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We went Veterans Day weekend last year and New Years weekend.  Veterans Day weekend was very busy as expected, but I knew that ahead of time and it didn't keep us from going.  We bought Show Lovers passes for Dickens and IAWL and enjoyed the rest.  Typically the only ride we do during Christmas is the train, so we weren't concerned about any lines on them.  The train line is long, but if they're operating all trains it'll be about an hour at worst. 

New Years weekend was great and we were able to do all shows without Show Lovers and had a great time.

Our family has started doing Sundays when at all possible.  If we come to Branson Friday night or early Saturday morning, it gives us the day Saturday to do what we want and then we go to park on Sunday where crowds have been lighter and we will leave around 5 for the 4 hour ride home.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Favorite "spots" in the city
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:05:20 AM »
I enjoy sitting at Dockside Grill sometimes and just enjoy the view of the lake and people watching.  And I second the appreciation of the 2nd level of Lumbercamp Burgers overlooking the waterfall.  Can sometimes catch a nice breeze in the shade and the view is great.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Need some ticket help
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:57:59 AM »

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Webcams? yes or no..
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:30:24 AM »
Personally, I'd love it.  One of the square area and then maybe one from LR overlooking lake towards FL.   The entrance at the log/axe sign would be cool.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / USA Today Article on SDC
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:45:32 AM »
Nice write up on SDC yesterday on USA Today website.  Enjoyed the few old pictures they shared. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/theme-parks/2018/04/25/silver-dollar-city-theme-park-roller-coasters/547555002/

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:24:08 AM »
Late adding this, but we’ve been busy.  We went to the park on Friday the 16th and arrived around 10:30am.  Parked in preferred parking and there was maybe 40 cars in it.  Got in and did a little browsing in the shops before heading TT.  They had just opened it and the guy working the test seat said it was 2 to 2.5 hours wait.  We turned around went back to cave entrance and bought Trailblazers for the day.  Went back to TT and was on the ride in 10 minutes.  Loved every minute of it.  My daughter went with me as my wife was leery about the spinning.  Got off the ride hit the shop and bought a TT shirt that had the year on it and then went straight to the Culinary School to enjoy the view on the back porch  (on a side note….while shopping in the TT shop, I heard a voice behind me that I knew I had heard before but couldn’t nail it down.  After surveying all of the shoppers I noticed SirWillow and his family exiting the store.  Didn’t go chase him down as he was out the door and I had unpaid merch in my hand).

Went inside Culinary School and actually did some shopping for the first time inside.  Their honey pecan butter was to die for and we bought a jar of it for our breakfast in the condo the next day.  We also tasted some instant salsa mix.  Pour an amount of their canned dried seasoning in with a can of diced tomatoes and boom, instant salsa.  It actually tasted really good.  $20 for the can but it made quite a bit of salsa.  Talked to the nice lady working in there for a bit and moved on for lunch. 

We ate at Buckshot’ Skillet and I had the jambalaya (very good).  Went to FM and had no wait.  The fresh paint always makes it smell new and updated.  The ride was great.  We went and rode the train next.  Show was fun and had lots of adlibbing and it was the longest I’ve ever seen (maybe this is normal on day 2 or the first week or two??)  Exited and went to TNT.  No wait once again and had a great ride (still one of my favorites). 

At that point TT was a 15-20 minute wait and after a LOT of convincing my daughter and I talked my wife into riding TT.  She doesn’t do “spinning” at ALL, but she absolutely loved TT.  We walked across the swinging bridge and grabbed some cinnamon bread at the mill.  Spoke with a gentleman bagging some freshly grounded product and was sad to learn that they are using electric power now to turn the mill inside.  He said that they can switch to water if they wanted but rarely do anymore due to them shutting water down during later months for possible freezing.  Wife and I went and rode FITH and used Trailblazer to save a few minutes in line while the daughter wanted some homemade chips at Chester’s.   FITH was great.  The lights seemed brighter and everything smelled clean (sure love that first week of the season). 

