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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Sets Attendance Record
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:12:57 PM »
http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Silver-Dollar-City-rings-in-new-year-with-2017-attendance-record-467731443.html

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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Thanks for the photos Swoosh. It's on my bucket list to visit WDW during the Christmas season.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:32:56 PM »
This is a dangerous area. We all know that SDC is so special and successful because of its unique charm. If they continue to chip away at the unique charm to accommodate larger crowds, then they risk the very thing that the crowds are coming to see. It's possible to expand yourself out of business. I'm not saying that SDC is at risk of going out of business, but they do have to take care to maintain what makes the City special.

They could also raise admission prices to help control the crowds.....and/or go to a variable rate pricing like the big boys to capitalize on the high demand days.  Think I've posted on here before about my prediction that that will be coming.  Especially if the crowd levels continue to grow.  SDC to me only feels like the"good old SDC" when I get to go on the slower days.

I don't think this type of tiered pricing system would work at SDC simply because a vast majority of those who visit the park are season pass holders. The tiered pricing works at places like Disney and Universal because not near as many visitors to those parks are season pass holders, but rather park hopper pass holders.

While I recognize that SDC has some major problem areas that get congested, I have also been to the WWoHP at Universal Orlando, and both of the HP lands there feel just as cramped, if not moreso everyday as SDC does on its busiest days. I'm just saying that since SDC is becoming a major player in the theme park business, they can learn from the other major players in regards to crowd control and keeping the same charm.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project Part 2
« on: November 30, 2017, 09:39:25 AM »
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.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: New Year's Eve
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:27:15 AM »
I love that they are open on New Year's Eve and day this year. However, it doesn't make much sense to close at 10 PM on New Year's Eve. Why not actually ring in the new year and be open a little past midnight?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:30:13 PM »
So, I'm not completely understanding the "controlled spin".  Assuming this means that the spin is controlled but it is computer controlled through the ride and not the rider? 

It is controlled by the mechanics of the ride through magnets. The rider controls nothing.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:18:53 PM »
I hope we get more theming than was presented in the video. And while it won't effect me, I do think SDC will face an uphill battle in marketing to people who do not like spinning. I think the controlled spin will definitely help and the animation didn't look out of control to me. It just looks more like a turning motion than spinning. I think everyone should give it a chance before immediately shooting it down.

This looks like a great addition to the park and will offer something completely different from anything they have. I can't wait for 2018 to come to enjoy this amazing new addition. Three inversions, two launches, that first drop! Looks crazy and fun to me!

The animation doesn't show any spinning at all beyond the inversions. It just shows a traditional rider POV.

You can see the spinning in the animation. I wasn't just talking about the POV.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:57:50 AM »
I hope we get more theming than was presented in the video. And while it won't effect me, I do think SDC will face an uphill battle in marketing to people who do not like spinning. I think the controlled spin will definitely help and the animation didn't look out of control to me. It just looks more like a turning motion than spinning. I think everyone should give it a chance before immediately shooting it down.

This looks like a great addition to the park and will offer something completely different from anything they have. I can't wait for 2018 to come to enjoy this amazing new addition. Three inversions, two launches, that first drop! Looks crazy and fun to me!

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