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Branson Talk / RFD Theatre
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:39:58 PM »
The RFD theatre is being torn down. Kinda sad since it was a huge theater with major TV capabilities. It was supposed to be Branson's version of the Grand Ole Opry.

No word on what might be replacing it that I've heard, but the old Honeysuckle inn property was boarded up this Christmas season and is close by. Would make a great property for a huge development. Naturally, being Branson, we'll probably get another dollar general and strip mall.

Branson Talk / West End / Ozark Nights
« on: December 18, 2023, 12:27:09 PM »
So I have been asking around about what the new "West End" development is that has a big new sign next to Steak n' Shake, and apparently it's an effort to develop the area where the giant water resort was going to go a few years ago. The largest attraction currently proposed is Ozark Nights, which is some sort of unique "night walk" through the woods.

It sounds... interesting. I'd try it out. Glad that they are clear cutting everything, but they did put in a big parking lot that is pretty garish on the landscape. I suppose someday the Ozark Mountain highway might eventually get completed through here anyway.

Announcements / Back to Just Forums
« on: May 23, 2023, 10:24:48 PM »
As of today I finally went back in and forwarded everything to the forums. The "old site" hasn't been updated in years. It was mostly just a home page with SDC social feeds, but since the recent twitter updates most of it wasn't working anyway.

Going back in to the site's code made me think of the good old days when I used this site to hone my programming skills. At one point it was sort of an encyclopedia of all the niche SDC knowledge, with detailed write ups of all the rides and lots of weird little history that I and others had compiled. I'll have to dig some of it out this summer.

For the foreseeable future, I'll just keep the forums going until they aren't useful anymore. I always thought we would eventually migrate to FB, but with the way major social media sites are going lately we might outlive them!

Other Parks / Safari Joe's H2O To Become Paradise Beach Water Park
« on: January 25, 2023, 01:08:49 PM »

So Tulsa will finally have a decent water park at least. Sounds like these guys are ready to actually put some money into the place.

Safari Joe is an interesting character, but he seemed like a decent enough guy who has been through a lot. I'm grateful he kept this place going and cleaned it up from the Big Splash days. It's past time for some real investment in some new slides though.

Other Parks / Adventureland Bought Out By Palace Entertainment
« on: December 21, 2021, 05:01:39 PM »

Yet another independent small park gets gobbled up. This is possibly due in part to the raft disaster this summer. Lawsuits + insurance issues + operational questions would definitely lead a small outfit to see being bought out as a blessing all the sudden. Palace isn't my favorite operator. They have done some good work with Kennywood recently now that they are refurbishing rides, but they have also famously torn out some great classic rides and don't always have the best operations at their parks in the northeast.

Adventureland is a fantastic park with a great culture and atmosphere that stem directly from being a non-corporate park with local ownership. You simply don't get the same feeling walking into a park that's on the lower end of the food chain of a national company.

Branson Talk / Grand Country Indoor Waterpark to Double in Size
« on: November 28, 2021, 09:46:51 PM »

Doesn't look like a large building addition from the outside, but the details sound good. Sometimes with the indoor parks though they build tiny versions of things and talk them up, so I'll be interested to see how this turns out.

Wild Adventures Discussion / WA 2022 Additions
« on: November 14, 2021, 06:08:22 PM »

Lots of interesting stuff for 2022 at Wild Adventures. They are building a massive new animal enclosure with a variety of african animals and a new restaurant, plus they are expanding their event lineup a great deal, not to mention a bigger emphasis on concerts.

The Easter event sounds interesting... wonder if SDC can take any cues... didn't they try an egg hunt one year and have it go poorly?

Random Talk / Snoop Dogg and Harlem Globetrotters to create NFT sitcom
« on: October 21, 2021, 03:05:05 PM »

The NFT craze continues to get weirder, and now HFE has a tie to the crypto world. A Snoop Dogg/Globetrotters sitcom sounds great, but the NFT tie in is awful forced. NFT people keep trying to make them a thing... but they really don't need to be a thing.

Not sure if we'll be able to watch this thing or not yet. The article is still scant on details of how it's actually being released. The Vast website that is mentioned seems like a spam honeypot that you have to enter your info into in order to sign up for "giveaways". Assuming I found the correct site of course.

Herschend Entertainment Studios just picked up a major new hire: Sarah Maizes, a former executive at the Jim Henson Company. Seems like they are preparing to put more focus into this arm of the company. I saw that the 'Chuggington" series just got past a billion views on youtube and has over a million subscribers. I wonder how much revenue that really brings them though...

With this new hire they may be preparing to get into the bigger leagues with film and media production.

Construction/Rumors / SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 24, 2021, 11:59:24 AM »
I'm being told there is now obvious construction activity going on near the train tracks. Apparently visible from Fireman's Landing and the train of course. More construction walls have gone up. To me it sounds like they are going forward with the next big replacement ride to renew the "legacy" attractions. The rumor has been that Fire in the Hole is the next in line for replacement and that it would be replaced with an entirely new indoor coaster or dark ride.

We'll see what happens, but obviously something has started and they typically take a full two years to develop these rides, so whatever has kicked off will most likely open in 2023.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

Random Talk / HFEC buys another Aquarium
« on: April 17, 2021, 12:21:00 PM »

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.

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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