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@Swoosh. You may have said this in the past but do you have any connection with the park or are you just a fan? Seems like you have plenty of knowledge on what is happening/going to happen!

Let’s just say I’ve been around the industry for a long time and leave it vague. 

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So... When you going to tell us about the fence...?

I already did.  I even posted a picture of it.
Now if you’re talking what’s going to be behind the fence, that’ll have to wait.  Lots of moving parts right now going on behind the scenes. 

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The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Silver Dollar City June 12 - August 8. They will be inside Red Gold Heritage Hall.

It has everything to do with entertainment. 

Looks like I knew what I was talking about  8)

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It has everything to do with entertainment. 

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I bet they're going to put more fencing up and around the tower & tracks after this weekend is over. I've always wondered why they haven't taken the old tower down.

Multiple reasons why it is still up.  The biggest is they didn’t want to spend the money to take it down. 

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^ You may be right but why would they need a privacy fence for that?  I agree they would need to put a safety fence up to keep visitors away from any construction but if it's not some kind of ride why the need for a privacy fence?  Of course they may have just had extra slats and put them to use LOL

They use a "privacy" fence for all construction and BOH activity. They still try to retain at least a little magic sometimes, lol.

I wonder if the park got some kind of notice about the old waterboggin tower? While the structure is steel, the upper house may have fallen into disrepair. I know it holds a lot of communication equipment, but it's also a giant bat house! I wonder if they found it necessary to finally take it down.

Except they didn’t put up a fence to put in the pumpkins pathway so that theory is debunked

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New fences are up  ;D
I’ll let you debate on where they are before I post the photo

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Hello Everyone. SDC has seems to be somewhat limited with expanding the park outwards in any direction. AP takes up alot of space and in my opinion it would be a great area for the park to revamp and add in a few new attractions. I have always had the idea and think it would be beneficial for the park to remove AP and use that whole area in between WF and PK. They could easily place a new dark ride/attraction to take place of FITH in this area and could place it behind the waterfall for the restaurant so nobody would have to see a big ugly building. They could then fit in a smaller rollercoaster (Something like Dragon Flyer at Dollywood) which guests of all ages would enjoy. I believe there would still be enough room for a new log flume that would be more compact and themed. Maybe even a couple fun flat rides in there as well.
This is just an idea of mine and what I believe would be a cool new area for the park. I would love to hear any of your ideas!
The link is an areal view of the area so you can get a better idea of what I am describing.

The park is not hurting for space. There are currently 7 plots of land earmarked for future coasters.  They’re good
Interesting. Where are these areas?

If you look at Google Earth most are pretty obvious. 

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Other Parks / Re: Herschend to end partnership with Stone Mountain
« on: April 27, 2021, 08:55:13 PM »
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Stephens said Marriott, which runs the park’s primary hotel and conference center, plans to pull out of the park next year.

So does Silver Dollar City-Stone Mountain Park, the subsidiary of Norcross-based Herschend Family Entertainment that has operated the park’s money-making attractions since 1998. The company notified the memorial association last summer that it planned to end that relationship effective August 2022, citing “protests and division” as part of its rationale.

Stephens said the memorial association has begun drafting requests for proposals to find Herschend’s replacement and he’s had preliminary conversations with five different potential suitors.

“All five of them have said that unless we do something about the Confederacy issue they’re not going to bid” on the contract, Stephens said.


Sounds like it. Hmm, any chance they'll move HFEC back out of Atlanta now?

Doubtful.  Atlanta is a Delta hub which makes flights easy to wherever they need to go

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Hello Everyone. SDC has seems to be somewhat limited with expanding the park outwards in any direction. AP takes up alot of space and in my opinion it would be a great area for the park to revamp and add in a few new attractions. I have always had the idea and think it would be beneficial for the park to remove AP and use that whole area in between WF and PK. They could easily place a new dark ride/attraction to take place of FITH in this area and could place it behind the waterfall for the restaurant so nobody would have to see a big ugly building. They could then fit in a smaller rollercoaster (Something like Dragon Flyer at Dollywood) which guests of all ages would enjoy. I believe there would still be enough room for a new log flume that would be more compact and themed. Maybe even a couple fun flat rides in there as well.
This is just an idea of mine and what I believe would be a cool new area for the park. I would love to hear any of your ideas!
The link is an areal view of the area so you can get a better idea of what I am describing.

The park is not hurting for space. There are currently 7 plots of land earmarked for future coasters.  They’re good

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: The Sons Moving
« on: April 27, 2021, 08:52:51 PM »
Maybe SDC is cutting costs?  It's been a tough year.

Except the chain just bought a new park and aquarium so that doesn’t add up

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Other Parks / Herschend to end partnership with Stone Mountain
« on: April 27, 2021, 06:28:26 AM »
The partnership between Herschend and Stone Mountain will officially end August 2022 according to this article.  It is not the sole topic of article, but it is mentioned.  Sounds like Herschend is just exercising its right to not extend the agreement due to the current “woke” culture that wants to cancel everything.  They (HFEC) are just excusing themselves from the situation as soon as they can. 

https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/stone-mountain-park-ceo-tell-the-truth-about-carving-move-flags/MZ7QRWT2UJFHLASFQBXLVQUHYY/?outputType=amp

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Other Parks / Re: Frontier City Developments
« on: April 26, 2021, 10:10:36 PM »
Aw, that's lame. I wasn't super excited about RMC trains in general, but I thought it could be a sign of things to come.

And just to start another rumor, SFDK is officially dropping the Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster. Popular assumption is that it will be scrapped, but I could see them sending it back to Skyline to be retooled somehow and recycling it. Skyline still advertises the model on their website, so unless they are abandoning the model, they should still be on the hook for providing SF with a useable ride. Since this was essentially the prototype, I could see them giving it an overhaul and a relocation as a "new" ride.

I wouldn’t wish it on anyone

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Hmmm, wouldn't seem likely, but I haven't seen any of the recent additions coming so who really knows. I can't imagine the classics lasting much longer in their current conditions though, so it's hard to see them getting away from the process of replacement that they kicked off with the LR/MR transformation. A family coaster (new FITH) is needed so much more than another thrill coaster. I assume the new gerstlauer is for Cedar Point or King's Dominion. Seems like a CF purchase since SF is trying to spread the wealth and focus on smaller rides at each park in general.

Kings Dominion literally has Tiki Twirl (S&S 4D Free-spin) sitting in the parking lot waiting to be installed.  Doubt it is going there.

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