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At this point I don't see a major project at SDC for a few years.  Long term plans have probably been put on the back burner with priority being on the short term.  Attendance numbers are probably running 50% or less (probably less) than last year's.  With attendance cap in place and covid-19 running rampant doesn't give much hope of things improving the remainder of the year.

I am not sure what their basis would be to tear down either FITH or FM without a firm plan to rebuild soon after.  I would think the logical thing to do would be keep these classics open until you have something definitive to go forward with.   They replaced the Waterboggan with Riverblast , Lost River with MRF and GG with FL so that seems to be their plan of replacement.

Yes I guess time might be running out for these classics with all the speculation and rumors I hear, but they are still 2 of the most loved rides in the park.  Budget these rides a few hundred thousand out of that 60 or 70 million spent on the last 2 major projects.  Now to me that is ROI!

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2020)
« on: July 27, 2020, 10:56:23 AM »
Are they at least theming the hand sanitizer as a sample of moonshine?

The citizens from back when would have had a blast with that!

I think I have heard somewhere by drinking sanitizer that it would clean the body out   :o

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: July 18, 2020, 07:23:51 PM »
I guess I am one of those "me" characters out there also  :)   I am really leaning on just letting it rollover to next year.  For me it's not the attendance count that makes it feel "happening" like you say.  For me it's the whole new guidelines and rules that need to be followed.  I know they need to be in effect but for me it just puts a cover on the experience and just wouldn't be the same.

Yes, I do think SDC is going to take a big hit this year like a lot of businesses, and I really hate to see that.  It really had the makings of a really good year for them.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 09, 2020, 06:31:31 PM »
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Though, anything that moves is likely perceived as "too extreme" to a lot of people complaining about the lack of new family additions.

I believe you have to drop some coin for a good dark ride but they sure could use another.  Specifically because they are not adding family rides older folks want to ride and SDC was built on family.  Dollywood has kept a good mix with the additions.  New coasters that were not record breakers but had appeal and flat rides to match.  SDC seems to be trying to "break records", I dont know if that is a long lasting strategy for this park.

I think that is all about ROI ----
Record breaking rides cost more money but they bring people to the park. We might all love dark rides but I doubt a new one would make headlines and really drive visitor numbers up.

I guess the last 3 rides have been so called record breakers or firsts.   Yes they do cost a lot of money and bring a lot of people to the park, but for how long?  It seems at least to me that after a while that starts to wane some, which is just normal I guess.   Lost River stayed really busy year after year in the summer months so I think MRF will stay very popular as time goes by.

I just think a well themed dark ride would bring in just as many people and probably more in the long term as the record breakers and firsts.   Besides SDC really needs a quality indoor ride of some kind, but would hope it's not at the expense of FITH.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 08, 2020, 12:37:31 PM »
^ ^AP guarantees to get you wet with generally a short line.  I think of AP as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree:  "I never thought it was a bad ride.  It just needs a little love."  :)

Lol....you know that is one guarantee about AP.   It will get you wet!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 08, 2020, 12:26:13 PM »
...only thing AP really has going for it is the plunge at the end...

It also has a lower minimum height of 36" which is huge for families. Mystic River Falls is 40"; Lost River was 36".
I know that our family will continue to ride American Plunge in addition to MRF due to the height restriction.

If your talking about ride specifics, sure some individuals and families are going to be limited in what they can ride.  My point is AP is not going to be able to make much of a difference in the queue of MRF.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:39:29 AM »
I would not be surprised if they use this to also replace AP.  I never thought about it before but yet, the building should have been a cave.  Oh well, still looks fun.

AP wonít be replaced anytime soon

Good to hear.  Though I agree it needs some upgrading it would be foolish to replace 2 water rides with 1 new one.  By keeping the American Plunge after adding MRF will help keep the waiting time down on both rides.

I don't really see AP making even a small dent in the waiting time for MRF.  I mean let's face it, MRF is absolutely going to be packed for a good long time.  The only thing AP really has going for it is the plunge at the end and MRF covers that pretty well.

I have enjoyed AP for many years but it really needs a big upgrading which I don't think SDC will do.


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 07, 2020, 08:56:06 AM »
It doesn't appear all that wet.  Maybe with weight in the boat?

I don't get all the blue lights, however.

I am a little shocked about how wet you appear to get also, especially at the plunge.  Like you say "Maybe with weight in the boat".

Does have a lot of blue lights......that surely is just for appearance during night riding.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:11:29 PM »
On the news tonight KY3 reported that 6 employees had tested positive.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:07:23 PM »
KY3 has been pretty good about reporting other businesses and tracing those people to other locations.   It seems they have had a pretty good relationship over the years with SDC showing a few specials and reporting new attractions or rides.  In fact KY3 at noon said it was SDC that made the initial report to them about the positive tests of employees. 

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:59:46 PM »

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 01, 2020, 03:18:12 PM »
Might as well open with a bang.......maybe July 4th!

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: June 28, 2020, 04:54:23 PM »
I donít equate not staying at least six feet (arbitrary #) apart from others at all times with stealing or cutting lines, etc., since it is literally impossible to do in a theme park with thousands of people everywhere.

I think their comparison is that there will always be someone that breaks the rules or pushes them to the brink.  In this case a few that will not even try to social distance even if possible.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: June 26, 2020, 09:25:24 PM »
Swoosh....do the white lines on picture #8 mean no sitting or standing?  More or less keep moving?

Thatís the line that your feet have to be behind during the parade at Christmas.

Okay!  I thought they fairly well got those off before the new season.  Of course with the new season opening later they would not have the chance to wear off at this time.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:26:46 PM »
Swoosh....do the white lines on picture #8 mean no sitting or standing?  More or less keep moving?

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