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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 16, 2023, 05:05:01 PM »
On the latter, all I see them needing to do is dig out that hillside just a bit in front of the WF queue and it would be a pretty easy connection, unless they already got another attraction in the works over there but at that point they might as well connect it all anyways.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 16, 2023, 02:59:55 PM »
I'm trying to get an idea of how the new fire in the hole district will be accessible from the existing park. I know one end will be accessible from the fireman's landing but will it also be connected to Grand Exposition?

The connection will be where the little kiddie swings are currently. You can see the new location for that ride has already been prepared next to Lake Silver if you go into the Landing.

They won't be adding a pathway to GE - yet. Looks like they could easily add one, but they haven't done much with that back area yet. It is not part of the Christmas event this year, but I would wager they will activate that space more in the coming years. They really need to add some tree islands or something to it - I don't like that it feels like a parking lot.

Ugh.  So the new FITH will be another dead end street just like Grand Expo, the original FITH, and Outlaw Run streets. SDC really needs to work on connecting all the dead end streets together.  It would really help the flow of things.

And the Wildfire/Powderkeg dead ends. Access to Wildfire is significantly worse with the secondary entryway removed in favor of the new Fried Fancies dining area. The GP doesn't seem to be too happy either as I overheard several who were confused on how to reach it now. I mentioned these concerns when talking to the SDC staff during Coaster Christmas. Hopefully they will take this opportunity to consider it. Might be wishful thinking but I do believe they listen.

Bringing back Rube Dugan's is such a good idea that it's hard to believe it hasn't been done already. The park needs more indoor, unique attractions. There is a lot of new simulator technology out there, and I believe Vekoma or a similar company actually has a giant simulator theatre in their catalog.

It would also be a good opportunity to add a new water feature to the park to go with it. The bottom area just hasn't been the same since they shrunk the lake so much.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 13, 2023, 10:24:44 PM »
Given the timetable (I was told by SDC staff during Coaster Christmas that most of the original theming and props will be transferred to the new ride to save time and $$$) they will likely need 2-3 weeks to clear out both the maintenance area and the theming assets from the old structure. So expect mid-late January for the demo.

I will say there could be a positive in this if things play out right, SF/CF may sell off redudant/underperforming parks and Hershend could take them under their wing leading to a Hershend All-Park season pass. I could also see Frontier City getting sold off as this would be a good candidate for Hershend to add to their park lineup and improve. (if they dont kill it in a few years like CC)

A pipe dream of mine would also be to have a single pass for WOF and SDC. lol

Other Parks / Re: Six Flags/Cedar Fair Merge
« on: November 08, 2023, 11:48:34 AM »
The combined company will be another lame bureaucratic monster that strives to eak out profits for shareholders each and every quarter instead of focusing on the big picture and creating better guest experiences. 

100% this

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Outlaw Run restraints?
« on: November 08, 2023, 10:59:31 AM »
I rode it again last month and yeah I felt like they were gonna kill me. The operator did confess they did shorten the seatbelts and changed the restraint locking system a couple years ago. I really hope FITH 2.0 isnt gonna be this way, that was my only disappointment when I saw the RMC trains. I was really hoping they were gonna refurb the originals.

Corporate monopolies are never good. Get ready for non-competitive prices that will top Disney. Also expect quality and upkeep to slip and you will also see some parks and assets that were seen as former competition to be closed and liquidated. Meanwhile, smaller independent parks will feel the pinch and pressure to be absorbed as they try to compete.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: October 24, 2023, 05:47:58 PM »
SDC starting a teaser campaign on the re-imagined Baldknobbers.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2023 Crowds / Trip Reports
« on: October 05, 2023, 03:23:21 PM »
I have noticed that for a while too, I have suspicions this is the beginning of a "perk" gimmick to push preferred parking sales.
"Guests utilizing preferred parking also get expedited access to the park with faster tram routes!"

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Lighting Rod - Launch Replacement
« on: September 12, 2023, 10:33:28 AM »
All I can say is good riddance. What a disappointment that thing was. Only ever rode it once and it immediately broke down right after. Every other visit I had it never was open due to "Technical Difficulties". Here its been at the park for more than half a decade already.

This is an opportunity for them to make use of that hill it sits on and turn it into a Wooden Hyper Coaster (200+ foot drop) that they can remarket the thing as.

Other Parks / Re: New Park - American Heartland in NE Oklahoma
« on: August 24, 2023, 02:12:11 PM »
Yup much like Bells latest attempt in BA you are gonna have all the NIMBY people crying fits and it will kill this project.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 22, 2023, 09:35:05 PM »
They'll replace it with something new and then that will barely last a decade before it has major trouble too.

Reminds me of another boat ride which had decent operations but got replaced by something thats massively over-engineered and broke down on every visit. *cough* Mystic River Falls *cough*

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Story Update on SDC Worker Death
« on: August 20, 2023, 11:25:23 PM »
Well the news media I linked to above posted up that video a month ago so either way the story has been updated.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Story Update on SDC Worker Death
« on: August 20, 2023, 12:50:05 PM »
Story update on last years SDC worker death at ThuNderTion, the park was found in violation of OSHA standards and received a $14K dollar fine.

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