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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: January 23, 2018, 01:39:32 PM »


Would be a good location. So would San Antonio. 

About four of what's considered the top 10 portable european coaster, one in each endzone and one along the 50 on each side. Maybe just three with a top Euro dark ride, fun house. Fill the rest up with flats not found state side. Have it about every other year. Get Olympia Looping here every 6 yearsm

I wonder when we''ll see our first launched portables on the fair circuit overy there.

Shame Euro Star is rotting in Russia.


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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: January 23, 2018, 10:16:33 AM »

What was the European park that refurb'd and enclosed a shuttle loop?

Ah, here it is. Well done
https://youtu.be/eJC1SAY9psE

That's different. 

I was thinking it was a classic Schwartzkopf until it actually started the launch and crawled forward...
Same exact idea except built by Gerstlauer.  If you look at the photos on RCDB before they enclosed it, it looks almost like they copied Anton's old coaster design nearly exactly, but put in a different launch system.

I had thought they modified an original but I don't really know.

That brings me to something off topic. I wish some city with an empty dome stadium would work out a best of Europe Fun Fair event in Jan and Feb, where they would bring in something like Olympia Looping for a limited engagement.

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: January 22, 2018, 05:20:15 PM »
Sounds like Silver Bullet is getting a new train or at least some new parts off the old Greezed' Lightning train. Too bad that coaster is basically confirmed toast now. I really though SB's days were numbered after getting stuck two or three times in one summer and making national news. Granted, it wasn't a big deal, but the PR was nasty. Maybe this will at least fix the issue that was making it get stuck.


What was the European park that refurb'd and enclosed a shuttle loop?

Ah, here it is. Well done
https://youtu.be/eJC1SAY9psE

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Random Talk / Re: 54 days to go
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:29:41 PM »
Well maybe the deep freeze of 17-18 is over? (i hope),  holidays are over.   What are you going to do for the 7 weeks until the park is open for the new season? Any plans?

I am going to catch up on outside work, lots of clean up from bad weather.  Back to work and wait.. Planning on being there the first weekend.. Will be staying at Classic of course.

With the right weather, I'll be there first Sun after we get back Spring Break.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:27:53 AM »
Here's an example of what you can get  for a M to F, 4 nite stay in Rome in June, I've seen some higher cost hotels give upwards of 45,000 points. The beautiful thing about that is that you do not have to use your Southwest Card to pay, I use the Sapphire Reserve that gives me 3x UR points on the price I pay in addition.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:15:36 AM »
Wow some of you guys really get around.

For me, it's all about saving up airline and hotel points and then cashing them in.  I live cheap during the year so that I can play.  With our trip to Ohio and Canada we will be exclusively visiting Cedar Fair parks so we will use our Platinum Passes and dining plan which will help cut down on overall costs. 

The WDW trip in November will has some major comping as I am checking out a couple of performance opportunities for my performing ensembles.

What Swoosh sez about the Cedar Fair Platinum and Six Flags Gold season passes is spot on. Use it to hit up as many parks as you can. The 50 percent off from Herschend is nice but pales in comparison but their list of properties aren't as deep either.

The entertainment at Universal is lackluster for our weekend, Forenier and Fifth Harmony. I'm hoping Busch Gardens saves the day but they have yet to announce their weekend music acts for Food and Wine.


When using points on Southwest,  fly midweek for best value, Sundays are murderous for the points balance.

Our Airfare for our grand month in Europe in 2019 is paid for already. We'll fly free from a variety of sources.
United has certain flights I can get from 30,000 points each way. The Wife and I each signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve when it was a 100,000 bonus when introduced. Right now we have over 350,000 Chase UR points amassed from using those cards along with our Freedom cards and their 5% bonus categories. Transfer them all to the Reserve cards and and make the Freedom points worth even more.

Back to using United, if you book an open jaw to Europe using points, they'll give you a intra Europe Leg for free.

One example i've been eyeing is a  a MEM to Rome for 30,000 each that gives us a 13 hr layover in Lisbon during the day, easily giving us 8 hrs to explorer Lisbon and putting us in Rome around 9pm.

