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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: October 11, 2017, 02:23:27 PM »
Finally get to put some of the rumors to rest, thanks to SandDuneRider's incredible pictures that she posted today. 

I've borrowed a few of them and put them in a gallery alongside several that I took of the Osborne Lights when I used to work down at Disney.  Going back and forth you can see the similarities, but you can also clearly see the differences in the pieces as well.  If you'd like to see them along with my notes in the captions, you can.  They're posted at:
https://sirwillow.smugmug.com/Amusement-Parks-Roller/Walt-Disney-World-Disney-MGM/Osborne-lights-vs-Silver-Dollar-Citys/i-Dc5j2JR

And thank you so much to SandDuneRider for letting me borrow a few of her great photos to do this.  :-)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:33:18 PM »
Great photos!  It looks like it's going to be an awesome display in the area down there.  Looking forward to seeing it once everything is turned on and lit up.


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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood first time
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:57:34 PM »
It's far more like SDC than it is Six Flags. There are more rides, which we tended to focus on, but there's still plenty of the craftspeople.  And more shows and entertainment than there is at SDC as well.  We just didn't do to many of them as my kids aren't country music fans.

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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood first time
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:33:03 PM »
At the slight risk of sounding self promoting, we got some video footage around the park during our trip a couple of months ago.  it doesn't show everything, but it can give you a good look around the park and help you see some of it- and maybe help you decide if some things are worth seeing and others worth skipping.

https://youtu.be/0LDJy9nU4-w

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:30:33 PM »
The trick is being able to retrieve the data from the cameras to get the video/pics to the shop to sell securely and timely.   The key would be if they could build out a wireless network that can connect and transfer the data fast enough to be available by the time you get to the photo hut.   It would probably have to connect with each seat too.

See Dollywood's system for Wild Eagle- actual onride video footage from cameras mounted in the cars on the back of the seat in front of them, transmitted wirelessly and able to be purchased as soon as you get off of the ride.  you can see it from our recent trip at https://youtu.be/5a-AkTBpsC0

in this case, the car would need an "island" or something in the middle of it to hold the cameras, but they've got them small enough now that it wouldn't take much room and is very possible.

That doesn't mean they are going to do it with TT.  I've no clue if they want to or not.  But saying that it most certainly is possible and is happening on other coasters now if they wanted to go with on ride footage from on the cars themselves.

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Other Parks / Re: Six Flags St. Louis: Then vs. Now
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:33:36 PM »
Very cool site.  Love how they compare the past with the present in the photos.  Thanks a bunch for sharing it.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: A couple of dining questions
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:47:54 PM »
I had a burrito there but it was so stuffed I had to use a knife and fork to eat it.  Are the bowls basically whatever you put in the burrito but without the tortilla?

yes, that's pretty much exactly what they are.  The bowl takes the place of the tortilla.

BTW- a "real" burrito has to be eaten with a knife and fork.  lol

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: A couple of dining questions
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:25:29 PM »
We've really liked Percy's.  If you like southwest/ texmex/ sort of Mexican, then you'll probably like it.

I've had the ground beef and the steak, and my wife had the pulled pork and we really enjoyed it all of them.  The steak was very good.  My one recommendation would be to avoid the tacos as the tortiallas are a bit on the tough, chewy side.  But the nachos and burritos are wonderful.

Prices are:
Burrito: $9.99
Tacos: 8.99
Bowl: 9.99
Salad: 8.99
Nachos: 9.29
all come with a side of chips and salsa (yes, even the nachos)

for steak, add $1.00

Kids meals:
1 taco, chips, and 12oz drink: 5.29
small bowl, chips and 12oz drink: 5.29

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Drove right by the place this summer, would have stopped had this been there.

https://youtu.be/6ZaCAelg-aI

The world needs more coaster lime this.

Something like this would be a nice small scale addition to SDC . Manby signed off on this and Invadr at Busch Gardens. I bet we would have seen something like this had he staped with Herschend.

Looks very similar to Triple Hurricane/ Coaster Saurus at Cypress Gardens/ Legoland. Fun little coaster, and should be a great addition.

Always loved Oscar.  I sympathized with him a lot.  He's just misunderstood a lot.  :-P

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: September 22, 2017, 01:24:04 PM »
Yup, I think it's a little early!  ;D   I was at the City yesterday, and while there wasn't any Christmas music, the lights were on in several areas as workers were stapling them to structures.

It's never to early to play Christmas music!  lol

they've actually been putting the lights on since the end of July.  If they don't start that early, they'll never get them done in time.  it's a huge project that has a dedicated crew of guys that are actually on it year round.  In January they start taking all of the lights down which takes a while as well, then in the off season it's a process of checking every light string and bulb, rotating the strings of lights so that older strings are pulled out of service, newer ones are reused, and brand new strings are brought in, and a lot of other work.

