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Random Talk / Re: Christmas Check In...
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:29:42 PM »
They got snow on the ground at SDC? That has always been a bucket list thing for me to get photos with snow on the ground there with their Christmas decor.

Itís not as glamorous as it sounds.  Trust me

I dunno.  I always loved those days where I got to work with snow on the ground. Made the train ride absolutely gorgeous.  And robbing in the snow is a blast!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:08:58 PM »
Friday   12-22-17,    only 8,000 people....... ;D

Actually, if you think about it with the weather- the cold and rain- that's a really big crowd in that case.  Used to be on a bad weather day like that, the number would be closer to 2,000.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 22, 2017, 10:16:22 AM »
That all sounds insane....its a thursday!!!!

Remember these posts when the tix prices start going up....or....i hate to write this....they start charging for parking.  The cost of SDC being an awesome park.

Here's the thing that people complaining about prices don't get:

When they are reaching over-capacity crowds at the prices they have now, how much worse would it be with lower ticket prices that more can afford.  Law of Supply and Demand says that you raise prices to help ease the crowding problems.

Or come up with some other ways to deal with them.  They've already expanded parking lots, and on days like this it's not enough.  The front entry area is overwhelmed, and as has been pointed out they need more areas in the park for the crowd to go to.

So their problems are: how to limit crowds on what would be huge days like this, or how to expand infrastructure to handle them.  It's a good problem to have.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:44:50 AM »
SirWillow, did you have a good time?  Hubs and I went, and it was great.  Parking lots were full, and no handicap parking was available, but it didn't really seem that crowded.  The longest line I saw was for kettle corn and the curly potato things on a stick.  We walked on the last train ride of the day.  It was edgy leaving, but people in line to buy things were intermixed with people trying to exit which slowed things to a crawl.  I overheard an employee with a clipboard talking to other employees telling them they'd be giving up their parking area today and needed to be in Branson West for pick up to work.  With weather in mid 60's I predict today will be a cluster.

We had a great time.  Saw and did everything that we wanted to with no problems- Dickens, Saloon, Nativity, Outlaw Run, Powder Keg, Wildfire and more. Didnt' have problems with the crowds as they were quite manageable.  But you could also tell that they were getting ready to be huge later on this week. With many schools out starting today, yes, it's getting ready to start the ugly packed season where every day will be like last Saturday. Probably our last visit for the year.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:37:57 AM »
I wonder if they are trying to focus group test some people as well to see what the reaction will be when they open and how they can better "frame" the ride so people will actually try it out.

What they need are some reaction videos on youtube. That's how kids these days form an opinion.  ::)

Legally they can't.  They are extremely restricted on who they can put on it because it hasn't passed madated safety tests and test circuits yet, been certified by the state, cleared by the manufacturer.  AT this point it's actually Mack that is running the ride still, and it has to pass a lot of safety checks and test runs before they turn it over to the park.  So right now it's only who Mack is allowing on it- meaning their construction people and contractors- and no one from SDC.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:10:56 AM »
Heading out there today with my daughter.  Optimistic it will be a light crowd today.

Branson Talk / Re: New Waterpark proposed for Branson area
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:10:13 AM »
More info from today's Branson Tri-Lakes News -- the road to the proposed resort would be a road by the Steak and Shake across from the old Celebration City.

Sure looks like just down the road from Mutton Hollow.  They've still got that same description in there late that makes no sense at all.  If it's using the road by Steak and Shake, then it's going to be near impossible to have 76 to the south of it unless they dig a road under 76 and into that mountain there.  I think whoever typed that up must have made a mistake and meant it will be south of 76, not the other way around.

Branson Talk / Re: HFE sells Ride the Ducks Branson to Ripley's
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:06:45 AM »
Interesting that they just sold the Branson franchise and not the entire chain

yeah. Really odd.  Wonder why they split it off like that.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:05:00 AM »
I saw a video someobody posted of a test run.  The train was full of riders.  I assume employees.

