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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« Last post by Swoosh on July 22, 2018, 10:22:26 PM »
Ok.  I think that there needs to be a permanent memorial created for these victims.

Suggestions of location and design (what it should look like)
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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« Last post by biscuitcreek on July 22, 2018, 12:13:45 PM »
A family of 4 from Arkansas lost 2 members.  The Mom didn't go....sister made it but the Dad and brother didn't.  Just heartbreaking :'(

Heartbreaking indeed.  Here is what the church posted - a request from the minister.  It really brings things home.

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Please pray for the Smith Family of the Osceola church of Christ. Last night Steve (the father and husband) and Lance (his son) died in the tragic Duck accident in Branson, Missouri. Steve was a deacon at Osceola, and I had just baptized Lance, who was 15, late last year. This past Sunday I finally was able to get Lance to do a devotional and break out his shell! Attached is one of the last photos of him I know exists. He was like a son to me, and I will miss him greatly. He was the perfect example of humility and compassion! He cared about everyone. My heart breaks, but I know where they are, and I know that I will see them again!

I hope some of this brings peace to their family, friends, and the rest of us who look along with astonishment at the personal tragedy experienced by the surviving mother and daughter.

There was an article about this family on the front page of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The mother was at Branson Landing and called the father to say he was late in picking her up. He answered, explained the situation, and said it didn't look good. He said his goodbyes, told his wife he loved her and the kids, and the phone went dead. Mother said both kids were good swimmers. Daughter who survived has a concussion due to being thrown onto boat deck during rescue.
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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Last post by Swoosh on July 21, 2018, 09:56:45 PM »
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2018
MARCH
17 - Silver Dollar City - Spring Break Days
17 - Silver Dollar City - TIME TRAVELER NOW OPEN
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - Opening Weekend
25 - Six Flags St. Louis - BATMAN BACKWARD! NOW OPEN
27 - (SPRING BREAK) Universal Studios Florida
27 - (SPRING BREAK) Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Super Star Parade
27 - (SPRING BREAK) Universal Studios Florida - Universal's Mardi Gras Parade
28 - (SPRING BREAK) Islands of Adventure - part 1
28 - (SPRING BREAK) Islands of Adventure - part 2
29 - (SPRING BREAK) Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley
29 - (SPRING BREAK) Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express
29 - (SPRING BREAK) Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
29 - (SPRING BREAK) Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Daytona International Motor Speedway
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Motorsports Hall of Fame
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Daytona Beach
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusements
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Fun Spot Orlando
30 - (SPRING BREAK) Coca-Cola Orlando Eye
31 - (SPRING BREAK) Gatorland
31 - (SPRING BREAK) Boggy Creek Airboat
31 - (SPRING BREAK) Fun Spot Kissimmee
31 - (SPRING BREAK) Old Town USA

APRIL
14 - Silver Dollar City - Festival of Wonder
20 - Kansas City Zoo
20 - Worlds of Fun - Opening Day
20 - Worlds of Fun - NORDIC CHASER NOW OPEN
28 - Six Flags St. Louis - BOSS v2.0 NOW OPEN

MAY
10 - Silver Dollar City - Bluegrass & BBQ
19 - Worlds of Fun - TIMBER WOLF REBORN NOW OPEN!
25 - Oceans of Fun - Opening Day
26 - Hurricane Harbor St. Louis - Opening Day

JUNE
2 - Bigfoot On The Strip
2 - The Lumberjack
2 - Heavy Metal Highrise
2 - Wild Woody
2 - The Branson Ferris Wheel
2 - Track 3
2 - Track 4
2 - Track 5
2 - Kids Kountry
13 - Kenny's Funland
15 - America's Fun Park Grand Opening
15 - America's Fun Park
20 - Silver Dollar City - Star-Spangled Summer Festival
20 - The Runaway

JULY
2 - Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline
2 - Parakeet Pete's Steampunk Balloon
4 - Southern Fun Carnival
5 - Dutchman's Deck Adventure Course at MOA
5 - Nickelodeon Universe at MOA
5 - Mall of America
6 - Valleyfair!
6 - Soak City Valleyfair
13 - Six Flag St. Louis - Mardi Gras
19 - Hurricane Harbor St. Louis - TYPHOON TWISTER NOW OPEN!
20 - Adventureland - Bernie's Barnyard NOW OPEN
21- Worlds of Fun - Harlem Globetrotter Experience
22 - Hurricane Harbor Chicago
23 - Six Flags Great America
24 - Michigan's Adventure
24 - Wildwater Adventure
25 - Cedar Point
26 - Cedar Point Shores
27 - Kings Island


