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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:58:09 AM »
If Dollywood can operate both FireChaser Express and Blazing Fury.....why can't SDC do the same with a new coaster in FL and a refurbishment of FITH.

The new coaster in FL could have some of the more modern elements we've discussed and then FITH could just be fixed up as is. Of course, that is if FITH is capable of remaining and not too far gone.....

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2022 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 10, 2019, 04:18:10 PM »
We still need our B&M Dive Coaster, unless that rumor has now been completely shelved.

Jay

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I enjoyed the video. I watched it knowing that the dialog was lighthearted and fun. Not an actual, factual , cited, documentary of the ride. Keep them coming - they're entertaining.

However, if Swoosh would do a video, I would expect it to be much different - I'd expect it to be spot on, with each detail described and dated.

Two completely different styles and both have a place and audience. This site tends to be your more purist and I'm even shy to share at times because I'm not quite sure if they had already been discussed or not. Like the picture of the warden speaking to the queue line.....that was new to me, but I didn't go last year, so not sure if it was a 2018 or 2019 addition.

I think it's cool that SDC's starting to get some video blogs.....keep them coming!!

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: April 07, 2019, 10:35:44 AM »
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Saturday, only 12,500??  pretty low number, nice enough day...

Is YCW not a big thing now?  I thought it was a big weekend.

Might be suffering the "Nobody goes any more because it's too crowded" syndrome. There were a ton of warnings of how crowded and how unruly the young crowd is......might be keeping a lot of the "locals" from attending that weekend.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 01, 2019, 08:59:39 PM »
Swoosh, do those slide parts match part of Infinity Falls? looking at some video's of I.F. the drop (slide) doesn't seem to match those parts....but of course I'm basing that opinion based on what I saw at SDC driving by on 76 and video of Sea World.

Do you think we might have something more than just a regular drop that has been done before?

Jay


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Branson Talk / Re: New Hotel/Motel to stay in?
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:16:15 AM »
Go to google maps to Branson Mo., search hotels and type in your dates and several options will be given. Looks like you can get a Day's Inn for $43 a night and Castle Rock is listed at $53.

https://www.google.com/maps/search/hotels/@36.6478071,-93.2983095,13z/data=!4m6!2m5!5m3!5m2!1s2019-04-05!2i2!6e3

you might also check Airbnb there are whole condos listed for $74 bucks, Surrey Inn is listed on Airbnb for $49.00 night.

https://www.airbnb.com/s/Branson--MO--United-States/homes?adults=2&children=0&checkin=2019-04-05&checkout=2019-04-07&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&allow_override%5B%5D=&s_tag=qMo7_XfQ

Jay

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Branson Talk / Re: Plans for Ride the Ducks Location
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:48:23 PM »

What a pity.

I wonder what will happen to the militaria.  In addition to the whole vehicles up on the hill, there was some really nice small stuff.  Auction block, I guess.

What if they left all that where it is and keep that part of the tour the same. The Lake part really was small with the most exciting part being the "splashdown." So replace the lake part with an "action" section where the ducks had multiple splash downs in some ponds, creeks, etc.. Build some "off road" type obstacles, bunny hills, mud pits, etc.

The real attraction to this was the "captains" and their interaction with the people. - so keep a form of this attraction with this new militia patriotic theme; repaint the ducks in various Red, White and Blue schemes; add a more exciting "off road section with multiple splash downs in shallow ponds and streams" and you have a new "safer" attraction.

Jay

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Branson Talk / Branson places to skip so not to waste your time....
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:35:18 PM »
I know we have a list of Branson restaurants to go to when in town, but what about places to avoid?

My contribution to the not waste your time: The 80's Store
I'm a kid of the 80's so when I saw "The 80's Store" I was excited to visit......However, I was very disappointed. Vintage Stock is a better "80's" store than this place. There is so much potential to be had that wasn't being reached at all....maybe it's just early in the year.

They had a few t-shirts, a few albums, etc. - But no real selection. No 80's memorabilia that was worth admiring, etc. Looking on Amazon, you can search for just about any 80's band and find posters, t-shirts, etc. so there is a source of 80's inventory somewhere. Anyway, ended up being a waste of 5 min, 8 if you include parking.

Jay


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Branson Talk / Re: 2018 Branson Attendance.
« on: March 24, 2019, 05:15:25 PM »
What Branson needs is an injection of newer famous performers. I'd love to see someone like Garth Brooks take up residency there, similar to how Vegas gets huge people like Britney Spears and Celine Dion and stuff.

