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Other Parks / Re: What is open in Florida?
« on: July 29, 2020, 09:27:32 AM »
Looks like we might be down there first week of August.  Think I might hit the beach a day or 2 then hit Busch Garden unless they shut everything down again between now and then.

Appears they are steadfast on pretty much staying open

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2020)
« on: July 15, 2020, 02:21:08 PM »
Looking like our adventure this year will be a road trip to Black Hills Yellowstone and Grand Teton in mid to late Sept, about a 8 to 9 night affair with just the Wife and I.

The Son and I have Southwest flights booked to LA for mid Oct for Hollywood Studios Haunted Halloween Nites but that getting shakier by the day. We wanted LA because we have done Orlando so many times and I was springing for the VIP tour. We were going to get in Star Wars Land at DL as well. I've actually booked a couple of refundable roomsnfor the Yellowstone Trip including a renovated Cabin at Mammoth Hot Springs after our drive in on the Beartooth and Lamar Valley Viewing

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 09, 2020, 05:22:38 PM »
I prefer quality to quantity. Flats do nothing for me. I pass them by everywhere I go. You can ride them at any carnival. A new highly themed dark ride should be the next addition by far.

I prefer coasters but my two kids would just as soon ride a fun flat. That makes 2 out of 3 that don't care. Out of Efteling, Europa, Port Aventura, Disneyland Paris, Phantasialand, and Tivoli, they loved that Tic Tac ride at Tivoli the best that was a 17 and 15 year olds at the time. They also loved the Star Flyer at Tivoli and the Soarin-esque ride at Europa. They liked the coasters just fine but they liked those the best.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:25:40 AM »
To be fair, the ride it replaces lost its theme.  In fact, the theme was barely there to begin with.  Hopefully, MRF at least has a soundtrack to help it along.  We know the story behind the idea of the ride, but the question remains:  how much theming is in the queue?

There’s a ton of theming in the queue building.

I would assume that all future plans are fluid at this point. Any new ride is a huge investment and with the park closure earlier this year and now the low attendance numbers...I would expect they will be very conservative with their planned spending.

I would be shocked if we saw another large attraction open before 2024. There will be small infrastructure upgrades here and there but no huge additions like this

They should shoot for some of the new new flats. Much less expensive but needed. I really wished they had added a second, taller shot tower to fireman's landing kind like how Hersheypark did minus one

New Doc Harris invention for the Wildfire area? Maybe in that unused outdoor overflow queue
Park could use this

And an  Air Race/Super Air Race

But ...this was the busiest ride last summer at Tivoli and it can easily be a covered ride

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: June 25, 2020, 10:43:20 PM »
At some point might be now because the Joplin area has become one of the nation's leading hot spots over the past week or so.

The NW Arkansas area is also being hit hard. Another huge source of Tourism Dollars for the Branson area. They even enacted a Temp city ordinance requiring masks in public in Fayetteville here for the foreseeable future. I expect Branson will get a spike pretty soon from all the people traveling from down here who may or may not be exposed.

Well, I can tell you that the city ordinance in Fayetteville is toothless and loosely enforced with the onus put on the businesses. They ain't wanting to piss off anyone right now. The City Attorney told them it would never stand up to court challenge  The rise has leveled off a bit, it did hit the Marshallese community hard and Hispanics as well. Marshallese are known to have a high rate of health issues. It is like they are Mother Nature's punching bag. Nothing about this spike is slowing anything down. A big jump in the local numbers is yet another spike at an assisted living facility.

Here an example of some Wuflu deaths in state(from the Ark Dem Gazette)

Bobby May, 77 of Russellville died at St. Vincents in Little Rock.  His son says he had been in the hospital for 2 months.  " I do not believe he died of Covid. "  Says he had brain surgery  due to a brain infection.  He tested positive monday and is listed as a Covid death.  His medical history includes endocarditis, cardiac infection, hypertension and diabetes.   The son goes on to say "  After his brain surgery, he went down hill."

Yep,.a covid death. This is not an isolated thing.

With that said, tomorrow. Is my birthday and I struck a deal.with the wife. See gets  Pawhuska for mid day and we end up in Tulsa so I can hit up Marshall Brewing and Prairie Artisan for the night.

The plan was a two and a half week trip that included Yellowstone, black Hills ,Grand Tetons, SLC and Lagoon, oh well.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: June 25, 2020, 09:05:18 AM »
The reason? It would hurt someones feelings because of the Baldknobber history. I am surprised they have not removed it from Fire in the Hole as of yet. White men in hoods (in a historical sense) just dont do well in todays Zoomer standards.

Yeah, I'm just gonna stop you right there. Being a "zoomer" myself, there is a vast difference between the Baldknobbers and the Klu Klux Klan during that time period.

We live in an age where mobs are tearing down statues of abolitionists because they're outraged about slaveowners.

