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Construction/Rumors / Re: Festival survey
« on: March 01, 2024, 09:02:30 AM »
They both sound kinda generic. Could do a lot with the Great America Exhibition theme though and it would obviously go over well here. Bluegrass and BBQ already has a heavy American theme to it though...

Food and Flowers seems like a small rip-off of what Epcot currently has going, lol. That's about as generic as SpringFest. People do like both food and flowers though.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 01, 2024, 08:59:08 AM »
I'm still curious if they'll have a soft opening like they've done in the past. I'd think it's highly likely, but definitely not something you could count on. I guess we'll see if anyone gets lucky on opening weekend. They might still be rushing to put the finishing touches in.

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Branson Talk / Re: RFD Theatre
« on: February 20, 2024, 06:01:08 PM »
Thanks for the photo!

Seeing it all opened up is going to make it clear how much prime real estate is there. I wonder if there are already plans for something new. I assume so since demolition isn't cheap.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: February 20, 2024, 05:59:56 PM »
On the season pass holder group, the SDC account confirmed some interesting info about the Pumpkins/Festival plaza and the connection to the new FITH. They said that eventually that path will indeed be open for use, and that something special is planned for that back area that will be announced at a later date. Sounds like that will be redeveloped in the near future to blend into the rest of the park and probably be open year round. I assume they'll still want it for event usage, so it's not like they plop a big ride down over it, but they could certainly add a restaurant, bathrooms, or something back there to connect things better and make it feel like less of a backlot.

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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.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: February 02, 2024, 06:38:13 PM »
Yup, I remember them promising to save the mural somehow. Hope it ends up in the new queue line.

There have also been photos posted to FB showing them taking down the final portrait of the guy with his foot hanging out of the frame. Hope that finds a similar spot on the new ride too. Very odd seeing it look so barren inside now.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 31, 2024, 09:01:49 AM »
^^Yup, that seems to be exactly the case. By now you'd hope they have had plenty of time to get everything working, but who knows these days. It's only been under construction for three years. I am sure they will announce things regarding the grand opening closer to the actual date. They may have it soft open on March 9-15 for whatever early spring break crowds are around. I remember riding PK before the actual grand opening.

It does indeed look great. They have kept very true to the character of the old ride. Now they need to add more of this type of theming back around the park where it has disappeared over the years. Now we know they can still do it!

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 15, 2024, 11:56:04 AM »
I'm expecting it to be torn down and just be an empty space for this season. I have no idea what the actual plan is, but that would be my expectation just based on what the PTB would probably want. Don't want the specter of the old FITH hanging around inviting comparisons to the new one that they are trying to show off. Plus, it's just going to be a decrepit unused major building at this point. Without use, I imagine the mold takes over pretty quick due to the dampness throughout the building. Still wonder how they kept it down all these years.

They've been busy ripping everything out this month. A lot has already made its way over to the new ride according to their social media postings and the discussions at No Coaster Con.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 04, 2024, 08:14:53 AM »
It looks incredible. They are doing a knock-out job with the theming. It's going to be like a hi-def version of the old FITH. I'm sure the final touches and details will carry it through. They definitely know what they are doing.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2023 Crowds / Trip Reports
« on: January 02, 2024, 10:22:39 PM »
That is awesome mg, so glad one of us could have that experience.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: January 02, 2024, 10:21:40 PM »
Maybe eventually, but I'm not sure what to expect next at this point. Haven't heard many rustlings lately. I think they keep the cards closer to their chest these days. A lot more people are paying attention than the old days when it was mostly just us on this obscure forum.

I still think the train station rumor makes sense. Even this year the line was wrapping into the corkscrew pass. They've gotten away with it for many years now, but if they are trying to elevate the status of the park into a major national destination, the current line situation for the biggest ride in the park is still a sore spot.

The real question for me is: if they do move the train station, does that mean FM is gone next? Probably so... They'll probably re-do the whole area from the dead space where runaway-ore-carts was all the way through the FM space when they get the chance.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2023 Crowds / Trip Reports
« on: December 18, 2023, 12:36:57 PM »
Made it up there this past weekend for the last visit of the year with my family. Rode FITH a few final times. Friday was rainy off and on in the evenings, so crowds weren't too bad, but on Saturday it was packed as usual. I waited in the longest line for FITH that I've ever waited for it to get my last ride. It stretched almost back to the Powderkeg sign.

Bitter sweet to say goodbye, but I'm looking forward to the new one.

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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. https://www.ozarknights.com/faqs/#elementor-tab-content-1382

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.

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Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 29, 2023, 11:16:35 AM »
I don't think we discussed it much on here, but that new pretzel dog restaurant is going to be huge. Kind of feels like they wanted something big to establish the area more. Possibly a lead up to adding more back in that area where the pumpkin dance party is. No more wooded walk unfortunately, unless you count the few tall cedars left hugging the pathway. I'm sure they'll eventually connect it all to the new FITH.

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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2023 Crowds / Trip Reports
« on: November 27, 2023, 04:20:38 PM »
I've been told crowds in general have been lighter this year. Between the costs of inflation causing some to pull back on vacations, people waiting for next year since there hasn't been a new ride in awhile, and people scared of the crowds from previous years - it feels like the park has been fighting the headwinds lately.

2024 is shaping up to be a good year though. Once they get that resort going I think they will rise another notch in attendance since full fledged theme park resorts are very attractive for a lot of families.

Will be interesting to see the impact of the Vinita park in the long term though... but I guess they will cross that bridge when they come to it seeing as the Vinita park still has a lot to prove.

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