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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:45:48 PM »
I'm currently battling a burst disc in my back, so I'm not sure how much of my original plans for this year will play out, but I was originally planning on:
  • SDC in March for opening weekend
  • Time Traveler Opening Day (not certain it will open with the park?)
  • Texas roadtrip to San Antonio to SFFT, SeaWorld, and ZDT's.
  • Schlittercon at Kansas City location
  • Main vacation to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Virginia Beach, and Kings Dominion
  • Possibly Kennywood if money and vacation time hold out
  • Lone Star Coasterthon
  • ACE Coaster Christmas at SDC + usual Christmas SDC trip

I'd like to add a trip to Holiday World, SFStL and Kentucky Kingdom since it's been awhile, but that's a long drive when you don't have many vacation days to burn along with everything else. I think I might start planning another long road trip through there to Dollywood and back for 2019.

Announcements / Re: Site Updates
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:55:50 PM »
Home page should redirect to the forums at the moment until I get things switched over. Got the new photo system - should be a lot of fun.

I can't find a good plugin for a wiki system of the type I've been wanting... I'm not sure what we'll do for that. I might end up writing something simple for it that would basically just email me with people's edits. It would be more work on my end, but I doubt it will be a highly used feature anyway.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:54:55 PM »
Well, there's a lumber yard over there. I'm guessing this is what he saw:,-93.3402116,3a,33.6y,277.46h,89.84t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sXllOgJUdkcNV2kXRmmarsg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

To be fair though, SDC might buy from that yard since it's so close.  :P

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:29:40 AM »
Yeah, I keep hearing about lots and lots of work going on in the area around Time Traveler...

Not much specifics yet except a lot has been cleared out, but it sure seems like they'll try to build a new restaurant somehow. Maybe some new food stands as well? I'd love to see a new store (not a gift shop) as well, but they seem hell-bent on running all of them out of the city.

Branson Talk / Re: New Name for Dixie Stampede
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:23:56 AM »
Although I just realized that this isn't about the Branson location specifically - it's the whole chain including the pigeon forge location. LOL, either way it's probably easier to find the topic on this board I guess.

Anyway though, I'm trying to figure out where the objection to "Dixie" is coming from. It's a loose referece to the South in general, and although it has some historical connotation to the south in the civil war, it's still a reference to the region rather than the confederacy.

I just seems like they put too much weight on some comments from people who won't be going to the show anyway. I wonder if this decision gets reversed before long...

Branson Talk / Re: New Name for Dixie Stampede
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:25:23 AM »
I merged the threads. Pretty much anything about Branson goes in here, even if it's some kind of other park. The other board is for parks that are a ways away.

Branson Talk / Re: New Name for Dixie Stampede
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:39:16 PM »
I'm pretty liberal, but I'm rolling my eyes pretty hard at this. Seems like they are worried about how it would look in other markets as they open new properties. I think you'd have to go out to Portland or San Francisco to find enough people who would take offense for that to matter though. Maybe they are planning one for San Fran.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 06, 2018, 12:25:33 PM »
I mean, we knew the immediate area was going to get cleared out. It's the apparent extent of clearing that surprises me. I didn't really expect Poke Salad Mary's to go, and if they are clearing as far as has been rumored, that's a ton of new space.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:22:37 PM »
My understanding from various whispers around Branson and an assortment of pages and sites is that a bunch of stuff up and down that pathway has been leveled or is about to be. Basically starting at the area in front of the restrooms down to the Echo Hollow entrance.

I don't know if that is true or not, but I believe that at least everything around the new TT building has been torn down and opened up.

Someone mentioned something about potentially a new restaurant in the mix? Not sure if they can do that before March, but it could be planned for a Summer opening... My assumption is that there has to be some kind of new food setup to replace what has been taken out.

Seems pretty crazy that this is happening so fast with no warning, but I really think it had to do with the Christmas crowds. I wonder if they got a warning from the fire Marshall or something...

I'm sure it will be nice though. These were smaller buildings, and the new buildings they've been putting up lately follow similar architecture, so it's not like they are demolishing the square or the homestead area. This is an easier side of the park to open up so ride-focused people can get to the kids' areas.

Branson Talk / Re: Proposed Branson Tram Project
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:10:02 PM »
So the November 2017 deadline came and went and there hasn't been a peep about this project. I'm guessing that means it is officially dead. Probably couldn't get investors on board. I had a glimmer of hope that something would happen though... they had a gondola car to show off and everything.

Other Parks / Re: Question regarding other Parks
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:49:50 PM »
Cedar Point takes at least two days. You can barely grab all the credits in one, and that's assuming you buy a fast pass and dash around the park. With two days you have just enough time to hit up everything and ride some of the biggest rides a couple times. I spent a couple days there two summers ago, and even with a premium fast pass on one of the days it was tough to get my fill. Just so much coastering to do there. I stayed at one of the cheaper CP hotels just down the causeway from the park... Breakers Express I think it's called. It was very nice, and the package deal was pretty good - especially with the morning bonus time on some of the coasters.

I managed to do King's Island in a day when I went three summers ago. I had to buy a fast pass there as well though. I could see spending two days there, but the coaster collection isn't quite as good as CP (IMO), so I didn't feel like I had to pry myself away after a full day.

Worlds of Fun isn't that big of a park and a single day is enough.

Haven't made it to SFGA yet, but it's on my short list.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:38:50 PM »
Yeah but that's no fun Jay, I prefer to look for Illuminati signs that point to what they are planning to do  ;)

Probably still at least five years off in any case though. Just so much to do to get the park to handle the current crowds.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:26:03 PM »
So Carr Excavating has posted some new photos on their Facebook which we have shared on ours. They are doing the demolition on a couple of the skillet cookeries right next to the Time Traveler exit building. Apparently that whole area is being opened up.

I presume they will replace the skillets further away from the main pathway. That big patch of trees might be cut down in size though...

Branson Talk / Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:37:06 PM »
I haven't gone out my way to get on this one yet since we had the special deal to ride the other one during Coaster Christmas, but it sounds like I'll have to give it a try this year. 

On a related note, I went by their setup at the Landing and it looks pretty sharp. The arcade looked decently busy and interesting. Nothing huge, but just about the right size for the crowd it serves. The "7D  dark ride" was a disappointment though. It turns out to be a big screen with some kind of rumble chairs - basically a subdued motion simulator. It's not an actual ride like I was hoping for from the wording of the announcement.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:13:52 PM »

SDC had more visitors in 2017 than in its entire 58 year history. I found two things very interesting in this article. The fact that almost 25% of the visitors for the ENTIRE year came in November-December for the Christmas festival is amazing. I think we can all say that Christmas in Midtown was a resounding success. The other thing from the article I found very interesting is the quote from Brad Thomas. He calls SDC a resort destination. I find it interesting because SDC is not currently a resort, but I find it telling that he uses the word to describe it. I wonder just how close we are to seeing SDC become a true resort with a hotel onsite.

Yes, my ears are perking up at the word "resort" too. It's a matter of time...

I could have sworn they had already achieved 2.2 million at some point, but I guess not. Just a few more good weather days and they would have made it this year. I'm certain it will happen next year.

This could mean speedier development in general too. DW easily had the most potential for growth ten years ago while SDC was kind of flat lining, so they got a lot of capital injected. I'm sure they will still get the lions share for the time being, but SDC is showing massive growth potential again. You've got the general growth of the area (mainly NWA), some new businesses and development coming to Branson, and the park is simply big enough in general now to draw a lot more people from outside of the usual 4 hour radius.

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