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Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun 2023
« on: August 11, 2022, 10:00:53 AM »

So... not a shuttle coaster but literally GCII's take on Zambezi Zinger. It looks awesome! Basically a second, smoother Prowler with a spiral lift.

I'm very excited to see this new track in action. Maybe they can add it to Prowler once it proves successful.

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood's 2023 Project
« on: August 05, 2022, 11:56:41 AM »

As expected, it's a relatively low to the ground multi-launch coaster. More focused towards younger thrill seekers with its low speeds and no major thrill elements, which makes it a nice encore to the incredibly popular Firechaser Express. Interesting that they have now built three coasters for this demographic in relatively short succession. In comparison, SDC has recently built MRF and Time Traveler, both of which were marketed as family attractions but feature high thrill elements that turned a lot of people off. SDC could really use at least one coaster similar to the three family coasters now at DW. We'll take one of these multi-launchers!

Also, oof with the theming budget cuts. Understandable considering how costs have risen, but much of this ride is barren. They clear cut this entire area, so "Big Bear Mountain" is really just going to be a lot of meandering around in a field above some pathways. The original plans called for a bunch of Rockwork on the second half that is now gone.

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood's 2023 Project
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:02:05 AM »
The announcement will stream on their facebook page at 11AM.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Season pass benefit survey
« on: August 01, 2022, 08:43:31 AM »
There are a number of larger parks with resorts attached that have "private" entrances for resort members. Alton Towers comes to mind. Maybe those new parking lots they are building will have a dropoff point on the north side some day. Not sure where they'd put it at this point, but I assume something like that is in the plans if they are going to keep growing the park beyond the ~2 million guests per year plateau it's stuck at now.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 01, 2022, 08:35:49 AM »
Thanks for the photos!

To me it looks like framework for the new fašade. It doesn't look like a big area back there, but they'll probably close it in with some facades to make it feel like part of the city.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Silver Dollar City Purchased Land
« on: August 01, 2022, 08:26:19 AM »
They've needed more parking for years now to replace some of the satellite parking lots that were lost. Parking way out at one of these lots always sucks though, and is so confusing for first timers.

I'm sure this is phase one of their plans for this site. I think within a couple of years a resort will be announced, but as usual it depends on the economy.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 25, 2022, 09:26:49 AM »
The park did a tremendous job with the Mystic River Falls theming, including in the waiting areas. They have the capability to do some tremendous theming still. I'm sure it will look good inside. I'm also sure there will be a certain about of techy effects that will consistently break and be a headache - lol.

The latest photos that I've seen show the building exterior complete. It's going to be a long wait now to see much progress, I'd assume. The exterior sides facing the park will get a facade eventually I'm sure, but they don't have to do that until Winter.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Citizen injured
« on: July 25, 2022, 09:24:56 AM »
We shouldn't speculate too much about what happened. It's a really tragic situation and I don't want any false rumors to spread about it. I'm sure OSHA will get to the bottom of it.

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun 2023
« on: July 25, 2022, 09:16:14 AM »
Just as long as it runs efficiently, I'll be happy. I'm kind of worried a shuttle will have low capacity. It's been so long since WOF added a coaster, I'm sure this thing will have long lines for a few years.

Really excited to see what a full titan track coaster is like. I want GCII to have a renaissance. I really like their old layouts. Especially Roar and Ozark Wildcat.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Citizen injured
« on: July 21, 2022, 03:30:26 PM »
Horrible. I was told he had a special connection to the park to since he had family that worked there. This really sucks.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 15, 2022, 06:12:26 PM »
We forget that back in the olden days parks used to start on their new rides in the fall and have them open by Memorial day. SDC has often started earlier and opened their rides earlier, but the trend of taking two years to build something is somewhat recent. With standard construction schedules, there's no reason they can't build a coaster from the ground up in six months. They've got over 7 months until the park opens for spring 2023 and the building itself is already mostly done, so they just have to get the actual ride setup. I assume most of the fabrication is being done somewhere else rather than having to build the track like they probably did with the original FITH.

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun 2023
« on: July 15, 2022, 06:08:56 PM »
I'm up for anything. Seems odd that they want another wooden coaster at this point unless they are planning on something extreme like an inversion to set it apart from the others. Maybe it will be 200' tall or something. In any case, I'm just glad they are getting some kind of major investment. Hopefully they aren't simply retracking/rebuilding parts of Prowler, although that would also be a big improvement.

White Water Discussion / Re: What is the deal with WW?
« on: June 01, 2022, 03:24:09 PM »
People are always trying to spread these types of rumors. Back in the olden days internet messages boards for parks like these used to be rife with them. These days I guess we've learned to be a little more critical and take things with more of a grain of salt.

WW's days are probably numbered. We've discussed for years the lack of investment and challenges the property faces due to the ownership split and contracts behind the scenes. I'm sure HFEC has wanted out for a long time and it does look like there could be something on the horizon with the new property they purchased, but this won't be the last year for WW. We're probably looking about 3 years out IF they are already starting to move on it.

I'm still curious what they are doing with the CC property since they held that auction all the sudden and are obviously clearing it out after over a decade of mostly letting it sit.

I had the same thought HB, they absolutely could have used some of that stuff around SDC or some of their other properties but that's not how they think anymore. They don't reuse stuff. They have such a weird corporate structure that they have different departments that have to "buy" from each other. So theming has to be "bought" internally even if it is just sitting in a warehouse for years.

The big thing here though is that clearly they are thinking about doing something with the property if they are clearing all this out and removing the abandoned carousel after all this time. The buildings have to be in rough shape by now. Probably have the city getting onto them or maintenance is starting to eat them even harder. It's been weird that the property has sat this long anyway. Something is brewing, even if it is just them getting ready to sell it off finally.

There's a good chance they will change the name. They are spending millions on a new ride, so the marketing has to be as effective as possible, and that means labeling it as a brand new ride and not as a re-invention of an old one. Plus, Fire-in-the-hole never really rolled off the tongue. There's also the likelihood that the theme will change quite a bit anyway, since we've always expected the baldknobbers to get the boot... It'll probably still be fire themed, but probably much closer to Blazing Fury at Dollywood.

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