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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: July 09, 2018, 08:38:17 PM »
It will be interesting to see how Frontier City does under the new Six Flags management. I'm thinking this time around will be better for the park because crazy investment isn't being done to smaller parks trying to make them into a Six Flags park.

I am hoping for continued development with a new attraction every year, and I'm excited to learn about the season pass opportunities in the future.

Jay.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train robbery
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:07:47 AM »
I never hesitate to play the Old-Timer card, so here ya go: how many remember when there were shootouts on Main Street?

I think I remember that, didn't they clear out areas right in front of the stores and people were shot off the roofs and such, fall into water troughs, etc.? Or maybe that was Six Flags? A lot of parks had those type of shows with Frontier City still having really nice gunfight show.

Something I remember at SDC was the bartender of the saloon standing out front of the saloon selling garters to the ladies and he'd steal a kiss from them. You could also buy the garters from the saloon girls and take them off their legs. My cousin thought the bartender was good looking so she would always buy several garters throughout the day.

Maybe SDC could appease both crowds and have "show trains" where the show is announced several times before the train leaves the station letting people know that the train will be robbed and special effects will be used. Special effects could include loud noises, simulated gun fights, stealing your women, crude corny jokes, hobo nudity, references to liquor, getting bushwhacked, etc.

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train robbery
« on: July 03, 2018, 09:59:17 AM »
I wonder though if the removal of the guns isn't political based, but based on people's entitlement?

I grew up with guns, cap guns, rifles, pistols, etc. guns were in the house. My kids have grown up with guns, but still have a very high respect for them. But even with having the guns in the house, my children wouldn't ride the train for a long time because they really thought the guns being used in the show were a real danger. No matter how much I told them "all was well", it was just a show, they didn't care...........so we just skipped the ride.

I never complained to anyone that my child wouldn't ride the train - we just skipped the ride. But I think more people feel that they have a right to do something, and if something doesn't go their way, they want change. So if their child is scared or not getting to enjoy something others are doing because of a fear (or any other reason).....they let the park know about it.

So I wonder, if it's more about people's entitlement than political? Where I would say, suck it up buttercup to my kid....others tell the kid don't worry, we'll get this changed so you don't have to be afraid.....

Jay

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Random Talk / Re: Mud Island in Memphis revamp?
« on: May 25, 2018, 02:18:39 PM »
I know the talk around St. Jude when the new director came in was that he wanted to double the size of the hospital and it's ability to treat patients. I hadn't heard any specifics, but the Pinch District looks pretty amazing.

I was patient #7930 at St. Jude and from the time I started there until now is a complete 360. It was a small clinic when I went and the pavilion (gold dome building) had just started construction......now, those buildings are enveloped by everything else.

Jay


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Random Talk / Re: Mud Island in Memphis revamp?
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:28:00 AM »
As a St. Jude patient, I've been going back and forth to Memphis since 1980. I've seen highs and lows of the City but I've never had any personal issues but that doesn't mean anything really...

I've stayed in the worst hotel (Downtowner 1980) and I've stayed in nice ones too Peabody, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, etc. I've walked by myself all over downtown (during the day), Beale Street, and alleys to get to Rendezous, etc. and always felt safe. Hollywood was scarier to me than Memphis....but Hollywood is a bit freaky.

That's not to say that you don't need to be cautious. Memphis is the only place where I've been to a mall and each store had their own security guard. St. Jude Hospital even cautions their families about the dangers of the city...so there definitely things that need to be taken into consideration when you're out and about.

I've always been told to stay out of West Memphis (however this has improved over the last few years), and the area around the airport (I've driven through this area and it has many abandoned buildings). I never visited Liberty Land because my parents had been told not to take us there....I wish they would have though.

The Bass Pro-Shop was very nice, so I'm sure that the Mud Island revamp would be very welcome and continue to greatly improve that area of the City.

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:39:55 PM »
Will we finally have Six Flags Frontier City?

http://investors.sixflags.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2018/05-22-2018-210951050

In the past Frontier City was never included as part of the Six Flags season passes.....Iím hoping they will change that this time around.

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendance numbers
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:14:27 AM »
I received an email about the weekend. They really didn't discourage coming, they just emphasized the best way to manage the crowds was to come early (have breakfast in the park at 8:30) and stay late.

I actually find crowded days some of the best days to experience SDC as a whole (however when you can't walk that's never good). When it's not crowded, our group just jumps from ride to ride......but on crowded days, we tend to shop more, catch a show, go to the petting zoo, eat more, etc. We also tend to shut down the park because the last hour or so the rides become walk-ons (especially if they decide to extend park hours).

Anyhow, that's my experience.......arrive way early, avoid the traffic on 76, and still have a great day. However, if you arrive late....traffic on 76 (no matter the crowd in SDC) can ruin a good day.

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:06:18 AM »
Sounds like Silver Bullet is getting a new train or at least some new parts off the old Greezed' Lightning train. Too bad that coaster is basically confirmed toast now. I really though SB's days were numbered after getting stuck two or three times in one summer and making national news. Granted, it wasn't a big deal, but the PR was nasty. Maybe this will at least fix the issue that was making it get stuck.

Driving by the park yesterday, I noticed the SB train had made its way back onto the track. The train looks the same as before, so maybe they are still refurbishing the Greezed' Lightning train, or as you said, using parts from that train on the SB train.

Jay

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:40:59 PM »
Itís amazing the change in information in just one week.  They were originally going with a Windstorm and had said as such and then out of nowhere comes Groovy Train - a Super Cyclone

The Windstorm was announced this week. https://www.facebook.com/americasfunpark/

So three new coasters in Branson next year!

Jay

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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2019
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:48:18 AM »
That "roller coaster" is very interesting looking considering it looks like an enclosed tube like ride and there are fans on the support columns. I was almost guessing a bobsled type coaster......but the fans are interesting to say the least.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:02:33 PM »
I hope they can bring back a quilt shop again sometime since that's one of the few crafts that some people still really connect to and it's easy to make a shop for it.


The new park map shows Miss Kate's Quilts will be located across where the yarn shop was located.

Jay

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:48:07 AM »
I was amazed at how fast the Galveston Island Historic Pier was put together, also Coney island in Brooklyn is basically a carnival with a couple permanent coaster installations. I'm sure if they get the infrastructure (electric, ride pads, bathrooms) built - the other items can be put up in a few short weeks.

I think this is going to be the logical next steps for Branson. You look at the direction SDC is taking with their ride installations, and the other attractions opened on the strip (coasters, Bigfoot, etc.) you'll probably continue to see more "family" attractions - as the focus moves to younger families.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 28, 2018, 01:31:54 PM »
It will be interesting to see how things will open up in that area. The new restaurant might look over the Flooded Mind lake which could lead to more interest...?

I think a lot of the pinch points in the park are because food lines extend out into the main path, even at crossroads pizza I've seen it get congested because the pizza line exits out the building. Do you think they could paint some chalk lines in the midway to help customers wrap the food lines to go parallel with the pathways (instead of out into them)?

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:53:03 PM »
I really think the "Resort" comment was referring to Branson Area as a whole........not just Silver Dollar City.

"Record-breaking attendance signals the growing popularity not only of Silver Dollar City, but of the entire Branson area," said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. "Record numbers of families and adult couples are discovering what makes us a fun, thrilling and entertaining resort destination. We look forward to continued significant growth with the opening of Time Traveler, along with our other exciting plans for the future."

Jay

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Other Parks / Re: Dogpatch Update 12/17
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:52:03 PM »
https://www.heritageusa.com/

Heritage Resort in 2018 and then new park? Um....

Jay

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