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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:11:20 AM »
There's photos on TPR

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Well....we completed our long-anticipated family cruise last week.  We had a blast in the western Caribbean even with some poor weather (at least it wasn't hurricanes).

I won't bore you with a full trip report but did want to call it to this amusement park group an amazing water park that we got to visit at Costa Maya Mexico called Lost Maya Kingdom Adventure Park   https://maya-park.com/

Easily the most thrilling and most fun water park I've ever experienced.  Place is amazing....great themes and designs and the rides don't hold anything back.

The park is located right next to the cruise ship port and is within 5 minute tram ride from the dock.  It features a 24 story Maya Pyramid as a centerpiece that can been seen through the park and from the cruise ships at the dock.  Looks like both the park and the dock/shops where developed specifically the cater to the cruise ship visitors.   The park is basically a combination Zipline center and water park and you can but tixs for each one or both.  It really is built in the middle of a jungle.  The paths around the park are raised and create an amazing atmosphere.

On the day we went there where only two ships in town and rain in the forecast all day so it was a relatively slow day and it felt like we had most of the park to ourselves!!!...maybe just a few hundred people there all morning.  After finding very reasonably priced lockers within the pyramid 'ruins' the family jumped in a very long and amazingly themed lazy river that ran around and through the pyramid.  River even had a long section full of dry ice fog that created a 'white out' effect....very cool and creepy. 

My oldest two and I then headed back to the pyramid and suited up to do the ziplines.  They had 3 courses of lines including a zip roller coaster which we tried first.  All the courses started out of different levels in the pyramid.  The pyramid has two ELEVATORS!!!! you take to get to the start points.  The coaster was a slow curvy helix filled descent which ended with a splash down in a pool.  It was actually probably the scariest zip course because I really got nervous making those turns just hanging from a rope.   The other two courses had multiple ziplines onto various towers set around the park.  The longer of the courses took about 20mins to complete and had 8-10 very high and long rides.  The 'medium' one had 3-4 rides and a couple of rope bridges between the towers.  All of them had a final splash down ride to end them.

Park had a huge kids play structure that my two youngest play at for hours.  3-4 slides on the structure and a nearby 'relax pool' that the played in too.  With some rain coming in...my oldest and I headed back to the pyramid structure to do the water slides.  Wow...the most intense slide structures I've even been on.  There are around a dozen slides through out the pyramid.  Levels 12, 18, and 24.  Did I mention the Elevator!!!  You can take the stairs or the elevator which has the slides listed out by level.  The red tube slide we started with was the fastest I've ever been on....it whipped you through the tube and guaranteed a huge wipeout at the end.  So much fun.  The mat racers off of level 18 where intense....you slide on your belly face first into complete darkness....twist around not seeing what is coming...then burst out into daylight in time to dive down some more....crazy.  After sampling about half the slides a few times it started to thunderstorm....not that the workers seemed to care.  We got a few more rides in before the lightning really started to worry me and the wife was ready to go.  Wish the weather was better...we really packed in a lot of action in just a few hours....would have been great to enjoy the attractions longer.

Few other notes:
Park was completely feed by ocean water - all pool and slides where salt water - first for me
All rides where equipped with RFID scanners for wrist bands (though they didn't give us any)  Park had cameras setup everywhere taking pic and had scanners to try to identify who was there.  During our exit through the gift shop process - they had to manually find our pics to try to sell
Did I mention the elevators - lol - sure beats hitting the stairs for every ride - really cool setup - had the lockers and zipline equipment at the base of the pyramid - zip liners could just jump on an elevator after getting geared up and pick a course to start - then they ended back by the pyramid where they rechecked your gear and you could just jump on the elevator to start another course - water slider used the same elevators
Also had an upcharge freefall attraction within the center of the pyramid.  20 story drop with 5 seconds of freefall was advertised....you just walk off a plank-like overhang in the center of the pyramid attached to a cord on your back (harness) that would activate to catch you on the way down.


