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Random Talk / Re: The SDCFans Lounge
« on: August 21, 2007, 10:12:41 PM »
Errr, I've got a ton of work to do this week, and it doesn't look like it will lessen up anytime soon. In the mean time I have next to no time for recreation, working on this site, working on my other sites, or doing freelance work which I really need to do for the money.

Again, enjoy high school while you can.

Announcements / Re: New Pages Coming Soon.
« on: August 21, 2007, 08:29:41 PM »
Sorry guys, it may take a little longer than I thought to get the new pages up - I've had a load of work dumped on me this week. I still should be able to get the pages up by the end of the week though, hopefully.


I have to wonder, however, if perhaps the tree he's showing in the pics is just the base without any of the decorative outer layers (garlands, bows, etc.)?

Lets' hope so. With the usual decorations, this tree would be incredible, as it has many more lights than the last tree.

It's funny though what we will call a tree these days. Even the last 'tree' was just a big green cone filled with lights, and this one is something like a octogonial pyramid with almost no greenery at all.

I hope they bring back the old songs though, I grew up listening to/watching those.

^That's what I heard some while ago, like back last December, I guess plans really do change over a year. Oh well.

I am terribly disappointed in the new tree. This is basically a pyramid with a bunch of lights, it hardly passes for a tree, and it certainly isn't even close to being as good as the old tree.

At least they're extending the hours and synchronizing the lights on the main square.

Does anyone know how tall the last tree was? Wasn't it 5-stories as well?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Ranks #6 National Attraction
« on: August 20, 2007, 09:16:42 PM »
^Yeah, DW actually gets way more in attendance and has more and larger rides, but most people agree that SDC has a better overall experience, and that's what counts.

When the next coaster arrives, I expect yet another boom in attendance, like what happened when Wildfire was built; not just because a new coaster always brings such, but because the park is teetering on drawing from some really big areas. There's this sweet spot where a park stops becoming a regional attraction and starts pulling visitors from all over, and SDC has toed into doing that, but it's getting to the point where the dam is about to break.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Ranks #6 National Attraction
« on: August 20, 2007, 08:14:50 PM »
Quote from:
SDC Ranks #6 In Top 10 National Attractions
   Branson Ranks #3 In Top Destination Cities
   According to <a href="">This Industry Survey</a>, Silver Dollar City is the nation's 6th most popular destination, just after Graceland and the Statue of Liberty. Dollywood placed just below at #7. Branson itself was ranked as the #3 best destination city, just after Washington D.C. and Pigeon Forge.<br /><br />
   This shows absolutely tremendous things about the Herschends. After all, how many theme parks even ranked on this list? Walt Disney World and Universal Studios were the only other parks mentioned, and Universal came 3 places under Dollywood. This says not only that SDC and DW rank up there with the nation's mega-attractions, but also that both parks are so much more than just typical theme parks. How many Cedar Fair, Six Flags, PARC, or Busch theme parks made it to the list? None, and plenty of those parks are far
   larger and have much more expensive attractions than SDC or DW.
   <br />Indeed, the years upon years of unheard of personal attention to guests, detail, and the overall park experience are paying off in bigger ways than ever before, and the Herschends plan to keep running ahead. We can only imagine what they plan to do next to further their fame.

Yup, SDC is looking better all the time, the wave of rapid attendance increases and expansion isn't over yet.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Lost Concepts Round-Up
« on: August 19, 2007, 10:01:00 PM »
This is all straight from what I can remember. Before PK was built, a flurry of concepts were presented to the public like the Ice House coaster, the new mine train coaster, and the suspended coaster from Doppelmayr. Just this year, before TGS, there was a survey in which the Topple Tower and the Frisbee were featured.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Lost Concepts Round-Up
« on: August 19, 2007, 09:42:48 PM »
Since I'm doing a page on the Lost Improvement Concepts at SDC, I need to list all the concepts that have been submitted over the years but have never been acted on.

Here's what I know of so far:

  • The Frissbee
  • The Topple Tower
  • The Ice House Coaster
  • The New Mine Train Coaster
  • The Doppelmayr suspended coaster
  • The Shot Tower
  • The Great Barn Play Area

Anyone know of any more?

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: 1970s home video of SDC!
« on: August 19, 2007, 09:25:28 PM »
You know, I remember hearing the story about why they re-did the tunnel, but now I forgot. Anyone remember? I think it had something to do with PK's construction.
I too miss the scenes in the tunnel, now it's pretty boring.

I remember seeing the old tunnel be destroyed, and how shocked I was; I thought for a minute there that they were taking the plunge out.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Discounts for Silver Dollar City
« on: August 19, 2007, 09:04:01 PM »
Right now seems to be the best time of the year to visit the park actually.

 Schools starting back up, so a lot of the kids are gone; the weather just might cool down a few degrees for you, but not enough to make a good water ride not worthwhile, and due to the fact that no festivals are going on, the park shouldn't be too crowded. A guy I know went last week and he said the crowds were fantastic: 5 min. waits on everything, even PK.

I think after this visit you'll find it hard not to come back again next year, or even for the big Christmas festival.

Bring in the label of any 20oz Coke product, and you'll get $5 off your admission for a one-day admission. That's the only deal I know of currently, but your hotel may have something as well.

Announcements / Re: New Pages Coming Soon.
« on: August 19, 2007, 08:48:01 PM »
^Yeah, see that's the thing, there's so many good SDC history sources out there, I've been tempted to just post a few links to the best of them. Still, it'd be nice to have a guide that goes into all the pesky little details over the years.

Joy, do you know anything about the death that occurred on Fire-In-The-Hole in the early years? I've heard that a train was accidentally sent into the mech. area, and the door was too low. Most people were able to duck, but one fella wasn't.  Apparently there was a massive section of the ride that was removed sometime after this.

Ozark Marketplace / Re: SDC Photo Album
« on: August 19, 2007, 08:42:35 PM »
^^^I've almost forgotten what the Ice House concept was originally, but I know that somehow it evolved into some kind of inverted coaster concept (probably by B&M). It's definitely one of the most longed-for attractions at SDC. I think originally they had something more in mind like a G-fighter inside a huge Ice House, as that would fit the art, but the thing is, G-fighters weren't around then, were they?

Hey Joy, do you mind if I feature this on the front page?

Announcements / New Pages Coming Soon.
« on: August 19, 2007, 08:39:05 PM »
I'll be adding a few new content pages this week.

First off, I'm finally almost finished with the 'Other SDC Attractions' page, which covers info on things like the Homestead and the cave. Next, I've been inspired by Joy to make a page covering the dropped ride concepts of SDC like the shot tower, Frisbee, and topple tower. Finally, I'll try to get that page on SDC's history done, though that one will be a toughy.

If anyone feels the need to add anything, or has any ideas for future content, just let me know.

Ozark Marketplace / Re: SDC Photo Album
« on: August 19, 2007, 08:35:40 PM »
Whoops, I'm blind.

WOW though, I mean Geez, you've got some really great stuff! I had no idea that there was concept art for the Ice House or shot tower concepts.

Ozark Marketplace / Re: SDC Photo Album
« on: August 19, 2007, 08:31:07 PM »
All I'm seeing are a few avatars. Have you not uploaded your photos yet, or am I looking in the wrong place?

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