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Title: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 17, 2019, 08:46:07 AM
Opening saturday, nice weather. 

Pictures show that the park is looking great and everything has that fresh new look and smell..

Saturday,  13,500,,,   

Nice start..  I actually expected a bigger number.,  But still a respectable number..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: JustGoHogs on March 17, 2019, 10:03:40 AM
We were there yesterday and there were more than enough folks to be sure.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on March 17, 2019, 05:07:57 PM
Leaving now. We waited in lines all day. The tram guys didnít know attendance.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on March 17, 2019, 06:45:49 PM
What was the number on opening day with all the rain?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 17, 2019, 07:15:34 PM
Sunday- 13,400.   good start of a weekend..

I dont have access to Wed. #'s..   sorry
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: palallin on March 18, 2019, 11:02:39 AM
Opening saturday, nice weather. 

Pictures show that the park is looking great and everything has that fresh new look and smell..

Saturday,  13,500,,,   

Nice start..  I actually expected a bigger number.,  But still a respectable number..

It seemed bigger to me:  people were pouring in the gates at noon.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: fatamericano on March 20, 2019, 01:54:27 PM
I hope weekdays are not as crowded.
In fact, I like the extra space, due to my fat american body. :D
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 22, 2019, 03:08:36 PM
Wed 3-21 .     little over 19,000 people.. pretty good number,,, ;D
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Bigdog on March 22, 2019, 03:52:15 PM
Iím glad we went Wednesday.  It was cold and most guests left early.  Time Traveller was a 10 minute wait by 4 pm.

I hear itís much busier today.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on March 22, 2019, 04:42:07 PM
Wed 3-21 .     little over 19,000 people.. pretty good number,,, ;D

19k on Weds????  Are you serious?  That's a Christmas or holiday weekend number!! That's insane.

I know it was really busy today.  We left around 1:30 and there were still full trams of people coming in.  Not a weekend to be at the park with the crowds.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 22, 2019, 07:22:56 PM
friday-    19,500....


CORRECTION!!!   Thursday was a little over 19,000.     

I dont have wed numbers//
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on March 22, 2019, 07:27:44 PM
It was an absolute madhouse. And people stayed all day.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on March 22, 2019, 08:33:22 PM
friday-    19,500....


CORRECTION!!!   Thursday was a little over 19,000.     

I dont have wed numbers//

Ok, that makes a little more sense.  But that's still an incredibly, hugely ridiculous number for a Thursday.  But seeing that number I'm happy we left when we did today.  It was definitely feeling that way.

They're sure getting off to a great start number wise.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 22, 2019, 09:53:02 PM
friday-    19,500....


CORRECTION!!!   Thursday was a little over 19,000.     

I dont have wed numbers//

Ok, that makes a little more sense.  But that's still an incredibly, hugely ridiculous number for a Thursday.  But seeing that number I'm happy we left when we did today.  It was definitely feeling that way.

They're sure getting off to a great start number wise.

good numbers sure help offset the slow opening week... big numbers this week, going to be a good year..!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: fatamericano on March 23, 2019, 08:30:10 AM
So what days of the week are usually not as crowded? :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on March 23, 2019, 11:05:32 AM
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friday-    19,500....


CORRECTION!!!   Thursday was a little over 19,000.     

God Bless those Spring Breakers, I have been at the park during Christmas with 25,000 and it was gridlock, almost unbearable.  At Christmas there are more open than the spring.  With these numbers is it not time for SDC to act like they are as busy as they are?  Maybe its time to open the park fully with these kinds of crowds, the money is there.     The crowds last year were also bumper crop, is it not appropriate and prudent to give these paying folks at least the entertainment of standard season when the numbers are this high ?  Open the shops and restaurants.  Have mercy on the adults.   
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 23, 2019, 05:53:39 PM
So what days of the week are usually not as crowded? :-\

Everyone will tell you that Saturday is the WORST day!!,  Sunday not so bad..

BUT!!!!   That doesnt always hold true.......

Today,  Sat the 23rd...  Only 11,300..  Wow.!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on March 23, 2019, 06:59:08 PM
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Everyone will tell you that Saturday is the WORST day!!,  Sunday not so bad..

BUT!!!!   That doesnt always hold true.......

Today,  Sat the 23rd...  Only 11,300..  Wow.!!

I am NC ARK and we had rain today.  I wonder how it was there?

What were summer days averaging last year Sandunerider?  Do you remember?
Seems like 20+ at Christmas with any decent weather at all (drastically effected by cold weather) but I didn't watch the summer months.  I would love to keep track and watch the patterns.  EZ spreadsheet with weather included so you can see its effect.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on March 23, 2019, 07:01:57 PM
This was also Spring Break Week in the area and I am sure that contributed to the crowds.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 23, 2019, 08:08:17 PM


What were summer days averaging last year Sandunerider?  Do you remember?
Seems like 20+ at Christmas with any decent weather at all (drastically effected by cold weather) but I didn't watch the summer months.  I would love to keep track and watch the patterns.  EZ spreadsheet with weather included so you can see its effect.

memorial weekend averaged about 15 per day...

summer? i would say 12-15 average... obviously depending on rain? heat? humid?  LOL...  Tornadoes!!!.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on March 23, 2019, 08:43:42 PM
So what days of the week are usually not as crowded? :-\

Everyone will tell you that Saturday is the WORST day!!,  Sunday not so bad..

BUT!!!!   That doesnt always hold true.......

Today,  Sat the 23rd...  Only 11,300..  Wow.!!

It's rained here most of the day as well.  I'm sure that's why the numbers were down.  Actually, for it being a rainy day, 11,300 is still a pretty big number.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Bigdog on March 23, 2019, 08:59:36 PM
It didnít start raining today until just before 3 pm.  Time Traveler went from a 100 minute wait to a walkon pretty quick.  The kids rode it 5 times in about 30 minutes at around 4:30.  All the big rides except for Powder Keg stayed open.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 24, 2019, 07:37:00 AM
 @ Shave or other Admins...

We have several comments on the 2018 thread, that actually should be on the 2019 thread.   One of you want to move them and clean that up..   LOL.      thanks,
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: fatamericano on March 24, 2019, 06:09:35 PM
What hours of the day do crowds/lines usually subside? ???
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on March 24, 2019, 06:51:28 PM
@ Shave or other Admins...

We have several comments on the 2018 thread, that actually should be on the 2019 thread.   One of you want to move them and clean that up..   LOL.      thanks,

Since you created that thread, you can actually lock it
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 24, 2019, 08:12:51 PM
Anybody at the park today...?? 

I am hearing only about 3600 people today,.,??    is that right?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on March 24, 2019, 08:43:40 PM
What hours of the day do crowds/lines usually subside? ???

A lot of the days that doesn't happen until the park closes.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Joy on March 24, 2019, 09:13:01 PM
@ Shave or other Admins...

We have several comments on the 2018 thread, that actually should be on the 2019 thread.   One of you want to move them and clean that up..   LOL.      thanks,

I'm confused. The 2018 thread is about discussing Branson's overall 2018 attendance numbers; this one is specifically about SDC's daily attendance in 2019... Aren't those two separate topics?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on March 24, 2019, 09:20:29 PM
Anybody at the park today...?? 

I am hearing only about 3600 people today,.,??    is that right?

We were there for a few hours around noon. No lines for anything. Rode TT with zero wait.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Runner1960 on March 25, 2019, 01:05:37 PM
@ Shave or other Admins...

We have several comments on the 2018 thread, that actually should be on the 2019 thread.   One of you want to move them and clean that up..   LOL.      thanks,

I'm confused. The 2018 thread is about discussing Branson's overall 2018 attendance numbers; this one is specifically about SDC's daily attendance in 2019... Aren't those two separate topics?


Maybe a thread about 2019 Branson Attendance should be started. If not already. It isnít 2018 anymore.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Bigdog on March 25, 2019, 04:25:29 PM
We ended up going Sunday 3/17, Wednesday 3/20 and Saturday 3/23 arriving around 1 pm each day.  Sunday the 17th was by far the busiest day of the 3.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 29, 2019, 07:14:20 PM
Rainy friday the 29th....

2100 people!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on March 29, 2019, 07:22:37 PM
Rainy friday the 29th....

2100 people!!

Dang, I knew I should have went over there.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 29, 2019, 07:23:21 PM
Rainy friday the 29th....

2100 people!!

Dang, I knew I should have went over there.

I would like to have been there also..!!.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 31, 2019, 07:54:21 AM
More Rain, Cooler temps....

2800 people :(
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on March 31, 2019, 05:28:52 PM
Few more people today..

About 4500 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on April 07, 2019, 08:50:39 AM
Did we hear anything about YCW?  Good Crowds?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 07, 2019, 09:47:20 AM
Did we hear anything about YCW?  Good Crowds?

Saturday, only 12,500??  pretty low number, nice enough day...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on April 07, 2019, 10:06:33 AM
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Saturday, only 12,500??  pretty low number, nice enough day...

Is YCW not a big thing now?  I thought it was a big weekend.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: cowboy on April 07, 2019, 10:35:44 AM
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Saturday, only 12,500??  pretty low number, nice enough day...

Is YCW not a big thing now?  I thought it was a big weekend.

Might be suffering the "Nobody goes any more because it's too crowded" syndrome. There were a ton of warnings of how crowded and how unruly the young crowd is......might be keeping a lot of the "locals" from attending that weekend.

Jay
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 07, 2019, 01:15:13 PM
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Saturday, only 12,500??  pretty low number, nice enough day...

Is YCW not a big thing now?  I thought it was a big weekend.

Might be suffering the "Nobody goes any more because it's too crowded" syndrome. There were a ton of warnings of how crowded and how unruly the young crowd is......might be keeping a lot of the "locals" from attending that weekend.



Jay

You may be correct Jay.  If that is happening, An they can prove that that "crowd" is hurting the ateendence, the PTB may want to rethink that whole weekend
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on April 07, 2019, 11:34:55 PM
It would have been a great weekend to go. Why didnít we go?  Ycw. We made that mistake one time. They didnít care that my kids were 5. They cut in front of them anyway to ride the kiddie coaster. Now we avoid this weekend because I donít want to deal with that.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 08, 2019, 06:42:16 AM
Sunday the 7th.  YCW - 

total about 10,500...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Obviousdramatic on April 08, 2019, 08:28:19 AM
Its like herding sugared up 30 toddlers, who missed their nap, to the story circle. Where they must sit and listen respectable like to the orator of the story. And they cant go outside to play because its raining.

I dont dare attend this weekend. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on April 08, 2019, 10:06:24 AM
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Saturday, only 12,500??  pretty low number, nice enough day...

Is YCW not a big thing now?  I thought it was a big weekend.

Might be suffering the "Nobody goes any more because it's too crowded" syndrome. There were a ton of warnings of how crowded and how unruly the young crowd is......might be keeping a lot of the "locals" from attending that weekend.


I'm actually surprised the numbers are that low as well.  I pretty much won't go YCW myself, even though I'd like to see some of the acts, because I don't like dealing with the crowds.  It was a mixed bag when I worked there- there were some great people, but also a lot of pain in the necks, and it seemed most of the park employees felt about the same- the bad outweighing the good.

But I doubt that you'll see them change up.  The acts this year weren't as big a name as ones they've had the past few years, and I know several of the regular contributors weren't there (e.g. Kanakuk camps/ Joe White) which might have had an impact, as well as the weather forecasts for Saturday in particular not sounding good until Saturday itself- I'm guessing that many that would have gone made other plans instead.

Now if they run into that 3-4 years in a row without any good explanation other than public perception of the crowd, then they might start to rethink it a little bit.  But I doubt after one year that was off a bit.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 08, 2019, 01:27:25 PM
Now if they run into that 3-4 years in a row without any good explanation other than public perception of the crowd, then they might start to rethink it a little bit.  But I doubt after one year that was off a bit.

Agreed,
it would have to happen for multiple years in a row.  Which is the correct way to do it.  You cant let 1 "odd" year decide things like that,,
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on April 08, 2019, 07:01:19 PM
I made the mistake one time before I even knew about YCW.  The rudeness of many of the people/kids attending that rival that of the rude people there waiting for the holly jolly parade.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 08, 2019, 08:41:22 PM
I made the mistake one time before I even knew about YCW.  The rudeness of many of the people/kids attending that rival that of the rude people there waiting for the holly jolly parade.

Yes i made that mistake once.. between the regular crowds and the out of control rude kids...  I never made that mistake again.. :( :(
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on April 08, 2019, 09:00:49 PM
...I know several of the regular contributors weren't there (e.g. Kanakuk camps/ Joe White) which might have had an impact...

He was on the schedule for Sunday morning.

We went to the park on Sunday and had a great day. Short lines and we only saw about 3 people cut the line all day. No problems with any kids at all.

I did notice that they had a special to upgrade the 2-Day YCW ticket to a season pass for only $35. When we walked by there was a line of kids upgrading.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on April 08, 2019, 09:05:21 PM
It's possible that the reputation has finally preceded it. Plus the weather...

But that's a pretty huge drop for an event that almost always packs out the park. I wonder if something fundamentally shifted. Did the price increase much? Did some of the churches have a complaint about something?

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 09, 2019, 07:29:07 AM
It's possible that the reputation has finally preceded it. Plus the weather...

But that's a pretty huge drop for an event that almost always packs out the park. I wonder if something fundamentally shifted. Did the price increase much? Did some of the churches have a complaint about something?

All possibilities,

I dont have anyway of verifying how many were YCW affiliated, Or everyday visitors. 

It was for sure a very low number, for both sat and sun.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on April 10, 2019, 03:57:44 PM
...I know several of the regular contributors weren't there (e.g. Kanakuk camps/ Joe White) which might have had an impact...

He was on the schedule for Sunday morning.


You're right, my mistake.  I've a good friend in town who works with Joe who is always out there with him, and who made a post that he was missing it this year, so i figured Joe wasn't there either.  I was wrong on that.

I talked to a few of my "church friends" and youth leaders, and several said that there just wasn't a lot of interest this year.  I think it really came down to it feeling, for some of them or the kids at least, like it was the same old, same old, with nothing "new" or a big name to draw them.  There wasn't an artist/ group this year that would be more than middle of the show at best with Winterjam, not like in the past when they've had Skillet, Lauren Daigle or some of the others.

So at this point that would be my best guest- an uninspiring lineup and a desire for something new.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 10, 2019, 05:56:04 PM
would have been a good day to be at the City today..  5,000 people..!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on April 10, 2019, 06:04:54 PM
I am thinking about going up tomorrow and/or Friday/Saturday.  I am thinking crowds will be light.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 10, 2019, 07:11:55 PM
I am thinking about going up tomorrow and/or Friday/Saturday.  I am thinking crowds will be light.

