Loved the new lighting and all of the working components and theming.  This just made the FITH ride even more disappointing. 
Walked over to the Culinary School and sampled a few snacks and took in the view of the construction on Echo Hollow from the back porch.  Walked around the Grand Expo (now that all of the kids are out of the house, we donít make it down there all that often).  Decided to walk back up to the square and took in a taffy demonstration and sampled the fresh peanut butter taffy.  By, this time it was 3 and we decided to head out and start the 4-hour journey home.  It was a beautiful, but cool, day and the crowds were non-existent which was nice.  Our calendar looks pretty busy the rest of Spring and a May trip to Florida probably means we wonít be back until Summer. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on April 01, 2019, 04:03:25 PM
So this coming weekend is the one to avoid like the plague, correct?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on April 01, 2019, 07:34:28 PM
So this coming weekend is the one to avoid like the plague, correct?

Yep.  wont catch me with 4 hours of being there..  LOL
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on April 09, 2019, 08:44:09 AM
My wife, older son, and I plan to be there this Saturday.  We've got our room reserved at the Classic (somewhat higher rate--they appear to be all over the map), and plan a relatively lightweight day.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on April 09, 2019, 02:50:51 PM
My wife, older son, and I plan to be there this Saturday.  We've got our room reserved at the Classic (somewhat higher rate--they appear to be all over the map), and plan a relatively lightweight day.

When you check in, try to reaffirm with those guys the price is supposed to be 40.00 + tax,   you have a 50/50 chance they will understand and match the price.   But you need to let them know, or they will do as you said, charge a higher rate >:(

Have a good visit at the city..
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on April 10, 2019, 02:15:58 PM
Just got back from another quick trip to SDC. We were able to make it right after 9am. Parked in lot 2. Yall it was great weather. I did not realize it but it was Math/Science day today. A couple bus full of kids were there. Not a problem from any of them.  :) :) :) The patch of cement was asphalted over! The patches of cement gone! I was so excited!!!! Squeeeee! Watched the Xtreme Pogo show. Made me nervous but my kid (12) loved it.  IT wasnt bad, but was loud and they played the wrong music. Not the typical banjo and violin I have come to expect. Lol.

Got in line for TT before rope drop. The line was not bad. If it were not for waiting in line for rope drop it would have been maybe 20 minutes? Son and I both liked the ride. We were first timers. But its not one I would wait longer than 15/20 minutes for. It was fun, but not a favorite. My son and I both like WildFire the best.

The train was next and a walk on. I am telling yall the crowd level today was perfect! Most rides were walk on to 5 minute wait. But on the train, it was just Alphie. Kinda of a bummer. The show wasnt rushed but the lines were off. I dont think it was something a non-native would have noticed. Still fun. They did a fine job. Construction on new ride is moving right along. They have more tunnel walls up and the cement foundation floor is looking nice.

RiverBlast was next and a walk on. Like I said crowd level was perfect. Could not have asked for better. Moseyed over to FL and checked around there. Nothing exciting. Then went and walked through the Foods of Wonder. Now yall know I HATE spending money on food. Its dumb. But it was husband and I anniversary so we saved to do so. I didnt end up getting anything. The Baptist penny pincher couldnt do it. But husband and son got the Cashew Chicken Fortune Cookie Waffle Cone deal. 10.99/cone. That was about the going price for foods in the Frisco. They liked it. It wasnt 10.99 good IMO. The waffle cone was chewy. Weird to me but husband liked it so the cone didnt shatter and spill contents. I give it a 5. Husband gave it a 7.

We rode AP, moseyed over to the pork rinds. Did you know they didnt give out samples anymore? Huh. Then up to Grandfathers Mansion. At this moment hubby was done and took a seat at the rocking chair in front of ice cream shop. Son and I did the GM. The "Walk Slowly"  bridge creaked! It made noise! I had never but one other time experienced the creak. It seems they put a bit of love on GM. :) :) :) Yay.

Perused Carries Candles. They still dont make the Silver Dollar City Signature Smell candle. (Woods, Smoke, Rain, Asphalt)

Ran into the Taffy shop for the "Will Power Special" of 8 taffy for 1.29. Perused the T Shirts and found some really cute vintage ones I liked but again the Baptist Penny Pincher couldnt do it. Left by 1. Husband works tomorrow so we didnt stay long.

It was a perfect day to be there. Warm, with a good breeze. Crowd level low. Ride lines short. I will say though the one thing I was bummed about is I didnt hear piped in banjo music. When we walked by a show it was loud teenager music. Small complaint I know. Not typical of what you would expect to hear. It was not offensive music either, just me being old and set in my music ways.

Good day, fun times and warm weather. They are moving right along on construction. You could see them working but didnt hear a peep from them. How do they manage that?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on April 10, 2019, 06:38:23 PM
Sounds like a perfect day..   Been a long time since I have been there on a day with less the 12-25,000 people or more.... :)
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: mg on April 10, 2019, 08:47:59 PM
When we were there on Sunday, Fire in the Hole was very sad. Literally no audio on the entire ride except for maybe the train sound. Makes me really think that itís on its way out soon.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on April 10, 2019, 10:35:42 PM
When we were there on Sunday, Fire in the Hole was very sad. Literally no audio on the entire ride except for maybe the train sound. Makes me really think that itís on its way out soon.

I agree.  After seeing all of the progress that the amazing maintenance team at FM has made, it makes FITH look very sad.  Wish we could clone a certain FM maintenance member to help restore charm at other historic attractions around the park
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Jemmicat on April 13, 2019, 08:52:31 AM
Went yesterday, April 12. The other thread said 5100 people there but seemed like a lot more than that. The weather was a little windy but otherwise was a really nice day

I mainly went to see the shows. I saw most of them... there were issues with all of them but cirqunique really. They definitely were not in their groove yet. The Phoenix Fire show had a false start and then about a 5 minute wait before the show actually started... with dead air the whole time. Was kind of awkward. The iharp extreme show also had some initial issues. I am sure everything will be worked out but really was surprised the shows were not tighter

I saw Eric Haines (Cute but corny), Cirqunique (I did not see this last year... it was enjoyable), Iharp extreme (I think they added the "extreme" to try to generate hype... as it was just typical harp music), Albert Lucas (they put him in worst theater for a juggler... but it was fun). I had the meat lovers nachos and that was good.

