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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.