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Construction/Rumors / Re: Grandfather's Mansion Re-hab?
« on: August 16, 2007, 10:42:09 PM »
Hmmm, Midwestinfoguide's editor, who happens to be very knowledgeable on the park, mentioned something might be happening to the Mansion this off season. We'll just have to see.

Random Talk / Re: This is a welcome sight (site) !
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:20:21 PM »
^Welcome, and thanks for joining! If you have anything you want to add to or change on the site, just let me know.

Construction/Rumors / Re: The next coaster (SDC)
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:17:04 PM »
^Huh, I've heard several pretty good reviews, especially from my relatives, but some of the enthusiasts I've talked to said it was just 'OK'. I guess most enthusiasts are just too picky, after all, these would be the type to whine about The Voyage or Maverick.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Coaster Christmas 2007
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:15:11 PM »
Yeah, you know I was thinking that if I did end up paying $60 for an ACE membership, then the $20 or so for the event, it would suck to not be able to ride anything.

Construction/Rumors / Grandfather's Mansion Re-hab?
« on: August 16, 2007, 12:17:35 AM »
Anyone been in Grandfather's (also commonly called Grandpa's) Mansion lately? It's not exactly a pretty sight. I'm not saying the place is totally run down or anything, but has gotten to the point to where it is only a mere shadow of it's former self. It's got an old creaky feel to it, which actually is great and fits the theming well, but there's also something about it that screams for a re-furb, at least a little bit of one. Besides, the place just needs more. After the tilting hall and the small room with the small assortment of tricks (most of which don't work anymore or really need to be fixed up), all that's left is the tilted room, which is what everyone heads for now without even looking at everything else.

I love the old mansion, but it really needs some TLC. I don't want them to totally re-do the place, as I have so many memories there, but they need to at least fix up the old effects so that they at least work, and some new wall paper and paint couldn't hurt. A few small additions would be nice too.

Really though, I could see them doing a major overhaul on the thing as early as this off-season. If they do plan on a mid-town re-vamp like I think they are, this would be a prime thing to fix up. I just hope they don't totally strip out all the things I have such fond memories of. I'm sure the tilted room will stay no matter what, but some of those old tricks are just too cool to lose (especially the tap thing, which was mimicked at the new Wilson's Farm area).

Oh... I hope this isn't where they plan on holding those cooking seminars...

SDC Memories/ Park History / Sam's Mining Shack
« on: August 16, 2007, 12:09:11 AM »
Does anyone know more about this attraction?

All I know is that it opened with the park in 1960 as some type of fun house. It was upgraded into what is now Grandfather's Mansion. Other than the tilted room which lives on in the mansion, I don't have a clue as to what the Shack held.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Coaster Christmas 2007
« on: August 13, 2007, 11:31:10 PM »
Coaster Christmas is an ACE-sponsored event at SDC involving the usual treats such as ERT and question and answer sessions with SDC staff. I believe this year's event will take place the weekend after Thanksgiving week, though it's probably different this year, and it could change. This is the event that I would re-join ACE for, but I doubt I'll be able to make it.

It would be great if someone on here could go though, as it is not only a fantastic event, but there's so much info shared there that we would all love to hear.

SDC Memories/ Park History / FITH Turns 35
« on: August 13, 2007, 11:25:27 PM »
Fire In The Hole turns 35 this year. As SDC's first coaster (or is it?), this was the one that started it all.

I remember the first time I rode this thing, I was just a kid, and it scared me out of my wits. I came back a couple of years later and my parents had to pull me off of it.

Anyone have any special memories of it? Or better yet, info of how the ride has changed over the years?

Construction/Rumors / New Parking Lot/Road Plans
« on: August 13, 2007, 09:50:14 PM »
This is very old, but it certainly is pretty major. Back in February SDC formally submitted a proposal for a $5 million TIF project to decrease traffic issues around SDC; the project would also involve some expansion of SDC's parking lot. Here an article on it ->

The thing is, I haven't heard any more on it since February, what happened? I expect that if it did indeed pass, we'll be seeing it take place this off season, if the funds are raised early enough.

I know that I personally can't wait for them to do anything to ease congestion. Last Christmas, I had to wait in a car queue for miles.

Btw, it's worth noting that the Herschends specifically designed this TIF proposal so that it wouldn't take away from possible education funds. Hooray for smart businesses.

Anyone hear more?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Big Christmas Announcement Coming
« on: August 13, 2007, 03:05:00 PM »
The inside track states that there will be a preview of the Old Time Christmas festival posted this week, so maybe we'll hear the details of the new tree then.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Anyone been getting any surveys lately?
« on: August 13, 2007, 01:56:15 PM »
^Yeah, kinda. I mean, they would obviously trust the people who have been coming for years, but like any business, they are focusing on expanding their customer base. Thus, they want to find out what attracted those who have never been before and build off that so in turn, more newcomers will arrive.

I dunno though, I just figure there's some complex algorithm behind all this.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Anyone been getting any surveys lately?
« on: August 13, 2007, 10:31:01 AM »
Yeah, I think they must be targeting visitors who haven't been to the park a billion times. Us seasoned veterans are just too biased.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Anyone been to the park lately?
« on: August 12, 2007, 10:10:56 PM »
Be sure to take some photos for us! I would walk past the tree house once or twice if I were you, just to see if you can spot any evidence of them clearing it out or preparing it for a take-down. It's very unlikely you'll see anything, as they would wait for the off-season, but you just never know. Other than that, make sure you stop by the bakery in midtown for one of their cinnamon bread loafs.

Construction/Rumors / Anyone been getting any surveys lately?
« on: August 12, 2007, 05:04:33 PM »
I know SDC tries to keep these things kinda hushed, so I hope I don't step on any toes here.

SDC always centre's it's improvement efforts off of what guests tell them they want; it's been that way for as long as Ma Herschend has been involved with the park. Already this year we've seen one survey out polling different ideas for adult entertainment (heh, but not that kind), but I have a feeling that there will be more out soon, if they're not out already to poll other concepts.
So, anyone get anything yet?

Construction/Rumors / Re: The next coaster (SDC)
« on: August 12, 2007, 04:26:25 PM »
Oh yeah, I completely forgot about that. Then again, who says they can't have two similar attractions? Most SF parks these days will have both a log flume and something along the lines of a mack supersplash.

Anyway you look at it though, it looks like SDC is due for anther water ride. SDC only has about 3 water rides as it is, and they are all very popular. S&S is a trusted name, and they just happen to be getting into the water ride business. Besides, Dollywood is getting a splash battle next year so, maybe, just maybe we'll end up with something along those lines before we ever see a new coaster.

I'm still going to keep my hopes up for a woodie in 2009 though.

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