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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Quick question about After 3 Next Day Free
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:49:36 AM »
This is on Silver Dollar City's website under special offers:

After 7:00, Next Day Free
Enter the park after 7:00 p.m. with your paid admission ticket and return the next consecutive operating day for no additional charge! 
Please note: Some restrictions apply.
Nov. 4 - Dec. 31, 2017

Dollywood doesn't have this listed on their website under "special offers". My guess is that Dollywood doesn't have this same kind of deal. Also a deal Dollywood has that SDC doesn't - buy your 2018 Season pass get 2017 Smokey Mountain Christmas free....

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: New Year's Eve
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:28:03 AM »
One of my favorite NYE's with the family we've ever had was ringing in the new year at Six Flags over Texas. But they don't even stay open until midnight anymore.

We basically had the park to ourselves that night (it was fairly cold but not horrible), the rides were open and had no lines, everyone gathered at the front fountain for the countdown and fireworks. The crowd in the front wasn't bad, had a fun time dancing to a new artist named Katy Perry with her new song Hot and Cold. Fireworks weren't anything special but they were there.

I'm guessing the reason SFoT doesn't stay open to midnight is the crowds just don't really come. It was great for us, but probably not for business.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:36:31 AM »
Now they need to upgrade the main tree again.

I really think Six Flags did a pretty awesome job with their tree.
https://youtu.be/6YpZoR9_qWM

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: October 22, 2017, 03:08:28 PM »
Hey a crafts festival.........that might really work. I've always associated them with the Fall though with Fin and Feather, SDC, War Eagle....I wonder if a spring or summer one would go over well? I'm surprised it has taken Frontier City this long to do the Christmas thing. Especially with all the Christmas attractions that do well in Oklahoma.

With regard to attractions, I think if they would just do one of those family type coasters like that is being placed in the Fun Spots, etc. they would get me to make a trip several times a year. I've been to SDC four times so far, but haven't made a stop at Frontier City yet and I drive by it at least once a week.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: September 28, 2017, 03:13:29 PM »
I'm excited to see the pay off. Sure does gum up midtown with all this hardware all over the place, but I don't know of any other way to do it. I've been thinking a lot about the way they put up Christmas lights and how I wish there were a simpler way, but I haven't come up with it yet. I'm sure they spend a LOT of time thinking and talking about it.

Maybe next year, they could review the man hours it took them to set up midtown this year and instead of working at night or on days when the park is closed, they could just wall off that section for a couple of weeks and work around the clock to get that area done. That way people can enjoy that section as normal as possible up until the last minute. I haven't seen it in person to see how it looks, but fall is one of my favorite times at the City and I always thought the park was at it's best then.

Jay
I dont think it looks that bad, considering the end result. 
Boarding off the area and closing it off, would look much worse.. IMHO.. :)

Cool, I was under the impression that it really made that part of the park look bad.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:36:36 AM »
I'm excited to see the pay off. Sure does gum up midtown with all this hardware all over the place, but I don't know of any other way to do it. I've been thinking a lot about the way they put up Christmas lights and how I wish there were a simpler way, but I haven't come up with it yet. I'm sure they spend a LOT of time thinking and talking about it.

Maybe next year, they could review the man hours it took them to set up midtown this year and instead of working at night or on days when the park is closed, they could just wall off that section for a couple of weeks and work around the clock to get that area done. That way people can enjoy that section as normal as possible up until the last minute. I haven't seen it in person to see how it looks, but fall is one of my favorite times at the City and I always thought the park was at it's best then.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:09:06 PM »
As is - I don't find it very inviting as you would walk down the steps to the queue building entrance.  I also am not a fan of the exit bridge being so readily visible from the entrance queue line stairs.

Hopefully it all comes together well, but I'm not a big fan yet either. Things that I'm not big on:
1. The color (same as everyone else).
2. The return track, turn around, and transfer track all in front of the station (it's too bad these tracks couldn't have entered into the side of the building somehow leaving the front intact - the front would have looked really nice if it could have looked like the side of the station that faces Echo Hollow).
3. The exit bridge having so much exposed steel (hopefully this gets some kind of wood wrap).
4. For a twisting, spinning, crazy coaster.....once the ride is complete and trees filled in, will the only part visible from the park be the brake run and turn around? Are they building an observation deck?

