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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: What IS this song??!
« on: June 15, 2017, 10:09:20 PM »
I shazamed it and got nothing.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:33:11 PM »
Lovin Spoonful was good Fri. night - not great, but good, and Echo Hollow was nearly full.  Not so full with Spinners and Association, but it was also rainy those nights.  Musically, I think all of these groups are fine and haven't lost their musicality; other than few can sing as well as they use to. These guys are so much older, so I didn't expect them to sound the same.  What I really enjoyed was that these are the original guys who wrote the music, and they sing their own music.  They aren't a tribute band!  We enjoyed it, especially hearing them talk about their success 50 years ago, their history, and musical careers.  They were fun nights! I hope SDC continues with these concerts next year. 

I'm not sure what's up with the bathrooms!  They definitely need some attention. I wonder if they are short staffed this year.  We got coffee at the first concert. The next night, we tried again and the sales lady yelled at us for asking!  Hubs was shocked and thankfully ( ;D) just walked away.  Few minutes later, another employee came to our seats asking if we were the ones wanting coffee.  She said it was being made and offered to bring it to us.  She apologized and said the first lady didn't know how to make it. I can only assume that it was noticed by someone in the know, and they wanted that situation corrected.

Park has really been been crowded the last few visits.  Kettle Korn line has really been long.  I thought the frozen lemonade stand by the kettle corn was the good one. Has that changed?

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:10:09 PM »
I have that same problem uploading.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: NEW FIND
« on: June 11, 2017, 09:34:52 AM »
That is awesome!  Lucky you!

Random Talk / Re: Kayaking in Branson area
« on: June 10, 2017, 12:42:19 PM »
I'd go into the subdivision where Vickery Resort is located on the lake.  Not sure of the name of it, but it's off 165 near the state park.  Look for signs for Vikery.  There's a boat ramp there that we often use to launch our jet ski. It's officially open now as the water has gone down enough.  It's a quiet cove you could practice in; I say quiet, even though people do use the ramp, because I can't tell you how many times we've needed to use the ramp and there's a car parked on it and people are swimming.  I've had to ask them to MOVE several times as we are backing down the ramp and they just stay there in the water two feet away from a moving truck/trailer.  (smh!!!)  But, more times than not kayaks and canoes are in that cove. 

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2018
« on: June 08, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »
Love the names!  It was $27 for the day (I think she received a discount with a guide dog), take your own dog food (guide dogs eat a controlled diet, so she would've taken food for her regardless), they have an attendant, and water is free.  Her dog had a tail wagging great day!  Here's a link:

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2018
« on: June 08, 2017, 10:27:47 AM »
My son and girlfriend are at Dollywood today.  Her guide dog has a reservation at Doggywood!  How cool is that??? I wondered how they would be able to enjoy rides with her guide, but Doggywood to the rescue! Her dog will spend the day on park in her own "cottage with a bed" and her own private kennel run. Thank you, Dollywood, for this excellent service! I wish SDC had something similar.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:20:04 AM »
Super, I have to agree with you on the bathroom issue.  I've been there several times this year and haven't seen an attendant.  Usually there is one in the bathroom.  My biggest gripe AS ALWAYS is that someone is always in the only wheelchair accessible stall with kids, changing clothes, or talking on the phone when there are wheelchairs that can't get in any other stall!  The new bathroom at Echo Hollow was awful last week - so bad that standing in the funnel cake line was not fun.  You could also smell it from the seating area.  I've never had a bad experience with restaurant employees other than a couple kids working one year at the front grill who were more interested in talking and laughing loudly and ignoring the line.  That was a one time experience.  The shows are excellent this year in my opinion, and yes, the lines are long.  Luckily, they move fairly fast once the doors are open.  Hubs only gripe is that so many places start closing an hour or more before closing time.  If I was a visitor getting there late in the afternoon, I'd be very unhappy to walk around looking for an open food vendor. 

White Water Discussion / Re: SDC and White Water in one day
« on: June 06, 2017, 11:21:34 AM »
My advice is to stay at SDC for the day! You're going on a weekend and both parks will be crowded, so why waste time going back and forth? The others are right about dealing with traffic, trams, lines, etc.  SDC has enough water rides to keep them wet, good food choices, the Stunt Dog show was good (it surprised me!), the Globetrotters might still be there, and there are concerts at Echo Hollow Fri. - Sun. night  (Fri. -Lovin Spoonful) and (Sat. - Poco) and (Sun. - Rare Earth).  Music may not be their first choice being young, but I saw many kids there for Spinners and Association last weekend, and all seemed to be enjoying it.

Branson Talk / Re: Mountain Coaster Damaged in Storm
« on: May 29, 2017, 12:21:24 PM »
Drove by Danna's today.  Lots of activity going on to open as soon as possible.  A news article posted 3 feet of water in dining room.  Luckily, it hit as they were cleaning to close up for the night.

On the way in to Echo Hollow, I was able to get this shot.  It's big!  I overheard a worker talking to a couple of guests who were asking her about the big building. She told them that at this point, no one knows what the building is going to be, although she thinks it will be a coaster.  She also said that SDC employees will find out what it is at the same time it is announced to the public in August.  She gave them the website for signing up for early release of information.  Early speculation among employees and guests was that it was going to be a bed and breakfast.  ;D

Not sure why it's sideways - I didn't enter it that way and can't seem to change it.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Blacksmith
« on: May 15, 2017, 06:22:07 PM »
I saw him walking through the park with his wife a couple weeks ago.  I wanted to say "hello", but was walking in a crowded spot and didn't have the chance.  Great to know there will be a blacksmith, but I will miss that red shirt and the conversations between hubs and him.

Construction/Rumors / Re: The General Complaints Thread
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:51:53 PM »
It's now a mandatory photo booth and they are making everyone stand in line outside the station to process and photograph before entering. This is gonna be a problem on busy days as it makes this area impossible to navigate. This also appears to be hampering riders from entering Flooded Mine.

This is just a bad idea all around!

Mandatory?  Wanna bet?


Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills. Not going to Open
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:48:23 PM »
I read a few news articles that stated there were a couple prospective buyers - one is interested in continuing the show and the other just wants the land. It was also mentioned on Facebook that Herschends have no interest in the property (not a reliable source imo), but I wish they would! I got married standing in front of the statues (many years ago). Hubs always talked of acquiring one of the statues if they ever closed. (I'll have to keep an eye on him to make sure one doesn't magically appear in the driveway) ;D

Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills. Not going to Open
« on: May 07, 2017, 09:36:36 AM »
Im stunned. Absolutely cannot believe it.
History is why I fell in love with SDC and the Branson area. The memories are sadly becoming permanent instead of recurring.

Yes, it is sad.  I'm so glad went to the last showing last year.

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