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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2019
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:12:27 AM »
Let's tell the truth about some things with FITH. The inside/covered queue is woefully small especially during bad weather when everyone goes to it because it keeps running while all the other coasters close and just overall age of the ride.

That said, I think they need to keep the storyline and theme of the ride. Just this weekend we watched the Missori episode of Aeriel America on Smithsonian where the Baldknobber lore is featured.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: May 19, 2019, 10:49:19 PM »
All things appear a go for Europe. Reports on Disneyland Paris, Port Aventura, Europa Park, Puy du Fou, Tivoli Gardens, Phantasialand and Eftleing will be on the way over the next two months. There may be others like Tibidabo, Holiday Park, Walibi Belgium, Toverland but those are big ifs.

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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 10:57:20 AM »
Dollywood likes their non inverting coasters lately.

Since Wild Eagle:
Firechaser
Lighting Run
Dragonflyer

Plus older Thunderhead and Blazing Fury

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Branson Talk / Re: Branson Weather 2019
« on: May 02, 2019, 08:50:13 AM »
Did you take that sulphur, ok footage?  That was amazing!!!!

LOL wished I could take credit for that but no that was done by a guy out at one of the OKC stations that grabbed that. I agree it was pretty amazing yet crazy to see.

Waitaminute. You're Brett Adair? You stream, don't you? I feel like I've seen your name before.

No we as storm chasers submit videos thru him on his media streaming network. I am Joshua Myers a local storm chaser at KNWA. BUT more than likely yes you have seen both of our names on the air though.

Where did that nasty wind come from last night at 10PM in Southeast Fayetteville. Had to be well over 40mph gusts.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: April 27, 2019, 10:23:45 PM »
I just realized I can post in this thread! :D

So, right now, my travel schedule has me in Chicago for Anime Midwest the first weekend of July; Green Bay for Kitsunekon the next weekend; and then Columbia, South Carolina, for Banzaicon the weekend after that.

I have been having SO much fun traveling with my friends, helping them run their manga library. I get to see new cities and states and I get to TRAVEL. I love traveling.

Green Bay has a copy of the woodie grew up on, Zippin Pippin

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: April 27, 2019, 06:02:38 PM »
Qe are now one month away from Europe 2019. Things have been tweeked, Alton Towers was dropped. It is still Memorial Day Weekend to the weekend after July 4th(a Thurs).


That sounds like an absolutely incredible trip.  Hope you've got a ton of memory cards for the cameras.

Versailles is stunning- some in good ways, some in bad ways.  I had to keep reminding myself to close my mouth, I was gaping so much.
If you have time, take one of the cruises on the Seine river.  Absolutely gorgeous.  And honestly, doing that and visiting the Arc de Triomphe you'll get just as good a view and a much shorter wait than the tower.

Not sure if you've shopped cell companies yet on that sim card, but Orange was absolute junk for us in France last year.  But I'm not sure what other options there are.

Looking forward to seeing the photos.  it sounds like a tremendous trip.

Noted on Orange.

We got a timed ticket for going up to the tip top on Eiffle. No line waiting.

The Main reason we were going to Versailles on a Sat knowing it is busy is due to the recent Yellow Vest protests on Sat in Paris. We were looking to avoid it. If I don't do Copenhagen, we can hit it in that gap. I want to visit Tivoli, but I'd like to hit up Liseburg and Gronalund among others on a different trip. May save it.


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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: April 25, 2019, 08:39:01 PM »
Qe are now one month away from Europe 2019. Things have been tweeked, Alton Towers was dropped. It is still Memorial Day Weekend to the weekend after July 4th(a Thurs).

On the Theme Park end

Disneyland

Tibidabo

We have stays booked at:

Port Aventura on opening day of Hotel Colorado Creek. Hope the toilets flush. Room comes with breakfast buffet and Express passes.

Europa Park at the new Kronasar Hotel.

A cottage on a lake at Puy du Fou

A park view room at Hotel Ling Bao at Phantasialand. This was their Sunday One Night Special, two days of tickets for 4, breakfast buffet for all and a single use Express Pass for each person both days in park. We also get 1 hr of ERT after the park closes on Taron and Raik. Sadly it looks highly doubtful FLY will be done by July.

And finally, we have a Tree House room with Breakfast buffet booked at Efteling. Two big bottles of their own Blond Ales are ordered to be waiting on me.

I have about a 5 day gap between Puy Du Fou and Phantasialand. The thought is we would fly to Copenhagen and hit Tivoli and back before Phantasialand. I have found out that Copenhagen is the most expensive place to stay this trip, I can get much more value for my points elsewhere, but Tivoli. The airfare is dog cheap, EasyJet with upgraded seats and two cabin bags for 4 is under $200 and the flight to Brussels is covered under my Excursionist perk via United with  SAS with about 100 bucks in taxes. So, $25 bucks for a nonstop Copenhagen to Brussels. If I can't decide to swallow the hotel prices, we will fill in the gap with more days in France before taking a train to Brussels. I have to poop or get off the park on this, it the only days not booked, stay wise.

I have some wiggle room to squeeze in a couple of other parks, I depends on the Wife really. Walibi Holland and Toverland or Moviepark are possibilities.

The Daughter and I are hoping taking a side trip to Holiday Park just for Expedition Ge Gorce during our stay at Europa. Hopefully The Wife and son(neither coaster nuts) will let us do it while they hang at Europa.