I'm sure it will be,  Schools still in session, supposed to be nice...  GO!!   have a great visit.>!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on April 10, 2019, 08:44:11 PM
...I know several of the regular contributors weren't there (e.g. Kanakuk camps/ Joe White) which might have had an impact...

He was on the schedule for Sunday morning.


You're right, my mistake.

I think that we both might be correct. Seeing some posts now that are making me think that he wasnít actually there, but was originally on the schedule.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 11, 2019, 04:16:34 PM
I am thinking about going up tomorrow and/or Friday/Saturday.  I am thinking crowds will be light.

Did you end up going today?   only about 4,000 people there..   Should have been a good day, 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on April 11, 2019, 05:35:05 PM
No, did not go today, but will be going tomorrow early afternoon and Saturday.  It looks like it will be cold and rainy so hopefully will be a good day as far as crowds go
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on April 12, 2019, 08:51:40 PM
Went today, arrived about 2pm or so.  There was a lot more people than I thought there would be. Waited about 20 minutes to ride the PK, and maybe 10-15 minutes to ride TT on the way out at about 5pm.  Went to TGS but line was too long.  Looked like some groups of school kids were there.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 13, 2019, 06:43:21 AM
Went today, arrived about 2pm or so.  There was a lot more people than I thought there would be. Waited about 20 minutes to ride the PK, and maybe 10-15 minutes to ride TT on the way out at about 5pm.  Went to TGS but line was too long.  Looked like some groups of school kids were there.

Only 5100 there today,  Must have all came in to ride coasters.. 

hope it was a good day, OKie.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on April 13, 2019, 03:47:08 PM
So while eating at the Mine today I mentioned how it was slow and she said they had figured the mine/mill would be slow because everyone would be down at the barn for the festival foods.  She said that and the rain kept people away today.  I told her I like coming when its going to rain then said something about I heard last weekend was slow for YCW.  She said it was way slower than they had planned.  She said many of the regulars have told her they stay away that weekend so maybe our theory is correct.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 14, 2019, 07:29:39 AM
Another poor weather related saturday...

only 4400 people...

Okie- You should have had a good couple of days!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on April 14, 2019, 08:02:53 AM
Another poor weather related saturday...

only 4400 people...

Okie- You should have had a good couple of days!!

Yes, it was downright pleasant yesterday except for the trip being ruined over losing my phone.  I am going back today to hopefully retrieve my phone.  Looks like the rain is about done up here now but it is still cold and wet so I bet it is slow today as well.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on April 14, 2019, 08:06:59 PM
It was absolutely wonderful today from a guest's perspective.  Crowds were light. Time Traveler was about a 10 minute wait, train was running every 30 minutes with plenty of room left on each one.  Outlaw Run, Flooded Mine, and TNT were walk ons.  Looked like much of FL was as well when we walked by.  And lots of seats left in the couple of shows we attended.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 14, 2019, 08:22:16 PM
It was absolutely wonderful today from a guest's perspective.  Crowds were light. Time Traveler was about a 10 minute wait, train was running every 30 minutes with plenty of room left on each one.  Outlaw Run, Flooded Mine, and TNT were walk ons.  Looked like much of FL was as well when we walked by.  And lots of seats left in the couple of shows we attended.

Cold and wet....

3900 people..!!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: palallin on April 15, 2019, 09:55:26 AM
I have never been in the City when it was less crowded than Saturday.  We had a very good time partly because we were never crowded.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on April 15, 2019, 10:15:49 AM
It was absolutely wonderful today from a guest's perspective.  Crowds were light. Time Traveler was about a 10 minute wait, train was running every 30 minutes with plenty of room left on each one.  Outlaw Run, Flooded Mine, and TNT were walk ons.  Looked like much of FL was as well when we walked by.  And lots of seats left in the couple of shows we attended.

Cold and wet....

3900 people..!!!

When we got there just after noon the wet was long gone and cleared out.  Turned into a beautiful day.
But what little wet there was I'm sure contributed to those numbers being low.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 15, 2019, 04:06:00 PM
Cold and wet....

3900 people..!!!
When we got there just after noon the wet was long gone and cleared out.  Turned into a beautiful day.
But what little wet there was I'm sure contributed to those numbers being low.
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That AND it was a Sunday, AND school is still in session..   Along with I am sure people are planning on trips next weekend, rather than this weekend..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on April 15, 2019, 08:46:49 PM
That AND it was a Sunday, AND school is still in session..   Along with I am sure people are planning on trips next weekend, rather than this weekend..

Hopefully, people aren't planning on this Sunday since they are closed for Easter. We've almost made that mistake before, but luckily we checked the hours before heading out. We know a few people that have actually driven to the park and then realized that they were closed.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 16, 2019, 11:29:38 AM
That AND it was a Sunday, AND school is still in session..   Along with I am sure people are planning on trips next weekend, rather than this weekend..

Hopefully, people aren't planning on this Sunday since they are closed for Easter. We've almost made that mistake before, but luckily we checked the hours before heading out. We know a few people that have actually driven to the park and then realized that they were closed.

Good Point.!!  Glad you mentioned it.! 
I am sure there are several carloads drive out there to visit and figure out that the City is closed..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on April 18, 2019, 11:12:01 AM
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Good Point.!!  Glad you mentioned it.! 
I am sure there are several carloads drive out there to visit and figure out that the City is closed..

When I was a young lad my Mom took us to the city on this "plan"  It was really disappointing to pull in and see that its not just slow, its empty!  We learned to enjoy what was in Branson and had a good time going to all the places we had noticed and wondered about.   Your day is what you make of it.  Many of the stores in Branson will be open, I saw signs this past week.  Many however will be closed as they had signs up as well.

Happy Easter Members!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: History Buff on April 18, 2019, 11:04:13 PM
The moose out front should tell people they're closed.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on April 19, 2019, 06:41:59 PM
^ LOL!!!  Good one HB!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 19, 2019, 07:47:21 PM
A little over 12,000 people today...  Would have been a beautiful day to be there today..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on April 19, 2019, 08:45:20 PM
A little over 12,000 people today...  Would have been a beautiful day to be there today..

We were there. In general lines were quite long. But we were able to see the shows we wanted to see by giving up rides. The temp was good but the wind was quite chilly.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on April 20, 2019, 07:19:49 AM
They were only budgeting for 6K people on Friday and they got 12k.  I get that the previous 2 days were dead but it seems like they get caught off guard a lot when budgeting for holiday weekend traffic.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 20, 2019, 12:11:08 PM
They were only budgeting for 6K people on Friday and they got 12k.  I get that the previous 2 days were dead but it seems like they get caught off guard a lot when budgeting for holiday weekend traffic.

Thats true, BUT it is a short weekend with Sunday being Easter and closed..   I am sure they compared to last years numbers and expected forecast...\\

Good day though.. ;D
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on April 20, 2019, 03:01:46 PM
They budgeted for 9500 today and are already past 12000.  Sounds like its busy out there.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 20, 2019, 07:27:32 PM
15,600,  what a great number for today!  Busy Busy!!.   Make up a little for last weekend.. 

time to go to granny's for lunch!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 26, 2019, 02:31:56 PM
Thursday was amazingly slow... only 3500 people..!!..??

so far today, friday around 55oo people....

sure can tell school is still in session..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 26, 2019, 09:20:53 PM
Ended up with almost 10,000 people today..  Very respectable for a friday afternoon, with school still going on.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on April 27, 2019, 06:57:52 AM
Ended up with almost 10,000 people today..  Very respectable for a friday afternoon, with school still going on.

It was Choir day at the park
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 27, 2019, 07:06:25 AM
Ended up with almost 10,000 people today..  Very respectable for a friday afternoon, with school still going on.

It was Choir day at the park

that explains why the bigger number...     

anybocy here go today? how were the kids?
+
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on April 28, 2019, 09:31:08 AM
Ended up with 15,000 on saturday the 27th....

come on warm weather!!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 05, 2019, 12:26:04 AM
Saturday May 4th
21,966
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 05, 2019, 06:24:53 PM
Sunday May 5
9,774
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on May 05, 2019, 08:36:46 PM
I bet it was a mad house Saturday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: palallin on May 06, 2019, 08:35:40 AM
Not really a madhouse.  The morning, as a matter of fact, was quite nice.  The crowds didn't start really building till after 11.  We left before 4, and people were still coming in, so I do not doubt things got really tight.

In addition to Mercy, there were still several choirs there (reminding me of my own choir trips there, oh! so many years ago).  As for behavior, the choir kids were angels compared to the Mercy adults.  They seem to believe that the city is their own personal property that day, and they cut in line, block traffic, push past, and otherwise dominate the area, even when the crowds are light (as was the case in the morning).  Mercy really needs to reflect on the image their people are giving of their institution.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on May 06, 2019, 06:27:41 PM
Ok got ya.  I asked on the other thread how their behavior was and this answer is nicely.  It is quite sad adults act that way.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 08, 2019, 07:58:17 PM
The rain really killed todayís attendance
May 8th - 1144
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 09, 2019, 06:52:30 PM
May 9
4620
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 10, 2019, 09:10:40 PM
May 10th
9186
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 11, 2019, 06:27:39 PM
May 11
9728
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 12, 2019, 11:18:00 AM
With an expected attendance of only 7500 today,

the nice weather, mothers day, Rhonda Vincent all taken into consideration, it will be interestiing to see what the final number is..

So far 4,000 people have arrived today....
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 12, 2019, 11:43:02 AM
With an expected attendance of only 7500 today,

the nice weather, mothers day, Rhonda Vincent all taken into consideration, it will be interestiing to see what the final number is..

So far 4,000 people have arrived today....

Itís dead.  We walked on to Powder Keg and right into the Saloon show
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Super on May 12, 2019, 02:01:04 PM
We made a unscheduled trip yesterday with the Texas grandkids.  Not much of a crowd which was very nice getting around the park.  It was a nice cloudy 58 degrees and no wind.  This was our first time to visit in about 2 years.  These are a few of the things I noticed:  People smoking at the Park in several areas.  A couple of the BBQ Fest vendors were not very polite working with people.  The cave guide was excellent and made kids feel welcomed.  The ride operator in the Mine separated our family members on the boats.  There was no one in line.  Very strange.  They sold out of chocolate strawberries at 5pm.  If you are going to stay open until 7:00 you should have enough to get through the day.  The lady said they sell out everyday at 5:00.  The park was trash free.  The bathrooms continue to need a lot of cleaning.  Shuttles not running very quickly. We spent an hour waiting on trams to get in and get back.  On the bus tram you couldnít hear the driver address the crowd.  No microphone or speaker system.  Disappointed in many things on our visit.  I always get season tickets, but hope my visits later in the year improve.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 12, 2019, 08:53:01 PM
Motherís Day
10323
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on May 12, 2019, 09:43:16 PM
That is not too bad.  If we would have got there at opening we probably would have rode more rides.  It was not super busy by the time we left at 3 but as mentioned on another thread we skipped many because the lines were longer than we wanted to wait and they were only running 1 train on most. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 13, 2019, 06:08:58 AM
That is not too bad.  If we would have got there at opening we probably would have rode more rides.  It was not super busy by the time we left at 3 but as mentioned on another thread we skipped many because the lines were longer than we wanted to wait and they were only running 1 train on most.

I only noticed the one train operation at OR and TGS
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on May 13, 2019, 06:05:20 PM
They only had 1 side running at the swing, I did not look at OR or PK close.  WF was only running 1 train. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 14, 2019, 07:30:58 PM
Tuesday, 5-14..

First tuesday of the year...!!!   (well almost,  LOL))

6400 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 15, 2019, 08:01:57 PM
Wednesday 5/15
5231
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 16, 2019, 08:05:17 PM
Thursday 5/16
7581
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 17, 2019, 10:26:15 PM
Thursday May 17
8931
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 18, 2019, 02:38:09 PM
Expecting 15,000 today,  so far weather is holding back it looks like..

as off about 2:00.   10,000 people visiting..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 18, 2019, 09:09:46 PM
Only ended up with 11,000 ,..   so weather for sure played a role today
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 18, 2019, 10:58:08 PM
Friday May 18
11,076
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 19, 2019, 06:43:58 PM
Sunday May 19
11,349
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 20, 2019, 06:55:40 PM
Monday-  6900 people,  pretty good considering the weather threat..!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on May 20, 2019, 07:40:37 PM
So they are open 7 days a week now?  I guess school is starting to get out.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 20, 2019, 08:59:46 PM
So they are open 7 days a week now?  I guess school is starting to get out.

Yes this was the first full week...  School's out!! (for most anyway) 


Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 21, 2019, 06:57:24 PM
Tuesday May 21
1708
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 21, 2019, 07:23:55 PM
Tuesday May 21
1708

Surprised there were that many people with the weather today..  LOL,  I didnt even check on the number, would have guessed less than a 1,000...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 22, 2019, 09:55:51 PM
Wednesday May 22
8816
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 23, 2019, 07:09:53 PM
Thursday May 23
8105
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on May 24, 2019, 06:59:17 PM
10,500 today..  not a great day,  but better than 5,000 ::)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on May 25, 2019, 05:12:15 PM
10,500 today..  not a great day,  but better than 5,000 ::)

Probably because everyone in OK that would normally be up there are tied up with floods.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 26, 2019, 09:10:39 AM
Saturday May 25
16,525
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 26, 2019, 08:18:54 PM
Sunday May 26
17358
Diamond Rio Day
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 27, 2019, 08:10:05 PM
Monday May 27
13379
Memorial Day
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 28, 2019, 09:20:19 PM
Tuesday May 28
9245
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 29, 2019, 07:29:58 PM
Wednesday May 29
3150
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 31, 2019, 12:32:13 AM
Thursday May 30
12647
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on May 31, 2019, 08:19:55 PM
Friday May 31
11003
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 01, 2019, 07:26:49 PM
Saturday June 1
21007
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 01, 2019, 08:09:05 PM
Saturday June 1
21007


Finally a respectable number for the park.  Almost a perfect day..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 02, 2019, 06:12:07 PM
Sunday,  12,300..   another nice day..  Good count for the weekend
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 02, 2019, 08:39:04 PM
Final Count...
Sunday June 2
12655
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 03, 2019, 07:10:00 PM
Monday 8800 people....
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 04, 2019, 07:17:11 PM
Tuesday, the 4th,,   7100 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 05, 2019, 08:31:49 PM
Wednesday June 5
8100
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 06, 2019, 08:50:35 PM
Thursday June 6
5593 (rain)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 07, 2019, 09:58:20 PM
Friday June 7
7887 (rain)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 08, 2019, 05:23:41 PM
Expected 15,000 today,   
nice weather today, last count 14,400.. 
going to be close..
good day for the city
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 09, 2019, 11:23:47 PM
Sunday June 9
10,918
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 11, 2019, 10:05:51 AM
Monday June 10
9117
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 12, 2019, 08:15:28 PM
Wednesday June 12
5545
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcenjoyer on June 13, 2019, 08:41:18 AM
We were there Tuesday. Do you have those numbers?  Thanks.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 13, 2019, 06:30:30 PM
We were there Tuesday. Do you have those numbers?  Thanks.


