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Maybe the Globetrotters are setting up their own place  ;D

I vote a redneck wheel.....see what kind of crazy ways a Redneck could build and run it :)

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 10, 2015, 04:00:59 PM »
I remember the Ice House concept from the survey years ago.  I thought it was great....though a DW Mystery Mine type of ride doesn't seem very family friendly....I'd rather either have to big crazy coaster or lighter nicely themed family experience.

Didn't they have the horse racing concept too? 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2017 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 10, 2015, 09:53:04 AM »
Does SDC own the land on the other side of Indian Point Drive? 

It would be cool if the could build a coaster over the road to the woods on the other side from GE/Hollow.  Would add to the 'entrance experience' and maybe still keep the riders in the theme park SDC past for most of the ride? 

I doubt that they would get approval to build over a public road though.  Or maybe under it with a tunnel?

Just doesn't seem to be enough room for a major ride in my mind.  Would have to be somewhat condensed or open to either the park or street.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: American Plunge
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:49:35 PM »
is the chutes made of metal or plastic?  Support metal or wood?

That lift hill could be a big lighting rod with all the equipment and water.

Do the parks have rods around the rides to help prevent this?


I could see Parson Stadium really needs restroom upgrades!!!!  Maybe they could book more events.  Place could be great for mid-level concerts and festivals.  It is already a great place for Demo Derbys and Monster Truck shows (and rodeos).

The opera place is in the middle of nowhere?  30 min drive to Eureka?  45 to Rogers?  Guess that is part of the attraction?  Good luck to them. 

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun 2016
« on: August 21, 2015, 01:25:34 PM »
What a disappointment.  I'm assuming this might be happening to capitalize on the PEANUTS movie?

Planet Snoopy is already one of the biggest kids sections I've ever seen.  The last thing the park needed was more kids rides in that area.  Doesn't make me want to take a trip back up there and I have 4 kids who would ride them.

Should have done a Snoopy dark ride instead.

I've always dreamed that they will put in a floorless B&M with some Orient Express elements back in the Orient section.


"I'm hear to ride outlaw run and chew bubble gum......and I'm all out of bubble gum"

They are in for life.....Poor guys are never going to get out.... :D

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2016 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:46:17 AM »
Would it be possible to connect GE with the FL?  expand the loop?  close off the path at the RR crossing?

Not sure if I'd like that or not.....but I've wondered the past few years if that was in the long term plans and I haven't been this year to see how FL got laid out.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2016 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 14, 2015, 07:49:46 AM »
They better not take out those Frogs/bug kiddie rides!!!!

That frog ride might as well be the kiddie version of Outlaw Run in my kids world.  We go straight to them in the morning and get a few rides in to avoid the 30-45 waits later in the day:)  Not kidding.

Random Talk / Amazeum Bentonville
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:07:18 AM »
The "Amazeum" opened up in Bentonville a few weeks ago.  Thought I'd share quick review from my first trip.

The Amazeum is a children's museum located on the grounds of the Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Art Museum.  It was built mostly from the Walton Family foundation and the Lee Scott Family (former Walmart CIO and current board member).  Unlike the Art does have an entry cost of $10 per person to get in.  I'm assuming that allowing a free cost (like the Art Museum) at a place that these would be had to manage.  I've been to a few other children's museums like this one and $10 is the best price I've seen.

I have family in town the week and in a last minute decision I took 3 of my own kids plus one cousin to the museum last Saturday afternoon while my wife and other kids/cousins attended older pool party.  So I had 4 kids between 4-11 with me to experience the new attraction.

The building is nice and new.  Ironically I didn't find anything about it 'amazing' but it was done well.  Most of the experience is in one large room separated into different sponsored sections.  Most of the same stuff I've seen at other children's museums where around.  Play places with air tubes...conveyor belts that moved blocks around...'kid' sized walmart grocery store with the play food, checkouts, shelf's, homestead cabin house, tornado sim, big climbing tree structure, fake cave to walk through, lots of hands on stations to touch and do little experiments.

They have a water area that included some overhead water showers.  I've seen water sections/rooms at other childrens museums but they always just used water tables/hoses that kind of restricted how wet you would get.  This place has sprinklers from the ceiling for you to dodge (I guess)?  I told my youngest (4yo) to stay away from them and not get wet but.....of course....he was playing at a water table got excited about something and walked backwards right under a shower.  In a matter of seconds he was soak (diaper included).  I just don't get why they have them here?  I pulled him outside and had to change his diaper....very frustrating to me.

