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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2020)
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:26:05 AM »
It's Feb and I'm clueless on our plans this year. About the only thing "planned" is an extended weekend to LA in Oct for Hollywood Haunted Nights at Universal and Star Wars/Disneyland. That looks to be just the Boy and I. We may take the girl to NYC  for along weekend in June. Other than that nothing. It is more about 2021. I'm waiting for Disney to release their Summer 2021 cruise schedule and see what opening day pricing is for either Alaska, Hawaii, or Greece cruises. I figure it will be Alaska or bust on someone it'll be our first "no kid" vacation in 18 years

The plan is to rent a car one way and hit Grand Tetons/Yellowstone on the way up amd depending on routing, crater Lake NP or Glacier NP.

I plan on at least PNC Park in Vancouver if on Disney along with one more on the way. Either Lagoon or Silverwood.

 I got this feeling, I'm gonna catch a cheap flight to Tampa for an extended weekend sometime this year. I want to ride Iron Gwazi and Hagrid's down the road. My wife's Aunt had mo ex to Southern Illinios so a road trip to see her puts Holiday World in play

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2019
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:33:19 PM »
Southwest would be amazing!!!!  Maybe could afford a trip to Hawaii for the whole family.

Allegiant cancelled a return trip from Vegas last year about 12 hours before boarding due to mechanical issues.....they offered to pay for another night but we had to get back to pick up a kid from camp.  We ended up renting a car and driving to LAX to catch another flight back that day.  That was through Tulsa.

On the FL trip they charged all my kids for carryon bags ($50 each) that I would have considered personal items in bags that they didn't charge me for on our Vegas trip.....plus.....they were 3 hours behind leaving XNA which put us into the hotel in Orlando at 3am:( 

Took my about 10 tries over 3 days and 3-4 hours worth of waiting on hold before I found anyone to actually pick up the phone for customer support.  I'll at least give the credit for waiving the bags fees cause of the delays and believe it or not....they applied a small credit from the Vegas trip issue.  I had a voucher that they never contacted me about.  All that being said....Its going to be hard to use them again in less it's just me traveling light and my schedule is pretty open.

Southwest is in a pickle. They have relied on 737s and have stayed a single  model plane(different variants) operator and they had ALL their eggs in one basket with replacing and growing their fleet with 737 MAX aircraft. They have now effectively been at a standstill on geowing their markets and entering new one as well. Still no end in sight.

XNA Had something like 922k enplanements last year. That is nearly 2 mil in total passengers. With another year of growth like 2019, they will surpass LIT and be breathing down Tulsa's neck

I predict XNA will announce an 8 gate expansion by to end 2020. They already have too many airplanes RONing(remain overnight) and not enough gates for them in the morning. This would hamper Southwest service as they would almost certainly RON planes. Simply not enough stables in the barn at the moment, meaning there are no free gates in the morning. United is using  outside hard stands to board some flights in the morning.

JetBlue founder is awaiting a second Operation Certificate for some E195s to start up Breeze airlines. Said he would start selling seats 60 days out when he gets it, it could be at anytime. He already has the paperwork for his brand new A223s and those will start flying in April 2021.
Springfield and XNA seem to be right to his business model's alley.
 

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2020
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:17:39 PM »
Walmart Amp concert list as of today

AMP 2020 Schedule (so far)
June 11 Kenny Chesney / Michael Franti & Spearhead
June 13 Alanis Morissette / Garbage / Liz Phair
June 17 Steely Dan / Steve Winwood
June 22 Journey / Pretenders
June 24 The Black Crowes
June 28 Chicago / Rick Springfield
July 14 Megadeth / Lamb of God / Trivium / In Flames
July 17 Rascal Flatts
July 23 Old Dominion / Dustin Lynch / Carly Pearce
July 29 Phish
July 31 Jason Aldean / Brett Young / Michael Tenpenny / Dee Jay Silver
Aug. 6 Sam Hunt / Kip Moore / Travis Denning / Earnest
Aug. 8 Nickelback / Stone Temple Pilots
Aug. 9 Avett Brothers / Tyler Childers
Aug. 15 Kids Bop Live
Aug. 18 Matchbox 20 / The Wallflowers
Aug. 21 Chris Young / Scotty McCreery / Payton Smith
Aug. 23 Backstreet Boys
Aug. 26 Disturbed / Staind / Bad Wolves
Aug. 27 Lady Antebellum / Jake Owen / Maddie and Tae
Sept. 2 Incubus / 311 / Badflower
Sept. 22 Dave Matthews Band

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2020
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:34:31 PM »
The Momentary made Blooloops top new museums at #5

https://blooloop.com/features/top-new-museums-2020/

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:28:23 PM »
The Rocking Boat is perfect for a FM reboot

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: No season pass this year...
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:24:39 PM »
Now you're a hell of a lot closer to Phantasialand, Energylandia, Europa Park, Gardaland, etc. haha

Congrats on the job and best of luck!

There are incredible clusters of parks in Europe.

If you.are at Europa,.it isn't hard to.get to Expedition GeeForce.

There's  direct Chunnel Train right tonthe front gates of DisneyLand Paris from St. Pacreas , from there you can get to Strasbourg,rent a car and it's 40 minutes to Europa or take regional train and a short bus ride. 