Sorry.  We dropped the ball and forgot to check that day.  :-[
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 13, 2019, 08:37:23 PM
Thursday June 13
12174
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 14, 2019, 10:05:44 PM
Friday June 14
10,992
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 15, 2019, 11:52:28 PM
Saturday June 15
12057
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 16, 2019, 07:59:40 PM
only 6500 people today...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 16, 2019, 09:07:42 PM
only 6500 people today...

Actually not even that many

Sunday June 16
6065
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 17, 2019, 06:49:04 AM
only 6500 people today...

Actually not even that many

Sunday June 16
6065

whatever the actual count was.....  not very many people there on sunday
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: History Buff on June 17, 2019, 10:12:32 AM
only 6500 people today...

Actually not even that many

Sunday June 16
6065

whatever the actual count was.....  not very many people there on sunday

We walked on to most of the rides, and shows were far from full.  Outdoor rides shut down for a few minutes for lightning in the area, but it never rained (in spite of forecasts).
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 17, 2019, 08:41:15 PM
Monday, the 17th...   4073 people...   slow day.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on June 18, 2019, 05:54:30 PM
Dang it, I was up in Springfield last night for work.  Got in around 4pm.  Thought about running down to the city for a couple of hours then driving back to Springfield but didn't. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 18, 2019, 06:06:01 PM
About 10,250 today.  may be a few more....  but not many,  nice number for tuesday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 18, 2019, 10:43:08 PM
Ok Sand, Iím getting ready to go on my annual Coaster Quest so Iíll need you to hold down the fort and do the daily reporting.  Thank you for your sacrifice. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sarahdickson on June 19, 2019, 02:17:58 PM
What kind of crowds should be expected mon & tues July 1&2?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 19, 2019, 05:21:36 PM
I would guess nothing excessive,  maybe 8-10,00 per day..  Maybe...

Your thinking holiday weekend I am guessing?  But they will just be normal days,  (I am guessing)

Enjoy your visit.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 19, 2019, 09:10:57 PM
Wednesday June 19
5807
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 20, 2019, 09:14:02 PM
Thursday June 20
11045
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 21, 2019, 09:00:08 PM
Friday the 21st,,

Slow Day..  8500 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 22, 2019, 11:41:49 AM
Going to be a HOT one today at the City.  Already at 95 degree heat index!!,  Lots of Humidity,  keep the water flowing, enjoy your visit..   number will be coming later today
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 22, 2019, 10:12:39 PM
I am surprised.. today's (sat) number was only 13,000
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 23, 2019, 06:16:50 PM
Rainy weather = poor numbers..

only about 1500 today....
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on June 24, 2019, 10:09:37 PM
Rainy weather = poor numbers..

only about 1500 today....

Yup!  I got 4 1/2" in my rain gauge yesterday. It rained buckets!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 25, 2019, 06:15:01 AM
Monday June 24
11,919

(Sand, Iím on vacation - need you to remember to pick up the slack here)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: History Buff on June 25, 2019, 10:50:40 AM
Monday June 24
11,919

(Sand, Iím on vacation - need you to remember to pick up the slack here)

Are you ever not on vacation?  :)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 25, 2019, 12:05:37 PM
Monday June 24
11,919

(Sand, Iím on vacation - need you to remember to pick up the slack here)

Are you ever not on vacation?  :)

Well, Iíll be in Canada the next two days. (including later today) so itís not as easy to get the numbers
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 25, 2019, 07:13:44 PM
Tuesday-   9380 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: KBCraig on June 26, 2019, 12:46:33 AM
Ok Sand, Iím getting ready to go on my annual Coaster Quest so Iíll need you to hold down the fort and do the daily reporting.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

You're doing Santa's Village and Storyland, right?  ;)

C'mon, I'll buy you a beer if you do.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 26, 2019, 08:31:02 PM
Wed.  almost 8,000 people...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 27, 2019, 07:29:14 AM
Ok Sand, Iím getting ready to go on my annual Coaster Quest so Iíll need you to hold down the fort and do the daily reporting.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

You're doing Santa's Village and Storyland, right?  ;)

C'mon, I'll buy you a beer if you do.

Couldnít fit them in this time  ;D
Headed to SF Darien Lake & SeaBreeze Amusement Park today.  Both are new to me (a rarity anymore)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on June 27, 2019, 10:30:43 PM
Thursday June 27
10472
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 28, 2019, 07:26:49 PM
friday=   9700 people''
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on June 29, 2019, 11:24:43 AM
That makes sense.  Yesterday was the first very hot day in the area.  Today will be the same.  I was surprised there weren't more boats on the lake yesterday.  We'll see what today looks like.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: MCLFLN on June 29, 2019, 01:20:11 PM
I'm at the park today and it seems really busy.
Unrelated but not helping, several of the rides are closed for some reason..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 29, 2019, 02:48:02 PM
I'm at the park today and it seems really busy.
Unrelated but not helping, several of the rides are closed for some reason..

as of about 2 this afternoon....   12,000 people so far.,.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: missouripapa on June 29, 2019, 05:11:29 PM
Is grand exposition closed? App shows all its rides down
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on June 29, 2019, 06:08:13 PM
Wonder if they're having some sort of issue.  I had to drive past the entrance this morning on my way to Branson, going the opposite way of the traffic going into the park, and it was backed up past Shepherd of the Hills.  I was very happy I wasn't waiting in that line
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on June 29, 2019, 06:12:13 PM
We were there today arrived before opening.  Left at noon after watching the swashbuckling show, when that let out it seemed really busy so we left.  Lots of rides were down including PK and the train.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: MCLFLN on June 29, 2019, 08:22:02 PM
I believe it was... Not all rides were down but a lot were. My daughter heard it was power related.

Is grand exposition closed? App shows all its rides down
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 30, 2019, 06:32:52 AM
Only 13,300 there on saturday,  maybe people were getting there early to try to beat the heat..... 

109 heat index here saturday and 106 on fridday.  I think summer has arrived here..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on June 30, 2019, 08:22:52 PM
Sunday - 10,100   Not bad for a sunday...   

Saddle up!! Here comes the 4th!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 01, 2019, 08:31:13 PM
Even though I was there last Saturday I am thinking about making a trip up as some point over the holiday toward the end of the week/weekend.  How busy do you guys think it will be?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 01, 2019, 11:11:03 PM
Monday July 1
8,192

(honestly itís never very busy around the 4th)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 02, 2019, 07:55:33 AM
OK Swoosh, I dont know if in country or not, but I will be in and out for 3 days.. 

You have the reins, keep up the good work.!

Everyone.... Have a Good 4th.!!  Be safe and stay Cool..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 03, 2019, 07:36:31 AM
Tuesday July 2
8458
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 03, 2019, 08:26:08 PM
Wednesday July 3
7322
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 04, 2019, 07:46:51 PM
July 4th.   10,380

Hope you all have had a good safe day!! enjoy your family and be safe tonight.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 05, 2019, 05:14:21 PM
July 5th,  9600,

not bad with a rain threat for most of the day
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 05, 2019, 09:00:19 PM
July 5th,  9600,

not bad with a rain threat for most of the day

Final 9709
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 06, 2019, 08:30:35 PM
Saturday July 6
10945
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 07, 2019, 09:12:37 PM
Sunday July 7
5904
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 08, 2019, 09:02:38 AM
Sunday July 7
5904


LOL>!!    :o :o   Weekends over!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 08, 2019, 10:16:01 PM
Monday July 8
7239
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 09, 2019, 08:58:05 PM
Tuesday July 9
7675
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 10, 2019, 07:50:42 PM
Partly cloudy and rainy.    5500 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 11, 2019, 08:23:50 PM
Thursday July 11
11369
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 12, 2019, 05:37:37 PM
Pretty slow out there today, 7100 or so people...
 Of course it is the weekend after the 4th... 
so bound to be a little slower..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 12, 2019, 07:53:15 PM
Pretty slow out there today, 7100 or so people...
 Of course it is the weekend after the 4th... 
so bound to be a little slower..

A little premature with your report.  ???
The final count for today was 7972

Considering that they were projecting 8000, I'd say they were right on the mark
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 13, 2019, 06:44:14 AM
Pretty slow out there today, 7100 or so people...
 Of course it is the weekend after the 4th... 
so bound to be a little slower..

A little premature with your report.  ???
The final count for today was 7972

Considering that they were projecting 8000, I'd say they were right on the mark

I posted at 5:37, 

The final tally wasnt in yet.  But it was close, or close enough for most of us anyway
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 13, 2019, 11:18:45 PM
Saturday.... Final tally for today, 9611 ,  they were expecting 11,000
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 13, 2019, 11:28:59 PM
Saturday.... Final tally for today, 9611 ,  they were expecting 11,000

They were probably all at WOF for World Fes... I mean Grand Carnivale.  The place was hopping
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 15, 2019, 09:08:07 PM
4500 on monday,   

i didnt get sundays count
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 15, 2019, 09:11:59 PM
Sunday June 14
8676

Monday June 15
4325
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 16, 2019, 09:48:07 PM
Tuesday June 16
9567
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 17, 2019, 07:30:08 PM
Wednesday June 17
6511
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 18, 2019, 09:37:32 PM
Thursday June 18
9574
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on July 19, 2019, 05:40:21 PM
Haven't done Moonlight madness in a couple years and thinking about going Sunday. Do you all think the crowds will be manageable since it is a Sunday night?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 19, 2019, 07:22:34 PM
Friday July 19
6978
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on July 19, 2019, 10:02:05 PM


Interested in the numbers change with Midnight Madness.  Swoosh what are they saying about people count this year? How is it looking to them so far?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 20, 2019, 08:05:43 PM
Saturday -  12,681
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 20, 2019, 10:11:22 PM
^Um... did someone forget that park closes at 10pm now?  ???

FINAL TALLY
Saturday July 20
14,408
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on July 20, 2019, 11:24:22 PM
Branson is popping tonight. Almost every hotel showing no vacancy signs... SDC didn't even fill up lot 3 when I was there (left about 7ish)...

I guess people really like lights. I hope the pumpkin nights are a smash hit, because it feels like a sluggish year for the park so far. Rain hasn't helped, but you can only blame so much on the weather.

The strip is really lively tonight. As others have said, Track 4 is basically Celebration City 2.0
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 21, 2019, 04:00:16 AM
^Um... did someone forget that park closes at 10pm now?  ???

FINAL TALLY
Saturday July 20
14,408

Well...... uh?...  Maybe...

S*** Happens....    LOL
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on July 21, 2019, 07:14:39 AM
It was a beautiful, hot day to be at the city. The only line we waited in was for river blast.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 21, 2019, 10:17:14 PM
Sunday July 21
8164
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Bigdog on July 21, 2019, 10:32:10 PM
Friday July 19
6978

The park was virtually empty on Friday afternoon.  We arrived around 2 and rode all of the coasters multiple times with very little wait.  Powder Keg was maybe 10 minutes and everything else including Time Traveller was a walkon.  It was a good day to be in the park.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on July 22, 2019, 03:56:07 AM
Friday July 19
6978

The park was virtually empty on Friday afternoon.  We arrived around 2 and rode all of the coasters multiple times with very little wait.  Powder Keg was maybe 10 minutes and everything else including Time Traveller was a walkon.  It was a good day to be in the park.

Sunday for me was like that for the most part. Walked on or had a 1 train wait for the coasters and the like. Also got Pictures and video from my visit which I will put in the trip reports and 2020 thread here soon.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 22, 2019, 10:05:21 PM
Monday July 22
10,011
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 23, 2019, 10:11:03 PM
Tuesday July 23
Budgeted 10500
Real 14035
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on July 24, 2019, 07:40:18 AM
Tuesday July 23
Budgeted 10500
Real 14035

Yup, yesterday was busy! I wondered how crowded it might be but we decided to try it for a few hours because we wanted a sarsaparilla! Some things were surprising - the swashbuckling play at the Opera House was only about half full until a minute before it started.  It became "mostly filled". Mass exit near 5:00, so maybe not as crowded later on for moonlight madness.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 24, 2019, 08:59:03 AM
Tuesday July 23
Budgeted 10500
Real 14035

Yup, yesterday was busy! I wondered how crowded it might be but we decided to try it for a few hours because we wanted a sarsaparilla! Some things were surprising - the swashbuckling play at the Opera House was only about half full until a minute before it started.  It became "mostly filled". Mass exit near 5:00, so maybe not as crowded later on for moonlight madness.

Exit count at 9pm was just over 9000 so it had really cleared out by then
I personally never thought it was that busy.  I think the longest line I waited in was 30 min for PK
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 24, 2019, 10:11:29 PM
Wednesday July 24
10971
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 25, 2019, 02:17:39 PM
What would be the estimated numbers for this Sunday?  I am thinking about making a quick trip up Sunday afternoon/evening for Moonlight and maybe back again Monday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 25, 2019, 02:40:50 PM
What would be the estimated numbers for this Sunday?  I am thinking about making a quick trip up Sunday afternoon/evening for Moonlight and maybe back again Monday.

Well we have a ďMidnight MadnessĒ on Saturday so thatíll siphon some off of Sunday.  Iíd guess 12500 will be budgeted
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 25, 2019, 08:55:45 PM
Thursday July 25
13508
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 26, 2019, 11:25:49 PM
Friday July 26
12587

Donít forget Saturday is Midnight Madness.  The park is open until 11:59pm
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 27, 2019, 05:25:33 PM
Saturday July 27
Midnight Madness
Budgeted: 21000
As of 2pm: 11280
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 27, 2019, 06:32:44 PM
As of 6:00 today,   15,588..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on July 27, 2019, 08:09:50 PM
We got here at 2:15ish. Had no issue finding a parking spot. Waited in no lines until 6:30, though we chose to avoid long lines like time traveler.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 27, 2019, 08:34:48 PM
I am thinking I will be going next weekend.  Possibly Friday night, then Saturday.  Or perhaps Saturday/night, then sunday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 27, 2019, 10:20:11 PM
Saturday July 27 (Midnight Madness)
FINAL COUNT: 19433
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: How-doFolks on July 28, 2019, 11:19:13 AM
We were there Saturday morning & evening. Of course morning wasn't bad & we left around 11 or 12. Went back around 6 & Preferred Parking still had places to park. The park itself didnt seem too bad for 19,000+ people.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 28, 2019, 12:41:09 PM
We were there Saturday morning & evening. Of course morning wasn't bad & we left around 11 or 12. Went back around 6 & Preferred Parking still had places to park. The park itself didnt seem too bad for 19,000+ people.

