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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: November 22, 2019, 10:24:28 AM »
Thursday - - only 2800 people!!   :o

I second that!  It was an awesome day to be there - temps in mid 60's, partial sun, and misty on and off with rain until about 6:30. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2020 Season Passes
« on: November 22, 2019, 10:21:29 AM »
Just goes to show how differently people think.  I *want* the same experiences time after time.

Me too!  Not everywhere, but definitely here. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: November 21, 2019, 09:33:33 PM »
Today was a great day to be at the park! Hubs and I got there about 1:30, and attendance was moderate even with several buses lined up to unload.  Park looked great, temps were mild, and we walked in to the shows we wanted to see (Scrooge and Wonder Life).  Both of them were nearly full by the time they started. At 6:30 a call came in to the Candle Shop while we there warning that the rain/lightning coming in was expected until 2 am.  It was picking up steadily, so we decided to leave.  As we walked to the Main Square, lights were being shut down including the tree.  It was weird seeing them turned off, but I assume that was the right decision.  I can't imagine the cost (and work) of replacing them after a lightning strike. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Fire In The Hole Bump
« on: November 19, 2019, 05:25:16 PM »
If they demolish, I want one of those signs!!!! ;D

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 24, 2019, 04:41:05 PM »
I both agree/disagree with the last 3 posts.  Pumpkin Nights was just "okay" for me - nothing special.  I loved the themed look of the pumpkins (and the evening hours), but... overall, more is needed than just piles of pumpkins.  The rest of the park took a nosedive for Fall, and I missed that!  Bring back the scarecrows, flowers, gourds, wreaths, banners, straw bales, flags, and garlands.  And, spread it throughout the park - not just pumpkin themed areas.  As far as the cowboy fest, I honestly never paid any attention to it until a couple years ago and realized what I was missing. It fits better than the pumpkin theme, even though those pumpkins are really pulling in families.  Losing Kent Rollins and Buck Taylor is a real loss, IMO. I miss the larger number of crafters, but I don't miss the cheap, crappy, Chinese made crap that made it's way into the park through quite a few vendors the last few years.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 23, 2019, 06:33:34 PM »
FYI at the park right now. It's getting pretty packed. Stop 2-3 is full as well as much of the handicapped preferred parking area. Stop 5 lot is already about half full. Electric scooters are also sold out today so be sure to call ahead or make necessary preparations if you have any disabled guests.

I got there about 9:30 and handicapped parking up front was full. There was a steady stream coming in, including several school buses.  We left about 1:30, and there were still quite a lot coming in.  Weather was perfect, and it was a great day to be there.  Everyone on park seemed to be in a good mood, and the crowds didn't appear too bad at all.   

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 15, 2019, 12:46:21 PM »
Terry Sanders reported 26,378 people at the park on Saturday.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:45:50 PM »
We're pretty sure the Pumpkin Fest sign was not over the arch by Echo Hollow opening day, either.  It looks nice.

It was there opening day. The only thing that we’ve noticed that they have added is more lights along the path between the pizza place and the new bbq rib place. It was way too dark in that area opening night. Noticed the added lighting there that Friday.

We came from that direction, so that's probably why I thought I was seeing more lights.  ;D  It was early when we walked in opening night; hubs thought maybe the sign was not lit as we walked in, thus not noticing it. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:24:17 PM »
It was crowded today!  Talked with a few favorite employees who said attendance was already at 10,000 by morning, and they weren't expecting that many.  It got more crowded toward 5:00. I got there about 2:30, and walked to the main square about 3. It was full, there was a line to get into Echo Hollow shortly after 4:00, and the Pumpkin area was full.  Lots of bubbles and blinky toys everywhere! The lighted pumpkin path was uncomfortably full, so we walked through quickly.  Hubs and I both noticed there were more pumpkins and lights than when we were there opening day.  We're pretty sure the Pumpkin Fest sign was not over the arch by Echo Hollow opening day, either.  It looks nice. It was a quick walk through to get away from acv's, strollers, and running kids.  We had a great day. Exiting at 8:00 with a crowd presented the usual problems - a log jam of people and several employees trying to separate the groups into walkers and tram riders.   

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: NEW Pumpkin Nights Video Tour!
« on: September 27, 2019, 04:46:52 PM »
Good video!  I'm looking forward to going back a few times.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: September 25, 2019, 08:34:05 PM »
Real quick because I don't have much internet, I went to the City tonight.  I have to say at first I was very underwhelmed.  There are lots and lots of pumpkins and some flowers not yet blooming, but little else - no gourds, cornstalks, colored leaves, flags, garlands, etc.  The walkway into the park and the square had a lot of pumpkins and some of the booths are set up with vendors.  Nothing like last year!  Hugo's Hill Street had nothing nor did Midtown.

 Everything is focused on Valley Road and the Grand Expo area. We stuck around until dark for a glimpse ...and it came alive!  Pumpkins were lit and grouped in themes - flowers, animals, birds.  Even the carnival games and the rides had themed pumpkins.  There was a camping scene set up of glowing pumpkins with a campfire, animals, and a lantern.  Very cool!  The large displays of pumpkins forming a cat, spider, owl, etc. were cute.  The black light party must've started early because the music was playing, employees were everywhere dancing with the crowd, and the blow up dancing tube guys (what are they called?} was all in gear way before dark. When the lights came on, I'll admit it was very cool!  Not many people there at all when I showed up about 4:30, but there was a decent crowd coming in as we left. I've never seen so many employees roaming the park.  At first, it seemed as though there were as many employees as paying guests.  I'm assuming they expected more people.  Hubs and I really did enjoy it and will go back soon.  I do wish more of the park was decorated (not just a few areas) and with more than orange and white pumpkins.  Hubs commented as we walked out that none of the pumpkins had light from the square past Delilah's, and he thought they should so that people leave with the feeling of "Wow" as they exit the park.  I agree with him!  I'll try to post some photos tomorrow.

Random Talk / Re: October Trip / Pit Stops between St. Louis and Branson
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:57:05 PM »
Fantastic Caverns and Wilson Creek Battlefield

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: September 22, 2019, 02:56:37 PM »
Sat's number was a little over 10,000 people, 

I did see on FB that the Echo Hollow Show had a full crowd, which is good

More than a full crowd at Echo for Sawyer Brown - they ran out of standing room!  Very good concert! Sawyer played longer than the usual concert there; about l 1/2 hrs.  Very cranky people that couldn't find seats. I'd say downright pissed off people! It was announced several times that peeps in seats needed to move in to allow for others, but there was no where to move.  I think they should've cut off people allowed to enter when they reached the max.  We got there about 3 hrs. before the concert, and the line was already up to Main St.

I just returned from the Tetons. Hubs and I went to a dinner theater production of Big River (Huck Finn) at the Spur Bar in Jackson.  I didn't expect much, but wow was it great! Dinner and preshow entertainment during/after dinner were so much fun with saloon gals and bar tenders in costume singing old western numbers.  Big River was fantastic - funny, sad, serious, and very slightly politically incorrect, and so well played.  I wish SDC would consider a play such as this one.

Wow.  The other nominees must have been horrible for Reuben to beat them.

I have to agree with you on that!  I don't think I could sit through again no matter how much I wanted to get out of the heat for awhile.

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