We then headed up to PK and used Trailblazer for me and my daughter while the wife stayed back and hit some shops.  We next swung up to WF and used the Trailblazer for it.  This is where I learned that the Trailblazer can be cumbersome too.  We didn’t care where we rode on the ride, just wanted to skip the line.  Well, we were behind about 3 sets of riders who all wanted to ride in front row.  The workers on the ride allow a front row Trailblazer to go every-other-ride.  So we had to wait about 6 rides before we could board and noticed that people that were walking with us as we approached the building were riding before us.  I feel one way to make the trailblazer work a little better would be to have one section (or row) of seats dedicated to trailblazers.  If there are no trailblazers in line then let normal riders use that row for that ride.  That way the normal riders aren’t watching ride after ride of trailblazers get ahead of them as they would know that this one particular row is dedicated for TB and no normal riders would be in line for that row.  Not sure this makes sense, but it sure did to me at the time!   

After WF, we headed up the hill and visited the owner at “In His Hands” in their new location.  We then caught a Homestead Pickers show (they were inside the cabin and we made sure to arrive about 30 mins early to get a seat).  Great show and the crowd was full inside and standing outside.  We then walked down to Outlaw Run and walked right up to the ride (no wait).  Great time!  After OR, we went to Giant Barn Swing.  They were only operating one swing and the wait was about 20 mins or so even though there weren’t very many people in line.  Walked around looking for working squirting machines to squirt the Lost River riders, but they weren’t working.
 
We decided to call it a day and head to Danna’s for some bbq dinner.  Great day!  Crowds were never very much on that day and that might have had something to do with it being a Friday and that it was raining around park opening time, but it stopped by 10:00 and never rained again during the day.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:29:21 PM »
Not live.   prerecorded from last week. 

airs at 10:00 CST this morning..

I hope that is accurate.  I read it on FB this morning..  (LOL, has to be true!)

It’s 10:10 and not one rider has got on TT yet.  Been over 42 degrees since 9:15.  Spirits are still high(random Tom petty sing alongs) but also getting frustrated.  I’ve been in line since 9:00 and I’m just past the photo op.

No sign of TV

We were at the park last Friday and they were setting up for the recording of Today show segment as we were in  line for TT.  My wife didn't ride with my daughter and I the first time through and she stood and watched the segment being recorded.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:15:40 AM »
FYI....Sir Willow is live on YouTube with Press conference right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM2lr9PoDu0

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Branson Talk / Re: New Name for Dixie Stampede
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:57:36 AM »
I remember this review getting traction this summer and is spurred some debate....

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2017/08/visiting_dolly_parton_s_dinner_show_dixie_stampede.html

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:38:13 PM »
Wilderness doesn't qualify it as one?

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season Pass
« on: January 03, 2018, 09:31:01 AM »
Yeah, if they were ordered by Jan 1st, you got them for $6 cheaper, I believe. 

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Branson Talk / Re: The Track Family Fun Park To Add Huge Ferris Wheel
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:38:43 AM »
Amazing what they can do with those lights!   We did the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills and went up in the Inspiration Tower and watched the entire cycle.  Great stuff.


Here are some photos of the new Electrify! Night Light Show at the wheel that is playing now during the Holiday Season

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/12/the-branson-wheel.html

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:24:26 AM »
Planning on going Saturday with the kids.  Hoping the numbers aren't crazy that day.  They're prepared for no rides, but our Christmas visits are usually show oriented.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:51:44 PM »
We went to the city on Saturday.  HOLY CROWDS!!!!   Enjoyed the day.  Saw It's A Wonderful Life, Living Nativity and Dickens (a requirement every year) and were very thankful we did the Show Lovers.  On a side note, when we were leaving the Dickens show, we saw the entire Duggar family.  They were seated behind the musicians.  They must've taken up 2 rows!!

Christmas in MidTown was fantastic and all that it was advertised.  I hope this continues to expand as all of a sudden the rest of the park seems average in comparison.  HA!   

Started to sprinkle on us around 8:45 so we decided to bolt a little early.  It was another successful SDC Christmas trip.  Look forward to heading back New Years Eve weekend.

So who is the Dugger family ?  Is this someone famous ?


They were on a reality tv show...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19_Kids_and_Counting

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