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Branson Talk / Re: MO 76 realignment over current MO 465
« on: December 04, 2019, 04:01:49 PM »
Anyone know the story behind the unfinished High Road project? I've always wondered where it was supposed to go and why it was never completed. It's obvious much of the ground work was done but looks like they stopped just shy of bringing in the concrete trucks.

They ran out of money!

You're right! I asked that and then just found this timely story! https://www.ky3.com/content/news/The-future-of-Ozark-Mountain-Highroad-MoDOT-has-no-plans-to-complete-Hwy-465-564627821.html

Cost the state $61 million for eight miles of highway.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:57:30 PM »
I know this might be a long shot, but does anyone know what kind of lights are used on all of the bushes and trees in the square, and likely through the rest of the park? They have one predominant color (say, red) alternating with white, all on the same strand. They also use these on the trees at the entrance on 76. Thought they looked cool and thought I'd ask here just in case they are available commercially.

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Branson Talk / Re: MO 76 realignment over current MO 465
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:50:18 PM »
Anyone know the story behind the unfinished High Road project? I've always wondered where it was supposed to go and why it was never completed. It's obvious much of the ground work was done but looks like they stopped just shy of bringing in the concrete trucks.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Culinary School at Christmas
« on: November 26, 2019, 06:58:02 PM »
Has anyone ever done a class at the Culinary School during Christmas, or at any other time of the year, for that matter? We were thinking about giving it a shot for the first time, this year.

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I read SDC's complaint. They are asking for declaratory judgment to affirm their rights to the Mystic River Falls mark, while also claiming that the filing for the Mystic Motel mark relied on fraudulent claims. So they are also asking that D'Avanzo's marks be made void. Also asking for monetary damages and attorney's fees. The letter from Adrenalin's attorney is also included in the case exhibits. It contained a pretty thinly-veiled warning that they felt their client could be entitled to "significant remedies including money damages" should SDC fail to abandon their application for the Mystic River Falls mark.

Adrenalin (defendant) received an extension to file their response to SDC's complaint. That response is due today.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:45:18 AM »
Haven't posted in a while.  But still lurking.  Changing economics and family dynamics limit my visits to SDC to just once a year.  Just got home from ACE's Coaster Christmas at SDC.  It's such a well done event.  At any rate, I wanted to post the songs the new tree plays.
Carol of the Bells and Sleigh Ride are the only holdovers from the old tree that I can remember.  The other six songs are (in no particular order):
O Come All Ye Faithful
Joy to the World (different version)
Christmas Bells (Michael W. Smith)
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy (Gaithers)
Hallelujah Chorus

The new tree is very impressive. And I don't mind the modern music with the tree.  But hearing Dan Fogelberg singing "Same Auld Lang Syne" back in the Grand Exposition was downright jarring. If the PTB read this, please note, I will hear that song on the radio 20 -30 times over the next to months.  You know what I won't hear.....Christmas Bluegrass music.  That's what I want to hear when I'm at SDC.

Of the songs that we saw/heard, Christmas Bells gets my vote for best use of the new video/animation capabilities of the new tree. Matched the lyrics of the song very well.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: November 16, 2019, 02:50:07 PM »
Heading over to the City this afternoon/evening. Traffic was already backed up on 76 to the High Road at 11 this morning. It appeared they were parking employees in the lot out in Notch this morning.

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Isn't the one who swings first usually called the bully?

This guy is a mess. Multiple bankruptcies, federal tax lien, home loan default. Trying to do everything he can to hit the big payday in (or out of) court to pay off debts, while taking on water by incurring attorney's fees.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 25, 2019, 08:16:45 PM »
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Harvest Crafts VS Pumpkin Nights!  = Pumpkin Nights is the victor
Nope, Harvest Crafts and Pumpkin Nights = winner.
Harvest Crafts and lame cowboys = old, and stale.

While I agree the Cowboy Fest has lost some of it's luster in it's heyday it was grand!  Shows like The Pinkerton Man (or Woman depending on what version they did) in Echo Hollow, trick riders and ropers scattered throughout the park, Buck Taylor and friends, Kent Rollins, the mostly western circle acts (Joanie Harms, the excellent Sons of the San Joaquin,etc) and mainstream western performers such as Waddie Mitchell and Riders in the Sky made for an extra special day at the City!  That could very well exist as daytime entertainment while the Pumpkin Fest (and more importantly) extended ride times could cover the evening festivities.

