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Branson Talk / Re: RFD sells again- NO Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Show..
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:29:18 AM »
Not sure of the relation, other than WCI seems to have many "Assumed Names" of all of the "shows" that HFE owns?  So, is it a subsidiary of HFE for the purpose of holding their shows?  Here are some screenshots from the Tennessee S.O.S. website. and the link.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:52:35 AM »
I was at the city Saturday night. I was also there last year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which, if I remember correctly, was close to being a record-setter. IF you go into the City expecting these crowds, and IF you know where to go and what to do, it's still a great experience. Here are my tips:

1) Get there before rope drop and parking won't be an issue for you.
2) If you aren't a season pass holder, buy your tickets in advance.
3) Visit Midtown before dark OR after the parade.
4) Stay away from the depot while the train is running. Between people getting on and trains letting off, it's the most crowded point in the park.
5) Time your meals during non-peak meal times. For example, eat lunch at 11 or 1, not at noon.
6) Don't go with the expectation of riding a lot of rides. If you want to ride rides, come at a different time of year.
7) If you want to see the saloon show, be in line an hour in advance. (It's worth it, BTW).
8 ) If you absolutely must see IAWL or Christmas Carol, strongly consider the Show Lover's Pass. It's worth the money. 
9) Plan to stick around to enjoy the city AFTER the parades. Even on the busiest days, it becomes so serene after the parades. It makes fighting the crowds worth it. Plus, getting out of the parking lots will be so much easier.

Couldn't agree more!

I'd add, do NOT watch the parade in the Main Street area if you don't want to be 5 people deep. 

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: October 29, 2018, 10:24:37 AM »
These are great.   

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season Pass Survey
« on: October 23, 2018, 10:57:55 AM »
I got it and took it.   Not sure who puts this out, but there were numerous spelling issues on it.  I also felt some parts were very confusing on the Season ticket or Daily ticket combinations and what month attending.   When it asked if you would be interested in purchasing a season ticket for November-December?  I didn't understand that.  One other issue was they asked if you would be interested in purchasing a 3-day park pass for Sat-Sun.  SDC should get their money back from whomever they contracted for this.

Branson Talk / Re: Visiting during Thanksgiving
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:11:30 AM »
What about the Shepard Of The Hills Light display ?  Does price of admission still include a trip up in the tower ?

Yes.. Shepherd Of The Hills aka SOTH entry price does include the tower..  UNLESS the new owners/managment has changed it this year..

We went to Shepherd of the Hills lights twice last year and both times we used Groupon and saved over half normal price.  Not sure if they'll have that deal again, but I'd check.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:15:29 PM »
Talked to a couple of vendors we always stop and talk with who told us that they were told they aren't being invited back next year.

Is this due to them not having this festival next year or they just don't want the outside vendors?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: June 26, 2018, 12:12:28 PM »
Went for a short day trip to the park on Saturday.  Got there around 12:30 and was actually worried as we turned to go down Indian Point and up to the first parking lot, if the park was even open due to not seeing one car going towards the park!  Thankfully, it was open  :)  We were with some friends who are season pass holders and their older son who hasn't been to the park in 10+ years.  We only had a few hours so we wanted to take him on TT and OR.  We got in line on TT and it looked to be about a 45 minute wait.  Got settled in line and the announcement came...."ride suspended".  We figured we would come back since we were at the end of the line anyway.  We walked around the entire park and went to OR.  Advertised wait time was 20 minutes.  After almost an HOUR, we were next in line guess it, "ride suspended".  They had one car that had an issue as we noticed they weren't allowing riders in those 2 seats.  Guess they decided to fix it at that point in time.  We decided to wait and see if it would be fixed in 15-20 minutes and they came back over the speaker and announced it was going to take along while to fix.  My question is (and I also asked one of the workers when I was in line), why are they only running one set of cars on a Saturday in June?!?!?   The worker only said, "that's what we've been pretty much doing every day".  So, we walked around some more, caught a Pickers show and headed out.  The day was nice, but the two rides we wanted to ride weren't running.  Very disappointing.

We went Veterans Day weekend last year and New Years weekend.  Veterans Day weekend was very busy as expected, but I knew that ahead of time and it didn't keep us from going.  We bought Show Lovers passes for Dickens and IAWL and enjoyed the rest.  Typically the only ride we do during Christmas is the train, so we weren't concerned about any lines on them.  The train line is long, but if they're operating all trains it'll be about an hour at worst. 

New Years weekend was great and we were able to do all shows without Show Lovers and had a great time.

