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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:29:22 AM »

From what I have gleaned from different forums, it sounds like SF will probably make a bid for the Palace Corporate chain of parks (which is currently for sale) Here is their entire portfolio of the places they own. https://www.palaceentertainment.com/pick-a-park

That would be, ummmm, interesting?  There's a number of parks there that don't seem to fit into Six Flags' normal portfolio.  Three Boomers and a couple of other FEC's, and several independant water parks.  Some of the smaller "theme" parks would also be curious additions.  Castle Park in Riverside?  Just have a hard time picturing that as a Six Flags run park.

Then there are the couple that I'm not sure I want to see Six Flags have their hands on: Idlewild, Lake Compounce and Kennywood.   it certainly would make me concerned about the future of a couple of the parks on that list.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:19:23 AM »

Still doesn't work with those other 2 openings that look like entries for transfer track.

You mean those two openings with a steel beam running across them?  Do tell.

Very curious indeed.  I notice that large steel beam they've added is also on a similar height to the wood beams crossing the other opening- actually has a wood beam at the same height level as what we agree should be the loading station.  Don't know if that's related or not.  It's just really hard to say at this point. 

Let's be honest- the way that it sits right now, that area with the two openings doesn't make a lot of sense compared to what we're used to if it's not maintenance bays or the queue- and it's not set up for that at all.  Really, it's nearly impossible right now to figure out where the queue is going to go to get in there.  There's no support structure to put the bay above the station, so that's not happening.  And below it I doubt as well since there are those wood beams crossing it just like in the other side two openings where they added the steel beam, which you can see pretty clear in http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/04/

The next few weeks are going to be revealing, I think, and let us see just how much all of us were wrong.  lol

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:35:29 PM »
So I did some searching and this is what I think the transfer track is going to be like for Time Traveler.  This is Pegasus at EuropaPark which is also built by MACK.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOMVcfn0Hys

Still doesn't work with those other 2 openings that look like entries for transfer track.

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You're kidding, right?   The ending of Mystic Timbers is extremely lame and honestly even exceeds the "are you freaking kidding me" that is Adventure Express.  This is not the direction I want SDC to go.  I honestly think SDC is better than this.

You....    Are...   Doooooommmmeedd!!!!!

Or at least your expectations of something decent are.  lol

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 19, 2017, 10:13:57 AM »
Unless we are missing something significant, it looks very hard to dispute that this coaster will be diving right out of the station. The shape of the openings at both ends of the building also seem consistent with the wider style trains found with dive or wing coasters. Those openings may mean nothing in terms of the style of actual trains that run through them, but we can only speculate based on what we can see right now. Regardless, I still don't believe this coaster will feature a spinning cars element.

While the station is wide, the other entries for the train into the maintenance area aren't.  Certainly not in a way that would allow winged coaster cars through those openings.  So it's not going to be a winged coaster or anything like that.  Even the openings for the track aren't built in such a way to support such coaster trains.

I'm agreed with you on the drop out of the station.  It sure looks like that's what they are designing, or close to it. I don't see anything that would indicate one way or the other on spinning cars though.  That we will have to wait and see on.

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I was involved with golf in a business sense.  Golf is also failing because the younger generation can not afford to play it.  Check out what greens fees and cart rental and clubs run for one-half days play. It makes a trip to Disney world look affordable at a per person price.  They have shut out a large portion of the population and everyone is watching their pennies in today's world.

that has a huge amount to do with it.  It's why I've never played a round of "real" golf in my life- no way I can justify the amount of money I would spend on it, let alone to attempt to learn how to actually play it for real.  I know a good number of people college to middle age that wouldn't mind trying it out, might be interested, but aren't going to spend the large amounts of money it takes just to start let alone continue to play.  Not exactly something you do on a lark.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels outside of Branson for 2017
« on: April 17, 2017, 09:37:05 AM »
so our plans have changed quite a bit due to schedules, expenses and other things.  No west coast swing or Disneyland.  :-(

However, it does mean we're adding on a couple of other trips instead to make up for it.  So now we're looking at:

End of May- Dallas area, including Six Flags over Texas, Medieval Times, and the Dallas Zoo.  We haven't been to the area in over 20 years.  It's actually where my daughter was born, so it'll be fun to finally let her see her birthplace.

Mid-July- Kansas City and Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun for 2 days staying in the village.  That part hasn't changed, with my neice visiting.  It's all paid for already.

End of July/ first part of August?- dates still have to be determined and final locations, but looks right now like we may be going to Holiday World for a couple of days, the stopping in St. Louis for 3 to possibly visit the zoo, science museum, and Six Flags.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Pinterest Page
« on: April 17, 2017, 09:31:40 AM »
That's Levi Tobias' page.  He regularly posts and shares many of those to the "You know your(sic) from Silver Dollar City" Facebook page.  He's got some great bits of history from the park.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 13, 2017, 03:09:19 PM »
So talked with Lance Hart tonight and we are both in agreement that this will utilize the same set up as Lightning Run where the maintenance bay is right under the load station.  There is an elevator lift right before the station that lowers to let the train down a level. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_xhdpimeI4

That however leaves the question on what those other holes are for.

After looking at the building up close today (sorry, no photos.  I was chaperoning a field trip) it looks more to me like there may be access under the track in the station, but the two holes on the side look pretty clearly to be bays for trains and a maintenance room.  They are on the same level and equivalent in size to the entry into the station, while the space under the loading platform would be a bit cramped.  They also are only open on one side- the side you can see from Thunderation's queue.  They're completely closed off on the other side.

it's early, and it's possible either of us are right, but as they are closing in the sides of the building, I don't think the storage bay is going to be underneath.  It's either that or those openings are going to be for the queue itself to enter.  But they also look like they are being walled off from the actual loading platform, so I'm not sure that works either.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:08:25 PM »
The one on the right is Rachel Wallace, who has also done the saloon show in the past (not sure if she's doing it this year) as well as the Ghost of Christmas Present in Dickens, beating on her husband who plays Scrooge.  Great lady.  Unfortunately I don't recognize the other 2 offhand.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: TripAdvisor 2017
« on: April 03, 2017, 09:03:46 PM »
I call hokum.  The Japan Disney parks are not on there

Not only that, but why on earth is Disney Hollywood Studios on that list as far up as it is with the huge mess that it is right now.  Even when it wasn't, I wouldn't have put it above Epcot or DAK and nowhere close to Disneyland or Tivoli, let alone above them. 

I agree with you on this one Swoosh- hokum

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: March 28, 2017, 12:13:11 PM »
I should have taken one when we were standing there talking.  lol

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: March 26, 2017, 06:24:57 PM »
Howdy, SirWillow!  Spectacular photos you took in the park!  Thank you for sharing them with us!  Is it okay if I share the link to them on my Facebook?  I have several friends I think would love to see them.
Absolutely

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Branson Talk / Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:22:57 PM »
$15-16 is the normal price for all the ones I've ridden.

That's what I've seen as well.

the price doesn't seem to be stopping people from riding.  I took my son to the Branson one Thursday of last week and it had a 45 minute long line at 3:00!  They were kicking them out as quick as they could, but there were a lot of people there.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: March 25, 2017, 04:12:01 PM »
Yes, I read somewhere that the street troupe starts in April and im sure the regular opening will start then as well. 

Sir willow love the pics(my family was in red tshirts giving lucky high fives in your pic at opening ceremony)

I hope so.  I was actually really surprised since they promote the patriotism so much.  It really caught me by surprise that  they didn't have the flag raising ceremony.

Funny that I caught you in my pictures.  If I'd known it was you I would have said Hi.  :-)

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