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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2020 Season Passes
« on: November 20, 2019, 01:55:01 PM »
To be honest  passes are too much  108.00 person plus taxes and fees  :'(


I understand  that they have make money.  Older people  may not come   Because high price .  I think they are lose their charm.

"losing the charm" for the old people?  I'm not saying they are ignoring the older visitors.....but the money is making sure the park has something for the whole family.   So the whole family comes.

Attendance is showing that they can raise prices...they do it most every year and the park keeps stuffing us all in it.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: November 11, 2019, 08:00:58 PM »
Got to see it all up close at the ACE coaster Christmas walk back today. It really looks incredible with the authentic rock work everywhere. The new ribhouse will be nice and cozy and it interacts a lot with the new ride through. They are still pouring concrete at the base of the tower and may not even start on the steelwork until after the season ends.

They also dropped the news that the old white river mercantile building will become a cinnamon bread bakery. I guess that building will be safe for the future.

What!!!!  This is the biggest news of all!!!!   Cinnamon bread is moving?????

The Mill can be a tough place to get in and out of.  As long as it tastes the same....guess my first stop in SDC will take a few steps longer.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2020 Season Passes
« on: November 06, 2019, 01:33:23 PM »
Well....attendance has been through the roof the past two years....should not be a surprise that they can raise prices and lower the benefits.  Supply and Demand.  It's still a fair price....arguably better value that the big chains considering the free parking.

I'm one the weirdos that think raising the prices and limiting the free passes will help improve the park experience.  Especially on crowded days.  Won't be long before single day tickets start being variable priced based on demand like that are at the destination parks.  Busy Saturdays being the highest with school in session weekdays being the lowest.

Unless you lived in the immediate Branson area....I have no idea why anyone would buy a WW season pass.


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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: September 22, 2019, 03:46:18 PM »
I'm fully on the....need more flat rides....opinion.

Can you imagine what the ride lines would be like through the rest of the park if the strip of GE flat rides where closed on a busy day?  3 or 4 more modern flats through the park would be a huge help on crazy busy days. 

Not to mention I believe they seriously need another indoor attraction that can remain open during bad weather and cold weather.  The only 2 major rides open during rain and cold are the oldest ones in the park.  Beyond fixing/replacing them....may a indoor flat could be done?

Just need employees and money.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 07, 2019, 04:11:01 PM »
Awe....I missed all the drama.  Ya'll realize we are talking about first world problems right.  Arguing about how to spend other peoples money (HFE) and who is the better bigger theme park know it all ::)  You really need to get interspective if you are letting theme park board opinions get under your skin.






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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 26, 2019, 10:00:48 PM »
SDC is a cash cow for HFE even with the recent spending.....I assume.

There is a bit of a local disappointment that this is basically just replaceing attractions they just removed for reasons not really explained.  Like upgrading and iphone 7 to iphone x....it's newer and looks cooler...but is it worth it?

At least the FL area added to the ride count with some kids flats and space shot along with replacing a kids play area.  I kind of agree that this project seems to missing a new flat....but....I don't get to spend there money.

In my mind....SDCs two biggest issues is.....overcrowding.....and the lack of fresh things to do.  Us customers are also very hard to please.  We want both all the classics to stay forever plus have lots of new experiences too every time we go....lol.  Flat would help a little with overcrowding....lol.  At least they are trying to keep the festivals in shows fresh.

Hey....48 less season tickets from chittlins crew means less lines for the rest of us!!!!  Maybe overcrowding will fix itself without having raise prices to do it....lol  Don't get me started on my mindless wondering about if SDC would be better or worse if they jacked up season tix prices and lowered the daily tixs.



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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:04:29 PM »
Do you guys think Time Traveler was a bust for SDC for attendance draw? Everytime I go the ride seems to draw a decent crowd even on the slower days.

I used to buy season tickets basically every other year for SDC.  Since TT opened I've only been twice and both times I didn't pay for tickets (bring a friend with another season holder family and as my parents treat for my us). 

I don't think it was TT that caused me/us to stop buying as much as its been my family has wanted to do other things with our money.  We bought Six Flags tix last year and hit up 3 parks with them over 3 different weekend trips through the year.....we did a cruise 2 years ago.....and this year we did a couple Orlando parks and a week on the beach in FL. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:43:03 PM »
Another new thought - That lift looks a lot higher than Infinity Falls at Sea World.....maybe it isn't.  But it will be interesting to see how the rafts queue up for the lift....or if it will be quick enough that they don't.  The lift really changes how to operate a raft ride.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:15:27 PM »
Call me weird but even as a coaster enthusiast I'm actually more excited to see this finished than I was for Time Traveler.

