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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.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:26:41 AM »
I wonder what the average daily attendance was for the year? To get to the record they added several Wednesdays to the schedule at the last minute. I wonder how this factored in to the final totals ? It is a great accomplishment but I am sure it comes with a added cost to operate those extra days.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season Pass
« on: January 03, 2018, 01:26:44 PM »
They extended the deadline again this year till today I think. Not sure about the pricing but all the perks were extended. It was because of that ever present yearly website issue  ::) that pops up every year. LOL

Sorry, That deadline extension expired last night at midnight.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:46:50 PM »
IMHO. I still think the spin is going to start at the launch, not at the first "turn"   .  I am pretty sure the spin, speed of spin, and the braking---ALL will be controlled by the magnetic braking system. 
OR at the very least the spin will be started mechanically...

"time" will show us all how it works, AND I am not trying to get into a pissing contest with anyone about this.

Just my thoughts, and what (I think) I understand about this system

I think it will start initially out of the station also,If the cars are unlocked and free to spin? They have to be locked for loading and unloading in a standard position.  Probably as they come back into the station they will rotate to a fixed locked position for load/unload.  When the car is dispatched then it will be free to spin. Weight distribution, speed of dispatch will all determine if there is a initial spin.
The one thing I have heard that is absurd though,is that operators might manually start the spin as the train leaves the station. Do you realize how many safety standards this would violate ?

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 18, 2017, 12:52:01 PM »
In that first photo, it almost looks like they've got actual people in the back car...

It does doesn't it. If not they have some crash test dummies holding on tight. :) It also looks like the next to the rear car is starting to spin out of the station.

Branson Talk / Re: New Waterpark proposed for Branson area
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:17:42 PM »
There was a Shepard Of The Hills campground years ago in Mutton Hollow. It might take in part of that footprint. Whatever is done I hope they do not strip it and destroy the natural beauty.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Old Time Christmas
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:02:50 PM »
Me and my group were there last weekend.  I was alone Friday night so I popped in for a few minutes before my daughters and spouses showed up and we headed out to Reeds Spring Pizza. they were selling reduced admission Friday due to the cold weather and no rides running. $42.99 I think. I was in for just a hour or so and the crowd was very light. Saturday we headed out about 1 PM and the signs were up that most of the coasters would be closed for the day so I expected the same reduced admission but when we bought my daughters pass it was regular price minus the season pass discount.

But by about 2:00 we were at thunderation and they announced Powder Keg would be opening. Maybe someone outside forgot to change the sign since wildfire was running also. We took the 5:30 lantern tour of the cave. Something I always wanted to do and it was worth the extra. Not sure I believe some of the stories they tell but it is entertaining. After that we went to midtown and was quite impressed. But, it borders on gaudy was our group's determination. Also, If you are agnostic or atheist like me you could be offended with all the religious elements. I will say this SDC knows the target audience. White ultra conservative christians and they do it well.
Visited for a long time in the knife shop ( My favorite place on park ) this area of the park was dead. But I always enjoy visiting and even self gifted myself a Charles Smith knife. Took in the Saloon show and it was very good. The new cast is great this year.
We heard from 2 different Park employees the attendance was 17500 form one and 20000 from the other so take your pick. As we were leaving the lantern tour the first parade crowd was leaving and it was quite the mess in the hospitality house. Also, our cave guide said we would not stop at the old picture platform since they were opening up the alternate entrance. All I know it was very crowded and almost impassable at the pinch points at times.

All In all a great visit for Christmas this year. BTW cinnamon bread was great as always.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: December 06, 2017, 01:55:35 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. Are the crowds more concentrated now on fewer days ?  I have been there in December when its horrible and  and you cannot move and in July when you feel like you are the only one in the place.

I will agree that things need to be improved at pinch points and the entrance / exit is a fiasco even on calm days. A lot of the older buildings are deteriorating. Just go in the leather shop or mountain outfitters on a rainy day and look at all the buckets catching water from roof leaks. There is not a good solution here but with enough effort and money the charm can be duplicated.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:53:07 PM »
Hmm?  Maybe mix the Wassail with a little Fireball?   :o :o


Ill JUst take the Fireball please. No need to dilute it  :P :P

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:00:29 PM »
Personally, I love the wassail. Last Christmas I bought the hot chocolate and it was very watered down and disappointing, I did not buy it this year, however.

I haven't reviewed Christmas in Midtown yet because I haven't had time. We were at the park the weekend before Thanksgiving, and wow. I was very very impressed. I didn't notice pop music because the area was so crowded and so many people were talking and oohing/ahhing so the music kind of got drowned out. I think SDC really did a top notch job with this new addition. When you exit Midtown onto the square now though, all lights there really feel kind of dull, even the ones on the tree. I think fixing up the square with a new tree for next year's festival should be a new priority for SDC.

They have needed to upgrade the tree for years now. They are using ancient technology. I actually avoid it if at all possible. Lots of better lighting and effects all over the park.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:12:32 PM »
I think itís all prepared somewhere else. I have seen them hauling the huge thermos dispensers on wagons before to the different stands.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:48:59 PM »
I know this is a major nitpick and a bit off topic but I found the hot chocolate to be quite disappointing compared to years past. It used to be quite rich and creamy and it was a drink that you definitely got a good value for what you paid for. The two batches I got from two different vendors at Coaster Christmas was basically brown water with little flavor so it seems like they have cheeped out and decided to stretch their ingredients by watering down the batches as they probably think the average person (non regulars) won't notice. One major thing I loved SDC at Christmas was for the quality of their hot chocolate and sadly that was a miss this year. But Christmas in Midtown is impressive and is a must see in person type of thing to appreciate. Oh and on the flip side, the Wassail was as good as always.

I haven't been this year but the hot chocolate I've had has always been pretty good.  As for the Wassail....a recent youtuber reviewed SDC last week and mentioned that the Wassial tasted like hot kool-aid.....which I thought was a pretty good description.  I thought it was like a hot Hawaiian punch and didn't care for it.  Not sure if SDC's would be considered good Wassail or not but one was enough for me.

I have had both year before last and that was enough for me. If it has gone downhill since then it must be terribly bad now.

Branson Talk / Uber in Branson
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:19:51 AM »
I saw a couple of news blips that Uber was now operating in Branson. Has anyone used them yet ? Also I was wondering if they ran out to SDC ? Which also brings up the question. Has or will SDC designate a Uber or Lyft designated drop off spot ?

Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:30:16 PM »
We went to the city on Saturday.  HOLY CROWDS!!!!   Enjoyed the day.  Saw It's A Wonderful Life, Living Nativity and Dickens (a requirement every year) and were very thankful we did the Show Lovers.  On a side note, when we were leaving the Dickens show, we saw the entire Duggar family.  They were seated behind the musicians.  They must've taken up 2 rows!!

Christmas in MidTown was fantastic and all that it was advertised.  I hope this continues to expand as all of a sudden the rest of the park seems average in comparison.  HA!   

Started to sprinkle on us around 8:45 so we decided to bolt a little early.  It was another successful SDC Christmas trip.  Look forward to heading back New Years Eve weekend.

So who is the Dugger family ?  Is this someone famous ?

They were on a reality tv show...

After reading that I feel like the less I know the better. A bunch of wackos.  Now back to Christmas at SDC. GOing down the second weekend in December. I wasn't really wanting to go this year but my sister got with my kids behind my back and made plans for it. They informed me after the fact. It will be a fun time regardless.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:24:01 PM »
Train cars look awesome as far as theming goes. Got that Steampunk look.

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