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Construction/Rumors / Re: Ride Survey 09.11.17
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:50:20 PM »
Well I did not get a survey!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:43:44 PM »
We were sent a photo of the new construction wall that has gone up around the former area where the Magic Shop and the TNT arch was located.

...and seriously that planter between TNT restrooms and Christmas Corner needs to go.  Look at how it is just in the way

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/09/time-traveler-construction-sdc_9.html

Oh wow that is going to be strange with the magic shop and arch gone

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Isn't memory a wonderful and fickle thing?  I appreciate everyone romanticizing how great GG was.  Problem is that most of these memories are not true.  GG was old, broken down and limping along in its final years.  Most of the effects and all those wonderful things being mentioned were broken or long gone.  FL is a newer and much more coehesive replacement for GG.  All of those pluses you are mentioning can be accomplished with this newer model.  Those water firing targets were a hold out from a previous attraction and were not new to GG.  Newer models can be found at RB if you want.

What previous attraction were the water firing targets from?

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I really do not care for the Firemans landing area.  We rarely go in there when at the park.  I liked Geyser Gulch better.
Maybe changing tastes but it seems like GG used to get really full of both adults and their kids, they played together.  I don't see this at FL.  I think the splash area with water guns also really helped.  Change is needed but the area seemed to go from an enhanced community play area to something that seems to have more options but did they gain by placing those people back into lines?  I wonder if they should have added FL and kept and updated GG.

I would have liked that, kept GG and build FL somewhere else.  I used to like shooting at the targets with the kid.  I got to do that with him once the year before the replaced it with FL. 

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Random Talk / Re: Eclipse.........
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:52:24 AM »
I am a little late to the party here but we went up to the City Saturday, which was not very busy at all.  We stayed until close and watched the Echo Hollow show.  Stayed in Branson.  Went back to the City Sunday and stayed until about 2, then left to head to Osage Beach, which is the closest room I could get to Jefferson City.  Left Osage Beach and arrived at Jefferson City at about 9:30am.  We decided to go to the capital and see what was up and ended up with a pretty good parking spot only about a block or so away.  Stood in line for the Nasa  trailer which was not worth the wait btw.  Eclipse started right about the time we were going into that.  We found us a spot in the grass right in front of the capital to watch it.  It was amazing.  There were a lot of people down there but not nearly as many as I figured there would be.  They were even giving out eclipse glasses for free.  So after the eclipse we toured the capital building then left a little before 2pm.  Getting on the high I discovered there were a lot more people than I thought.  They all must have been across the river at the park.  It was complete stop and go all the way back down to I44, and was stop and go for a good 30 miles back west on 44.  What should have been a 4 hour drive back home took 8.  When traffic cleared a little you would get to a point where you would end up having to pass somebody on the right.  Without fail it was ALWAYS somebody with Texas plates driving the left lane and would simply NOT move to the right.  They would create rolling road blocks for miles, till people could get around them on the right, until you ran into the next rolling road block.  This continued all the way home.  Traffic would have been much better if people from Texas knew how to drive.  Sorry if I offend anybody from Texas.

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I really do not care for the Firemans landing area.  We rarely go in there when at the park.  I liked Geyser Gulch better.

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I suspect it will be so crowded next year I am considering buying the season trail blazer passes

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:04:54 PM »
So looking at the photos above, does the train come out of the station directly below the glass bottom viewing area?  Or is that temporary?  Does it return to the station from the backside then? 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 08:54:51 PM »
My wife and I probably won't care for this coaster much.  All the spinning coupled with inversions is specifically meant for a younger thrill ride enthusiast crowd.  But that is fine with us if this ride will at least draw some of the crowd away from Powder Keg, FITH, Wildfire area in the coming years.

Outlaw Run will be an old west ghost town in the future. It's already the easiest ride to get on in the city. I assume that's because it has gotten so rough. My wife and I will only ride in one of the first two rows nowadays and usually only once per visit.  This could be good for getting on the Swing as well.

Gonna suck for the Thunderation/Flooded Mine/Train area for awhile though.

The teenagers should love Time Traveler. Gonna be a lot of screamers on that one for sure.

I am afraid this will mean increased season pass cost, and major increased crowds making it an unpleasant experience all the time.

