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Construction/Rumors / SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:23:56 PM »
The previous thread seems to have glitched, so I began a new one.  If Shave can figure it out, we can go back to the original thread, but until then, here's the last thing I posted to kick us off:

It is interesting that the Riverfront Playhouse was mentioned in the live feed.  I'm glad to hear it will stay - hopefully for a long time.

As for MRF, I'm seeing a giant rock sculpture of a human head somewhere in the concept art that makes this like something other than Ozarkian in nature and more like a generic jungle raft ride.  Otherwise, I think it will make a great replacement for LR.  I never was a great fan of LR (and yes, I really want to revive the Dugan theme).

but I would love to see more of a WoF-style carousel or conveyor-style load on this ride.  They really haven't addressed this as far as I've seen, so I assume there will be a stop and load station.

The change to Rivertown makes me feel a little strange.  I guess it's something like going to China Town, but still being in Los Angeles.  I hope there is some great music chosen for the whole area - and appropriate, themed shows for the stages in the area.

Other Parks / Big Fight at WoF
« on: April 22, 2019, 06:40:15 PM »

Dollywood Discussion / Lawsuit
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:57:14 PM »
Another water ride - the RiverRush Water Coaster - has allegedly injured a person.  This one earns Dollywood a $2 million lawsuit:

SDC Memories/ Park History / FitH Bell
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:14:19 PM »
The search on the forums doesn't get me to an answer very quickly, so I'll just ask:  Can someone refresh my memory about the significance of the bell above the entrance of FitH?

Other Parks / Springlake Park - OKC
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:10:17 PM »
It's sad that Springlake Park in Oklahoma City closed.  I remember going one time, when I was a kid, and riding my first coaster, the Wild Mouse - not really counting FitH.  My mom always used the accident on Springlake's Big Dipper (when a girl was thrown from the ride onto the adjacent highway) to discourage me from ever riding coasters.  I don't remember much about Springlake, and I certainly don't remember the things in this video, but it does make one long for a return to those good ol' days.

An article says that Springlake was popular in the '50s and '60s, was affected by a race riot in '71 and a change of ownership, and finally c losed in '81.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Teacher Appreciation
« on: May 09, 2018, 03:33:44 PM »
Dear Educator Colleagues,  here is your link to the information about getting free admission (and discounted tickets for guests) to Silver Dollar City from now until June 30:

Construction/Rumors / Times Revelations
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:30:26 PM »
The New Times, today, claims 2018 is the last year for the Wild West Show and for It's a Wonderful Life.

It also still announces Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Parade is still scheduled.  I thought last year was supposed to be the last year for that parade.

Ozark Marketplace / There's No Busyness Like School Busyness
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:43:41 AM »
My newest book focuses on teaching.  I've collected my thoughts and reflections into one volume for educators - There's NO Busyness Like School Busyness​.  A majority of the text has been completed and is currently being proofread and edited.  I hope to offer this book online before school begins.

In this volume, I go all the way back to the beginning, when I had to interview for my first teaching job in Oklahoma.  I talk about the journey from that first class in the inner city, through my experience with the terrorist bombing four and a half miles from our class, and the 2011 EF5 tornado that cut our school year short in Joplin.

While short accounts of those events are part of School Busyness, they are not the focus of the book.  Instead, I wanted to share some of the lessons I've learned in the last 27 years - the ups and the downs.  In fact, the book begins with this:

After nearly 30 years as an educator, after experiencing many ups and downs, I set fingers on the keyboard and intentionally pattered out some wisdom that I hope makes sense.  Whether you’ve been in the classroom for a quarter century or you’re just starting out, you should find something here that will help you along the journey.

There was a time when I was ready to leave – actually a couple of times if we’re being honest.  I had heard about teachers hitting a wall, being burned out, leaving the profession prematurely.  I had heard the short longevity for teaching, and I vowed to never let that happen to me.
But it happened.
And it happened at a very inopportune time.
I had been teaching for two decades.  It was too late to start over, and too early to retire.  I was invested in a profession I loved, and it had become a profession I despised.

This book is intended to make teachers think and give them some practical tips and ideas to help them develop their teaching muscles.  Hopefully many will find it useful and maybe even motivating.

Branson Talk / Mountain Coaster Damaged in Storm
« on: May 29, 2017, 11:27:18 AM »
It looks like this attraction is going to be closed for the foreseeable future.  Saturday's storm took its toll on the mountain coaster:

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Ride Names
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:58:41 AM »
The recent comments about TGS (The Giant Swing) being referred to as the barn swing has me thinking:  what other rides are there that people do not refer to by their given names?  While we don't refer to Fire in the Hole as the Bald Knobber ride, we seem to have given other rides more generic terms.

Some rides could be branded/named/themed better:

The American Plunge is called The Log Ride.

The Giant Swing is called The Barn Swing.

I doubt any of the Fireman's Landing or Grand Exposition rides are called by their names; most people describe what they look like instead of what they are named:  the balloon ride, the elephant (or Dumbo - ugh) ride, the big ships, the little ships, the teacups, the swings, the frogs, the dogs, etc.

Some of these might have been left unnamed, and most people wouldn't have noticed, but it's probably someone else's fault about AP and TGS.  AP was probably always known as the log ride, but since losing theming so badly it really is just a log ride now.  TGS should have been named something more specific, like Wilson's Barn Swing.  And while we're at it, where are the Wilsons?  Shouldn't all the operators be Wilsons?  Deeper theming would have branded TGS better.

What do you call some of these rides?

Branson Talk / New Belle Survey
« on: August 11, 2016, 06:57:38 PM »
Three concepts:

General Silver Dollar City Talk / MOVED: Where in the City? (2016)
« on: March 30, 2016, 05:30:31 PM »
This topic has been moved to [SDC Memories/Park History] - just because that's where the game is traditionally located.

Other Parks / What Strategies Should Manby Employ at SeaWorld?
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:04:44 PM »

SeaWorld can't seem to catch a break, with "84 percent decrease in profits in August" and pop stars publicly denouncing them.  This report points to uphill battle for former HFE CEO Joel Manby, now CEO for SeaWorld, who insists, "We will continue to fight with the facts, because the facts are on our side.”

It's about time we got something fun started.  I never started a "Where in the City?" thread, this year, so try this:  give me some famous quotes (They don't have to be from the movies.), but alter them slightly to reflect something from our beloved park.

"You had me at Howdy."

"We're off to see Doc Harris...Follow the Cardiac Hill."

"These are not the convicts you are looking for."

Surely some of you can beat those examples.

If Flooded Mine must go, what does its last season look like?  Is it advertised as "Flooded Mine's Final Season"?  Is there final season merchandise?  Special rides at Christmas (recall the candy mine)?  How does SDC pay tribute to Flooded Mine when it is gone?  Does Obama visit to pardon the prisoners?  Oops, sorry, that last one just slipped out.


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