Looks very nice

https://goo.gl/images/HT8H6L

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I still hope that one day SDC gets a simple coaster like this

https://youtu.be/JnUEmwIYO5I

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Visit the SDCFans FB page!
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:32:42 AM »
When you state constant state of progress I can't help but think of my drive up I-49 yesterday. I want to avoid that kind of 'state.' :o ;D

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Great Pumpkin LumiNights at SDC?
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:05:32 AM »
We plan on visiting Dollywood around this time next year, one of the reasons is this.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 01, 2017, 11:47:30 AM »
To help handle all the puking cuz it spinzzzzz.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Fall 17
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:32:24 AM »
I don't think I've ever seen this.

http://talkbusiness.net/2017/09/nwa-planners-to-apply-for-federal-grant-to-complete-i-49-gap-between-missouri-and-arkansas/

Our side is completely funded now and this is Arkansas trying to get money for Missouri.

The word is if Arkansas can get the money to build the new bridge in Ft. Smith for I-49, they are going to get after the south part quicker by making it tolled. Fine by me. Anything to avoid McAlister to Durant on US 69.

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One of the parks that's on my 2019 hitlist, Toverland is adding this land. B&M wing coaster that supposed to be the longest ou there.


This park is really close to Efteling, can not get that close to this park and let it pass by

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Going to Dallas second weekend of Oct and hitting up SFOT.

We have gone to SFSL 3x, SF America , SF Great Adventure all on the Gold passes. So I think we got our use out of it.

So 2018 is really shaping up.

SDC passes for the year.

Got the flights and hotels booked and even done a couple of dining reservations for the Spring Break trip.It's a doozy.

Both Fun Spots
Universal Studios
Islands of Adventure
Volcano Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa
Seaworld Orlando
Discovery Cove
Aquatica
Animal Kingdom
3 nite Disney cruise to Bahamas
WDW
Epcot
Orlando Eye
World's Tallest Star Flyer.(under construction)

 Summer Yellowstone Trip
1 night at Old Faithful Inn, Two at Canyon Lodge
-Elitch Gardens
-Glenwood Canyon
-Lagoon

Fall trip to Dollywood.


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Random Talk / Re: Airports!
« on: September 21, 2017, 11:27:38 PM »
The Tulsa/San Diego Flight ilon Frontier is now bookable. Tues, Thursdays, and Sundays. That seems like nice spacing.

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Drove right by the place this summer, would have stopped had this been there.

https://youtu.be/6ZaCAelg-aI

The world needs more coaster lime this.

Something like this would be a nice small scale addition to SDC . Manby signed off on this and Invadr at Busch Gardens. I bet we would have seen something like this had he staped with Herschend.

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Random Talk / Re: Airports!
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:30:22 PM »
I'd argue that NWA has been stealing concerts from the SW Mizz and Little Rock markets more than Tulsa market.  The AMP has been getting some pretty amazing bookings the past few years.

LR gets plenty of gigs and has no viable amp for regular concerts. River Amp doesn't count. They get even more of the arena tours than Memphis. It, like Tulsa, benefits being fairly close to another major city whose arena has a NBA team as a  permanent tenent. They are much more flexible for booking purposes. For crying out load Tulsa has landed Rogers Waters twice. As the U of M football teams continues its rise to respectably, hopefully Memphis can come up with a downtown. stadium  that is right sized at about 55,000 with the idea of concerts and NCAA tourny basketball in mind. Ten thousand of those would be a upper level that would  professionally designed to stay hidden unless needed, like for the Liberty Bowl.

They already know that they built the amp too small, needed more fixed seats and be 10,000 with lawn seating

The plan is that after the end zone is done, Bud Walton gets a major redo. Like a new outer concourse and parts of the old converted to club areas, a net decrease in capacity with added loge seating in certain areas, new back of house areas and expanded docking, so that it becomes the arena of the area for larger concerts. Supposedly the Walton Art Center(walmart) will be in charge of booking. They are the ones booking the AMP. After that, the Uof A will build a new smaller arena to replace Barnhill for gymnastics and such and will be multipurpose as well.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Fall 17
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:15:06 PM »
idk if it will impact the current stores. 

The current HO auditorium wouldn't be a very good movie theatre....imo....my uninformed guess would be that that whole build would be probably just get leveled and redeveloped.  They have been using the new auditorium over at the Tech Center (and co-broadcasting from/to other locations) for the morning meetings for a few years now.  The 3 story building closest to Walton is an old reinforced (bunker like) data center that isn't used as that but still holds a operations center (and regular offices).  It will be interesting to see if they leave that.

