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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:48:12 PM »
Well you have to read up on the actual acquisition.  Six Flags is looking for smaller parks to beef up their Gold Pass traffic to their already established bigger parks.  I agree that the FECs probably would be sold off - I could see Incredible Pizza picking them up as they've been expanding rapidly.  The aquatic parks could easily be sold off as well. 

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Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:41:32 PM »
The new owners are, for the first time in my recent memory, heavily advertising on NWA radio.

Interesting news from Six Flags may play into this new Reit's plans. One waterpark that was announced to be managed by Premiere is now going to be ran by Six Flags. A park they once owned. Manage these type of small parks to feed folks to the big parks via Gold season passes and a place to sell and/or relocate coasters for new ones at existing parks.

Magic Springs happens to have decent water side and plenty of need for some hand me down coasters/flats.

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

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 27, 2017, 06:55:27 PM »
The usual views are great.  You might peek over the wall by the new EH restrooms once it opens. 

Are you going to swing by the projects on the Strip too?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:26:08 PM »
Will be there saturday, try to get pics...

Cool and thanks. This is a WOF update weekend for me so I was wondering how I was going to be able procure photos of this week's progress.  That'll work out great.  You might consider Sunday instead though due to weather. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 26, 2017, 01:48:42 PM »
Well those wooden beams were put in when they were framing.  I imagine they were being used to support the frames and will be removed once the flats are installed. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 26, 2017, 06:11:20 AM »
I honestly think all of that excavating is for the footers.   There's no bedrock in this area so the footers are having to be bigger than normal to prevent eventual slippage due to settling.   They've learned a lot from PK.  They've had to go in numerous times over there to re secure footers to prevent slippage. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 25, 2017, 06:35:56 PM »
I'm not sure how many of you are aware of who(m) Carr Excavating is, but they are the local firm that does most of the work for SDC (and a lot of Branson project for that matter).  Long story short, they provided some photos from ONSITE of the construction and we have shared them on our website. 

The photos really do provide some needed clarity and also shows just how big these footers really are.
Take a look here.  I went ahead and attached the label Carr Excavating to all of those posts to the blog for easier viewing.

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/search/label/Carr%20Excavating

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 24, 2017, 10:05:09 PM »
I think a lot depends on how long the trains will be.  If this is a spinner, 4 pods is probably max length so they might be able to put two trains down there.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 24, 2017, 07:46:20 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.

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


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:00:25 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

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 23, 2017, 05:51:47 PM »
http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/04/time-traveler-construction-sdc_22.html

Looks like we have shingles going up on the side of the station now.
Also is there going to be a facade on the side facing the TNT queue?  Why else are there beams sticking above the roofline of the station?

Still say that the maintenance bay will be going BELOW the station.  I think those other two holes are for cosmetic purposes and when thematic elements get added here in the next few months it will make more sense.

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It's just that hype buildup for a screen-heavy brake run.... Yeah, I dunno.

The screens are what has killed my desire to go to Universal.  I think you need the physical theming even if its on a budget the physical gags are much more entertaining.  After all, you don't walk away from a screen based ride and say "Wow how did they do that" cause you know you just watched a movie.  Now the Shanghai POTC ride is a great mix and I would enjoy riding that.   Overall the screen thing is being overused because it's cheap and allows any effect that is visual.  It doesn't, however, fool anyone, even children.

While I do agree that Universal is getting a little to reliant on screens, I feel that they did a great job with the Harry Potter rides.  I feel that Transformers is way too reliant - but I don't exactly like that IP anyway so not a big loss.  Jimmy Fallon, Simpsons, Minion Mayhem, Shrek 4D and T2:3D don't shy away from the fact that you are watching a movie.  Spider-man is pretty good mix of both.  Honestly I think that they have a good mixture at the park.


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Check out this review and ride thru video on Mystic Timbers at Kings Island. That last bit as you enter the station is really impressive with the theming and effects. Its basically a full coaster experience married with a dark ride experience at the end. Imagine what SDC could do with something like this. If we are fortunate, maybe the 2018 coaster will incorporate this type of feature to whatever theme they have chosen for the ride.

Skip to 3:15 for the ride thru POV or to 5:02 for the well themed end sequence to see "what's in the shed".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6uxmkmq5eY

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. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:13:43 PM »
Could the final brake track rotate 90 and align with openings to put the trains away in the maintenance bays?   I honestly do not see another way to do it. 

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I was at top of the rock 2 or 3 years ago...
couple of guys paying their fees, -
it was 128.00!! 
18 holes,
i dont know if that was each or for the pair...
but wow! :o :o

Probably each.  It's pretty expensive around COMO too. 

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