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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:13:17 PM »
People are really starting to notice now. People didn't really start to pay attention until the entire lake was a construction site with a fence all the way around it, lol.

Wonder if there will be a teaser campaign/misdirections for this one like with TT? Could the Wild Mountain name be revived? An adventure theme would make obvious sense here.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:07:02 PM »
Wow, much nicer than the old deck that was behind there before, but now the front looks so much smaller? Of course they have a long ways to go still. Kind of looks like they will put in an awning or something to make it more of a traditional concert stage.

I'm excited to see them start announcing some big new events out of this thing. Must have some interesting plans for it.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:29:18 PM »]

On topic when you consider the influx of customers.  I have a personal theory as to why the Theme Parks are doing well right now.  We were discussing the number of days that SDC sent out notices via text (Get here fast or forget it)  They closed the gates at times this year.  Parking Full.  I just hope they dont believe they can close parts of the park for seasons at a time under this visitation level.  Is it wise to close 20% of your park when you are having bumper crowds without doing something to sop up the 20%.  If you dont provide a new distraction you are dispersing them into the major ride lines that are already full.  SDC  is in dire need of more benches and distractions and less dip & dots and Frozen lemonade stands every 10 ft.

TF? Your post makes it sound like you’ve never been to SDC

mhguy77 has a point. Lost River was a big ride that helped soak up some of the summer crowds... I just wouldn't call it anything close to 20% of the park. We're talking about them being down one water ride, a couple stores, and the dockside theater. I don't think we'll really see a huge impact to the other lines in the park, but it's always nice to have plenty of options to spread people out more and LR always held a big line. By the time we get to the crazy hectic Christmas season though it's a moot point because it wouldn't be open anyway. That's when they are usually reaching capacity. Totally agree about needing more benches.

BackInTime9, I think both the engineers and the park know what they are doing. I don't think they have a huge problem designing around drainage seeing as they are built on some hilltops. As for the historical nature of the pond... lol, it was just a puddle when SDC started and they turned it into what it is today. I'm sure it will look nice in it's next iteration as well.

The new ride will have plenty of wow factor, I'm sure. Lost River wasn't exactly a prime river rapids ride. The only unique thing was how it ended going through the building. The new ride will almost definitely have some neat landscaping and updated rapids features at the very least. They aren't going through all this trouble just to get another so-so water ride. Even if enthusiasts aren't impressed, it'll be nice and new, and most importantly safer and easier to operate and maintain.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 USA Today Holiday Event Poll
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:46:11 PM »
Awesome! Thanks to those who helped vote them in! I know they appreciate and deserve it.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendance numbers
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:44:24 PM »
That is tremendous news. Years ago there was serious concern over HFEC's ability to grow the SDC market. Now it seems their biggest challenge is building up their infrastructure fast enough to handle the deluge of crowds. The only reason they didn't break through 2.2 million and beyond is that they had to turn people away on some days. The fear of massive crowds now is also starting to work against them as many are saying they'll never visit on a Saturday again...

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:41:49 PM »

@ Swoosh,   
I Was there sunday..  rode train a couple of time to look at the site..
Why do you think they are "saving" that superstructure?.   
Did you see the word "save" painted on the east side.?
I cant see them reusing it on new project.

I think they plan to use it in the theming of the new ride as a tribute to the past.  It kind of blows my mind as they’ve been doing so much clean cut lately that this is a foreign way of thinking for them.

Wow, that is pretty interesting if they are indeed saving this seemingly random wall. I know some of us fans have been critical of some of the bulldozing mentality that has gone on with some of the recent additions. It would be really cool to see them respond with some kind of gesture like this. It really keeps the spirit of the city alive somehow when bits and pieces can survive and be repurposed through the generations. There's always been such a tradition of re-using things at SDC, with the Lost River area now being prepared for it's FOURTH ride when you consider the Greedy Bros stuff as well as Rube Dugans.

Announcements / Re: Spam Attack
« on: December 29, 2018, 10:45:52 AM »
^Well that's creepy. I guess they are trying to spoof us to spam members. If anyone else gets a spam email that purports to be from the site, forward it to so I can take a look at it. These guys are getting more inventive every year.

