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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:02:36 PM »
I have not been to Frontier city for a couple of years, think it was year before last when we had season passes.  I may get them again next year and skip SDC, maybe.  I actually think their log ride is better than SDC.  At least they have some scenery to look at in the tunnel.

That is definitely true about the flumes.  It didn't use to be.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train robbery
« on: July 03, 2018, 10:57:20 AM »
It could just as well be a cost-saving effort.  Relatively speaking, that would be pinching pennies.

Or could it be licensing?  Or the younger age of an occasional performer?  Or laziness?

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To be fair, liberal media outlets have also been on campus, and the Huckabee thing did not take the place of scheduled entertainment.

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To be fair, liberal media outlets have always been on campus, and the Huckabee thing did not take the place of scheduled entertainment.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:11:42 AM »
I took the eight-year-old to SDC, today, for a little daddy/son time.  He was exactly 52" tall, so I was able to get him onto WF and TT for the first time (my first ride on TT, as well).  It was hot and sticky, today, but the crowds were manageable.  We waited in line for AP (perhaps the hottest queue in the park) for about 15 minutes, but walked onto WF.  He hated it.

PK's line wasn't moving so we left it.

FitH was temporarily closed, so we had to return to it.  Many effects were not working (as was previously reported).  The same was true for FM (also previously reported).

I enjoyed the layout of the new "food court" area, and I don't see any problem with any parades they may have in the future.

We didn't wait for TT for long before getting our first ride there.  I appreciated it, but wasn't sure the boy did.

We circled back to OR, which was also closed earlier for maintenance.  They had announced over the PAs at TT and TnT when it reopened.  I noticed a few of the heavier guys cringing in pain at the restraints.  I know I've felt it more myself in our latest visits.

My son decided he wanted to hit TT for a second time and then WF, as well (which you may remember, he hated on his first try).  I was willing to go for it, but that's when lightning entered the 10-mile radius and rides shut down.  It was late enough in the day that we knew they would not reopen.  My original thought was we should leave the park.  It was also in the thoughts of the majority of the other guests.

The line for the trams backed up into OzMark.  Once through the exit doors, we saw the windstorm begin.  The trees across the tram lanes were bending in pain from the the 70mph wind.  After imagining a tram being turned over in the wind, and not wanting to be in the agonizing traffic during the storm, I decided to circle back, reenter the park, and wait things out somewhere inside.





I thought the Christmas store would be a pretty good place to stay.  The storm wasn't super dangerous, and we weren't scared, but we then had the option of a room that was somewhat underground.

When the winds died, there was a very light sprinkle.  We then watched the glassblowers for a little while before making our way back to the front.  The line was still stretched to inside the Marketplace.  As we weren't in a hurry, we reversed and went to the leather shop and knife shop to kill some more time.

Finally, we had killed enough of it, so we left, deciding to walk in the cooler weather and light sprinkle - all the way to the far end of the "quarry".  This was in the preferred parking area:





I'm not sure why two wheelchairs sat in the parking lot with nothing around them (rentals, I assume).  Do they keep them in the area for some reason?

Anyway, we enjoyed our visit, and we're always up for some adventure.  Thankfully all of the weather disruption was at the end of our day.  We would have liked to have ridden TT and WF once more before they were shut down, but all in all, the kid behaved, and we made it home safely.

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Dollywood Discussion / Lawsuit
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:57:14 PM »
Another water ride - the RiverRush Water Coaster - has allegedly injured a person.  This one earns Dollywood a $2 million lawsuit:  http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/06/23/dollywood-sued-for-2-million-by-mom-who-injured-spinal-cord-on-water-park-ride.html

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SDC Memories/ Park History / FitH Bell
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:14:19 PM »
The search on the forums doesn't get me to an answer very quickly, so I'll just ask:  Can someone refresh my memory about the significance of the bell above the entrance of FitH?

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Meet ups..
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:21:26 PM »
I'm looking to get a quick trip to the City on Tuesday.  That's a prediction of rain if'n I ever heard one.

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Branson Talk / Re: Proposed Branson Tram Project
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:55:25 AM »
I saw that "new" proposal/idea. 
They have shortened the proposed travel route.. 
Gondolas now will only go to 76/SOTH expressway on the west side.  NOT out to SDC.
That alone would lower overall cost ALOT..

I'm pretty sure they would make it all the way to SDC if "someone" helped foot the bill.

Plus, that could be an awfully long ride, especially if these things aren't air conditioned and heated.

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Went to the City late afternoon Friday 6/8 and noticed some changes since we were at Bluegrass and BBQ in mid-May. Much of the old fence in the tram area is gone and has been replaced by concrete planters attached to one another by 2 wooden rails between each planter. The old wood fence was still up in the area where people load for tram stops 5 and 6.

Also noticed that new shakes are being installed on the building roofs in the entrance area.

How does it look with the planters and wood?  It has to be better than the old metal rails.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 07, 2018, 04:31:12 PM »
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They can do that at any Starbucks (or McDonalds for that matter).  Leave the laptops at home and enjoy SDC for the 1880s frontier village it is!

Think PRE-ROPE DROP.

If they would keep it that way it may be ok.  Still I don't think I would like to see people sitting around SDC with laptops.  Aren't we the keepers of the theme?  Didn't we rant and rave when they had a Facebook logo on the Outlaw Run sign?  Can't we keep the frontier illusion?  <end of rant>  wow did we ever get off topic.  I think I need to go watch a western...

The difference is that it is SDC's job to keep the theme and not the visitors'.  I don't harp about guests wearing digital watches and talking on cell phones, but when I see an employee in costume doing those things...

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:33:04 AM »
I don't drink coffee anyway, but if I did...  I don't even like the smell.

Anyway, I think this area is ripe for this idea, especially before the rope drop.  It could easily be marketed in the handouts at the gate, and it really doesn't involve much in the area of capital investment.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:10:41 PM »
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They can do that at any Starbucks (or McDonalds for that matter).  Leave the laptops at home and enjoy SDC for the 1880s frontier village it is!

As a writer, I can find much more inspiration at SDC that Starbucks.  Also, I don't ever intend to enter a Starbucks.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:08:41 PM »
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They can do that at any Starbucks (or McDonalds for that matter).  Leave the laptops at home and enjoy SDC for the 1880s frontier village it is!

Think PRE-ROPE DROP.

It especially makes sense for that time of day.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:08:46 PM »
^Add a wifi hotspot and seating, and I could hang out in the area with my laptop.  I think we've pondered this area before as a peaceful for us trendy folks to chill.  I wouldn't drink the coffee, but that's what would give life to such an idea.

Midtown Coffee

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