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Branson Talk / Re: Tell me what you think
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:56:49 PM »
Fun...planning that for Fayetteville?

I don't think you'll be able to get away with a wave pool within the lazy river.  Don't the wave pool have rather large infrastructure that goes behind them?

I might actually go out for the movies if I got a waterpark day with it.

John H

Construction/Rumors / Re: Land size ..
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:35:59 AM »
Wow....That is interesting information....

Wonder if the church/college has any influence over the park then?  Do they get a say in ride development, shows, etc?  Maybe they have a handshake agreement for a cut in revenues?  A cheap lease on the land would be a huge cost benefit for the company (and helps keep our ticket prices down).

I wonder if HFE has ever tried to buy it from them or do a land swap....It's hard to imagine that the church/college would ever cause the park to close (huge impact to Branson) over a land issue but it should be concerning as it is a big financial risk to the long-term stability of the park. 

Other Parks / Re: Stone Mountain Park Under Fire
« on: July 15, 2015, 01:12:00 PM »
HFE better stay far far far away from it.  Even if it could be acquired at no or low cost it would be a legal and PR nightmare.  All future SDC roller coaster $s would be sucked away to this place on legal fees and/or PR.

I know of a little Arkansas company that should have kept their month closed recently on those types of issues and are now dealing with a PR nightmare of "but that offends me too....why do you still sell X, Y, and Z?". 

Just stay away from this conversation HFE...

I've always thought that SDC would be 'flooded' with starving artists/craftsman who would love to have their stuff featured in the park.  Seems like a great way to get your goods in front of people who just might come back and be a regular customer outside of the park.  You could even have some type of schedule of different artists and craftsman who could be featured to meet/watch through the different 'festivals'. 

I'm guessing the profit margin for selling the outside cheap goods are hard to ignore on the bottom line and I doubt any one feature artists/craftsman will increase ticket sales enough to justify hiring him/her over the cost of a 'regular' sales worker:(

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: SDC Memories
« on: July 14, 2015, 12:44:27 PM »
Yikes....I would have lost it in my pants high tailed it away if they did that too me :)

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: SDC Memories
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:40:27 PM »
That might be it.....the skulls where on some type of float trip?  I really remember having to float by skull head with the bright jewels as eyes.  I'd probably had just seen Indiana Jones too:)

Like I said....I've just got a few vivid visuals and memory's of mostly of the scary stuff:)  I'm pretty sure it was the first amusement park visit I'd had.    

I think my parents just assumed I'd pick up on some of that stuff.....or maybe they did try to calm me down and explain things but my sheltered and 'imaginative' mind was going full speed that day:)  I had no idea what I had got into.  

It's actually kind of shocking that they even took me to an amusement park...they only took me to WoF after years of asking later in my young life....but I'm sure in between the rides at SDC we where listening to some bluegrass which probably got them there to begin with:)

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: New times
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:13:22 PM »
That's a great idea (surprised I hadn't thought of it:))

I thought they have been pulling back on the extra passes the past few years?  or limiting the days?

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: SDC Memories
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:00:11 PM »
Don't have a lot of details to this story/memory but thought some would find it funny.

I have very vivid but vague memories of my parents taking me to SDC with I was very young. I would have been in the mid-80's and I was probable only 5-6 years old.  In fact I did even realized that these memories where from SDC till I visited again in my mid- 20's.  Some even came back that I didn't realize I still remembered :)

Basically....SDC really really scared the heck out of me......(I was a pretty chicken kid)

Diving Bell - I don't remember what it looked like from the outside.  Just remember being in a weird place and I picked up enough of the story line that I did really think that we where underwater and in trouble.  I don't think my parents every really explained that it was just for fun and confused the heck out of me.

Saloon Show....I remember it being loud and crowded.  The bad guy and his gun scared me.  My Dad got pick to go on stage and I thought the bad guy was going to get him.  I didn't understand why he and my mom where so 'relaxed' and laughing.  I really just wanted to leave.  (this memory came back to me at the show the first time back)

Train - Seriously!!!!  bad guys robbing the train (I don't think I ever caught my parent cues that it was in fun).  In my later years I'd assume this was from WoF.

