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Wed 3-21 .     little over 19,000 people.. pretty good number,,, ;D

19k on Weds????  Are you serious?  That's a Christmas or holiday weekend number!! That's insane.

I know it was really busy today.  We left around 1:30 and there were still full trams of people coming in.  Not a weekend to be at the park with the crowds.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: Today at 04:40:28 PM »
Saw the Hughes Brothers show last night.  Didn't see KD, but then I also haven't met her before.  But they were short a few family members and others due to illness.  Lots of junk going around.  Fun show though, and lots of changes from the past.  If you haven't seen them in a couple of years, go check them out as almost the entire show and set are all new since one of the brothers moved to California.

Stopped at the park for a couple of hours this morning.  Long lines, lots of people.  Took a ride on the train, saw the Petersens play, looked in a few shops and walked around the park, and headed out after 2 1/2 hours.  Just to busy for us.  But I'll bet all the new employees get their workouts and get a lot more comfortable in their roles after this weekend.  It's going to be crazy tomorrow.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Fill the seats
« on: Today at 04:37:19 PM »
I wish I had a good answer for you, but I don't. 

Many of the ops are new at the job and still working at learning everything, so for some it's going to be good that they're running the rides consistently.  Not a good excuse by any means, but a realistic one.  That affects how fast they load, check restraints, etc, and that they will speed up on as they get more comfortable in their jobs.

At that point then they will start pushing more for capacity and getting more people in.  Right now in many places the focus is more on run it safely and according to procedures, but they will very soon start pushing the numbers on the ride as well.  At least they should.

I noticed that it seemed like they were short on running trains on a couple of the coasters as well. I didn't look close as I wasn't planning on riding anything today in the couple of hours I was there.  But it was certainly busy, so hope they get working on getting those rider numbers and ride vehicles up soon.  Tomorrow is going to be nuts.

Was out there for just a short time today,  Took a ride on the new engine, number 14, and shot a little video of the construction site from it.  Not a long video, but will give you a glimpse of the changes in the last week.

Branson Talk / Re: Plans for Ride the Ducks Location
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:43:26 AM »
Seems like an obvious move. People have been saying Branson needs to become less about the shows and more about family attractions.

Not sure what people your talking to...

A Recent Poll indicates that Shows are 51% of why people come to town..

In Fact "attractions", go carts, ferris wheel, golf, museum and the rest of it didnt even make it in the top 3 reasons people come to Branson.

Because of the YouTube channel, I actually get a decent number of people who contact me about coming to Branson.  Messages usually read something like, "We're going these dates and spending a day at SDC and seeing X (and maybe Y) show.  What else is there to do around Branson?  We'd like to check out and do some other things besides just the park and shows."

It's actually pretty surprising how often I get asked something along those lines.  So while they might not be the main "pull" to town, people are actually very interested in the other options and attractions to fill out their trips, especially families.  The shows have long been the draw of seniors, and the proportion of those to families visiting has been steadily dropping. That's why you're seeing a lot of the theaters struggle and some close up, while all of the other attractions keep popping up.

Branson Talk / Re: Plans for Ride the Ducks Location
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:38:52 AM »
I have not been following the news.  I assume this announcement means that the Ducks are Dead.  Can anybody point me to some info about what has transpired since last year?
Besides a couple of the lawsuits being settled and most of them still pending, nothing.  But I'm sure they've come to the realization that they have no real chance of being able to reopen.  If the financial costs of the settlements don't completely sink them and put them under, then the pretty much destroyed public image will.  Who is going to want to take a ride on them with the thoughts of what happened in the back of their mind?  As much as we loved them, it would be very difficult.  I can't imagine that anyone from out of town would.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 20, 2019, 08:12:01 PM »
Engine 14 is a beauty! With Engine 14 this year, and Engine 504 last year, what are the rumors, or speculations for Engines 13, 43, and 76? Any future retirement plans? Either way, this is an exciting time for the Frisco Silver Dollar Line! ;D

They aren't planning on retiring any of them.  It gives them a nice stable to be able to cover rehabs, refurbs, repairs, and still have what they need to run at full capacity- especially during Christmas when they're doing two train operation.

