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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 06, 2021, 08:01:15 PM »
If they make any changes to the Saloon it will no longer be grandfathered and will have to comply with ADA standards

Not exactly. There is no "grandfather clause".

All places of public access must comply with the 1991 ADA standards. Modifications after March 15, 2012, must comply with the 2010 ADA standards.


https://adata.org/faq/if-i-am-altering-or-doing-addition-my-building-can-i-still-follow-older-1991-ada-standards

Thank you for proving my point

Your "point" was that any changes have to comply with current ADA standards, and that's not true.

But, you're always right, we're always wrong, you always know better, blahblahblah.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 04, 2021, 08:41:36 PM »
If they make any changes to the Saloon it will no longer be grandfathered and will have to comply with ADA standards

Not exactly. There is no "grandfather clause".

All places of public access must comply with the 1991 ADA standards. Modifications after March 15, 2012, must comply with the 2010 ADA standards.

https://adata.org/faq/if-i-am-altering-or-doing-addition-my-building-can-i-still-follow-older-1991-ada-standards

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Crowds/Trip Reports
« on: August 31, 2021, 09:53:41 PM »
Exactly why Missouri has rules about school not starting earlier.

Arkansas passed a law banning school from starting before Labor Day, because most schools at the time didn't have air conditioning.

Arkansas in September can be hot as hell.

After school consolidation, and the state mandating more school days per year, that somehow went by the wayside.


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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Crowds/Trip Reports
« on: August 18, 2021, 08:28:52 PM »
Are there any parks in snow country that operate when it's snowing?

SDC is far from snow country, so I wouldn't expect them to operate during snow.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Crowds/Trip Reports
« on: August 14, 2021, 08:40:37 PM »
J-1 visas are for "cultural exchange", and sticking those workers in back-of-house roles is a big no-no. They're supposed to engage directly with American culture, even if language (or other) barriers don't make them well suited for that.

It happens, but sponsors also get their host status revoked when it's called out.

Sponsors have to line up housing and guarantee transportation.

They get a tax break, because they don't have to contribute the employer's portion of FICA.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2021 Crowds/Trip Reports
« on: August 11, 2021, 07:55:23 PM »
I was far from pleased, however, with the queue.  First of all, a few signs on the wall counts as theming, but I want more immersive theming.  Secondly, the queue was filthy, and I mean Six Flags 1999 filthy.  It was 11am, and clearly, no one had been through there for any kind of trash pickup or thorough sweeping.  The edges around the walls and props were all kinds of gunky with refuse.  That would be unacceptable if I was managing the area.

Wow!

That's not a "back in Miss Mary's Day" issue, that's something I would never expect at SDC no matter who's in charge.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: August 09, 2021, 12:15:58 AM »
FM is a people eater and is one of top 3 rides for total ridership in the park.

Doesn't change what I said, though.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: West Coast Perspective of SDC
« on: August 04, 2021, 07:06:55 PM »
Okay, even as an old theme curmudgeon shaking my fist at Kids These Days!, I had to smile at the writer's appreciation for theming and craftsmen. I also wanted to say, "You should have seen it back in the day!".  ;D

Here's where the writer and I agree 100%: "Iím not a big fan of getting wet in a theme park ó thatís what water parks are for."

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: West Coast Perspective of SDC
« on: August 04, 2021, 06:43:45 PM »
Nice!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: August 01, 2021, 09:40:16 PM »
The reason FM is a walk-on even on the busiest of days isn't because it's hard to find.  Most ride it too cool off and take a break or soak up the nostalgia.  But I doubt very many people are leaving the park bragging to there family/friends about there FM score or how much fun they had on it.

I think the guns and the noise that goes with them probably keeps more people off than it attracts.

I think those who think the video game generation(s) would be bored and not ride if they had to watch and listen and read instead of paying attention, are not giving nearly enough credit to kids and childhood imagination.

I think kids can still have fun without adults bombarding them with stimulation.

Yeah, I'm one of those guys. I think the buzzsaw was great. The rockslide was great. The gushing pipe was great before it was just a trickle. The silence and dark and chirping crickets were great. And I think all those things would still be great, but no one will even notice as long as it's a laser tag game instead of a dark ride.

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My dream would be spending a tenth of the money a new super-duper-fantastic ride would cost, and bring back SDC Citizens, street shows, and small live acoustic music all over the park.

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If you missed John Davidson in Branson, or if you wondered whatever became of him, I just found out that he's in NH now, and still doing his thing on a much smaller scale.

https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-chronicle-club-sandwich-john-davidson/36980715

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Random Talk / Re: a video I made on the park last year PRE COVID
« on: July 03, 2021, 03:36:33 PM »
Hope you like this - it was made using clips taken from 2018 and 2019. I shot it specifically to eliminate as many people as possible and really get a feel for the park atmosphere. It shows most things and I hope it can make you happy. I watch in the off season to remind me of the park in summer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBZreW6NbgQ

That's what I like to see! The city, not people talking about the city!

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The park is amazing during the day at keeping the 1800's alive but at night it looks like you are wandering through some dark neighborhood where 1/2 the lights are off.

All the lights being off is very period appropriate for the 1880s. Kerosene cost money, which is why people used as little artificial lighting as possible.


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So many people retiring or just quitting. Then they cannot get people to come fill those openings.  Itís insane how many openings / how understaffed they are

I'm in a different industry in a different part of the country.

The last unemployment figures have NH as the lowest in the nation, at 2.5%.

Still there are 3 job openings here for every job seeker. That's one of the dirty little secrets about unemployment rates: if you're not looking for work, you're not "unemployed".

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