Flooded Mine - I'll need some help with this one....but didn't the flooded mine have a more 'scary' theme before the guns?  I'm 99% sure was in tears scared to death through most of the ride when I rode it at 5-6.  I remember things like skulls with lights for eyes and vividly remember a giant saw above the boat the used to move down like it was going to get you.  While riding it again when I was 20 I had to put my gun down and started to freak out with memories.  That was really when I realized I had been here done this before:)

Add to that I remember my Dad teasing me about going to the SDC jail (probably cause I just had freaked on everything else).

BTW....I also vaguely remember the balloon ride, Treehouse, and cave restaurant without the terrifying moments:)

Now days I'm a big amusement park fan and love SDCs classic rides....I wish I could remember FiTH (not sure if we rode it).  My own little ones are a little chicken too but its been fun to take them on the same rides and watch them experience it all:) 

In fact one of my proudest little parenting moments was when my oldest was 4 and wanted to go on FiTH to be a 'big kid'.  She seemed very emotional through the whole ride and had a death grip on my arm that was over her lap.  She was quiet from the end of the ride to the exit door....I thought I was going to be dealing with a little me and have to face a wife who didn't approve....but before the end of the exit ramp she started screaming "THAT WAS GREAT....LETS DO IT AGAIN!!!!"

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: New times
« on: July 13, 2015, 02:19:52 PM »
Season Pass question....I haven't seen a new Times yet.

I live in NWA and used to get seasons passes almost yearly but I took the past two years off from season passes for the family (added a kid, nothing new excited me).  I'm thinking about saving up for a pass next year.  Do they ever run any promos late in the year for seasons passes for the next year (2016) with an admission ticket for the current year (2015)?  I know with the popularity of Christmas time that probable doesn't happen.

With a family of 6 I'm just looking for the best deal.

Halloween Scare Festival - Let the other kiddie parks do that ;)

We also need to mindful that I'm sure right now with the addition of FL....SDC is probable at an all-time high in the number of rides it's currently operating.  Each new rides has continuing operations costs with them.  I wouldn't be surprised if the need to balance those cost out in the future by having to close attractions before opening new ones.  I've always wondered what the business cost cap is on that.

I love good air-time woodies as much as anyone else but I that that would be the worst idea on this board.  They just put in one of the best in the world?

As a Dad of 4 young ones who also loves me some big roller coasters I'd love to see a good modern 'starter' coaster be installed. fire be able to share the fun with the kids.  I also agree that the park needs more inside (AC and/or heated) a quality dark ride (or FITH rework) would be welcomed.

Imagine a people mover type of Disney rework for FITH?  (Don't hate me)  Or just make sure the remake includes a higher load rate for the ride.

SDC should almost by embarrassed by really needs to be either replaced or refurbished ASAP.  The cheapest option I'd like to see is using the 'American' part of it and just work on the theme around that.

FM can just needs new 'modern' tech for the guns.....add some results for the boat at the end of the ride....a few new 'easter eggs' to find.

I really hope SDC gives at least one old rides some love next year and follow up with a family coaster or another 'big' ride/attraction the year after.

1. Saloon Show - 5
2. Ribhouse - 2
3. Dockside Theater - 1
4. White River Mercantile - 1
5. Riverfront Playhouse - 1
6. Echo Hollow - 3
7. Flooded Mine - 3
8. Grandfather's Mansion - 4
9. Treehouse - 2
10. Midtown Shopping Area - 3
11. Boatworks Theater - 2
12. Carousel Barn - 2
13. ThuNderaTion - 5
14. Kiddie Rides (the insects/frogs) in Grand Expo - 5
15. Storytime Theater in Half Dollar Holler - 3
16. Corkscrew Pass - 5
17. Hill Street - 4
18. Homestead Area's non-paved area - 3
19. American Plunge - 4
20. Frisco Barn - 4

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC tornado/storm shelter plan?
« on: June 03, 2015, 04:32:29 PM »
Ironically...The Glass House seems like a good place to take least near the furnaces

Beyond the cave and the cave restaurant I wouldn't feel to safe in 90% of the structures at SDC.  Maybe the Jail...mine ride...TNT queue....behind the scenes of FITH?

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