Branson Talk / Re: 2018 Branson Attendance.
« on: March 17, 2019, 01:36:17 PM »
DC is the 2 main reason for people coming to town.

Here was my response.:
Perfect example of why the Shows and Venues in town need to improve yearly, and be supported by the city government. I was surprised to see that visitors avereage 3.4 shows per visit.. Another solid number.

I would like to know WHO they are asking and where they are asking them.  If SDC has 12000 on a median day.  They are second behind shows, but there are not 10000 seats in theaters in Branson that are filled daily.  I think they are wanting to assist the theaters with these numbers.

Because a large percentage of visitors to SDC aren't "visitors" to Branson.  Many are locals from within an hour or two driving who may not even drive through Branson on the way to the park, let alone actually visit.  So they wouldn't be counted as Branson visitors in that case.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Opening Day at SDC
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:31:27 PM »
I'm sorry.  I understand thinking the food is costly.  But honestly- the prices aren't far off of what you can buy outside of the park.  I spend more at Taco Bell or McDonalds on my meal than I do at Percy's with the season pass discount.  And for being at a theme park? 

Seriously, when you compare SDC's food prices to what just about every other theme park out there charges, what airports charge, what movie theaters or sports arenas charge, they're downright cheap in comparison, especially when you drop on a season pass discount, which many of us on here have.  I'm not sure what some of you are expecting, but I'm not sure that it's necessarily realistic.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Opening Day at SDC
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:46:48 AM »
Video of yesterday is posted. You can see it at

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:45:45 AM »
Video is up. You can see it with lots of the construction site at

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:26:13 PM »
Looks like it's going to be a really slow upload for some reason.  So look for the video on my YouTube channel tomorrow morning

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Opening Day at SDC
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:48:19 PM »

TT last car on one of the trains continues to not work and they ran it empty.  This seemed to be the case for a lot of last year as well.  WOW.

FITH seemed to be in good shape, smelled of fresh paint. 

Food prices continue to rise.  The buffets are now $17.49, way out of control for that if you ask me.  I remember just a couple of years ago it was $12.99 which was about right.  I noticed the hamburgers all seemed to be well over $10 now, as were all of the skillets.  I never did really notice where they moved the rib house since they tore all that down. There is sure a massive amount of construction going on there. Drink refills on the refill cups is now $1.72 IIRC. 
I didn't get by a few of the places you mentioned today- like Flooded Mine and the taffy place.  Happy to hear that Flooded Mine got some TLC.  The saw worked at the beginning of the season last year as well, so hopefully it keeps working for a while.
I noticed the paint smell on FITH as well.  I think they need to vent the building just a tab if I'm still smelling it the day after you.  lol
TT was filling the last car on every train today.  They seem inconsistent with when they fill it and when they don't.  Honestly I wonder if it's as much due to staffing levels (and trained workers) as anything else.  Most of the time when I've seen them not fill the last car it was on days with lower attendance.
I don't recall the buffets every being lower than $16 since we've been here (2011).  Are you sure you're not confusing the breakfast buffet price for the lunch/ dinner buffet?  Also when you compare their dinner buffet prices to what is out of park (Golden Corral in Branson, for example, is about $16-17/ person with drinks) and what other parks charge for their buffets ($40/ person is typical at Disney, Cedar Point was over $18 a person last year at their Midway Market, and the one Six Flags park we ate at last year was almost $30 a person), it's actually a pretty reasonable price for all you can eat, especially inside of a theme park.  Knock off a season pass discount, and it's actually a pretty good deal. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:25:28 PM »
Photos from today are all posted.  I just did a real quick passthrough on them- a few crops and that's about it.  You can see everything- lots of construction, but also a good number around the park as well- on my photo site at:
I'm in the process of rendering the video now, so I'm actually optimisted that I may have it posted and live in about an hour and a half to 2 hours.  Depending on how fast my computer decides to work.  :-)

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: March 14, 2019, 04:46:25 PM »
Had a great day today.  Uploading the photos now (there's a bunch, and starting to edit the video.  All goes well, hopefully I'll have it posted up by tomorrow morning.

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