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Branson Talk / Re: New Duck boat company
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:29:19 AM »
I had always thought that Ripley's could have brought back a different type of "Duck" experience. One that was a bit more controlled....but yet exciting.

The part on the lake wasn't ever all that great except for the "splash down" - so my thought was continue with the patriotic theme, go tour the military equipment, but then have a finale in a "Battle Zone" with multiple splash downs into large ponds, controlled explosions - like the one in stunt shows, water cannon blasts, etc. - after you escape the "battle field" you have a leisurely ride back to the strip.

Jay.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Dec 31st, Jan 1st, 2nd - Question
« on: January 06, 2021, 05:15:32 PM »
Ended up going on Saturday, Jan 2nd. The park was beautiful in the snow.

Because the crowds were very light - the Chicken Waffle place was closed - which was one thing I was looking forward to. I thought about buying a quilt for the family at the furniture store - but noticed they were all "made in china", so I didn't buy one.

In the past, I've bought hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas decorations that were on sale, but this year there were just a few clearance items, but nothing was really on sale like before. When did they stop having the after Christmas 90% off sales? I was ready to buy quite a bit, but without any big sales, didn't see anything I had to have.

I did have a good time, enjoyed all the normal stuff that I love at SDC, bought a name necklace for my daughter and had a good conversation with the craftsman, enjoyed some good food, rode TNT once (just because it was open), gazed at the lights...looking forward to 2021 and a great year with things "hopefully" returning to more normal.

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCs 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 29, 2020, 08:54:09 AM »
I know everyone wants a bunch of new stuff each year (I do like new stuf), but I also like it when the park goes in and takes a break and makes small improvements all around the park. Make each ride the best it can be and I'm happy. The things that annoy me the most are knowing something can be much better than it is....because at one time, it was better. TNT for example, the Flooded Mine, American Plunge.....

Each year doesn't have to have a 20 million ride - make everything you have the best it can be and people will keep coming back, and back, and back...

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Dec 31st, Jan 1st, 2nd - Question
« on: December 15, 2020, 08:02:57 AM »
Thank you! I was hoping to get up next week, but it wasn't going to work out for the whole family - so those days were all that was left the the family could make work.

Even with the new regulations in place - we've visited SDC more this year than most. Looking forward to 2021 and seeing how things go next year.

Thanks again.
Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Dec 31st, Jan 1st, 2nd - Question
« on: December 14, 2020, 07:54:19 PM »
We're going to make one final trip to SDC this year - but we will be in Branson Dec. 31, Jan 1, 2. I know Holiday in the Park is over during those three days, but what does that mean?

Are there still lights on in the park at night (still open until 7pm)? Will the Frisco Barn still be selling Christmas ornaments? I'm assume all the shows are done, and the special food will be gone...I just didn't know if they kept the lights on and were still selling Christmas merchandise.

Jay

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Seasons pass benefits
« on: November 02, 2020, 12:22:34 PM »
For those of us who have used our season pass, if I'm reading these correctly, you get the same benefits if you extend the pass as you do if you buy new. So you're not penalized for doing the $50 renew....am I seeing this correct?

I was afraid if you renewed the pass you wouldn't get the same BAF benefits.

Jay



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Random Talk / 24 hour Marathon Build
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:40:40 AM »
Its been quiet around here so I thought Id share something we did this summer for a St. Jude patient.

https://youtu.be/Qzs--LdI54M

Jay


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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Any Pumpkin Nights / Christmas News?
« on: September 30, 2020, 01:38:45 PM »
Went this last weekend on Sunday, crowds were a little bigger than I experienced in August but still not very large. I didn't go last year but I was a little underwhelmed by the pumpkin path, however the GE and pathway was done very nicely. I absolutely loved the chicken cashew waffle. They need to add this as a staple in the park.

The plaza area was filled with many people and dancers - but not packed. It was about to rain, so I think a lot of people were headed out to avoid the rain.

Overall, had a great time and we're looking forward to going back at Christmas.

Jay


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 02, 2020, 02:06:47 PM »
"Nostalgia can have a way of distorting reality".....Yes I agree, but my reality had me absolutely soaked coming off Lost River - I was barely wet coming off Mystic River (as had been mentioned by others). Because of how wet we would get, we would always make Lost River our last rides of the day.

Thinking about my ride Mystic River more in depth, here are some possible reasons I wasn't as wet on Mystic River as I had been on Lost River:

1. The Lost River rafts had six riders with openings on each side of the riders. The Mystic River rafts have 8 riders with 2 openings, giving four riders with an opening next to them (four without). - if water entered our raft, it came through these openings. I didn't sit next to an opening therefore limiting my water exposure (on Lost River I didn't have that choice).

2. Most rapids we experienced didn't have a direct hit on the raft openings, neither did the final drop . The rapids we did experience went up the side of the raft, but didn't over-top the raft. - I guess this would be luck draw (or unlucky draw?).

3. Our raft was not full, therefore the raft didn't sit deep in the water - so we probably "floated" over some of the rapids instead of hitting them full force.

So next time, I'll be sure to sit next to an opening and hopefully have a group of 8 to ride with.

Jay


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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 01, 2020, 12:56:43 PM »
I don't have much to add that hasn't already been said. Yes the ride is faster, there is quite a bit of raft spinning when in the river, the landscaping is well done, the drop is mild, etc.

I don't know why but I feel Lost River did a better job with the rapids and getting you wet. The rapid at the tunnel for LR was so great. The rapids on Mystic River look impressive, but just don't do the job. My feet got wet, and my butt got wet from water rolling in through the doors but everything else dry.

I think to make this ride "worth the wait on a hot day" there needs to be geysers or something that hits your upper body, head?

Jay

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John, was that supposed to be a video link, or just an announcement that you guys rode the ride?

Jay

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: June 22, 2020, 01:24:16 PM »
Let's get some theming on that monstrosity!

looking back at the renderings of the ride, it looks like there was a very small building at the top of the lift, but that was it. The supports were painted green for the flume and lift, but nothing else was shown to be done.

Jay

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Branson Talk / Re: Branson these days
« on: April 08, 2020, 11:43:59 AM »
Karens?

WHAT DOES KAREN MEAN?
Karen is a mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman. Especially as featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands, and being a nagging, often divorced mother from Generation X.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: April 02, 2020, 11:12:53 AM »
In Oklahoma (and doing the billion dollar driving forward program) we've had two contractors close down because of the virus (one being a general and one as a sub-contractor). ODOT has provided us with directive if the contractors chose to close down because of the virus. So right now in Oklahoma, it's being left up to each construction company if they are closing or not.

I talked with a President of a large contractor and he said in Colorado their jobs have been closed.

On the job sites we are doing our best to maintain the rules provided by the state. The companies have even expanded their safety protocol testing workers for fever multiple times daily, having separation requirements, going to online meetings, and limiting personnel in field offices. I know my employees are using their phone for communication with the contractors and keeping their distance. A lot more digital documents for material tickets, deliveries, etc.

Jay

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