I do miss Kent Rollins this year. I love his simple approach to cooking good food and I felt like he fit right in at SDC. Very kind and helpful. We only use cast iron at home because of his demos at the park!

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 13, 2019, 07:31:24 PM »
We were there this afternoon and it was packed. Got to the park around 3:30 and parked out in Lot 7 which was nearly full by the time we got there. Nice to see PN is bringing in the crowds. We left around 6 and people were still flowing in.

Side note: we saw the Christmas tree in the storage area off 76. Very easy to see as it is not very far off the highway at all.

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Branson Talk / Re: Polar Express
« on: October 07, 2019, 03:13:14 PM »
Our oldest 2 Grandsons did the ride several years ago and had the time of their lives! I was in Branson for work at the same time and caught up with them the day after and had so much fun hearing about it from them.  It's well worth the expense and trouble of getting tickets.

Thanks for the feedback!

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Branson Talk / Polar Express
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:27:44 AM »
Has anyone ever ridden the Polar Express at the Branson Scenic Railway during the holidays? We were thinking about buying tickets for our family this year. Trying to decide if it's worth it and, if so, which departure time is best (easier to see things in daylight or more fun to see lights at dusk/dark?)

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:24:24 AM »
Thanks for the photo updates, Swoosh. Looking through these, I just happened to wonder for the first time since the official announcement -- with the load station being so much closer to the walkway through the new Rivertown than LR's was, where is the line going to form to handle large crowds? Won't it back up and crowd thru-traffic in the walkway?

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:39:25 AM »
My family will not attend the Pumpkin Nights deal. We love fall and pumpkins and all things of that nature. But we dont go to SDC for 20.00 bubble wands and to listen to hip cool dance music. It is just not us. I hope they do not get rid of the craft portion, its my fave.

Its great they are trying to draw in the youths. I think its great more memories are being made for others. Shoot when I was a youth they had Nickelodeon there during Kids Fest and that was amazing!! (NOT on brand, much like dance parties at PN) So I get it. They drew me in with shiny cool things. I am a life long visitor now because of the memories I made then.

Maybe next year they will expand the PN to include something besides black lights and dance parties?

I still love the craft/cowboy part better though. :)

I totally understand where you're coming from, but I would still say it's worth checking out. There's definitely a charm to everything that they've put together for this festival. Great attention to detail and fun atmosphere. The dance party is fairly well sequestered in the back of the park. It is definitely not at the center of everything and can be completely skipped if desired. I don't really remember being able to hear it much beyond that area. There are pumpkin figures at each of the shops along the way that mimic the art/craft at each shop (e.g. a blacksmith pumpkin and a glass blower pumpkin, etc.). Plus it's finally getting cooler and there's just something about being at SDC in the fall. All that to say, consider giving it a shot!

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: October 02, 2019, 01:55:50 PM »
I kind of felt the same way. We went last Thursday night and noticed how busy that area of the park felt even though there weren't a ton of people in the park. We enjoyed what we saw and the kids had fun riding Grand Expo rides in the dark. The dance party was a fun idea for little ones, but it still felt a little un-SDC to be listening to a DJ blasting Bruno Mars and the like. Pumpkin Plaza also felt a little bare and just slightly underwhelming. All of the pumpkin displays were great though. Incredible detail and great art concepts. Lots of folks stopping to take pictures of them with tripods to counter slow shutter speeds for nighttime shots. I, too, could not believe how many parents forked over $20 for a bubble wand. One of the kids standing behind us had one, and I think ours enjoyed the bubbles coming from him more than anything else in the Plaza. We barely escaped without a fit thrown as we passed those conveniently-located retail carts on the way back out to the Grand Expo.

I noticed all of the Christmas lights were on down at FL. Does anyone know if that's just to light up that area in the evening hours? It was a little odd to walk down the owl path and see Christmas lights through the trees.

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