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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: When were they there last?
« on: August 08, 2009, 09:35:27 PM »
That's an excellent question. I would love to know how often the Herschends are on park and what they do when they are there.  Do they stay in the administrative offices or do they get out and walk the streets, ride some rides and watch some shows?  You would think they more than anyone would have a great feel for something that's just not right or drifting away from theme.

We were at Dollywood a few years back the summer before they built the Mystery Mine. I was approached by a lady taking a survey. She seemed ready to talk so I started asking questions.  She told me all about the Mystery Mine--and this was before D'wood had announced anything about the new ride.  She also told me how involved one of the brothers (I can't remember if she said Pete or Jack) was in the planning and development of the Thunderhead Gap area. She said he would come down and walk through the area with other staff members laying out his vision of what ride would go here and what ride would go there.  She said he was very hands-on and very firm in what he wanted.  She seemed very impressed with his vision and ability to see the potential in a new area. I can't help but wonder if their attention and creative juices have been focused a bit much on Dollywood and the acquisition of Wild Adventures the past few years while SDC (and Whitewater for that matter) has been left on auto pilot.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: The Train Holdup Skit
« on: August 08, 2009, 08:52:15 PM »
I would love to get a report from Steam Freak on how the new job is going.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Trailblazer Pass Announced
« on: August 08, 2009, 08:47:59 PM »
When we were at the park last week I noticed a family that had them.  I think at that point in the day they had used five of their six rides. I didn't really think they were necessary that day because the lines were not that bad.  The only lengthy wait was for Powderkeg and FITH for part of the day.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Kidsfest: Stay or Go?
« on: August 08, 2009, 08:41:28 PM »
I realize Kidsfest is the most attended festival. But, is that a result of the festival or is it simply a result of the fact that it's in the summer when kids are out of school and people are vacationing anyway? I realize summer is the only logical time to do it but would there be something better that still involves kids but ties in better with the theme and cuts down on the commercialism.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: What Would You Do?
« on: August 07, 2009, 10:28:12 PM »
Echo Hollow does get filled up during the Southern Gospel Picnic. But that's only for evening shows and the festival only lasts a couple of weeks.  If they want to keep Echo Hollow, they need to figure out a way to utilize it more during daytime hours rather than just using it for the evening show when the park closes. I agree, that is some prime real estate.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Kidsfest: Stay or Go?
« on: August 07, 2009, 10:11:08 PM »
Another Kidsfest is almost over. I wonder if this festival has run its course and exhausted all avenues, or is it just in need of a makeover. What does everyone think? Does Kidsfest need to stay or should it go away? Should it be replaced with another festival during the summer or should SDC not have a special theme and just focus on making the park the best it can be? I would like to see them focus on the park and not feel the need for a gimmick.  I didn't think the shows during this Kidsfest were all that great. Jeerk was ok, just not the kind of show you would expect at SDC. Maybe that's what they wanted.  The magic show was alright but don't get me started on the Veggie Tales. Maybe do away with Kidsfest, expand Moonlight Madness and really do the summer up right. Then they could bring the laser light show over from CC like Swoosh wants and cap the evening off with that. I realize Kidsfest is good business for SDC, but it's my least favorite festival.

(Admin edit: changed title to clarify topic  ;))

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: The Train Holdup Skit
« on: August 07, 2009, 09:23:06 PM »
I agree, they should give their very best effort every time the train stops at that shack. The day they don't want to do it is the day they need to find a different job in the park. I hate to think how many people are taking their first ride on the train only to witness a less than stellar effort by the parties involved. That's too bad.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2009/10 Project
« on: August 07, 2009, 09:08:02 PM »
Was at the City four times last week and never really saw any work activity going on at the new ride area. One day while walking through the Landing I did hear a single piece of heavy equipment operating. But when passing back through the area it had stopped. Not much going on there last week.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: What Would You Do?
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:52:17 PM »
I'm sure a lot of folks will disagree with me but, (assuming they fill in the big hole with the new Splash Battle ride) I would like to see them complete the loop between Wildfire and Powderkeg. Linking the two areas would open some space for some new things and also ease the traffic congestion that happens often near the Saloon, FITH and Opera House.  The crown jewel of the area would be a new wooden roller coaster between the two existing ones. The new woodie would make great use of the terrain out in that area and would be themed (as would the entire new loop area) to the highest SDC standards and traditions. If a wooden coaster is not in the cards, a Mystery Mine type coaster would work although I still think a wood coaster themed well would work best between the two steel ones.  To cap off the redo of the area I would refurbish American Plunge and restore it to its former glory, maybe even lengthening the ride if possible and figure out a way to make better use of the waterfall.  I know there are lots of components but I'm still calling it one project.

White Water Discussion / Re: White Water's 2009 Project
« on: August 06, 2009, 09:30:56 PM »
I'm watching a show on the Travel Channel that features the world's best waterparks.  It only magnifies how far White Water has fallen behind the other waterparks in the country. WW is in serious need of a makeover with a healthy infusion of new slides.  There's so much they could do to improve the park if they just put the effort and money in it. With its highly visible location, it could really be a jewel if they worked at it.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: What Would You Do?
« on: August 06, 2009, 09:14:59 PM »
I agree regarding the basketballs, air brush shirts and tattoos. They all need to go.  I would add to that list the glow in the dark light sabres kids were running around the park with when I was at Moonlight Madness last week. I felt trapped in a movie that featured Star Wars going back to the Old West.  I kept waiting for Terry to show up dressed as Darth Vader. I love 70's music, but when I heard Firefall playing over the park's sound system I about passed out. I realize it was part of their effort to change the mood for MM but it just didn't feel right.  My family left early because it was kind of depressing to see SDC making a half hearted effort.  So many things were closed or not operating.  They need to do Moonlight Madness up right or not do it at all.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / What Would You Do?
« on: August 06, 2009, 08:52:11 PM »
If the powers that be at SDC came to you and asked what one thing you would do to improve the park, what would your answer be?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Crowd Levels
« on: August 06, 2009, 08:43:32 PM »
I realize you can ask what the attendance was for a particular day at the park. I have done that several times myself. I am more curious about the cumulative attendance figure year to date as it compares to the previous few years.  Is the total number up, down or flat?  If the cumulative number is up, as many on this site have hinted at, what are the factors driving that? We know it's not the new ride SDC rolled out for 2009. What impact has the closing of Celebration City had on SDC's numbers? Is the economy keeping more people closer to home? Are lower gas prices (compared to last year) allowing season pass holders to make more trips to Branson?  Just wondering out loud.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Crowd Levels
« on: August 05, 2009, 09:28:00 PM »
Has anyone heard any news regarding attendance figures at the park this year?  Just curious to see if attendance is up, down or flat at this point in the season compared to the same time period last year.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: The Train Holdup Skit
« on: August 05, 2009, 09:20:09 PM »
Hello all...long time listener, first time caller. We were at the City
several days last week and rode the train each day. We experienced
the entire spectrum of that was pretty good, one that was not so good and one with a single robber that hardly qualified as a robbery. I don't know, sometimes the characters seem to be going through the motions. But, I guess I can see how that can happen since they do so many skits a day every day of the week.  Some might find it tough to keep that enthusiasm going.

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