Yea the increased crowds will be there for this ride during Spring Ride Days, about any Saturday, and through the summer, but we can still find many mornings through any year to visit the city and enjoy some riding and walking around without the place being unpleasantly crazy.  Things picked up somewhat during the year of the Outlaw Run debut, but it was still tolerable on many days. I expect the same with this new addition.

I guess that's the advantage of being locals, it's easy for us to choose any given Sunday morning for a 5 hour visit to the city, and even some Saturdays now and then aren't too busy.  For instance, this coming weekend there is no festival, the kiddos and teachers are back in school, we're in a gap between summer and fall, so Sunday morning would likely be a great time for a visit.   

We are about 2.5-3 hours away and we run up early Sunday mornings till about 2-3 then head back sometimes.  We are actually coming up this Saturday and Sunday before heading up to watch the eclipse Monday.  I was originally going to swing by for a few hours Sunday on the way up but looked at hotel rooms for Saturday and they were very cheap, so decided to come Saturday too.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:18:23 PM »
My wife and I probably won't care for this coaster much.  All the spinning coupled with inversions is specifically meant for a younger thrill ride enthusiast crowd.  But that is fine with us if this ride will at least draw some of the crowd away from Powder Keg, FITH, Wildfire area in the coming years.

Outlaw Run will be an old west ghost town in the future. It's already the easiest ride to get on in the city. I assume that's because it has gotten so rough. My wife and I will only ride in one of the first two rows nowadays and usually only once per visit.  This could be good for getting on the Swing as well.

Gonna suck for the Thunderation/Flooded Mine/Train area for awhile though.

The teenagers should love Time Traveler. Gonna be a lot of screamers on that one for sure.

I am afraid this will mean increased season pass cost, and major increased crowds making it an unpleasant experience all the time.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:28:21 PM »
I hope we get more theming than was presented in the video. And while it won't effect me, I do think SDC will face an uphill battle in marketing to people who do not like spinning. I think the controlled spin will definitely help and the animation didn't look out of control to me. It just looks more like a turning motion than spinning. I think everyone should give it a chance before immediately shooting it down.

This looks like a great addition to the park and will offer something completely different from anything they have. I can't wait for 2018 to come to enjoy this amazing new addition. Three inversions, two launches, that first drop! Looks crazy and fun to me!

The animation doesn't show any spinning at all beyond the inversions. It just shows a traditional rider POV.

I think that was just to show the layout of the track from that perspective.  On the long shots from "outside" the train it appears it spins or rotates the whole time, right out of the station.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:24:29 PM »
I think some of you are getting scared easily, if you can ride OR then I wouldn't think you will have problems with a controlled spin on TT.

Couldn't disagree more. It's physics. And lateral forces induced from spinning have far different effects on the body than simply the sensation of going upside down. I could ride OR 15 times without an issue, but can't get near the Electrospin in GE.

I finally let me wife get my on electrospin this year.  Never again.  I feel sick the rest of the day afterwards.  Teacups, forget it.  If they had a tilt a whirl, forget that too.  This looks like it would be a SUPER coaster except for the spinning part.  I am sure I will give it a try, but I am very skeptical.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 14, 2017, 05:25:33 PM »
1 Day 18 hours left to go, and I noticed something interesting, that I'm not sure means anything at all, but could be a hint as well.

If you go to their page with the countdown http://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/2018 and you look at the clock, which is broken down into 3 parts: Days, Hours and Minutes, they tend to flash quickly from the actual number to other numbers:  Days shows 900, Hours shows 88, and Minutes Shows 923.

Any idea if it's just a glitch in the page coding or if those might actually mean something?

I do not know if it means anything or not but I just sitting on the page it will flash to the 900 day thing for a second then go back to 1 day etc.  Surely it is by design.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Rain in Branson tomorrow
« on: August 07, 2017, 10:03:43 AM »
I ended up not being able to get over there as I had some projects that I did not get finished Saturday that I had to do.  I always like going over when its going to be rainy or cold.  The crowds are way down. 

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Rain in Branson tomorrow
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:27:46 AM »
I was thinking about making a quick trip to the city tomorrow and the weather is saying 100% chance of rain.  I bet that keeps a lot of people away tomorrow.

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