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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:51:07 PM »
The Tumbleweed was a classic rotor ride. Basically a barrel that spun around on it's y-axis so you were pinned to the inside wall. The fact that it is no longer on the website is what is causing the rumor.

As for the other rides, I've seen scattered reports that they've been having issues with ride downtime on the major rides. Not good when most of the star attractions are down at an already attraction-starved park.

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:36:10 AM »
Apparently the rumor on the street is that the Tumbleweed may get taken out. That would free up a decent spot for a new flat.

It's one of the last classic rotors left, and they just got it fixed and working again a few years ago after SF let it sit dormant for awhile. It's probably past it's service life though.

I'm still holding out hope for a drop tower.

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Other Parks / HFEC Acquires Pink Adventure Tours
« on: July 05, 2018, 01:22:22 PM »
https://blooloop.com/news/herschend-acquires-pink-adventure-tours/?source=newsletter

Interesting acquisition. They sold off Ride the Ducks last year, but now they picked up this similar business with a more niche business model. Curious what the numbers look like here. Pink seems to be a much better brand at the moment, in any case. Ride the Ducks is a fun concept, but apparently only the Branson location has ever done that great.

Interesting to see them continue to diversify, but personally I'm wondering when they'll go back to expanding their park portfolio.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Fire In the Hole/Flooded Mine
« on: July 02, 2018, 02:04:21 PM »
The music hasn't been working for a while now... maybe since last year? The Red Flanders bit was working a couple months ago though.

FM has all kinds of funny business that goes on with the manaquins. The moving parts seem to like breaking off. If you ride it a bunch throughout the year and keep track, there's so much stuff that moves around and gets fixed/broken. Just part of the nature of that old style of ride with the budget it's been given.

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The hobos are gone and will not be back. Most of the hillbilly/non-PC jokes and theming have been cleaned from the park. Even the guns are going bye-bye.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:50:32 PM »
Wow, that's unexpectedly awesome. They actually kept the old Big Jacks signs and put everything back together like it was instead of just putting something in and printing a couple vinyl signs.

Still makes you wonder what happened to the original building that it was worth taking it all down and rebuilding it in the same form.

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Branson Talk / Re: Proposed Branson Tram Project
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:27:23 PM »
They need to focus on connecting a few key points in Branson right now instead of the original pie-in-the-sky concept of having this thing run around everywhere and out to SDC. It sounds like they are chugging along and coming to that realization.

It also needs a base parking area/garage to start at. I'd love to just park on the North end of the strip and be able to ride to Downtown Branson. They can combine it with the trolley, so that the end points are also multi-modal hubs that could take you to SDC or the landing.

Still a very interesting proposition, but I'm not holding my breath. With the next recession looming, I have a feeling this is going to be another Branson mega project that will make a lot of noise but never actually happen.

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Yeah, just like everything else... new corporate mindset + oldtimers getting old and leaving with no one to replace them. Sons of Silver Dollar will be next, and eventually the homestead pickers will age out as well.

I'm wondering when the first Six Flags style show will come in. You know, the ones where they dance around and lip-sync to recorded country/pop covers.

The bluegrass bands still bring people in. Last time I was there it was raining on a Sunday evening, but the dockside theatre was packed for the last set of one of the bluegrass family bands. They just don't seem to want to pay enough to keep some of these types in residence anymore.

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:07:47 PM »
Neat. Hope to head down there this fall. Interesting how they have two 'big' coasters, but are otherwise a pretty small operation. Quality over quantity. I'd love to see them develop like ZDT's.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 17, 2018, 03:04:43 PM »
Very nice. Love the wood siding. Good massing and architectural details. Pretty similar to Big Jacks overall. Glad they kept those trees in place.

Would be awesome if they made this the permanent home of season pass sales during winter. I hate when they take out the school house stuff to put it in there...

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: VIP Tour
« on: June 15, 2018, 04:30:30 PM »
I remember them starting this years ago and then forgot all about it.

For the cost, there's not much reason for many of us to take notice since most of us go so often anyway and know how to manage with crowds and such. It's really meant more for minor celebrities or just well off people who want to be treated like royalty.

I think I've seen it be used a couple of times. You basically get your own SDC handler to let you into all the rides through the exits. It causes all kinds of complaints though... I think some of the Trailblazer complaints are actually caused by just a few people using the VIP system. Trailblazer merges you into the line, but the VIP system is a literal skip the line pass as I understand it.

It might make the Christmas experience more enjoyable... if you can ignore the glares from the people you bump in the station. I think it makes more sense to save the $200, get their early, get your ride on Time Traveler, and enjoy the rest of the park at your leisure. Sure, it can be crowded at points, but at Christmas time you can focus on the lights if nothing else.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:33:13 PM »
LOL, this is turning into such a classic SDCFans thread. Only here will you find enthusiasts that think the possibility of someone on a laptop in the park is something to worry about.

I mean, I get where you are coming from. At one point it was kind of frowned up to bring in electronics, and anything electronic on park was thoroughly hidden. As we've noted countless times though, that ship has sailed so far it's hardly in sight anymore.

But yeah, as Swoosh noted, getting off topic here. Doesn't seem like there's any indication that this will be anything more than a BOH building, though who knows. It could be re-purposed one day depending on how it's designed.

There's been rumors they do want to put in a coffee shop/cafe somewhere, but I'll leave that to the speculation thread.

We totally skipped right over that article about Time Traveler's uptime.
http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Silver-Dollar-City-explains-causes-of-maintenance-delays-on-Time-Traveler-483994491.html

It's definitely been finicky, but it's at that point where at least it operates pretty much every day at least a little... Doesn't seem like there will be much chance for them to really improve it until next season. 

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 05, 2018, 07:26:25 PM »
Ah man, that would have been helpful to see at the time. Hopefully it'll be done by the end of summer anyway.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:13:51 PM »
I don't mind the construction, but did they really have to wall the entire area off? Hopefully they can reconfigure that soon once the walls go up. I didn't realize how many times I usually take that route to cut through the park until they closed it off.

I wonder if the new building will have any gimmicks to hold lights... Should be a nice new facade anyway.

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Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:08:40 PM »
Apparently they are open now. Had a soft opening of sorts on Sunday. With how they kept pushing it back, I was worried, but it looks like the ball is rolling now and what I've seen in photos looks nice.

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