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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: September 18, 2019, 05:38:35 PM »
I wouldn't mind going out to Disneyland again.  Last time I was there was in 1988.

Other Parks / Re: Bell's Developments
« on: September 12, 2019, 07:32:28 PM »
Here is an article in the TW that came out today.  I really will not believe it until I see it.  I am not sure what all rides they still have sitting around but it have to be deteriorated pretty badly by now.

Branson Talk / Re: Paula Deen's Restaurant Opening Day?
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:47:51 AM »
Yea, all the meals come with desert.  I got the chocolate cake which I took back to the hotel and ate later.  BTW, they have nothing to go, so if you have food leftover you can't take it with you, it gets thrown away.  They do not even have to go cups to take with you after spending $3.50 on a drink.  If you do go, get water.

Branson Talk / Re: Paula Deen's Restaurant Opening Day?
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:44:50 PM »
I was at the Hilton Anatole last week in Dallas for 2 days.

Anyway on to Paula Deen.  Just got back to the hotel after eating there.  We arrived at around 5:15 and the place was busy but not packed like I would suspect it would be on a weekend.  We were seated in about 20 minutes.  Food was decent but not breathtaking.  We ordered the meatloaf, chicken and dumplins, and the catfish with mashed potatoes, green beans, yams, and broccoli casserole.  The meatloaf was good.  dumplins were OK, catfish was ok but kind of soggy.  The sides were good except for the broccoli, it was mostly huge stems where were very hard and undercooked.  Very little greenery.  The menu said nothing about drink prices so I assumed it came with it.  We had tea and when the bill came it turns out drinks are $3.50.  WOW.  Bill after $9 tip was $67 for 2 people.  Sure glad it was a business dinner and I was not paying.  I can now say I have been there and have no need to go back.

Branson Talk / Re: Paula Deen's Restaurant Opening Day?
« on: September 05, 2019, 04:29:42 PM »
I am currently in Branson for an overnight business trip and will be hitting the city for a couple of hours tomorrow morning.  I think I am going to head down and give this Paula Deen's a try since I will be using the company credit card.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 28, 2019, 06:54:59 PM »
I am trying to decide between a season pass and a membership.  It looks like if you do the lump sum season pass and add dining it is overall cheaper. But, if I understand it correctly, if you do a membership you are paying throughout the entire year but you lock in the price, so if price goes up price is the same.  Their site currently says flash sale going on now.  Will there be cheaper prices tomorrow?

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 26, 2019, 08:56:26 PM »
Driving this morning and on the radio Frontier City advertisement came on for the start of the 2020 Season Pass Flash Sale.  In that advertisement clear as day White Water Bay getting a name change for 2020.  WWB name is getting changed to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City.  So this tells me the major capitol money is going to White Water Bay for 2020.

So when is the pass sale supposed to start?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:40:43 PM »
I rode it Friday just to see how bad it was.  We were in the 2nd car back from the front and it was pretty bad.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:37:02 PM »
We were up Friday thru Sunday.  The 10 year old wanted to go to WW.  The last mailer we got had a $10 coupon so him and his brother were going to do that.  Discovered it was for Sunday only.  More on that later.  We arrived at the City about 3:15 Friday.  Crowds were very light.  Wife just had toe surgery so was hobbling along so we got a disabled book.  While it appeared most of the rides were walk on anyway the pass made it much easier for her to get on instead of having to walk all the way thru the line, especially TT. 

Saturday we woke up at the Ozark Valley Inn and discovered it was only going to get into the low 70's with rain of and on.  Did not seem like a good day to go to WW.  I explained to the kid that he should wait until Sunday and only spend $20 for the 2 of them.  Temps looked like it would be warmer and did not look like rain till mid afternoon.  He insisted on going Saturday.  They had an online deal that was $25 so he spent $5x.  We dropped them off at 10am opening then headed up to the City.  Once again lines were fine but we took the disabled entrance.  The kids called at about 12:30 they were ready to leave WW.  Seemed like a big waste of money to me but it was his money and that is what he wanted to do.

Today we got up the City a little after opening and another very light crowd day.  Weather was perfect.  It sure would have been a much better day to go to WW as it started getting a little hot and the sun started peaking out.  One thing I noticed was on the train ride.  We rode it Saturday and they had one guy who I believe I had seen before but is somewhat new out robbing and there was a young girl out there also just sitting in a chair the whole time not really doing anything. I have never seen that before.  Today we rode the train and the there was another young girl that was supposed to be dressed up as a hobo at the depot (might have been a sub in robber maybe).  At the robbery, the girl that was out there the day before played the Ralphy lines.  It really seemed like they were just going thru the motions and there was hardly any reaction from the passengers on the train.  Maybe it is just the new folks but it seemed dry.  The girl also had a quite obvious cell phone in her pocket which I always thought was a big no no.

I forgot to mention I saw Brad Thomas walking around Saturday, which was Humana day.  Even with that going on it was not that busy for a Saturday

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 19, 2019, 07:58:52 PM »
I do know we have not been up there this year near as much as previous years.  If it was not for the new ride next year, there is a good chance I might not buy a SP that year.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 19, 2019, 07:56:11 PM »
I call BS.  That section of track has settled.  My guess is they do not want to spend the money fixing it.  It would probably be about like putting piers in a house foundation.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:13:32 PM »
I ended up skipping going up to the city today.  It started raining when I was getting ready to head up there and looked like it was going to last a while.  I only wanted to stay a couple of hours so I just headed back home.  I will be back up next weekend but I suspect it will be busier.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 15, 2019, 04:40:38 PM »
I am in town but good thing I looked because I discovered they are closed today. I would have felt like it was a visit to Wally World.   I will be "working" in town tomorrow so I will head up at opening and get some rides in before heading back home.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 14, 2019, 08:08:24 PM »
Well sort of.  Looks like we will be up there next weekend, the 24th etc.  I will also be up there tomorrow and leaving Friday for work.  I may get up to the city for a couple of hours before closing tomorrow and probably till noon Friday.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:49:22 PM »
Was planning on going up this Friday thru Sunday but turns out we can't.  I am assuming it would have been less busy than next weekend with the gospel thing going on.  What about the week after?  Trying to also get the kid to WW before they close.

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