Our family has started doing Sundays when at all possible.  If we come to Branson Friday night or early Saturday morning, it gives us the day Saturday to do what we want and then we go to park on Sunday where crowds have been lighter and we will leave around 5 for the 4 hour ride home.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Favorite "spots" in the city
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:05:20 AM »
I enjoy sitting at Dockside Grill sometimes and just enjoy the view of the lake and people watching.  And I second the appreciation of the 2nd level of Lumbercamp Burgers overlooking the waterfall.  Can sometimes catch a nice breeze in the shade and the view is great.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Need some ticket help
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:57:59 AM »

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Webcams? yes or no..
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:30:24 AM »
Personally, I'd love it.  One of the square area and then maybe one from LR overlooking lake towards FL.   The entrance at the log/axe sign would be cool.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / USA Today Article on SDC
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:45:32 AM »
Nice write up on SDC yesterday on USA Today website.  Enjoyed the few old pictures they shared.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:24:08 AM »
Late adding this, but we’ve been busy.  We went to the park on Friday the 16th and arrived around 10:30am.  Parked in preferred parking and there was maybe 40 cars in it.  Got in and did a little browsing in the shops before heading TT.  They had just opened it and the guy working the test seat said it was 2 to 2.5 hours wait.  We turned around went back to cave entrance and bought Trailblazers for the day.  Went back to TT and was on the ride in 10 minutes.  Loved every minute of it.  My daughter went with me as my wife was leery about the spinning.  Got off the ride hit the shop and bought a TT shirt that had the year on it and then went straight to the Culinary School to enjoy the view on the back porch  (on a side note….while shopping in the TT shop, I heard a voice behind me that I knew I had heard before but couldn’t nail it down.  After surveying all of the shoppers I noticed SirWillow and his family exiting the store.  Didn’t go chase him down as he was out the door and I had unpaid merch in my hand).

Went inside Culinary School and actually did some shopping for the first time inside.  Their honey pecan butter was to die for and we bought a jar of it for our breakfast in the condo the next day.  We also tasted some instant salsa mix.  Pour an amount of their canned dried seasoning in with a can of diced tomatoes and boom, instant salsa.  It actually tasted really good.  $20 for the can but it made quite a bit of salsa.  Talked to the nice lady working in there for a bit and moved on for lunch. 

We ate at Buckshot’ Skillet and I had the jambalaya (very good).  Went to FM and had no wait.  The fresh paint always makes it smell new and updated.  The ride was great.  We went and rode the train next.  Show was fun and had lots of adlibbing and it was the longest I’ve ever seen (maybe this is normal on day 2 or the first week or two??)  Exited and went to TNT.  No wait once again and had a great ride (still one of my favorites). 

At that point TT was a 15-20 minute wait and after a LOT of convincing my daughter and I talked my wife into riding TT.  She doesn’t do “spinning” at ALL, but she absolutely loved TT.  We walked across the swinging bridge and grabbed some cinnamon bread at the mill.  Spoke with a gentleman bagging some freshly grounded product and was sad to learn that they are using electric power now to turn the mill inside.  He said that they can switch to water if they wanted but rarely do anymore due to them shutting water down during later months for possible freezing.  Wife and I went and rode FITH and used Trailblazer to save a few minutes in line while the daughter wanted some homemade chips at Chester’s.   FITH was great.  The lights seemed brighter and everything smelled clean (sure love that first week of the season). 

We then headed up to PK and used Trailblazer for me and my daughter while the wife stayed back and hit some shops.  We next swung up to WF and used the Trailblazer for it.  This is where I learned that the Trailblazer can be cumbersome too.  We didn’t care where we rode on the ride, just wanted to skip the line.  Well, we were behind about 3 sets of riders who all wanted to ride in front row.  The workers on the ride allow a front row Trailblazer to go every-other-ride.  So we had to wait about 6 rides before we could board and noticed that people that were walking with us as we approached the building were riding before us.  I feel one way to make the trailblazer work a little better would be to have one section (or row) of seats dedicated to trailblazers.  If there are no trailblazers in line then let normal riders use that row for that ride.  That way the normal riders aren’t watching ride after ride of trailblazers get ahead of them as they would know that this one particular row is dedicated for TB and no normal riders would be in line for that row.  Not sure this makes sense, but it sure did to me at the time!   

After WF, we headed up the hill and visited the owner at “In His Hands” in their new location.  We then caught a Homestead Pickers show (they were inside the cabin and we made sure to arrive about 30 mins early to get a seat).  Great show and the crowd was full inside and standing outside.  We then walked down to Outlaw Run and walked right up to the ride (no wait).  Great time!  After OR, we went to Giant Barn Swing.  They were only operating one swing and the wait was about 20 mins or so even though there weren’t very many people in line.  Walked around looking for working squirting machines to squirt the Lost River riders, but they weren’t working.
We decided to call it a day and head to Danna’s for some bbq dinner.  Great day!  Crowds were never very much on that day and that might have had something to do with it being a Friday and that it was raining around park opening time, but it stopped by 10:00 and never rained again during the day.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:29:21 PM »
Not live.   prerecorded from last week. 

airs at 10:00 CST this morning..

I hope that is accurate.  I read it on FB this morning..  (LOL, has to be true!)

It’s 10:10 and not one rider has got on TT yet.  Been over 42 degrees since 9:15.  Spirits are still high(random Tom petty sing alongs) but also getting frustrated.  I’ve been in line since 9:00 and I’m just past the photo op.

No sign of TV

We were at the park last Friday and they were setting up for the recording of Today show segment as we were in  line for TT.  My wife didn't ride with my daughter and I the first time through and she stood and watched the segment being recorded.

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