It certainly seemed like there were more people. The phoenix fire show was 90% full. The Cirqunique was 99% full. Most of the other shows were also pretty full. A few busses there for schools. Fairly crowded overall. but a great day to go
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on April 13, 2019, 03:44:44 PM
We were there yesterday as well.  Just left about 3 today.  It started out seeming like it was going to be busy at 9:30 but by around 1-2 it seemed like a ghost town.  We rode TT first this morning and waited about 10-15 minutes.  Waited about 10 min for PK, everything else we rode was walk on after that.  We ate lunch in the Mine, first time in 2 years.  Food seemed better than it was last time.  We were the only people eating in there at around 1:30.  Then walked on to TT again. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: biscuitcreek on April 14, 2019, 01:25:50 PM
We went on Thursday the 11th. In the park shortly after 10 am. Stopped at the bathroom by Old Time Photos. Women's bathroom needed a deep cleaning -- several stalls had stuff swiped on the walls (puke, spilled drinks, etc.)

Had no trouble getting into the 10:30 saloon show -- really liked the new show, cast seemed into it, about 90 % full. From there we got right into FITH. Really sad that there was no audio, very strange. Then exited and went right into the Opera House for the 11:30 Cirque show. It was enjoyable and again about 90% full. From there we got some Chesters Chips (price increase from last year) and sat at the Lumbercamp dining area.

Stopped at the Riverfront bathroom -- stall walls and doors there needed cleaning, too, even more so than the other bathroom. Walked through the Grand Exposition and then went to FM. Rode it and walked back to Red Gold for the Phoenix Fire show. It was okay but I wouldn't go again if it returns next year. It was about 90 % full.

Then we walked back to the Dockside Theater for the Paint Jam, enjoyed it, about 80% full. RiverBlast was shut down due to a malfunction. Heard an announcement that they would try to get the people off the boats as soon as possible. The boats were stalled just before the return to the station.

Saw 2 school groups, one was a choir that performed near the ticket booths just before opening. Park really was not crowded. We didn't see the jugglers or the harpists (seems like the same performers just keep getting rebranded every year or 2) or the pogo stick guys. We heard the one man band briefly as we were exiting the park -- not impressed.

When I got home Friday I had a guest experience survey waiting for me in my email. In the comment section I went into detail about the bathroom cleanliness issue. However, I forgot to mention the issue with no sound on FITH.

Next visit will be during Bluegrass and BBQ.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on April 15, 2019, 10:14:50 AM
Saturday, 4/13:  Wife, elder son (21) and me.

It was said elsewhere that the attendance that day was 4400--no problem believing that.  I have never seen the City less crowded.  Weather was actually rather pleasant (if chilly) till about 2:30. 

We didn't get a chance to see the Pickers because they were inside to avoid competing with whatever was going on at the Gazebo.  I suspect the weather also influenced that decision.  This was our one disappointment.

The main objective of the mission was to see the harp show:  my wife and I are very much attached to Dearbhail Finnegan and her husband, Robin Slater.  The show was great.  It was interesting to see 6 harpists interacting on the music--and it was a delight to hear that they had collaborated on original arrangements for several of the pieces.

It was a joy to see some other old friends, too.  Perhaps the biggest attraction for me these days is getting to talk to and catch up with so many of the great citizens there.  I find them much more interesting than any number of coasters.

The Food of Wonder was uneven in quality, but I think the cold had something to do with that problem.  I just couldn't eat the pulled pork nachos before they got cold, so I can't really blame that on the park.  Portions were good, to be sure.  The grilled cheese was really very good.

We got down to the riverfront area this time, and I was amused by the thought that the Lost River really IS lost, now ;-)

WE were very happy to finally be able to restock our lye soap.  My wife bought a belt 9becasue she had forgotten hers).  She had it personalized, and we were pleased that the citizen at the register let her wear it till (we had paid, of course) until the artist was there to do the work.  Being able to come back late without hassles made the day more pleasant for my wife.

Got to ride behind #14 for the first time.  They may have to enlarge the squarehouse ;-)

We left as the rain started setting in (part of the original plan, not a response to the rain), so it hardly put a damper on us.

All things considered, we were quite happy, made more memories worth repeating, and came home tired but satisfied.


Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on April 20, 2019, 03:05:17 PM
SDC - FESTIVAL OF WONDER (https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/04/festival-of-wonder-sdc.html)
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Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Clint F on April 20, 2019, 03:27:29 PM
Today was our first visit to the park this season!  I knew it was going to be a packed house as soon as we pulled onto Indian Pointe Rd off 76 (we always go through Lakeview (Branson West).  I had been looking forward to going ever since we got our season passes in December!

Once parked, we were going to ride the tram from stop 2, but there were two busses at that stop (one loading, one waiting to load), and I didn't want to ride a bus, so we walked up to the entrance.  I have two strong arms, and two strong legs, so I can walk. 

We made it into the park before the chain drop, so we went into the candy shop to wait for everything to open.

I rode the FiTH first because I saw a report on here from someone who said none of the sound effects were working in the ride.  I can confirm that they still are not.  No gun firing, no ricochet, no Red Flanders, no train whistle, no "Fiiiiire In The Hooooooole!" before the last drop.  I was really disappointed that they have made no attempt to fix that classic SDC ride.

We rode through the Flooded Mine and I didn't even touch my gun because I just wanted to look at everything and see all they work they DID do inside THAT ride!  Everything looked good, but some things were not working properly.  The saw blade did move back and forth, but it was not spinning.  The guy with the jackhammer was not shaking like usual, the guy who was supposed to be turning the pump crank didn't even have his hand attached to the crank, and in fact, the crank handle was in his hand hanging down towards the water. 

The huge marble ball that floats on the water as you enter The Grand Exposition (in front of Red Gold) was not working.

But, despite those things, we had a great time!  The smells of SDC were all there, I got some great photos of #14, and the food was all excellent!  We had luncheon in Crossroads Pizza, and the large pepperoni was tasty, though piping hot! 