They also had an outside area that seems to only be 1/2 done so far. A few stations, a climbing structure, and a just planted maze.

Only a few things seem to stand out.  The 'art room' had a small glass walled area for painting.  They had water paint in a few colors with brushes and window washers.  Kids could paint on the windows and then wipe it clean.  Great spot for pictures and the kids had a lot of fun.  Kids also like a table that had sand and turn tables....they could create stuff in the sand as it turned.  My 7yo loved the air tubes and balls by the spongebob display.  He went to town with connecting pipes and see how he could change the way the foam balls moved and shot up in the air.

Museum also has a Hersey's lab that required a ticket (no charge) that was already sold out so we didn't get to try.  Not sure what that is about.

Overall we spent about 2.5 hours there and I think saw everything and that was with me trying to take it in slowly.  The oldest who had never been to anything like it before had a lot of fun and got in a few smiles (a rarity for her).  My kids all enjoyed a few of the things but my 9 and 7yo both thought other places we had been where better.  It was packed when we went....parking was full and overflowed down the street to the church and other direction in to the Crystal bridges parking.  It probably would have been better with a smaller crowd too.

I think it is best for younger kids 3-11 yo range.  The older ones will probably be bored.  If you in NWA with that age range I would highly recommend it for a couple hours of fun.  Parents....come expecting to play with the kids....that is part of the experience.  Was kind of sad see some of the parents just standing around staring at their phone while their kids watched other adult and kids to figure out what to do :(

BTW.....The Magic House in St. Louis is by far the best children's museum like this I've been too.  Their is one in Jackson Mississippi that is pretty good too.  I'd rank Amazeum right behind them at this point.  It will be interesting how this place changes over the next few years....because of it's location and funding I think it has the potential to actually grow to be a lot better.

Random Talk / Re: What's going on is NWA, Summer 15 edition
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:16:22 AM »
Layoffs haven't happened yet.....and the timing of that report seems wrong.  If it happens I would guess that it will be towards the end of a retail quarter (October) and that it is done mostly through position shifting (re-assignments and demotions) than by actual layoffs.  That actually seems to happen at the HO every couple of years.  It usually happens either in January or April though.  Local news usually exaggerates this things when they do happen.  I few years ago when we went through a restructure the news acted like half the town would be out of a job....I think maybe 20-30 people where actually let go and most where voluntary because they didn't want to change roles....not bad for a company with 6-7k of jobs in town.

NWA is as strong as ever.  The childrens hospital is huge news and kind of long over due.  Its crazy the amount of people here forced to travel 4-5 hours to Little Rock for child care health services.  The children's hospital there is amazing but just too far away to serve a community of our size. 

Branson Talk / Re: New Branson Entertainment Survey
« on: August 05, 2015, 07:53:02 AM »
So maybe instead of causing a traffic jam on your land....they could be watching a musical in Branson (and jamming up 76) :)

Opinions about specific topics aside....the show still maintains a following and they do line up with the traditional Branson values that the town as always been known for.  Goofy family friendly with a heavy dose of American pride.

IMO....their TV show is a typical "reality" show that every episode is obviously scripted from the start.  If you watch with your brain turned off it does show a very funny and loving family taking you through their adventures.  Unfortunately....if you really think about what is going on and how it is scripted when you watch then you just feel like they are treating you as an idiot for believing it is 'real'.  The whole thing would be better as a formal sitcom based on their life.

I probably would not go to this musical....but I don't think Branson is in a position to just ignore it.

It is still a "people eater" ride and I assume marginally low maintenance.  I hope they just refurbish it up with new scenes and updated technology to help keep it relevant.

If they do refurbish it the need to move the exit to go back to the entrance (that gets tricky for some family s)

If you really think big about it....maybe take the water out and make is a 3D sim ride?  Idk how much of the existing ride could be really used if it turn 3D though.  Compare FM to the modern shooter rides (justice league, buzz lightyear, Toy story) and it just looks and feels tired and old :( 

I have many of those memories that you all have about the ride and I'm fine keeping it the same.....but I know my kids just seem to find it boring :(

I'm not sure if their is enough space around it to do a mystery ride coaster?  It seems to be tightly tucked between the RR on one side and the shops on the other.  I really can't predict what they would do with the ride/area if it were to close.

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