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General Silver Dollar City Talk / New Christmas Show - Home for Christmas
« on: September 14, 2021, 03:58:29 PM »
Today SDC made a surprise announcement of a new broadway style show for Old Time Christmas: Home For Christmas. https://twitter.com/SDCAttractions/status/1437809559012315141

It looks interesting. I haven't been able to watch the full video with sound yet, but I'm just happy to see renewed investment into shows!

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Other Parks / Adventureland Raft Accident
« on: July 12, 2021, 11:42:02 AM »
The story of the raft accident at adventureland keeps getting worse.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2021/07/09/adventureland-park-fatal-accident-2021-raging-river-ride-11-year-old-drowned-michael-jaramillo-david/7912842002/

It was tragic that an 11 year old boy died on this ride, especially after the ride already suffered a fatal accident years ago. I just don't understand how this ride can be that dangerous.

What makes it worse is that the park's response was lacking in every conceivable way. I am worried that the park will be so buried in lawsuits that the might not survive this. Not that they don't deserve to be sued.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / New Show: Down by The Riverside
« on: June 03, 2021, 10:35:35 AM »
There is a new show debuting in Dockside this year: Down by the Riverside, performed by the new Rivertown Ramblers troupe. It is described as a jazzy music show with a mix of old gospel songs and renditions of some more modern (well, 70's and 80's...) music.

It seems like a replacement for Cajun Connection that ties into the whole "rivertown" theme. A neat concept on paper, but we'll see if the actual show is decent. Sometimes these types of shows are pretty lackluster karaoke-esque displays, but SDC has a good track record of doing them OK.

I think it's interesting that they are putting together new troupes to replace their old stalwarts like the Sons of the Silver Dollar and Cajun Connection. Those groups had fans and followings that I'm not sure this kind of production is going to achieve. They definitely can't replace the Homestead Pickers, but the way things are going it wouldn't surprise me if they tried eventually.

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Random Talk / HFEC buys another Aquarium
« on: April 17, 2021, 12:21:00 PM »
https://vancouversun.com/news/vancouver-aquarium-sold-to-u-s-tourism-company-herschend-enterprises

Another big property purchase for HFEC. Solid property, though I imagine Vancouver has it's challenges to work in.

HFEC has become very ambitious once again. Still waiting for them to get ambitious in Branson though outside of new things added to SDC.

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Branson Talk / Guided Tour Concept by SDC Attractions
« on: April 13, 2021, 12:27:00 PM »
HFEC sent me a survey asking about my opinion on various guided tour concepts for the Branson area. Looking at city vs. lake vs. various historical areas with some hiking. Tours would be 2 hours and you would ride around in jeeps.

Seems like a lackluster concept to me. Branson is always clogged with traffic, so I'm not sure how a city tour would work. Even the side routes around the lake are often busy. Branson just isn't that interesting to warrant a tour.

Seems like such a minor attraction to add to HFEC's Branson line up anyway. Here they are still sitting on a massive parcel of prime real estate right off the strip and they are instead looking at jeep tours. Build a resort already.

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Branson Talk / Indian Ridge Still Sits Vacant, Now Tick Tock Famous
« on: April 02, 2021, 02:14:46 PM »
Indian Ridge, the abandoned mega development next door to SDC, got profiled by a tick tock user and went viral. https://nypost.com/2021/04/01/abandoned-1-6-billion-missouri-resort-community-goes-viral/

It's surprising that this prime real estate is still vacant, but now you have to add the legal issues and the costs of demolition to the challenges of developing it. It's certainly prime real estate though, and the original plans would have been a game changer. Nothing big seems to make it in Branson except the landing, which nearly tanked as well.

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Branson Talk / New Shepard of the Hills attractions
« on: March 20, 2021, 02:53:56 PM »
Shepard of the hills recently announced a new mountain coaster that will be the longest out of the three in Branson. There also appears to be a set of new train tracks around the property. Seems like they are just going to keep adding and adding stuff here. Makes you wonder what it will be like in 20 years. SDC could have a serious competitor on their doorstep again, lol. They do have a good bit of property.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / 2021 Crowds/Trip Reports
« on: March 19, 2021, 02:52:32 PM »
I'm interested in gauging how strongly the park/industry is bouncing back this year after the covid disaster, so here's a thread to report on crowd levels when you visit for our general interest.