Not park employees. Not yet.  More than likely people from Mack and the construction/ assembly crews that built the ride.  Traditionally they are given the first rides after the initial test runs are successful.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:38:36 AM »
^ What Shave said.  lol

The drop out of the station is going to be interesting.  I wonder though if it's that it's trimmed so much as "held back" some while it's still in the station until it clears a certain point.  Maybe to prevent it from moving quickly while close to people waiting for the ride? (not that it should be an issue since launched coasters do that...)  I already figured though it you really want to experience the drop you'll want to be near the back of the train.

and good thoughts on the "thrill vs. intensity" debate i think many will have with it.  I'm looking forward to it.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Numbers today
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:52:40 AM »
it was absolutely a zoo of a day.

I dropped my wife off to meet a friend at 11:30.  Wasn't to bad then, but every sign at that point was it was going to be ugly huge.

When I came back just after 6pm, the line of traffic on 76 was still still backed up over a half mile to get in, and both lanes heading up to the park were jammed and not moving. I finally got over to Indian Point and skipped it and met them at lot JD (Just Dirt) they recently built.

Seeing what I saw, honestly I'm thinking that 22k is low.  Sand, do you know if that number was updated at 7:00, or if it was just the number available at 7:00.  Oftentimes when it's really busy like that, they don't get it updated on time.

Final number should be available now, but I no longer have the phone number to call and check like I used to.  :-(

Branson Talk / Re: New Waterpark proposed for Branson area
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:39:07 AM »
Sounds like it could be a fun, neat addition.  Isn't this the second such one proposed in the last several months?  Or is this the same one that was in the news just a few months back.  Should be interesting to see the artwork when/ if it comes out.

Their location as described sure left me confused though.  It says:
  According to plans provided Thursday to members of a newly formed TIF commission, the redevelopment site is bounded to the east by Henning State Forest, to the south by Bransonís entertainment strip, to the west by a future four-lane loop highway and Table Rock Lake and to the north by Silver Dollar City.

Ummm, what?  76 to the south and SDC to the North?  That doesn't exactly make a lot of sense since SDC is south of 76 and well past where it would be called the entertainment strip.  I'm guessing the highway they are referring to is 265, but not exactly sure.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:31:22 PM »
Sorry guys, you're mistaken.  I can understand the confusion because SDC hasn't fully explained and the animation on it was particularly bad on that aspect.  But you're a bit confused on how this works when it comes to the rotating.

This is a gravity/ physics spin, with the spinning starting/ caused in the same way as on other spinning coasters.  The "control" is on how fast it can spin, not on direction or when/ where it starts.  It won't spin on the drop because there aren't any forces changing direction from side to side which is what causes the spin.  That's why it will start on the turns.  But it isn't going to be a rapid/ fast spin because they have "brakes" that limit how fast it will rotate.

I would imagine that, like other spinning coasters, it's a separate mechanism on it that straightens out the cars when they get back to the station.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:02:40 AM »

As far as spin, I would guess/assume that that can be turned off if not wanting to be used..  probably just a hydraulic valve or possible a locking mechanism.     I would expect them to do runs first, then start on the spining cars and the timing of that part of ride.. (maybe not).

All of the video showing off the rie show the cars spinning out of the launch...  UNLESS shave is right, possibly the employees spin the car by hand as the train launches....

That's one of the major problems with the animation video- it's very inaccurate in how it shows the spinning.

From what they've said, you can't "turn off" the spin.  They have it regulated so it won't spin fast, but it will rotate.  But that's going to happen based on how the weight of the riders is distributed in the cars, and it won't start until it hits a turn because that's when the weight will affect how the car goes through the turn.  Coming straight out of the station it won't have any affect, so the cars won't be spinning on the first drop.

"You canna' change the laws of physics, Jim."  :-)

Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:55:32 PM »
Last year they issued a statement or a statement was made that they hit the 1.9 million attendance mark if I am not mistaken. Well, they surpassed that mark back in the 1990's which kinda suggests that attendance is stagnant.

Interesting points.  I tried doing some searching for attendance numbers for the park over the years, but wans't able to find much.  Anyone know if there is a place to see what their annual attendance has been at SDC?

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