Well keep in mind, all 19,000 were not there at one time.. 
When I checked in at 6, 7,000 people had already left the park, so actually there were about at 8,000 on park at 6...
that being said,
with the reported last number, approx. 4,000 entered after 6..
so>
in theory about 12,000 people on park from 6- close.
Thats not allowing for anyone else leaving, and you know they did.

Sounds like a perfect day, with extended hours..

Hope you had a good visit,  sure sounds ideal.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 28, 2019, 02:37:44 PM
How would they know how many people left the park and when?  The tickets are not scanned out when leaving so curious how they come up with an exit figure.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 28, 2019, 03:00:58 PM
How would they know how many people left the park and when?  The tickets are not scanned out when leaving so curious how they come up with an exit figure.


 I am sure it is "quesstimate,
But going out, you do go through the turnstiles.... 
so that would give them an estimate...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 28, 2019, 04:34:11 PM
I did not realize those turnstiles were tracking anything.  Makes sense.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on July 28, 2019, 04:48:14 PM
Yes the estimate is probably pretty close, but a lot of people sidestep the turnstiles and go around them.  That might make up for the kids and some adults spinning them for the desired effect  ;)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 28, 2019, 10:33:02 PM
Sunday July 28
10481
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 29, 2019, 07:09:01 PM
With 3 more hours to go,  the count is at a little over 7,000 people,   they were expecting 11,000.   Dont think they will get close to that today,
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 29, 2019, 10:28:57 PM
^well it stormed most of the day...

Monday July 29
7955
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 30, 2019, 10:12:36 PM
I was up in Springfield overnight last night and had the evening free. I Though about running down to the city by myself last night for a couple of hours but ended up just going Lamberts for dinner instead.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 30, 2019, 10:34:31 PM
Tuesday July 30
11933
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 31, 2019, 07:17:52 PM
I am wanting to go up this week but Ozark Valley is booked Friday/Saturday and it looks like everything else in Branson is just about booked or more than I want to pay.  Thought about staying in Springfield and just driving back and forth, or going on Sunday.  Do you think Friday night will be swamped?  What about Saturday night?  Sunday? 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on July 31, 2019, 07:32:09 PM
I am wanting to go up this week but Ozark Valley is booked Friday/Saturday and it looks like everything else in Branson is just about booked or more than I want to pay.  Thought about staying in Springfield and just driving back and forth, or going on Sunday.  Do you think Friday night will be swamped?  What about Saturday night?  Sunday?

Everything is booked due to the cal Ripken series. Iím not sure how that will affect attendance though.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on July 31, 2019, 07:53:07 PM
You might call Michele at All Access, she is always available to help us find a room if possible,

and of course discount show tickets.... LOL... 


give her a call tomorrow at 417-332-2121..., she is affiliated with motels all over town..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 31, 2019, 09:04:26 PM
Everything is booked due to the cal Ripken series. Iím not sure how that will affect attendance though.

Well they budgeted 7500 and they were over 10000 last I checked
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on July 31, 2019, 09:28:31 PM
Budgeted 7500 but were over 10k for when?  Today?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 31, 2019, 10:02:08 PM
Budgeted 7500 but were over 10k for when?  Today?

Yes.  Still waiting on final count
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on July 31, 2019, 10:07:27 PM
Wednesday July 31
10794
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on August 01, 2019, 10:18:35 PM
Thursday Aug 1
11933
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Fergy328 on August 01, 2019, 11:20:04 PM
Just curious where you guys are getting these attendance numbers from?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: ThemeParkFan on August 01, 2019, 11:42:52 PM
If they told you, they'd have to call the baldknobbers!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 02, 2019, 10:41:33 AM
If they told you, they'd have to call the baldknobbers!


LOL>...... :-X :-X :-X
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on August 02, 2019, 09:55:21 PM
You might call Michele at All Access, she is always available to help us find a room if possible,

and of course discount show tickets.... LOL... 


give her a call tomorrow at 417-332-2121..., she is affiliated with motels all over town..

Michele got us hooked up.  Thanks for the tip.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on August 02, 2019, 10:19:27 PM
Friday August 2
11064
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 03, 2019, 06:43:18 AM
You might call Michele at All Access, she is always available to help us find a room if possible,

and of course discount show tickets.... LOL... 


give her a call tomorrow at 417-332-2121..., she is affiliated with motels all over town..

Michele got us hooked up.  Thanks for the tip.

Good to hear,!!    Michelle and her group has helped our group several times..  Good phone number to keep in the  phone,  just in case..   have a good visit.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on August 03, 2019, 08:37:27 PM
MIDNIGHT MADNESS
Saturday August 3
Projection: 20,000
Final: 22,933

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 04, 2019, 09:35:12 AM
MIDNIGHT MADNESS
Saturday August 3
Projection: 20,000
Final: 22,933

Thats a good solid number for being the last sat. of moonlight madness,   sundays number will be interesting
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on August 04, 2019, 10:58:38 AM
Itís the weekend for ďguilt tripsĒ - I avoid the first weekends of August like the plague at any park due to the ďguilt trippersĒ

For those not in the education world, a ďguilt tripĒ is when the parents realize that school starts in a week or so and then they (the parents) feel guilty for doing less than jack squat with their kids all summer.  So they take a last minute trip to the local amusement park to try to make up for it.  You might notice how the town is packed right now and hotel rooms are scarce, thatís why.  It happens every year.  Itís also not just something that happens here.  Parks across the country were slammed yesterday. 

In other news, today will be the last regular attendance report from me.  Iím heading back to school next week and my posting will be quite limited through marching season as usual.  If Sand wants to take up the slack thatís fine but Swoosh is done for now. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on August 04, 2019, 10:41:22 PM
Sunday August 4
Final Night of Moonlight Madness
13656
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 06, 2019, 06:43:53 AM
monday- 8800 people...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 08, 2019, 07:59:44 PM
thursday - - -  4300 people.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 11, 2019, 08:14:42 PM
Friday     - 11,000
Saturday - 14,400
Sunday   -   8,000
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 13, 2019, 11:58:37 AM
Monday - 4400 people...   

I wonder how many people streamed today announcement?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 13, 2019, 06:24:00 PM
5200 people today...   

Not sure of how to figure people going to play VS people their for announcement..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on August 13, 2019, 07:49:22 PM
Was planning on going up this Friday thru Sunday but turns out we can't.  I am assuming it would have been less busy than next weekend with the gospel thing going on.  What about the week after?  Trying to also get the kid to WW before they close.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 13, 2019, 09:15:09 PM
Was planning on going up this Friday thru Sunday but turns out we can't.  I am assuming it would have been less busy than next weekend with the gospel thing going on.  What about the week after?  Trying to also get the kid to WW before they close.

If I understand you right... that would be Labor day weekend... 

Labor day weekend, will be busy.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on August 14, 2019, 08:08:24 PM
Well sort of.  Looks like we will be up there next weekend, the 24th etc.  I will also be up there tomorrow and leaving Friday for work.  I may get up to the city for a couple of hours before closing tomorrow and probably till noon Friday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 15, 2019, 07:49:51 AM
Well sort of.  Looks like we will be up there next weekend, the 24th etc.  I will also be up there tomorrow and leaving Friday for work.  I may get up to the city for a couple of hours before closing tomorrow and probably till noon Friday.

Good luck with your visits, Okie!!

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on August 15, 2019, 04:40:38 PM
I am in town but good thing I looked because I discovered they are closed today. I would have felt like it was a visit to Wally World.   I will be "working" in town tomorrow so I will head up at opening and get some rides in before heading back home.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on August 16, 2019, 11:54:33 AM
Me too!  I think this is the second year in a row I've done this.  Good thing I looked on line to check opening.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 16, 2019, 06:44:38 PM
thursday - 5171 people...  I may have to start going during the week,

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on August 16, 2019, 10:13:32 PM
I ended up skipping going up to the city today.  It started raining when I was getting ready to head up there and looked like it was going to last a while.  I only wanted to stay a couple of hours so I just headed back home.  I will be back up next weekend but I suspect it will be busier.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Hatfield McCoy on August 17, 2019, 04:19:02 AM
I know no one has a crystal ball, but how busy is Labor Day usually?  Looking at going the 2nd of September, but was wondering if that is a crazy day traditionally?  Maybe people heading back from mini vacation on the second and a little less crowded?

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on August 17, 2019, 09:55:25 AM
thursday - 5171 people...  I may have to start going during the week,

When school is in session that place is dead as the chances of the Float Trip coming back.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 17, 2019, 06:24:15 PM

When school is in session that place is dead as the chances of the Float Trip coming back.

^^^
LOL!!   Funny!!    really..!!..

9200 people today.  nice day
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 18, 2019, 09:12:00 PM
Sunday - - -   5300 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on August 18, 2019, 09:43:23 PM
This summer numbers seem lower than usual.  Does it feel that way in the park?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 19, 2019, 11:15:42 AM
This summer numbers seem lower than usual.  Does it feel that way in the park?

I was wondering the same thing the other day,  numbers just dont seem as high..

it has been hot,  But not real bad for very long.
Several Rain days...  but not all year..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on August 19, 2019, 01:41:03 PM
I've not experienced a visit there yet this summer that was as crowded as last year.  But, the lake is crazy!  So many boats and the newest kid on the block - wake boats! My boat used to look fairly good sized in a rental slip, and the last year I rented space it was a minnow.  I now have a long term lease at a marina, and there's a waiting list for those wanting in.  I wonder if there's a migration towards other types of entertainment rather than a theme park.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 19, 2019, 03:15:44 PM
I've not experienced a visit there yet this summer that was as crowded as last year.  But, the lake is crazy!  So many boats and the newest kid on the block - wake boats! My boat used to look fairly good sized in a rental slip, and the last year I rented space it was a minnow.  I now have a long term lease at a marina, and there's a waiting list for those wanting in.  I wonder if there's a migration towards other types of entertainment rather than a theme park.


NOT if they have any idea what it really cost to own, run and maintain a boat...  LOL
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Runner1960 on August 19, 2019, 03:36:49 PM
I've not experienced a visit there yet this summer that was as crowded as last year.  But, the lake is crazy!  So many boats and the newest kid on the block - wake boats! My boat used to look fairly good sized in a rental slip, and the last year I rented space it was a minnow.  I now have a long term lease at a marina, and there's a waiting list for those wanting in.  I wonder if there's a migration towards other types of entertainment rather than a theme park.

Personally for me after being a theme park junkie for a long time I am gravitating to other forms of entertainment. Concerts, Trips abroad , National parks, Hiking and the mountains peak my interest more than a manufactured environment. Lots of people in my family who visit SDC several times a year have only been 1 time this year. They are also reevaluating their yearly Christmas trip.  I have not been 1 time this year yet and will probably pass till 2020.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on August 19, 2019, 04:38:58 PM
Do you guys think Time Traveler was a bust for SDC for attendance draw? Everytime I go the ride seems to draw a decent crowd even on the slower days.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on August 19, 2019, 05:51:53 PM
Quote
Personally for me after being a theme park junkie for a long time I am gravitating to other forms of entertainment. Concerts, Trips abroad , National parks, Hiking and the mountains peak my interest more than a manufactured environment. Lots of people in my family who visit SDC several times a year have only been 1 time this year. They are also reevaluating their yearly Christmas trip.  I have not been 1 time this year yet and will probably pass till 2020.

I am doing the same, no trips yet and none planned.  I may purchase a season pass next year again, I will see what is on the schedule.  I think that TT has been a success but I think closing a part of the park is a hard thing for them to overcome.  Disney has mass and with the number of attractions they can get away with this move but SDC maybe no so much.  I am looking forward to the Pumpkin/Halloween festival they are starting this year, I wonder what kind of boost it will give to the numbers.  Halloween is a huge draw for other parks, SDC seems to be trying to keep Halloween out of it but I see by the decor previews it is definitely peeking though. ( Spiders, Black Cats) My bet is they will stop being afraid of it if the money starts rolling in.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on August 19, 2019, 07:58:52 PM
I do know we have not been up there this year near as much as previous years.  If it was not for the new ride next year, there is a good chance I might not buy a SP that year.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: palallin on August 20, 2019, 08:07:29 AM
We went quite a bit in Spring.  Summer has not been possible because of schedule and funds (a trip costs a great deal more than just the ticket, especially as we have passes).  We're hoping to make it at least three more times this year.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on August 20, 2019, 08:47:39 AM
I've not experienced a visit there yet this summer that was as crowded as last year.  But, the lake is crazy!  So many boats and the newest kid on the block - wake boats! My boat used to look fairly good sized in a rental slip, and the last year I rented space it was a minnow.  I now have a long term lease at a marina, and there's a waiting list for those wanting in.  I wonder if there's a migration towards other types of entertainment rather than a theme park.


NOT if they have any idea what it really cost to own, run and maintain a boat...  LOL

Yeah, we laugh about that.  Hubs prediction is there will be a glut of boats for sale in a couple years.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: chittlins on August 20, 2019, 09:07:05 AM
I've not experienced a visit there yet this summer that was as crowded as last year.  But, the lake is crazy!  So many boats and the newest kid on the block - wake boats! My boat used to look fairly good sized in a rental slip, and the last year I rented space it was a minnow.  I now have a long term lease at a marina, and there's a waiting list for those wanting in.  I wonder if there's a migration towards other types of entertainment rather than a theme park.


NOT if they have any idea what it really cost to own, run and maintain a boat...  LOL

Yeah, we laugh about that.  Hubs prediction is there will be a glut of boats for sale in a couple years.

Always is come every recession. That is when I picked up my last boat.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: HumphreyHawk on August 20, 2019, 09:04:29 PM
Do you guys think Time Traveler was a bust for SDC for attendance draw? Everytime I go the ride seems to draw a decent crowd even on the slower days.

I used to buy season tickets basically every other year for SDC.  Since TT opened I've only been twice and both times I didn't pay for tickets (bring a friend with another season holder family and as my parents treat for my us). 

I don't think it was TT that caused me/us to stop buying as much as its been my family has wanted to do other things with our money.  We bought Six Flags tix last year and hit up 3 parks with them over 3 different weekend trips through the year.....we did a cruise 2 years ago.....and this year we did a couple Orlando parks and a week on the beach in FL. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on August 20, 2019, 10:45:54 PM
We are prepping for trip #10 of the year. Weíve only hit one truly crazy busy day. Should hit 15 trips before the end of the year, probably more. Since we only live an hour and a half away, itís just a day trip for us. The kids are older now and we are really get our use out of the passes. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on August 21, 2019, 08:05:22 AM
Do you guys think Time Traveler was a bust for SDC for attendance draw? Everytime I go the ride seems to draw a decent crowd even on the slower days.


