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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:09:48 PM »
The line is to the sign because of the forced photo op at the bottom of the steps

Yes, that REALLY REALLY REALLY annoys me and slows things WAY WAY down.  I am sure hoping they do away with that sooner rather than later.

Does anyone even buy these things. THe last thing I want is some photo of me and a bunch of strangers in a unposed setting. This whole picture things is stupid anywhere, at any park. I will pass them by just as I always have. I do not even look at them I just walk by.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: $1 mugs
« on: March 28, 2018, 10:13:52 PM »
Iíve still got the 75 cent glass ones. They were still honoring those.

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The ride was great. I think that if they could salvage Dollywoods version the SDC version could have been also.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:59:25 PM »
So first impressions... Fun ride, not very thrilling, but fun. Everything looks pretty nice, but I'm not totally any of it really "makes sense". Time Traveler is impressively mild given the sum of it's elements. After the drop it feels like Firechaser with a couple of loops thrown in. Listening to everyone watching though it may as well be Top Thrill Dragster. It's the family coaster most kids are too scared to ride.

It works well for me though, I like the softer experience these days. Outlaw Run is still awesome, but I can only do it so much. This is a great blend of fun and whimsy with just enough thrill to give it some flavor.

The area up top is nicely done. A bit plain, and some of the signage looks like it came from worlds of fun, but the effort put in to bring in new mature trees is great. You can't tell where the old path was. I just don't get why it was worth the trouble for them. It is set up a bit better logistically, but there's not really any added room. The parade will be tough through here....

Time Traveler's station is a bit on the plain side. There's a couple spots of interesting theming, but most of it is indeed blank space as I had earlier feared. Overall there's enough cool stuff to look at that it matches the effort from Outlaw Run and looks adequate, but I was hoping for a bit more.

All in all, it's nice and uniquely SDC.

As far as the new setup is concerned. Have they alleviated the problems of the skillet lines backing up into the main thoroughfare ? If that has been accomplished especially during peak days I think it would be a win. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:08:21 PM »
As a member of a electric Coop I would have been very irritated and pissed off if my money was going to sponsor a attraction at a amusement park.  Rates continue to rise and they have 430,000 dollars to basically put up a sign . Forget that.

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Is there really a place on park that would qualify as a dining experience ? I for one would consider this package but they would really need to up the ante on a truly fine dining experience.

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Other Parks / Re: Dogpatch Update 12/17
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:24:26 PM »
Once a con man always a con man. Are people really that gullible ?

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Lol, did you guys know chittlins is an Elvis fan?

To bring it back to Dolly though, I'm not sure she's ever cultivated that much fan fervor - or at least it's not as evident looking at DW. They have a nice little museum for her, but it's not like this huge Graceland shrine. Not to be too morbid, but I wonder if this stuff would have been a bigger deal for DW if she had died sooner instead of fading off slowly. I guess the thing about Elvis and the Beatles was that they were actually part of a music/genre revolution, whereas Dolly is just a huge country music name.



I'm not that big of a fan, I'm just from Memphis and understand the impact that he still has. It was a bad example to use. There's been over 21 million paid visits to Graceland since 1982. On of the top 5 internation sources of toirism is Brazil, they love their Elvis, so do the Japanese. If they had converted Libertyland to Elvisland and based areas after his movies, it very well may have done well after his death

I will say they could convert Dollywood back to the Silver Dollar City name now and not miss much a beat. Dolly is and was marketing but several factors played into the park growing. Orpyland's closure in Nashville and it being perfectly placed for and nice getaway spot for Atlanta and Charlotte as they grew. Flying into TYS is still and bit of a drive and expensive as hell. If things take off at BKG again, there's an advantage to be had for SDC, all he way to offering shuttle service to an on site hotel one day. Just saying.

I go to Memphis once a year to run the St. JUde marathon which is a wonderful cause by the way. I was disappointed this year because the entire main street trolley was down. Hopefully they are making improvements but it just seemed the entire downtown was a little sketchier this year.
The one thing I recalled about Graceland was they were selling roses for people to toss on Elvis's grave. well, several in my tour group had bought them and at the appropriate time they tossed the roses and we continued on. As we left the area I looked back and saw a Graceland employee run out and gather up the flowers. I assume to take back across the road and resell again. LOL

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Well speaking of photos. Looking at Priscilla Presley and Dolly I wonder who has more Botox ? They both look scary as hell. If you would meet either one in the woods after dark you wouldnít know whether to shoot it or say hi.

Graceland ? Went there once. Could not pay me to go back.

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Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills - New Adventure Park
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:03:30 PM »
Looks like SHepard of the hills is adding a Country Music concert this season.  I will give them this. They are sure trying to make it relevant again.
https://www.facebook.com/theshepherdofthehills/

Never heard of the guy myself but then I am a rocker so that is not so strange.

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Random Talk / Re: Super Bowl......
« on: February 05, 2018, 02:26:42 PM »
I am staying in but having 3 single female friends joining me :)  Love the single life.

Dude!! dont get me started..!!   LOL., 

However I hope for your sake a Hot Tub is involved.... ;) ;)

Nope, Sorry no hot tub involved LOL. A great time was had by all  :) and yes we did watch the game !!!  As for the politics of it I do not give a rats A** . To each their own.  It was a great game and I think Tide won the commercial sweepstakes.

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Random Talk / Re: Super Bowl......
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:44:04 PM »
I am staying in but having 3 single female friends joining me :)  Love the single life.

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Random Talk / Re: Souvenirs for Overseas
« on: January 23, 2018, 10:16:04 PM »
The Japanese I have hosted are very light picky eaters. They will find most food to salty-and heavy and deserts to sweet for their tastes. Iím not sure food is your best option.

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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: January 08, 2018, 01:36:44 PM »
July or August- 6 days hiking in Colorado. Then on to Salt lake city to Mountain bike with some old friends.

Mid December- Finland/Norway and Sweden to cross country ski and view the Northern lights. May delay this till Jan 2019. Would also like to make it to St. Petersburg Russia but I think that's a summertime destination.

Just starting to make plans but they will not be set in stone. I prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

May make a couple SDC trips but that is TBD.

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