The 'freebie' Leg would be on Lufthansa, a United partner, from Venice to Paris with another very generous layover in Munich to explorer the city.

The return back to MEm may include another nice layover.

I don't thin American understand that if you travel light, Flying city to city in Europe is dirt cheap. I've been looking at one way fares for Strasbourg France to either Bordeux or Nantes (Europa Park to Puy du Fou) for under 30 bucks per person. Same about goes for any major city to major city. Travel light to a oid the luggage fees and it is really silly.

We'll book some hotels through Southwest and get points amassed for another run at another companion pass.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:55:54 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.

that's solid! hope the back allows it.

here's a heads up for the churners out there.

Barclays Red Aviator Card for American Airlines is offering 60,000 miles after a single purchase of any size. there's a 95 dollar yearly fee but 95 bucks is nothing if you use the miles up and cancel before you get hit again.
AA has got stingy with their Saver locations but Ft. Smith and Joplin is generally one of them so at least half of your trip could be a 7,000 miles per leg. The wife and I both hit that up for 120,000 miles.

That's how we are getting to Dollywood, free 3 nite stay at Wilderness for 2 hrs of timeshare pitch that we have learned to handle well and 50% off at Dollywood and the water park.

I think that offer expires on Jan 31st. It's been extended a couple of times but is getting long in the tooth.

Oh, Southwest is at 50,000 for a plus or premiere and with a Southwest Business card for 60,000, and if you hit the min spends on both in short order, you have a companion pass for nearly two years. planning on doing some remodel or big purchase with the tax return. get the cards and pay them off with it instead. This time last year, I hit the min spend with an appliance purchase from JCPenny via Southwest's shopping portal at 5x points and got another 25,000 Southwest RR Points.

Schlitterbahn KC seems to be in a funk on attraction additions it seems since the accident.


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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:02:07 AM »
Adds:

May 2: U2 in Tulsa

May 4, 5, 6: Beale Street Music Fest in Memphis


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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:39:06 AM »
March- Spring Break
Sat  17 -   Busch Gardens Tampa (Int. Food and Wine Fest)

Sun  18 -  Uni Florida/Island of Adventure (Mardi Gras)

Mon 19 -  USF/IOA (Day), Blue Man Group(6PM), FunSpot America(late)

Tue  20-   Volcano Bay (early), Epcot(night)

Wed 21-  Discovery Cove and Aquatica, Coca Cola Eye

Thu 22 -  Sea World(9am to 2pm) Animal Kingdom 3pm-9pm,  Fun Spot Kissimmee(late night)

Fri 23 -    Dixie Crossroads for Lunch, Disney Cruise

Sat 24 -   Nassau Bahamas

Sun 25 -  Castaway Cay

Mon 26-  Disney World

Tue 27-    Legoland (maybe 50/50)

April - SDC on good weather weekend day, Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Big Foot, Mountain Coaster

May - Three day weekend in Vegas, Adventure Dome, Show,
           Cowabunga Bay (if open)

June - Dollywood, Wilderness In the Smokies
            SDC visit

July - Chicago extended weekend, Cubs game, Six Flags,
          Navy Pier

August - SDC possible

Sept - SDC possible

Oct- 4 day weekend Los Angeles,  Knotts Berry, Universal  Studios for their Halloween stuff,  Six Flags Magic Mountain (time permitting)

SDC

Dec - SDC
















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Lets lock this thread (which was 2017) and make a new one for 2018. 
If you were the OP you have that ability.


If you had noticed, I did that in the title.

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DW wants to kill the Yellowstone Trip. After all the trouble I went through to book rooms at Canyon Lodge and Old Faithful Inn ::)

She wants me to bank most of those two weeks for Europe 2019 aND since we both have Companion passes on Southwest this year, take a few extended weekends.

Chicago, Vegas, Denver, and LA to to Halloween and Universal and Knotts Berry for my son's birthday. I can get the Fridays off and make up the time without using Vacation.

