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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: September 21, 2019, 07:39:21 PM »
It's been blanking hot. Need fall weather.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 14, 2019, 05:12:25 AM »
About Lake Silver...

On the lake, add a water fountain show complete with  choreographing to Dueling Ban........err, Ozarkian Music. 5 minute show on top and bottom of the hour.  This was quite common in Europe from Palace Gardens to theme parks. Older folk crowd pleasers they are.  Puy du Fou had a smaller one on a lake/pond about the size of the former Lake Silver.

While that would be nice, I don’t see how they would make any return on investing in that. I doubt anyone would go to SDC just to see the fountains, especially when the Landing has fountains for free. So I don’t think the park would see any benefit in investing in a fountain show. Also I feel like a fountain show would be difficult to see having MRF or FL in the background most likely and would create more crowd issues with people stopping along the path to see the show.

You know how many times i go the landing  or down 76 when I go to SDC, 1 out of  20 if that.  It is not relevant.

Anywho, I did some YouTube digging and this was found for the Puy du Fou pond with a fountain show. Obviously, Lake Sliver would be more compact. It was just a thought, kinda like the area needing a flat.

https://youtu.be/HO8ZrExRPXs

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 13, 2019, 07:16:12 AM »
Say Rudolph suffered from CWD and had to be put down or finally got kilt by one of the Branson Blue Hairs' RVs on 76.


About Lake Silver...

On the lake, add a water fountain show complete with  choreographing to Dueling Ban........err, Ozarkian Music. 5 minute show on top and bottom of the hour.  This was quite common in Europe from Palace Gardens to theme parks. Older folk crowd pleasers they are.  Puy du Fou had a smaller one on a lake/pond about the size of the former Lake Silver.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: September 10, 2019, 01:55:12 PM »
I'll say it again, put in some Dancing Waters fountains, do a brief show every hour to Dueling Banjos......

And a flat.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:03:11 AM »
Thanks for sharing the pics. Any idea if the project budget includes plans to spruce up the perimeter of Lake Silver prior to the opening of MRF? It definitely looks neglected (to be expected given the significance of the adjacent construction). It would be great to see them add a nice sized fountain in the center once everything is completed and the lake is filled once again.

Maybe some Dancing Waters? 5 to 10 minute show every 1hr.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Old crafts
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:47:36 PM »
What crafts or skills would you like to see brought back to SDC

I would certainly like to see the split oak baskets, broom makers, and even a wooden jon boat being built.


Wilson and  Wilson Decoys.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 04, 2019, 10:31:11 AM »

How is it Disney can preserve their classics then ? Here is how. You do not neglect them for years you do preventive maintenance from the beginning. Hopefully they will realize this on newer attractions. Do not let the deterioration get out of control. PM in my opinion is one thing Herschend is terrible at.

Actually if you followed any Disney board you’d see even Disney has trouble properly maintaining their classics and especially their dark rides.  Figment is a sore spot for most and the current state of effects in several of the Magic Kingdom dark rides - and don’t forget about Disco Yeti in Everest

World of Motion and Horizons at Epcot; Country Bears, People Mover, Mission to Mars, Flying Saucers at Disneyland; I could go on long lists of rides and attractions that Disney has replaced- and several of those were because they couldn't/ wouldn't maintain them.

But the point is also valid with SDC and other parks- for some reason it seems certain attraction types don't get the TLC and attention that they need- wood coasters and dark rides stand out.  Little problems are ignored, and gradually so many little problems add up that it starts to become big problems.

Disney is obviously better than most. But they also are the most well attended and the most expensive parks to visit. When you have more people paying a lot more, then you have more money to be able to spend on upkeep.  And they are known for their Fantasyland dark rides- the "classics"  But if you've been to a Disney park in the last few years, then it's also likely you've seen their penny pinching and signs of not spending as much to take care of even those as they used to.  And Disney far outspends everyone else on taking care of their stuff.  And on "atmosphere" characters as well, something that many parks quit doing or cut way back on years ago.

