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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Large structure
« on: August 18, 2018, 06:59:56 PM »
No it was perfect back in the day.  I do not recall getting any more wet that what you would on the river ride or log ride.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: TNT
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:55:53 AM »
I am not going to ride it again until I hear it has been worked on.  It used to be just that one spot on the tunnel was a little rough, then it got a lot rough.  Last time I rode it there were several rough spots.  It kills my back.

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Branson Talk / Re: Classic Motor Inn 2018 - Call K.D. @ 417 334 6991
« on: August 01, 2018, 07:37:51 PM »
Thanks Sand for staying on top of this and helping all of us out.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 31, 2018, 06:59:47 PM »
Well I can somewhat see that Hershend gets named.  After all, they were told years ago those boats were not safe due to the canopy on them.  If they have to pay or not will remain to be seen.  I was in town last night and watched the local news about this.  They lawyer suing on behalf of the family said the goal was to put them out of business.  Also, there has already been $800k raised via a go fund me account, most of which is only for 1 family member.  There was a 2nd lawsuit filed for the company who was there for their 45th wedding anniversary and they are only suing for $25k, but that is just the starting point, they figure it will be $125k.  That seems a far cry from the other suit of $100 million.  That seems like a ludicrous figure.

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Branson Talk / Re: Classic Motor Inn 2018 - Call K.D. @ 417 334 6991
« on: July 31, 2018, 06:55:55 PM »
We were in town Sunday and Monday and stayed at Classic Sunday night.  We learned the place has been sold  and they were in the process of selling off/removing everything from the lobby area.  Not sure who the new owners are and wondered if we will still get our rate.  Anybody heard anything?

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:03:30 PM »
what is funny is just Monday they were posting about $15 all night wrist bands, and today they are out of business.  They say they will open again but if you are selling off coasters, that seems out of business to me.

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:33:06 PM »
They just posted on their facebook page that they are closing down.  Something about it being too hot and one of the coasters is sold.  Said they are going back to the drawing board and hope to open again in October.  Wow that didn't last long

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 24, 2018, 08:59:31 PM »
My understanding this the ones in operation in Branson are modified from the original, in that they were extended by several feet to be able to carry more people, making them even more dangerous due to the added weight.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 21, 2018, 07:12:31 PM »
The woman who survived out of the family of 11 lost her husband and I believe 2-3 of her kids which I think was all of her kids.  That us so unbelievable something like that can happen.  The big talk yesterday and today was how the captain told them not to put on their life jackets.  I have a feeling if they did, more people would have died because when the boat went down, if they had them on they would have tried to float up and would have pinned them under the canopy, which is one of the big reason those things are a death trap.

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White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« on: July 21, 2018, 07:06:29 PM »
We did the dual pass this year and went to WW once so far this year.  I am not impressed, but then again I am not really into water parks in the first place.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 20, 2018, 06:04:58 PM »
Wow, how sad.  So there are still a bunch of cars in the duck parking lot from the people who died and it looks like people are putting flowers and such on them.  This is unbelievable.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 20, 2018, 05:58:26 PM »
Big difference between planes crashing and these things. 

Yes, these are underpowered on the water even in the best conditions.  The one duck that got out was pure luck.  It sank pretty close to the ramp but the water there is 80 feet deep I heard the new say. 

It was actually 9 members of a family from Minneapolis.  11 were on vacation so 2 survived.  I can't imagine what they are going thru. 

I was witnesses on that were on the other boat I believe say that the weather looked really bad before they even got on the water but they ran the boats anyway. 

Here is a story about how the NTSB warned about those being unsafe.  I bet there will be some big changes such as removing the canopys if they don't shut down completely.

http://amp.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article215219170.html

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:18:48 AM »
This is very sad and it could have been any of us on those boats.  I have not ridden them in many years but never will again I don't think.  I am trying to remember I do not think you wear life jackets while on the ride do you?  But I assume they have them onboard somewhere.  In those winds it would have been impossible to get them on though I would think.

This give a black eye to the entire Branson area and I would bet it is the end of the Ducks.  Hershend dumped it at the right time I guess.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 20, 2018, 12:02:00 AM »
Our local news station posted the full video on Facebook of it sinking as filmed from the Showboat.

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:46:02 PM »
I have not been to Frontier city for a couple of years, think it was year before last when we had season passes.  I may get them again next year and skip SDC, maybe.  I actually think their log ride is better than SDC.  At least they have some scenery to look at in the tunnel.

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