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Construction/Rumors / Re: Festival survey
« on: March 02, 2024, 07:54:05 AM »
I also received this survey, and mine had a heavier focus on the Great America Exhibition with fewer questions about Flower and Food. Iím not extremely excited about either festival, but Flower and Food is my preference. I would much rather them bring back World Fest than the American festival.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Old park souvenir program on Ebay
« on: January 12, 2024, 06:55:12 PM »
Anyone have any info on the auction barn? I have never heard of that being at SDC.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Indoor Coaster?
« on: August 20, 2023, 03:20:42 PM »
No there was not.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 15, 2023, 02:24:04 PM »
Thought about this more overnight and just how happy I am with the announcement. Lots of comments on social media had a negative reaction to the announcement which I just donít understand. If Disney or Universal made this kind of an announcement to replace a classic attraction, the fans would be thrilled.

Iím hoping this announcement puts to rest the negative discourse on these forums for awhile regarding changes to the park and how the PTB donít care about the theme or history of the park. To me, this announcement makes it clear that they do care and do want to carry forward the legacy of the park. Yes, things will change and evolve. We will surely lose more classic or iconic things which are tied to core memories for each of us. But things have to change, as SDC is a business and they have to continue growing and give people reasons to return. But just because things change does not mean that the core of SDC and the legacy of the park change with it.

Iím hopeful that the final product of FITH 2.0 matches up with the concept art, and we get a truly great reimagining of the classic ride. Canít wait to experience it.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2024 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 14, 2023, 06:38:24 PM »
Very surprised at how faithful this appears to be to the original ride. Also very excited and thankful that this isnít the end for FITH. Seems to be carrying on the amazing legacy while updating the technology.

Will never know this answer but I would love to know the maintenance costs that the old FITH was costing on a regular basis to justify a re-build (with updated technology obviously) at 30 million.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC Logo
« on: June 17, 2023, 09:45:36 AM »
I like the new logo better than the 2010 version. Itís all just a matter of personal taste and I like the minimalist/retro design. What is most interesting to me is taking out Branson, MO and inserting Ozark Mountains. Is this to make it more in line with Dollywood and the Smoky Mountains?

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Memories of FITH
« on: March 28, 2023, 09:51:05 AM »
Awesome stories, Smokey! Thank you!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: March 11, 2023, 09:58:12 AM »
Thanks for your well thought out and explained insights, sirwillow. I tend to agree with you and your contacts and your theory makes a lot of sense.

I just hope that the situation can be sorted out so the train can open and safely operate again.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: February 18, 2023, 11:22:45 AM »
I can see how this announcement was jarring for the general public. But anyone who follows this site or the theme park community closely, knew this was coming. FITH was the first roller coaster I ever rode, so it is upsetting to see it go. Iíve had time to process it and am hoping to make it to the park this season for one last ride.

Iím hopeful that the replacement will be something resembling the original with better technology. I donít want a cheap ďgimmickĒ, but a high quality dark ride with modern technology is something that SDC has needed for awhile. The fact that in the announcement live stream, they openly talked about baldknobbers gives me hope that they wonít sanitize the story and still give us something special.

Change is inevitable. SDC has certainly changed, and while some of it is painful, itís also necessary for the park to continue evolving with the times. Some of the charm has been lost, but itís still there. SDC remains one of the best theme parks in the country. Saying itís Six Flags is laughable.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: October 30, 2022, 10:53:35 AM »
Just a really unfortunate incident for the city. A lot of negative publicity from the park this past year. Iím thankful that it sounds like no one was seriously injured. I fully expect the train to be out of commission for the Christmas season, as it probably should be for the investigation to be completed. It is in the parkís best interest as well to use the offseason to make any repairs which may be necessary.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Year round operations
« on: October 30, 2022, 10:37:05 AM »
I donít see this happening not only because of weather, but also the fact that they have trouble with staffing the park for the time of year they are already open.

Now, if SDC does build a resort, that is how they can keep a little revenue coming in year round, especially with an indoor waterpark or something similar.

Other Parks / Re: Worlds of Fun 2023
« on: August 13, 2022, 08:20:02 AM »
Living in the KC area, I can say that people are very excited about this announcement. It looks like a great coaster which I'm excited to experience.

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood's 2023 Project
« on: August 06, 2022, 07:46:49 AM »
I would love to see a coaster like this come to SDC. With more theming of course.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2022)
« on: July 02, 2022, 11:19:55 AM »
Great report, HB. Looks like a fantastic trip!

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2022)
« on: June 10, 2022, 08:27:52 AM »
HB -

What an honor! Looks like an amazing experience. Congratulations, and I can't wait to read more about it!

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