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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: What IS this song??!
« on: June 16, 2017, 12:38:48 AM »
Posted on the You Know Your From Silver Dollar City forum on Facebook by Kerry Chester:

That song is an original by a fellow named Mike Gavin. (I hope that's right). He is singing it too.  It was recorded after hours in the Riverfront Playhouse with quite the lineup including Tim Haygood, Ned Wilkinson, Terry Mire, Monte Yoho, D.J. McIntosh, Uncle Vern, Danny Eakin and surely some more that I've forgotten.  It was engineered live to mini-disc by Al Hurd and edited together with "Company's Comin'", Grand Ole Flag, and The Star Spangled Banner by yours truly.  It was a great effort by all involved,

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: What IS this song??!
« on: June 15, 2017, 09:27:05 PM »
I'm trying to remember...

I believe it's called Wonderful Day, but I could very easily be wrong on that.

I can't believe that they didn't know it at SDC.  I'll bet DA Calloway could tell you.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 12, 2017, 02:21:13 PM »
You can always use a photo storage site like flickr or smugmug.  I pay a small amount each year for Smugmug and it has been more than worth it to me (but then I also shoot several thousand photos a year typically)

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Flooded Mines 50th season, 2017
« on: June 11, 2017, 02:57:39 PM »
I'm the professional?  LOL, now that's frightening.  My equipment I have currently isn't great for that, but I did get a few photos back in March.  You can see what I got starting at
https://sirwillow.smugmug.com/Amusement-Parks-Roller/Mid-USA-TX-MO-OK-etc/Silver-Dollar-City-March-24-2017/i-dqFQwHd 

And then scroll forward.  There's about 25 photos, some decent, some barely ok, but you can see some of the work done in them.

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Other Parks / Re: Adventureland
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:18:52 PM »
I think it's safe to say WOF is having a bad year.  Corporate made a horrible decision firing Frank Wilburn last October.  What you see now is a "yessir" that was brought in from KI that doesn't get the KC market.  Ticks me off that Phil Bender is allowing this crap as he was the GM at WOF for a long while, but he's gotten too big for his britches the past few years.

You've got me curious/ worried about WoF now. We're finally going to get our first visit to the park this July over a couple of days.  What's going on wrong with it?

And how far from WoF is Adventureland?

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Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills. Not going to Open
« on: June 09, 2017, 04:36:11 PM »
interesting note from their Facebook page that also popped up on the newsfeed here:
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We are happy to announce that The Shepherd of the Hills is under contract to new investors and closing will take place in the next few weeks. Major announcements of the new and exciting developments will be coming soon!

Hoping that's good news, but it's mysterious enough that it's hard to tell.  Wonder if this is the CofO thing (which people- e.g Terry Sanders and others-  in the know said was NOT a good thing as it would strip Shepherd, move the cabin to CofO and pretty much kill the play for good) or something else.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:20:11 PM »
Very nice comprehensive reply Swoosh.  Appreciate all of the input.  Just wanted to say in response to this:

I do realize I rub people wrong at times, which has never been my intent.  I think people like to jump to conclusions about me and read emotion into my text when there was never emotion intended.  I can be straight to the point at times, though in my defense I work in education and have to put up with teenager stupidity and most of the time we don't have time for that - so you shut down the behavior and move on. 

Truth be told, other than 3 posters on here, I have no ill feelings towards any of you.  I don't know most of you in real life, how could I possibly hate you?  Those that have met me in real life will tell you I am one of the nicest people you could meet.

I totally, completely understand that!!  Now take what you get as a high school teacher (been there done that), add in the guff that a substitute gets, top off the crazy stuff that a pastor gets to deal with, and I completely understand where you're coming from.  It's why on forums I also tend to get blunt sometimes, then start kicking myself when I realize how it came out (usually to late to edit or do anything about it)

Hope I'm not one of the 3.  :-)

Thanks for sharing.  Really do appreciate your insight, information, and all the posts.  Been loving your trip report photos!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant at SDC
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:15:26 PM »
It's there.  It's the bench closest to the doors of the old gift shop (now the photo spot).  In Swoosh's defense, it's very easy to miss.  It's a bit shorter than the other benches sticking out in the station, and doesn't have another bench on it's backside.  And again most don't know it's there because it works so infrequently.  Maintenance usually has it as a very very low priority on their list, and it's just a pain to get it working right with the old hardware in it, so they usually don't.  In my 3 years there I think we had it working half a season or so.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant at SDC
« on: June 02, 2017, 08:56:29 PM »
I must add to this topic. There's also a bench in the Train Depot that is supposed to raise. AFAIK it is still there. However I have never seen it in operation so I don't know if it still works or not.

Has anyone seen the raising bench in operation at the train depot?

Sorry Swoosh, but it absolutely is correct!  However, it tends to have problems with the hydraulic system and goes for long periods without working.  But when it does work it's a lot of fun.  When I worked there we had a ball activating it and watch people get caught by surprise.

Though I have to admit there were a couple of times we got distracted only to find people a couple of feet in the air when the train was arriving.  lol

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Other Parks / Re: The Joker at SFOT
« on: June 02, 2017, 08:54:18 PM »
Rode it Wednesday and had a great time on it.  It's a lot like the old Zipper rides in experience- I got 4 flips on it, while my kids got two.

I find the stories about that stoppage very interesting.  They keep saying that a sensor detected a problem and stopped the car.  Except there are no brakes where the car stopped.  Once it came off the lift it should have free rolled all the way to the end brakes as there aren't any other trims or blocks on it at all.  So I'm wondering what the real issue was.  Something like a hat stuck in a wheel maybe?  Someone at the park did say that there were gale force winds blowing at the time, so I wonder if that was the likely culprit.

In any case it was a lot of fun and fits very well into that section of the park.

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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Lighting Rod's Continued Issues
« on: May 23, 2017, 10:59:16 AM »
You know the park management isn't enjoying this any more than anyone else either.  Truly aggravating for them as well.

Looks like we're going to actually be able to make a trip out there at the beginning of August, so now I'm really hoping they can get it sorted out and working by then.  Especially if it's a heat issue, as that wouldn't indicate good things for the time of our planned trip.  Here's to hoping...

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I agree, it won't be that.

But it IS what many were saying early on, including some people here.  You know who they are.  :-P

Congrats you know a secret.  Time for the "panties in a bind brigade" to get triggered. 
Let's not start this crap again.

I think you misunderstood what I was saying there Swoosh.  I don't know what it is any more than anyone else.  I'm agreed that I don't think it's going to be what that linked video thinks it will be.  But it's speculation.

I was just saying for those jumping on it that in the early speculation there were people proclaiming that was what it was going to be.  A couple rather forcefully saying that's what it was, and some of them were here.  And that those who claimed it and are now proclaiming otherwise know who they are.

Don't read more in there than was said. Or is the overly sensitive reaction for another reason?  :-P

Back to speculating...

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I agree, it won't be that.

But it IS what many were saying early on, including some people here.  You know who they are.  :-P

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:18:36 PM »
Talked to Ms. Sharon at the school house and she's leaving to take another job next month. 

Sharon's leaving as well?  I wondered since her husband retired how long she'd be there. Sad in many ways how many are leaving the park through retirement, other jobs, etc.  A lot of the people I'm used to being there aren't there anymore.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Blacksmith
« on: May 15, 2017, 09:32:25 AM »
He had his "official" retirement party, last week. We now have a young girl, in his spot~

I was wondering if it was going to lead to his "retirement"  Sad, I'll miss seeing him out there.

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