I believe the first year it opened (last year) was a record attendance for the park.  So I am sure Time Traveler had a little something to do with it.  I have a feeling this year is a little down from going to the park and seeing attendance totals.  It just seems they have got a lot of rain this year on days such as the weekends that they would have gotten good attendance.  I do believe the new Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Nights is going to be a big attendance draw and make up for any lost attendance.  Anything new at SDC especially a new ride is going to draw a decent crowd for awhile, and TT falls into that category.  Is Time Traveler a bust......Time will tell!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: palallin on August 21, 2019, 08:21:52 AM
Marine Dictionary:
Boat:  Noun.  A hole in the water into which the owner pours money.  The best two days of boat ownership are the day the owner buys it and the day the owner sells it.


I say these things as a guy who grew around boats and *really* wished he had time for them now.  Were I closer to the lake, I'd have one (not counting the ancient 12' V-bottom rowboat currently sitting next to my shop:  anybody want to acquire a 1957 7.5 hp Evinrude?).  I very much enjoy boating, but I just cannot indulge myself.

That said, it wouldn't take me away from the City.

And I would rather pay to go to SDC than be paid to go to Six Flags.   ;D
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 23, 2019, 07:00:47 AM
thursday-  4700
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on August 26, 2019, 04:57:54 PM
What are we thinking the crowds are gonna be like this weekend, numbers wise? Just saw SDC announced extended hours thru the weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/918404168497598/

I might go. Was thinking Fri/Sat is an obvious no as naturally that would be their busiest days/nights. So I was thinking Sun/Mon maybe? Though I'm aware last Saturday was pretty nice with a manageable crowd but that could have been due to the threat of rain keeping crowds away.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 27, 2019, 07:09:47 AM
What are we thinking the crowds are gonna be like this weekend, numbers wise? Just saw SDC announced extended hours thru the weekend. https://www.facebook.com/events/918404168497598/

I might go. Was thinking Fri/Sat is an obvious no as naturally that would be their busiest days/nights. So I was thinking Sun/Mon maybe? Though I'm aware last Saturday was pretty nice with a manageable crowd but that could have been due to the threat of rain keeping crowds away.

It is labor day weekend,  with school in session, I would think Friday and Monday would both be low traffic days...  leaves with flip of the coin on saturday and sunday....     

IMHO  saturday will be the busiest day...  Sunday will be above average even with extended hours, but people start going home sunday night/evening.

Have a great trip!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: palallin on August 27, 2019, 08:29:57 AM
We've done Sun/Mon on Labor Day before, and Monday, especially, was a real joy.  Weather will be a factor.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on August 30, 2019, 06:48:21 PM
friday 5900 people..

sdcfan88-  did you go today?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on August 30, 2019, 11:03:34 PM
friday 5900 people..

sdcfan88-  did you go today?

Nah had a lot of stuff come up that I had to deal with this past week, but I still might see about going Sunday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 08, 2019, 08:03:36 AM
Sat the 7th...   weekend after labor day,  always  slower in Branson and SDC,   9500 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 09, 2019, 08:38:15 AM
WOW!!   Sunday,  should have been there.  only 4700 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on September 09, 2019, 09:20:08 PM
Woof, these numbers are rough. Hope that things are about to take off for pumpkin season for the park's sake.

They seriously need some days with 15-20,000 guests to pump their numbers back up.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 10, 2019, 07:12:26 AM
Woof, these numbers are rough. Hope that things are about to take off for pumpkin season for the park's sake.

They seriously need some days with 15-20,000 guests to pump their numbers back up.

Yes, these numbers look poor, over the weekend they "predicted" 4-5,000 more than what showed up..    Seems like there have been a lot of low attendence days this year.  NOT all weather related...  I agree, we need to see some huge days in the next 4 months...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on September 10, 2019, 07:38:18 AM
I know that our family is waiting until Pumpkin Nights to start until we go back. We already have 3 trips planned. I know of some other families that are holding off on trips until Pumpkin Nights too.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: chittlins on September 10, 2019, 01:55:12 PM
I'll say it again, put in some Dancing Waters fountains, do a brief show every hour to Dueling Banjos......

And a flat.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on September 10, 2019, 05:44:04 PM
I was there Sat. early evening; really just for the Echo Hollow concert.  It was finally "mostly" full by the time it started, easy parking up close, and didn't appear crowded at all from Main St. to Echo (the only place I went).  But, the lake was busy, busy!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 13, 2019, 07:15:01 AM
Thursday the 12th..  only 2900 people.... :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: biscuitcreek on September 13, 2019, 11:11:22 AM
Thursday the 12th..  only 2900 people.... :-\

Maybe Country Music Days aren't a big draw. We usually go in September but we really didn't want to go to any of the Saturday night concerts and didn't consider the daily entertainment to be a reason to visit, either, since we usually go to SDC on Thursday or Friday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 13, 2019, 02:58:16 PM
Thursday the 12th..  only 2900 people.... :-\

Maybe Country Music Days aren't a big draw. We usually go in September but we really didn't want to go to any of the Saturday night concerts and didn't consider the daily entertainment to be a reason to visit, either, since we usually go to SDC on Thursday or Friday.

Maybe, maybe not.. I know this year they are using several of the local Branson musicians at the park..   Maybe the names just arent big enough to draw people in,  maybe its just too early to tell..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on September 13, 2019, 06:45:07 PM
Thursday the 12th..  only 2900 people.... :-\

We were out there for about 3 hours Thursday.  That was as empty as I've seen the park in a long time.  We literally walked onto Time Traveler, which only had a half full train.  Only did it once as we would have had to walk all the way around and that's a long walk with all those stairs.  lol

Only places that really had any people were the shows.  Saloon was full, as well as the Pickers and the Dockside theater had a decent size crowd.  But everything else was just empty.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on September 13, 2019, 08:06:02 PM
I was there yesterday too. It was great. lol
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 14, 2019, 09:11:17 PM
Saturday a little better day,   14,295 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 15, 2019, 06:52:01 PM
sunday - 6400 people..  fair for sunday
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 18, 2019, 08:35:58 PM
4200 people today, wednesday
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 20, 2019, 06:51:08 AM
Last thursday   9-13   2900 people

this thursdy 9-20        2700 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 21, 2019, 09:34:25 AM
Friday - - 2600 people?  wow!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on September 21, 2019, 10:29:34 AM
This is troubling. Big changes will come to the park if the numbers don't improve. It doesn't make sense to me that SDC is struggling while the six flags and cedar fair parks are surging. It's not like SDC is even that much more expensive, or has that fewer rides. I think the older generation that SDC has relied on to fill out it's numbers has finally moved on or been priced out. You guys aren't going to like what they will probably do to pander to the younger generations...

Really hope Pumpkin nights are a success.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: History Buff on September 21, 2019, 10:45:25 AM
This is troubling. Big changes will come to the park if the numbers don't improve. It doesn't make sense to me that SDC is struggling while the six flags and cedar fair parks are surging. It's not like SDC is even that much more expensive, or has that fewer rides. I think the older generation that SDC has relied on to fill out it's numbers has finally moved on or been priced out. You guys aren't going to like what they will probably do to pander to the younger generations...

Really hope Pumpkin nights are a success.

Do we really know that these are unusual numbers?  This is the first time I've seen daily numbers like this on the forum.  I do know that September is the month of lowest revenue in retail and restaurant business; maybe that has always translated to tourism as well.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: biscuitcreek on September 21, 2019, 11:37:16 AM
This is troubling. Big changes will come to the park if the numbers don't improve. It doesn't make sense to me that SDC is struggling while the six flags and cedar fair parks are surging. It's not like SDC is even that much more expensive, or has that fewer rides. I think the older generation that SDC has relied on to fill out it's numbers has finally moved on or been priced out. You guys aren't going to like what they will probably do to pander to the younger generations...

Really hope Pumpkin nights are a success.


Do we really know that these are unusual numbers?  This is the first time I've seen daily numbers like this on the forum.  I do know that September is the month of lowest revenue in retail and restaurant business; maybe that has always translated to tourism as well.

I took some time to look at September 2018 trip reports. How-do Folks said that on Friday the 14th the park was not busy at all. Sirwillow reported on the 15th that the park was "a bit on the crowded side but not overwhelming". Jemmicat went on the 16th and mentioned the traffic. Gilligan reported on the 19th that she was surprised at the number of people there on a Wednesday. On Sunday the 24th Okiebenz reported that the crowds were light and all the rides they rode were walk on but TT had a line.

Last year was the last year of the Cowboy Festival so there were extra activities and crafts during the day in September.  I don't think the entertainment during the day for Country Music Days was a big draw for people this year.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 21, 2019, 05:28:59 PM
This is troubling. Big changes will come to the park if the numbers don't improve. It doesn't make sense to me that SDC is struggling while the six flags and cedar fair parks are surging. It's not like SDC is even that much more expensive, or has that fewer rides. I think the older generation that SDC has relied on to fill out it's numbers has finally moved on or been priced out. You guys aren't going to like what they will probably do to pander to the younger generations...

Really hope Pumpkin nights are a success.

Yes, these are poor numbers... The PTB "expected" 4500 on thursday, and 5500 on friday, and actually only about 1/2 that many showed up.

This summers numbers just seem weak to me.. I dont have the "connection" to find out if numbers are up? down? or WAAYY down?.   

Maybes someone else here can check with the PR dept and verify.. I would like to know.. 

We can only hope for a strong next 3 1/2 months, 

I dont think their country music days drew the crowd they were looking for, however I do know the local artists that played have a good local following and several of the bransonites did come out to watch them..  the artists- Billy Yates, Eastern Heights, The  Missouri Ploughboys and Matt Gumm are all local that either are in shows in town, and in bands after hours or do both..    obviously the local names wont or probalby did not draw people from to far away, since their name wasnt reconized.   Although Billy Yates is a very well country artist local, nationally and worldwide..

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: chittlins on September 21, 2019, 07:39:21 PM
It's been blanking hot. Need fall weather.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on September 21, 2019, 09:15:48 PM
Dang I should have made a trip up there Thursday or Friday.  I start a new job next week so will not be up there as often for "work".

I wonder if part of the problem is they have pushed so many people in there the last few years people are tired of the huge crowds and just not going as much.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 22, 2019, 07:29:42 AM
Sat's number was a little over 10,000 people, 

I did see on FB that the Echo Hollow Show had a full crowd, which is good
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on September 22, 2019, 07:42:35 AM
A lot of the attendance issue can be blamed on the weather. It rained the entire summer. We have had double the average rain fall. Now summer has finally arrived and itís too late for families to go. September is also a time they expect a lot of older people to be at the park and it has been too hot for them to go.

I think losing lost river impacted attendance. Only 2 water rides at the park makes lines long. Like an hour and a half to get on river blast long. Iíve never seen lines for the plunge as I did this year.

We have been 10 times this year. Every single time, at least one of the rollercoaster photo places has been closed. Rides have been down for hours at a time. They arenít running to capacity and are only running one ďtrainĒ on rides even with hour lines. For 2 months there were no bags for the ball pit, so kids weíre using their shirts to carry balls to the shooters. Food lines arenít staffed correctly so lines are incredibly long.

Itís just been a rough year. Not one thing will affect attendance like this, but added together, they can make a big impact. Hopefully next year will be better.  But I plan on enjoying *some* shorter wait times and better parking spots while they are available.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 22, 2019, 08:03:52 AM
the rain?  yes, The rain..   been raining here since last november..  It has literally rained here every weekend for 5 or 6 weeks in the row, including today,,
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: DianaGail on September 22, 2019, 08:43:11 AM
the rain?  yes, The rain..   been raining here since last november..  It has literally rained here every weekend for 5 or 6 weeks in the row, including today,,

So over the rain.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: chittlins on September 22, 2019, 09:37:39 AM
A lot of the attendance issue can be blamed on the weather. It rained the entire summer. We have had double the average rain fall. Now summer has finally arrived and itís too late for families to go. September is also a time they expect a lot of older people to be at the park and it has been too hot for them to go.

I think losing lost river impacted attendance. Only 2 water rides at the park makes lines long. Like an hour and a half to get on river blast long. Iíve never seen lines for the plunge as I did this year.

We have been 10 times this year. Every single time, at least one of the rollercoaster photo places has been closed. Rides have been down for hours at a time. They arenít running to capacity and are only running one ďtrainĒ on rides even with hour lines. For 2 months there were no bags for the ball pit, so kids weíre using their shirts to carry balls to the shooters. Food lines arenít staffed correctly so lines are incredibly long.

Itís just been a rough year. Not one thing will affect attendance like this, but added together, they can make a big impact. Hopefully next year will be better.  But I plan on enjoying *some* shorter wait times and better parking spots while they are available.

Like I said in another post, they need more flats, complimentary and similarly themed to acccompany  the Big new ride. It eats lines.

We have reached peak employment it seems, there's plenty of jobs to be had locally here but the unemployment rate is static. SDC is a different beast, as theme parks have gone to longer and longer seasons, they need more help other than summer seasonal. It is not to be found. Even summer seasonal is more scarce as teens are working less and less. (A bad thing in my opinion, they learn no work ethic and are just being taught in schools to take tests).

I'm all for an expansion of visa programs for these type of jobs. Seems SDC did that route a bit more back before the Great Depression.

And the weather was horrific for weekend fun in the Ozarks this year.  It is nearly 80 degrees at 9:30am on a Sunday in late Sept right now.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Obviousdramatic on September 22, 2019, 10:06:20 AM
Just sheer opinion, but I dont want more flat rides tarting it up. For me, SDC isnt about how many rides can be shoved onto the real estate. But then again, we do not go from mid June to Sept 1 because we dont like the crowds or heat.

The weather has been a bit much this year. Wet, wet, wet, then hot, hot, hot. Just not enjoyable.

Again, pure opinion, an issue I have with working at SDC is the pay. Its not worth it by the time you factor in all the bills you have plus if you should have day care costs. Its a true struggle. (I know its not a job for adults) On the other side of things I get that its a minimum wage job due to all the other costs SDC has. Quite the balance they have to strike. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 22, 2019, 11:22:48 AM
Just sheer opinion, but I dont want more flat rides tarting it up. For me, SDC isnt about how many rides can be shoved onto the real estate. But then again, we do not go from mid June to Sept 1 because we dont like the crowds or heat.

The weather has been a bit much this year. Wet, wet, wet, then hot, hot, hot. Just not enjoyable.

Again, pure opinion, an issue I have with working at SDC is the pay. Its not worth it by the time you factor in all the bills you have plus if you should have day care costs. Its a true struggle. (I know its not a job for adults) On the other side of things I get that its a minimum wage job due to all the other costs SDC has. Quite the balance they have to strike.

The weather has been a major player this year for sure., and with the threat of rain today AND its Sunday, will be a low count again..

