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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Old postcards
« on: July 20, 2008, 08:26:24 AM »
Wow, great find!

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: american plunge question
« on: July 13, 2008, 11:05:09 AM »
"Welcome to the mine...welcome to the trouble, 'neath the earth and soil.  You'll sweat a little water, you'll sweat a little blood, and you might get out, if the mine don't flood!"

Ooooh, flashback!  ;D

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: fire in the hole question
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:37:19 AM »
I just wish I'd actually get wet on Fire In the Hole.  No matter where I sit I only get a few sprinkles of water.  Back in the day, did people actually get soaked?
The only way to not get wet was to sit in the first two seats, or at the very back. When the train hit the water, it splashed outwards, then off the walls and back onto the train. Rows 3-7 got really hosed.

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: fire in the hole question
« on: July 10, 2008, 02:49:59 AM »
To increase ride capacity by making it shorter.

True. I recall hour-long lines for FItH, with zig-zag queues snaking through the firemen's cemetery and back around the corner. Of course, it was the only coaster-type ride in the park at the time, and it was very popular.

These days, when it's more of an iconic/cult classic ride, and there are much more exciting rides for the coaster fans, it makes sense to restore it to how it used to be. Complete with the full soak splashdown for everyone in the third row on back.  ;D

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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: First SDC Memory
« on: July 09, 2008, 02:08:24 AM »
My first SDC memories start about 1970, and I remember the chance to buy cave photos (including the group photo) after riding the cable car out, plus postcards and various knick-knackery, but I don't remember it being a "cave store" as such.

Punch tickets were gone by my first visit. Or to be more accurate, I don't recall ever using them. Since I was all about the rides as a frantic 7 year old, I think I would remember being limited by punch tickets.

I remember the stagecoach being a "ride", but I didn't understand why anyone would bother. We never did. "Hey, I can run all over the place a lot faster than those horses move!" was our way of thinking.

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Random Talk / Re: The SDCFans Lounge
« on: July 08, 2008, 01:54:17 AM »
The National Treasure movies are great thriller/suspense movies, and I also hope they revive interest in history... so that people will learn how utterly full of cow patties the movies were!  ;D

We spent the weekend watching the HBO series "John Adams" on DVD. I really enjoyed how the heroes' flaws aren't masked. The founding fathers had lumps, bumps, and warts -- there's nothing wrong with admitting it. They shouldn't be cleansed of their sins for having founded this nation, nor should they be burned at the stake for being less than perfect. They were what they were, and I appreciate that they left us something better than themselves.

As Dr. Franklin famously said, "...a republic, madam, if you can keep it."

I fear we've already lost it, but I continue to fight for it.

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Those spontaneous street scenes were a lot of fun. It made it feel like the staff really were "citizens", not just employees in costumes.

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Announcements / Re: Upgrades Underway... Again
« on: July 04, 2008, 02:23:32 AM »
Redirects can be a pain.

I always enter the forum here:

http://sdcfans.com/forums/index.php?action=unread

That's the standard SMF way of displaying new, unread posts. I realize I don't see the main page content at sdcfans.com, but I figure that if there's anything there I need to see, someone will link to it from within the forum. I subscribe to several other SMF-based forums that are wrapped within a website or wiki (and I even own/administrate one), and that's how they work best.

And by the way... thank you, thank you, thank you for choosing SMF instead of phpBB or vBulletin!

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Other Parks / Re: Bell's Is Coming Back!
« on: July 04, 2008, 02:09:06 AM »
I totally mis-read the title as "Bell's Coming Back!", meaning Rube's Diving Bell at SDC. Imagine my confusion when I tried to make sense of the thread! ;D


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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Lockers and other stuff
« on: June 30, 2008, 02:22:25 PM »
Lockers are a great idea for guests' peace of mind, but there's no reason for them to be 50 cents. The mechanism works just as well with a single quarter as with two, and I've been to places (spas in Europe) where they don't take any coins at all -- just turn the key and take it, and your stuff is secure until you return.

Lockers aren't a high-dollar item. They can certainly be covered by the cost of admission.

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Branson Talk / Re: How many are also Shepherd of the Hills fans?
« on: June 30, 2008, 09:35:22 AM »
The John Wayne movie was horrible.

There was a 1919 version which Harold Bell Wright helped direct. Other versions were made in 1928 and 1964. I haven't seen any of these, but I keep an eye out for them.

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Branson Talk / Re: How many are also Shepherd of the Hills fans?
« on: June 29, 2008, 10:30:16 PM »
The tower is definitely strange and out of place. I was reminded of Oral Roberts' "prayer tower".

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Security, bag checks?
« on: June 29, 2008, 03:22:31 PM »
Thanks for the info. I was curious, because since the last time I visited, there have been two significant happenings. First was 9/11, and second was Missouri's passage of shall-issue concealed carry laws, which Pete Herschend fought vigorously (the ban on carry in gated amusement parks is attributed to him).

So, I asked because a lot of companies felt the need to "do something!" about security, no matter how ineffective.

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Branson Talk / Re: How many are also Shepherd of the Hills fans?
« on: June 29, 2008, 09:46:08 AM »
It's a shame about the road, but it did need to be done. I remember traffic backed up for miles as people tried to turn left, and the local folks with stickers on their front bumpers: "I'm a native, I'll help you turn left! <-----"

Dad had a rule of only turning right except at stoplights (there were only a couple of them back then), which helped a lot. We usually stayed at Kimberling City, so we had a right turn into SDC, then turned right to get to SotH.

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Other Parks / Death at Six Flags over Georgia
« on: June 29, 2008, 09:07:28 AM »
Two teenagers hopped two fences and wandered into the path of the Batman ride. One 17 year old was struck by the ride and decapitated.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2008/06/28/six_flags_death.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab


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