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Branson Talk / Re: 'Skyscraper" - New Attraction for Branson.
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:46:51 PM »
Really looking forward to this.  Had the chance to ride one a few years back on the west coast and it was a ton of fun.  I think it'll be a great addition to the strip. and love that it's not something that's already there but will be unique.

Branson Talk / Re: More Frontier Routes for BKG
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:45:24 PM »
Still wish Southwest would come back

Branson Talk / Re: New Branson TPF! Travel Videos
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:06:44 PM »
Great videos as well.  Once I get past the end of the year reports/ wrap up/ crunch at church I'm hoping to promo a couple of them at least.

Love that you cover a lot of things I wish I could!  :-)

Branson Talk / Re: Branson in January and February
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:05:30 PM »
I sent a few replies to a personal message sirwillow sent me, but I'm not seeing my replies...soooo, I'm not sure they are making it to him. If you didn't hear from me, just shoot me an email at Thanks!!

I got them!  Thanks so much John!!  :-)

Random Talk / Re: Snowpocalypse 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:51:17 PM »
In our corner of Missouri West of Branson and SW of Springfield we got no snow at all, unless you count the few bits of grain that were on the car windows this morning.  We did however get well over 2 inches of rain.

I would have welcomed the snow.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: January 11, 2019, 08:09:00 PM »
They are posting more.  They added a couple of younger people to the staff and I think that has helped them.

Branson Talk / Re: Branson in January and February
« on: January 11, 2019, 08:08:19 PM »
you can find out more about them at

Branson Talk / Re: Branson in January and February
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:15:45 PM »
Yes to all of those that they mentioned.  Also:
Hughes Brothers start doing shows again the first week in Feb on Tuesdays and Thurs- Saturdays.
SIX starts up first week in March, so a little after you're looking for.

Bigfoot, Titanic, Hollywood Wax Museum, Promised Land Zoo, Ripley's, and the tower at Shepherd of the Hills are all open as well.  Supposedly the tiger sanctuary is, but I've never been there.

The magician Reza is also supposed to start up again in Branson Feb 15.

Now I've just got to find a weekend to get the family together and go check out the Escape Code and Axe Game.  I.  Will.  Make.  It.  Happen.  :-)

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: cloggers
« on: January 09, 2019, 04:32:16 PM »
Not sure about back then, but in recent years they've had a youth clogging group in the park every summer.  For several years they were performing at the gazebo.  They last couple of years they were at the Boatworks theater.  Great kids, great dancers, and yes lots of energy!
We'd have fun when they would occasionally get to take a break and ride train.  I enjoyed giving them a good ribbing if I saw them.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:06:49 AM »
Very interesting reading.  We were there on the 22nd and it was a grandpa- one I knew well in fact- and all the lights worked just fine.  I was very pleased since I was video taping it.  I honestly didn't have a clue they were using grandmas this year as anything more than an emergency measure.

The lights not turning on and off during the show is concerning, as that's run by a person and a light board during it.  That really makes me wonder what was going on with the person in the shack who was supposed to be doing that part.  Especially since it seems it was happening on much more than a rare occasion.

Really makes me wonder.  But almost everyone I knew and worked with on the train is gone now, and the ones that are left...  Still close with a couple engineers, but even there has been a bunch of turnover in the last year to year and a half.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2019)
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:46:06 PM »
A few things on the calendar at this point:

Feb 19-26 Walt Disney World with my daughter, including a day at Universal Orlando

May 20-24 approx Kentucky, including the Ark, Creation museum, and a day at the St Louis Zoo on the way home

July 22-Aug 5 Orlando, including Disney and hopefully Sea World, Busch, and maybe Legoland if we can work those in.  We'll have business meetings the last 5 days of that or so.

Oct 1-7 Disneyland in CA  First time back there in 15 years so really excited about that.

Who knows what else will pop up, but if it's like the last couple of years we'll likely have a couple of other things added to it as well.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:38:26 PM »
The younger son was disappointed to see that the figures were lit throughout Grandma's Christmas story (and that it wasn't grandpa).  I can only guess them timer was not working right, and they didn't bother to fix it so late in the season.

Grandma?  Wonder what prompted that.  They must have had some grandpas call out and didn't have fill ins.

BTW, the lights are not on a timer.  There's 2 "grandpas" out there at a time- while one is telling the story the other is sitting in the shack listening on a monitor and keying the lights on and off as well as starting and stopping the music to go along with the granpa telling the story.  If it was a "grandma" telling the story (already unusual) it's possible that there was another sub in the cabin running the lights/ music and maybe rather than miss a cue decided to just leave them on.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:34:06 PM »
Local papers and news outlets have now picked up on it.  KY3 and Springfield News Leader have both had features on LR being gone and a lot of construction happening, so the word is definitely out now.
Quite interesting to be hearing speculation and thoughts both out and around the parks.  While the new version of LR seems to be pretty much a lock, it feels like a good bit of the overall project is still in flux.  That's not surprising though.  There were parts of FL that were still influx, including the placement of some rides, even up to a month or two before it was done.  So I'd honestly be shocked if there aren't things that change- even possibly some of the rumors on certain structures that may or may not be removed as part of it.
A lot of it is going to be wait and see until Spring.

Announcements / Re: Spam Attack
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:53:12 PM »
I haven't seen the email.  But then it's also very likely that, depending on what was in it, that my filters caught and destroyed it before I ever saw it.

Thanks for your diligence!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC ringtones
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:54:09 PM »
Thanks!  I actually downloaded the originals and then just added an .mp3 tag on the end of the files and they worked great.
Thank you so much for uploading these!  They're the original ones I was looking for.

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