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Everything is homemade

I knew they built most of their attraction....after reading that I'd recommend nobody go to any of their parks.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 25, 2018, 04:12:12 PM »
I'm from NWA...about a 1.5 hour roller coaster drive around the lakes from the park.

We specifically went Thursday in hopes it would be one of the lighter days during the break.  I guess we weren't the only ones with that in mind.  20k sound about right.

I can confirm the food stations where extremely understaffed.  They where all open but usually only with one window and one or two workers.  Only about 1/3 of the stores where open...mostly the ride gift shops and a few of the newer ones by TT.  Only had a couple of shows scheduled in the smaller venues....I noticed one (gospel singers?) going in the dockside venues and it was standing room only.

If the crowds stay like this...HFE almost has to start jacking up prices to help control the crowds:(  Or do the variable pricing like Disney/Universal.  I thought about that all day as I snaked through the endless crowds to wait 20mins to 2 hrs for the next ride/food vendor/bathroom (yeap waited 10 mins for the mensroom).  There where also trailblazer passes everywhere!!!!  Overheard a table of people by us at lunch talk about the Dad going back to the gate to buy 2 trailblazer passes so they could ride TT.  They planned on sharing them (5-6 people).  They came from OK.  I think those are limited to one TT ride a day so I wonder if they where able to do that.

I would be livid if I came from out of state....paid full price for the day....and had to deal with those crowds and the amount of trailblazers.  It's a good but tough situation for SDC to have to deal with.


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This indictment doesnít even include the accidents that have happened on Mighty MO and King Kaw.  Lots of concussions from riders being thrown from tubes hitting their heads on the walls and floors.

Those homemade rides too?

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Just finished it.....horrific.  This needs to be well documented as a case study for the betterment of the amusement park industry.  Get some lessons learned from it to prevent from happening again.

I don't think they ever wanted to kill someone but what I just read was damning.  It was only a matter of time and they didn't seem to care.  Ride should have never opened and there is no doubt is shouldn't have kept running after all those injuries.


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Here is what I'm reading....just in the first 16 of 47 pages....

Decided to build the slide to while talking to the travel channel producers (to impress them)
Hired unqualified engineers because qualifed ones would make the ride boring
Skipped details of the math due to rushed timeline and relied on trail-and-error methods
Ride had to have lots of speed....needed for it to look good on TV
Builder knew the rafts went airborne before it opened...with videos
Slide was redesigned with this issue observed on heavier riders throughout all the testing
Park saw the situation as a 'arms race' against other waterparks...an ego boast for the Kansas park
admitted that they ignored safety high standards in an effort to be a industry changer
The designer was afraid for his own life on the ride
and on and on and on...

Needs to be more than one person in jail.

I know it's armchair quarterbacking at this point...but as I said in previous posts.  One look at this ride I knew it was stupid and dangerous.  I'll never go to one of there parks.

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:06:22 PM »
I drove by today...they where working on framing up a relatively mid-sized building.  They aren't messing around.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:03:45 PM »
Only took one pic...hope it uploads.  From above the gift shop.  It really did feel like I got to explore a abandoned part of the park....lol.  Crazy to see such great theming go to waste.  You can see the bottom of the boat from the shop....but I've never see the top....or even noticed the boat from the shop.

Go during Young Heathens Weekend and you will

You must work with the young heathens regularly...lol  I know your talking about the Christians week.  I assume the local Mizzou schools where out for spring break too....but I saw at least 30 people from the little AR town I live in included two of my kids teachers.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:59:27 PM »
Only took one pic...hope it uploads.  From above the gift shop.  It really did feel like I got to explore a abandoned part of the park....lol.  Crazy to see such great theming go to waste.  You can see the bottom of the boat from the shop....but I've never see the top....or even noticed the boat from the shop.

Haha Thats awesome seeing it from another angle! Reminds me of the Rescue Rangers ship from the old 80's cartoon. :) I keep forgetting that thing exists in the Wildfire building, but yeah look up when you are in the gift shop section if any of you have missed it on previous visits.

Yes...Rescue Rangers...I was trying to think of what it reminded me of.  Line is full of additional invention drafts on the walls.  Some very detailed and creative....kind of wish I'd took some pics of them now.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:12:04 PM »
Only took one pic...hope it uploads.  From above the gift shop.  It really did feel like I got to explore a abandoned part of the park....lol.  Crazy to see such great theming go to waste.  You can see the bottom of the boat from the shop....but I've never see the top....or even noticed the boat from the shop.

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This is what liability insurance is for....to protect the company from bankruptcy on stuff like this.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:03:11 AM »
Trip Report from yesterday...

