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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 19, 2018, 08:48:46 PM »
Great announcement and it looks like great additions for 2019! I'm most intrigued about the summer Broadway show and the new fall offerings. I kind of figured the pumpkin nights would be coming since that has been such a hit for DW. I will be excited to see how it pans out. I think Valley Road and Grand Expo are the perfect locations for it. One thing I hope they do is step up the BBQ for the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival. I didn't make it to the park during that festival this year but it definitely sounds like it was lacking.

Very excited for 2019!

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:14:47 AM »
I love this thread with all the old pictures. Thank you so much!

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:24:27 AM »
History has shown us that SDC tends to not invest in coaster projects back to back. There are always other forms of rides or lands added between a singular roller coaster. So, I'm not expecting this in 2020 either.

I would love for the focus to be on AP or FM. Those two attractions need it the most, in my opinion. Unfortunately I worry that we will get replacements of both rides and not revitalizations. I'll just have to come grips with that in my own time.

Just thinking out loud here...

What would you guys think if SDC were to remove Lost River and put in an upgraded version like Infinity Falls at Sea World Orlando?  That drop with an elevator lift looks like it is going to be something else and I think it would go over great with the SDC park visitors. 

*disclosure* I am not saying Lost River will be removed, I just saw recent photos on Twitter of Infinity Falls and thought that it looks like it will be an amazing ride and then thought how awesome it would be to have a version of it closer to home

Definitely not against the proposal. I think American Plunge needs a major refurb before Lost River, however.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:04:34 AM »
I'd still hate to see them smoosh rides in where they aren't really needed. HDH is fine. It's a big hit with the young kids in my family. They did leave an ugly hole that I would love to see filled in with landscaping, but other than that I'd rather they left it alone.

Plenty of room to add rides near Fireman's Landing and the expo without harming any more of the park's remaining ambiance and charm.

All I want in 2019 is a re-focus on making the festivals into a bigger deal again. Bluegrass and BBQ has slumped off to the point where it's just some extra BBQ in Red Gold Hall and a few random family bands (although they do get some credit for having Ricky Skaggs come in). The Craftsmen/Harvest festival is basically null at this point since so many of the old craftsmen aren't coming back. Festival of Wonder wasn't as extensive as it could be... Christmas and the Gospel festival seem to be the only festivals that are currently up to par.

Agreed with everything in this post. I would like the area where HDH to maintain the charm it has left. I would love for 2019 to be a focus on the festivals. It would be great if each festival received at least one major addition that really improved its quality, similar to what Christmas in Midtown achieved last year.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Jack and Pete Tell It All
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:35:37 AM »
Is this DVD available for purchase at SDC or anywhere online? Would love to watch it.

Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:23:50 AM »
Merged the two different threads on this.

Such a terrible tragedy. The videos I have seen are so hard to watch. I can't imagine how scary that would have been. Prayers go out to the families involved.

Other Parks / Re: HFEC Acquires Pink Adventure Tours
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:47:04 PM »
Interesting. HFEC was probably looking to pick up the lost revenue from dumping Ride the Ducks, while ditching all the accidents and legal problems.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Favorite "spots" in the city
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:50:41 AM »
Smelling the fresh baked goods from the bakery when I first walk into the park. I also enjoy sitting on the back patio of the culinary school. Another favorite is inside Wilderness Church looking out the back window.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:27:19 PM »
Fun video. It would have been nice to see some coverage of more of the park but that was not the focus of the segment.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:53:41 AM »
I have never seen the park as crowded in March as it was yesterday. I think TT definitely boosted those numbers, but also it turned out to be a great weather day. I think SDC may be in for another record setting year attendance wise!

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:47:26 AM »
I was at the park yesterday. My initial thoughts of TT are very similar to others on the board. The ride is surprisingly tame. Watching that first drop out the window, you begin to get very excited for the thrill of the ride. However, the ride is surprisingly not too fast. I would also be hesitant to call this a spinning coaster. I think it would be more accurate to call it a rotating coaster. I think I made 1 complete spin the entire ride. I also agree that a show building at the first launch would really help to put this ride over the top.

My gripes about the station are the same as everyone else's. The first floor is very bare, second floor better, third floor a lot of fun! I didn't even notice the Wild Mountain sign in the queue but that is awesome! That shows us that even with budget cuts for the theming, there was still a ton of thought put into it. I'm not expecting any additions to the station or the ride itself in regards to theming. Typically what SDC has given us at initial roll out is what we get. The new Valley Road area looks very nice, but it will take some getting used to. I'm actually amazed with what they were able to do with the area. It all blends in nicely with the SDC architecture, and doesn't look out of place. I'll be interested to see how the Christmas parade flows through that area.

Now that I have rode the ride, I think the marketing for TT was very interesting. I don't think they went for the "family ride" angle very strong like they did for OR. I definitely think this is more of a family attraction than OR is, but for OR they tried so hard to market it as a thrilling coaster for families. TT was all about being the world record holder for so many different things. Just interesting to think about.

All in all, SDC definitely has a winner on their hands with TT. I'm excited for the opportunities and the future of the park that this new coaster will open up.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:34:49 PM »
Great video Sir Willow! I enjoyed it a lot. I can't wait to see all the new changes, possibly this weekend!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:33:43 AM »
Wilderness doesn't qualify it as one?

That's a bit of a stretch in my opinion. They've never used Wilderness in advertising to call SDC a resort, and other major theme park destinations do not use campgrounds to designate their properties as resorts.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:12:57 PM »

SDC had more visitors in 2017 than in its entire 58 year history. I found two things very interesting in this article. The fact that almost 25% of the visitors for the ENTIRE year came in November-December for the Christmas festival is amazing. I think we can all say that Christmas in Midtown was a resounding success. The other thing from the article I found very interesting is the quote from Brad Thomas. He calls SDC a resort destination. I find it interesting because SDC is not currently a resort, but I find it telling that he uses the word to describe it. I wonder just how close we are to seeing SDC become a true resort with a hotel onsite.

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