I walked through the park with a smile the whole time!  Can't wait to go back!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sdcfan88 on April 25, 2019, 06:04:57 PM
Thought I would share my recent trip with updated ride thru videos of The Flooded Mine and the Train ride featuring the new Engine #14  :)

FLOODED MINE:
https://youtu.be/b4h3VUe5OHI

TRAIN RIDE:
https://youtu.be/T6jJkiHqn-0

Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on April 26, 2019, 07:24:55 AM
Nice report Clint, 

and good videos sdcfan..
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Pintrader on April 28, 2019, 11:24:29 AM
 It was pretty busy yesterday, but the one thing that almost everyone was suffering from was allergies.  Everywhere you went someone was coughing, sneezing or complaining.  It was windy and you could just see stuff falling from the trees constantly.  We were in the Ozark Marketplace around noon and the clerk said they had sold out of all allergy medication about 5 minutes before.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on April 28, 2019, 12:25:23 PM
It was pretty busy yesterday, but the one thing that almost everyone was suffering from was allergies.  Everywhere you went someone was coughing, sneezing or complaining.  It was windy and you could just see stuff falling from the trees constantly.  We were in the Ozark Marketplace around noon and the clerk said they had sold out of all allergy medication about 5 minutes before.

Hope you had a good visit..... 

as far as allergies, I was born with Asthma, have bad Bronchial Tubes and Hay Fever!!1   LOL.  I started popping double dose of pills about 3 weeks ago..  Its real BAD this year..... :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Pintrader on April 28, 2019, 01:25:43 PM
It was pretty busy yesterday, but the one thing that almost everyone was suffering from was allergies.  Everywhere you went someone was coughing, sneezing or complaining.  It was windy and you could just see stuff falling from the trees constantly.  We were in the Ozark Marketplace around noon and the clerk said they had sold out of all allergy medication about 5 minutes before.

Hope you had a good visit..... 

as far as allergies, I was born with Asthma, have bad Bronchial Tubes and Hay Fever!!1   LOL.  I started popping double dose of pills about 3 weeks ago..  Its real BAD this year..... :-\

Yes it is bad this year and yesterday at SDC was the worst I had ever seen.  I have a little problem with allergies this time of year so I had took a Claritin that morning (which usually takes care of it) but it did no good yesterday.  Good thing you were not there sanddunerider you probably would have been suffering.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on April 29, 2019, 03:47:38 PM
Hope to have a new report in a week:  we have a visit planned for BG&BBQ for this Saturday.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: DianaGail on April 29, 2019, 07:57:27 PM
Hope to have a new report in a week:  we have a visit planned for BG&BBQ for this Saturday.

You are braver than most of us!  Itís mercy day Saturday.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on April 30, 2019, 09:15:31 AM
Ha!

Bravery is not at issue:  it's the only day we can get to the festival.  Pesky jobs, family activities, and other sundry commitments always get in the way.

But thanks for the warning.  We'll get there early (and probably leave early, too).
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on April 30, 2019, 09:37:34 AM
I looked at the weather for that day. Its going to be super nice. I was hoping for yalls sake it would have been rainy not rainy. You know when they call for rain and it scares everyone off but it doesnt end up raining.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on April 30, 2019, 05:20:27 PM
I looked at the weather for that day. Its going to be super nice. I was hoping for yalls sake it would have been rainy not rainy. You know when they call for rain and it scares everyone off but it doesnt end up raining.

Depends on which forecast you're looking at.  The ones I was seeing this afternoon are now extending the off and on rain all the way through the weekend.

It'll be interesting to hear if there's any damage from the strong storms that have rolled over the park today.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on April 30, 2019, 05:54:40 PM
So this Saturday is Mercy day?  I was thinking about going up but I guess not.  What about Sunday?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on May 06, 2019, 08:46:53 AM
We dodged any rain Saturday; by the end of our day, the sun was out strong.

The crowds were still pretty thin throughout the morning, which made for a very pleasant time.  We got there early and were glad because the opening, normally at 9:20 was at 8:20, so we didn't miss it.  We got a very nice show from the Pickers at the Gazebo soon after.

We met the new tenor at the Sons, and their show was also very good. 

I forgot to note that we saw the new Saloon show last month--we didn't like it as much.  It wasn't bad, and I think they are still working it out.

Anyway, we got to do almost everything we wanted to and still leave before 4.  Both the wife and I were celebrating our birthdays, and the numerous greetings were very pleasant.  As the crowds grew, they tightened up the train ride, but that's normal.

As for the crowds, as I said on another thread, the choir kids were pretty well behaved, but the Mercy adults were too often obnoxious, even before the numbers ballooned after 11.  It wasn't the numbers that made their presence all that difficult:  it was the attitude.  I guess they think they own the place because they sure acted like it.

I know Mercy can't police their people away from the office, but they are getting a black eye from the behavior.  Had I a choice, I'd not go to Mercy just because of the way those folks behaved.  Surely that cannot be a situation the Powers That Be at Mercy would be happy about.


Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on May 06, 2019, 03:15:22 PM
We dodged any rain Saturday; by the end of our day, the sun was out strong.

The crowds were still pretty thin throughout the morning, which made for a very pleasant time.  We got there early and were glad because the opening, normally at 9:20 was at 8:20, so we didn't miss it.  We got a very nice show from the Pickers at the Gazebo soon after.

We met the new tenor at the Sons, and their show was also very good. 

I forgot to note that we saw the new Saloon show last month--we didn't like it as much.  It wasn't bad, and I think they are still working it out.

Anyway, we got to do almost everything we wanted to and still leave before 4.  Both the wife and I were celebrating our birthdays, and the numerous greetings were very pleasant.  As the crowds grew, they tightened up the train ride, but that's normal.

As for the crowds, as I said on another thread, the choir kids were pretty well behaved, but the Mercy adults were too often obnoxious, even before the numbers ballooned after 11.  It wasn't the numbers that made their presence all that difficult:  it was the attitude.  I guess they think they own the place because they sure acted like it.

I know Mercy can't police their people away from the office, but they are getting a black eye from the behavior.  Had I a choice, I'd not go to Mercy just because of the way those folks behaved.  Surely that cannot be a situation the Powers That Be at Mercy would be happy about.

SOunds like a nice visit both at SDC and Ozark Valley,  thats great..

I wonder the the Mercy aduls are more spouse or friends, rather than actual employees..??  acting that way os just wrong..
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on May 06, 2019, 06:25:31 PM
So what was their attitude?  Were they just rude or what?  Just curious.  Was it worse than a typical YCW?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on May 07, 2019, 08:48:26 AM
What we saw was cutting in line and/or saving spots for large groups, groups blocking pathways and not moving to let traffic flow, and other groups pushing into already crowded areas.  I am not saying, of course, that other folks don't so these things.  It's just that every example we saw that day was Mercy.  Also, it is true that it's not just the employees but their families/guests.  But the image remains.

I should pint out that I know a several Mercy employees, and all are great people (none was there Saturday).

