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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC’s 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:56:59 PM »
The rumors sure have been flying lately. But I guess it makes sense. We have always said it was a matter of time, and with the way things have been allowed to slowly degrade over time, it had to give way eventually. Now that they have popped the cork on ride replacements with Lost River, it makes sense to knock the others out one at a time.

FITH will be hard to see go. Even with a "new" version, we all know it won't be the same in spirit. Goodbye baldknobbers.

Random Talk / Re: More ADA news about parks
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:14:09 PM »
Zombie Thread Alert!  :o

The real question is why you felt the need to revive it

Less than three months makes it a zombie thread?

The real question is why you felt the need to question why another member wants to comment on something.

Because Joshua literally added NOTHING to the thread.  If he were to have added pertinent breaking news to the thread it would have never been questioned.  Do you understand now Craig? Sheesh next time stay in your own lane and we won’t have to waste a post to explain something so obvious.

Sometimes people don't see threads until later. You're not a moderator, so I'm not sure why you are trying to butt in here and act like some kind of over zealous english professor grading a paper. People can post pretty much whatever, it's not like this is a super busy forum with strict content standards.

As for the fate of DW's waterboggin, the discussion back on TPR is probably correct: the fate of the waterboggins wasn't so much due to ADA as it was due to the potential for people to slip out of the rafts or reach out and hit things in various ways. It was never a problem if you rode correctly, but apparently some lawsuit chasers were able to ruin the fun for everyone. It makes me wonder how the log flumes have been able to stick around all this time. 

Random Talk / Re: Snowpocalypse 2019
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:55:28 AM »
and in Tulsa we got nothing but rain as usual. We haven't seen more than about an inch of snow since I moved back to this area almost 5 years ago. Even OKC gets more snow than us now. Weird pattern shifts...

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:22:16 AM »
^cease and desist incoming in 3...2...  lol

Is that the same guy that shut the park down a while back because of his drone?

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:12:02 PM »
Man, while it is true that Corkscrew pass sucks and is a bottleneck, that water tower thing in the center is a true SDC landmark that has been there my entire life. It's one of those little things that is mildly authentic and very thematic that ties the whole area together. Hope they have some new theming/details in mind to make up for the loss....

I liked the water chute that ran all the way down to the riverfront as well. The area will look really empty without it.

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2019
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:40:11 PM »
Yeah, sounds like it. Sucks... I enjoy all the toboggan style rides, and these water slides were and interesting breed. I knew this was coming, but wish we had been given more warning. Might have even considered running out there for nostalgia's sake.

Potential site of DW's next big thing though?

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?

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