You're wierd. :o

This doesn't much move my needle. I view it as making American Plunge expendable for a B&M launched dive coaster in that area. Wouldn't that be a world's first 8)

I like your thinking but imo SDC needs at least 3 water rides for the summer season.  Soooo...maybe a WOF Monsoon like plunge could be built along side the Dive coaster....lol

I nice high volume flat ride would be nice in the new area too....would help keep people around the area when cold.  Pick up riders from the overflow of the enevable long waits.  Even better if it was an indoor attraction which SDC could use more of besides shows.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:18:49 PM »


This ride is very similar to Infinity Falls at Seaworld Orlando, including a similar (but not quite as high) lift and drop. I haven't ridden on it, but the POV videos I've seen seem to make the drop not nearly as bad as what some naysayers think. I don't even think it will be that bad for most people who don't like heights (I don't, although I do still ride all the coasters).
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I was at SeaWorld on the 4th of July....even had fastpasses....but they where not good for infinity falls.  Ride had an 1.5hr wait all day:(  So I didn't get to ride.  I did check the drop out and it looks pretty mild.  The 45 degree drop really keeps the raft at a slow pace.  I would say the raft hits the bottom about the same impact as the some of the regular raft rapids.  The popeye themed rafts at Universal seemed to be more intense.  IMO...American plunge seems scarier....but flume rides feel more out of control to me.  Time will tell how the SDC version rides.  btw....all 3 B&M coasters at SeaWorld are amazing.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:08:53 PM »
I guess its bigger than infinity falls then....but wait....how can it bigger than infinity :P

SDC better not pass up the chance to invite Freddy Prince Jr. for an opening day cameo  :P

But seriously....

Great promo vid....simple backstory that fits the park well (Time Traveller was a bit much imo).

Looks like a fun ride - I hope the rapids part give a serious ride too.

That bridge and little swirl of a turn from the lift into the drop looks awesome!!!  What a unique looking experience.

I don't see that this will change the flow of the park any....main paths look to be the same.  I little surprised that didn't do some type of reconfiguration like they did with TT.  That path could use some widening (as could most on busy days).  But I'm sure that they need to keep FL with one in and out.....a realignment to Wilsons Farm would really extend out the loop....and any 'shortcut' there would possible cut traffic from in front of the Pizza place.

Really is just an update to the raft ride and the BBQ restaurant.....two very important attractions to a park like SDC.  Not much for me to complain about....maybe the lack of a tunnel (from the looks of the drawings) is a big out of place considering the backstory. 

I wish SDC could do a project like this every year.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 08, 2019, 02:55:55 PM »
It is close to the end of the helix. It almost feels like you are hitting a pothole in your car. It's not a subtle dip. It's a very sharp, jarring feel.

So it's probably literally the fastest part of the ride?  Where it would probably also be the most noticeable. 

Hopefully is just normal wear and not caused by TT damage.  Id suggest calling SDC and letting them know.  I'm guessing they do know about it....but it wouldn't hurt to make sure they SDC knows people are talking about it.  Hopefully that would just help prioritize a fix for it.  I would tend to think the park would go with a fix maybe in the offseason before doing anything too drastic with the whole ride.  Like all things in theme parks....just depends on the money and lawyers what can be done.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 07, 2019, 02:12:46 PM »
I haven't been this year....where is the bump at?  After the station? Before the helix? On the helix? after the tunnel and before the lift (where I assume)?  By TT?

Is it a dip in the track?  Does it slow the train down?  Just give a jolt up/down/sideways?

You guys aren't very descriptive...lol  How am I supposed to keyboard engineer a fix?


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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2019
« on: July 30, 2019, 03:41:25 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.

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Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, 2019
« on: July 28, 2019, 08:40:07 PM »
I took my first non-business flight out of XNA recently.  Good old Allegent.  Good price and terrible flight experiences have been common with them in my 3-4 flight experiences and out of XNA is no exception.  Had and arguement about a carryon bags and both our flight to Stanford and from where both delayed:(  I ended up regretting saving the few bucks I did by taking the airline....Would have been less hassle to pay a bit more....have better flight time options (had late and early flights) and better service.  Of course remember with these flights...seat selection and bags are upcharges that quickly can make those great prices disappear.

I've got HS friends in Denver and I was excited to see Frontier come.  We have flown them before from Tulsa.  Not much better than Allegant but excited about trying them out.

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