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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Meet ups..
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:38:41 PM »
I'm taking my granddaughters down for opening day.  Anybody have experience on how crowded it will be?

Construction/Rumors / Re: Ride Survey 09.11.17
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:44:03 PM »
I took the survey yesterday and suggested they use the term "revolve" rather than spin. If you watch the simulation, it doesn't spin like Primeval Whirl

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Heroes month at SDC -- free admission
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:15:36 PM »
This is a great thing.  Something that doesn't get discussed a lot is that military dependents get in free when with a military parent or season pass holder.  As a grandparent of three army girls with an away dad, this is great!  I took two of them on Sunday, and as always it was about a two minute deal to get their passes at the ticket window.  Showed their military IDs, my season pass, and the tickets were printed out.  A very meaningful thing for SDC to do year-round for military children.  Many thanks to the Herschend family!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2016 Trip Reviews
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:56:17 AM »
I took two of my granddaughters (6 and 10) last Saturday (April 2). I was a little apprehensive since it was Young Christians Weekend.  We arrived at 9:30 (someone thought the park opened at 10).  We had to park in one of the lower lots across the street.  Lots were full of church buses and vans, with crowds going to the gate.
We had a blast.  My girls are Army girls and get free admittance.  It took about 5 minutes to get their tickets, and about 10 minutes to go through the non-bag gate line.   Once inside everything went smoothly.  A few observations:
1.  Lots of fresh paint over the off season.  The train and fireman's landing sparkled.
2.  If you have to be in a crowd, go Young Christian's Weekend.  The kids are mannerly, and don't clog up the little  kids rides.
3.  Food in the Mine is as good as always.
4.  McHaffie's homestead and farm are great for kids

All in all, a great day with the girls.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Coaster Christmas 2015
« on: December 03, 2015, 04:36:28 PM »
My daughter (24) and I (63, old guy) went to Coaster Christmas.  It was snowing as we left Springfield and that made me question the wisdom of the trip.  We had a great time.  There was a group of probably 100 coaster enthusiasts gathered, and SDC had great presenters for talks about SDC, Six Flags, Worlds of Fun, and Schlitterbahn,  We learned of new things coming up.  The other guests were quite knowledgable about coasters, their makers, their advantages, etc.  My daughter and I just like to ride them
It was great to be in the park hours before opening.  We got great photos of the decorations.  The highlight for me was riding FITH with the lights on, and then going on a backstage tour of the ride.  All the staff were very friendly and eager to share

I worked at SDC in 76 and 77, and have gone there since about 59 or 60. Even though I take grandchildren to Disneyworld twice a year, Silver Dollar City is still home.  We'll be back to have lunch with Santa, and enjoy OTC.

As a grandfather to Army girls, I must say that SDC giving free admission to military children is simply pure class. Nice to know that people care.

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