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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.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 15, 2017, 09:24:33 AM »
I think the observation tower would be awesome.....It would be easy to theme it as a fire watch tower like the multiple ones they actually have around here.  I'd try to put it at the end of the cave it by the tour exit.   How cool would that be to do the underground tour and finish it off with a couple of rides up to get a few hundred foot view the ozarks?  It could be a new icon for the park.

The negatives.....not sure if it would actually bring in my ROI.  After all their are already observations towers around the area.....which means it's also not really that unique of an attraction.

Could also go full Six Flags with a tower too and build with a drop tower or zipline deal.  I'd love a bigger SS tower with a view....or drop tower with a view....but wouldn't what to combine them.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:39:12 PM »
Awesome pics

Thought as I was viewing them.....has the park every had any issues with wildlife around the rides?  I'd assume the fencing would keep out the larger creatures (deer, humans).  But Id hate to think about what might happen to a random squirrel.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Ride Survey 09.11.17
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:49:12 AM »
'Revolve' would be a great word to use compared to spin.  Even using 'controled spin' sounds like too much.  People will get those fidget spinner in their mind....or see it as a tea cup rides on rails.  A big feature of it is that fact you can have different ride experiences each time.  Have to figure out how to show that with out scaring people with the spin.

For the record....Even though I'm undecided on getting passes for next year still.....I hope it is a smash hit for SDC....and I'm sure the marketing team will do this well. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: Ride Survey 09.11.17
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:24:24 AM »
I'd be worried if I was them too.

They built an attraction the the most of the general public probably doesn't want to try.  Even a good portion of the thrill seeking crowd is unsure about this.  I'd keep the focus on it being new and try to sell the theme/story.  Probably stay away from the spin and any of the "Worlds Only/Biggest" stuff on this one.  Let the thrill seekers find that out through the ride fandom communities.

Good luck.

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun Developments.
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:57:33 PM »
Thats right....I do remember them taking that out for the Ripcord now:(  I remember being mesmerized by the ripcord when it was first put in.....but I was too chicken and cheap to try.

I'm guessing the RC boats are gone too?  Another flashback memory.

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