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Thank you sanddunerider for all the hard work you put into this, and for continuing to do all the hard work between each hotel transition. We will certainly give Ozark Valley Inn a try!


General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: April 15, 2019, 10:14:50 AM »
Saturday, 4/13:  Wife, elder son (21) and me.

It was said elsewhere that the attendance that day was 4400--no problem believing that.  I have never seen the City less crowded.  Weather was actually rather pleasant (if chilly) till about 2:30. 

We didn't get a chance to see the Pickers because they were inside to avoid competing with whatever was going on at the Gazebo.  I suspect the weather also influenced that decision.  This was our one disappointment.

The main objective of the mission was to see the harp show:  my wife and I are very much attached to Dearbhail Finnegan and her husband, Robin Slater.  The show was great.  It was interesting to see 6 harpists interacting on the music--and it was a delight to hear that they had collaborated on original arrangements for several of the pieces.

It was a joy to see some other old friends, too.  Perhaps the biggest attraction for me these days is getting to talk to and catch up with so many of the great citizens there.  I find them much more interesting than any number of coasters.

The Food of Wonder was uneven in quality, but I think the cold had something to do with that problem.  I just couldn't eat the pulled pork nachos before they got cold, so I can't really blame that on the park.  Portions were good, to be sure.  The grilled cheese was really very good.

We got down to the riverfront area this time, and I was amused by the thought that the Lost River really IS lost, now ;-)

WE were very happy to finally be able to restock our lye soap.  My wife bought a belt 9becasue she had forgotten hers).  She had it personalized, and we were pleased that the citizen at the register let her wear it till (we had paid, of course) until the artist was there to do the work.  Being able to come back late without hassles made the day more pleasant for my wife.

Got to ride behind #14 for the first time.  They may have to enlarge the squarehouse ;-)

We left as the rain started setting in (part of the original plan, not a response to the rain), so it hardly put a damper on us.

All things considered, we were quite happy, made more memories worth repeating, and came home tired but satisfied.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:55:26 AM »
I have never been in the City when it was less crowded than Saturday.  We had a very good time partly because we were never crowded.

Branson Talk / Re: Classic Motor Inn - 2019 - K.D.
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:50:29 AM »
Why stay?

Good question!  I am not at all committed to CMI; however, I do like the location, and I am familiar with it.  We rarely get to Branson much before 10 pm, ad we leave the motel by 8 am.  I don't have time to fish for a new to fish for a new place to stay.  I have been VERY grateful to the groundwork that has been laid for that reason.

Rate and location are more important to me than just about anything else (assuming we're talking clean and safe).  So we return out of convenience, but I will happily move my business (such as it is), but I don't have anywhere to move to yet.

Branson Talk / Re: Classic Motor Inn - 2019 - K.D.
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:46:03 AM »
Things went smoothly enough for us on Friday; with taxes and al, the charge was $56.04, which I think was a little higher than it used to be, but my memory may be failing. 

Since we like to eat at Mollies, we haven't tried the breakfast this year yet.

Branson Talk / Re: Classic Motor Inn - 2019 - K.D.
« on: April 10, 2019, 09:10:25 AM »
Monday, my wife set up a reservation for this Friday.  It took her a while to get the person on the phone to understand what she was talking about with the rate, and I don't think we  actually got the rate we did just a few weeks ago, but it's still not bad.

It has been said elsewhere that the actual charge seems to vary quite a bit--probably dependent upon who is on the line.  I think we are paying $57 (w/ tax) for the three of us this time.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: April 09, 2019, 08:44:09 AM »
My wife, older son, and I plan to be there this Saturday.  We've got our room reserved at the Classic (somewhat higher rate--they appear to be all over the map), and plan a relatively lightweight day.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season Passes?
« on: April 06, 2019, 10:18:38 AM »
I'm afraid I struck out, too; sorry!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season Passes?
« on: April 04, 2019, 11:12:40 AM »
I'll look and see if we still have ours.  I think I might have tossed it with some of the other chaff.  If we have it, you're welcome to it.  You may need to remind me if you don't see a post from me about it soon.

Branson Talk / Re: New Hotel/Motel to stay in?
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:52:38 AM »
I cant tell you all how sorry I am that I have not been able to put together another motel.

Man, don't be sorry.  You are already going above and beyond; that the business aren't cooperating isn't your fault.

The Generation Gap rears its head.  Absolutely NOTHING in any of these suggestions has any appeal for me.  But Branson doesn't want me--I don't spend enough money.  And I avoid ALL marketing to the extent I can.

I get it:  I am a dinosaur.  I don't want what will bring money to the area, and few others want what I do.  I don't expect the world to cater to me, but, just so the other folks in the world remember there are a few who like what I like and will maybe avoid deliberately trampling on us in their headlong rush to the future, I'll share what *I* would like to see.

My family moved from Branson in 1971-'72.  I want to return to it.  There were two shows in Branson (I hadn't seen either of them yet).  The lake was still relatively new and THE big draw.  (Oh, what it was like to live on the lakeshore!)  SDC was still running the stagecoach, and even FITH hole hadn't been built.  Life was slower, the place was not crowded, and we once missed school almost all of January because a New Year's snow that left 32" (by the yardstick) in our front yard, and there was no way that the road departments could cope with it quickly.

Again, I know that most--the vast majority!--folks do not want to return to that place.  But I do, and every trip there is an attempt to recapture as much of that as I can, doomed to failure but much desired, bittersweet.  There are almost certainly a few others in the world like me.  Please try not to deliberately squash us--we'll die off soon enough.

There is wisdom in DianaGail's post.

Irrespective of age, cost is a significant deterrent.  We have seen no shows in the last 4 or 5 years for that reason.  We went to only two other places in that time, the Toy Museum and the Ducks.  My wife shops from time to time at Tanger.

Honestly, SDC is the big draw to us, and our season passes + the SDC rate at a hotel make that an economical proposition.  I'd actually like to spend time on the lake, but that, too, is pricey.  (I could buy a boat for the price of a couple rentals, but the definition of a boat is "a hole in the water into which the owner pours money.")

Nobody in my family does coasters or other thrill rides.  My younger son likes go karts, but, as DianaGail notes, they are really pricey.  The appeal of the city is ambiance, not the fast rides.

As for free:  well, the town of Branson can't survive on free, BUT there is such a thing as loss-leaders. 

Obviously, the town will change--Heaven knows, that is its one constant.  Plenty of folks can afford a great deal more than I can.  But, for some of us who visit, spending money is a necessary evil, not the object of the exercise.

Here's an idea:  remove the stage from all venues.  Issue "devices" as people walk into the auditoriums.  Deliver the show on the tiny little screens.  Collect the "devices" as they leave.

Millennials will love it!

Branson Talk / Re: Plans for Ride the Ducks Location
« on: March 25, 2019, 10:58:01 AM »
I know I would still ride.

I think it's just not possible for them to remain in business:  if the lawsuits (really, can a million dollars replace a person?) don't eat the business alive, the insurance companies won't want to touch them.

Branson Talk / Re: Plans for Ride the Ducks Location
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:42:49 PM »
Besides a couple of the lawsuits being settled and most of them still pending, nothing.  But I'm sure they've come to the realization that they have no real chance of being able to reopen.  If the financial costs of the settlements don't completely sink them and put them under, then the pretty much destroyed public image will.  Who is going to want to take a ride on them with the thoughts of what happened in the back of their mind?  As much as we loved them, it would be very difficult.  I can't imagine that anyone from out of town would.

What a pity.

I wonder what will happen to the militaria.  In addition to the whole vehicles up on the hill, there was some really nice small stuff.  Auction block, I guess.

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