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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:55:45 AM »
We went Saturday.  The weather was pretty bad, but we had a good time.  Some not-entirely-connected observations:

I liked the look of the pumpkins; we made a point of leaving before 5 pm to avoid the wretched noise--uh, music.  Attendance was starting to pick up as more people were coming in than leaving (must like noise), but the rain had also pretty much let up by then.  I would have like to walk the pumpkin area but it was closed off, I suppose because of needing to guard the RR crossing.  What we could see at a distance looked good, though it began to verge on the too modern.  Pumpkins--even carved ones--are not entirely out of place in an Ozarks Fall festival.

We missed the larger number of crafters though we did get a chance to talk to one or two old faithfuls.  I know that others in the city were concerned about that situation.

We got there early and caught the first bus in.  The food was good, as usual.  My son was somewhat disappointed that the BBQ skillet was not available at the Rib House and hopes the new place will return the item to the menu.

We rode the train twice.  The first time, no robbery because of the rain.  That and the poor girl riding conductor could hardly speak, must have been pretty sick.  Some sounds were not working at FM--"I'm gettin' outa here no matter what!" for example.

We caught the Pickers twice and the Sons once; as always, great stuff.  We also saw the new saloon show a second time.  That show is improving with age.

We stored up winter supplies--soap, seasonings, taffy.  Thank Herschend for Package Pick-up!

We had a comfortable and uneventful stay (the right kind!) at Ozark Valley.

[Edited to add:  Took a good look at the carriage for the 6 pounder, and the wood is beginning to rot really badly.  The axle ends and the trail under the trail plate/lunette have actually slipped away from the iron parts.  If they wait too much longer to repair/replace, the tube will be lying on the ground.  Should the PTB need help with the repairs, I will be glad to offer assistance.  Further, I will be glad to help them relearn how to properly and safely fire salutes with it ;-)]

Branson Talk / Re: NYE in Branson.
« on: October 10, 2019, 08:31:39 AM »
Thanks muchly for that! 

This situation highlights how good a decision it was to move to this motel and how valuable your work was in making it happen!

Branson Talk / Re: NYE in Branson.
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:06:53 AM »
We're looking at perhaps the 26th or 27th, but it appears they fall outside that possible range.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Old crafts
« on: September 11, 2019, 08:24:20 AM »
Not a craft per se, but I miss the big music box in the HH during the fall . . . .

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 10, 2019, 08:13:10 AM »
I hope the large Rejoice comes back during OTC.  That display was by far the classiest part of the decorations.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: 1966 SDC Film Transfer - Vehicle Footage
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:15:24 AM »
Thanks for posting that.

That is the SDC I was introduced to--my first visit was just a few months earlier.  O! to go back there!

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 03, 2019, 12:04:03 PM »
  But as long as they are adding some things you like.  And still keeping others that you do, then it seems they are still covering you pretty well.

Sir Willow, you're one of the last people I wish to dispute, but the core of the problem is right here.  The plans to get rid of things that we enjoy--like FM--EVEN IF they replace them with substitutes means that they would not be covering us well. 

As I said above, this is my problem (and that of those who are like-minded):  I get that.  But I believe that this is the place to raise these issues, is it not?  Among a chorus of voices calling for new this and new that, I feel a responsibility to raise my own voice in a call for preservation. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:30:54 AM »
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. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:15:45 AM »
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. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:35:23 AM »
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.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:29:57 AM »
We've done Sun/Mon on Labor Day before, and Monday, especially, was a real joy.  Weather will be a factor.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:21:52 AM »
Marine Dictionary:
Boat:  Noun.  A hole in the water into which the owner pours money.  The best two days of boat ownership are the day the owner buys it and the day the owner sells it.

I say these things as a guy who grew around boats and *really* wished he had time for them now.  Were I closer to the lake, I'd have one (not counting the ancient 12' V-bottom rowboat currently sitting next to my shop:  anybody want to acquire a 1957 7.5 hp Evinrude?).  I very much enjoy boating, but I just cannot indulge myself.

That said, it wouldn't take me away from the City.

And I would rather pay to go to SDC than be paid to go to Six Flags.   ;D

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:07:29 AM »
We went quite a bit in Spring.  Summer has not been possible because of schedule and funds (a trip costs a great deal more than just the ticket, especially as we have passes).  We're hoping to make it at least three more times this year.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:30:03 AM »
I don't disagree with your choices, KBCraig (it's hard to find someone who wants the originality more than I do--I consider ALL the roller coasters aberrations!), but I am realist enough to know that the new ride will attract quite a few.

Still, I especially support any effort to keep FM (sans the shootout, if possible).  I want the rockfall back  8)

But I have and will continue to make my voice heard concerning its survival, even in its shootout form.  Along with the train and the stagecoach, FM defined SDC for me.  We've lost the stagecoach.  If we lose FM, I will feel like someone ran over my puppy.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 14, 2019, 08:46:41 AM »
I hope they manage to re-incorporate the "REJOICE" sign reflected in the new Lake Silver during OTC.

I am ambivalent about the new ride, not because I don't like it or because I don't think it will be popular, but because I am pretty sure I won't be able to tolerate riding it myself.  I don't do SDC for rides, anyway, but I did ride LR a couple times.  The rapids there were about the limit my back can take.  I don't think it will tolerate the new version (and I don't like heights AT ALL).

But I am sure it will make many people happy, so I am not complaining.

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