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Dollywood Discussion / Re: Quick question about After 3 Next Day Free
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:31:52 PM »
Also a deal Dollywood has that SDC doesn't - buy your 2018 Season pass get 2017 Smokey Mountain Christmas free....


I noticed that also... :D

I've always wanted SDC to run that promotion.  I would love to take advantage of that right now since I usually only buy season passes every other year.  I'm still debating on buying for next year but that would probably convince me if I could get a Christmas time visit in this year too.

They are goofy....I get them from music sites all the time looking for fans to vote for favorite songs/bands.  Basically they are click bait to get fans to drive up there site numbers.  Which means the 'contests' are mostly won by whom ever fans are most active at pushing the contest.

btw....I voted for

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:23:30 PM »
Thanks for the continued updates!!!  Appreciate everyone sharing.  TT really is a pretty amazing engineering feat.  Can't wait for the station to get theme'd out and to see the cars.

Coaster Studios posted a clip from the tour on YouTube.  They also just posted a couple of amazing interview/tour clips from the RMC shop in Idaho that is a must watch for coaster nerds.

It bet an attraction exactly like that would do huge business in Branson....even at a high price point $89-$99 a tix to do it all.  Add a wave pool and maybe a secondary kid area and it easily becomes the best water park in town by a long shot.  Even if just built as is like in Mexico it would be a perfect secondary weekend attraction to SDC.

Well....we completed our long-anticipated family cruise last week.  We had a blast in the western Caribbean even with some poor weather (at least it wasn't hurricanes).

I won't bore you with a full trip report but did want to call it to this amusement park group an amazing water park that we got to visit at Costa Maya Mexico called Lost Maya Kingdom Adventure Park

Easily the most thrilling and most fun water park I've ever experienced.  Place is amazing....great themes and designs and the rides don't hold anything back.

The park is located right next to the cruise ship port and is within 5 minute tram ride from the dock.  It features a 24 story Maya Pyramid as a centerpiece that can been seen through the park and from the cruise ships at the dock.  Looks like both the park and the dock/shops where developed specifically the cater to the cruise ship visitors.   The park is basically a combination Zipline center and water park and you can but tixs for each one or both.  It really is built in the middle of a jungle.  The paths around the park are raised and create an amazing atmosphere.

On the day we went there where only two ships in town and rain in the forecast all day so it was a relatively slow day and it felt like we had most of the park to ourselves!!!...maybe just a few hundred people there all morning.  After finding very reasonably priced lockers within the pyramid 'ruins' the family jumped in a very long and amazingly themed lazy river that ran around and through the pyramid.  River even had a long section full of dry ice fog that created a 'white out' effect....very cool and creepy. 

My oldest two and I then headed back to the pyramid and suited up to do the ziplines.  They had 3 courses of lines including a zip roller coaster which we tried first.  All the courses started out of different levels in the pyramid.  The pyramid has two ELEVATORS!!!! you take to get to the start points.  The coaster was a slow curvy helix filled descent which ended with a splash down in a pool.  It was actually probably the scariest zip course because I really got nervous making those turns just hanging from a rope.   The other two courses had multiple ziplines onto various towers set around the park.  The longer of the courses took about 20mins to complete and had 8-10 very high and long rides.  The 'medium' one had 3-4 rides and a couple of rope bridges between the towers.  All of them had a final splash down ride to end them.

Park had a huge kids play structure that my two youngest play at for hours.  3-4 slides on the structure and a nearby 'relax pool' that the played in too.  With some rain coming oldest and I headed back to the pyramid structure to do the water slides.  Wow...the most intense slide structures I've even been on.  There are around a dozen slides through out the pyramid.  Levels 12, 18, and 24.  Did I mention the Elevator!!!  You can take the stairs or the elevator which has the slides listed out by level.  The red tube slide we started with was the fastest I've ever been whipped you through the tube and guaranteed a huge wipeout at the end.  So much fun.  The mat racers off of level 18 where slide on your belly face first into complete darkness....twist around not seeing what is coming...then burst out into daylight in time to dive down some more....crazy.  After sampling about half the slides a few times it started to thunderstorm....not that the workers seemed to care.  We got a few more rides in before the lightning really started to worry me and the wife was ready to go.  Wish the weather was better...we really packed in a lot of action in just a few hours....would have been great to enjoy the attractions longer.

Few other notes:
Park was completely feed by ocean water - all pool and slides where salt water - first for me
All rides where equipped with RFID scanners for wrist bands (though they didn't give us any)  Park had cameras setup everywhere taking pic and had scanners to try to identify who was there.  During our exit through the gift shop process - they had to manually find our pics to try to sell
Did I mention the elevators - lol - sure beats hitting the stairs for every ride - really cool setup - had the lockers and zipline equipment at the base of the pyramid - zip liners could just jump on an elevator after getting geared up and pick a course to start - then they ended back by the pyramid where they rechecked your gear and you could just jump on the elevator to start another course - water slider used the same elevators
Also had an upcharge freefall attraction within the center of the pyramid.  20 story drop with 5 seconds of freefall was just walk off a plank-like overhang in the center of the pyramid attached to a cord on your back (harness) that would activate to catch you on the way down.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:44:59 AM »

See Dollywood's system for Wild Eagle- actual onride video footage from cameras mounted in the cars on the back of the seat in front of them, transmitted wirelessly and able to be purchased as soon as you get off of the ride.  you can see it from our recent trip at

in this case, the car would need an "island" or something in the middle of it to hold the cameras, but they've got them small enough now that it wouldn't take much room and is very possible.

