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White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« on: July 21, 2018, 05:01:33 PM »
I'm guessing White Water has been a cash cow for the makes plenty of money without having to keep up with the Jones around the country.  Water parks are not destination attractions beyond the local area.  Since it is tied with SDC....WW will probably always have the advantage over other parks for getting the extra water park money from tourists.....I'm guessing Branson could support 4-5 indoor water parks (in hotels) and 2 major outdoor parks.  I thinking the next generations of Branson visitors are going to prefer water parks over lake days.

Last stand alone Water Park I went to on purpose and not part of a theme park like the one at  WOF and SFSL was Volcano Bay and Aquatica. After having done those there ain't any desire to go to White Water. It sends no thrill up my leg. It needs 80% gutted and redone with something designed within the past decade. Outside of the rather tame drop box slide addition, that park might as well stuck in 1995

Random Talk / Re: So You Wanna Build Your Own Rollercoaster?
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:46:06 PM »
Pretty cool stuff you have.

not strong with the force, you are.

Branson Talk / Re: Duck swamped by waves at Tablerock...
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:24:56 PM »
let this be the end of the Ducks, please.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:52:16 PM »
I guess I must be going to a different WOF than you guys because I cannot think of these barren open places you speak of.  Spinning Dragons and? Iím not sure how well traveled you two are but WOF is much more forested than most parks

Spoken like a true fan boy.  Let's take the seemingly  redone plaza area there between Patriot, the Wind Seeker, the Round Up and the Condor. Flat Out Barren, the long stretch between the Drop Tower and MaMBA the Amp area,  The walk ways to the main gates. There's shade but there is also complete barren  areas and only a true Homer would not admit that.  The complete lack of fans in the queues., so on and so forth. Again, the ride ops were so slooooooooowwwwwww. But their Marigolds and Cannas are watered properly, the park is clean, had a great collection of classic flats, decent but not outstanding coasters.

Look, I knew how hot it was going be. It was hotter and swampier than the devil's crotch but the lack of fans in the stations is just kind boggling. I recounted only one coaster station having fans, Timberwolf and thank God, because we had to wait for them to clean up a train that a rider had an Episode in.

I'll stand by my statement, it had parts as barren as Six Flags America which is notorious for lack of cover in spots and my visits between the two were nearly a year apart. ThING is SFA had fans in the queues. It's not a park I'm going back to unless they add something MAJOR.

That said, if giving a choice between One OK in Tulsa or Sprint in KC to catch a show, give me Sprint each and every time. The sound is better, seating more spacious, plus Power and Light across the street. Great set up just like FedEx in Memphis on Beale.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:26:18 PM »

Went to Worlds of Fun today, it was too dayum hot to take a picture. This place rivals Six Flags America for some spots void of shade, the lack of fans in the queue, zero misters working anywhere. The dispatch times sometime borderlined 10 minutes, no foolin'. Prowler was going out at a min of six minutes a train. It made very short lines a bit of a wait for front and  back seats.  We were at SFA last year on a similar day in the 90s and didn't get as drained as we did today. It'll be another 10 ears before I'm back

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:19:04 PM »
For the down rides  Wildcat been running they been taking it down on Monday's to work on the far turn around track.  For some reason when they cleaned up some of the trees this past winter it made that turn around unbearable to ride.  For the past 4 weeks they have closed the ride on either Monday or Tuesday to work on the track.  They have replaced alot of track on that turn around it is now alot smoother then it was at the beginning of the season. 

If it meant that part of the track is less shaded, it likely caused the wood to shrink with the added sun .

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC in Top 5 Amusement Parks
« on: June 24, 2018, 02:58:34 PM »
Well, USA Today list Memphis as the #1 place to visit in May. Clearly they don't know nothin'.

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Lawsuit
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:16:41 AM »
Sounds like a preexisting condition that was aggravated by a ride. Not really the ride's fault.

Branson Talk / Re: Fritz's Adventure
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:19:54 PM »
I see they have added an I-Fly type if attraction.

It was one time visit for us, they needed a reduced admission for those that just were bringing the kids but it's been some time now and things may have changed.

Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2018
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:20:34 AM »
Fayetteville is building a mid city Mountain Bike park but this is for Springdale and I just flat out stole a post from Urban Planet to share:
Springdale officials announced and broke ground this week on a new 2.75 acre bike park at the Jones Center ... the park will include the Velosolutions Pump Track and Runway Skills Parkalong with a bicycle playground for kids.

