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I think this weekend as SDC was less about people getting tired of it as it was the temperatures were mid to high 80's all weekend. In October. And a weekend. So everyone decided to go rather than like this coming weekend where it is supposed to to be high 60's and windy

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: ROLL CALL: When you going to the park?
« on: September 26, 2020, 05:47:30 AM »
Dollywood's season pass is $139 a year so basically they are wanting a bit over half to extend the pass. I tried to find the season pass price on the SDC website and it isn't showing as an option anywhere I could find. My recollection is it was around $110 for this year (?), so my guess is SDC will want $59 for the extra 6 months

Still seems like they should just allow it to work all year... but they are hurting for money I would imagine with the huge ride cash outlay

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: August 22, 2020, 04:30:09 PM »
Thanks, Duellist.

I was proud of how the park did with cleaning and the like. Although it was a VERY slow day and I can imagine all the cleaning on rides would kill a busy day for ride waits. As it was, my going by myself was a slowdown. I got a whole car in FITH for just me. Same with TNT. I didn't do MRF partially because I knew would be a whole boat for me and didn't want to do that to people...

New Smokehouse was ok... Wasn't great. Saloon show translated much better outdoors than I would have imagined. It was a nice trip for a last one...

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: August 22, 2020, 07:49:31 AM »
KBCraig... I don't think the Covid restrictions in the US are harsh... annoying, yes. Harsh no. And the UK is considerably more strict than Missouri. Which I am fine with... I don't want people I know dying and I've had several of my friends get sick now... None required hospitalization, but all are suffering after effects.

The thing I am hating is the 14 day quarantine once I get there... Because of quarantine there and here (If I went over and came back), I am going to have to rent a house based off an online listing... Because I can't spend 28 days in quarantine to go over and look for myself. Hopefully I choose wisely

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: August 18, 2020, 12:43:37 PM »
I am going for the first time this year (and last time ever) this Friday as my move to the UK is FINALLY happening in the next few weeks and won't have any more time. It is gonna be a bittersweet trip, I believe. I have been coming to SDC with my family since the mid-70's and it was a thing my daughter and I did together when she was little. Unfortunately the shows are limited (which are my favorite part) but I am going to get there early and soak it up. Probably try to ride all the rides (which I almost never do when I go alone) and take it all in before the big move.

Other than the bridge widening, have there been any other major changes? Also, does MRF have a cubby for purses and the like like the other rides do?

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 07, 2020, 08:30:16 AM »
Okie... Because they want to prevent fraud is why they check the ID for season pass... without some sort of facial recognition or just a camera alone, I don't see them doing any automated system.

And they take your picture throughout the park on rides or whatever... don't see how one more picture is a big deal.

While I hate the intrusion of it all, I am used to it with airports and customs. Heathrow airport does a complete facial scan when you enter the country. You put your passport on the machine and it takes a picture. It is the same way with US customs... While annoying, it is what it is

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 06, 2020, 12:49:47 PM »
It still amazes me that people think this all goes away in November... Does no one else pay attention to what is happening in hundreds of other countries that DON'T have an election in November?

But I digress... They have needed to address the park entrance for years. The large crowds of the last few years have stressed what is already a clusterF@&!.

Things that need done IMO:

Move the cart/stroller rental BEFORE the ticket gates and perhaps have a separate entrance gate just for carts. They could also use this as an overflow entrance gate when crowds are large. Families with strollers or carts are generally going to move much slower than the gen pop and giving a separate entrance for them to "get up to speed" would be nicer I would think

Widen the area considerably

Have someone moving people along. People walk just past the ticket gate and stop. Some to get their party together. Some because they are clueless. And a bunch more because the stroller and cart rental bleed into the already narrow walkway.

Move the Branson Belle ticketing somewhere else.

a nice to have would be a self service ticket scanner with possible facial recognition - you place your ticket on the scanner, smile for the camera and a gate opens and you are in. much faster (in theory) to passing your pass to a person and them having to orient it to the gun and then checking ID (for season pass holders).

Pretty much I think everything could be made better by just moving the stroller and cart rental and the Branson Belle ticketing booth. But the other things would be nice.

Branson Talk / Re: Branson Strip 2020
« on: July 08, 2020, 08:08:13 AM »
I have a feeling it was the insurance cost of the cruise that made them pull out and not the time it takes. I know a lot of things that have been "cancelled" due to rising insurance costs and at the end of the day they could not stomach it - or afford it

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: July 07, 2020, 03:16:55 PM »
Did it look like it was moving incredibly fast to anyone else? yet even with it moving that fast is still a very long ride

Yes, it was definitely a "pay" show if I remember correctly. It was an added charge for the evening show

To put this a bit back on topic...

Does anyone else remember the civil war themed drama that was in Echo Hollow when it first opened? It was a dinner type show. Or has my memory completely failed me? I would have been about 8 when Echo Hollow opened so I could be misremembering or convoluting that memory with another similar type show my family saw in the Lakeside or Kimberling city area

Does anyone remember the civil war themed drama that was there when echo hollow first opened? They served dinner with it. I was a kid so it is fuzzy

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: June 26, 2020, 10:53:58 AM »
In one of the few times I might agree with some of you on political type things, I think the teaching and learning of history has gone severely downhill since I graduated high school 30 years ago. And even though I often have thought that I knew quite a bit about history, I have learned in the last few years that I really don't know anything - especially about world history. I read a book recently taken from the journals of the US ambassador to Germany just before the war and was amazed at the things going on in the US at the time that I had no clue about.

I think the bigger problem here is that most everyone takes things at face value. Whether it be news or pictures of the baldknobbers or all of that. No one wants to do the leg work to understand. So they see (or hear) things they don't like and act without truly KNOWING or VERIFYING.

Honestly I am torn on so many things like the monument removal and even things like "injuns" from the old train ride script. I am part Cherokee... but I guess it never bothered me.

I guess I hope they don't change the signage and all on things at SDC (even though I'll probably never be there again). But might be nice to provide a context next to it. Say by the baldknobber painting in Fire In The Hole maybe give a short synopsis of who/what they are. At least at that point, the people don't have to do the leg work on the research... but still have to read. Which can also be a challenge to get people to do

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Going back to SDC
« on: June 01, 2020, 12:24:57 PM »
I had a feeling it was going to follow a similar pattern to what six flags stl was doing with the reservations and the masks. And I have a feeling that the whole front line employees are going to get the brunt of a lot of ire and insults when people did NOT make reservations and/or arenít wearing masks. I feel sorry for those people as that is gonna be bad

Plus imagine how much of a slow down the whole checking your reservation is going to cause. And are season pass holders going to get preferential treatment on reservations or is it first come first served. I just feel so bad for the people taking tickets as their life is going to be horrible if other interactions in the Springfield/Branson are hold true. I have a friend who works at the Paddlewheel who had someone get in her face and call her all sorts of names because the employees as the paddlewheel have to wear masks and this person took issue with that

But I agree, I canít imagine walking around all day in the heat and humidity in a mask. I have been horrible about not wearing one but went to the dr the other day and had to wear one of the N95ís I had. It is the first I had had a mask on. I nearly had a panic attack because I just could not get enough air. Took me about 15 minutes to calm down. I canít imagine how bad trying to wear one through all the rides

But on a positive note, if they branded one with the outlaw run theme, It would definitely sell out!

Branson Talk / Re: Oyo
« on: May 15, 2020, 02:10:36 PM »

Seems to be an indian hotel startup that has been gobbling up hotels and other properties around the world. The wikipedia page is kind of interesting

Werenít the ones listed in Branson the same ones that were long term stay hotels that the city closed down?

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