We did not see any real examples of bad behavior among the choir kids.  Once, there was a moving group taking up a lot of room in a walkway, but there was no actual impediment to traffic.  I know as well as anyone that choir groups can behave poorly (I could tell ya stories!), but we just didn't see any examples of it Saturday.

YMMV.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: KBCraig on May 07, 2019, 06:43:40 PM
The problem with "XYZ Day" at any venue, is that it gets filled with people who think it's all for them and theirs. They've probably never been there before, but they think that just being a member or affiliated with XYZ means they have special privileges.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on May 12, 2019, 11:43:54 AM
Iím happy to report almost all of the sound effects are back working on FITH
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: MCLFLN on May 12, 2019, 02:37:41 PM
Iím happy to report almost all of the sound effects are back working on FITH

That's great news! Do you know what was wrong?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on May 12, 2019, 05:42:36 PM
Iím happy to report almost all of the sound effects are back working on FITH

That's great news! Do you know what was wrong?

Gremlins.  Just like at FM, sometimes they just start working without anything being done.  Over at FM, the ďHurry Up FredĒ is back. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on May 12, 2019, 09:40:37 PM
We were there today but by the time we got to the FITH the line was too long.  We ended up NOT riding FITH, PK, TGS, and WF, and OR because the lines were too long.  Actually, we got in TT within about 5 minutes after we arrived at around 11am and then did FM and went down to the GE area taking our time.  Sat on the back porch at the cooking school looking at the new stage where my 10 year old commented he did not like the new stage, it was just plain and generic.  Nothing special like the old one.  Then had lunch at Red/Gold and after that lines started getting too long for rides.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Citydweller84 on May 14, 2019, 11:24:56 AM
At the park today. Arrived maybe twenty minutes ago. As we pulled up to the tram unloading area there was a Mercy ambulance there with itís lights on. We were told to to stay on the tram but several people got off so they released the rest of us. As we walked towards the entrance it appeared as if EMTs were performing chest compressions and CPR on a guest. No idea what happened but hopefully theyíre ok.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on May 14, 2019, 07:48:05 PM
So other than that, how busy was it today?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Citydweller84 on May 14, 2019, 08:58:12 PM
So other than that, how busy was it today?

Pretty good, even with all the school groups that were there today. My brother and I waited longer for our calzones at Crossroads than we did for any ride. Longest wait we had was on PK, and that was because a kid pulled out his phone as they were pulling out of the station which caused them to immediately shut it down. Since we were next in line we decided to wait it out and were on it about 15 minutes. On FitH we were given handwritten passes to skip the line on any ride in the park because we allowed a group with a handicapped passenger to go ahead of us. Never seen that before anywhere. Most of the effects on FitH seemed to be in working order as well. Everything was working on FM, except my gun weirdly reset in the middle of the ride but no one else's did. Overall it was a really good visit today with just a couple of unusual incidents.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: mhguy77 on May 15, 2019, 07:56:11 AM
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On FitH we were given handwritten passes to skip the line on any ride in the park because we allowed a group with a handicapped passenger to go ahead of us. Never seen that before anywhere.

I like this idea, keeps good cheer and reminds people to do the right thing.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Gilligan on May 15, 2019, 04:13:52 PM
I asked one of the workers that I often talk with what was going on with Echo Hollow.  The story is that Sherry Herschend was in the green room last season and was appalled at the condition and size of it.  She wanted it brought up to speed so they can attract big name bands.  Thus, the new Echol Hollow!  Will it remain as is, very plain and unassuming?  I was told that yes, it would remain as is.  New equipment and staging was purchased to improve sound and performance.  I hoped they would bring back the old look, but it appears that it's not going to happen.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Citydweller84 on May 15, 2019, 07:08:14 PM
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On FitH we were given handwritten passes to skip the line on any ride in the park because we allowed a group with a handicapped passenger to go ahead of us. Never seen that before anywhere.

I like this idea, keeps good cheer and reminds people to do the right thing.

I agree, I like the idea of this. Didn't end up using them because at that point in the day almost everything was a walk on, but its nice to do the right thing.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on May 15, 2019, 07:30:51 PM
I asked one of the workers that I often talk with what was going on with Echo Hollow.  The story is that Sherry Herschend was in the green room last season and was appalled at the condition and size of it.  She wanted it brought up to speed so they can attract big name bands.  Thus, the new Echol Hollow!  Will it remain as is, very plain and unassuming?  I was told that yes, it would remain as is.  New equipment and staging was purchased to improve sound and performance.  I hoped they would bring back the old look, but it appears that it's not going to happen.

I dont think you will see the "hillbilly" look come back to Echo Hollow, 
If they are indeed trying to get in some big names. 
It will need to be more modern look, or in this case...... A very neutral look,
Just needs to be updated in size and "mechanics"..  as it is now.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: mhguy77 on May 16, 2019, 06:33:21 AM
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I dont think you will see the "hillbilly" look come back to Echo Hollow, 
If they are indeed trying to get in some big names. 
It will need to be more modern look, or in this case...... A very neutral look,
Just needs to be updated in size and "mechanics"..  as it is now.

I cant make an honest excuse for it.  Hillbilly was not the only way they could have gone with a theme.  I believe this was a big mistake.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on May 16, 2019, 08:42:54 AM
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I dont think you will see the "hillbilly" look come back to Echo Hollow, 
If they are indeed trying to get in some big names. 
It will need to be more modern look, or in this case...... A very neutral look,
Just needs to be updated in size and "mechanics"..  as it is now.

I cant make an honest excuse for it.  Hillbilly was not the only way they could have gone with a theme.  I believe this was a big mistake.

My thought is IF they do get "big" names interested, they probably are not going to want to play at a venue that is heavily themed, let alone a HillBilly theme..
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on May 16, 2019, 09:14:51 AM
I suppose "names" are important in the current business model, but I prefer it when they don't use "names."  "Names" may bring in gate, but they also bring in elements who wouldn't normally come, and the result is often not what Miss Mary would have wanted.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Gilligan on May 16, 2019, 12:50:04 PM
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I dont think you will see the "hillbilly" look come back to Echo Hollow, 
If they are indeed trying to get in some big names. 
It will need to be more modern look, or in this case...... A very neutral look,
Just needs to be updated in size and "mechanics"..  as it is now.

I cant make an honest excuse for it.  Hillbilly was not the only way they could have gone with a theme.  I believe this was a big mistake.