As far as their pay scale?
That doesnt have a thing to do with attendance, so if you want to "talk" about that,
please start a new thread.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on September 22, 2019, 02:56:37 PM
Sat's number was a little over 10,000 people, 

I did see on FB that the Echo Hollow Show had a full crowd, which is good

More than a full crowd at Echo for Sawyer Brown - they ran out of standing room!  Very good concert! Sawyer played longer than the usual concert there; about l 1/2 hrs.  Very cranky people that couldn't find seats. I'd say downright pissed off people! It was announced several times that peeps in seats needed to move in to allow for others, but there was no where to move.  I think they should've cut off people allowed to enter when they reached the max.  We got there about 3 hrs. before the concert, and the line was already up to Main St.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: HumphreyHawk on September 22, 2019, 03:46:18 PM
I'm fully on the....need more flat rides....opinion.

Can you imagine what the ride lines would be like through the rest of the park if the strip of GE flat rides where closed on a busy day?  3 or 4 more modern flats through the park would be a huge help on crazy busy days. 

Not to mention I believe they seriously need another indoor attraction that can remain open during bad weather and cold weather.  The only 2 major rides open during rain and cold are the oldest ones in the park.  Beyond fixing/replacing them....may a indoor flat could be done?

Just need employees and money.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: cowboy on September 22, 2019, 06:58:18 PM
I'm not sure it's the rides - if rides were the draw, then SDC would be busier now than what is being experienced because people would hear that the lines would be short. The locals would be going because they know the crowd is small.

I think you'll see another big bump in attendance with the upcoming Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Nights upcoming. I know our family has been talking about this for a while and we love coming up during Oklahoma School's Fall Break. You'll see very big crowds the weekend on October 17, 18, 19th. We've talked about going the last couple of weeks, but because we want to go during Harvest Festival, the family decided to wait.

Jay

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 22, 2019, 08:26:48 PM
Sunday - 3200 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Joy on September 22, 2019, 11:01:48 PM
I feel like they should've started Pumpkin Nights at the beginning of September. All the other theme parks have their Halloween-related stuff going already.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 23, 2019, 08:04:33 AM
I feel like they should've started Pumpkin Nights at the beginning of September. All the other theme parks have their Halloween-related stuff going already.

being as how this is the first year,I am sure there will some "changes" next year.   When it starts may very well be one of them..   Maybe not, they may not want pumkin nites to be on at the same time as country days.....   we will see
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Coaster on September 23, 2019, 07:22:34 PM
I'm very interested in Pumpkin Nights' attendance numbers. They've been hyping this all year on social media. I'm expecting it to do well and be a nice rebound from the slow summer SDC experienced.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 24, 2019, 07:07:04 AM
I'm very interested in Pumpkin Nights' attendance numbers. They've been hyping this all year on social media. I'm expecting it to do well and be a nice rebound from the slow summer SDC experienced.

well tomorrow night is the kick off, so we will see if it starts off right away, or have to wait for the weekend, so the kids can come out and enjoy it.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Joy on September 24, 2019, 03:28:47 PM
Believe me, if I had money, I'd be there. I loved LumiNights SO much and I hope I get to see Pumpkin Nights in person, if not this year maybe next year.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on September 25, 2019, 07:32:20 PM
I'll be out there tomorrow afternoon and evening to get some photos and video.  Looking forward to it.  I should have the video for it posted next Tuesday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on September 25, 2019, 08:34:05 PM
Real quick because I don't have much internet, I went to the City tonight.  I have to say at first I was very underwhelmed.  There are lots and lots of pumpkins and some flowers not yet blooming, but little else - no gourds, cornstalks, colored leaves, flags, garlands, etc.  The walkway into the park and the square had a lot of pumpkins and some of the booths are set up with vendors.  Nothing like last year!  Hugo's Hill Street had nothing nor did Midtown.

 Everything is focused on Valley Road and the Grand Expo area. We stuck around until dark for a glimpse ...and it came alive!  Pumpkins were lit and grouped in themes - flowers, animals, birds.  Even the carnival games and the rides had themed pumpkins.  There was a camping scene set up of glowing pumpkins with a campfire, animals, and a lantern.  Very cool!  The large displays of pumpkins forming a cat, spider, owl, etc. were cute.  The black light party must've started early because the music was playing, employees were everywhere dancing with the crowd, and the blow up dancing tube guys (what are they called?} was all in gear way before dark. When the lights came on, I'll admit it was very cool!  Not many people there at all when I showed up about 4:30, but there was a decent crowd coming in as we left. I've never seen so many employees roaming the park.  At first, it seemed as though there were as many employees as paying guests.  I'm assuming they expected more people.  Hubs and I really did enjoy it and will go back soon.  I do wish more of the park was decorated (not just a few areas) and with more than orange and white pumpkins.  Hubs commented as we walked out that none of the pumpkins had light from the square past Delilah's, and he thought they should so that people leave with the feeling of "Wow" as they exit the park.  I agree with him!  I'll try to post some photos tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 25, 2019, 10:18:36 PM
wed's numbers..   The PTB expected about 6000 people,    Actually had about 3300 show up for the first night.. 

I would expect that numbers to climb through the weekend, with a peak on sat night..  supposed to be nice weather and temps very decent..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Joy on September 26, 2019, 01:51:58 PM
I think this is where Dollywood has an advantage in that the main park pathway is a loop. Their LumiNights is basically the opposite of SDC's Pumpkin Nights in terms of where the main part of it is. In DW, the main loop of the park is decorated for LumiNights, so you see it pretty much everywhere, except over in the County Fair area (the DW version of Grand Expo). I imagine SDC will be running surveys and what-not to see what the guests liked most and least about Pumpkin Nights. This is the first year, so I know they're just dipping their toes in the water. Hopefully maybe next year they'll expand it. In fact, maybe that's their long-term plan - start small by keeping it just in the Expo area, then expand it into another area of the park the next year, so they can then advertise "Bigger, Brighter Pumpkin Nights!"
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 26, 2019, 04:50:54 PM
I think this is where Dollywood has an advantage in that the main park pathway is a loop. Their LumiNights is basically the opposite of SDC's Pumpkin Nights in terms of where the main part of it is. In DW, the main loop of the park is decorated for LumiNights, so you see it pretty much everywhere, except over in the County Fair area (the DW version of Grand Expo). I imagine SDC will be running surveys and what-not to see what the guests liked most and least about Pumpkin Nights. This is the first year, so I know they're just dipping their toes in the water. Hopefully maybe next year they'll expand it. In fact, maybe that's their long-term plan - start small by keeping it just in the Expo area, then expand it into another area of the park the next year, so they can then advertise "Bigger, Brighter Pumpkin Nights!"

yes it is the first year...  they can see and hear whats going on and hwat people are thinkging/seeing..  adjust stuff for next year
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 27, 2019, 07:32:59 AM
Day #2 for Pumpkin nights - 5600 people,

going to be hot and humid next 3 or 4 days, lets see if that affects the weekend numbers or not
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sirwillow on September 27, 2019, 04:12:22 PM
I'll post this on the trip reports thread as well.

We were at the park yesterday.  It was disappointing to see how many crafters were missing this year- much lower numbers and many of the favorites aren't there this time.  Which meant the square felt much lighter in numbers.

But the Pumpkin Nights was awesome.

We were there until about 7:30 and were very impressed by what they are offering for the new festival, and can't wait to see it grow.

And yes, crowds were pretty light.  Which means short lines for everything, and Echo Hollow being maybe 1/3 to 1/2 full.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 27, 2019, 06:15:41 PM
We were at the park yesterday.  It was disappointing to see how many crafters were missing this year- much lower numbers and many of the favorites aren't there this time.  Which meant the square felt much lighter in numbers.

The PTB need to make sure they dont loose the crafters, that has always been and will always be a good draw..(as long as they have crfaters there).   If they do away with them....  It will be a shame and the numbers will show it.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 27, 2019, 09:02:36 PM
Thats better!!!

10,000 people today, on a friday!!   Great!!

Anybody from here there tonight? how was it?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on September 27, 2019, 09:57:43 PM
I have been in Utah all week and am thinking about going up there tomorrow and Sunday.  I may just wait until next week and go Thursday/Friday or Friday/Saturday.  Looking for less busy days.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: KBCraig on September 27, 2019, 11:10:24 PM
More than a full crowd at Echo for Sawyer Brown

I didn't think that Echo Hollow was a good idea in the first place.

I had no idea it would sink that low.  ;)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on September 28, 2019, 12:01:31 AM
Anybody from here there tonight? how was it?

We were there Wednesday and tonight. Completely different experiences. The place was empty on Wednesday night. The riverfront area was almost creepy because no one else was in that part of the park and some of the lights were out so there were some dark parts of the path. Tonight there were people thought the park and more lights had been added to the darker areas since Wednesday.
The new Pumpkin Plaza was much better tonight with a crowd than on Wednesday. Surprisingly, the Owl Hollow wooded trail wasnít super packed tonight. We were afraid that it would be really hard to see the pumpkins on it with much of a crowd.
The hill from the square to Grand Expo was very crowded all evening. Not Saturday Christmas crowded, but still crowded.
Even with the larger crowd tonight, we still did everything that we wanted to do and had a great time.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 28, 2019, 05:50:27 PM
Another good strong day so far.. warm 80 degrees and no rain in sight...

As of 5 pm,  12,300 people.. and still coming in the gate,!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 28, 2019, 11:16:31 PM
Finally a Decent day for the PTB,.,  I am sure they are thrilled with today group..

16,300 people.     

Over 4,000 came in after 5 in the evening.. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on September 29, 2019, 10:52:30 AM
I think it's safe to say that the pumpkin nights will be greatly expanded next year, both in terms of scale and the length. I'll bet they start by mid-September at the latest. Keep in mind Disneyworld was already doing a trick-or-treat even in mid August when I was there.

Glad that they are getting some decent numbers again. This season looks like it has largely been a wash, but at least they always finish out strong. Hopefully next year will be much stronger.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 29, 2019, 04:43:03 PM
I think it's safe to say that the pumpkin nights will be greatly expanded next year, both in terms of scale and the length. I'll bet they start by mid-September at the latest. Keep in mind Disneyworld was already doing a trick-or-treat even in mid August when I was there.

Glad that they are getting some decent numbers again. This season looks like it has largely been a wash, but at least they always finish out strong. Hopefully next year will be much stronger.

I agree for sure, next year i would expect it to expand both in displays and goodies, as well as start earlier in the season..

I just hope, I really hope they put a little more emphasis on more crafters..
If they loose or do away with the crafter/craft season they will lose a whole demographic of people..
I for one, If there are no Crafts, and as previously mentioned they have done away with the "cowboy Festival", there would be no reason for me to visit in the fall.   After all The Fall Festival was a big deal, but apparantly it is going to the wayside, or in fact already gone :'(.. too bad.

Unless the PTB think by getting the kids in for the Pumpkin Nights Event, they will maybe not get more people, But in fact more poeple (kids and family) that will spend money on site for food and such..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on September 30, 2019, 06:20:52 AM
Sunday - 9600 people,  good number for a sunday
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 03, 2019, 07:46:01 AM
wed - 4900 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Obviousdramatic on October 03, 2019, 08:18:42 AM
My family will not attend the Pumpkin Nights deal. We love fall and pumpkins and all things of that nature. But we dont go to SDC for 20.00 bubble wands and to listen to hip cool dance music. It is just not us. I hope they do not get rid of the craft portion, its my fave.

Its great they are trying to draw in the youths. I think its great more memories are being made for others. Shoot when I was a youth they had Nickelodeon there during Kids Fest and that was amazing!! (NOT on brand, much like dance parties at PN) So I get it. They drew me in with shiny cool things. I am a life long visitor now because of the memories I made then.

Maybe next year they will expand the PN to include something besides black lights and dance parties?

I still love the craft/cowboy part better though. :)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: woodgrain on October 03, 2019, 09:39:25 AM
My family will not attend the Pumpkin Nights deal. We love fall and pumpkins and all things of that nature. But we dont go to SDC for 20.00 bubble wands and to listen to hip cool dance music. It is just not us. I hope they do not get rid of the craft portion, its my fave.

Its great they are trying to draw in the youths. I think its great more memories are being made for others. Shoot when I was a youth they had Nickelodeon there during Kids Fest and that was amazing!! (NOT on brand, much like dance parties at PN) So I get it. They drew me in with shiny cool things. I am a life long visitor now because of the memories I made then.

Maybe next year they will expand the PN to include something besides black lights and dance parties?

I still love the craft/cowboy part better though. :)

I totally understand where you're coming from, but I would still say it's worth checking out. There's definitely a charm to everything that they've put together for this festival. Great attention to detail and fun atmosphere. The dance party is fairly well sequestered in the back of the park. It is definitely not at the center of everything and can be completely skipped if desired. I don't really remember being able to hear it much beyond that area. There are pumpkin figures at each of the shops along the way that mimic the art/craft at each shop (e.g. a blacksmith pumpkin and a glass blower pumpkin, etc.). Plus it's finally getting cooler and there's just something about being at SDC in the fall. All that to say, consider giving it a shot!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: chittlins on October 03, 2019, 02:55:07 PM
My family will not attend the Pumpkin Nights deal. We love fall and pumpkins and all things of that nature. But we dont go to SDC for 20.00 bubble wands and to listen to hip cool dance music. It is just not us. I hope they do not get rid of the craft portion, its my fave.

Its great they are trying to draw in the youths. I think its great more memories are being made for others. Shoot when I was a youth they had Nickelodeon there during Kids Fest and that was amazing!! (NOT on brand, much like dance parties at PN) So I get it. They drew me in with shiny cool things. I am a life long visitor now because of the memories I made then.

Maybe next year they will expand the PN to include something besides black lights and dance parties?

I still love the craft/cowboy part better though. :)

This post is obviously overdramatic
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 04, 2019, 07:21:59 AM
thursday,  6470 today
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Okiebenz on October 04, 2019, 11:32:06 AM
I will be heading up this afternoon.  Will probably get there around 3-4pm and stay until dark.  I am assuming it being a Friday night it will be busier later in the day.  We will then get there at opening tomorrow and stay until it gets too busy then head back home.  On a Saturday with the evening hours, are the crowds usually light early in the day and it shifts to later in the day so people can do the pumpkin nights stuff?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 04, 2019, 03:29:42 PM
I will be heading up this afternoon.  Will probably get there around 3-4pm and stay until dark.  I am assuming it being a Friday night it will be busier later in the day.  We will then get there at opening tomorrow and stay until it gets too busy then head back home.  On a Saturday with the evening hours, are the crowds usually light early in the day and it shifts to later in the day so people can do the pumpkin nights stuff?


Should be a good day today,,,

last sat they had 12,000 at 5 in the afternoon,  ended up at 16..    so probably will start off slow.. hope you have a good visit.!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: KBCraig on October 04, 2019, 11:08:05 PM
Shoot when I was a youth they had Nickelodeon there during Kids Fest and that was amazing!!
When I was a youth they had the Beverly Hillbillies there. ;)

I also prefer the crafts and such. But if I lived nearby, I would go for this and the other festivals (all the while grumbling about "NOT IN MISS MARY'S TIME!", because I'm old coot and entitled.)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on October 05, 2019, 11:09:41 PM
18200 today.  It was packed.  It felt like Christmas crowds in the bottleneck areas. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 08, 2019, 04:41:33 PM
Can you say RAIN!!!????

