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We have tried giving them to people in the past as we are going in and it got to the point where people were rude and acted like you were a scum bag or something even talking to them.  So now we just throw them away if we do not use them.

We have given a lot of tickets away over the years, and yes there are a lot of skeptical people out there for good reason.  If you keep asking you will eventually find a family or individual that is very appreciative of your gift.

This!  If we've been out there on days the tickets are good, we'll look around for a family with kids or a younger couple that looks friendly and approach them with the offer.  I have had a couple turn me down, but most of the time they are very grateful for us saving them the money and the time in the extra line.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season pass upgrade
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:03:08 PM »
I did not know you could upgrade the free bring a friend passes, good info.  I was just going thru ours and threw a bunch away.  We have not used any of our free passes so far this year.  I think the next ones are good in July

So I'm going to hedge my statements just a bit here.  I'm fairly sure that the bring a friend free tickets can be upgraded, but I'm not positive.  There is a chance that they might not be.

I know that they will upgrade the free tickets they give employees at a discount.  And other tickets that the park gives out free, such as for promotions, the teacher day, and things like that, they will also upgrade at that discounted rate, along with all tickets that they've actually sold- including discounted or group tickets.

However, there isn't any statement in the annual pass holder information on the tickets or the flyers stating that the tickets can be upgraded to a season pass.  So there is a chance that those tickets are not eligible for the upgrade.  I've never upgraded one of those, but I have upgraded or been with people that have upgraded all of the others.  It seems like it would be strange to make the "bring a friend" tickets the one exception to that, but it is possible.

TLDR- be sure to double check and confirm with the park that the "bring a friend" tickets can be upgraded to season passes before you make plans to actually do it.  :-)

We were shown a little preview/ glimpse yesterday.  This looks like it is going to be an amazing time.  Can't wait to try it out!

Branson Talk / The Axe Game and Escape Code
« on: June 15, 2019, 10:23:47 AM »
Yesterday we finally(!) managed to get our group together and on schedule and made our way over to the Axe Game and the Escape Code.

Before we left, it had been a rough afternoon, chaotic at home (4 phone calls in 20 minutes from "Trump?"), and when we arrived at least 3 of our 6 were a bit on the stressed side.  We had 3 just pass college adults, one in their mid 30's, and 2 "older" people in upper 40's, and had absolutely no idea what to expect.  Only one had ever done any axe throwing (at a bachelor party while camping of all things), and only one had ever done an escape room so we were all rookies.

We started off at the Axe Game.  Talk about a near instant destreeser.  Within a few minutes we were relaxed and having an absolute blast.  They are wonderfully friendly and walk you through everything, then lead you into a few games that are fun but will also get your competitive juices running.  This is absolutely worth a stop on it's own.

But to make it even better is practically next door, the Escape Code.  They have a variety of rooms designed for different skill levels and different size groups, with several of them even being friendly for kids.  We did the Guest House, which is one of their easier and smaller group rooms (and one that we've also heard may be their best) and had an amazing time.  Definitely want to have a group of friends when you do this, but we found ourselves working very well as a team, with each persons different personality and learning style making us very effective.  We only took one hint and finished in exactly (to the second) 44 minutes- a full 16 minutes to spare!  Not bad for a bunch of rookies.

I'll have a full video of it coming up in a week and a half (leaving for camp Monday, sorry), but can't wait to do this again.  And can't wait for Sagas to open- my wife was super excited about that.  We'll be back.

Thank you so much John for hosting us!

Branson Talk / Re: New Attraction @ The Mountian Coaster on 76
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:20:08 AM »
Looks like fun!  Now I just have to find the budget to ride these new rides.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season pass upgrade
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:18:06 AM »
I can't believe they would let you upgrade a free ticket to a season pass.  It sort of puts the screws to the rest of us who paid over double that amount for our passes.  But, I guess it they do then so be it.  I know Frontier City will only upgrade discounted tickets that were paid over a certain amount.

They treat it like most other one day tickets.  You can upgrade any one day ticket to a season pass.  In the case of a free ticket, it just gives a discount to that.  It doesn't hurt those of us who pay because we usually get a number of extras with our passes- including the bring a friend tickets (which, btw, they can also upgrade to season passes)- that those who upgrade a one day ticket don't get.

I could get free tickets to the park pretty easy with as many employees as I know, and upgrade those to passes for my whole family.  But I pay for my passes in December because it's usually not much more expensive, and all the extras that come with it more than make up the difference.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Busiest/Slowest days?
« on: June 13, 2019, 05:37:16 PM »
Hello all, I realize this is in no way scientific nor can we get a perfect answer, but I'm interested in what others have observed...
Of course this can depend on the weather and school calendar, etc.., but all else equal:

Which days are the "slowest" at SDC?

If I had to order it from busiest days to slowest days, would it go like this?


Or some other order?