Getting back on topic, I'm hoping to make it out to SDC next week myself to look at the changes. What I've seen it's looking like it's coming along well.  I will say SDC does a great job of working on their things and keeping them on a timeline.  That's one area they've got Disney beat by a long shot.

20,000 Leagues for the Snow White coaster let down(cause it is way too short)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 31, 2019, 07:10:22 PM »
My point was--and remains--that not everyone goes for the rides.  There are people who don't want the rides, and we are a population who also spend $$$ at SDC.  Make enough changes, and you will alienate us.  The city *may* bring in enough new blood to compensate, but it might not, either.  Besides, we don't need another 6F or WoF in the area.
I’m pretty sure that the higher ups recognize this majority of people, which is why they haven’t removed or renovate any of the current craft areas. And even though they are brining new rides to make SDC stand out and bring in new guests, they still keep that “city” feel. Especially down by TT. I’m not really sure how adding more rides will turn it into a “Six Flags” Or “Worlds of Fun”, though.

There’s a difference between adding experiences and just adding rides.  The chittlins of the world don’t care if a ride fits or not, he just wants more.  SDC isn’t like that.  The experiences have to be part of the overall story.  We’ve only been trying to explain this ad nauseam since he joined the boards.  It’s useless to lose much sleep over it.  Unless it’s talking about how many foreign parks he’s visited or NWA (two topics most don’t seem to care about on here) good luck having a real conversation, let alone a discussion with him. 

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Now for the actual topic. 
Anyone going this weekend to get updated photos?
I thought about it, but I might wait a week

Talk about someone who thinks way too much of themselves, lord have mercy

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 28, 2019, 10:12:58 PM »
If that pisses off the traditionalist, too bad. 

Too bad?  Well, pissing off a portion of your public is rarely a good idea.

But you illustrate nicely a (an admittedly fuzzy) dividing line.  Rides, rides, RIDES:  you go for the rides.  With the exception of some truly traditional "rides," we go to avoid them.  We never go to WoF, 6F, or any other amusement park.  SDC has what we want (if in diminishing proportions). 

You may feel yourself free to dismiss us as irrelevant, but I hope the PTB aren't so myopic.  Our money is just as good as yours, and, given your own posts, we appear to spending more of ours at SDC than you are.  That statement isn't a judgment of your tastes or choices, just an accountant's perspective.

In 2018, we went to SDC a total of 9 trips. When we buy passes we use those suckers. I never said the place needed 10, 20, or 30 more flats/non coaster rides. I said the new area could have used a flat, I said the same thing about  the Outlaw Run area when it was included. I wanted some Bull themed bumber cars in a barn. Saw those at Port Aventura this summer.

In that last post if mine I advocated for a flying theater featuring the Ozarks. That is a major addition. A modern tech take on Rube Dugans would be as well. But... I will say the place needs about 3 to 4 flats spread out in the park that offer moderate thrills. How that likks the shows is beyond me. SDC will have to find a way to expand it's footprint because I think a few of y'all may not be able to take remaking/replacing anything else.



What I haven't said was the Children's play areas that I saw at Europa. Those would never fly here but good lord the quality of those at that park are off the chain.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 27, 2019, 07:25:07 PM »
One of the many rants that chittlins has thrown out here lately is capacity.  You do realize that’s the entire point of this project, correct?   They widened the midway, they increased the size and improved the flow of the Ribhouse, they increased the amount of seating, the increased the throughput of their rapids ride.  These all fixed to your complaint but it still wasn’t good enough for you

Nope

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 27, 2019, 02:46:01 PM »
Just to illustrate the problems they have to take into account, my family represents a minority but viable population that has no interest whatever in coasters at all and every interest in maintaining the classics.  That's not just my wife and I but also our two sons.  We go to the city for the shows, the music, the train and FM as well as the ambiance and the crafts.

The PTB have a real problem trying to attract the chittlins of the world and still hang on to the palallins.

