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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:51:15 AM »
The weekend weather has been craptastic and the trend will continue this weekend. Arkansas Baseball is Top 5 and even when we are average a decent weather weekend means 33,000 over three games. It's down this year...the darn weather.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:42:26 AM »
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2018
MARCH
17 - SDC Spring Break Days
25 - Six Flags Opening Weekend
27 - Universal Studios Florida
27 - Universal's Super Star Parade (Universal Studios Orlando)
27 - Universal's Mardi Gras Festival (Universal Studios Orlando)
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 1
28 - Islands of Adventure - part 2
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
29 - Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
29 - Wizard World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
30 - Daytona Motor Speedway
30 - Daytona Beach
30 - Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements
30 - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
30 - Fun Spot Orlando
30 - Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
31 - Gatorland
31 - Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - Fun Spot Kissimmee
31 - Old Town

APRIL
14 - SDC's Festival of Wonder
21 - WOF Opening Day

JULY
01 - Kings Island
02 - Cedar Point
02 - Cedar Point
03 - Toronto
04 - Canada's Wonderland
05 - Michiganís Adventure

Universal Studios Orlando Resort Trip Reports now all online

Yes the Potter Lights were great. We just didn't take any photos at US /IOA for some reason. I see the dragon doing his thing there for you, he took our day off.  :(

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 13, 2018, 05:20:03 PM »
There's a tornado warned cell heading toward the city, ot's about over Green Forrest Arkansas. Mountainburg AR got hit and cars got blown over on I-49

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:06:15 AM »
Looks like SDC is stuck in a sucky weekend weather pattern as even next weekend's weather looks less than promising.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:55:11 AM »
Our last day, after we left Wilderness Lodge was a stop at SeaWorld. We(all of us except my Mom) had done the rides  to take in the Seven Seas Food Fest at SeaWorld the day we arrived, This was a Tuesday so no Food Fest but it was to see the shows with my Mom instead. I'm going to be honest, I liked the shows at San Antonio better, maybe those have changed since our last visit a couple of summers back but I liked Azul better with the Belugas with the dolphins than just the Dolphins. The Whale show at San Antonio was better too. Clyde and SeaMore was a push. A  Still good.....but kinda thing.

I also think they need to extend the days of Seven Seas to at least Fri and daily during the two prime weeks of spring break. It was Tues and it was packed. The coaster waits were over an hr most of the day.

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Branson Talk / Re: Frontier comes back to BKG
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:30:39 AM »
Well, Silver announced Branson Service with Houston , Chicago and New Orleans. Via Air is going to try Austin again, hopefully they have improved their reliability.

I also noticed that Frontier's BKG service got extended through to the end of their schedule extension to mid November.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 04, 2018, 08:49:31 PM »
Why does the park continue it? Couldn't most of this be spread out during a festival. It's like a park that's haVing some choir or band day.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: April 04, 2018, 05:16:42 PM »
I has hoping the threatending skies would clear the park out a bit.........NOPE!

Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8))

Rain doesn't send anyone packing in Florida.  After spending all of that money on the trip, there's no way they are letting something like rain get in the way of them being in the parks!


And armed guards?  I don't recall ever seeing that.  I didn't go to the Hall on this last trip.  Where were they at?

Two Total, One on each side wall. Both were strapped and not with tasers.

And...

It did on our last trip, but that was on an early Feb Tues. It was even extra magic hours then and the park was open to 1 am. We rodeo'd  Space Mountian and Big Thunder that night. Both were walk ons.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:36:11 AM »
After lunch in Titusville, we drove back to Orlando and checked in early at Wilderness, They had the one room in Copper Creek ready but the other in Boulder Ridge wasn't. I had all the luggage sent to the Copper Room. We got settled and  made our way down to the dock for the trip over to WDW, A brief shower started along the way over but we had $1 plastic Panchos from Wallymurt just for this predicted outbreak of about an hr of rain(Just north of us their were radar warned Tornado Warnings but no lighting or thunder near Disney!) I has hoping the threatending skies would clear the park out a bit.........NOPE! We shopped Main Street as the rain passed and when it let up we made our way left at the Hub. After seeing the crowd and looking at the waits on the app, I was SO glad we had those extra 3 fast passes per person for our day at WDW for doing the DVC thing. We used our regular ones for BTMRR, 7DMT and Pan.  The GrandMom and Mother let the kids double dip at two of those with their FPs  and we used the freebies on rides we all rode, Jungle Cruise, POTC and again let the kids double dip at Space. We all hit Haunted Mansion right after fireworks for a 15 minute wait. The kids had zero interest in Barnstormer this trip, amazing what 3 years will do as they rode it over and over last time,(without much of a wait in the first week of Feb).  Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8))