I do like that the Welk Resort is bringing in Shrek the Musical for three months this year. Broadway shows could be another great staple in Branson.

I saw that Shrek was coming, I actually got excited. The traveling Broadway shows are a big draw here in Tulsa and they are very, very good!

I would think a theater in Branson could host some of these traveling tours and start bringing that style of entertainment to the area. Sampson proves this could be done well. I'm not sure "Book of Mormon" would do well in Branson, but Newsies, Aladdin, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Wicked, etc. could do very well. I'd buy tickets to multiple shows.

Also, if Branson keeps adding the other attractions: Mountain Coasters, Ferris Wheel, Wonder Works, Aquarium, etc. - those are things my family likes to do in addition to SDC. I could see Branson really starting to appeal more to the Young family.

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: March 22, 2019, 07:24:26 PM »
Just some quick notes on our first trip of 2019 (actually since 2017 - never made it last year).

Arrived at park at 8:15 and waited outside by tram drop off points until they opened turnstiles at 8:30. Walked into the square around just after 8:30 and went to Mary's for breakfast - killed some time before rope drop (bad idea).

To keep from writing a novel I'll just use bullet points:
1. Very Crowded today (Friday, 3/22/19)
2. Because of crowd, TT not opening exactly at 9:30, us waiting in line prior to park opening, and stopping to add second train on track - we waited 1hr 45min to ride. Ride maintained a long wait all day
3. All rides were full - Line for Flooded Mine reached beyond queue and up the hill.
4. Speakers on train ride were not clear, too much static, was hard to hear. But the robbers were funny and interacted very well with the group.
5. Food lines were long - so we skipped some our normal standards
6. We will be back after April 10th - missing too many of our favorite shops
7. Fire in the Hole was down every time we checked our app
8. Flooded mine seemed to be working very well (except for my gun, but I just grabbed the gun from the middle bench). Even saw the guy in the boat with the cannon move - that's a first for me.
9. Park seemed clean, people were friendly, everything I ate was good....no real complaints except the crowd was very big and lines were very long.

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:19:17 AM »
Park opened at 9:30......was waiting in line for time traveler before gate drop, line stretched up to square (we were in line about ghost bridge)....got to TT building by 9:45 bottom que filled up behind us....at 10:15 they made announcement they were pausing operations to add second train.

I donít understand with as many people in park before rope drop....why they were not ready with multiple train operations from opening.

Jay


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Branson Talk / Re: 2018 Branson Attendance.
« on: March 17, 2019, 06:16:03 PM »
I would think the same as you all regarding the shows. Not doing any high level research just a quick count on a ticket sale site. There are about 30 theaters in Branson with each doing 3 to 4 shows daily - everything from pets, tributes, country, etc. -  now if they averaged only 100 people in attendance at each show you would get a number that was quite a bit more than I expected:

30 Theaters
4 shows
100 people
265 days (not counting 100 days for January, February, March)

= 3,180,000 tickets

And we know some shows get quite a bit more than 100 people, some quite a few less, etc. But Dolly's Stampede, Sight and Sound, etc. get a lot more than 100 people to their multiple shows.

I personally have only seen two shows in the 41 years of going to Branson, so these numbers don't apply to me either.

Jay

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Branson Talk / Re: The Branson Coaster Addition?
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:27:39 PM »
I'm thinking more like a star flyer (like sky screamer at six flags) just not as tall.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=six+flags+skyscreamer&id=FACE196582FBFAF14A99B93ABC3AD9195D3D6168&FORM=IARRTH

Holiday World has one that is bit smaller called the crow's nest.
https://youtu.be/YBQ3JgQQN8o

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:15:01 PM »
So the park is basically the general contractor with subcontractors completing most of the work.

I look at it like the project that I'm currently working on for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

1. There was an engineer/architect that designed the project (compare to Intamin).
2. A general contractor won the bid, but they are not specialist in the type work required, so they have hired subcontractors to take care of all the main work (Compare to Silver Dollar City being the Owner/Builder).
3. Subcontractors include: electrical, structural, signing, carpentry, finishing, paving, etc.
4. There are also a long list of suppliers providing steel, tolling facilities, lighting, etc.
5. The General Contractor (Silver Dollar City) is overseeing everything and running the construction, but the majority of the work is being done by others.

Jay


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:05:43 PM »
I noticed no water rides are listed on the map in the App, maybe itís because of the time of year....but everything else is listed, including the new shop and restaurant locations.

Jay

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