Good to be back in the city.  I took a season off last year so I haven't been since Christmas 2016.  Arrived at the park around 8:45 to a chilly 38 degree tram ride from Stop 2.  Meet up with a family that shared some passes for us (Thanks Olsen's)....they are die hard SDC pass holders and where ready to line up for TT as soon as we got through the gates at 9.  I wrangled by tentative 13yo to ride it with me with the help of the kids from the other family.  The had the ropes up behind the TT queue so we jumped in line before 9:30.  Though we where in a pretty good spot line up just outside the entrance with it moving.  Took the picture and the line stopped for us right before the stairs to the 2nd floor.  We enjoyed the pop/bluegrass music and the 1st floor line even erupted in the chorus of "freefalling" briefly.  I figured the ride was delayed due to temp but no one was updating the line.  Around 9:45 the announced they where warm enough to start testing with an eruption of claps from the building.  I thought the queue and building was pretty awesome....sure it could have been more (it always can be) but I thought is was great.  Got lined up and headed upstairs with our group of 5.  But immediate got mixed-up upstairs because one of the trains back cars restraints weren't working.  My daughter and I started backwards on the 3rd car....twisted around to take the first drop sideways!!!  Took both loops sideways.  My usually chicken of rides daughter yelled "LETS DO IT AGAIN!!", "THIS IS MY FAVORITE RIDE EVER", "I like going upside down".  Ended up waiting a little over 2 hours for the ride....45min of that waiting on temps and testing.

Ate at the Tator patch and the family sat around the new tables by the FM exit.  The layout is done well but it does feel extremely packed and crowded.  Food was good.  We went around the corner and rode FM.  The line was out the front by the train station.  The SDC app listed FM with a 0 wait time.  Even with that line it only took 15-20 mins to ride.  The trained marksmen in our group easy won....lol.  Overheard a GP talking about this ride possible being removed with their friend commenting back "they better not".

Went up to grand exposition for some of the younger ones favorite rides.  This is when I confirmed that the whole park was just crazy....not just TT area.  It was about as busy as I have every saw it.  Only a couple of Christmas weekends could match the mass of humanity that I had experienced before.  We spend 2 hours in GE...the kids split up and only got 3-4 rides in between the groups in 2 hours.  We headed over to FL but the lines where insane....kids played in the barn for a few then we risked trying Barn swing and OR.  Barn swings line spilled out into the path.  OR was listed as a 90min wait and they had the overflow lines beside the building backed up.  We moved on.....if we where going to wait....we'd wait on FiTH.  FiTH's line was backed up and crossed lines with the Powder Keg line up the hill!!!!  Longest I ever seen it.  Passed them both....headed to WF since my daughter was begging me to ride it for the first time.  Listed as a 60min wait the line was right at the start of the building.  Jackpot I thought....this shouldn't be too bad. 

Did you guys know that WF has a 2nd floor waiting que????  wraps around the gift shop?  I've rode this ride 30+ times and never had to use it.  Longest wait I've ever had for WF....ended up taking about 45mins and my 13yo got her first WF ride!!!  She loved it.  I finally have a coaster rider in my family!!!

We where done at that point.  Decided to hit Grandfathers mansion on the way out.  I of course stopped by the Mill to get some bread when the worst news of all was announced as I waited in line.  "Sorry folks, just sold the last cinnamon bread....I'll have fresh bread in 1.5 hours".  I walked up to the register and told him..."I'll wait....it's on of the shortest waits in the park right now".....he laughed. 

Random thoughts:
The intersection around the Casey Dugout, kettle corn, EH is just getting worse.  The lines from the food places kill the flow of traffic.  Same issues around the saloon at the other corner of the park.  It's very frustrating.
Tram driver 'jack-knifed' a tram on our way out.  They had to call for a backup driver to do some driving magic to fix it.
I'd be curious to hear the total numbers for today.  I assume it was high but not record levels.  The crowd has nothing to do but ride rides right now.



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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:43:02 PM »
Itís crazy busy today....Thursday of spring break.  2.5 hr wait on TT.  The wait times on the app are not even close to being right.  0 time listed on FM but the line is out to the train station.  Ate at the new gator patch....good skillet.  Noticed they updated the bathrooms by the pix plaza...they look a lot better.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:56:05 AM »
TT been up for about 30mins.  Still in line:(. Fun to see the GP excited to ride.  Looking at the Wild Mountain note right now...lol

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:14:55 AM »
Not live.   prerecorded from last week. 

airs at 10:00 CST this morning..

I hope that is accurate.  I read it on FB this morning..  (LOL, has to be true!)

It’s 10:10 and not one rider has got on TT yet.  Been over 42 degrees since 9:15.  Spirits are still high(random Tom petty sing alongs) but also getting frustrated.  I’ve been in line since 9:00 and I’m just past the photo op.

No sign of TV

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:44:51 PM »
The Today show going live from the city tomorrow? For some reason I thought they were there last week.

Looking back at the post, it doesn’t say live. Could just be airing tomorrow.

I'll be at the park in the morning....I'll report if I see them (or pass them).

Wasn't expecting to visit this soon yet....since I passed on season passes this year....but friends of ours invited us to use their free passes....can't pass that up.  (lets see how many times I can say pass)

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