I'm already plotting and planning another trip. American has r/ts with points for 34k to several places in Europe.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: No season pass this year...
« on: February 04, 2020, 06:16:39 PM »
Cheap flights to Cologne out of Stansted for Phantasialand!



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Mentioned it a bit in another post on here but I could see this being a replacement option for either FM or AP in the future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJQoR8YiLLE


Oh man I could really see modern day Flooded Mine with that.

I've seen the video if the new power splash that's basically a shuttle loop too. Mack doing work.

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It'll never happen but if they went all out and came up with a new flume on the level of Chiapas I would be overjoyed. That is an awesome log flume. The 4 times I rode it were awesome.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:12:36 PM »
Updated
June 11 Kenny Chesney / Michael Franti & Spearhead
June 13 Alanis Morissette / Garbage / Liz Phair
June 17 Steely Dan / Steve Winwood
June 22 Journey / Pretenders
June 24 The Black Crowes
June 28 Chicago / Rick Springfield
July 17 Rascal Flatts
July 23 Old Dominion / Dustin Lynch / Carly Pearce
July 29 Phish
July 31 Jason Aldean / Brett Young / Michael Tenpenny / Dee Jay Silver
Aug. 8 Nickelback / Stone Temple Pilots
Aug. 9 Avett Brothers / Tyler Childers
Aug. 15 Kids Bop Live
Aug. 18 Matchbox 20 / The Wallflowers
Aug. 21 Chris Young / Scotty McCreery / Payton Smith
Aug. 27 Lady Antebellum / Jake Owen / Maddie and Tae
Sept. 22 Dave Matthews Band

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 04:11:45 PM »
AMP 2020 Schedule (so far)
June 13 Alanis Morissette / Garbage / Liz Phair
June 17 Steely Dan / Steve Winwood
June 22 Journey / Pretenders
June 24 The Black Crowes
June 28 Chicago / Rick Springfield
July 29 Phish
Aug. 8 Nickelback / Stone Temple Pilots
Aug. 15 Kids Bop Live
Aug. 18 Matchbox 20 / The Wallflowers
Aug. 27 Lady Antebellum / Jake Owen / Maddie and Tae
Sept. 22 Dave Matthews Band

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Silver Dollar Membership
« on: January 08, 2020, 11:05:15 PM »
Last we went to Incredible Pizza to ride that spinner, there was a shooting in the parking lot. That is not a selling point.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2020
« on: January 08, 2020, 10:50:25 PM »
The Momentary is opening soon and I'm all over their Freshgrass event in April with that line up.
https://themomentary.org/

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2020)
« on: January 08, 2020, 10:45:50 PM »
Kicking around the idea of a trip to Europe in the fall. If not this year next for sure. Probably Norway, Finland and Switzerland.  Been to most of the other countries but I want to see the northern lights in Norway thus the fall trip.

Only thing as close to stone we have planned but nothing booked is NYC in early June and  Disneyland/ Universal Studios Hollywood for early Oct.  We delayed the latter cause, a.month and a half in Europe was a bit much.

We are entering a new phase as I have a senior graduating in June and a Junior..for the upcoming year.alomg with a now retired Mother with plenty of time to watch over things. I suspect the Wife and I will keep man eye out for good last minute cruise deals for Hawaii and Alaska. Over the summer. We could care less what type of room we have.

I'm about ready to play the sign out bonus game with AA cards. They have gone to dynamic pricing on reward flights and I'm a fan of off peak travel.  I have spotted 27k  round trips to London in Feb, 10k round trips to Cleveland, 60k round trips to Tokyo in premium economy no less or on JAL metal which blows AA away. I have even stumbled on 30k round trips to Madrid in Oct or Santiago Chile even later. ( A Chilean Fjords cruise is an alternative to Alaska and can be done over the Wife's holiday break) We like cruising and love Disney but their prices are getting more outrageous 5hey want a fulln20npercent more than we paid for the Barcelona to Rome cruise for this summer

Not going to lie, I want the coaster on the Mardi Gras credit too.

I will not go to Orlando till Guardians and The Jurassic coasters open and that should hold till the New Uni park opens.

I suspect the kids and I will hit the Texas Six Flags and SeaWorld San Antonio at some point though I want to wait till Aquaman is open.  I may take my Mother in Law to.Madison to see her step daughter that is battling cancer and haul a couple of hierloom furniture pieces to her kids.that were her Dad's that past away a couple of years back. If that happens, I'll get in Six Flags GA up there on the way up and Adventureland on the way down. I discussed that this was her payment for my hauling services, lol. She and the wife can go antique shopping.

If find myself burdened by 4 weeks of vacation these days, lol. We already have the ability to take 3 day weekends without actually taking vacation as long as the work gets done on time and the hours are put in over 4 days.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: January 02, 2020, 07:05:04 PM »
Happy new year everyone!  This may not be allowed to be answered but how far in advance do they "budget" a day's attendance?   They seem to estimate way low on some days that I would have thought would be budgeted higher.  The week after Christmas seems an extremely popular time to visit.  I know they can't guess the weather accurately far in advance (for that matter neither can the National Weather Service) but it looks like they could guess a best case scenario as far as the weather is concerned (ie larger crowds).

Planning begins as soon as the Farmer's Almanac is published, Farmer's Almanac trumps the NWS, lol.

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