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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Time Traveler at night
« on: November 16, 2018, 03:41:43 PM »
So we rode the TT last night at around 7:30-7:45.  Not sure what the temp was but it was starting to get cold.  First of all, TT is really cool to ride at night.  Being that it was Christmas time, I think it would have made the ride even better if they had some sort of Christmas lights out on the ride somehow, but whatever.  We were in the 2nd to the last car and something was going on with the car in front of us (2nd from the front).  It appeared as if its magnetic brake control was either not working, or was not working the same as the rest of the cars and not normal.  I noticed it was spinning quite a bit faster than the rest of the cars.  Actually, I will go so far to say it appeared to be spinning about like the teacups would.  When we got to the dead stop at the first launch, that car continued to spin at a pretty fast pace as we were just sitting there.  The car we were in and none of the other cars did this.  I could hear the people commenting about how it was spinning fast.  Anyway, I am not sure if the cold affected it or what, but just something I noticed.

Branson Talk / Baldknobbers Theater
« on: September 24, 2018, 06:01:13 PM »
I see the Baldknobbers theater is in the process of being torn down.  Says wonder world or something like that coming soon.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Train robbery
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:25:07 PM »
I don't recall seeing this mentioned here before but maybe it has and I just now thought of it.  Anyway, the last time I was at the city earlier in the month it appeared they are no longer using the shotgun for the robbery.  The conductor was using what appeared and sounded to me to be a cap gun.  The robbers appeared to have wooden guns in their holsters.  Is this some change to be more PC like everything else seems to be or something else?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC/Whitewater trip
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:44:39 PM »
This is the first year we have had dual season passes so I have a room booked at the Classic Motor Inn for Saturday.  So how does it usually go as far as crowds at WW?  We have never been and not sure what to except or how to plan.  Here are my 4 scenarios I am imagining.

1. Arrive at SDC as close to opening Saturday morning like we normally do, get our rides in before the crowds get too bad, leave around noon-1pm then head to WW

2. Arrive at SDC Saturday later in the after afternoon after having lunch, say around 2-3, stay till closing, then go to WW Sunday when they open and leave around 2-3Pm to head home

3. Spend both days at WW

4. Arrive at opening at WW on Saturday, spend all day, then arrive at SDC at opening on Sunday and stay till 2-3pm.

So the big questions are, does WW get so busy you can enjoy yourself like SDC does?  In other words, would it be worth while to try option 1?  I assume WW is like SDC in that is would be busier Saturday than Sunday?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Fire In the Hole/Flooded Mine
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:53:48 PM »
Fire in the hole needs some work.  I noticed at the start of the year that some of the lights inside were replaced with blue lights, I assume LED lights.  For example the baldknobber setting the bridge on fire was always holding a red light, which makes sense, as its supposed to be fire.  He now has a blue light, which looks stupid.  Today riding it NONE of the music or sound effects appeared to be working.  The only one was the part about putting on the pants.  The bridge collapse noise was gone, the laughing sound was gone, no train whistle.   

This year for sure, and I think part of last year I have noticed the saw blade no longer moves in FM.  On the part where the guy sets off the TNT which blows water up and the flood of water comes down no longer works like it used to.  The flood of water comes in, but we dont see the big explosion of water first anymore.  Outside as you come back in, they don't have the cannon exploding in the water anymore.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / $1 mugs
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:03:52 PM »
I have a couple of the $1 refill mugs that are Buzz Saw Falls and say $1 refill on it.  I have also seen other grandfathered mugs that are the same size and style but do not say $1 on them such as a Christmas one.  Are these $1  refill also or do they only do that for the ones that specifically say $1?  Anybody know? 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC V Dollywood
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:37:30 PM »
I have thought about some day heading out to Dollywood and was looking at their website and it appears to me they have more, larger rides than SDC.  Anybody BTDT?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Season passes
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:42:09 PM »
I'm fixing to order season passes and thinking about doing the 2 park pass.  I usually only do SDC.  Is White Water worth adding?  I am not a big water park person but the wife and kid likes it.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Old Time Christmas
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:15:57 AM »
I was thinking about going to the city this coming weekend but then got to thinking about OTC opening soon and might wait a week for that.  We usually go a couple of times while it is going on and it is usually a mad house. When it the least busy time to go?  Is opening weekend of it usually packed, or no?  I figure the close to Christmas you get, the busier it gets.