Add to that the huge amount of welding that they had added onto their workload this year to build all of the new props, flats, and structures for the Christmas in midtown, and it's a huge amount of work.

BTW, the new globe  could be spotted in the Red Gold parking lot near it's entrance today.  Similar to the one at Disney, but most certainly smaller by several feet.  (I got to see the Osborne lights- mounted and in pieces backstage- on a frequent basis when I worked at Disney) Talked to another one of the guys who helps to oversee a lot of that and he adamantly confirmed that while it was inspired by Disney, and some of it will look similar, ALL of it (flats, globe, angels, supports, and other props) was built in house.  They did use some photos of the Osborne lights at Disney as inspiration and models, but none of it came from Florida.  the only ones I've heard say that any of this came from Florida all have "mysterious sources" or aren't sure, but that is not what any of the guys who actually work on it, supervise it, or have overseen it have said.  And I've talked to several of them now.

Edit in:  I am aware of a truck of smaller props that came in, though the people that I've talked to about it weren't sure what was on it other than it wasn't anything large and may have included some angels.  But not sure where it came from.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: September 16, 2017, 09:02:25 PM »
"few"

So pretty much everything except the fašades then?
I will say this for being "original to SDC" ... nope not buying it because I've heard otherwise

Few as in Saturday and I've been busy since then and it's a low priority.  But I also talked to a couple of my friends who work in M&C today as well.  You can not buy it if you want (not that it was for sale) but since these are the guys that actually built the stuff, all of the stuff, themselves, I'm inclined to believe them.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:11:02 PM »
 a lot of the Christmas at Midtown set pieces are up now.  I took some photos today, which you can see at
https://www.facebook.com/sirwillow/posts/10155767713240984

it actually looks like it's going to be pretty neat.  I wasnt' sure how it was going to work with the narrow walkways there, but I think it's going to end up pretty nice, with a more intimate feel and not being totally overwhelming like I was afraid of.  But still plenty of lights to make for a very, very neat experience.

Also I had a chance to talk to one of the guys in charge of this a few days ago (at a funeral of all things).  These are NOT the pieces that used to be at Walt Disney World.  They have built everything here from scratch- the frames, attaching the lights, wiring, everything.  He said that while there might be a few pieces that will look similar, all of it is original to SDC, and has not come from Florida.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:40:38 PM »
I think the observation tower would be awesome.....It would be easy to theme it as a fire watch tower like the multiple ones they actually have around here.  I'd try to put it at the end of the cave tour.....build it by the tour exit.   How cool would that be to do the underground tour and finish it off with a couple of rides up to get a few hundred foot view the ozarks?  It could be a new icon for the park.

The negatives.....not sure if it would actually bring in my ROI.  After all their are already observations towers around the area.....which means it's also not really that unique of an attraction.

Could also go full Six Flags with a tower too and build with a drop tower or zipline deal.  I'd love a bigger SS tower with a view....or drop tower with a view....but wouldn't what to combine them.

I still wonder if they could use the old existing Water Boggan tower for one.  Open it up on one or two sides so you only see the "pretty" part and not the roads, and it would be cheaper than building a new one.  But I don't know if the structure on that old tower would work or not, or how stable.  And they'd probably have to hook up some sort of elevator.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:57:29 PM »
Or am I alone in getting excited when I spot something from a theme/ amusement park before I get there?  :-)

There in lies my issue.  This is not Six Flags or even an amusement park.  This is a theme park who's mystique is the rides being hidden from the main midway.  Why would we want the park to be like any other park?

I certainly understand that.  Absolutely.  But even Walt understood what an attraction it can be to see something from outside of the park.  He called it the "weenie"- something to draw people's attention in and increase the desire to go.  it's why you can see the landmarks at all of the Walt Disney Parks from a long ways outside of the parks.  It's why the Matterhorn sticks up as a landmark at Disneyland.  It's why all of the Disney parks have sometime that draws you in from outside.

So I have no problem with things inside the park being seen from the outside of the park.  But once inside, it's another story. That's when I'd like to see as little of the outside world as possible.  I don't mind going up and getting a great look over the park- and if it's like SDC, you can do it where it can get incredible views around the park without showing the "outside" world thanks to the hills.

It doesn't have to be either/ or, it can be both.  :-)

Which is why I don't mind if SDC puts up some things to help draw in attention from people driving by, and drawing their interest to the park.  But it doesn't have to ruin my immersion in the atmosphere once I'm there.

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Random Talk / Re: Tell Me Something Good!
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:51:24 PM »
We were notified by WDW that our choir has been accepted to perform at the Epcot Candlelight Processional on Dec 2nd.  Whoppi Goldberg will be the narrator.  Super excited and happy for my kids.

that is absolutely, incredibly awesome!!  Candlelight was one of my favorite parts of Christmas at WDW.  It's going to be an incredible experience for everyone!

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