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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Refill Cups
« on: September 22, 2018, 04:07:00 PM »
Where are they selling the old cups at?  Wondering if they have ones that I don't have so I can add them to my collection.

Other Parks / Wonders of Wildlife has 1.6 millions visitors in first year
« on: September 22, 2018, 04:05:56 PM »
Talk about a milestone in their first year, WoW had over 1.5 million visitors in their first year!  WoW is right!  they already have an expansion planned.

You can see the article at

I know there was some discussion earlier on a different thread that Branson visitors aren't aware that WoW exists, but that's a lot of people visiting for something that's supposedly unknown outside of Springfield.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:56:50 PM »

Sounds like SDC is about to get their own new area similar to dollywood. Waterboggin footprint and Employee parking lot.

Bad News for Flooded Mine?

Highly doubt it.  I've heard some interesting rumors from the craftspeople that I never saw come to pass.  We know that they are redoing the festival event next year, as evidenced by the departure of the Wild West Show and a few other small changes they've announced.  It's very possible they're just completely reworking how they're gong to do that whole event.

But if they were doing a major remodel of an area of the park, you can bet they would have announced it and been milking it for all it's worth already.  That's not the kind of thing they are going to do under the radar and not say anything about.  Remember how early the hints were dropping about Christmas in Midtown- a full year before it happened.  They're not going to have a major project like that go by and nothing even hinted until a quiet rumor 6 months from when it would be complete.

Which is also why I laugh every time certain people start talking about the redone entrance and moving it or Echo Hollow.  Again things that the PR department isn't going to keep hidden.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:27:17 AM »
Went to the park this past Sat, the 15th.

I was also out there on Saturday!  A bit on the crowded side, but not overwhelming, and we were able to do a lot. I wonder how many times we ended up crossing paths during the day...

For me it was more about shows and the festival on Saturday, catching the saloon, homestead pickers, wild west show, and more, and had a blast doing that.  it was also a way to avoid the lines for the rides. :-)

I put my day into video form, so you can see it at

Branson Talk / Re: Yakov Smirnoff / Comfort Inn locations
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:56:07 PM »
Supposedly he is doing shows this fall, but if I try to access the site that sells tickets it appears to be down.  Tickets to the show should be on sale at

I did however find tickets for sale and dates listed at so perhaps that will help.

he was supposed to make a proposal to Branson City to level his theater and turn the property into a senior housing development, but I haven't seen any follow up as to what happened at the meeting.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:55:22 PM »
Everything you think you know is about to change.

So does that mean we're going to start the bit again about how they're moving Echo Hollow, moving/ completely redoing the entrance to the park, rerouting the train, moving the cave, etc...  :-P

It's the new version of the classic enterprise.  We rode the one at SFoT last year and it was fun.  Honestly not surprised that it's the new addition at St. Louis, as the park seems to have been put on the company's back burner lately.  I wouldn't mind seeing some money put into improving the park's infrastructure, atmosphere, and some work on the Boss as well, but that's probably hoping for to much.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: August 29, 2018, 02:39:24 PM »
Loving these classic photos!!

Branson Talk / Re: Grand Palace is sold at auction...
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:06:19 PM »
The Grand Palace as an aquarium.....


Interesting. Before Wonders of Wildlife finally opened I would have said a sure fire home run.  Now?  That puts 2 huge aquariums within an hour of each other.  I can see it being a great fit, but wondering how much the two will compete with each other.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 23, 2018, 02:45:31 PM »
I've got some from the recent trip to Cedar Point posted up.  Had a great trip, but yes, weather still certainly had it's role to play as well.

Day 1 video can be seen at:
Day 2 should be up Friday or Saturday

You can also see my live stream in the rain from Cedar Point at:

And the Cedar Point train ride in 360 degree video at

I'll likely have a full park and ride review next week, as well as videos from our stop at the National Museum of the USAF.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / New video about the SDC train
« on: August 23, 2018, 02:38:42 PM »
I haven't posted to many links recently to my videos (Really don't want to spam the forums with links all over the place.  hehe)  But the one that I posted today I thought might be of special interest.  It talks about a couple of the mechanical breakdowns we had on the train, what happened, and how we dealt with them and other issues.  it's also got lots of photos and a few video clips as well.  You can check it out at:

I'd also love your feedback on this and others, positive and negative.  :-)  Let me know what you think.

One of the guys out there (who posts here sometimes) put a huge amount of time, investment and effort fixing up FM last year, and it was looking great last season, especially at the beginning.

Our friend who also busted his butt volunteering at Dogpatch?

He definitely loves the parks and their history.

That would be the one.  He's also taken a ton of photos around the parks, including the one I use as my profile picture on here.  :-)

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:21:04 AM »

How's the restoration of the Memphis Belle going?

A black day(one of many)in Memphis history under the King Willie regime.

On display and looking gorgeous!

I haven't uploaded the photos yet, but when I do, they'll be at  Very likely will be the weekend or early next week before I get it done.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:25:39 AM »
Had an incredible time at Cedar Point, even when it decided to open up and pour buckets of rain on us the second day.  Tons of rides and just a fantastic trip, including a stop on the way home at the National Museum of the USAF.

Now it's trying to get all of the video and photos put together into something that can be watched.

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