Our first time to use teains as travel has us during the Eurostar(London to Paris), the Freccas (Rome to Florence, Florence to Venice), Eurocity (Venice to Munich via Brenner Pass) and Oui TGV (Strasbourg to Nantes). We'll use the local/Regional trains at Cannes to get to Eze, Genoa to visit Cinque Terre, Naples to get to Pompeii  and to get around in Paris/Rome/Barcelona.

On the Culture/History docket
London Tower
Westminster Abbey
British Museum
Camden Market (hotel is very close)
Changing of Guards
Churchill War Rooms.
Sunset Inner Circle tour of Stonehenge/Salisbury /Bath
Cotswolds
Eiffle Tower
Louvre/d'Orsay
Paris Catacombs
Versailles
Gaudi sights in Barcelona
Roman ruins near Tarragona
Pompeii
Vatican
Colossium tour at Night
Accademia, Uffizi, other in Florence
St Marks and Doge Palace Venice
Glockenspiel in Munich, Hofbrau House for bier
Some of those famous Castles, just driving by
D Day sites, Utah and Omaha Beach, Ste.Mere Eglise, point du Hoc, American Cemetary
Bayeux Tapistey
Mont St. Michel.
Anne Frank House
That museum in Amsterdam
Kinderjik Windmills.

6 weeks, we'll either get divorced or start planing our Asia Grand tour for about 3 to 4 years out.

I'll.post a link to my Facebook page and set my updates to public to share the pics.

Thank goodness for the wonder that is Wifi Calling to stay in touch back home for free. We got an unlocked Galaxy S6 we'll get a sim card for Europe to have some data for Google maps and what not.







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Starting to hear a lot more rumblings that the FITH rumor might actually have some traction.  Now there are about 5 different rumors out there right now, but the loudest is that current FITH will be open during 2020 season while new FITH is being built in FL for s 2021 opening.  Sounded like it would go in the Shad parking lot behind current FL. 

Again RUMOR but multiple sources this time so who knows.  We’ll keep an ear out for more.

That would properly place with like themed attractions. We know know they don't mind going with a new version of a similar ride with the new raft ride.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:45:26 AM »
This year's work plus next uear's big redo will be great for when I finally make it back to the park next year.

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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Future DW Speculation
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:40:16 AM »
All the coaster concepts sound like DW's Mack coaster in a two'fer deal. DW ended up getting both Gerstlauers so when is SDC getting it's Vekoma?

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Right on. I'll post some future vids then. Appreciate it!
Blessings all!

Dynomite!

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2018
« on: April 08, 2019, 10:57:53 AM »
Frontier finally xomes to XNA.

The following is of routes and frequency to Denver: Depart XNA: 5:47 p.m. Arrive DEN: 6:50 p.m. Depart DEN: 1:58 p.m. Arrive XNA: 4:57 p.m.

The flights will happen every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

No idea how this might effect the BKG flights that I know some locals have used

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I agree totally, My kids could care less if they ever set foot in the town again. Shows with no name singers playing other peoples music. Tribute shows, GO carts and arcades do not get them excited.
I have long said that Branson needs a couple major music festivals each year bringing in the NEW top acts.

Some of the newer attractions might be appealing but its the Old Person - bus people stigma that still has the younger generation avoiding it. No offense intended because I am one too. ( OLD )

Branson hung its hat on the Military and Patriotic midwesterner years ago and it will take a lot of marketing and effort to shake that image.

Cough, cough, Lampe, cough, cough.

The folks doing the booking at the Walmart Amp must have unlimited funds cause they pack the schedule.

Light and Sound is good, I have harped that they should do a similar concept around American History.

I have also said that the proliferation of casinos took a bat to  Branson's knee caps when it came to bigger names. I stull think a facility that brings in touring broadway productions attached to an upscale hotel could work.


I still think an artificial whitewater/rapids course coupled with rock climbing and mountain biking trails with a hotel /camping and yurts with a snowflex snowboarsing slope could work.


I'm not talking about that halfassed attempt with the snowflex tubing run up the road.

That shot down Indoor waterpark was on the right track with it having an outdoor rapids course.

BKG getting Frontier back could really help SDC rise to a more nationally known park.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:23:10 AM »
Is it possible that the rafts for this ride be more traditional and not round with side by side seating and always forward facing, A hybrid Raft/Flume ride?

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Opening Day at SDC
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:24:49 AM »
We just left a little while ago.  Arrived at around 1, then it started raining.  We rode everything in the rain and left about 4, just as the sun came out.  TNT was even more rough it seemed.  FM had some lighting added and new sound effects.  The jack hammer guy was working, but the guy turning the pump  on the pipe was not.  The 2 dudes pumping up and down were working.  They even added some new sound effects at the buzz saw area, which was spinning again.  The water explosion outside in the lagoon is working once again.

The water game whatever you call it was taken out over by the TGS, as was the milking cow thing.

TT last car on one of the trains continues to not work and they ran it empty.  This seemed to be the case for a lot of last year as well.  WOW.

Firefall did get new seats and also lap belts which will add a SIGNIFICANT amount of time to loading and unloading.

FITH seemed to be in good shape, smelled of fresh paint. 

Food prices continue to rise.  The buffets are now $17.49, way out of control for that if you ask me.  I remember just a couple of years ago it was $12.99 which was about right.  I noticed the hamburgers all seemed to be well over $10 now, as were all of the skillets.  I never did really notice where they moved the rib house since they tore all that down. There is sure a massive amount of construction going on there. Drink refills on the refill cups is now $1.72 IIRC. 

The taffy place at the front is totally redone with the side porch being enclosed and the registers are in that area.  The inside has been redone and is more bright inside.

Under 20 bucks for a buffet at a theme park is a steal.

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