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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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Random Talk / Re: Tell Me Something Good!
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:47:15 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.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Fall 17
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:45:46 PM »
5-7 years to complete.  Its right off of the new exit being built off i49.  They have been quietly buying up that land for years (namely the houses).  Of course they already owned most if it and it's right beside the Tech campus that already exists.  It's both much needed and a little bit of a strange move if you understand how un-walmart this actually is.  The company is historically been proud that its HQ is basically ran out of an old distribution center and re-purposed stores.  Already have thousands of people working in that area so is going to be a real mess during this time to actually build it all.  I know some of the operations in the area have already been moved.

Already a lot of rumors about what will happen to the current offices.

You wanna know where that new larger theater will go  ;)
They'll tie the old campus in with the fairground stuff they are pushing. I wonder how larger they'll make Say Morning Meeting arena. Butter yet, will it be placed to be something else as well given the interstate access.

If this gets them out of old stores and open them up for redevelopment particularly the Old Bentonville store, it'll be great.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:09:32 PM »
Carr Excavating shared more photos today.  I got to admit, the retaining walls really class up the look of this ride

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/09/time-traveler-construction-sdc_13.html

Two Thoughts

Hope they put caps on them.

Hope they use a concrete stain to knock the gray out and blend it better with the natural landscape.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:37:15 PM »
I agree that I like it better when they have their own little neck of the woods to play in and aren't pushed next to the pathways like a typical amusement park. It's becoming more and more of a moot point though with all the rides that are being packed in. The whole backside of the park is pretty much that way now. DW did an OK job of combining up-close rides and ambiance with the timber canyon area though. It just takes a lot of well-planned theming.


As far as wishes for 2020 go though, I'd love a GCII in the vein of InvadR or Mystic Timbers or Thunderhead. Just another classic, widely-appealing coaster that doesn't try to be anything it doesn't need to be.

Honestly I wouldn't expect that much though. Maybe we'll get a drop tower like DW's? Or if the rumors are to be believed, they'll gut/replace/renovate one of the classic rides that needs extensive work to keep going. That's been rumored for as long as this site has been around though and they haven't done it yet, but I guess we'll see.

My theory of twos says a Funtime time is coming, I'd like a Star Flyer. Our Shot/drop tower is in Fireman's Landing notater how short it is.

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It's like people have never heard of screen shots before.  ::)

I know.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:57:56 AM »
As long as the ride cannot be seen from other parts of the park or outside the park then I'm fine with any of those except the woodie.  Personal preference there.

how do you build a Hyper without it possibly being seen from another part of the park. You'd want at least a 300ft. drop.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:43:35 AM »
My desired list of rides they can chose from ::)

A non inverting hyper, All one has to do is look at the Tip 10
Steel Coaster Golden Tickets to see why this omission needs fixed muy pronto.

A noninverting woodie, think Balder Dash, Wooden Warrrior or the new one at Busch Gardens. Another staple that's missing from the park.

Family invert with plenty of caves and such.

A taller shot tower, Man did they miss their opportunity to do what Hershey did with different sized shot towers at Fireman's Landing.

Drop track coaster(perfect for FITH 2.0)

Redone American Plunge, multiple drops including a backwards one(See Chiapas at Phantasialand)

Enclosed/covered flats

More non kiddie flats

Enclosed  coaster  with lots of visuals(can be either a wild mouse or other small footprint steel coaster)

Enclosed shooter ride(think Toy Story Midway Mania, Justice League)




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