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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC announcement on friday
« on: October 15, 2018, 03:04:20 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, but let's try to keep the discussion consolidated to the 2019 thread so we aren't carrying two discussions at once.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 15, 2018, 03:02:55 PM »
I hope to check out HITP soon. The only time I've seen full crowds at the shows I was referring to was when people just wanted to get some air conditioning... but I digress. My point was that SDC is special in that they have such great shows and they need to keep pushing it instead of letting it drop off when Wonderful Life leaves. If the competition is picking up, that's all the more reason.

Anyway, sounds like they are doing an actual announcement thing this year? Perhaps just getting in line with modern social media trends since everyone is hyping every announcement these days. KD hyped the announcement of a coaster REMOVAL.

I'm guessing the pumpkin festival is about to be announced.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:08:24 PM »
Oh I've seen them, hence my comment. Come on, we all know the shows I'm talking about. Every chain park has at least one show with a few random performers lip-syncing or karaoke-ing to some top 40 soundtrack. I've never understood why these shows are so prevalent when they rarely have much of an audience, but it seems like some parks just want to check off the box for "live performances". Sometimes even certain SDC performances fall into the vein, but at least here we always get actual singing and usually a backing band.

There are some good, or at least entertaining, shows here and there of course. Not saying they are ALL bad.

My point remains that SDC is special in their emphasis and execution of stage shows, and it would be a shame to drop the ball by not replacing Wonderful Life with another good show.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Outlaw Run restraint changes
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:36:20 PM »
I think sometimes when they switch out the seat belts they end up with slightly shorter belts. Or perhaps the belts stretch out with use? Seems like we keep having this conversation though...

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:21:53 PM »
^lol, what about 1800's England for the dicken's show?  ::) Or the north pole Santa meet and greet? It's Christmas...

I assume they'll bring in another great Christmas production. They would be stupid not to keep a successful thing going. How many people see these shows each season? Most of them are completely filled up on the weekends. They are expensive to produce for sure, but the ROI has to be reasonable considering the kind of draw they bring to the park. WOF/SF aren't ever going to compete with SDC on these kinds of shows. All they have are the cheap karaoke shows.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Food for thought
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:15:01 PM »
No... they don't just throw these things together. There's quite a bit of engineering done. Time Traveler had a ton of earthwork done for it that apparently included filling in a sinkhole/cave opening. Rumored to be one of the reasons some of the thematic stuff in the concept pitches didn't make it to the final product.

It makes sense that out of all the giant tacky crosses littering the country, Branson would get the biggest and the tackiest.

I guess I understand the reasoning behind the tear drops, but why go with such crappy clip art versions?

Why do these things always look so cheap despite costing millions of dollars?

Has anyone ever accomplished anything with one of these giant crosses besides satisfying some kind of ego-trip?

Construction/Rumors / Re: Great Pumpkin LumiNights at SDC?
« on: September 29, 2018, 02:59:38 PM »
Yup, my expectations have only grown over the past year, especially when they announced the expansions to DWs this year. It's inevitable. It does sound cute, but it is the end of an era for the celebration of crafts and old time stuff at SDC. Maybe some if it will be worked back into SDCs version.

Can't argue with the success DW has had.

Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: September 27, 2018, 02:59:51 PM »
The facebook page says they are construction a LeMans-style track. One of my friends applied to be a driver... I guess I'll see from him how it works out.

I hate to see them try so hard and potentially have it all go to waste. I want them to succeed, but it looks like one swing and miss after another.

There's going to be a lot of jokes about "Why would you pay $25 for that when you can drive on a typical Ozark hill road for free?" Coming in over the hill from Cape Fair is pretty much like a drift track if you aren't careful.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 25, 2018, 10:09:05 PM »
^lol, so in other words, you've ended up being wrong on your "hints" before. Most of the time none of us really know what is going on. Sometimes the people in charge don't even know what they're going to end up with. I don't know what there is to get out of being a know-it-all about the future plans of a theme park. Personally, I like watching and guessing at what they'll come up with.

I'm getting real tired of the snide comments back and forth. It's such a stupid and immature thing to argue over. Last warning.

Branson Talk / Re: Classic Motor Inn 2018 - Call K.D. @ 417 334 6991
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:20:30 PM »
The job market is so hot right now, especially in Branson. I don't get the loyalty to a place that's apparently not treating her right. Keep nudging her along.

Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:13:52 PM »
Oh man, that's sad. So much for the whole "re-opening in the fall" idea then. Not that they would be able to find staff at this point anyway.

Maybe they'll try again next year? Seems like they are just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:06:01 PM »
SDC's team didn't win the PR award at the recent Golden Tickets for no reason.  If there were plans being formulated or in place, then there would be something coming out from the park in some fashion.  Markers, planning teams, "convenient leaks" or something other than wild guess work on a fan forum or from a group of people who are only at the park 3-5 weeks a year instead of the regular employees.

SDC's PR team is amazing and doesn't get the recognition they deserve. They did a mind-blowingly good job with the Time Traveler publicity and made headlines worldwide. Not sure what you're trying to say here. We will hear about 2019 stuff here in about a month when they start pushing 2019 passes as is typical. As for potential 2020 stuff, SDC isn't usually a park to tease things a long ways off unless construction is obvious.

Anyhoo.... This thread is supposed to be for trip reports. We have a whole other section of the forums for speculation.

Branson Talk / Re: America's Fun Park in Branson
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:25:53 PM »
Yeah, I don't get it either. I guess I should see the concept in action, but I have a feeling they are setting up for another swing-and-a-miss here. Really wish they would just re-open some rides with a scaled back setup that they can regroup from. Anyone been by recently? What's left?

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun Question
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:23:16 PM »
Smoking and vaping happen everywhere. It happens in lines at SDC too, even though the clientele is generally of a slightly different nature. I don't like it, but some people just plain suck and don't care about bothering everyone else. I don't see the drinking as a big deal - they do sell beer all over the park and they probably paid at least $10 a piece for those cans so they should enjoy them I guess.

WOF is not a park for the uptight. It's an urban park that caters to the local KC metro. During Halloween especially the crowd is much more wild and raunchy than the family friendly destination resorts like Disney and the HFEC parks.

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