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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:18:36 PM »
Talked to Ms. Sharon at the school house and she's leaving to take another job next month. 

Sharon's leaving as well?  I wondered since her husband retired how long she'd be there. Sad in many ways how many are leaving the park through retirement, other jobs, etc.  A lot of the people I'm used to being there aren't there anymore.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Blacksmith
« on: May 15, 2017, 09:32:25 AM »
He had his "official" retirement party, last week. We now have a young girl, in his spot~

I was wondering if it was going to lead to his "retirement"  Sad, I'll miss seeing him out there.

Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills. Not going to Open
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:25:40 PM »
SDC and the Herschend company isn't going to touch it.  Pete and Jack aren't in charge anymore, and the company leadership has no interest in things like that (as should be obvious with the changes that have taken place at the park over the last few years).  It's not the type of attraction that they would put into their portfolio anymore.  The way the company is now, it's not a place of hope for history in the area.  At least not in my opinion based on what I've seen.

You might get one of the individual family members to have a bit of interest, but I think the ones that would already have their funds tied in other projects being built around Branson.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:20:37 PM »

So what is Mercy day?  I had thought about coming up this coming weekend but maybe not.  How do you think Friday or Sunday will be?

Mercy Day is when Mercy hospital employees and their families come out in force.  They get big discounts on the tickets and have a couple of special events just for them.  It is one of the biggest attendance crowds of the year from the sheer number of their employees that come out.

Cox when they occasionally have events like that can be just as crowded.

Construction/Rumors / Re: The General Complaints Thread
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:17:14 PM »
They will let you pass through without taking a picture, thought they might "strongly encourage" the photo.  My last couple of visits I skipped past without taking one, though they were a bit goofy about making me wait for the couple of families in front of me taking a photo when there was plenty of room for me as a single to walk by unobtrusively on the side.

Branson Talk / Re: Dogwood Canyon closed
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:31:22 AM »
They did have the crafts fair there this weekend though.  Tinman has a number of photos on his Facebook page of the Dogpatch crafts fair and apparently they had a really good turnout for it.

Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills. Not going to Open
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:28:01 AM »
Terry Sanders has a copy of the letter they were sent on his Facebook page.  Several expensive issues came up, then the bank decided it wasn't going to give it's customary loan and decided to foreclose instead.  It's the whole entire property, including the tower, zipline, and everything.

They said they tried to find a buyer but weren't able to.  Such a terrible loss.  Hopefully the bank finds someone who will revive it

Construction/Rumors / Re: The General Complaints Thread
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:25:47 AM »
On a side note they got rid of the gift shop inside the Frisco Train Station. It's now a mandatory photo booth and they are making everyone stand in line outside the station to process and photograph before entering. This is gonna be a problem on busy days as it makes this area impossible to navigate. This also appears to be hampering riders from entering Flooded Mine.

Absolutely hated this when I worked on the train when it was in the station. Hate it now as well.  Loved that shop that was there and if they could have made so much more money with it if they'd cared about some of the stock (and nothing against the guys, but they put the wrong people on that shirt with the photo of "Alfie and Ralphie"- it should have been Rick who's been there forever.

It's a  horrible location for the photos.  We gave them several other spots and locations that all would have worked much better, not caused the traffic and "conflict with guest and employee" issues that this does, and made them just as much,if not more, money.  But they ignored all of those.  Won't get into more details, but just shaking my head over it.

Branson Talk / Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
« on: May 06, 2017, 07:43:12 AM »
Dome building = old Clay Cooper Theatre, right?

No, the dome building wasn't anywhere near that size.  It was a small building that in recent years housed an old time, dress up photo.  It was about 200- 250 feet from the chute and sat pretty close to the road.

Edit- look at the last photo on this page- it shows it:

Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: May 05, 2017, 09:00:58 AM »
Saw that briefly on the news yesterday.  Still wondering exactly how they got the people in the lead 2 cars out and down since they were past the evac platforms on the lift.

Those kinds of things are never fun for a park.

Branson Talk / Re: New Ride Attraction to Replace Water Chute
« on: May 05, 2017, 08:54:58 AM »
So is this next to where that dome building used to be?  I noticed a while back it was torn down and was thinking it was next to the water slide.  I believe they had an old time photo place in there last. 

Yes, the new alpine coaster takes up the whole plot of land where the water chute and the domed building used to be.  They tore down the domed building you remember a couple of months back in preparing the land for the coaster.

Other Parks / Re: Magic Springs
« on: April 28, 2017, 08:29:22 AM »

From what I have gleaned from different forums, it sounds like SF will probably make a bid for the Palace Corporate chain of parks (which is currently for sale) Here is their entire portfolio of the places they own.

That would be, ummmm, interesting?  There's a number of parks there that don't seem to fit into Six Flags' normal portfolio.  Three Boomers and a couple of other FEC's, and several independant water parks.  Some of the smaller "theme" parks would also be curious additions.  Castle Park in Riverside?  Just have a hard time picturing that as a Six Flags run park.

Then there are the couple that I'm not sure I want to see Six Flags have their hands on: Idlewild, Lake Compounce and Kennywood.   it certainly would make me concerned about the future of a couple of the parks on that list.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:19:23 AM »

Still doesn't work with those other 2 openings that look like entries for transfer track.

You mean those two openings with a steel beam running across them?  Do tell.

Very curious indeed.  I notice that large steel beam they've added is also on a similar height to the wood beams crossing the other opening- actually has a wood beam at the same height level as what we agree should be the loading station.  Don't know if that's related or not.  It's just really hard to say at this point. 

Let's be honest- the way that it sits right now, that area with the two openings doesn't make a lot of sense compared to what we're used to if it's not maintenance bays or the queue- and it's not set up for that at all.  Really, it's nearly impossible right now to figure out where the queue is going to go to get in there.  There's no support structure to put the bay above the station, so that's not happening.  And below it I doubt as well since there are those wood beams crossing it just like in the other side two openings where they added the steel beam, which you can see pretty clear in

The next few weeks are going to be revealing, I think, and let us see just how much all of us were wrong.  lol

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:35:29 PM »
So I did some searching and this is what I think the transfer track is going to be like for Time Traveler.  This is Pegasus at EuropaPark which is also built by MACK.

Still doesn't work with those other 2 openings that look like entries for transfer track.


You're kidding, right?   The ending of Mystic Timbers is extremely lame and honestly even exceeds the "are you freaking kidding me" that is Adventure Express.  This is not the direction I want SDC to go.  I honestly think SDC is better than this.

You....    Are...   Doooooommmmeedd!!!!!

Or at least your expectations of something decent are.  lol

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