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I was involved with golf in a business sense.  Golf is also failing because the younger generation can not afford to play it.  Check out what greens fees and cart rental and clubs run for one-half days play. It makes a trip to Disney world look affordable at a per person price.  They have shut out a large portion of the population and everyone is watching their pennies in today's world.

that has a huge amount to do with it.  It's why I've never played a round of "real" golf in my life- no way I can justify the amount of money I would spend on it, let alone to attempt to learn how to actually play it for real.  I know a good number of people college to middle age that wouldn't mind trying it out, might be interested, but aren't going to spend the large amounts of money it takes just to start let alone continue to play.  Not exactly something you do on a lark.

Exactly!!!!  I went through I time when I tried to learn golf.  He a buddy who lived at one of the apartment complexes around here with the 9-hole courses (played for free) - so we went out and tried to teach ourselves.  Then had a pro/am guy we worked with from Bella Vista take us out a couple of times (with a first timer guest discount because of his membership).

I was terrible at it but still had a decent time playing....but when they started wanting to play more and the non-discounted fees started to kick in....I (with family of 5) could not afford to pay theme park ticket price every week to go hang for 2-4 hours chasing a ball around trying to get better. 

Maybe one day I'll get the room in the budget and schedule to pick the clubs up and try again. 

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Golf is struggling...the current touristy golf towns are struggling and many local clubs around the country are in trouble too.  Most reports about golf is that it's rapidly losing players and viewers ever since Tiger's issues killed his career.  The sports older players are literally dying off and the younger Tiger inspired players seemed to lose interest and stopped playing when he did. 

Not to say that this will not work in Branson....it has a small reputation already in the golf community that will help...Tiger designed course will draw people in no matter where it is put. 

Tigers dirty laundry though doesn't exactly fit the Branson's clean image....Not sure that is that important or not....especially if it's just a place that is "designed" by him vs him actually hanging out around town beyond some type of grand opening.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Spring 17
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:04:08 AM »
Pretty sure the current ISD layoffs are in regards to better, cheaper, and yes, foreign contracts as replacements. While the layoff tradition appears to grow, so does the WM hiring seem to be growing.

I have so many thoughts, opinions, some inside knowledge on this topic and other points made on this thread.  Just don't think it would be wise to lay it all out here.  Don't believe 90% of the conspiracy theories about the company and the 10% that are true are the ones that aren't that juicy.

Let me just say this....the company has been changing to make sure it can compete beyond the old traditional retail market over the past few years.  The company is in a market share fight....and it's not with Kmart and Target.  It makes sense that the Tech division is a focus of change.  It is being asked to blend having to support the traditional business while also being asked to be a Silicon Valley tech start like IT company to push the new stuff needed.  A lot of cool new tech delivered stuff has be done and is still on the way.


 

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Spring 17
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:51:18 PM »
Well....A very well known NWA company has been going through some pretty major layoffs the past two days that hit very very very close to me:(  10% (over 300 jobs) of the tech division this week with rumors of more in other departments this month.  I'm shocked that the news isn't picking it up.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels outside of Branson for 2017
« on: March 19, 2017, 03:38:21 PM »


We are taking RC - Liberty:  Same ship we took last year with some new ports to explore.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels outside of Branson for 2017
« on: March 17, 2017, 05:14:40 PM »
This will be a off year for SDC for our family.  Saving up our vacation dollars for a different trip.  We talked about doing the Disney thing (again) but they kids wanted a different adventure (as did I).

I just booked a cruise for the family for October.  Got a great deal on a family suite.  Sailing out of Galveston and touring the western Caribbean for 7 days.  Wife and I took non-kids getaway cruise last year and thought they would love it.  Thinking about taking a day for Six Flags Dallas on the drive down and/or the Galveston pier.

Also planning a get away with the wife this summer.  Probably NYC to catch a broadway show she wants to see.  I've go a airline voucher and miles that will probably make that trip pretty affordable.

Plus I still have some work trips in pending for this year.  I'll probably be going to FL (just north of Tampa/Busch Gardens), Allentown (dorney and maybe SFGA), South Carolina (Carawinds) this year.  Hoping and praying I can carve out a 1/2 day during one of these visit to get some coasters in.  I literally drive by Dorney and Busch Gardens multiple times last year without having any time to go.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 16, 2017, 08:30:31 AM »
One more thought....

Give SDC credit that they didn't disrespect us (fans and GP) by not acknowledging that something is going on.  How they started this is nice, simple, and exciting.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 15, 2017, 07:00:30 PM »
It seems to be in more of a valley than on any one "wild mountain". 

Here we go.....the official start to a very long marketing campaign....lol.  Hopefully a planned campaign could lead the GP and the fanatics like us through a backstory to help with whatever theme is going to happen.

But I'll go out on the limb and guess "Wild Mountain" has a 50% chance of actually being the name.

After thinking about it a little more....I'm predicting "Wild Mountain" will be the name.  Doesn't make sense to spend money to market an attraction name that will change. 


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 15, 2017, 06:47:15 PM »
It seems to be in more of a valley than on any one "wild mountain". 

Here we go.....the official start to a very long marketing campaign....lol.  Hopefully a planned campaign could lead the GP and the fanatics like us through a backstory to help with whatever theme is going to happen.