Jay


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 22, 2017, 07:38:28 AM »
I'll reserve my judgement until I ride. In general though, I'm not "I have to get there opening day" excited like I was for Outlaw Run. I like spinning coasters, I'm just a little cautious about this one because of all the action it does while spinning.

The reaction in my group of family and friends is mixed from "super excited" (crying at the announcement) to "not interested". With the younger generation being the ones who are super excited...

But no matter, I'm always looking forward to a trip to SDC. They could have built a Larson Super Loop and called it a roller coaster and I'd be there with my season pass in hand.

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Six Flags Over Texas 2018?
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:58:08 AM »
ah okay.......I'm just not a TV guy, I probably should have asked my kids and they would have set me straight. But it makes me wonder if Six Flags could license something like this, or the Hobbit, or whatever to give you options to your theming beyond Justice League, Gotham, etc. 

Jay

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Other Parks / Six Flags Over Texas 2018?
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:53:06 AM »
Six Flags Over Texas placed on Instagram a photo of action figures highlighting a girl figure with the caption "Winter is Coming". I'm not familiar with these figures, but it made me wonder if it was a hint for 2018. I checked other sites and no one was talking about the post.

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:45:37 PM »
I'm not sure it was just a reboot though. The clips I saw only had two cars past the catwalk...with firemen on the ride again, but it could have been stock footage.

The simple solution would be to extend the catwalk....and with two rescues this year, there might be more pressure to make that happen. However Oklahomans like adventure so they might start using it as a marketing tool!

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:06:46 PM »
Hey, guess what got stuck on the lift yesterday?? Yep, the Silver Bullet and firefighters had to rescue the riders once again (I've decided to always ride in the back now.....I'm a wimp). This makes 5 times in the last nine years people have had to be rescued off the ride:

1. August 2008
2. August 2014
3. June 2016
4. May 2017
5. June 2017

Jay


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Went ahead and posted the photos.  We just got home less than an hour ago.

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/05/time-traveler-track-hung.html

Photos of the track in the air - another piece ready to go - and several supports up already. There is more track visible from the train.  Did some detail shots on the station.  HUGE update.  Enjoy!

Thank you Swoosh. It's really starting to look good, especially with the trees leafing out....

Jay



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Great shots! Thanks for sharing.

It really looks like there was a design change or something for the facade. So much plywood has been taken back off, and the rods on top have been cut... Could have been the plan all along, but SDC is famous for starting projects and then cutting them back during construction.

Powderkeg had a bunch of special effects cut, such as the big splash affect/ water tunnel thing after the drop from the lift. TNT was originally supposed to be longer, I thought. Wildfire may have been the only ride that got a perfect station with all the bells and whistles, but I think they were originally planning to add some theming out around the track that got cut? And so on and so forth...

I'm not holding out for anything spectacular in the theming department on this ride anymore. Just doesn't seem like the signs are there, but I guess there is still lots of time.

Unfortunately in construction - there are quite a few errors too. The general contractor is usually the only one with a full set of plans and then each "trade" get their own subset or sheets. I've been on so many projects where the contractor has called me out to look at an issue and I noticed they don't even have the right plan sheet for the project (no wonder they couldn't figure out their problem). Sometimes there is a communication issues and then sometimes there are just screw-ups. But as you mention there could be changes too...but I think those doors were a screw up more than a change (if they are indeed train storage/maintenance doors).

The "change" on TNT I remember is the final drop and rise was to be completely enclosed (after the lift was a dive into a mind shaft).

Jay


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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:47:48 PM »
We'll they've had practice........this same ride malfunctioned in the same location on the lift last year. The rescue was documented well but I had a hard time watching (I'm not a heights person, however riding rollercoasters has never bothered me).

The way it went down before, was the firemen were on the sides and tops of the cars, they would harness the rider then release the lap bar, the rider was then escorted up and over their seats, then up and over each car until they could get to the catwalk. I'm not sure I could do it....heck, I'm not sure I could even walk down the stairs...

Jay

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