I am told the park is very busy today, and it sounds like it was decently busy yesterday. The park just extended hours a SECOND TIME for tomorrow. Sounds like spring break is off to a tremendous start for the park!

They sure need the attendance this year, so I'm rooting for big crowds!

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / 2021 Meetups
« 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 / Kentucky Kingdom/WA/FC Rumor
« on: February 19, 2021, 11:29:17 AM »
So Lance just posted a whopper of a rumor on screamscape.com about the possibility of HFEC buying up Kentucky Kingdom and possibly FC as well, while disposing of Wild Adventures. http://screamscape.com/html/kentucky_kingdom.htm

The idea of them buying KK at least seems absolutely plausible, but I'm not sure I could see SF parting with Frontier City (even though they don't technically own it). Who knows though, it's a very tantalizing rumor.

Perhaps enthusiasts are just making too much out of a simple teaser image again, but after the craziness of the past year and Ed Hart's advancing age, it would make sense for some consolidation in the industry and for this park specifically to get bought out.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / New Rube Dugan's Diving Bell Book
« on: February 27, 2020, 08:16:30 AM »
Our very own Mark Kumming has finally produced a formally published book about Rube Dugan's Diving Bell and his time spent working on the attractions team. It is available here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0851MLYC1/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1582812490&refinements=p_27%3AMark+Kumming&s=books&sr=1-1&text=Mark+Kumming

Mark is an experienced author and is full of great memories about the park, so I am looking forward to reading this one.

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Other Parks / SFOT Purchase Offer From HFEC?
« on: April 25, 2019, 09:02:31 PM »
Apparently Texas Thrillseekers is spreading a rumor that HFEC has put in a bid for SFOT and a couple other SF properties (presumably the adjacent water park in Dallas and maybe FC or DL?)

SFOT supposedly has an odd ownership setup that dates back to the original setup of the park. It's kind of like Dollywood, but somewhat dysfunctional with disputes about how the park should be developed. Supposedly that is one reason why investments have been fairly small despite the massive growth potential of the park. This is one reason why SF may be pressured or coerced into selling the park.

I don't know that the rumor has any weight, but I do know that HFEC has tried to purchase SF properties before. When SF sold off Elitch, Darien, FC and several other properties during their 2006 bankruptcy, HFEC put in a bid but was beat out by CNL. For some reason I believe SFMM was part of the deal at the time, but HFEC didn't want it, and that soured the deal.   

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Announcements / Spam Attack
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:07:40 PM »
Just noticed and deleted a huge spam wave attack. Just a bunch of bot accounts trying to get through the filter to spread spam. Looks like a couple of them got through while I wasn't looking. Security settings have been tweaked.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / 2018 USA Today Holiday Event Poll
« on: November 21, 2018, 10:28:32 AM »
SDC is once again vying for the top spot on USA Today's Holiday park event poll. SilverDollarCity.com/Vote

This is a big marketing thing for them, so they really appreciate any votes you can send their way. You can vote once each day from any device.


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Wild Adventures Discussion / Wild Adventures 2019 Alligator/Kids Area
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:19:00 PM »
https://www.wildadventures.com/Explore-the-Park/Other-Attractions/Adventure-Area

Wild Adventures is getting a true HFE treatment again. This time they are taking an existing section of the park, adding a huge alligator exhibit, and retheming half a dozen smaller kids rides to make a cohesive gator-themed area.

It looks like such a brilliant move. They are saving money on new rides by giving live to some older ones, which makes a lot of sense considering how WA is already pretty stacked with rides. The alligator thing sounds awesome, and it adds to the uniqueness of the park as a whole. It feels like a big upgrade to the park without them necessarily doing that much.

I'm certainly OK with them continuing to develop as BGT North.  ;D

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