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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:33:20 AM »
Yes, but how many B&Ms could we have gotten for the price of TT?
A least a couple.   I’d much rather had a hyper doing dips down the side of a mountain popping up over the treeline

I'd love a B&M hyper....or a drop ride....or invert.  A hyper running through the hills back behind PK would be amazing!!!

Seems like SDC is satisfied with OR being it's headlining extreme thrill ride though.  Maybe in 3-5 years it will be different....but I've got a feeling the next few years will be about dealing with the classic rides, the shows, and other none-ride attractions.  The park really needs a another indoor attraction that can be open in the weather.
 Which is all great....I'm just guessing another big thrill ride will be years away.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:17:17 AM »
Actually making the work schedule for SDC wouldnt be any worse than any other retail orientated company...
you check sales and attendence for the same day a couple of years in the past... the current weather forecast would have nothing to do with setting a schedule ahead of time..  I am sure they schedule 2 weeks out at a minimum,..
average out sales and attendence, 
schedule employees accordingly for the expected sales and your done... 
IF you have bad weather, you send employees home early,, Bad deal for employee, smaller paycheck, But it really is that simple...   
However I would not be surprised if SDC has a scheduling program on the puter that does it all automatically..  That would save the labor cost immensely.

I can contribute to this conversation that at least one large retailer that has a HO in the area.....does include both historical weather and weather forecasting in making both staffing plans and merchandise planning.  Of course the merchandise planning is more of a seasonal forecasting thing.  Surely SDC tracks historical info around attendance and weather to help them make decisions along with the upcoming forecasts.

Dear Six Flags......

What blows my mind about that is the looney tunes and flintstones theme.  So much money around characters that I don't know even have shows anymore.  I know my kids aren't exactly begging to watch this stuff....or buy it.  I think Snoopy is more relevant to kids these days.  My father-in-law still loves his toones maybe that for the adults and the superheros are for the kids now.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:04:04 PM »
Did HFE get any type of 'deal' from Mack to do TT.  Like they did with OR and RMC?  With it being a new concept ride and one of the first Macks in the US?  I know Mack isn't going out of business if this ride isn't a big wasn't a charity price...but hopefully they stick with it to make sure it runs as well as possible.

If they could just add another car to the train to increase capacity....the wait is just brutal right now.

B&M and RMC (minus LR) in my opinion have proven to be the best and most reliable coaster makers in the world.  RMC business has exploded but they still seem to be turning down business because it's overloaded with projects.  B&M coasters are so expensive....parks love them for their capacity and easy to maintain....but the are so expensive and there core models are just everywhere.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 14, 2018, 03:05:48 PM »
It’s open now.
Usual crap on TT.
It’s the new PK


I was worried about its capacity since it's unveiling:( 

Anyone know if it's been up regularly?  Is it only been down/delayed due to temps?

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:09:02 PM »
So after some of you have had a chance to ride and reflect.  What is the consensus of the TT?  Is it more of a family ride, or an extreme ride, or just a cool roller coaster?

I would not call it extreme.  It's a fun family thrill ride.  A good step between TnT and OR/WF.  It's actually pretty amazing how slow it goes through some of the course.  It crawls through the big loop. 

The only negative stuff I'm hearing is more about the lines being too long - GP saying it was fun but wasn't worth the wait.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:35:49 PM »
Swoosh's doom and gloom comments scared everyone off....or maybe it was the weather  :P

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:09:23 AM »
This is Young Heathens Weekend.  It’ll be stupid busy with teenagers without adult supervision.  Massive line cutting and overall rude behavior.  It really is the worst weekend of the entire year.  It ticks me off too as these as supposed to be “Christians” too.  Takes the park a good week to recover from the vandalism.

And it's so frustrating, both from a worker's point of view as well as a pastor's.  The lack of supervision is a huge part of the problem- what do teens do when they aren't supervised?  Test the limits of what they can get away with.  And there is this idiotic idea out there very common in churches that this is a great event to take all of those kids who would normally not go anywhere near the church to- kids they would normally have little or nothing to do with and that they don't know.  Because they think that somehow these kids will hear a few licks of music and it will transform them, but in the mean time they turn them loose to wreak havok (which is why they normally wouldn't be at church to begin with)

Meantime everyone else assumes that all of them are "Christian" and that is what Christians are like, and it becomes an utter failure all the way around.  Well, except for those trouble making kids who got a free (or nearly free) day at SDC out of it. *sigh*

