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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:36:31 PM »
^^I think it's just the time of year. Probably not going to have water rides going during "Spring Ride Days".

^You'll see some scattered plants eventually sprout naturally and general leaf/organic material buildup under the ride, but they aren't going to sod it or anything. It's all loose rock for the most part.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Important: Flickr Update
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:21:43 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Joy! Sucks that this service is ending. Everyone is going over to IG and FB now, which is obviously not nearly as easy to use for galleries like Flikr was. I have made some passing attempts at getting a photo service running through this site for just SDC photos, but it's definitely not an easy service to setup or run.

These have been great accounts because of how these guys "document" the park. Even stuff like the front of the Frisco barn 10 years ago is completely different, and when I see those photos I get a rush of nostalgia that I had completely forgotten about. Look at how much more stuff is in the flower gardens and hanging on the sides of the buildings. Lot of little changes everywhere that we miss without these photos.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 25, 2019, 08:28:03 PM »
The main square at SDC actually has more space than Glacier Ridge, but it's full of trees and flower beds so the usable space is smaller. One of these days they will decide to really open it up and you might be surprised at how big it is. It used to be the main parking lot.

Thing is, other than Christmas, there's not a lot of reason to completely open it up a lot. You still have the issue of the massive pinch point that is HH. In fact, opening the area up too much could cause problems with crowd control/stampede issues. There's probably a method to the madness with the split paths in the front of mains square.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 25, 2019, 03:07:15 PM »
^nah, the base may be wider but it won't be so huge that it expands out of the area it is in. It's true that they are starting to need more space on the square anyway though... could take out a few of those now empty planters at some point.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 24, 2019, 08:24:13 AM »
The new tree looks awesome. I didn't expect a new one for another couple years with everything else that is going on, so this is a nice surprise. This is really the best "off-year" ever!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:02:40 PM »
They started letting people know that it would be going away this past Fall on the tram ride apparently, but that was the only official mention. They don't like to make a big deal out of ride retirements for obvious reasons. Better to celebrate something new than spark a public outrage. They can't announce what is replacing it yet either because that would just drive people to other parks this year to wait for the next new thing. Gotta keep the focus on what is new and marketable, otherwise people will be drawn away by the competition. Not that WOF and SFStL are putting up much of a fight these days.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:58:12 PM »
Personally I'd like a dark ride and a new coaster with indoor elements seperately. If we get something along the lines of Verbolten/Firechaser, that's not really a FITH replacement per-se, though it would be cool and a good addition.

The PTB are aware of the sentiment that FITH holds. The question is where they see ROI, and as we know ROI seems to come from doing something extravagant and marketable... So I'm not holding out hope that we will see anything like FITH return when it inevitably goes. It will be the end of one era and the beginning of another.

Then again, they could surprise us with an awesome Sally dark ride that tells the story of Marmaros in a fun and highly thematic way. Fingers crossed.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:54:55 PM »
They said they would have some announcements all year long this year, mostly about 2020...

I am guessing they are finally getting a new tree? Can't imagine what else they could stuff into Christmas at SDC.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:25:46 PM »
FITH will be hard to see go. Even with a "new" version, we all know it won't be the same in spirit. Goodbye baldknobbers.

Thats what I fear too. It will be a watered down shell of its former self.

Blazing Fury does just fine without the Baldknobbers and itís far from being considered watered down.

Blazing Fury has it's own theme... which come to think of it I don't even know what it was about other than a bunch of stuff on fire. FITH tells the story of how Marmaros was terrorized by Baldknobbers. It's part of the original fabric of SDC - telling authentic ozarkan stories in fun and inventive ways. 

I don't doubt their ability to build a cool new indoor coaster with some folksy theming, but we aren't going to see anything like FITH ever again.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:56:59 PM »
The rumors sure have been flying lately. But I guess it makes sense. We have always said it was a matter of time, and with the way things have been allowed to slowly degrade over time, it had to give way eventually. Now that they have popped the cork on ride replacements with Lost River, it makes sense to knock the others out one at a time.

FITH will be hard to see go. Even with a "new" version, we all know it won't be the same in spirit. Goodbye baldknobbers.

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Random Talk / Re: More ADA news about parks
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:14:09 PM »
Zombie Thread Alert!  :o

The real question is why you felt the need to revive it

Less than three months makes it a zombie thread?

The real question is why you felt the need to question why another member wants to comment on something.

Because Joshua literally added NOTHING to the thread.  If he were to have added pertinent breaking news to the thread it would have never been questioned.  Do you understand now Craig? Sheesh next time stay in your own lane and we wonít have to waste a post to explain something so obvious.

Sometimes people don't see threads until later. You're not a moderator, so I'm not sure why you are trying to butt in here and act like some kind of over zealous english professor grading a paper. People can post pretty much whatever, it's not like this is a super busy forum with strict content standards.


As for the fate of DW's waterboggin, the discussion back on TPR is probably correct: the fate of the waterboggins wasn't so much due to ADA as it was due to the potential for people to slip out of the rafts or reach out and hit things in various ways. It was never a problem if you rode correctly, but apparently some lawsuit chasers were able to ruin the fun for everyone. It makes me wonder how the log flumes have been able to stick around all this time. 

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Random Talk / Re: Snowpocalypse 2019
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:55:28 AM »
and in Tulsa we got nothing but rain as usual. We haven't seen more than about an inch of snow since I moved back to this area almost 5 years ago. Even OKC gets more snow than us now. Weird pattern shifts...

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:22:16 AM »
^cease and desist incoming in 3...2...  lol

Is that the same guy that shut the park down a while back because of his drone?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:12:02 PM »
Man, while it is true that Corkscrew pass sucks and is a bottleneck, that water tower thing in the center is a true SDC landmark that has been there my entire life. It's one of those little things that is mildly authentic and very thematic that ties the whole area together. Hope they have some new theming/details in mind to make up for the loss....

I liked the water chute that ran all the way down to the riverfront as well. The area will look really empty without it.

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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2019
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:40:11 PM »
Yeah, sounds like it. Sucks... I enjoy all the toboggan style rides, and these water slides were and interesting breed. I knew this was coming, but wish we had been given more warning. Might have even considered running out there for nostalgia's sake.

Potential site of DW's next big thing though?

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