We have a Wyndham voucher from our stay at Kingsgate in Williamsburg with no blackouts or restrictions we want to use at WilderNess at the Smokies and take advantage of our SDC SP discount at Dollywood.That would and actually burn up a couple of days as it would be a road trip and I'm scheming to get Holliday World in on the return trip 8)

No spring break other than a weekend trip due to the Europe trip which is looking like at least 3 weeks maybe 4.

If she likes the cruise, we may include a Barcelona/Rome cruise in it and knock out Pompeii as a shore excursion at Naples. Several offer those but Disney is round trip back ro Barcelona


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Well, I made the final payment on the Spring Break 3 Day Disney Cruise. We will find out if cruising is our cup of team
Two adjoining rooms. 5020 and 5022. Split floor plans. A room for DW and I and one for the Kids and my Mom. There's an actual youtube of these rooms
https://youtu.be/xIxM5Fh5v10

So my revised plans for SB 2018

My crew is flying down on the 17th from Memphis and will be be out of MCO by 2pm if everything goes smoothly.

I'm in a bit of a pickle, we got Discovery Cove Day Passes during SeaWorld's Black Friday promotion for a great price and they even include Busch Gardens without having to add it on so I'm trying to figure out a way to get over there. This eats into our Universal time, though. We were going to just hand out at CB, Bowl, hit up City Walk, ect.


We are at Cabana Bay for the first three nights. I was thinking of getting ro Cabana Bay try to check in ASAP and then head to Tampa. BG is open to 10pm. That would give us about 5 hrs to cover the major rides. I can easily see my wife staying at Cabana Bay and chilling while the Kids and I Go, Go, Go. 

Sunday and Monday  would either be spent at Uni/IOA or Volcano Bay and that Combination. The day we are at Uni/IOA without Volcano Bay will be a fast pass must considering the SB crowds after we book it to Potter during early hours.

We check out of CB on Tues and we will hit Discovery Cove. The kids have a dolphin swim. We'll stay till around Lunch and then head to Aquatica. I figure this is when we lose DW for the day. We transition to the timeshare we used points to stay at.(3 br for 3 nights for 28,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards, not bad, 3rd best Timeshare according to Tripadvisor)

Wenesday we do SeaWorld, pick up Mom at MCO and after we get her to the room, the kids and I will hit the two Fun Spots

Thursday is planned for Animal Kingdom to cover the new stuff (Flight of Passage, Nighttime Safari, Rivers of Light)
and ride Everest numerous times and at night!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, we sleep in a bit or head out early and squeeze in Kennedy before lunch at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville and then over to Port Canaveral for the 3 Day on Disney Dream.


Sat is Nassau Port day, we'll get off, hit up a few of the main sights, I'll take in some suds at Pirate Republic and be back on board by 2pm to take in more of the ship quite frankly since there's no day at sea.

Sun is Castaway Cay

Monday and tn we are back at Canaveral. We'll head to Disney Wilderness Lodge where we'll stay the night and head over to WDW and endure the crowd. We'll hit our favorites with fast passes and go from there, we may even leave to Epcot as we missed Illuminations last trip but Disney now has a new nighttime show as well. It will be up to Mom.

Tuesday, we check in all of our luggage at Wilderness Lodge so we don't have to deal with it at the airport and go to Epcot and check out the Flower and Garden topiaries and get in the new Soarin'. Stay till around 1:30 and head to the airport for the flight home.

If Disney offers us the timeshare thingy where they give out the gift card and 6 fastpasses. We may switchange Epcot to Monday after the presentarion and use the 6 FPs on Disney World on Tues.


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Branson Talk / Re: Proposed Branson Tram Project
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:06:39 PM »
Maybe they’re waiting for WDW to open theirs and show successful theses things can be

Yep, this us very similar to what Disney is doing IMO, but I never thought this would get built.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:34:41 AM »
Redo or relocate Whitewater into a top notch waterpark along with a resort with an large indoor water area and they'd hit 3 Million in short order. It goes without saying that SDC itself needs a larger footprint as it's bursting at the seems on Saturdays

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:21:49 PM »

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