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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: Today at 03:26:53 PM »
Fridays numbers....  expected about 8500-    as of 3:00- 7500 in the gate

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: Today at 02:00:37 PM »
Actually making the work schedule for SDC wouldnt be any worse than any other retail orientated company...
you check sales and attendence for the same day a couple of years in the past... the current weather forecast would have nothing to do with setting a schedule ahead of time..  I am sure they schedule 2 weeks out at a minimum,..
average out sales and attendence, 
schedule employees accordingly for the expected sales and your done... 
IF you have bad weather, you send employees home early,, Bad deal for employee, smaller paycheck, But it really is that simple...   
However I would not be surprised if SDC has a scheduling program on the puter that does it all automatically..  That would save the labor cost immensely.




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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:06:57 PM »
Another slow day at the park...

expected about 7,000

today at 4:00 ---  3900 people..   

the weather is supposed to be cool and rainy again this weekend, not a good start for the year.. :(.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:26:59 AM »
Anybody know what a normal attendance total would be for a weekday during WorldFest/Festival of Wonder?  I have absolutely no idea, so there's really nothing for me to compare with the 4,000 through the gate on Wednesday number. It doesn't sound too bad for a Wednesday in April, but maybe SDC is hoping for better numbers this year.

I dont know how the PTB arrive at the "Expected attendence",  But yestarday's  magic number was 7000 people..



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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:03:10 PM »
Read this on another site....

"""""With the addition of its $26 million Time Traveler roller coaster, Silver Dollar City is projecting another record year in attendance.

In a live interview this morning for Springfield Business Journal’s 12 People You Need to Know series, Silver Dollar City President Brad Thomas said attendance topped 2.1 million visitors last year. This year, park officials project 100,0000 more visitors.

“Those 100,000 incremental visits — and hopefully even more — definitely impact tourism in Branson,” he said in the interview with SBJ Editorial Director Eric Olson. “What a ride like this will do, not only for Branson but Silver Dollar City, is it helps raise the bar so that people will have exposure to us, have exposure to the fun of vacationing in the Ozarks.”

Thomas pointed to coverage of Time Traveler on NBC’s “Today” morning TV show, as well as USA Today and other national media reports.

“That’s exposure that has payoffs far beyond just the year of 2018,” he said.

Time Traveler opened March 14 to correspond with the first day of Silver Dollar City’s spring season. The ride features a 10-story, 90-degree drop and reaches 50.3 mph with three inversions and 360-degree spinning cars designed by Germany-based Mack Rides.

Contrary to some beliefs, Thomas said Time Traveler is “not a teacup on tracks” that constantly spins. Rather, the controlled spin system is less taxing on its riders, he said.

“They want rides that mom and dad can ride with the kids,” he said of Silver Dollar City’s customer base. “They want thrill, but they want fun.”

This morning, Thomas also announced plans to reward $500 bonuses to employees who worked at least 1,000 hours in 2017 and returned to the park for service this year. He said the bonuses would be awarded in May. During its peak season, Silver Dollar City has a couple thousand employees, he said.

“That is substantial, but it goes back to that strategy of rewarding those who are with us and trying to prevent the turnover,” Thomas said. “We have to be creative. We have to retain star employees.”

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:59:29 PM »
Off to a slow start this week...
Wed the 18th.....
@ 2:00--3800 people

total for the day, only 4100 people.. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:20:26 PM »
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.

Even though I agree with you, I also feel like there are people that want the photos for memories, and therefore the park should get in on the revenue of that option. 
But likewise, If I say no.. take that as an answer too

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:04:27 AM »
Makes me wish I was there today.  Instead the starter on my truck decided to die this morning so I got to swap it out in the cold windy weather today. 

That sux... I do most of my own wrenching,   so I do understand.... ::)

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:00:42 PM »
Figured it was low like that.  Haven't seen numbers that low in a long time.  As a guest, it was wonderful, though a lot was closed due to the cold.  No big deal.  For the shows it mean center seating near the front with awesome views.  And the shows I did see the performers did great, even with the small crowds.

This time of year the weather being so hit or miss can easily play havok, and it looks like it's doing it again this year.  I remember one year during World Fest when I worked there (might have been 2012 or 2013) we didn't have a decent weather weekend the whole month.

Opening weekend for outlaw run, it was cold and snowing on sunday, wind blowing..I was there, walked through the new area for outlw run and then a quick look around the rest of the park... it was nasty.. no rides open, they cancelled outside shows... by noon there had only been 200 people through the gate.. they started sending employees home by 1...

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:08:58 PM »
It did not even feel like that many. I am guessing most left by 2 ish. I sae the saloon show with about 30 other people. I felt horrible for the performers.

It was horrible weather wise though. I have been there in winter and all but that wind today was just biting. And there was no hiding from it. They had pretty mich pulled thenheaters from everyplace so nowhere to go

Todays total........1650 :-\ :-\

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:59:20 PM »
Talked to a couple of people at the city today..(sunday)...   customers not employees,  almost nobody there...

As of noon-- 1300 people..

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 15, 2018, 12:31:15 PM »
The line is to the sign because of the forced photo op at the bottom of the steps

Another forced photo op?

I really, really dislike forced photo ops. >:(

Trying to get that extra 20 bucks.... ::) ::)

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:41:51 AM »
And BTW... don't mistakenly think the Silver Dollar City website is SDC.com... that is a TOTALLY different site. Made that mistake today

LOL!!  OH MY!!   I checked it, because you said not to......LOL

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:12:45 AM »
Park has only been open about 21-25 working days, they have had rain, snow, cold temps, warm temps, winds, storms and lots of people wanting to ride.  It is still under warranty.
 
Should have the bugs been worked out already? Yes in a perfect world, But its the ozarks.

Can they work the bugs out of it now? Yes they can.

I havent given up on TT yet.  This will be a good year for the coaster and the park.  Once school gets out, AND TT is all ready to go, there will lots of riders waiting to ride.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 14, 2018, 01:35:38 PM »
1:00  -  TT is open with an hour wait...

7000 people  in park....

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