But I'll go out on the limb and guess "Wild Mountain" has a 50% chance of actually being the name.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: March 15, 2017, 03:39:12 PM »
Well I am here now. Got a good look at the construction. It's hard to miss at this point. About the only rides open is FM, TNT, fith, and the train. Very few people here but lines are long. Currently in line at TNT then may hit the train then leave. FM is looking great and has that new paint smell

They finally put those inmates to work in the FM this off-season...lol

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: March 09, 2017, 02:21:12 PM »
I'm told there's been a lot of little and big changes. We'll have a ton of photos to take next weekend. The new TNT entrance still sounds weird to me... They are going to have to open that area up one way or another eventually though. I wonder if the magic box is more in danger than the food stalls. I can imagine which one brings more revenue. They could move the magic box to GE.

It sounded to me like the only food place staying was the replaced big skillet and everything else (including the Magic shop) was being removed.

The one and only salad stand at the park is around there too.  Better hurry before it goes....lol

I never even noticed it until my parent seeked it out last year when I took them.  They were really impressed.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:30:13 AM »
I'm told there's been a lot of little and big changes. We'll have a ton of photos to take next weekend. The new TNT entrance still sounds weird to me... They are going to have to open that area up one way or another eventually though. I wonder if the magic box is more in danger than the food stalls. I can imagine which one brings more revenue. They could move the magic box to GE.

Even without the new ride....the Magic box is the biggest roadblock in that area.  I'd image it's days as is are numbered.  I'm sure if the new plaza area is true....they will have to remove it and/or relocated it.  If the rumored theming of the ride is true it would make sense to keep that magic theme around the new ride.  Maybe the goods it currently sells can be apart of the rides gift shop?

Be interesting to see if the TNT que change is just temporary this year.  The plaza could change whatever was done this year next year.

The other concern I had about the plans was losing all the green picnic tables in the area.  One of the few places in the park we could sit down as a family together (usually at least 6 of us) outside of a restaurant and the only place on that side of the park.  We usually bring a cooler with lunch and it's tough sometimes to find a place to really take a break together and eat.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 04, 2017, 07:37:46 AM »

Seeing it from this perspective and without sounding like a complete nerd I am kinda really wondering about those tiny footers littered around the hillside if this ride might be something else completely. They seem to be in the same style as the ones seen on TNT or a wooden coaster. Those are not the large square footers of a traditional steel coaster. Would they really put in yet another wooden coaster back to back? Granted they might not yet be poured by the construction crew, but it wouldn't explain the smaller ones already there. Perhaps a Hybrid structure to fit with the 1880's theme? See example photos below.



Nothing wrong with being a coaster nerd around here.....I'd like to see more of us on here.

I doubt it is going to be a wooden structure....their would actually need to be a lot more footers to match that design.  Plus the potential lift structure wouldn't fit with any traditional woodie builds. 

It is really a pretty good mystery at this point what that layout could be and what type of ride it is.

I'm still wondering if the land work is done.  Will there be anymore structures build for theming/tunnels?

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Just some general questions
« on: February 23, 2017, 04:04:34 PM »
There is a difference - Disney does not upcharge for a fastpass.  They are available to everyone.

Yeap Disney's system is 'free' but you have to be wise enough to know the best ways to use it.  Unless it's changed in the past few years you still had to go to the ride to get a pass for later in the day and each person could only have one pass out at a time.  The most popular rides usually run out of passes through the day (sometimes really early).  Disney basically just created a way to reserve a ride time for later.  It's not really a 'cut in line' pass because they have limited spots scheduled through the day for them and you won't get to 'cheat' without having already been to the ride during the day.  You learn quickly to rush to the 2 rides you want to ride and are close first thing in the morning....grab a pass on one (hoping for an early spot)....ride another (or two) with time....use the pass....the hit the next busiest ride to get a pass.  Do all that before lunch and you might get a chance to score a 3rd pass before they run out on the big rides.  Also helps if you have a non-riders with you...used them a few times to grab 2x passes for the coasters.  Not sure if you can pay up to be able to have multiple passes out at once.

Disney is totally different now with the introduction of the magic band. If you are staying on property you can book 3 fast passes per day up to 6 months ahead. Day visitors are a totally different system. Also the attractions are categorized so you can only book 1 a, b, or c class attraction per day. People plan way ahead in those parks.

As for SDC trailblazer passes.  I do not understand people getting upset over this and calling it cheating and stuff like that. It is a perk you can pay for if you wish and if you choose not to that is fine also. Myself have never felt the need for it since we always go on non peak days. But, if the need arose I would certainly utilize it to the fullest.

Good to know....just realized it's been over 6 years since I've been....lol

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Just some general questions
« on: February 23, 2017, 01:47:22 PM »
There is a difference - Disney does not upcharge for a fastpass.  They are available to everyone.

Yeap Disney's system is 'free' but you have to be wise enough to know the best ways to use it.  Unless it's changed in the past few years you still had to go to the ride to get a pass for later in the day and each person could only have one pass out at a time.  The most popular rides usually run out of passes through the day (sometimes really early).  Disney basically just created a way to reserve a ride time for later.  It's not really a 'cut in line' pass because they have limited spots scheduled through the day for them and you won't get to 'cheat' without having already been to the ride during the day.  You learn quickly to rush to the 2 rides you want to ride and are close first thing in the morning....grab a pass on one (hoping for an early spot)....ride another (or two) with time....use the pass....the hit the next busiest ride to get a pass.  Do all that before lunch and you might get a chance to score a 3rd pass before they run out on the big rides.  Also helps if you have a non-riders with you...used them a few times to grab 2x passes for the coasters.  Not sure if you can pay up to be able to have multiple passes out at once.


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