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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: TNT
« on: August 13, 2018, 10:15:15 PM »
Did it really get that rough?  It rode smooth back in March. 

It's not as rough as then two mine trains at SFoT and SFSL I rode this year.  100x smother than then the Boss at SFSL (I hated that ride).  Probably better than Timberwolf and Prowler at WoF.  Even with the Boss and TW retracking.

Is this a case of SDC fans being spoiled by a park full of smooth coasters?

It is concerning if true with all the construction that happened near the lot.  I hope it wasn't damaged as the ground has settled.

Other Parks / Re: Kolmarden's "Wildfire" Coaster Signage & Logo
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:33:55 PM »
That coaster just looks amazing.  Makes you wonder if it would be a top 5 ride if it was built here in the states.  I've virtual rode that one a few

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:57:34 AM »
Between the LR issues at Dollywood and the much less impacting TT issues here at SDC.  Wonder if your see HFE get a bit more conservative with there ride selections in the future?  The new coaster at Dollywood is basically a flat ride/clone with heavy theming.

I expect (or Im hoping) one or all of the FM, AP, LR, and FItH legacy rides to get the next investment dollars.....but nobody seems to know if that means refrubs, replacements, or just closures? 

I think a major refrub/rebuild FM or FItH could be as big of a marketing campaign to the local region as a new coaster would be.  It might not get the national attention that TT and OR did.  But everyone in the SDCs market already know those rides and would want to come see them if they are new and approved (at least that's my logic).  Could be a great medium sized inbetween coasters investment back into the park.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 08, 2018, 10:32:13 AM »

As for the BBQ part - I would expect a BBQ contest - at least for one day - bring in a few trucks for a day and have both an official contest and a SDC customer contest - They would have to offer samples from each vendor (either with an overall ticket or individual sales).

I assume they might have a hard time finding trucks to give up a weekend of regular sales though.

Where would they park the trucks?...

IF they had a real contest, and the competitors accepted the invitation, there could be 75-100 trucks/booths.. or  easily more.. 
Cant put those in the park for 1 day.?   
Maybe make a 2 day event out of it?   BUT?  same questions. Where would you park the trucks?

That's why I would say limit it to just a few participants....maybe 4-6.  But your right....I they might not be able to park there trucks in the park.  Most end up smoking all night long.  I assume they wouldn't let them in the park and cook overnight in the park.  Not sure if there is enough room around Red Gold outside for even 4-6 of them.

Not to mention the trucks would be direct competition with SDCs own restaurants for our dollars.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 07, 2018, 04:42:45 PM »
I am not sure what more they could do with the Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival.  They have a lot more than just Ricky Skaggs.  I mean 8 time female vocalist of the year Rhonda Vincent, 7 time vocal group of the year Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Gibson Brothers, The Grascals and 60 other acts throughout the festival.  They also have the Youth In Bluegrass which started at the gazebo in 2001 then moved to the Riverfront Playhouse and now is at the Opera House, and has standing room only there now.  I think in 2015 Bluegrass & Barbecue was voted the IBMA event of the year and is always at the top of the list.  D.A. Callaway has been voted promoter of the year by SPBGMA I believe 4 times since 2012.  The barbecue at Red Gold is really good and reasonably priced.   I think it is a fantastic festival and very hard to improve upon.

As for the BBQ part - I would expect a BBQ contest - at least for one day - bring in a few trucks for a day and have both an official contest and a SDC customer contest - They would have to offer samples from each vendor (either with an overall ticket or individual sales).

I assume they might have a hard time finding trucks to give up a weekend of regular sales though.

Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: August 04, 2018, 08:02:13 AM »
I wonder if the Ripley's Believe it or Not locations are going to survive?  I haven't heard anyone talk about that.  Could the lawyers go after that whole business?  Sell off there collection of stuff?


Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 03, 2018, 10:18:16 AM »
Interesting read....SDC #16

TripAdvisors "Top 25 Amusement Parks in the World"

But wait... where’s Dollywood?   I thought everyone (Amusement Today) thought it was soooo much better than SDC in everything (especially Christmas events)  ::) ;D

#9 is the "Islands in Pigeon Forge"???? - I wonder if that slot was really for Dollywood.

No explanation of how the list was made....if it is purely from there own reviews or if some editorial opinions where added in.

Seems like a pretty reasonable list besides #9.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:22:01 PM »
Interesting read....SDC #16

TripAdvisors "Top 25 Amusement Parks in the World"

Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: August 02, 2018, 01:21:06 PM »
Claire McCaskill (never one to let a tragedy go to waste during an election year) has introduced legislation requiring DUKW boats to have higher safety regulations including the removal of all roofs. 

How kind of her and forward thinking of her.   ::)
If by some chance she gets re-elected you won’t see her for another 4 years around these parts

Not unless there is another accident with loss of life or injuries....

It would be political suicide to do nothing too.