HARLEM GLOBETROTTER EXPERIENCE AT WOF
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/07/harlem-globetrotters-wof.html



BERNIE'S BARNYARD NOW OPEN AT ADVENTURELAND
https://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2018/07/bernies-barnyard-adventureland.html


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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« Last post by Okiebenz on July 21, 2018, 07:12:31 PM »
The woman who survived out of the family of 11 lost her husband and I believe 2-3 of her kids which I think was all of her kids.  That us so unbelievable something like that can happen.  The big talk yesterday and today was how the captain told them not to put on their life jackets.  I have a feeling if they did, more people would have died because when the boat went down, if they had them on they would have tried to float up and would have pinned them under the canopy, which is one of the big reason those things are a death trap.
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White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« Last post by Okiebenz on July 21, 2018, 07:06:29 PM »
We did the dual pass this year and went to WW once so far this year.  I am not impressed, but then again I am not really into water parks in the first place.
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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« Last post by sanddunerider on July 21, 2018, 07:05:36 PM »
I notice that the big news, CNN, Wall Street, Sacremento and others all seem to get this special "information", But yet the locals even KCstar isnt reporting it..?  Yes the details will all come out, good or bad, in the next few weeks..

But unfornately it wont be news worthy 4 or 5 days from now..
 
The next big "news" will be when they get the duck out of the water, after that the new will be somewhere else
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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« Last post by sirwillow on July 21, 2018, 06:11:31 PM »
Well, for those of us that were wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe somehow they didn't know the storm was coming, hadn't looked at radar, and got caught by the nice weather when they went out on the water...

CNN and Wall Street Journal had an interview with the surviving adult in the family of 11. She says they were told a storm was coming, and they actually changed the route to go to the water first in an attempt to beat the storm.  Still a lot of investigating to do, and we're still in the early stages where a lot of misinformation can come out.  But that would not be a good thing.
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White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« Last post by chittlins on July 21, 2018, 05:01:33 PM »
I'm guessing White Water has been a cash cow for the HFE....it makes plenty of money without having to keep up with the Jones around the country.  Water parks are not destination attractions beyond the local area.  Since it is tied with SDC....WW will probably always have the advantage over other parks for getting the extra water park money from tourists.....I'm guessing Branson could support 4-5 indoor water parks (in hotels) and 2 major outdoor parks.  I thinking the next generations of Branson visitors are going to prefer water parks over lake days.

Last stand alone Water Park I went to on purpose and not part of a theme park like the one at  WOF and SFSL was Volcano Bay and Aquatica. After having done those there ain't any desire to go to White Water. It sends no thrill up my leg. It needs 80% gutted and redone with something designed within the past decade. Outside of the rather tame drop box slide addition, that park might as well stuck in 1995
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White Water Discussion / Re: White Water Development
« Last post by HumphreyHawk on July 21, 2018, 03:43:42 PM »
I'm guessing White Water has been a cash cow for the HFE....it makes plenty of money without having to keep up with the Jones around the country.  Water parks are not destination attractions beyond the local area.  Since it is tied with SDC....WW will probably always have the advantage over other parks for getting the extra water park money from tourists.....I'm guessing Branson could support 4-5 indoor water parks (in hotels) and 2 major outdoor parks.  I thinking the next generations of Branson visitors are going to prefer water parks over lake days.
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Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« Last post by History Buff on July 21, 2018, 03:19:20 PM »
A family of 4 from Arkansas lost 2 members.  The Mom didn't go....sister made it but the Dad and brother didn't.  Just heartbreaking :'(

Heartbreaking indeed.  Here is what the church posted - a request from the minister.  It really brings things home.

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Please pray for the Smith Family of the Osceola church of Christ. Last night Steve (the father and husband) and Lance (his son) died in the tragic Duck accident in Branson, Missouri. Steve was a deacon at Osceola, and I had just baptized Lance, who was 15, late last year. This past Sunday I finally was able to get Lance to do a devotional and break out his shell! Attached is one of the last photos of him I know exists. He was like a son to me, and I will miss him greatly. He was the perfect example of humility and compassion! He cared about everyone. My heart breaks, but I know where they are, and I know that I will see them again!

I hope some of this brings peace to their family, friends, and the rest of us who look along with astonishment at the personal tragedy experienced by the surviving mother and daughter.
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