Yeah, I agree. A few others sitting nearby, including a couple of kids, were commenting that they thought maybe it wasn't finished and are hoping they would bring back the theming.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Runner1960 on May 16, 2019, 03:36:55 PM
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I dont think you will see the "hillbilly" look come back to Echo Hollow, 
If they are indeed trying to get in some big names. 
It will need to be more modern look, or in this case...... A very neutral look,
Just needs to be updated in size and "mechanics"..  as it is now.

I cant make an honest excuse for it.  Hillbilly was not the only way they could have gone with a theme.  I believe this was a big mistake.

My thought is IF they do get "big" names interested, they probably are not going to want to play at a venue that is heavily themed, let alone a HillBilly theme..

Hopefully it will draw a better lineup than they have done in recent years. This year is a couple tribute bands and one hit wonders. The new cleaner design would also allow for more bands with bigger production shows. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on May 16, 2019, 03:59:06 PM
I will be there June 3 for season pass appreciation days. Will have one BAF up for grabs if someone will be going and need one.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sdcfan88 on May 16, 2019, 06:03:45 PM
Oh yeah I dunno if this adds to the rumor and speculation that FITH is going away (or at least in its current form) but on my way out yesterday I noticed in the hospitality house a whole display dedicated to FITH merchandise placed on clearance. Considering what has been discussed on here, it does seem a bit alarming.

I purchased two shot glasses nonetheless.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sdcfan88 on May 16, 2019, 06:39:36 PM
And also here are a few snapshots and a video of Time Traveler in operation along with the revamped Echo Hollow area. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzdsLj7oCtU

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Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on May 16, 2019, 09:29:39 PM
Great p[ics,  thanks..!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Gilligan on May 18, 2019, 10:03:19 AM
Oh yeah I dunno if this adds to the rumor and speculation that FITH is going away (or at least in its current form) but on my way out yesterday I noticed in the hospitality house a whole display dedicated to FITH merchandise placed on clearance. Considering what has been discussed on here, it does seem a bit alarming.

I purchased two shot glasses nonetheless.

I looked for this yesterday, but didn't see it.  However, there was a clearance rack in the Marketplace that had the shot glasses for 88 cents.  Score!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on May 19, 2019, 11:56:37 AM
Here's our trip report from Bluegrass and BBQ
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/05/bluegrass-bbq-sdc.html

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Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sdcfan88 on May 31, 2019, 04:08:38 PM
Two things I also wanted to note from my trip yesterday, (see the 2020 thread for the bulk of it)

It was pretty awesome to see Flooded Mine backed up all the way out to the train depot on a week day. Haven't seen that in a long time.

Found yet more FITH stuff on clearance. These little basketballs were on sale for less than $3, another omen?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on May 31, 2019, 06:46:14 PM

Found yet more FITH stuff on clearance. These little basketballs were on sale for less than $3, another omen?

Only an omen of merch they had left over from the last year or two and want to clear out to make room for more new merch.

If it was an omen of anything, then the train closed years ago when I bought my clearance "I Survived the Great Train Robbery" merch back in 2012.  :-)
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on May 31, 2019, 08:22:32 PM
Bare minimum FITH has one more season after this one. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on June 03, 2019, 05:13:59 PM
We went today and it was wonderful! Great weather and not a huge crowd, but people there. The rides my son and I rode were mostly walk on or maybe a 10 minute wait if that.

The train robbery had an updated show. It was nice to hear some new jokes!

A couple things I noticed......new to me......outside the time traveler eatery.....on the rock wall island they installed tables in the rock wall so you could eat and have mini tables. In the planter part was what appeared to be tree trunks that had USB ports in there. They called them Ozark Electric Trees. So yall can now eat and charge your cellular devices at the same time. Each tree had 5-6 ports. Pretty neat.

Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Joy on June 03, 2019, 10:10:49 PM
OH nice! Someone in a vlog recently was showing how Dollywood has those little mini-tables & benches and I was hoping maybe we could get some like that at SDC. Glad to know SDC is getting them!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sdcfan88 on June 03, 2019, 10:18:33 PM
Curious what was new about the robbery show? Any specifics with the jokes and such? I was there last week but didn't notice anything new. Could it be possible they simply brought back old lines that hadn't been used in recent years?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: MCLFLN on June 04, 2019, 05:30:58 AM
I have been there when they did that


Curious what was new about the robbery show? Any specifics with the jokes and such? I was there last week but didn't notice anything new. Could it be possible they simply brought back old lines that hadn't been used in recent years?
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Obviousdramatic on June 04, 2019, 06:42:51 AM
Its possible that they were old jokes just brought back. One that comes to mind is insteado f the "hey hey hey" joke it was a little dance. They did the stick up joke. It was just a varied show that I had not seen. I was used to the same jokes in the same order and this was not it. The "this close to an idiot" was not used either. They also used a prop I couldnt decipher along with a joke I couldnt hear because the speaker quality isnt the greatest. It was at the end after the conductor was back on the train. Alphie found something of Ralphies???

I was so excited to see the tiny tables! Like I stopped in the middle of the road and everything. Its a good thing we were there for ERT and no one was behind us! Mom didnt get it till I sat down.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: History Buff on June 04, 2019, 01:12:05 PM
Yeah, the tables are a neat addition, as well as the charging stations, but they were there last year.  I wonder if the charging stations are really used that much.

One near the line area for the Opera House was being used at Christmastime - as a seat for an older gentleman.  Some benches in that area would be nifty.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on June 04, 2019, 02:39:17 PM
Yeah, the tables are a neat addition, as well as the charging stations, but they were there last year.  I wonder if the charging stations are really used that much.

One near the line area for the Opera House was being used at Christmastime - as a seat for an older gentleman.  Some benches in that area would be nifty.

Iíd be all for them redoing that area to fit in more queue area (thatís not so wide) so they can fit more people in there and off of Hill Street.  Iím curious why it hasnít been done already
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on June 08, 2019, 09:28:45 PM
We went today, showed up before opening and were the first people on PK.  Rode it a couple times, both walk on.  Then rode FITH a couple of times.  They have all the sounds effects working again but I believe the train sound is actually a new recording and the "FIRE IN THE HOLE" at the end is for sure a different person voicing it that what it was.  We then walked on WF, TGS, OR.  We then headed for the train but the line was half way back toward the TT area.  Rode FM instead.  Afterward we watched the kid magic show.  It was OK but some of their tricks were pretty obvious.  I won't give anything away though.  After the show it was starting to get busy so we decided to eat lunch at the buffet at Heritage Hall.  It really was not all that great.  After that we walked around the park a little bit, PK was not a 75 minute wait, the line for the train was insane, and the line was way out the door and out the front gate of FM.  We left a little before 2pm.  We thought about going back later to hit the EH concert tonight but decided not to.  Headed to try out this Pizza Ranch, played some mini golf, and now sitting at the Ozark Valley Inn.  Will probably head back at opening tomorrow to hit TT and maybe the train, then head home.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on June 08, 2019, 09:47:46 PM
We were out there as well today.  Busy, but not unmanageable.  We were also focusing on the shows, not the  rides at all.