After a willy nilly back and forth day at Animal Kingdom before the cruise. I showe'd disipline and we did Disney Clockwise from the hub. We all went through the SFRTH,(Miss SDCs), Had Vanilla and Orange swirl Dope Whips ;D
Jungle Cruise and Pirates, we ate some quick serve Mexican ::) and then hit Splash Mountain and Big Thunder, we caught the Hall of Presidents and positioned ourselves for the fire works. Afterwards, we made our way to HM for a short wait, (10 minutes, when we came out it was 50) and the kids double dipped on SM and BTMRR in while Mom and Cha Cha shopped at the Christmas store and others nearby. After we made out way to Pan where we all rode and then to SDMT. I had to let Cha Cha check out the Tangled bathrooms and then we made our way to Space while Mom and ChaCha went back to Main Street, The Kids did their two trips on Space and I go my one ride and then we went and met back up on Main Street and went back to The  Wilderness Lodge and crashed for the night. The next day the kids got in a qucik dip in the pool and  we all had a late breakfast at Whispering Canyon before checking our luggage and getting our boarding passes (A16 thur 20 and heading to SeaWorld.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:08:48 AM »
Mental note:  Rainy Saturdays before an Easter Sunday are good days to go.  lol.

In hindsight....it kind of makes since that it would be light on a weekend holiday that most families like to stay close to home.

That is true too... in fact the PTB estimated sat's attendence to only be about 9,000 people anyway...

This is so not true of most tourist locations.  Orlando was slammed this past weekend

Some regions all just now enjoying spring break. I was told last Tues that the next week would be busier. I was SO glad we had those extra 3 fast passes per person for our day at WDW.  We used our regular ones for BTMRR, 7DMT and Pan.  The GrandMom and Mother let the kids double dip at two of those with their FPs  and we used the freebies on rides we all rode, Jungle Cruise, POTC and again let the kids double dip at Space. We all hit Haunted Mansion right after fireworks for a 15 minute wait. The kids had zero interest in Barnstormer this trip, amazing what 3 years will do as they rode it over and over last time,(without much of a wait in the first week of Feb).  Presidents Hall had armed guards, something I missed seeing that the last time (and Conservatives are the hateful bunch 8)).

So, in summary, Disney is a different beast.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: March 31, 2018, 09:39:07 PM »
Con't

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: March 31, 2018, 09:22:40 PM »
I would be remiss not to mention that my Mother loved Dixie Crossroads in Titusville and their rock and royal red shrimp that she wanted to eat there again for lunch when we disembarked. Their broiled Royal Reds are heaven.

If you are doing Kennedy Space Center or cruising from Port Canaveral, you need to eat there.

Anyhoo, after an 11 am chow down on Royal Reds we made our way back to Orlando. My Mom hadn't been to WDW since 1988 when she took my Bother and I. I rented points for a DVC at Copper Creek. This would be the current resort that Disney is still selling besides Alunai in Hawaii. They aren't selling the Riviera yet. Anyhoo... I love Wilderness Lodge more than any other Disney resort we have stayed at. Animal Kingdom lodge is up there but it's remoteness is a knock. The new pool area is a big improvement from the old adults only area. there's some first come/ first serve cabana type places and an area of tables.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:00:01 PM »
The sunrises I got up for on ship.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: March 30, 2018, 05:57:35 PM »
The Disney Cruise and Castaway Cay was awesome. The stage shows were great but Beauty and the Beast stood out. We liked it so much, we put a deposit down on the June 8th, 2019 Barcelona to Rome 6 night cruise on The Magic. I did the timeshare thingy to get the 3 extra fast passes. There is and has been real interest on my part for buying in but just enough via Disney direct to get all the benefits that you can't get via the secondary. I figure demand for renting the points we don't use to cover the fees and actually pay myself back a little. Anyhoo, to get the FPs and a 50 buck ship credit, I had to meet one on one with a DVC rep but they goaded me into attending the general meeting for a chance for 200 buck on ship credit. I was the only one there, and a 100% chance for winning that 200 bucks! So, I got 250 bucks and 3 extra fast passes for 5 people that following Monday at WDW.  We signed up for the earliest parasailing at Castaway. We got on board and it was me and my two kids and a couple with their daugter. My two went first, as  they came back and told me to ready they asked if I wAntes to take on up with me so to not do it alone. I said sure and the son was the first to claim it. When we got done the sent the girl up with me. We basically got two for one rides. They did the same for the couple, both got to go up with their daughter. That was a very nice touch and I tipped them big.

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