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Wild Adventures Discussion / Wild Adventures 2019 Alligator/Kids Area
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:19:00 PM »

Wild Adventures is getting a true HFE treatment again. This time they are taking an existing section of the park, adding a huge alligator exhibit, and retheming half a dozen smaller kids rides to make a cohesive gator-themed area.

It looks like such a brilliant move. They are saving money on new rides by giving live to some older ones, which makes a lot of sense considering how WA is already pretty stacked with rides. The alligator thing sounds awesome, and it adds to the uniqueness of the park as a whole. It feels like a big upgrade to the park without them necessarily doing that much.

I'm certainly OK with them continuing to develop as BGT North.  ;D

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Hosts Golden Ticket Awards
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:41:00 AM »
They did indeed, but the competition that year wasn't very tough (Smiler at AT is the only big ride I remember from the year), and Outlaw Run was a serious game changer in the coaster world. I think people kind of forget what a big deal it was in 2012 when we first saw the 135 element. Seriously mind blowing.

When I talk about bias though, I'm thinking about the other awards like food, shows, and christmas events. DW has always gotten the nod, even if the people who made it to both parks strongly favored SDC's stuff over DW. There are a lot of lesser known and international parks that voters simply don't make it out to as well. That's why most enthusiasts never give the golden tickets much legitimacy. It's hard to find voters who have the ability to get out to most amusement parks in the world every single year.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Hosts Golden Ticket Awards
« on: September 10, 2018, 08:36:34 AM »
They got the turnstile award, which is kind of a marketing award rather than a reward for Time Traveler itself. Steel Vengeance got the coveted best new ride award. Tough competition there, and honestly they made the right choice. SV may well be the best coaster in the world, though I haven't ridden it myself yet.

DW got best shows and friendliest park again, BGW got best landscaping, and Knoebel's got best food.

Still think SDC deserves more consideration for some of the awards, but the competition has gotten stiffer in recent years as more parks take note of the award and give it legitimacy. SDC hosting the award is a great step though. We may see it reflected more next year. There is undeniably a lot of bias in the polls, especially to parks that are closer to the voters.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:09:21 AM »
These are great Pintrader, thanks for sharing!

It's something. I wouldn't be too disappointed. They are indeed fun rides.

Got to assume a coaster/Boss revitalization is coming up next though. It is getting a bit ridiculous how long it has been since STL has been in the spot light.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:04:42 AM »
It's a nice addition, and one of the bigger investments that SF has ever made into the park that I can remember. Definitely a good step for the park, and will continue to build their customer base and give them both an attendance and profit boost that could encourage further development.

However, a few nitpicks/worries, since we do that here:
  • Timber town theme? Not sticking with the FC theme? It wouldn't be too off-base, but then one of the rides is themed to planes? Not sure what they are doing theming-wise here. Looks like a cut and paste of random SF junk. Perhaps the final product will make more sense.
  • Are they taking out the current kids area for this? It's a great area that has been part of the park for decades with a lot of character and detail. New rides are great and all, but getting rid of the little buildings and such would be a shame.
  • I just heard Stephen Ball was let go. He was apparently a terrific manager who had a great vision for the park. Him being canned spells trouble...

There is a rumor starting now that Wildcat is on the chopping block. If it is being replaced with a new wooden coaster, that is something that has been on my wishlist for a long time. This is SF though... not getting my hopes up. I will be so pissed if we get a Free-Spin

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:20:17 AM »
Well, they already had a Halloween fest and the big addition for this year was already a Christmas fest, so now they just added standard SF names to both events. Honestly I'm worried SF will actually water down the Christmas stuff. At least they go hard for Halloween.

Branson Talk / Re: Grand Palace is sold at auction...
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:18:28 AM »
Still haven't been to WOL. The only reason my family ever stepped foot in Springfield was to visit the Bass Pro. Most families don't think to stop in another city on the way to Branson, and even if they did, here is one less reason they feel the need to do so.

This is going to be a big hit, and will add to the mass of truly substantial attractions in Branson. I'm a little sad they never figured out how to get the palace going again as a venue, but this is probably the best case scenario going forward.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:51:35 AM »

So anyway,

My current list of ideas, thinking smaller and compact:

  • Drop/shot Tower
  • Zamperla Endeavor
  • Zamperla frisbee (probably a smaller model)
  • Zamperla Disko
  • S&S Swing
  • Some random old flat taken from an existing SF property

They just got a Zamperla powersurge a couple years ago, so I don't think they want another extreme thrill flat like the Harley Quinn thing at SFOT. All of these ideas would be thrill rides, but more approachable.

Other Parks / Re: Dogpatch Update 12/17
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:31:51 AM »
lol, the eviction notices started going after them a long time ago. I guess they finally got kicked out of the last piece they had control over. Some people posted photos of them leaving in the moving van last weekend.

Dogpatch is officially back to being an abandoned amusement park. Unfortunately this ordeal has pushed away the team of ardent supporters of the place. What is left will likely go back to crumbling away. It has already lost several important buildings over the last several years, and a lot more were on the edge of failure when I was there last. Plus the vandalism will come back in force with no one watching the place.

I am not hopeful that there is anything left to be done to "save" the place. It will likely be completely bulldozed in the not too distant future. The current owner can't keep hold of it for much longer.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:03:34 PM »
Apparently if you click the link in the email, the webpage specifically states that it will be a big new ride.

Still leaves some room for interpretation, but it's enough to get a little excited for.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:17:22 AM »
It's nice to see them stepping up the fright fest stuff. That's a huge money-maker, and will help the park continue to pull it's weight. Last time FC was in the chain, they barely did anything for fright fest that I remember. They've slowly added scare houses over the last decade. I remember thinking how awesome it was when they started setting up the second one. Now it sounds like there might be 4+? I'll have to head down there myself this year to check it out.

lol about boot hill. That's a stretch.

The big announcement sounds like it could really be something, but I'm still trying to keep my expectations low. I think it's probable that they have had something planned for the past couple years that is coming to fruition, but it is hard to say if the contract change affected anything. I think it's too soon for SF to have been involved in the process, unless it is just a smaller flat that they came onto like they did with the flyers. I could see them having bought a second drop tower like the one at Magic Springs...

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:06:02 AM »
Heading to Denver this weekend for a short vault through the two parks. Trying to get by without a rentral car since everything is close together and loosely connected by rail. Should be an interesting experiment at least.

Lakeside has been on my radar for a long time. I LOVE the classic wooden coasters, and Cyclone at Lakeside is about as classic as it gets. The whole park is a trip back to the grand designs of the 1920's, although it is apparently quite a bit rundown these days. Would like to see for myself though - people always said the same things about Bell's.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:29:34 PM »
That would make me lol so hard. If it got converted to floorless in the process it would actually be an awesome addition though.

I'm keeping my expectations low. This is the chain that made a big deal about the worlds tallest super loop. Good thing FC already has one.

Other Parks / HFEC Starts Herschend Live
« on: August 17, 2018, 03:05:49 PM »
After a few years of owning the Globetrotters, it seems HFEC has elected to create a new company under the HFEC umbrella specifically focused on live entertainment. The Globetrotters seem to be the main focus of this at the moment, but obviously they seem to be looking at adding more. Hopefully this could spur some interesting new shows that may make the rounds at the parks.

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