That's probably a pretty reasonable guess.  Though your #2-4 can fluctuate a little bit depending on the Thursday discount tickets.  During Moonlight Madness Thursday is as busy and sometimes busier, than Saturdays because of those tickets.

Fridays are usually busier than Sundays, but not always.  They can go either way, especially with the weather.  In summer they'll often be fairly close.

And the slowest would usually be Tuesday or Wednesday.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season pass upgrade
« on: June 13, 2019, 05:32:04 PM »
Upgrades are done at the rentals window. It’s on the left side once you are through the turnstiles. Just before the bakery.

I would be surprised if you can upgrade the free and discounted tickets.... but it does look like you can according to the website. Good luck!

Yep, that's the right location to upgrade the ticket if you are in the park.

And SDC has almost always offered an upgrade for free and discounted tickets to season passes.  I've known a lot  of people that have bumped a free ticket from an employee or promotion to a season pass for $45 or so, give or take a few depending on the ticket.  it's a cheap way to get a pass.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: June 12, 2019, 01:55:02 PM »
I guess I have to be "that guy":  we didn't like the magic show nearly as much as most here.  Far too loud, far too much hype, and far too contrived.  I came away with a massive headache from the music and the numerous video clips.  Fully half the time of the show was watching commercials for the show

I'm actually agreed with you on the commercials and the PR/ "hype" clips, especially at the beginning of the show.  Way to much, and I think it sets up overly high expectations, which makes it harder for the kids.  So much so that people forget that they are still kids.  It's an 11 and 9 year old, but the clips make you forget that, and I think it makes the crowd harder for them to work with.

It's also why I think having an MC or someone to work the crowd would be better, especially when they are between tricks and setting up for the next one.  At that age, they just aren't going to have the stage presence or crowd working skills that they will when they are older.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: June 11, 2019, 04:29:26 PM »
My look at opening day of Star Spangled Summer and a preview of all that's there is posted up for you.

Did Sir Willow really make it into a Burton video on this one?

actually even got a photo with one of the kids!  :-)

Haven't heard a thing, and don't know if it's in their plans at this point, or just something they may be exploring for future reference.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: June 08, 2019, 09:47:46 PM »
We were out there as well today.  Busy, but not unmanageable.  We were also focusing on the shows, not the  rides at all.

Saw the very first showing of Rueben's Swashbuckling Adventure, appeared briefly in the livestream (Hi Terry!), and enjoyed the show.  My wife doesn't generally like musicals, so she was "ehhh" but I really enjoyed it.  You can tell it's brand new- a couple of the actors are still trying to get comfortable in their roles, but overall I thought it was a good show with some great music, and some very funny bits in it as well.  Most of us will recognize one of the main actors, who now has an ironic bit in common with his wife.  But I'll leave that there as a fun surprise for others to figure out. 

We really enjoyed the juggler comedian Greg Bennick.  Sons of Silver Dollar put on a great show as well (only caught a few minutes of it)  the "Dance Explosion" is the cloggers with a different show- more modern dance less clogging.  I dunno, I like the clogging better.  It was ok, but not something I'd likely stop to see again.

Bart and Brooklyn Rockett were pretty decent- better than a lot of adult magicians I've seen.  But they are still kids, and had a couple of blown moments.  I think the biggest issue is that for our show at least the crowd while pretty large was stone dead and cold, and the kids just don't have the ability to work with a hard crowd.  That's not any fault of theirs, that's age as much as anything.  (and maybe not helped by being overhyped by the preshow videos, which should be cut down to about 1/3rd of what they are).  The one thing my wife and I kept thinking though is if that was our kids up there, we would have had a hard time not yelling at the crowd to lighten up and cheer them on just for being kids doing their best.  And even though there were a couple of slips, they were better than half of the magicians I've seen doing shows in Branson.

had a late lunch/ early dinner at wagon works, which still has the best burgers and fries in the park.

We closed out with the Pickers, who finally got a chance to make it down to the Picking Shed after so much rain the last few weeks.  Then headed home.  Overall really enjoyed our day at the park.

I'll have a video preview and vlog posting up hopefully on Tuesday showing everything we saw.

I have a cousin coming into town at the end of the month and am referring her to the hotel.  So while I won't be staying, it looks like I'll at least get to drop in and visit.  So Andrea, if you get a call from a Nancy asking about the rooms, that's from me.  :-)

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Days to AVOID (2019)
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:06:16 PM »
Anything going on this weekend?  Thinking about Saturday and Sunday.  Looks like a chance of rain could keep the crowds down a little.
Anything going on this weekend?  Thinking about Saturday and Sunday.  Looks like a chance of rain could keep the crowds down a little.

No festival,  2nd weekend of Summer Concert Series...   enjoy!

Actually Saturday is the first day of the Star Spangled Summer festival with the new shows.

Not sure what the crowds will be like, but looks like I'll be out there filming a preview video of it.

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