Sunday 2000 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on October 09, 2019, 09:24:17 PM
It was crowded today!  Talked with a few favorite employees who said attendance was already at 10,000 by morning, and they weren't expecting that many.  It got more crowded toward 5:00. I got there about 2:30, and walked to the main square about 3. It was full, there was a line to get into Echo Hollow shortly after 4:00, and the Pumpkin area was full.  Lots of bubbles and blinky toys everywhere! The lighted pumpkin path was uncomfortably full, so we walked through quickly.  Hubs and I both noticed there were more pumpkins and lights than when we were there opening day.  We're pretty sure the Pumpkin Fest sign was not over the arch by Echo Hollow opening day, either.  It looks nice. It was a quick walk through to get away from acv's, strollers, and running kids.  We had a great day. Exiting at 8:00 with a crowd presented the usual problems - a log jam of people and several employees trying to separate the groups into walkers and tram riders.   
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on October 09, 2019, 10:03:59 PM
^today?
They budgeted for 6000 and final count was 8015
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on October 09, 2019, 10:48:17 PM
We're pretty sure the Pumpkin Fest sign was not over the arch by Echo Hollow opening day, either.  It looks nice.

It was there opening day. The only thing that weíve noticed that they have added is more lights along the path between the pizza place and the new bbq rib place. It was way too dark in that area opening night. Noticed the added lighting there that Friday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on October 10, 2019, 10:45:50 PM
We're pretty sure the Pumpkin Fest sign was not over the arch by Echo Hollow opening day, either.  It looks nice.

It was there opening day. The only thing that weíve noticed that they have added is more lights along the path between the pizza place and the new bbq rib place. It was way too dark in that area opening night. Noticed the added lighting there that Friday.

We came from that direction, so that's probably why I thought I was seeing more lights.  ;D  It was early when we walked in opening night; hubs thought maybe the sign was not lit as we walked in, thus not noticing it. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: cowboy on October 11, 2019, 10:38:57 AM
Next week 17th, 18th, and 19th should be a packed week for SDC. Oklahoma schools are out for fall break and we always flock to Branson. We are planning to make it up Wednesday to hit the park (hoping this day is less busy than the others)...then hit it Thursday morning too.

Hoping for good weather........looking good so far with highs in low 70's.

Jay
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 11, 2019, 02:07:00 PM
Next week 17th, 18th, and 19th should be a packed week for SDC. Oklahoma schools are out for fall break and we always flock to Branson. We are planning to make it up Wednesday to hit the park (hoping this day is less busy than the others)...then hit it Thursday morning too.

Hoping for good weather........looking good so far with highs in low 70's.

Jay

Wed should be a good day. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 12, 2019, 07:13:19 AM
friday - 7100
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 13, 2019, 01:54:47 PM
SATURDAY  ---   26, 327 people..!!!    :o :o :o

WOW!!!

Who was there?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on October 13, 2019, 02:58:52 PM
^ A lot of people- LOL!  I'd say Pumpkin Nights is a success.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 13, 2019, 07:29:10 PM
^ A lot of people- LOL!  I'd say Pumpkin Nights is a success.

I saw this on another site, about yesterdays crowd.... 

""As a "heads up"...went to SDC at 4:30 this afternoon...could NOT get into the park...all parking lots were full, and they put a sign out saying "Come Back AFTER 6:30 pm"."""

Anybody else have any stories from the busiest day of the year so far??
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: woodgrain on October 13, 2019, 07:31:24 PM
We were there this afternoon and it was packed. Got to the park around 3:30 and parked out in Lot 7 which was nearly full by the time we got there. Nice to see PN is bringing in the crowds. We left around 6 and people were still flowing in.

Side note: we saw the Christmas tree in the storage area off 76. Very easy to see as it is not very far off the highway at all.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mbrownx4 on October 13, 2019, 09:04:58 PM
I was there Saturday until 5 ish.  Very, very busy, lines for everything, everywhere.  The busiest I had ever seen.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 13, 2019, 10:07:36 PM
Hence why I never go on a nice day on a Saturday. lol That's incredible to get Christmas numbers for the fall festival. This likely means Pumpkin Nights is here to stay and will also likely be expanded.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: dc_mpa on October 13, 2019, 10:33:44 PM
Was told by many employees today that yesterday (Saturday) was 24,000 in the park. Rides were 45 min average for the main rides.

Today was 15-20 min wait.

First time in 36 years I walked out of that park disappointed. They only had 35 vendors at the harvest festival this year compared to 130 previous years. Come 5:45, we were pushed out of shops and pushed into the pumpkin area where it felt like Times Square in NYC of people.

Theyíve ruined the harvest festival and will get a lengthy letter from me on this one. Sad that we had many employees tell us who to contact and asked us to voice our concerns because they too didnít care for the changes this year.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Joy on October 14, 2019, 01:18:44 AM
I'm wondering if Dollywood is managing to grab more of the craftsmen than SDC? I know last year when my friends and I were at DW for Halloween, there were a fair amount of craftsmen there and at least one was from Missouri, which surprised me because I would've expected that person to be at SDC 'cause it'd be closer. So I'm wondering if Dollywood is offering more money/time/etc. to craftspeople and therefore are getting them all, which leaves SDC a bit short since both parks have their crafts festivals at the same time.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 14, 2019, 08:07:49 AM
Sunday - perfect weather - 20,300 people.. 

Thats a great number for the weekend, I am sure the PTB are thrilled with the weekend.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on October 15, 2019, 12:46:21 PM
Terry Sanders reported 26,378 people at the park on Saturday.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 15, 2019, 03:07:57 PM
Terry Sanders reported 26,378 people at the park on Saturday.

Yes, thats right..  Huge day!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pudgy Jones on October 16, 2019, 10:00:47 AM
During the Christmas season, the crowds are all crammed into the park to see the lights at night.

During the Harvest Festival, is it crowded all day (on the busy days) or is there a group that comes during the day for the Craft Days followed by a group that comes later in the day for the Pumpkin Nights?
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 16, 2019, 10:34:46 AM
During the Christmas season, the crowds are all crammed into the park to see the lights at night.

During the Harvest Festival, is it crowded all day (on the busy days) or is there a group that comes during the day for the Craft Days followed by a group that comes later in the day for the Pumpkin Nights?

i dont know if that is how it worked this year,  but I am sure thats what the PTB want to happen. 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on October 17, 2019, 09:57:06 PM
During the Christmas season, the crowds are all crammed into the park to see the lights at night.

During the Harvest Festival, is it crowded all day (on the busy days) or is there a group that comes during the day for the Craft Days followed by a group that comes later in the day for the Pumpkin Nights?

We were there the first Saturday/Sunday of this month.  Saturday's crowd was very light until about 1pm then it started getting crowded.  It got really crowded closer to dark and when we left close to 8 there were still people coming in the turnstiles.  So I'd say yes there is definitely a crowd coming just for Pumpkin Nights
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 19, 2019, 07:45:44 AM
Friday - 24,300 people!!  WOW!!,       

they were expecting 9,000, BUSY DAY!!! or maybe BUSY EVENING!!! 
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Jemmicat on October 19, 2019, 08:34:30 AM
I went yesterday for about an hour and a half about 3PM and it was miserably crowded. I normally go on Fridays during the day as it is usually empty. I left before I yelled at someone because it was just filled with idiots... The drive from Springfield was just as bad with cars in the fast lane that had no business being in the fast lane and long lines of cars not close enough to pass in a group so I was passing a single car at a time on the right... Sadly, SDC does not sell liquor because I needed a drink by the time I got there and several more for dealing with the crowd...
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mhguy77 on October 19, 2019, 08:57:11 AM
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I went yesterday for about an hour and a half about 3PM and it was miserably crowded. I normally go on Fridays during the day as it is usually empty. I left before I yelled at someone because it was just filled with idiots... The drive from Springfield was just as bad with cars in the fast lane that had no business being in the fast lane and long lines of cars not close enough to pass in a group so I was passing a single car at a time on the right... Sadly, SDC does not sell liquor because I needed a drink by the time I got there and several more for dealing with the crowd...

Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on October 19, 2019, 09:52:00 AM
Attendance of 26,378 and 20,300 last weekend, and 24,300 yesterday is pretty crazy numbers.   With numbers like this they probably are looking at a record attendance year again.   Lets see....next year new Mystic River Falls and probably expansion of Pumpkin Nights with ever expanding Christmas season.   Sounds like our  peaceful, quiet and relaxing 1880's town is going to need some serious infrastructure work.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 19, 2019, 10:35:03 AM
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I went yesterday for about an hour and a half about 3PM and it was miserably crowded. I normally go on Fridays during the day as it is usually empty. I left before I yelled at someone because it was just filled with idiots... The drive from Springfield was just as bad with cars in the fast lane that had no business being in the fast lane and long lines of cars not close enough to pass in a group so I was passing a single car at a time on the right... Sadly, SDC does not sell liquor because I needed a drink by the time I got there and several more for dealing with the crowd...

Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor

Aftraid you might be right about that.. , that has to be a record friday attendance..

And I feel a change in the "Force"   :'( :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Joy on October 19, 2019, 11:13:04 AM
Maybe next year they'll extend the length of this fest... I got an e-mail yesterday from SDC reminding people that there are only 6 days left for Craft Days/Pumpkin Nights, and it kinda shocked me 'cause it feels as if this fest only just started. Maybe if they extend it next year, the crowds will spread out just enough to be comfortable each day.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on October 19, 2019, 01:20:47 PM
At least they're making enough money to do a bigger longer fire in the hole, fix the thunderation bump, restore the plunge to it's full glory, do the 3D Diving Bell, put in a western themed steakhouse, etc  :D
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 19, 2019, 02:33:18 PM
At least they're making enough money to do a bigger longer fire in the hole, fix the thunderation bump, restore the plunge to it's full glory, do the 3D Diving Bell, put in a western themed steakhouse, etc  :D


LOL!!  You been hanging out at the saloon again>>>>???
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on October 19, 2019, 03:05:58 PM
^ Yes, the Wishful Thinking Saloon- Where the Glass is Always Half-Full"!  (Maybe the PTB are looking at this and saying "Hey Duelist is right- we can do that stuff now! What an insightful guy!"  ;)
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 20, 2019, 06:54:05 AM
Saturday--  another  24,000 people...     and the story continues.....
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Coaster on October 22, 2019, 08:06:09 PM
With these numbers, I see the Harvest Festival definitely getting expanded. Especially since it seems the summer numbers were down some this year. I wouldn't be surprised if this festival begins in September 2020.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 23, 2019, 01:12:40 PM
FYI at the park right now. It's getting pretty packed. Stop 2-3 is full as well as much of the handicapped preferred parking area. Stop 5 lot is already about half full. Electric scooters are also sold out today so be sure to call ahead or make necessary preparations if you have any disabled guests.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 23, 2019, 01:25:48 PM
Sunday 15,000 people!!   the PTB have to be thrilled with these numbers, considering the slow start..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on October 23, 2019, 06:33:34 PM
FYI at the park right now. It's getting pretty packed. Stop 2-3 is full as well as much of the handicapped preferred parking area. Stop 5 lot is already about half full. Electric scooters are also sold out today so be sure to call ahead or make necessary preparations if you have any disabled guests.

I got there about 9:30 and handicapped parking up front was full. There was a steady stream coming in, including several school buses.  We left about 1:30, and there were still quite a lot coming in.  Weather was perfect, and it was a great day to be there.  Everyone on park seemed to be in a good mood, and the crowds didn't appear too bad at all.   
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: RJW on October 23, 2019, 11:24:23 PM
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Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 24, 2019, 09:37:14 AM
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.


Tread Lightly there RJW. 
You might find out there are others (including me) on this forum that doesnt agree with that statement.

Wed. - 11,000 people..
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: RJW on October 24, 2019, 09:55:02 AM
The cowboy stuff had run it's course. Some interesting things, and the show in the Red Gold barn was good. But it had nowhere near the excitement, and draw for mass crowds that Pumpkin Nights does.
The visiting crafters will always have somewhat of a draw, but needs something else added to bring in the big crowds.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on October 24, 2019, 10:07:19 AM
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Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.


In all honesty you could put Harvest Crafts or cowboys with Pumpkin Nights and still would have had a large increase in attendance.  Shoot....you could have called it Tiddlywinks contest and Pumpkin Nights and still had a big spike in attendance.  Its pretty clear Pumpkin Nights is what is bringing them in.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: legoerosion on October 24, 2019, 12:48:59 PM
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.

Tread Lightly there RJW. 
You might find out there are others (including me) on this forum that doesnt agree with that statement.
Iím one of the few who agrees with BOTH sides. The Pumpkin Nights is clearly the reason why people are coming. Itís new, itís fresh, and who doesnít like pumpkins? However, the cowboys is what gave SDC itís charm. Everything about SDC has that ďSDC charmĒ I like to call it (think of the pavement smell) whether theyíre old or new. The pumpkins have that SDC charm (albeit the music doesnít help at all). Theyíre shaped like the crafters there. I love the new addition, but will also miss the ones lost.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Runner1960 on October 24, 2019, 03:24:05 PM
I am in the minority here but what is so intriguing about pumpkins ?  I would not walk here to my garage to see a pumpkin. But a full blown crafts festival. YES. As long as the merchandise being created was new and relevant. BUt a carved pumpkin would put me to sleep very fast. I guess it does not take much to entertain people anymore.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on October 24, 2019, 04:11:35 PM
I think that the hours have a big part to do with the increased crowds. I donít recall the previous fall festival being open until 9 or later every night. For us, the hours were part of what for us to visit more this fall, but the atmosphere that Pumpkin Nights creates was also part of it. Specifically the decorations from the square to the pumpkin plaza and the wooded trail, not so much the actual pumpkin plaza. We also never go on Saturdays so not talking about crazy crowd atmosphere either. We were never really interested in the cowboy stuff.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Gilligan on October 24, 2019, 04:41:05 PM
I both agree/disagree with the last 3 posts.  Pumpkin Nights was just "okay" for me - nothing special.  I loved the themed look of the pumpkins (and the evening hours), but... overall, more is needed than just piles of pumpkins.  The rest of the park took a nosedive for Fall, and I missed that!  Bring back the scarecrows, flowers, gourds, wreaths, banners, straw bales, flags, and garlands.  And, spread it throughout the park - not just pumpkin themed areas.  As far as the cowboy fest, I honestly never paid any attention to it until a couple years ago and realized what I was missing. It fits better than the pumpkin theme, even though those pumpkins are really pulling in families.  Losing Kent Rollins and Buck Taylor is a real loss, IMO. I miss the larger number of crafters, but I don't miss the cheap, crappy, Chinese made crap that made it's way into the park through quite a few vendors the last few years.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 24, 2019, 04:50:39 PM
 
The rest of the park took a nosedive for Fall, and I missed that!  Bring back the scarecrows, flowers, gourds, wreaths, banners, straw bales, flags, and garlands.  And, spread it throughout the park - not just pumpkin themed areas. 