We do the classics every trip, I've been riding FITH since 1978. We do the shows, I have no problem with their coasters other than the cheeping out like the no show building for TIme Traveler, no wooden tunnel after the lift hill on Thunderation that exposes backstage and the WTF on the end of PK where the splashdown used to be.  We think there should be more rides between the kiddie stuff and the coasters. I have long advocated for a modern day Diving Bell, right now, I'd go for an Ozarks Themed flying theater. We liked the new one at Europa as much as Soarin at Epcot and DL. Notice those are indoor attractions that defeat the rain and cold. Enclosed or semi enclosed flats, rides, whatever you want to call them would as well. This area screamed (to me)of a themed up flat that would play on spinning you fast to get you dry. Some new flangled steam powered contraption. Hell, It could just be a themed up gravitron but you get the point.  After seeing how some of the Euro parks like Tivoli  squeezes all they can out of space, a ride like that could have had a patio on top for an eatery like the redo of the BBQ joint or the BBQ joint just completely on top.

Call them Six Flags all you want but to most, the GE area is quite popular and why is that? If that pisses off the traditionalist, too bad.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 26, 2019, 01:18:37 PM »

Just get your band geeks to tighen up that figure 8 for the first half time performance everyone goes to the bathroom during except the proud band geek parents.

Words from the truly ignorant... I see why Six Flags is right up your ally! Poor costumer service, crappy food and no character or pride in their park would seem to fit your personality!  I'd prefer you go there anyway!

Coasters are up my alley, and I'll go anywhere.

Fact of the Matter is that between my family and wife's two sisters there were a combined 12 season passes bought each year for SDC. This year there was 4 amongst this group and next year is looking like none. We are local market and I know others (friends/co workers) feel the same as we do. Seems the daily attendance reports seem to bare this out, maybe the Pumpkin stuff will be a smash success I hope so. I still thin SDC is the best theme park between the Smokies and the Rockies but it's got a little tired for many.

The biggeat complaint abbout this ride amonst folks I have talked to about it isn't the drop, it's that it's just another raft ride. They don't really see it as new. That's a problem. That will be a problem for any redo of FITH or Flooded Mine or anything else. I have heard folks poo poo the weekend Christmas crowds for two years now around here and that is about the only tome they can go with work and all. SDC, hasn't grown the footprint to disperse the humanity or help with the traffic nightmare and parking issues when slammed.

It is what it is whether you played in a band or between the hashes.the park desperately needs some flats an I'll stick by that. Each big new ride shouldnhave an accompanying flat nearby that shares the theme and story. This was no different,  a bbq place is a bbq place and other than the drop it is still a raft ride that many just see as the same ol....

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 25, 2019, 10:47:38 PM »
The wife and I discussed season passes for next year, we aren't there yet. This addition did nothing.

That’s too bad.  We’ll miss you around here.  Take care.  Have a good life.

What makes you think I'll Go anywhere...
UCFO

To quote Taylor Swift “You need to calm down.  You’re being too loud”
Again, we’ll miss you.

Just get your band geeks to tighen up that figure 8 for the first half time performance everyone goes to the bathroom during except the proud band geek parents.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 25, 2019, 09:44:29 PM »
The wife and I discussed season passes for next year, we aren't there yet. This addition did nothing.

That’s too bad.  We’ll miss you around here.  Take care.  Have a good life.

What makes you think I'll Go anywhere...
UCFO

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 25, 2019, 09:07:18 PM »
The area needed a quality flat.

This isn’t Six Flags.

Still needs more flats, covered at that

My teens binged this thing like a new netflix show

https://youtu.be/CeN8BL2r2RE

Tivolis air race and condor were popular rides too.

Still...
This isn’t Six Flags. 

Agree, do not ugly it up like a carnival.

Still needs more flats.

The wife and I discussed season passes for next year, we aren't there yet. This addition did nothing.

First time we have ever skipped SPs two straight years. We aren't feeling it.  Maybe it is because we just did Efteling, Phantasialand, Disneyland Paris, Port Aventura , Tivoli Copenhagen and Europa Park.

Thinking about Six Flags or Cedar passes for some road trips but never sniffing KC or STL.

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