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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 04, 2018, 05:56:21 PM »
This is Young Heathens Weekend.  It’ll be stupid busy with teenagers without adult supervision.  Massive line cutting and overall rude behavior.  It really is the worst weekend of the entire year.  It ticks me off too as these as supposed to be “Christians” too.  Takes the park a good week to recover from the vandalism.

And it's so frustrating, both from a worker's point of view as well as a pastor's.  The lack of supervision is a huge part of the problem- what do teens do when they aren't supervised?  Test the limits of what they can get away with.  And there is this idiotic idea out there very common in churches that this is a great event to take all of those kids who would normally not go anywhere near the church to- kids they would normally have little or nothing to do with and that they don't know.  Because they think that somehow these kids will hear a few licks of music and it will transform them, but in the mean time they turn them loose to wreak havok (which is why they normally wouldn't be at church to begin with)

Meantime everyone else assumes that all of them are "Christian" and that is what Christians are like, and it becomes an utter failure all the way around.  Well, except for those trouble making kids who got a free (or nearly free) day at SDC out of it. *sigh*

On the nose.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:53:06 PM »
Here's a walk through of the changes to Valley Road.
http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/valley-road-changes-sdc.html

Here's a walk through of all of the decorations in the Time Traveler queue
http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/03/time-traveler-sdc_17.html
1.  Thanks for the report.  I see that they've been in operation for "almost 30 years" and that they were established in 1968.  That puts us closer to the turn of the century than we've ever been (I think.).

2.  I also notice a couple of advertisements in there - one for cinnamon bread at E&D's, the other for Buckshot's Skillet (to get oil for the time experiment).

3.  It's still hard to envision the new walkways from pictures.  The whole area's going to look different.

4.  I'm interested in seeing the track once the trees green up.  Too bad they couldn't have some ground vegetation in there.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:35:42 PM »
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Some of the theming decisions come down to the modern trend of the park. Notice how there are less hand painted signs every year? Less random old antiques hanging on buildings or scattered around flower buildings? Some of the new buildings have no adornments other than their basic architecture. They are going for a "clean" feeling now apparently, more like other parks. In the old days they decked everything out and had a tree growing through it...

More room for years-of-service signs, I suppose.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2018, 06:23:26 PM »
It seems to be a "theme" with SDC to skimp on theming elements late into the construction stage.  You just know there was more planned in the LR final room before disembarking - certainly more than a beating heart and pulsing light.  There's still a need for a splash effect on PK as was in the original plans.  And for this, we can only imagine there was more planned in the queue and possibly even a show building.

I will say while I'm disappointed on some of the theming being skimpy at least we didn't get treated to ancient Rome buildings as described in the concept. Lol  ::)

Amen to that.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:26:46 PM »
It seems to be a "theme" with SDC to skimp on theming elements late into the construction stage.  You just know there was more planned in the LR final room before disembarking - certainly more than a beating heart and pulsing light.  There's still a need for a splash effect on PK as was in the original plans.  And for this, we can only imagine there was more planned in the queue and possibly even a show building.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:53:13 AM »
Remember when the name Wild Mountain got thrown around? Saw this on TPR. It's great to see a little touch like this that 99% of people won't get.

This is great!  I would question whether or not they threw us for a loop.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:50:24 AM »
!!!????!!!!??  really guys...  Cant we play nice? I have comments to make, but control the keyboard..cant you??


On another note...  fridays attendance was only 7500 people.  expected more wiht it being spring break and warm,saturday will be cooler..    this weekends numbers will be interesting...

No reason to play out personal opinions here.  What two people thought was comedy and conversation, others perceived as offensive.  That's not what this board is about.  I have removed the conversation, and now we're back to the conversation at hand - without personal attacks and name calling.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:47:14 PM »
^^Yes, that's the story on video and in speeches, but I don't see the queue bringing visitors into the story.  It is the setting for the story, but all visitors are getting is that some guy invented a time machine - which apparently turns and drives on a track but doesn't really travel through time or even create the illusion of such.  I mean, Brad's not going to stand in the line and give his speech every day is he?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:40:24 PM »
I'm still hoping for a story.  I know we've seen the background in the reveal videos, but it doesn't seem to be intact in today's videos.  I need more than just some turning gears to say that it's themed well.  Some of this queue is similar to the engineering sketches of WF.  And please don't even ask me to get my picture taken before my ride every time.  I hope being there in person makes the difference.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 03, 2018, 06:13:37 PM »
I believe Opryland had a bunch of sponsorships like that - Rainbow Bread on the train, for example.  At least Disney's seem to make sense for each attraction.  Electricity in the Ozarks would be a stretch though.

I find a little hypocrisy that a Herschend led the way to rid Missouri of billboards a few years ago (It would be nicer without them.), but would want to cheapen his own park with advertising.  Not that I don't understand the profit line for such a thing, but people pay extra to get advertising removed from electronic and broadcasting services, but ticket prices to theme parks keep rising regardless.

To change the subject - I'd be impressed if the Timothy Turnbuckle time machine showed up somewhere or if there was a Turnbuckle reference somewhere in the new queue.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 03, 2018, 03:46:56 PM »
I hesitate to put the idea out there, but TT could easily visit the future and bring Chic-Fil-A back to brand the new "restaurant".  Obviously TT has already brought 80s music and modern circus acts back to the 1880s.

Was this really an endorsement where an electric company would see advertising on the ride?  How would the company be compensated for their sponsorship?  Would they somehow see a kickback based on ridership?  I understand advertising, but are tourists going to go back home and rewire everything to a Branson Electric Company?  We don't really get to choose our electric company.

Dare I say, this particular sponsorship just sounds stupid to me.  Now Timex wants to hop on board, I might be OK with that.

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White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« on: March 03, 2018, 12:20:09 PM »
Are we completely sure that this new thing isn't connected with HFE in any way?  They mention whitewater generically a lot in the article (without saying White Water), and the guy was connected with HFE at one time.

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Other Parks / Re: Manby out at SeaWorld
« on: March 03, 2018, 11:01:10 AM »
The “start of the fall” was moving the HFEC HQ to Atlanta.  Should never have left Branson

Yup.

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Other Parks / Re: Manby out at SeaWorld
« on: March 03, 2018, 09:11:47 AM »
Manby was an idiot to kill the orca breeding program.  I know he thought that that was the only issue SeaWorld had at the time but all it did was alienate the park loyalists.  At this point they might as well just go full marine zoological park with thrill rides because they’ve completely ruined the show side - which is why people came to the park in the first place.  Yeah Yeah “animal rights and stuff” - give it a rest.  Until you go completely vegan don’t even start.

I'll agree.  I didn't go to SeaWorld to see Cirque-style shows and dog acts - though that was going before Manby was involved.  I don't really see that he did much for SDC either - except appear on a very staged Boss episode.  His reign set into motion much of the generic appearance and modernization that we continue to see in SDC's improvements.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:26:31 AM »
I just received word that I was accepted for a Summer Residency at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   I will stay on the property for four nights.  I don't have the agenda yet, but may get to handle primary sources, participate in an archaeological dig, and explore the property.  It will definitely be a vigorous schedule.

Was there last summer, we had a hoot with people playing members of the family on the grounds. Anyhoi, this is from a bit to the west

That appears to be Monticello, not Mount Vernon.

I did say "this is from a bit to the west"

You totally did.  For some reason I read that as being a view from the west.

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