Saw the very first showing of Rueben's Swashbuckling Adventure, appeared briefly in the livestream (Hi Terry!), and enjoyed the show.  My wife doesn't generally like musicals, so she was "ehhh" but I really enjoyed it.  You can tell it's brand new- a couple of the actors are still trying to get comfortable in their roles, but overall I thought it was a good show with some great music, and some very funny bits in it as well.  Most of us will recognize one of the main actors, who now has an ironic bit in common with his wife.  But I'll leave that there as a fun surprise for others to figure out. 

We really enjoyed the juggler comedian Greg Bennick.  Sons of Silver Dollar put on a great show as well (only caught a few minutes of it)  the "Dance Explosion" is the cloggers with a different show- more modern dance less clogging.  I dunno, I like the clogging better.  It was ok, but not something I'd likely stop to see again.

Bart and Brooklyn Rockett were pretty decent- better than a lot of adult magicians I've seen.  But they are still kids, and had a couple of blown moments.  I think the biggest issue is that for our show at least the crowd while pretty large was stone dead and cold, and the kids just don't have the ability to work with a hard crowd.  That's not any fault of theirs, that's age as much as anything.  (and maybe not helped by being overhyped by the preshow videos, which should be cut down to about 1/3rd of what they are).  The one thing my wife and I kept thinking though is if that was our kids up there, we would have had a hard time not yelling at the crowd to lighten up and cheer them on just for being kids doing their best.  And even though there were a couple of slips, they were better than half of the magicians I've seen doing shows in Branson.

had a late lunch/ early dinner at wagon works, which still has the best burgers and fries in the park.

We closed out with the Pickers, who finally got a chance to make it down to the Picking Shed after so much rain the last few weeks.  Then headed home.  Overall really enjoyed our day at the park.

I'll have a video preview and vlog posting up hopefully on Tuesday showing everything we saw.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: History Buff on June 08, 2019, 11:24:26 PM
I get the irony after seeing the still shots on the Burton video in the other thread.  Those Wallaces!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on June 09, 2019, 07:31:10 PM
Yea, they are kids and I thought they did a good job.  The amount of videos during the show with clips from all of their appearances on tv shows etc could have been cut way way down.  It felt more like it was just one big promo for them trying to boost their brand, so to speak. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on June 09, 2019, 07:37:39 PM
We were back at the city this morning.  We were there at opening and headed for TT first since we did not ride it yesterday.  It was about a 20 minute wait by that point.  We then headed toward the train but was not going to wait in that line.  Then we went to PK and it was walk on, rode the front row.  Walked on to WF, then headed to FITH and walked on twice.  Walked right on to TGS.  After that stopped by the RB and let the kid shoot water at passing boats for a while.  We heard the train coming so headed up there.  Station was full and we were toward the back, but when the gates opened we got right on the front row of car 3.  The show only had 1 robber and was a little different but had most of the same jokes as always.  I did not really see anything different.  After the train we left right around noon.  Headed into town and was going to eat at Billy Bobs because the kid wanted to, but the place was full and there were about 25 people standing around waiting to get seated.  I really do not see the big attraction with that place.  It seems overpriced, cash only, no free refills on drinks etc. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on June 10, 2019, 08:00:52 AM
We were back at the city this morning.  We were there at opening and headed for TT first since we did not ride it yesterday.  It was about a 20 minute wait by that point.  We then headed toward the train but was not going to wait in that line.  Then we went to PK and it was walk on, rode the front row.  Walked on to WF, then headed to FITH and walked on twice.  Walked right on to TGS.  After that stopped by the RB and let the kid shoot water at passing boats for a while.  We heard the train coming so headed up there.  Station was full and we were toward the back, but when the gates opened we got right on the front row of car 3.  The show only had 1 robber and was a little different but had most of the same jokes as always.  I did not really see anything different.  After the train we left right around noon.  Headed into town and was going to eat at Billy Bobs because the kid wanted to, but the place was full and there were about 25 people standing around waiting to get seated.  I really do not see the big attraction with that place.  It seems overpriced, cash only, no free refills on drinks etc.


Sounds like a good visit overall....
 
I also dont get the Billy Bob's attraction..?  I know people swear by the place, best burgers in town, and obviously they have a great following, i just go else where.

The one big thing I do for food in Branson, is I ALWAYS eat a locally owned businesses.   I am a firm believer in support the local/mom and pop places if at all possible.  Usually better food, good portions and less money..
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Runner1960 on June 10, 2019, 03:09:02 PM
We were back at the city this morning.  We were there at opening and headed for TT first since we did not ride it yesterday.  It was about a 20 minute wait by that point.  We then headed toward the train but was not going to wait in that line.  Then we went to PK and it was walk on, rode the front row.  Walked on to WF, then headed to FITH and walked on twice.  Walked right on to TGS.  After that stopped by the RB and let the kid shoot water at passing boats for a while.  We heard the train coming so headed up there.  Station was full and we were toward the back, but when the gates opened we got right on the front row of car 3.  The show only had 1 robber and was a little different but had most of the same jokes as always.  I did not really see anything different.  After the train we left right around noon.  Headed into town and was going to eat at Billy Bobs because the kid wanted to, but the place was full and there were about 25 people standing around waiting to get seated.  I really do not see the big attraction with that place.  It seems overpriced, cash only, no free refills on drinks etc.


Sounds like a good visit overall....
 
I also dont get the Billy Bob's attraction..?  I know people swear by the place, best burgers in town, and obviously they have a great following, i just go else where.

The one big thing I do for food in Branson, is I ALWAYS eat a locally owned businesses.   I am a firm believer in support the local/mom and pop places if at all possible.  Usually better food, good portions and less money..