Youth ministry is a complex topic.  My church has a large youth ministry mission that is often a double edge sword for our church.  Our Wednesday night youth services are as large as the sunday morning services because we bring in a lot neighboring kids who's families are not active in church but basically use us as a babysitter or just a safe place to go out of the house once a week.  We have a youth lead worship band, full-time youth leader/minister, and feed them every Wednesday.  Our ministry goal is to just try build relationships with the kids and families and be a light in the community.  Maybe a seed or two can be planted.  The church does get a handful a new members/families regularly.  The downside is that we have families in the church that don't send their kids on Wednesday because we have a 'rougher' or less controlled environment because it's so open.  The church has had to deal with some incidents too from the kids and puts a lot of pressure on both the paid and volunteer leadership on those nights.  A few family's have left because of situations with non-churched kids.  Our facilities take a beating too when you have 70-100 pre-teen and teens in the building.  I used to volunteer to help and teach but I would only do it a quarter at a was exhausting....and they do struggle keeping good volunteers around.  I've personally gone back in forth myself on allowing my kids to go but I know the heart of the mission is solid...the leaders are good....and frankly that controlled environment is actually a good stepping stone to the real world. 

We don't do many trips like the SDC weekend (never have done SDC)...they do weekend conferences sometimes and when they do it's usually just select youth leaders in an effort to team build with each other and plan out events for the church.  But for smaller churches this might be a highlight of the year for the youth...and the churches best method to try to create some new relationships in there communities..."Come go to SDC with us" It's not really about them hearing the right song during the weekend....though it doesn't's about possible planting a seed and hopefully creating some good relationships with kids who need them.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:30:27 PM »
What do you all think Friday and Saturday this week will be like?  Weather looks colder and maybe rainy.

This is Young Heathens Weekend.  It’ll be stupid busy with teenagers without adult supervision.  Massive line cutting and overall rude behavior.  It really is the worst weekend of the entire year.  It ticks me off too as these as supposed to be “Christians” too.  Takes the park a good week to recover from the vandalism.

lol...theirs got to be a least 2 entertaining stories behind these feelings.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendence number....
« on: April 03, 2018, 01:51:46 PM »
Mental note:  Rainy Saturdays before an Easter Sunday are good days to go.  lol.

In kind of makes since that it would be light on a weekend holiday that most families like to stay close to home.

Washington Post seems to be focused on it's Kansas's fault that they didn't inspect the ride.

The comments are just plan evil...basically saying....the Republican's family got what was coming because Republican's are against regulations and are in charge of Kansas.

It's crazy how many different layers and levels there are to this tragic and preventable death.

The plot keeps thickening about the guys who made this ride...own the park...

Very sketchy past is coming out about not only the building of the ride....but there personal past including substance issues, domestic abuse, and safety issues at other parks (including other deaths).

US Marshals are still looking for one...who is out of country.

SDC had the good sense to remove the Waterboggan before things got worse.

I loved the ride, but it was rough, and lots of people got bounced around in ways they shouldn't have.

I've only rode it on  It looked fun...but I never wanted to ride it....probably cause waterslides scare me more than any other ride type.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: $1 mugs
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:09:21 AM »
I have a $1.50 Wildfire mug that they honored last week.

In the real world....they need to say "We are sorry, we feel like crap this happened in our park and to the victims, we are going to support the impacted in all ways legally possible, we fired all involved (I assume they haven't), we will help the authorities prosecute the case to seek justice (they kind of tried to say this),  we don't know how to make it better but we are dedicated to the mission that it will never happen again in our parks".
But instead this crap release statement reeks of lawyer speak to ensure that the pending legal preceding will impact the company and it's employees as little as possible is the #1 goal.  I wouldn't trust this company to walk my dog.  I'm sure the victims family is really happy that their employees kids and grandkids happily walked away from Verruckt to live happy lives.  Horrific.

Schlitterbahn released the following statement after the water park was indicted:

"We’ve reviewed the indictment against Schlitterbahn Kansas City and Tyler Miles and we plan on contesting the allegations. Since the date of the incident we have worked closely with law enforcement; at no time have we withheld evidence; at no time have we altered evidence. The indictment uses quoted statements from a reality TV show that was scripted for dramatic effect that in no way reflects the design and construction of the ride.

"The safety of our Schlitterbahn guests and employees has been at the forefront of our culture throughout our 40 years of operations. Many of us rode Verruckt regularly, as did our children and grandchildren. We have faith in the justice system and are confident that when we finally have an opportunity to defend ourselves, it will be clear that this was an accident. We stand by our team and will fight these charges."

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