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Duelist, I think you are right about that.  But, I think they are missing the boat in refurbishing the old rides, not just because I love them, but because they are going to all but disappear in other theme parks and SDC could be the park that continues on with that piece of the past that people like. I think they'd always be popular with all generations.

Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills - New Adventure Park
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:20:36 AM »
Sand, was it bigger last year?   I watched it for the first time this year, and although it's not something I'm interested in, the folks around me seemed to really enjoy it. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: August 12, 2017, 05:43:15 PM »
Too bad they cannot come up with funds to build a three or four deck parking garage on the main lot...which in my daze working there it was called "C" lot. It is the area from the bus/tram loading area on the upper lot going toward the Hospitality House. If they remodel the front area at the turnstyles, I hope they keep the waterclock.

So do I, Junior!  I love that clock and the feeling that area conveys with the moving waters, rock, trees, and plants.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 12, 2017, 05:37:19 PM »
That's just crazy!  I know nothing about coasters, but because it's so deep, do you think water will be involved?  It's in the canyon, right?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Rain in Branson tomorrow
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:41:50 AM »
Radar show all clear.. lots of rain south...  enjoy your day..

Not so's been raining off and on since early morning.  Forecast calls for clearing to mostly sunny this afternoon. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: Christmas at Silver Dollar City
« on: August 04, 2017, 08:58:41 AM »
I agree with Coaster - they are generic and boring.  They really have no meaning.  Old Time Christmas puts an image in your head, and that should be their goal.  I think even youngins get that picture and would want it to remain. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Gluten Free at SDC!
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:18:47 PM »
This post isn't for everyone, but I have to commend SDC for their efforts to provide a safe meal for visitors with celiac. Hubs and I purchased tickets for Dessert on the Porch, even though I planned to take my own gluten free dessert in order to be safe.  One of the ladies at the Culinary School let me know that they were preparing a cheese and gf cracker plate with fresh fruit for me. She wanted me to verify that the packaged food they bought would be ok, and also, let me know the fruit would not be served cut because they didn't want any airborne flour to land on it, thus making me sick. I can't speak highly enough about this experience!  SDC rocks!

Each food vendor has a notebook that lists every ingredient listed at their stand.  While there are many gluten free choices on park, there are only a few I feel confident recommending mostly because of shared surface contact, utensils, etc.  Here are my favorites -

- hand cut potato chips. Most of the seasonings are gluten free.  Ask about them - I haven't ckd out all of them.
- spiral potatoes on a stick. Again, ck the seasonings served on the side
- spiral potatoes w/hot dog.  They use Nathan hot dogs
- kettle corn - nothing in the pot but corn, oil, sugar
- pork rinds - I haven't ckd out the bbq rinds, but a very thorough cleaning goes on before they switch flavors.
- ice cream - If you ask, they will wash the scoop and dip yours from an untouched container of ice cream
- Copper Kettle Candy - 90% of the products sold are made on site.  They make only one type of fudge, truffles
   per day so little chance of contact.
- Taffy Shop - all flavors of taffy are safe
- Frozen lemonade
- Call ahead of time and they will bring a g free Shephed's Pie to you at your chosen time/place.  I haven't tried

There are many other places, including the buffets, that offer gluten free, but most celiacs would never risk anything from a buffet.  If you can verify something safe that I haven't tried, please add to this post.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Tram nightmare
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:28:15 PM »
We walked to the parking lot at closing last night - we always do.  We didn't park at one that far away, but there were a lot of walkers!  Trams were filling quickly, but hundreds more took off walking - not sure of the wait time. Kudos to the tram drivers for dodging all the walkers! It seemed to be a chaotic mess, but I really didn't see anyone getting too upset about it other than one man who walked out in front of us. He was angry as soon as he saw the crowd and started throwing out the F word loudly in the midst of families! sigh...there's always that one.  Oh, and one little kid started crying because he wanted to ride the tram. His mom said that's his favorite part of the park, and she told him he could ride it next time.  ;D

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:10:54 PM »
Hubs and I went yesterday and had a great time in spite of it being pretty crowded.  There's a new blacksmith, Roger Perry, and he wears a red shirt.  ;D  Nice, friendly guy! The saloon show was fun - I hadn't been to it in a very, long time, but most of the other shows weren't going on, so we decided to give it a try! I'm glad we did!  Train was down for a long time - not sure why.  We had tickets to Dessert on the Porch, and that was a real treat. Hubs loved his dessert and drink, lemon bundt cake with blueberries and amaretto glaze.  I'll make a separate post on mine to help others out, but in short, I have celiac and couldn't eat it, but was served a cheese/gluten free cracker plate with fresh fruit. Read my other post for details because the staff went over the top to help me out, and I was so impressed with them.  I didn't expect much from the Echo Hollow show, but Hubs and I both thought it was very enjoyable.  The fireworks from the Culinary Porch were spectacular!  We got in on the end of the Street Dance.  I wish we could've made it back to Main Street quicker after fireworks to see more of it. It was crowded and most everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun.  My only critique would have to timing.  It was hard to see Echo Hollow, fireworks, and the Street Party in one night because they overlapped.  We had a great time!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Mug Refills
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:35:00 PM »
OK Dune!  How do you do it??? ::)

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Mug Refills
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:47:31 PM »
I know there were posts about this recently, but I can't find them.  So, here we are again!  Refills!  Hubs and I took our old mugs good for $1.25 refills and they were not honored.  We were charged $1.65, which is the refill price stated on menus, at 3 different food/drink stands.  I would've said something at the time, but Hubs picked up the drinks and I didn't notice it right away. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Coaster Christmas 2017 11.11.17
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:34:59 AM »
Not sure yet, but I went a couple of years ago, and it really was a lot of fun!

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 23, 2017, 01:47:03 PM »
Yup, I agree with you on pricing.  Good grief, they can't give it away.  I've learned to avoid reading comments on anything.  Too much stupidity -

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Tram nightmare
« on: July 20, 2017, 11:05:33 AM »
No one should ever walk in? Maybe some are more physically fit than you! That's the quite the statement!  ;D

Random Talk / Re: Junior, too says "howdy!"
« on: July 14, 2017, 02:36:06 PM »
It's a breath of fresh air to have you posting again, Junior!  Always enjoy reading your posts!

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