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Branson Talk / Re: RFD sells again- NO Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Show..
« on: December 17, 2018, 02:15:33 PM »
So the show used to be good but then took a dump.  Maybe that explains things.

Maybe, But I have yet talked to anyone that thought it was a good show to begin with.

He built a high dollar theatre, marketed his show and theatre to the bus crowds, hit it just right and had a good run..   Not so much anymore..

I never saw the show, but I figure if the restroom is the highlight of your visit, something's lacking in the show.

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Branson Talk / Re: Starlite Theatre - No more
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:48:40 PM »
What is a "flying theater"?  Is that a standard name for a particular type of attraction?

Think Soarin’ at Epcot

That's what I had in mind.  I wonder what kind of stuff we're going to fly over...

Hillary's Secret Alien Baby?

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Branson Talk / Re: Starlite Theatre - No more
« on: December 13, 2018, 05:08:55 PM »
What is a "flying theater"?  Is that a standard name for a particular type of attraction?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 12, 2018, 04:10:12 PM »
LR was originally themed to Poncé de Leon's search for the Fountain of Youth, though nearly no one would have known that with the few photos or news articles hanging in frames in the queue.  The Lost River, had he found it, would have led to that final room which was begging for a scene of some sort about the Fountain of Youth.

All of the theming was thrown to the wayside before the ride even ripened.  Water cannons were added for some added revenue, and some never-explained heartbeat was added until Lost River became a River with an entirely Lost Theme of the Ozarks.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:22:30 PM »
It sure enough looks like that location to me.  The fence to the right even fits the railroad crossing location.  Are you certain of the date?

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The worst edition of the shaft was the grim-reaper-type guys above us with lasers and laser sounds.  There was really no reason for that kind of nonsense.  The rock slide was clearly the best rendition, but the current set-up is also appropriate.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:21:36 PM »
Here is a slide/picture from I would say mid 1960's.   I believe it was taken where the corkscrew pass is today.....just to the left as you are going down.   Miss Kate's quilt shop is located there today.


https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1905/44643343215_0d844fa636_o.jpg

This is actually next to the railroad crossing, across the road from the current Kettle Corn.  Today it is just a room for sweepstakes entries and an Ancestry.com kiosk (last I saw).

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 22, 2018, 10:54:51 AM »
Photos from Wednesday 11.21
New "land bridge" has been constructed over the canal of Lost River
and they have begun moving dirt and more in the queue area.

https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/11/riverfront-redevelopment-sdc.html

Is this land bridge in the same place where a "temporary" or "portable" bridge is normally placed for maintenance?

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: November 21, 2018, 01:20:23 PM »
Here is a slide/picture from 1977 of an old popcorn wagon on Main Street.  It looks like the Shot Tower is just to the left, and the Gazebo is just to the right in this picture.


https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4816/45252439104_f4fee4a6fd_o.jpg

I'm pretty sure they still use this cart? I noticed it on my last visit and wondered where it came from since it kind of looked custom made.

I think your right on this because there are still a few that I know of still in use at the city.  There are 2 on Main Street.  One faces Molly's Mill and the other faces the Gazebo.   Here is a picture of the one facing the Gazebo, which still looks pretty much like the one in 1977.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4897/31049750987_52b4750bf1_k.jpg

Oh man!  That modern dolly and those plastic crates really bug me.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 16, 2018, 08:08:25 PM »
I have no emotional connection with AP....I'd love them to repurpose that area and create a new water ride.

I’d love for that whole area to be returned as a real lumber camp

Absotively.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: November 07, 2018, 04:18:50 PM »
Here is a photo circa 1968 of the windmill that was located on Main Street.   I will give it the old college try and say the church is located just to the left in this picture.  The building in the back is probably the weaving shop with the second building being the lye soap building (can't really see).  Which is the leather shop and lye soap today.  If I am wrong straighten me out on this.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1979/44643343735_3f6b6066d3_o.jpg

I think you're pretty close.  I suppose the windmill was replaced by the little fire pump tower on Main Street.

Was there a sprinkler on the windmill for the Rainmaker Show; I had thought the sprinkler was in a tree, but the windmill would have been an easier installation.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:18:15 PM »
It sounds like it's just at its limit of being cost-effective to keep a damaged ride open.  It just may be the only choice they have at this point.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 27, 2018, 11:59:29 AM »
Themed?  I'd have no problem with that.  Lost River lost its Fountain of Youth Theme before it was ever completed.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:05:35 AM »
They had specifically said some of those things were going away.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Great Pumpkin LumiNights at SDC?
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:53:41 PM »
Seems an odd name - more of a Charlie Brown title.  I guess the lawyers cleared it for them.

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