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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: Today at 07:52:40 AM »
it was absolutely a zoo of a day.

I dropped my wife off to meet a friend at 11:30.  Wasn't to bad then, but every sign at that point was it was going to be ugly huge.

When I came back just after 6pm, the line of traffic on 76 was still still backed up over a half mile to get in, and both lanes heading up to the park were jammed and not moving. I finally got over to Indian Point and skipped it and met them at lot JD (Just Dirt) they recently built.

Seeing what I saw, honestly I'm thinking that 22k is low.  Sand, do you know if that number was updated at 7:00, or if it was just the number available at 7:00.  Oftentimes when it's really busy like that, they don't get it updated on time.

Final number should be available now, but I no longer have the phone number to call and check like I used to.  :-(

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Other Parks / Re: New Waterpark proposed for Branson area
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:39:07 AM »
Sounds like it could be a fun, neat addition.  Isn't this the second such one proposed in the last several months?  Or is this the same one that was in the news just a few months back.  Should be interesting to see the artwork when/ if it comes out.

Their location as described sure left me confused though.  It says:
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  According to plans provided Thursday to members of a newly formed TIF commission, the redevelopment site is bounded to the east by Henning State Forest, to the south by Bransonís entertainment strip, to the west by a future four-lane loop highway and Table Rock Lake and to the north by Silver Dollar City.

Ummm, what?  76 to the south and SDC to the North?  That doesn't exactly make a lot of sense since SDC is south of 76 and well past where it would be called the entertainment strip.  I'm guessing the highway they are referring to is 265, but not exactly sure.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:31:22 PM »
Sorry guys, you're mistaken.  I can understand the confusion because SDC hasn't fully explained and the animation on it was particularly bad on that aspect.  But you're a bit confused on how this works when it comes to the rotating.

This is a gravity/ physics spin, with the spinning starting/ caused in the same way as on other spinning coasters.  The "control" is on how fast it can spin, not on direction or when/ where it starts.  It won't spin on the drop because there aren't any forces changing direction from side to side which is what causes the spin.  That's why it will start on the turns.  But it isn't going to be a rapid/ fast spin because they have "brakes" that limit how fast it will rotate.

I would imagine that, like other spinning coasters, it's a separate mechanism on it that straightens out the cars when they get back to the station.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:02:40 AM »

As far as spin, I would guess/assume that that can be turned off if not wanting to be used..  probably just a hydraulic valve or possible a locking mechanism.     I would expect them to do runs first, then start on the spining cars and the timing of that part of ride.. (maybe not).

All of the video showing off the rie show the cars spinning out of the launch...  UNLESS shave is right, possibly the employees spin the car by hand as the train launches....

That's one of the major problems with the animation video- it's very inaccurate in how it shows the spinning.

From what they've said, you can't "turn off" the spin.  They have it regulated so it won't spin fast, but it will rotate.  But that's going to happen based on how the weight of the riders is distributed in the cars, and it won't start until it hits a turn because that's when the weight will affect how the car goes through the turn.  Coming straight out of the station it won't have any affect, so the cars won't be spinning on the first drop.

"You canna' change the laws of physics, Jim."  :-)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:55:32 PM »
Last year they issued a statement or a statement was made that they hit the 1.9 million attendance mark if I am not mistaken. Well, they surpassed that mark back in the 1990's which kinda suggests that attendance is stagnant.

Interesting points.  I tried doing some searching for attendance numbers for the park over the years, but wans't able to find much.  Anyone know if there is a place to see what their annual attendance has been at SDC?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:53:05 AM »
The parade is nuts..!  I quit watching it because of the hassle of standing..  IF I have friends with me that want to see it, We try to find an elevated area to watch from,  AND we dont get any where close to the square...

there's an easy solution to that.  Don't watch the first parade.  skip it, go do some rides in areas away from the parade or see if they have a show you can watch during it.  Then watch the second parade when the crowds have thinned out tremendously and you won't have to fight for a spot- even on the square.

Parade time isn't a bad time to check out the train, of if you have people that want other rides, it's a great time for Fireman's Landing, Expo, Barn Swing, or Outlaw Run.  :-)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:48:26 PM »
Now it's my turn.  Who's Tim Tracker?

One of the more popular Disney youtube vloggers who also does a lot of the other Orlando area attractions.  Also one of the more positive, upbeat and family friendly ones. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:31:01 PM »
Tim & Jenn from TheTimTracker on YouTube went to SDC last weekend. Their video of it should be up within the next couple days; I'm super looking forward to it!

What??  Well phooey.  I wish I had known that.  Would have certainly tried to be there to meet them.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:53:18 PM »
The cars look excellent.  With this much detailing on them, it gives me confidence that there is going to be a lot of detail and theming added to the queue, station, and maybe the rest of the ride as well.

I also like that they have a hand grip.  As I get older I don't necessarily want to hold on, but it is nice to have a place to rest my hands during a ride.

As for being able to accommodate "larger" riders, as Swoosh said, Brad isn't a short, tiny guy.  :-)  I think this will be as accommodating as a coaster can be today.

Really looking forward to this next year!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 15, 2017, 12:44:23 PM »
Loved the video...

You mentioned it was hard getting pics inside the shows.  Last year we did the Show Lover's Passes for both Dickens and Wonder Life.   I got some decent pics with my phone.  Here are some from the 2 shows.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/y2HbInvB9BBjztOE2

Nice photos!

I really didn't want to use the phone to take photos since there is no way to turn the screen off and it can disturb others.  So I shot with my DSLR and it's screen turned off.  it's more iffy that way, but the light doesn't stand out in the crowd either.  :-)

Thanks SirWillow for being considerate!  Even more annoying than seeing the phones light up for picture takers, are those trying to video with their phones.

Especially when they expressly tell you not to do that before the show starts!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:18:11 PM »
Loved the video...

You mentioned it was hard getting pics inside the shows.  Last year we did the Show Lover's Passes for both Dickens and Wonder Life.   I got some decent pics with my phone.  Here are some from the 2 shows.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/y2HbInvB9BBjztOE2

Nice photos!

I really didn't want to use the phone to take photos since there is no way to turn the screen off and it can disturb others.  So I shot with my DSLR and it's screen turned off.  it's more iffy that way, but the light doesn't stand out in the crowd either.  :-)

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: New Year's Eve
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:16:19 PM »

Exactly, Not going to happen with the current leadership.

I don't know that it's limited even to the leadership.  I wouldn't be surprised if the Herschend's have it written into the ownership documents of the company.

(I really don't know, and realistically I doubt it.  But I'm sure it is part of the culture that they wish to see with their company.)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:29:32 AM »

Great pictures!!!   Look forward to watching the video this afternoon.

there's a link to it in the post right above yours.  :-)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:47:04 PM »
Got the video posted!  it's "unlisted" until tomorrow afternoon, but since there has been interest here, I figured I'd post a link here for everyone.  Several minutes of video footage and a few photos are at the end.  It's not the best video I've done by any means, but hope you enjoy it and a look at the rest of SDC around Christmas as well.

https://youtu.be/8VyyGhGR0PI

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:46:55 PM »
Got the video posted!  it's "unlisted" until tomorrow afternoon, but since there has been interest here, I figured I'd post a link here for everyone.  Several minutes of video footage and a few photos are at the end.  It's not the best video I've done by any means, but hope you enjoy it and a look at the rest of SDC around Christmas as well.

https://youtu.be/8VyyGhGR0PI

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