This October the park will host the 'Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Final'.

Cycling amenities in Northwest Arkansas are abundant these days - rightfully so as were only behind Minneapolis, Vancouver and Portland in daily volume of cyclist per 1,000 population.

Oh, appears Duluth Trading Co will open a store in the Pleasant Grove area near AG Russell. 

Oh, and congrats go to Lowell. Way to go with allowing that obscene truck stop sign off your single exit. I'm sure all the housing develop men's love to see that thing nice and bright at night. ::)

There's business friendly and there's ungodly tacky. They nailed the latter.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:33:15 AM »
There was a time when hanging out at a business and not spending there was called loittering and was frowned upon. But...not in the SJW diseased days we are living in.

Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2018
« on: June 06, 2018, 12:29:16 PM »
Topgolf will be near the Walmart AMP. I read that another D&B will be in F'ville.

The area is reaching the point where one location doesn't cut it in most cases. Here, it's completely missing the college demo for the most part.  The  housing development in Uptown Fayetteville really skews to the 20 somethings. Look at the business JJ's micro brew  and beer garden is doing with it's assortment of things to do. If retail was in such a funk they'd be twins of everything.

Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2018
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:38:44 PM »
Individual city growth:

In national rankings of cities with over 50,000 people, Rogers ranked as the #33 (18.7% growth rate) fastest growing city nation wide and Fayetteville ranked #63 (15.9% growth rate).  However, had Bentonville qualified (they are at 49,300 residents) they would have ranked 8th nationally as its growth rate is 39.7%

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: May 28, 2018, 05:11:49 PM »
I had a beautifully written SFoT/baseball trip report drafted up yesterday....all the highlights and low lights of an eventful trip.   Then it got lost in the either of unsaved message board drafts:(

Here are some bullet points instead (without the bullets):

It took 3 tries and 2 days....but got my 3rd RMC ride in this year!!!  Texas Giant is long and fun.  Loved it....#2 on my list of RMCs
My 9yo rode his first 'big' coaster - the classic mine train - fun ride but it's getting pretty rough
Justice League was a surprise to me - better than I thought it would be - my 9yo's favorite ride
The Skyscreamer was fun - the most nervous I've ever been on a ride - just thinking about only being held by a couple of chains 400ft in the air.
My 13yo is an official Coaster nerd now!!!!  Rode them all with me and is ready for the next park - She even used the single rider line for the spinning coaster that I didn't want to  She loved Batman and the Giant
My 13yo and I both had 2x blackouts on Titan - really hate the 2nd half of that ride.
Joker is a horrible ride - I found nothing fun about it - Nobody seemed to like it who rode with us - no wonder the line was almost non-existent
My plan to hit the waterpark failed - didn't check the schedule and it wasn't open - so we did Ripley's and a 2nd shord day at SFoT
Babe's Chicken House in Arlington was a great experience - Great food, service, and atmosphere.  Bring a big wallet and empty stomach.
Great ballgame - bad pitching made for a high scoring game with multiple home runs!!! - My Royals fell short but was 20ft from a game tying grand slam on the last out. 
Its hard to believe they are building a new domed ballpark - Current stadium is really impressive but lines for concussions where horrible....and I'm sure they lose some crowds in that steam box when the temps our higher. Still seems crazy to spend millions to replace a stadium only around 10 years old.

The Ballpark at Arlington opened in 1994, itís almost 25 years old, not 10.

And... already being replaced and repurposed.

Random Talk / Re: Mud Island in Memphis revamp?
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:24:08 PM »
I know the talk around St. Jude when the new director came in was that he wanted to double the size of the hospital and it's ability to treat patients. I hadn't heard any specifics, but the Pinch District looks pretty amazing.

I was patient #7930 at St. Jude and from the time I started there until now is a complete 360. It was a small clinic when I went and the pavilion (gold dome building) had just started, those buildings are enveloped by everything else.


They starting a Sickle Cell program and they are starting this:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has announced it will build a $412 million research center in downtown Memphis, one of the largest projects in the city's history and part of the hospital's $1 billion expansion plans for its downtown Memphis campus, according to the Commercial Appeal. The new facility will double St. Jude's existing research space and house 1,000 workers.
The new seven-story, 625,000-square-foot research center will include glass-walled laboratory space outfitted with the latest technology, naturally it open areas meant to encourage collaboration, a penthouse and basement. Project designers said some of the bigger expenses were for the special air-handling and sterility equipment needed for the new labs.

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