I'm hearing a new fitness center will be the first thing replaced.  The already just finished moving one of the oldest DCs across town from that property.  They still have two other DCs and 5-6 medium to large office complex in that area.  It will be interesting to see how the transition everything around to make it happen.  No doubt when it's completed....those that couple of miles of property could be the most densely populated in the state most weekdays.

Also...as one of the leaders put it.  They are proud that then didn't play the shake down game with every state/city in the country (unlike what a competitor is currently doing)

If you thought I was suggesting a repurpose, I wasn't. They'll.bulldoze that whole thing. I'm told everything but the Sam's and IT will be getting replaced.

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Random Talk / Re: Tell Me Something Good!
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:11:23 PM »
Six Flags and U2 in StL. Tommorrow. All 4 of us.
Row A Club seats. The idiots in the streets will not stop me.

I guess you know this already but U2 has cancelled this concert over security concerns.

Yeah, got the email went after we went through Rolla, real happy. Anyway rode coaster today for a few hours. It's time to kill off the Screaming Eagle.

Who in St. Louis though it was good to announce that verdict on Friday? Not only did U2 cancel, Ed.Sheeran did to. AT LEAST, that one left time to cancel rooms.

Dear Black Community, more people would GAF if you choose to pick your battles better. A herion dealer that clearly assaulted officers wit his vehicle is that battle. He wasn't Rosa Parks. And.... if you can organize like that for a heoin dealer, how but doing that for community clean ups.


Here's what I know, I will not have a blanking thing to do anything STL for a long, long time. Nada,.zip, zero. Can't risk it. Only Dallas, LR, Memphis, Tulsa and KC for stadium and arena concerts from here on out.

That said, Sugafire Smokehouse at Valley Park is worth a stop. I will not be going by for quite a while.

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Random Talk / Re: Airports!
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:08:33 PM »
This is Scotland specific but a birdie told me Dublin could happen too. It is not the first or second time he has dropped Memphis out there for routes. This coincides with their getting the Airbus A321LR which has 767 like range but at much better fuel economics.
Edinburgh/Memphis

http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/norwegian-to-launch-cheap-flights-from-edinburgh-to-los-angeles-and-san-francisco-1-4477392
 

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Chief executive Bjorn Kjos also plans flights from the Scottish capital to Midwest cities like Memphis in 2019.
 
Also, today Memphis said they experienced exteodinary growth in June. The airport operated at 85 percent load factor. So 85 percent of all seats availible to purchase had a tush in them that leads to bigger planes, more flights and new destinations.

JetBlue to Fort Lauderdale and Boston seem like a no brainer

Den and Vegas Via Southwest seems worthwhile as well

Oh, Frontier is going to fly to San Diego and Denver Via Tulsa next spring.

This a follow up on some that previous post of mine.

This is very interesting:
http://www.anna.aero/2017/09/13/kansas-city-becomes-the-largest-unserved-market-in-the-us-from-europe/#comment-161510

It is interest ing to extrapolate the data from Austin and do it with KC and then Memphis.

KC comes in around 117,000 and Memphis at around 92,000. They you go and compare the total passengers at each airport. KC at over 13 million a year and Memphis at just 4.5 million. What is cleat is that KC has more originating TATL and Memphasis has more tourist coming as a destination. My friend back home sez that Mthis doean't even capture those that enter at New Orleans or Nashville and stay in Memphis as well as visit one or both of the others. They (MEM) feel Memphis could top 200,000 either direct or connecting  with three years of service with the right service and price (think Norwegian/ WOW). That the market stimulation of a smaller market would easily fill what the the Europen originating traffic didn-'t over with a 2x to 3x weekly from the UK on a 787, not a smaller 757 type aircraft.

Dig further and put OKC and Tulsa in the same basket and then add NWA and Tulsa could become a market on down the road being placed between OKC and NWA. We already see this in concert booking. Tulsa gets tons of concerts due to placement between the two.

Anywho, summer to fall 2018 should be interesting come new TATL announcement time.

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