Losing Kent Rollins and Buck Taylor is a real loss, IMO.

I miss the larger number of crafters, but I don't miss the cheap, crappy, Chinese made crap that made it's way into the park through quite a few vendors the last few years.

Yes, YES!!   and YES!!   

Thank you!!   
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 24, 2019, 08:08:53 PM
Rain Day !!!  -   -   1100 people... :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: kbosch1 on October 25, 2019, 08:12:39 AM
I both agree/disagree with the last 3 posts.  Pumpkin Nights was just "okay" for me - nothing special.  I loved the themed look of the pumpkins (and the evening hours), but... overall, more is needed than just piles of pumpkins.  The rest of the park took a nosedive for Fall, and I missed that!  Bring back the scarecrows, flowers, gourds, wreaths, banners, straw bales, flags, and garlands.  And, spread it throughout the park - not just pumpkin themed areas.  As far as the cowboy fest, I honestly never paid any attention to it until a couple years ago and realized what I was missing. It fits better than the pumpkin theme, even though those pumpkins are really pulling in families.  Losing Kent Rollins and Buck Taylor is a real loss, IMO. I miss the larger number of crafters, but I don't miss the cheap, crappy, Chinese made crap that made it's way into the park through quite a few vendors the last few years.

Sums up our family's feelings as well!  Well said.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 25, 2019, 09:05:31 AM
I am in the minority here but what is so intriguing about pumpkins ?  I would not walk here to my garage to see a pumpkin. But a full blown crafts festival. YES. As long as the merchandise being created was new and relevant. BUt a carved pumpkin would put me to sleep very fast. I guess it does not take much to entertain people anymore.

^^^^
Couldnt agree more..

 I guess "we" arent the Demographic they are shooting for anymore.. :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: RJW on October 25, 2019, 09:54:27 AM
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I am in the minority here but what is so intriguing about pumpkins ?
Have you seen any of the amazing artwork done with these pumpkins? Have you experienced the beauty of how they are displayed, all lit up in the night? Then there is the rest of the activities in the plaza. With dance parties, a DJ, comedy magician.
Giant creatures like spiders, cats, and owls made from pumpkins.
I really don't know what you are looking at if you see of the advertising, but I know you must not be seeing Pumpkin Nights!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: RJW on October 25, 2019, 10:02:53 AM
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In all honesty you could put Harvest Crafts or cowboys with Pumpkin Nights and still would have had a large increase in attendance.  Shoot....you could have called it Tiddlywinks contest and Pumpkin Nights and still had a big spike in attendance.  Its pretty clear Pumpkin Nights is what is bringing them in.
But the Fall Crafts has been the Fall festival for as long as I have been visiting SDC, nearly 30 years. They started adding something with it some time back. Can't really remember when, but before the ciwboys I think it was harvest fest.
However nothing I can remember has had the overwhelmingly positive reaction as the Pumpkin Nights.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on October 25, 2019, 11:23:07 AM
But the Fall Crafts has been the Fall festival for as long as I have been visiting SDC, nearly 30 years. They started adding something with it some time back. Can't really remember when, but before the ciwboys I think it was harvest fest.
However nothing I can remember has had the overwhelmingly positive reaction as the Pumpkin Nights.

They may very well keep the Craft Days part of this festival going.  I mean SDC usually doesn't change things around too much when attendance is this good, they just expand.  My point is that no matter if it's crafts, cowboys or whatever it is going to be second fiddle with Pumpkin Nights.  Especially with such an increase in attendance that it has shown.  Your post seems to show that you think crafts are the driving force still in this festival and things are added to improve it.  Which at one time it was!  But with the success of Pumpkin Nights you can bet it will be the driving force for years to come.

Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Obviousdramatic on October 25, 2019, 01:36:39 PM
I am in the minority here but what is so intriguing about pumpkins ?  I would not walk here to my garage to see a pumpkin. But a full blown crafts festival. YES. As long as the merchandise being created was new and relevant. BUt a carved pumpkin would put me to sleep very fast. I guess it does not take much to entertain people anymore.

^^^^
Couldnt agree more..


Hear hear!

 I guess "we" arent the Demographic they are shooting for anymore.. :-\
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Jemmicat on October 25, 2019, 02:00:22 PM
I think the driving force here is later hours... I think they could have about anything in the evening and it be a success. Kids are mostly in school and most adults have jobs so that left most of the daytime SDC crowd for crafts festival older, retired people. I am neither older, nor retired but, prior to living in Springfield, would take a 3-4 days vacation just for the crafts every year. I bought many pieces including a couple of Buck Taylor's pieces. I loved the cowboy part of it as well... But then again, I like that genre (which looking at me is hard to believe as I've piercings and tattoos and bright red hair). But staying open until 9 or 10 lets the average adult go and often with families. I honestly believe if they did the cowboy part properly AND stayed open until 9 or 10, the attendance would also have gone up. Yes, the pumpkin thing is a draw... but I think it is honestly the later hours that are making the real difference
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Runner1960 on October 25, 2019, 02:28:24 PM
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I am in the minority here but what is so intriguing about pumpkins ?
Have you seen any of the amazing artwork done with these pumpkins? Have you experienced the beauty of how they are displayed, all lit up in the night? Then there is the rest of the activities in the plaza. With dance parties, a DJ, comedy magician.
Giant creatures like spiders, cats, and owls made from pumpkins.
I really don't know what you are looking at if you see of the advertising, but I know you must not be seeing Pumpkin Nights!

Yes I have and I still do not get it. As for the dance parties and party plaza they can take that kind of stuff outside the park. It is not SDC at all. You will just have to respect my opinion on this! I am entitled to it !!! I do not need some wedding DJ to tell me how to have a good time or be blasted with chinese made light up trinkets.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Runner1960 on October 25, 2019, 02:30:29 PM
I am in the minority here but what is so intriguing about pumpkins ?  I would not walk here to my garage to see a pumpkin. But a full blown crafts festival. YES. As long as the merchandise being created was new and relevant. BUt a carved pumpkin would put me to sleep very fast. I guess it does not take much to entertain people anymore.

^^^^
Couldnt agree more..

 I guess "we" arent the Demographic they are shooting for anymore.. :-\


Nope, I thought Christmas in midtown was gaudy enough but this is beyond that as far as out of theme it is. Looks like SDC is on its way downhill faster than I anticipated.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on October 25, 2019, 02:52:37 PM
I think the driving force here is later hours... I think they could have about anything in the evening and it be a success. Kids are mostly in school and most adults have jobs so that left most of the daytime SDC crowd for crafts festival older, retired people. I am neither older, nor retired but, prior to living in Springfield, would take a 3-4 days vacation just for the crafts every year. I bought many pieces including a couple of Buck Taylor's pieces. I loved the cowboy part of it as well... But then again, I like that genre (which looking at me is hard to believe as I've piercings and tattoos and bright red hair). But staying open until 9 or 10 lets the average adult go and often with families. I honestly believe if they did the cowboy part properly AND stayed open until 9 or 10, the attendance would also have gone up. Yes, the pumpkin thing is a draw... but I think it is honestly the later hours that are making the real difference

I agree that the later hours are drawing a few more people into the park, it always does.  I mean just look at Moonlight Madness it always has a spike in attendance, but what we are seeing here is not just a spike.  In past years a really busy day this time of year is probably 10,000 to 12,000 people, but we are seeing 20,000 to 26,000 on a fairly consistent basis.  Just staying open 3 more hours could not be the driving force for this.  I really like the cowboy stuff also and hate to see it go but it probably did run it's course for now.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Duelist on October 25, 2019, 05:59:46 PM
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Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.

While I agree the Cowboy Fest has lost some of it's luster in it's heyday it was grand!  Shows like The Pinkerton Man (or Woman depending on what version they did) in Echo Hollow, trick riders and ropers scattered throughout the park, Buck Taylor and friends, Kent Rollins, the mostly western circle acts (Joanie Harms, the excellent Sons of the San Joaquin,etc) and mainstream western performers such as Waddie Mitchell and Riders in the Sky made for an extra special day at the City!  That could very well exist as daytime entertainment while the Pumpkin Fest (and more importantly) extended ride times could cover the evening festivities.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: woodgrain on October 25, 2019, 08:16:45 PM
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Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.

While I agree the Cowboy Fest has lost some of it's luster in it's heyday it was grand!  Shows like The Pinkerton Man (or Woman depending on what version they did) in Echo Hollow, trick riders and ropers scattered throughout the park, Buck Taylor and friends, Kent Rollins, the mostly western circle acts (Joanie Harms, the excellent Sons of the San Joaquin,etc) and mainstream western performers such as Waddie Mitchell and Riders in the Sky made for an extra special day at the City!  That could very well exist as daytime entertainment while the Pumpkin Fest (and more importantly) extended ride times could cover the evening festivities.

I do miss Kent Rollins this year. I love his simple approach to cooking good food and I felt like he fit right in at SDC. Very kind and helpful. We only use cast iron at home because of his demos at the park!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 26, 2019, 07:07:58 AM
With the loss of Kent Rollins, Buck Taylor,  The Cowboy Poet, and the decreased number in Craft Booths the Cowboy/fall/Craft Festival just isnt the same..

Bring them Back!!  Could easily be scheduled for daytime activities. Give "us" something to look forward to and a reason to visit during this time of year. (again).

Then they can do the Pumkin thing at night,
for the kiddies,
and to separate mom and dad from their money..

Friday - - 12,100 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Jemmicat on October 26, 2019, 09:03:46 AM
While I understand what you are saying about the 3 extra hours... think about it this way:

Let's say it the festival is pulling in 50-60% locals (2 hour drive or less) - which I believe it probably is because there have been higher than normal numbers not just on weekends. Local kids get out of school about 3PM... if they drive to SDC, that puts then there near closing... so why even go for an hour or less? When staying open until 9 or 10, it makes going much more palatable to parents. Or for that matter... local people who work until 5 and then drive... no point when closing at 6. But it makes it a bit more worth it if oen until 9 or 10.

The big question is are the hotels and the like seeing big spikes in people staying there? Or is it truly locals? I have been going to Bucket List and the Paddlewheel at Branson Landing a lot lately and I have not seen a huge spike in the number of people there or in Branson Landing that you would expect from vacationers. I mean, yes, weekend days at Branson Landing are generally nuts, but not as high as I would expect for people specifically vacationing for this festival.

My guess is that there has been a huge bump in attendance this year, but on same days I expect it to drop next year. As I struggle to believe that people are specifically going to plan vacations just for this festival. I believe the bump has been locals... I wish I had a way to prove that, though, other than what I have seen
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Pintrader on October 26, 2019, 10:58:18 AM

My guess is that there has been a huge bump in attendance this year, but on same days I expect it to drop next year. As I struggle to believe that people are specifically going to plan vacations just for this festival. I believe the bump has been locals... I wish I had a way to prove that, though, other than what I have seen

I am sure there are some late vacationers that are showing up to this festival, but I would say they are very few, most are as you say locals or season pass holders.  I think the increase in attendance is people who just like the Halloween atmosphere and season because Halloween is the fastest growing holiday in popularity and money spent over the last few years.  I really can't see a drop in attendance next year or for that matter years to come.  I mean there is so much they can do to expand this festival in the coming years that it looks like to me it will just get bigger.   I myself can take it or leave it, but with attendance numbers like they have received this year the PTB will take this festival as far as they can.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: mg on October 26, 2019, 04:40:00 PM
We live 35 minutes away. When looking at the same timeframe as this festival over the past three years, we went once in 2017 and 2018 each. This year we went 6 times. We also know many other people that went to Pumpkin nights multiple times. The hours were a huge factor in our increase in attendance.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on October 27, 2019, 07:10:21 AM
Lats day-- Saturday - - 11,700 people..

The city wont reopen until next Sat..  Excited to see the new changes for Christmas.!!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on November 03, 2019, 09:30:44 AM
Opening Day -  Christmas!!  all the videos I have seen and pics, the park looks great.,,

1st day,  13,800
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on November 04, 2019, 06:10:11 AM
Sunday 8300 people, little slow, but early in the season..

Opening Weekend total - 22,000...   
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on November 08, 2019, 08:53:08 AM
slow day - cool, and cloudy, lots of rain yestarday,,,

Thursday - 2000 people
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on November 09, 2019, 07:06:41 AM
Friday night- total count was 8100 people,

However they did have their annual 5k run last night, and I dont know if the runners are include in that number or not.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on November 09, 2019, 03:53:18 PM
Very busy today. Christmas time is definitely here for SDC!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: biscuitcreek on November 10, 2019, 10:42:24 AM
slow day - cool, and cloudy, lots of rain yestarday,,,

Thursday - 2000 people

We were 2 of the 2000. Only lot 2 and paid parking used.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on November 10, 2019, 11:48:16 AM
Saturday
Budgeted 17000
Actual 22151
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on November 11, 2019, 06:19:30 AM
Sunday
Budgeted 7000
Actual 13519
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: sanddunerider on November 15, 2019, 06:42:54 AM
Thursday - 5300 people... 

nice weekend coming up, good weather..  going to be a busy one..!
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on November 15, 2019, 11:16:39 PM
Fri 9160
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: woodgrain on November 16, 2019, 02:50:07 PM
Heading over to the City this afternoon/evening. Traffic was already backed up on 76 to the High Road at 11 this morning. It appeared they were parking employees in the lot out in Notch this morning.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Swoosh on November 16, 2019, 07:02:24 PM
Heading over to the City this afternoon/evening. Traffic was already backed up on 76 to the High Road at 11 this morning. It appeared they were parking employees in the lot out in Notch this morning.

Budget was 19000
Thereís not that many on park.  Itís like everyone drove themselves here
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: shavethewhales on November 18, 2019, 11:32:31 AM
It's nice that they have had good weather for these Christmas weekends at least. The weather worked against them so often this year, I'm glad they are catching a break at last.

They mentioned at CC that they had over 100,000 more guests during Pumpkin Nights than they usually do during that time of year, so it was a hit regardless of some of the nasty weather that came through. I think they are still down a good bit for this year overall though, but hard to say where we'll land by year's end. Probably still down some overall from last year.

Next year will be interesting. New ride + more Pumpkins + Christmas. Hopefully set a new record again.
Title: Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
Post by: Coaster on November 19, 2019, 08:06:14 PM
I could be wrong, but I doubt SDC expected to exceed or even match their 2018 numbers. 2018 saw the largest single investment in their history with TT. So I'm not sure they should see it as a disappointment if their numbers are down this year even with the festival enhancements. 2020 may be a different story with a huge investment into Mystic River Falls.