That doesn't mean they are going to do it with TT.  I've no clue if they want to or not.  But saying that it most certainly is possible and is happening on other coasters now if they wanted to go with on ride footage from on the cars themselves.

Nice!!!!  Thanks for sharing.  I wonder if their network/systems designed is leaked  See if it's built the way I'm thinking.  Maybe I should go look for IT jobs at HFE  :o

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:54:24 PM »
What if the on-ride camera is actually on the train/car itself? The concept art shows a kind of console in front of the riders with those rolling number things.... They could easily put in a camera there. I mean, they were able to do on-ride video on Wildfire by putting the camera on the train itself...

This comment got my brain spinning (pun intended).  As an IT guy who has some experience with the technology needed I would say it's not as easy as it sounds but very possible.  The trick is being able to retrieve the data from the cameras to get the video/pics to the shop to sell securely and timely.  A traditional on-ride camera is actually off the ride and wired to the photo station and has plenty of time for the ride to complete as it sends the images.  Basically can be done with just a couple pieces of technology and software.  If a camera is mounted to the would need a different way to deliver the pic and/or vids.  Tech is no doubt available to create a secured wireless network within the station that could connect the devices (on-board cameras) as the train arrives.   The key would be if they could build out a wireless network that can connect and transfer the data fast enough to be available by the time you get to the photo hut.   It would probably have to connect with each seat too.  It's an interesting scenario to plan out.....and presents a lot of possible points of data failure so probable wouldn't be the most reliable system.  Plus the amount of tech devices needed to buy and maintenance just exploded.  With the right setup/investment....the park could always save the pic's and try to sell them online later too.

Other Parks / Re: Six Flags St. Louis: Then vs. Now
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:41:46 PM »
That's a fun this type of history.  Thanks for posting.

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun Developments.
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:40:21 PM »
What's the deal with Zulu?  (in Seinfeld voice)

Zula really been down all year?  Shooting Gallery is gone?  Fling is going?

There isn't much left that I remember from my childhood - Maybe Timberwolf, Voyager, Nile, Bamboozle?, la taxi.  I know parks have to evolve and change....but this is making me feel too old.

I'm starting to get vacationitis....scheduled to shove off our cruise in 11 days!!!

Watching those tropical storm forecasts like a hawk.

Looks like a fun ride....too bad no kids know who Oscar is anymore.

Random Talk / Re: Tell Me Something Good!
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:32:18 PM »
Six Flags and U2 in StL. Tommorrow. All 4 of us.
Row A Club seats. The idiots in the streets will not stop me.

Wow....guess the idiots won :(

The world is going stupid

Random Talk / Re: Airports!
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:50:42 AM »
I'd argue that NWA has been stealing concerts from the SW Mizz and Little Rock markets more than Tulsa market.  The AMP has been getting some pretty amazing bookings the past few years.

Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Fall 17
« on: September 16, 2017, 09:49:33 AM »
idk if it will impact the current stores. 

The current HO auditorium wouldn't be a very good movie uninformed guess would be that that whole build would be probably just get leveled and redeveloped.  They have been using the new auditorium over at the Tech Center (and co-broadcasting from/to other locations) for the morning meetings for a few years now.  The 3 story building closest to Walton is an old reinforced (bunker like) data center that isn't used as that but still holds a operations center (and regular offices).  It will be interesting to see if they leave that.

I'm hearing a new fitness center will be the first thing replaced.  The already just finished moving one of the oldest DCs across town from that property.  They still have two other DCs and 5-6 medium to large office complex in that area.  It will be interesting to see how the transition everything around to make it happen.  No doubt when it's completed....those that couple of miles of property could be the most densely populated in the state most weekdays. one of the leaders put it.  They are proud that then didn't play the shake down game with every state/city in the country (unlike what a competitor is currently doing)

Random Talk / Re: What's going on in NWA, Fall 17
« on: September 15, 2017, 01:44:30 PM »
5-7 years to complete.  Its right off of the new exit being built off i49.  They have been quietly buying up that land for years (namely the houses).  Of course they already owned most if it and it's right beside the Tech campus that already exists.  It's both much needed and a little bit of a strange move if you understand how un-walmart this actually is.  The company is historically been proud that its HQ is basically ran out of an old distribution center and re-purposed stores.  Already have thousands of people working in that area so is going to be a real mess during this time to actually build it all.  I know some of the operations in the area have already been moved.

Already a lot of rumors about what will happen to the current offices.

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