SAme for me. I cannot tell you the last time I was in a franchise type restaurant. Locals tend to be fresh made with better ingredients. Maybe a thread on local non buffet places is in order.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: MCLFLN on June 10, 2019, 05:37:21 PM
I'd support this


Quote from: Runner1960 link=topic=3968.msg78493#msg78493
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We were back at the city this morning.  We were there at opening and headed for TT first since we did not ride it yesterday.  It was about a 20 minute wait by that point.  We then headed toward the train but was not going to wait in that line.  Then we went to PK and it was walk on, rode the front row.  Walked on to WF, then headed to FITH and walked on twice.  Walked right on to TGS.  After that stopped by the RB and let the kid shoot water at passing boats for a while.  We heard the train coming so headed up there.  Station was full and we were toward the back, but when the gates opened we got right on the front row of car 3.  The show only had 1 robber and was a little different but had most of the same jokes as always.  I did not really see anything different.  After the train we left right around noon.  Headed into town and was going to eat at Billy Bobs because the kid wanted to, but the place was full and there were about 25 people standing around waiting to get seated.  I really do not see the big attraction with that place.  It seems overpriced, cash only, no free refills on drinks etc.


Sounds like a good visit overall....
 
I also dont get the Billy Bob's attraction..?  I know people swear by the place, best burgers in town, and obviously they have a great following, i just go else where.

The one big thing I do for food in Branson, is I ALWAYS eat a locally owned businesses.   I am a firm believer in support the local/mom and pop places if at all possible.  Usually better food, good portions and less money..

SAme for me. I cannot tell you the last time I was in a franchise type restaurant. Locals tend to be fresh made with better ingredients. Maybe a thread on local non buffet places is in order.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on June 11, 2019, 03:13:45 PM
Sorry to interrupt this off-topic discussion on restaurants, but I thought people might like to see some coverage of the festival that is going on right now.

Star-Spangled Summer
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/06/star-spangled-summer-sdc.html

Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/06/reubens-swashbuckling-adventure-sdc.html
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on June 11, 2019, 04:29:26 PM
My look at opening day of Star Spangled Summer and a preview of all that's there is posted up for you.

https://youtu.be/Xl6w-88Ooa4
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Okiebenz on June 11, 2019, 08:36:56 PM
My take on the kid magic deal is they are from Hollywood and their folks have connections.  They have packaged the kids up into this show and are heavily promoting it.  If you got the connections might as well use them.  I had never heard of them until they came to SDC.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: biscuitcreek on June 11, 2019, 09:21:16 PM
My take on the kid magic deal is they are from Hollywood and their folks have connections.  They have packaged the kids up into this show and are heavily promoting it.  If you got the connections might as well use them.  I had never heard of them until they came to SDC.

The kids' father Bart Rockett used to have a magic show in Eureka Springs and then Branson and then went on to other places. The kids were on America's Got Talent.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on June 11, 2019, 09:49:18 PM
Star-Spangled Summer
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/06/star-spangled-summer-sdc.html

Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2019/06/reubens-swashbuckling-adventure-sdc.html

New page.  Didnít want these to get lost.  Just in case people are interested
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: palallin on June 12, 2019, 08:52:17 AM
I guess I have to be "that guy":  we didn't like the magic show nearly as much as most here.  Far too loud, far too much hype, and far too contrived.  I came away with a massive headache from the music and the numerous video clips.  Fully half the time of the show was watching commercials for the show--sorry, had I paid for this show on the strip, I would have asked for my money back.

The stage illusions were pretty good, and they were usually well executed.  It seems likely, however, that the kids are following a script written by someone else (parents?). 

I have no problem with the boy asking folks for bills, but it is bald effrontery to ask for credit cards, driver licenses, and socks.  Socks?  Really?  I would have gladly handed over a 20, but no one is getting my ID, my credit cards, or my underwear.  There is far too much potential for theft.  And do you really, really want these kids to handle clothing that could carry fungus?  I am no germophobe, but come on!  I don't go around asking strangers if I can fondle their worn clothing, either, much less take it away from them so they have to hobble across the auditorium shoeless to get it back (and incidentally be enticed to buy the show's merchandise).

No,  this one is a clear miss for my wife and me. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sirwillow on June 12, 2019, 01:55:02 PM
I guess I have to be "that guy":  we didn't like the magic show nearly as much as most here.  Far too loud, far too much hype, and far too contrived.  I came away with a massive headache from the music and the numerous video clips.  Fully half the time of the show was watching commercials for the show

I'm actually agreed with you on the commercials and the PR/ "hype" clips, especially at the beginning of the show.  Way to much, and I think it sets up overly high expectations, which makes it harder for the kids.  So much so that people forget that they are still kids.  It's an 11 and 9 year old, but the clips make you forget that, and I think it makes the crowd harder for them to work with.

It's also why I think having an MC or someone to work the crowd would be better, especially when they are between tricks and setting up for the next one.  At that age, they just aren't going to have the stage presence or crowd working skills that they will when they are older.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Gilligan on June 14, 2019, 09:44:32 PM
We were back at the city this morning.  We were there at opening and headed for TT first since we did not ride it yesterday.  It was about a 20 minute wait by that point.  We then headed toward the train but was not going to wait in that line.  Then we went to PK and it was walk on, rode the front row.  Walked on to WF, then headed to FITH and walked on twice.  Walked right on to TGS.  After that stopped by the RB and let the kid shoot water at passing boats for a while.  We heard the train coming so headed up there.  Station was full and we were toward the back, but when the gates opened we got right on the front row of car 3.  The show only had 1 robber and was a little different but had most of the same jokes as always.  I did not really see anything different.  After the train we left right around noon.  Headed into town and was going to eat at Billy Bobs because the kid wanted to, but the place was full and there were about 25 people standing around waiting to get seated.  I really do not see the big attraction with that place.  It seems overpriced, cash only, no free refills on drinks etc.


Sounds like a good visit overall....
 
I also dont get the Billy Bob's attraction..?  I know people swear by the place, best burgers in town, and obviously they have a great following, i just go else where.

The one big thing I do for food in Branson, is I ALWAYS eat a locally owned businesses.   I am a firm believer in support the local/mom and pop places if at all possible.  Usually better food, good portions and less money..

