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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendance numbers
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:21:27 AM »
Last I heard it was approx. 28187 for yesterday. Numbers still probably trickling in. This is a new record for the park!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendance numbers
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:30:34 PM »
Good Lord. Just saw the FB posts from SDC about today. I've never seen them warn several days in a row like that. Crazy.

They were right though, absolute mad house like I said in the trip reports thread. Making up for April in one day... I look forward to hearing the number.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:15:01 PM »
TNT was actually pretty smooth for us. Did notice a bump in the tunnel, but overall it was smoother than I remembered it being last year. There is an obvious new sink hole near the train tracks right before the tunnel...

Today the park is absolutely packed out. The ACE event has been wonderful, but this afternoon we didn't have much planned due to the mercy event, and it was so packed I ended up just leaving. There are cars strewn all over the sides of the road leaving the parking lots. I think a lot of the new people don't understand the satellite parking system and thought they were being turned away. They were using the bank parking lot today, which they only use on the 25,000+ days. It is was madhouse out there. Wouldn't be surprised if they set a new record.

Last night was great though the ACE reception and ERT time was fantastic. I'll fill in more about it when I get home.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendance numbers
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:06:39 PM »
Is this correct on Cox Health day? Is it just Saturday? I planned to go Saturday and Sunday for a bit to hear the bands but I've been there accidentally on a Cox Health day before and miserable doesn't even begin to describe it.

Not Cox Health day.  I am employed there and nothing has been mentioned.  In fact there was not a Cox Health day at SDC last year, or this year (I believe).  Now Mercy, not sure about when their's is.

Ah, they told us that a regional medical group would be sharing the early access times with us. I assumed that meant Cox, but maybe it is Mercy. Hopefully it's a smaller group than Cox was.

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun Developments.
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:16:14 AM »
Some nice effort at WOF this year. After the turmoil of the last couple of years, it's good to see some things apparently getting back on track. Still a ways to go towards bringing the park back to it's full potential, but I like that they are getting back to paying attention to the overall park environment.

There's some thought out there that some of this is to prepare the park for the next round of big expansions. I don't know about that necessarily, but they are certainly getting into the expected time-frame for the the next big thing.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Attendance numbers
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:12:19 AM »
I'll bet this coming weekend will be pretty wild. ACE is in town for their spring convention at SDC, and I believe Cox health is having their annual family day at the park as well? Plus it will be a gorgeous weekend.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Blacksmiths
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:10:40 AM »
As with other craftsmen positions around the park, there have been retirements/deaths and finding replacements is not easy. There are less authentic craftsmen around now, and the few that exist aren't usually willing to work a theme park gig.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:41:29 PM »
I'm pretty sure the flag raising ceremony changes based on who is working, how many people are there, and the time of year. I think they usually do the "full" ceremony later in the year when the park is more in the swing of operations. Or at least that's what I seem to remember us discussing before...

The full ceremony is a little corny, but it is a part of the old character and authenticity of SDC. If it goes away entirely I feel like it's yet another piece of the SDC heritage that someone at corporate in Atlanta decided wasn't part of the new "image". So many suits have been on park this year... Too many of them seem to want to replicate Carowinds and Worlds of Fun too.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 14, 2018, 11:27:49 PM »
Hopefully once the weather finally heats up, that will reduce a lot of the downtime. Could be the temp changes making it more screwy than it would be otherwise. Still sounds like there are some foundational problems with the tech, but that's what you get with 'World's First's'.

Still to early to know if it will truly have on-going issues like PK. I expect there will always be bugs, but I am holding out hope that it is still under warranty and some of this stuff will be fixed and made more reliable.

At the very least though, it is remaining an incredibly popular ride. The line is consistently all the way to the sign when it is open and the park is full.

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:10:40 PM »
It sounds like they are getting one of the zip line contraptions that one of Stan Checkett's companies makes. Similar to the one at Kemah. It is listed on the new maps as an upcharge.

Wasn't expecting anything, so its kinda neat. Not thrilled about upcharge attractions, but if it makes them some extra dough to go towards something really worthwhile, that's a good thing.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 27, 2018, 08:37:45 AM »
The back porch was open all during opening weekend. I think sometimes the gate gets closed and no one realizes. They also might be closing it whenever TT gets shut down so people aren't sending out panicky FB live videos about riders being "trapped".

I haven't read the report myself yet, but my understanding from the discussion of it is that they never had a licensed set of engineers sign off on it? I don't know what to think here. On one hand, it seems like a freak accident and all slides can be dangerous. On the other hand, it seems like the process they went through to build this thing cut a lot of corners that they didn't even think of because they didn't seek proper experts to analyze the risk and operating parameters.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:41:56 PM »
Ugh, that's so annoying. I really hope this is something they can work out instead of having yet another finicky ride that is down all the time. I thought Mack was better about uptime and reliability of their rides.

Granted, this is essentially a new prototype ride, and this is what you get when you want a bunch of world's firsts. I can think of very few rides that pushed the envelope and weren't huge headaches for their respective parks.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC V Dollywood
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:38:43 AM »
It's not that much bigger and has a number of similarities to SDC. I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be when I went a couple years ago. It was probably because I went in expecting a bigger SDC though. It is certainly it's own park, and it has a much less cohesive and thematic feel than SDC.

The old SDC Tennesee sections are really nice, and I enjoy the Dolly Parton museum and some of her areas of the park near the front, but the newer back areas leave a lot to be desired. Wild Eagle has no theming and a very uninspired layout. The whole wilderness pass area had a SF feel with very light, slightly cartoonish theme. Timber canyon or whatever it's called with Thunderhead and Mystery Mine looks a lot better, but it's packed with rides and not much else. Mystery Mine is the big exception to everything that I have always been jealous of. That is possibly the most thematic ride outside of a Disney park, and it was my hope at the time that it would kick off a new generation of highly themed HFE rides... but then they built Wild Eagle.

But overall though, the rides are nice and there are a few interesting shows and non-ride things to do. The old section of the park is actually really nice and has a great SDC feeling to it with several shops and craftsmen. I haven't done Lightning Rod yet, but hope to get out there next year. That ride is supposed to be even better than Outlaw Run. 

Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:01:23 PM »
Just added the photos to the FB page. It looks like an even smaller lot in real life than it does on google maps. Hard to say how much of the surrounding land they own. It'll be interesting to see this come together. They obviously have something up their sleeves because this is real construction, not just throwing stuff in a parking lot like I had thought might be the case.

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