I wouldn't expect a careful academic examination of the differences between baldknobbers and klansmen.

C'mon... protestors painted swastikas on John Brown, fer cryin' out loud!

Tucker Carlson nailed this last night. It is the product of our public education system and nearly any teaching of history in any depth and a complete lack of civics.

Trigger warning for lefties

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: June 22, 2020, 02:29:58 PM »
Most people don't go get tested until they get shortness of breath and start freaking out. A lot of people have mild illness and don't worry about it. Some don't even notice they have it because they are either asympotmatic or the symptoms are so mild they blend into the background of allergies/general fatigue/etc.

The problem is, a person who barely realizes they are sick can pass it to someone who very quickly has a bad case.

Those temperature scans are pretty useless. It turns out only some people get fever, and even then it only comes on days after they are already contagious.

FYI, now is a great time to give blood. Knowing your blood type can be helpful to evaluate risk (O types are apparently at less risk, and A types are at higher risk), plus most places are doing antibody tests for free on the blood. Many places are also in critical need of blood as well.

Tyson had an outbreak in Springdale. They tested everyone. 95% were asymptomatic and would not have have ever known until made to test. How many more are out there? Wake Forrest  in North Carolina has a study now showing an 8 to 10% positive antibody rate there.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: OPENING JUNE 13, 2020
« on: June 10, 2020, 11:55:05 AM »
Still though it can change the public's perceptions and that seems to make a difference.

Yeah, I've seen enough of " the public" this past 10 days to discount their perceptions to a value near zero.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: OPENING JUNE 13, 2020
« on: June 10, 2020, 11:42:17 AM »
I think the game changer on this one is not having a vaccine ready yet.  The flu is nasty and does take lives but the general public is not as paranoid about it since there is a vaccine- albeit one that is not totally resistant to that year's strain- that will still provide, if not some prevention, at least a milder case of the flu.  I get the vaccine every year (they offer it at my place of employment) because I've had the full fledged flu before and take precautions to try not to get it again.

Even thought the flu vaccine is rarely even close to 50 percent effective.

I remember reports in Feb that the flu had kill nearly 70 in Arkansas up to that point with the March and early April peak coming. I haven't heard a single update to that since. It has been supplanted for the just over 200 Wuflu deaths. Did that number become static or has it risen? Or... did the 30 plus expected additional flu deaths become Wuflu deaths instead?

I had a hospital testing my cousin who had a bad reaction from a tick bite tested a total of 5 times  for her week and a half stay in hospital. She said it was she felt she was their stratchoff lottery ticket hoping she'd test positive for that extra money.

Other Parks / Re: Bell's Developments
« on: June 02, 2020, 09:53:15 AM »
^^I doubt much of Zingo still exists. The wood would be worthless at this point. The trains were sold and have possibly been torn apart for parts. One car at least is in the roller coaster museum in Texas.

They still have the original plans though, I believe. Robby once tried to auction them off. Even without the original plans, it wouldn't be hard to recreate a simple out and back layout that is more or less the same.

I loved the way GG remade the Zippin Pippin for Milwaukee.
Same could happen here. They retract and replace wood all the time on woodies the good ones are rebuilt several times over their life.  Stay true to the Blurpront and it's still Zingo.

I would love the idea of a small local park revival. I'd love to see them reappear under a single corporate umbrella or coalition where a season pass is good for a group of similar parks like the newer Six Flags/Cedar models, market it a way to enjoy weekend getaways to multiple towns. Imagine if Indiana Beach, Adventureland and Magic Springs, Lake Winnie honored each others park with an upgraded season passes in a partnership with each other. Tou see this over in Europe  I guess that may be a reason they have way more little parks. See this Europa Park example

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: May 31, 2020, 11:53:00 PM »
Since it's NPR maybe some of Karen's will let go

This will be a fun one to look back on in a year. I am taking this virus more seriously than most around here, but even I realize that this will be a temporary issue. No more crowds/lines/buffets? Have you seen the stuff that is already opened back up and gotten crowded again? Maybe if the virus had been a little worse. I'm not sure where the general public would draw the line at this point for future health scares. If anything this will make people fear new virus outbreaks even less.

Wr had lunch catered the other day. It was a buffet. The caterer went around and handed out masks to put on before getting in a well spaces line and there was required hand sanitizer at the beginning. They set up  table with only 4 chairs, two in the ends and two in the middle along the side. Worked like a charm.

I was always impressed with my Disney cruises,  they always handed out hand sanitizer wipes at the restaurants and the buffet at the door.

For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19 last week, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26% — almost exactly where Stanford researchers pegged it a month ago.

Subtract nursing/asst. living/rehab homes and it goes down to .1%

Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2020
« on: May 21, 2020, 11:46:18 AM »
Bentonville is now the 5th fastest growing city in the US and adding 10 people a day. And... there this 2045 projection

1 million by 2045.

Not a bad thing for SDC's back yard.

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