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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 19, 2019, 07:58:52 PM »
I do know we have not been up there this year near as much as previous years.  If it was not for the new ride next year, there is a good chance I might not buy a SP that year.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 19, 2019, 07:56:11 PM »
I call BS.  That section of track has settled.  My guess is they do not want to spend the money fixing it.  It would probably be about like putting piers in a house foundation.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:13:32 PM »
I ended up skipping going up to the city today.  It started raining when I was getting ready to head up there and looked like it was going to last a while.  I only wanted to stay a couple of hours so I just headed back home.  I will be back up next weekend but I suspect it will be busier.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 15, 2019, 04:40:38 PM »
I am in town but good thing I looked because I discovered they are closed today. I would have felt like it was a visit to Wally World.   I will be "working" in town tomorrow so I will head up at opening and get some rides in before heading back home.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 14, 2019, 08:08:24 PM »
Well sort of.  Looks like we will be up there next weekend, the 24th etc.  I will also be up there tomorrow and leaving Friday for work.  I may get up to the city for a couple of hours before closing tomorrow and probably till noon Friday.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:49:22 PM »
Was planning on going up this Friday thru Sunday but turns out we can't.  I am assuming it would have been less busy than next weekend with the gospel thing going on.  What about the week after?  Trying to also get the kid to WW before they close.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:31:25 PM »
Now that I think about it, it seems like there is a 2nd bump that has formed down close to where it curves up from where it sits next to TT.  I can recall if this is before the tunnel  or after.  I may have to ride it again to see.  My problem with the bump is I know its coming so I tense up.  I am already starting to get a stiff back from old age I guess which does not agree with the bump.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:26:06 PM »
When does school start back up?  Trying to plan a trip in the next couple of weeks, probably during the week when school is going on to get WW and SDC in.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thunderation Bump
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:05:55 PM »
I have completely stopped riding it because of that bump.  It never used to be like that.  I got worse when they started the earth work for TT.  It is REAL bad this year.  It seems like the track foundation has settled quite a bit in that spot.  I never had any problems with TNT before but that one bump is now too much for me.  The sad part is I love riding TNT.  Even my 10 year old wont ride it anymore.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: August 05, 2019, 06:28:22 PM »
Okie... .we stay at aHomeStay Inn and when you call and tell them you want the SDC fans rate of $40.00 a night they honor it. The new owners are Indian and have treated us exceptionally well. The rooms are clean and the breakfast area by the check in desk has been updated.  As long as we keep on  getting  the rate we will keep on staying there.


You guys in town now and how long you staying..?     

They are intending on selling in the future?

Did you guys try Ozark Valley Inn?,  Most of us are staying there now, they are american owned, with intention of selling in the future.. Nice place..

Talk soon

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: August 05, 2019, 06:27:44 PM »
Okie... .we stay at aHomeStay Inn and when you call and tell them you want the SDC fans rate of $40.00 a night they honor it. The new owners are Indian and have treated us exceptionally well. The rooms are clean and the breakfast area by the check in desk has been updated.  As long as we keep on  getting  the rate we will keep on staying there.

Interesting, thanks for the tip.  Was this one of our old hotels?

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 04, 2019, 07:37:24 PM »
I am really not sure what you mean.  I rode it several times this weekend and they have all of the sounds and effects working.  The train whistle sounds like a new recording as does fire in the hole at the end. I assumed the originals were too far gone and they had to redo them.

I finally got to ride FITH today and based on that, I'd say they need to accelerate their timetable. The condition of the ride was truly deplorable, and felt like a marked comedown even from last season. Still a lot of missing audio, new train whistle and "FITH!" for some reason (why?), and a ton of visible deterioration.

If you'd have told me ten years ago that Dollywood would put some TLC into Blazing Fury and SDC had let FITH rot, I would have never believed you or thought you'd gotten the parks confused somehow. I just don't understand the thought/rationale behind allowing the ride to even get to this point, what was once and I had thought to be still a signature ride.

I would have hoped for a Knott's style refurb, but alas, it seems like that's unlikely. Hopefully they'll do a fantastic reimagined version, but right now I have my doubts. And until this visit I hadn't really ever doubted the park before.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: August 04, 2019, 07:29:37 PM »
We went up yesterday at around 5pm and rode rides until it was time for the Echo hollow show.  I really just do not like the new stage. It is great that it is new but it does not have the same ambiance it has before. Anyway, we did not stay thru the whole show, left at about 8:45 and rode a few more rides.  It was not super busy but was not dead either.  There was a little bit of a wait for PK.  We were 1 train away from being able to see the fireworks from the ride.  As it stands we did not see anything at all of the show because we were in the building.  For some reason there were several train loads of folks who could not seem to figure out how to get on and off the ride.  We left right before 10pm.  It was a mad house at the exit.

Today I had planned on going up at opening them coming back later in the day.  We ended up just coming at about 7pm.  On the way up it was raining cats and dogs even though it was just a little blip on the radar.  Just as we were pulling in the rain was stopping.  As we were going in (we were the only ones going in at that time) it was like an episode of the walking dead with the hordes of people coming out.  This was looking like a good sign.  As we got in all the rides were closed, even FM.  We ended up getting on FITH pretty quick.  Rode that, got a $1 ice cream float, then even though app said TGS was closed we went up there anyway and they just opened it.  So, we rode that.  We headed up to PK and they said it was open, got down to the gates and there were probably 4 loads of people ahead of us.  They said they were just waiting on a call to start running.  Pretty soon they sent one of the workers out for a test ride.  As soon as that car left, they got another call.  Worker comes back on and lightening is within 10 miles so they can't run.  We left.  Headed toward the train, it was running but I guess it shut down also when it got back in.  Rode FM.  Waited around till about 8:30 and there was still lightening in the area per radar.  Figured there was very little chance of them opening anything to started to head toward the exit just as it started pouring again.  Currently at the Honeysuckle where Michelle from All Access hooked us up for $60 a night where as our usual place wanted over $200 for the jacuzzi suite, which was all they had.  All the travel sites have the other places in town close to $100 or more for the rat hole places.  Will head back up at opening tomorrow for a couple of hours, then go back around 8:30-9pm tomorrow for another couple of hours. 

Saturday we got there at opening and walked on everything we wanted to ride.  Started off with 2 trips on PK, then over to FITH.  Rode WF a couple of times. Walked right on the train as it was loading up then did FM.  By this time it was around 11-11:30am and TT had too long of a line so we decided to leave and went to town to eat lunch.  We then decided to ride the train down at the landing.  I had planned on going back to the city at around 8:30 to watch fireworks then ride some rides in the dark but just did not have the energy.  After looking at the wait time on the app with TGS wait time of 60 minutes, TT 75 minutes, I decided I was not going to fight the crowds so we relaxed at the hotel.  Left town at around 10am in the morning. 

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: August 04, 2019, 07:24:56 PM »
I am really a dummy, I think I just saw new activity on this one and posted mine here.  I am going to copy it to 2019 and add Saturday trip to it

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