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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Meetups
« Last post by palallin on Today at 08:59:43 AM »
Tentatively planning for the 20th, several work and health issues pending.
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Other Parks / Re: Kentucky Kingdom/WA/FC Rumor
« Last post by HumphreyHawk on February 28, 2021, 10:44:34 PM »
In many ways I think HFE would be a prefect owner for the Busch and SeaWorld parks but I hope that doesn't happen.

I think all parks with animals (including zoos) are just going to have increased pressures by the public and through regulations on the conditions of the animals.  Its a liability HFE already has through the aquariums but those parks have much more vulnerable animals that would be under the publics spotlight.

It's pretty obvious the busch/seaworld parks are backing off the animal attractions and ramping up the rides over that past 10 years.

If anyone takes over those parks I'm going to anticipate an announcement with it about animal attractions being closed down with the deal.
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Other Parks / Re: Kentucky Kingdom/WA/FC Rumor
« Last post by Swoosh on February 26, 2021, 11:53:55 PM »

While we are wishful thinking the Busch Gardens parks would be nice additions. Notice I left out SeaWorld but I can see that as well.


Well considering that the Busch parks are part of the SEAS Chain you’re not going to get one band without the other.  Not to mention, HFEC already has aquariums so why wouldn’t that be a good fit? Finally if you buy SEAS you get the rights to use Sesame Street IPs which would really benefit the current portfolio

Just the overhead of full fledged zoological theme parks. Williamsburg isn't heavy with animals and Tampa isn't really either whereas the SeaWorlds are but the locations make you truly national.

If you think the Tampa park isn’t heavy on animals then I question if you’ve ever actually been there.  I’ll give you the Williamsburg park but even it has a large animal presence
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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Meetups
« Last post by sdcfan88 on February 26, 2021, 07:40:59 PM »
Gonna try for the 17th.
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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Meetups
« Last post by Okiebenz on February 26, 2021, 07:34:03 PM »
I will probably be there the first Saturday, maybe. 
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Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2021)
« Last post by chittlins on February 26, 2021, 02:27:46 PM »
Southwest just added Bozeman. Look at these connection times and low redemption at the moment

And yes I'm booking a foray that will likely include Silverwood,  lol.
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General Silver Dollar City Talk / 2021 Meetups
« Last post by shavethewhales on February 26, 2021, 12:25:15 PM »
Use this thread to tell us when you are visiting next in case you want to bump into anyone from this site!


The 2021 season is less than 3 weeks away! Who is going to be there for opening week/weekend?

I am planning on being there the first Saturday my self.
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Other Parks / Re: Kentucky Kingdom/WA/FC Rumor
« Last post by chittlins on February 26, 2021, 08:04:13 AM »

While we are wishful thinking the Busch Gardens parks would be nice additions. Notice I left out SeaWorld but I can see that as well.


Well considering that the Busch parks are part of the SEAS Chain you’re not going to get one band without the other.  Not to mention, HFEC already has aquariums so why wouldn’t that be a good fit? Finally if you buy SEAS you get the rights to use Sesame Street IPs which would really benefit the current portfolio

Just the overhead of full fledged zoological theme parks. Williamsburg isn't heavy with animals and Tampa isn't really either whereas the SeaWorlds are but the locations make you truly national.
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Other Parks / Re: Kentucky Kingdom/WA/FC Rumor
« Last post by Swoosh on February 26, 2021, 06:36:08 AM »

While we are wishful thinking the Busch Gardens parks would be nice additions. Notice I left out SeaWorld but I can see that as well.


Well considering that the Busch parks are part of the SEAS Chain you’re not going to get one band without the other.  Not to mention, HFEC already has aquariums so why wouldn’t that be a good fit? Finally if you buy SEAS you get the rights to use Sesame Street IPs which would really benefit the current portfolio
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Other Parks / Re: Kentucky Kingdom/WA/FC Rumor
« Last post by chittlins on February 25, 2021, 05:41:24 PM »
Location of HQ doesn't matter. They have to travel to visit any of the properties.

I'm sure many of you know about Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. They were the first grocery chain most of us in the South knew about.

Do you know where Piggly Wiggly is headquartered? Keene, New Hampshire.



Do you know where the Piggly Wiggly grocery store nearest their HQ is located? Ohio.

Of all the things HFEC might do that I cheer or condemn, the location of their HQ is least among them.

Piggy Wiggly was a store franchise brand for Malone and Hyde food distribution based in Memphis for decades along with a couple of others, namely Big Star. Pitt Hyde sold off M&H to Fleming Company out of Oklahoma, they actually helped stock Walmart's first supercenters till Walmart figured it out on their own and ditched them. Fleming then hitched their wagon to supplying Kmart Supercenters and promptly got left holding the bad and into bankruptcybwhere those franchise names like Piggly Wiggly got sold off to here and there. The Hyde Family held on to the one business they saw a future in and doubled down on it. That was once called Auto Shack now known as AutoZone. Ironically they also had a Walgreens like Drug store outfit called Super D's but just closed them down when the sold the food distribution business. My grandfather was the first independent grocery that ever signed up to M&H and withstood 5 decades of them trying to get him to become a Piggly Wiggly.

Anywho, I still don't see the need to move from ATL just for the convience of ATL and Delta alone.


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