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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:50:57 PM »
Talked to a couple of vendors we always stop and talk with who told us that they were told they aren't being invited back next year.

Is this due to them not having this festival next year or they just don't want the outside vendors?

You know, I'm not really sure.  I didn't want to ask too many questions when it was brought up.  The two that spoke about not coming back were in the Frisco Barn.  One mentioned that the entire back of the park was in for a remodel, but not sure how he would know that.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Refill Cups
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:17:43 AM »
Iím going to be that guy... if 50Ę is going to break the bank for you, maybe SDC isnít the place for you to visit?

LOL...  And I am the other guy..

1.25 refills for as long as have the refill mug...  SHOULD be just that.. 1.25.
Now is this going to break me.... No
Is this going to piss me off? I will never be back.....  No

But if you DIDNT want to refill them "forever", you should probably not have marketed them that way.  ::) ::)

Exactly! And, I rarely use mine, and, I'm very certain I will always be able to afford to visit the city.  ::)

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Refill Cups
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:26:18 PM »
I asked about that, too, and was told all refills $1.75 regardless of mug.  New policy...

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 19, 2018, 07:51:24 PM »
Today was a nice visit, and I was surprised at the number of people there on a Wednesday.  Lots of kids! I agree with Jemmicat in that I don't think there are as many crafters there either.  Talked to a couple of vendors we always stop and talk with who told us that they were told they aren't being invited back next year. For the first time, I got to hear Violet Hensley play her fiddle and sing.  That was an honor! I really enjoyed the reps from the Cherokee nation and learned a bit of history from the potter, bow maker, and flute player.  There was a cooking demo on the schedule, but was told that it's only held on Sat., so it must've been a misprint in the schedule. Hubs only comment was that so much of the park, at least in the back, was closing or closed at 5:30, and he was annoyed by it. We had to walk to the front to find one open to get a drink.

We went with the sole purpose of riding water rides and leaving, but got side tracked with other things and rode only LR.  Came home drenched, but had a really great day.   

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Refill Cups
« on: September 19, 2018, 07:06:39 PM »
Today I was told by two separate vendors that all refills regardless of year must pay the current refill price of !.75. I showed both vendors the $1.25 price on my cup and was told that price is no longer in effect.  I argued with the second vendor, so she pulled out the memo sent out through the park last week stating no more forever prices on older cups!  Flat $1.75 no matter the year of your mug!  >:(

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:00:47 PM »
I'm game! Let's do it!

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:42:18 PM »
Hubs and I went to hear Firefall tonight at Echo Hollow. The rain held off, Echo was about 1/3 full, and the band was better than I even expected. Had a great time!  Couple things we noticed - on the way down to Echo Hollow, on the opposite side of the walkway where the lantern lights are, there are big, round led lights that shine up into the trees.  We saw them at a couple other places walking out.  They are pretty, BUT they totally ruin the ambiance, and they are clashing with the soft lantern light.  Now, the best part of all, was Brad Thomas and a couple of suits were walking ahead of us as we were discussing this.  I couldn't get the hubs to move faster - I wanted to talk loud enough that he would overhear our conversation about the new lights that are shining a cold blue and green up into the trees and how they are too contemporary for their setting.  ;D

 I know the Fall Festival doesn't start until the 12th, but the vendors on Main St. were set up.  Very little fall decoration going on - a few stores had a wreath on the door.  I hope they aren't finished setting up as it looks very unremarkable right now.

One thing was a little weird.  Hubs went off to get drinks for us, and carried them back without lids. One was collapsing a bit, but I had something to pour it into. Now, the vendor told him that the park is no longer providing lids for any drinks.  Not even hot coffee!  The reason given was that kids flip them into vats of hot oil, so they decided to do away with them.  With cooler weather coming soon and more hot drinks being sold, I see this as an enormous problem that they should be concerned about.  Very difficult to hold onto an open drink if your in a wheelchair, walking thru a crowd, trying to push a stroller, getting bumped standing in line. A few years ago, I was handed a cup of wassail w/o a lid at the 5K and it flipped in the process.  That was wickedly hot and steaming.  I got a "sorry about that" and another drink which I turned down. No more hot drinks in a crowd!

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Hosts Golden Ticket Awards
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:15:57 PM »
That explains a few things.  I wondered why Time Traveler was running after closing.  We saw Brad Thomas walking around with 3 people, one was dressed in what looked like an Armani suit  ;D)! They veered off and were walking toward Midtown which was lit up with the Christmas display.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:53:12 PM »
Did I miss something? What's not coming back to the Cowboy Fest?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:51:51 PM »
As far as craftsman, I know a few who've left.  One of the reasons is because they aren't allowed to do their craft, but must meet a quota of pushing out craft crap instead of real craftsmanship.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Gaslight Square
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:22:49 AM »
I gotta say, I went last year to see Dizzy the DJ and hear Sequel Dose. Actually, not quite true; I went to the park that day and stumbled on Dance Party walking out.  We hung around a bit to let the crowd of those leaving die down, and it just got better and better. Dizzy was off work at nine, but announced he was having so much fun, he was going to stick around. I didn't think I'd care for it, but I loved it! Sequel Dose is tremendous, IMO, and Dizzy had everyone involved between the ages of one and 80 dancing.  A little loud, but fun! Out of theme, YES, but it was after hours, and families were having a blast.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 31, 2018, 09:17:55 PM »
There was a conference on the news today featuring the Coleman family and a team of lawyers announcing a second lawsuit filed by the Colemans. This lawsuit covers two more of their family members.  If an amount was mentioned, I missed it.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Large structure
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:53:28 PM »
Loved it! Although, I know I was airborne a few times.  ;D

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:08:26 PM »
I was by there several times 3 weekends ago and at 9 or 10 at night it was a virtual ghost town. I never saw 1 ride operating. Location is /was terrible that far east on the strip. It just looked like any other carnival you see set up in a mall parking lot with the exception of the small coasters. In Contrast the mountain coaster had a line 50 people deep most of those nights. Carnival rides are just not that appealing to me.

From the road, I thought it was rather nice looking; so much more than I expected it to be.

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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:47:14 PM »
All I can say is that I arrived at the IMAX at 6:15 with clear, sunny skies.  My hubs commented that there was cloud cover to the north over Springfield when we were talking about hoping it would rain.  At 6:33 I got a weather text alert on my phone and was surprised to see it. At 6:48 we were looking at a radar that showed a heavy line of storms moving in. I believe at 7:03 the boat sunk.  It happened that fast! It's a tragic, tragic event that breaks my heart thinking of the pain families are dealing with.

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