Branson Talk / Yakov theater
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:31:36 AM »
So what is going on with the Yakov theater?  We were in Branson a couple of weeks ago and I believe the acrobats were performing there, but it appears they are now in the old RFD location.  If that is the case, is Yakov sitting empty?  Just curious.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Rain in Branson tomorrow
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:27:46 AM »
I was thinking about making a quick trip to the city tomorrow and the weather is saying 100% chance of rain.  I bet that keeps a lot of people away tomorrow.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Tram nightmare
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:26:21 PM »
I am not one to complain as I love the city but we just left a few minutes ago. We were at stop 5 today and when we got out to the trams there was maybe 5 people in line. After waiting in the hot blazing sun for 53 minutes, a bus finally arrived. Needless to say by this time there were at least 200 people in line, with probably half very upset. I have never seen them drop the ball this bad. The bad part is there was a tram sitting off to the side with a crew in it just sitting and talking. They must have been on break or something. We are planning on going back in a little bit for moonlight madness, and will be back tomorrow as well. I also got some pics of the new coaster I will try and post in the construction thread.

So we went to the City today and are currently at the Classic Motor Inn.  Anyway, today while riding the FM, I was getting sat down in the boat and as I was leaning over to sit, off flies by eye glasses off into the channel to be washed down stream.  So I guess they are there until they drain the water and find them.  I have been needing to get a new pair all year anyway.  On another note, the new building is starting to take shape.  Just looking at the siding on the topper, it makes me think of a wild mountain theme more than a time travel theme, but I guess we shall see.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Rare opportunity at the FM
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:20:17 PM »
So I was looking at the weather for this weekend and it appeared it would be rainy, cold, and miserable at SDC for Saturday so we decided to take a spur of the moment trip up there.  Arrived right at opening time and as we were pulling into the parking lot we see nearly a dozen huge tour buses, school buses etc in the bus parking lot.  Crap, it appears a ton of schools are doing year end trips. I was figuring it would be dead Saturday.  Load on the tram, pull up to the front and there were 2 more huge tour buses unloading a herd of kids.  We get inside and see lots of groups of kids with matching shirts.  We noticed a group from on particular expensive private school in Tulsa that all of their kids, and there were a bunch, all had trail blazer passes.  I am thinking this is going to be a nightmare.  We rode a few rides but decided this trip would be more about the shows, so we were able to get into the Saloon show, the harp show, the balance show, and the flamenco show.  All were great especially the harp and flamenco.  Despite all the bus loads of kids, the park was pretty empty.  In fact after the initial arrival we did not run into that many kids.  I think we did our rides early before they all got down the hill, then we hit the shows which kids typically do not do.

Ok so anyway, down to the point of this post.  We were getting ready to leave and decided to hit the FM.  We ended up getting a couple of rides thru totally alone, so we just sat back and enjoyed the scenery without all the guns shooting. I mean totally alone, the set of boats in front of us was empty too.  It was nice and not something I have been able to do for year. 

We went back today because the wife wanted to see the flamengo show again.  There were a few more buses of kids, but by the time we left about 12:30 it was packed.  We were going to eat lunch at the park and stay a little longer but the lines for the food places were more than I wanted to deal with.  I am afraid it is going to be packed even on days when normally it would be slow.  Going on rainy cold days seems to be the best!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Season parking pass
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:04:51 PM »
I just remembered I have not bought my season passes for 17 yet.  In doing so it says they have already sold out of season parking passes.  WOW, I don't think I have seen that before but then again I usually buy mine in December. I have not parked in the general parking in a while although that is where we used to always park.  This sort of sucks!  Maybe I should skip 17 and wait until 18 when they have the new ride open maybe.

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