Wish we could let the experts actually make the regulation changes instead of letting the political head just react because they have to or be labeled as being uncaring by there opponents.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 01, 2018, 05:01:20 PM »
Visited SFSL for the first time in 20+ years this weekend....took the family to capitalized on my Six Flags passes I bought early this year in Dallas for that family trip.  I've got family in St. Louis and have some fond memories of the park from my younger days when my Uncle would take me and my cousins when I visited the 'big city' in the summers.  But even since I've had a family of my own most of my time in town was always just spent with them.  This past weekend we snuck up there to do some attractions we never seem to have time for.  Got in a Cardinals/Cubs game, city museum, ted drewes, pizza, and the park.

It was great to have cooler weather for this end of summer trip but that also included overcast, rain, and occasional storm was a major factor in all of our activities.  We scheduled a Monday and Tuesday to hit the park....I had a goal to hit all the kid ride and family rides on Monday....hopefully most of the big rides and do a full water park day on Tuesday where I could sneak over and get the bigger rides in.  It rained off and on both monday and tuesday with caused all sorts of havoc on the plans.  With a high of 77 on Monday and rains HH closed around 2 that day with the workers saying they only had 37 people in the park all the time the sun came out and we were thinking about going....they had closed.  Ended up being 5 of about 50 people in the water park on Tuesday until it again closed around 2:30 (this time for storm moving in).  Most of the coaster where closed Tuesday due to nearby lightening and/or heavy rains.  Ended up talking off for home earlier than expected:(

Park Review:  I wasn't expecting much from this park and it just kind of meant my expectations.  I had a few pretty cool moments remembering my childhood while experiencing a few rides.  The mine train is one of my earliest childhood coasters....that drop in the dark was extremely frightening to me and it was fun to relive with my son riding with me.  It was the only coaster I could get him on and he was about my age from when I remembered it.  I rode the ninja....which I never did as a kid....I was scared to death of that think.  It wasn't until I was high school aged that I took on OE at WoF and discovered the fun of loopers.  I liked the Ninja....not as rough as the internet claims it is....I thought it is still fun.  Never got on Screaming Eagle:(  It was barely ever open in the rain.  Rode boomerang, fireball.  My oldest loved Batman...we rode it 3x including a front row....she liked Stl better than the SFoT version.  I thought American Thunder was great....very fun.  Mr. Freeze was running faster than at SFoT!  Then there is the Boss....I hated it.  It beat me daughter hated it too....I could only take one ride.  I completely get the comments about it's roughness now and how it would be a great RMC project.  Even my daughter said...."I thought it was going to be fun like the Texas Giant".  Really hated that Colossus was down:(...another ride I remember riding as a kid.

I left thinking this park really needs a new steel coaster:  A hyper?, a BM Dive? BM floorless? Winged?  It just needs some type of headlining unique steal coaster.  That plus an Iron Boss (:)) would really help put this park on the map as a coaster destination.  Not sure I need to go back until an attraction like that is built.  Hopefully that wouldn't be another 20 years for me.  My wife and kids didn't like the park as much as SFoT....I think we might actually go back there instead of SFSL for a Christmas time visit this year.

Other Parks / Re: Six Flags St. Louis Typhoon Twister closed
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:21:30 PM »
I rode it yesterday.  Didn't know about any accidents on it.  They make you weigh in at the top and they put me in the 'downhill' position on the raft with my two preteen daughters.  I felt like I was going to fall out backwards the whole ride.  It never felt unsafe but it was a bit scary for me (I've always been nervous on water slides).  It wouldn't have surprised me that if I lost grip on the handle....I'd probably would have lost my balance and be off the ride (I have terrible balance).  I would have done it again but the park closed early due to storms.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 27, 2018, 02:43:06 PM »
I’m calling it now.  2019 will be a “show year”

So....your saying not to expect

Every year is a show year.

I don't expect another major ride or expansion for a few years....hopefully they invest a bit into the classics though.

Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: July 26, 2018, 04:07:34 PM »
I'm guessing they are burning through there operating capital too fast and are betting on the fall months to have better success.  I wonder if they have any halloween type attractions that they plan for or if it's just a hope that the weather will help increase traffic?

The tripadvisor reviews are mostly positive.  A few complaints about rides being down where they responded that they where having maintenance issues.  But the park was responding up to a couple of weeks ago on the reviews.

Not a good start....but I guess there is still some hope to recover.

Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:37:30 PM »
I was thinking about solutions for safety and wondered if they could make the roof detachable and buoyant.  Just release the roof from the frame (and push it away if possible).  I can't image those vehicles ever being used again without them being open air with life jackets required.

White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« on: July 21, 2018, 03:43:42 PM »
I'm guessing White Water has been a cash cow for the makes plenty of money without having to keep up with the Jones around the country.  Water parks are not destination attractions beyond the local area.  Since it is tied with SDC....WW will probably always have the advantage over other parks for getting the extra water park money from tourists.....I'm guessing Branson could support 4-5 indoor water parks (in hotels) and 2 major outdoor parks.  I thinking the next generations of Branson visitors are going to prefer water parks over lake days.

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