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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC’s 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 15, 2019, 12:33:49 AM »
I hope and pray that the folks in charge recognize the value of vintage rides, particularly FITH and FM. There is definitely a place and demand for these rides.

FM hasn't been "vintage" since they added the guns.

Yes, I'm that kind of curmudgeon.

I'm also not impressed by the new float ride. I'd rather have Jim Owens' Float Trip and Rube Dugan back.

Other Parks / Re: Santa's Village article about actors
« on: July 24, 2019, 02:32:56 AM »
I think I've shared this link here before, but it's worth repeating.

Other Parks / Santa's Village article about actors
« on: July 24, 2019, 02:30:59 AM »
Santa's Village is about 7 miles from my house. It's an iconic New England theme park, but I confess that I've never been there.

We drove past today and saw big plywood crates labelled "WHITEWATER" and "FRAGILE", so of course I said it must be from Italy. ;)

Coming back, we saw workers assembling water slide tubes across the road from those crates. The park has been expanding a lot the last couple of years. It's a real family operation, four generations so far.

I have never understood the obsession with "perfect" communities. I would never live under an HOA; I don't even like zoning.

Freedom is frequently messy, but it's always beautiful. If you want to control what is done with a piece of property, buy it.

I think that all of us who visited SDC as kids dreamed about living there. I'm sure that's true of everyone's favorite park.

Some Disney fans got that chance. It turned into more of a nightmare.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 07, 2019, 10:55:02 PM »
Brazen.  Not a word you see every day.

Depends on what you read.  ;D

Is that too brazen of me?

I frequently have to remind people that despite their homophonic nature, "braised" and "brazed" are quite different, and braised meat is cooked low and slow in liquid, not seared over high heat; and brazing is a method of joining two pieces of metal together.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: July 04, 2019, 08:41:03 PM »
Chittlins, are you going to do Rhein Aflame while you're there? The Bingen section is Saturday the 6th.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: June 26, 2019, 12:46:33 AM »
Ok Sand, Iím getting ready to go on my annual Coaster Quest so Iíll need you to hold down the fort and do the daily reporting.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

You're doing Santa's Village and Storyland, right?  ;)

C'mon, I'll buy you a beer if you do.

I loved the rock slide. It was awesome before the ride had guns, and riders were actually involved in watching the scenery and wondering what was coming next.

Rider imagination interacting with ride creator imagination, instead of mindless pew-pew-pew... ah nostalgia.  :)

Branson Talk / Re: looking for cheaper things to do in branson
« on: June 02, 2019, 11:06:48 PM »
Definitely the Museum at College of the Ozarks, and it's a real bargain.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Flooded Mine
« on: May 25, 2019, 12:54:36 AM »
Does anyone know of a pre-shootout video of the flooded mine?

Only in my brain.

Same here. And the video is much better.

No constant pew-pew-pew-whing-clang, just imagination and crickets and parakeets (we hope!), and voices from the scenes.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:43:40 PM »
The problem with "XYZ Day" at any venue, is that it gets filled with people who think it's all for them and theirs. They've probably never been there before, but they think that just being a member or affiliated with XYZ means they have special privileges.

this is a very loyal group of fans.


And by "very",  let me add my personal situation: I moved to New Hampshire. I haven't been home to Arkansas in four years (and my mother doesn't hesitate to remind me every time we talk!). Probably the only way I'll visit SDC again is if I win the lottery.

And if I win the lottery, I'll be staying at Ozark Valley Inn to thank them for their partnership with SDC fans!  :)

Other Parks / Re: SFOT Purchase Offer From HFEC?
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:16:35 AM »
When I was young, we went to SFOT a few times, and we went to SDC.

By the age of 10, I hated SFOT and loved SDC. I consider SF the anti-SDC.

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