Announcements / Spam Attack
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:07:40 PM »
Just noticed and deleted a huge spam wave attack. Just a bunch of bot accounts trying to get through the filter to spread spam. Looks like a couple of them got through while I wasn't looking. Security settings have been tweaked.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:11:37 PM »
Season passes came in. Saw a show about pirates was going to be featured? I don't get it.  What do pirates have to do with an 1880s mining town?  I'm all for new entertainment, but pick a themed show that fits. On the other hand it would be interesting to learn how pirates arrived in a landlocked area. I wonder if they have hovercraft technology on their old timey pirate ship?

I think you're about 15 or so years to late to that discussion, lol. Even back before Wildfire they still had crazy stuff here and there that didn't have anything to do with the original core theme. SDC has always been a whimsical place. I think we put too much emphasis on the "historical" aspects around here, though they are interesting.

^You didn't see the announcement for the year of shows in 2019?

Other Parks / Re: Interesting Blazing Fury article (sister to FITH)
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:05:56 PM »
Its sad that SDC doesn't reinvest in their rides like DW.

lol, DW got rid of most of their classics. BF is the exception to the rule in their case. They got rid of their Flooded Mine, Inventor's Mansion (their version of Grandfather's Mansion), their mine train coaster, and the original classic log flume from the world's fair, just to name a few. At least they still have their waterboggin at the moment.

SDC does need to give FITH the same treatment that seems to have worked so well on BF, but that's an on-going discussion. I think they are still evaluating the building itself. Sooner or later they will do something.

Branson Talk / Re: Starlite Theatre - No more
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:28:26 PM »
Interesting... like the idea of a flying theatre, hate National Enquirer...

Starlite looked like a cool place. Out of all the theaters in Branson, it's surprising that the bigger and better ones seem to have the most trouble.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 12, 2018, 11:23:30 AM »
Appreciate the photos from everyone.

I can almost guarantee they won't re-use the name. If they are spending this much, they want to be sure and market it as a new ride, not a "refurbishment". It's all about marketing.

absolutely... it wont be
Lost river,
or Owens ride.

Be lucky if the name has any reference to the Ozark Heritage at all....

time traveler
firemans landin
river blast-  (well maybe a little)

River Blast actually has a ton of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn theming. Isn't the full name actually Tom and Hucks River Blast?

Fireman's Landing has a lot of rides packed in, which makes it feel a little carnival-ish, but there's also tons of detail and theming.

Time Traveler apparently ran over budget, so the station exterior and bottom floor are a bit disappointing, but the upper levels and the trains are very cool. It also has a rich backstory and lots of detail for those who care to pay attention. The name itself is pretty generic.

So all in all, SDC has a good track record and deserves all the benefit of the doubt as usual. We always wring our hands about the theme being hampered, but they always deliver a good product. Even if the name is generic, I am expecting it to look really nice and have a fun back=story theme that us fans can appreciate.

Lost River wasn't exactly themed that much anyway. Might have been some stuff hanging in the queue line that I have forgotten, but I don't remember anything that stood out. The theme was just a river that sucks into a cave. If they have some kind of cave theme or element with the new ride, it will be a nice homage/continuation of the theme.

Branson Talk / Re: RFD sells again- NO Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Show..
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:25:49 PM »
I think they might be Dolly's subsidiary. You'd be surprised how many different entities are under/connected to HFEC.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:05:32 PM »
Appreciate the photos from everyone.

I can almost guarantee they won't re-use the name. If they are spending this much, they want to be sure and market it as a new ride, not a "refurbishment". It's all about marketing.

Branson Talk / Re: RFD sells again- NO Hatfields and McCoys Dinner Show..
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:57:25 AM »
That's a very interesting development. Hate to see a good modern theatre go to waste, but it's prime real estate. Hopefully they got the corner as well.

Stampede isn't really "under" HFEC, it's a partnership with Dolly's company. Speculation about building a new theatre for one of the other big shows under her umbrella makes sense. Makes you wonder why they wouldn't just do an internal sale for some of the CC property though... unless they still have plans for it down the road.

Shoji's theatre is smaller and on a smaller/worse lot. Isn't the Kirby theatre way out on the red route or something?

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