I don't get it either, Sand.  I tried twice - first time took an hr. to get coffee, and the second time coffee arrived at the same time as the pancakes after about an hr. wait, and no refills.  Both times, my pancakes were like pudding in the middle.  I could only eat the edges and after complaining, we never saw another waitress at our table. Done!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sanddunerider on June 15, 2019, 07:14:10 AM
We were back at the city this morning.  We were there at opening and headed for TT first since we did not ride it yesterday.  It was about a 20 minute wait by that point.  We then headed toward the train but was not going to wait in that line.  Then we went to PK and it was walk on, rode the front row.  Walked on to WF, then headed to FITH and walked on twice.  Walked right on to TGS.  After that stopped by the RB and let the kid shoot water at passing boats for a while.  We heard the train coming so headed up there.  Station was full and we were toward the back, but when the gates opened we got right on the front row of car 3.  The show only had 1 robber and was a little different but had most of the same jokes as always.  I did not really see anything different.  After the train we left right around noon.  Headed into town and was going to eat at Billy Bobs because the kid wanted to, but the place was full and there were about 25 people standing around waiting to get seated.  I really do not see the big attraction with that place.  It seems overpriced, cash only, no free refills on drinks etc.


Sounds like a good visit overall....
 
I also dont get the Billy Bob's attraction..?  I know people swear by the place, best burgers in town, and obviously they have a great following, i just go else where.

The one big thing I do for food in Branson, is I ALWAYS eat a locally owned businesses.   I am a firm believer in support the local/mom and pop places if at all possible.  Usually better food, good portions and less money..

I don't get it either, Sand.  I tried twice - first time took an hr. to get coffee, and the second time coffee arrived at the same time as the pancakes after about an hr. wait, and no refills.  Both times, my pancakes were like pudding in the middle.  I could only eat the edges and after complaining, we never saw another waitress at our table. Done!

@ Gilligan..  Thats odd..   My complaint is the hour wait to get seated.... Once seated I have had nothing but 1st class service, big portions, and reasonable price.. 
I like the place "after" you get in and get seated alot.!!!     
I have eaten there probably 15-20 times,  would go tomorrow, IF i could get in the front door.  LOL!!
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: biscuitcreek on June 15, 2019, 04:43:03 PM
Went Thursday the 13th. Got a late start so traffic was backed up to the Highroad at 10:30. We drove down to the Notch Dollar General, turned around and drove straight to lot 5. There were some transportation delays at stop 5. When we got to the drop off there were several people waiting to exchange the grocery store vouchers for tickets. The person who scanned my season pass had finance embroidered on his shirt and saw people from other departments scanning tickets.

It was 11:30 when we got to the Opera House. Doors were locked and the show had started (showtime was 11:30). Got some frozen strawberry at the stand by the saloon -- best we have gotten in 2 years. Ate some Chester's Chips. Went to the 12:45 juggling show at the Riverfront Playhouse. Was about 3/4 full. We and most of the crowd (kids and adults) seemed to really enjoy it.

Then we went to the Dance Explosion show -- we and several others walked out after the 3rd number. Definitely not World of Dance (TV show quality). I have seen much better small town dance recitals. Caught part of the Sons of the Silver Dollar show. Like how they now have different themes per show. Walked around to the Grand Exposition -- busiest I have ever seen it.

Went back to the Opera House for the second show of the day for Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure. General announcements started 8 minutes before showtime, then a 5 minute to showtime announcement, and the show started right on time -- no late seating. Don't want to spoil anything but there are some winks and nods to a Christmas Carol within the show. The performers are good singers, good selection of songs and some surprising arrangements. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably go back if we make a second visit during the festival. Heard one of the crew members talking to some nearby folks before the show started. Due to the investment in the production it is planned to be the main summer production for at least 2 years and possibly up to 5 years.

From the comments here we decided to skip the kids magic show. We thought they were just okay on AGT.

Spent about 4 1/2 hours in the park on a beautiful day.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: History Buff on June 16, 2019, 09:03:44 PM
I just wrote five paragraphs describing all of the reasons I despised the new show, Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure before deleting it all.  I just can't write about it without picking it apart and putting it down.  While the actors and crew do everything they can to make best of it, the show needs to go back to where it came from.  I DO NOT EVER need to see this one again.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on June 16, 2019, 09:09:49 PM
I just wrote five paragraphs describing all of the reasons I despised the new show, Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure before deleting it all.  I just can't write about it without picking it apart and putting it down.  While the actors and crew do everything they can to make best of it, the show needs to go back to where it came from.  I DO NOT EVER need to see this one again.

I would have loved to have read that.
Donít be afraid to voice your opinion.  You have a right. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: History Buff on June 16, 2019, 09:22:38 PM
I just wrote five paragraphs describing all of the reasons I despised the new show, Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure before deleting it all.  I just can't write about it without picking it apart and putting it down.  While the actors and crew do everything they can to make best of it, the show needs to go back to where it came from.  I DO NOT EVER need to see this one again.

I would have loved to have read that.
Donít be afraid to voice your opinion.  You have a right.

If any of the PTB want my opinion, they are free to ask for it, and I will freely critique their little show in detail.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: sdcfan88 on June 16, 2019, 11:27:56 PM
I just wrote five paragraphs describing all of the reasons I despised the new show, Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure before deleting it all.  I just can't write about it without picking it apart and putting it down.  While the actors and crew do everything they can to make best of it, the show needs to go back to where it came from.  I DO NOT EVER need to see this one again.

I would have loved to have read that.
Donít be afraid to voice your opinion.  You have a right.

^This ...I would be curious to know too.
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: Swoosh on June 16, 2019, 11:29:18 PM
I just wrote five paragraphs describing all of the reasons I despised the new show, Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure before deleting it all.  I just can't write about it without picking it apart and putting it down.  While the actors and crew do everything they can to make best of it, the show needs to go back to where it came from.  I DO NOT EVER need to see this one again.

I would have loved to have read that.
Donít be afraid to voice your opinion.  You have a right.

If any of the PTB want my opinion, they are free to ask for it, and I will freely critique their little show in detail.

You tease.  Do it. 
Title: Re: 2019 Trip Reports
Post by: mhguy77 on June 17, 2019, 07:30:53 AM
Quote
I just wrote five paragraphs describing all of the reasons I despised the new show, Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure before deleting it all.  I just can't write about it without picking it apart and putting it down.  While the actors and crew do everything they can to make best of it, the show needs to go back to where it came from.  I DO NOT EVER need to see this one again.

I would have loved to have read that.
Donít be afraid to voice your opinion.  You have a right.

If any of the PTB want my opinion, they are free to ask for it, and I will freely critique their little show in detail.

You tease.  Do it.

  When you are displeased you should voice your opinion.  That is the only way to bring the train back onto the rails.  If you dont say anything the PTB will just smile and forge ahead.  Honesty is not the same as being a jerk. 
  DO NOT FORGET: this is a business, you are the person making the deposits.