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Branson Talk / BKG (that's the airport south of Hollister) News
« on: March 30, 2023, 09:12:27 AM »
Frontier is pulling out....again.

Sun Countey is coming back with twice weekly to Minnysotah

Random Talk / Your Travels Thread for 2023
« on: January 03, 2023, 05:07:19 PM »
Last year I somehow managed to not hit a single park with a coaster. It was for trying, things never lined up.

I did see Crater Lake in the Snow, tidal pools, whales, reqlly big tree, Kodiak beara, orcas in the wild, a huge school of humpbacks, seals and eagles on ice bergs, glaciers galore, mountain goats on 9k ridges and yellow aspens galore in Colorado. It was a good year if travel as the wife and I transition to traveling without kids in tow.

This year will be different. I'm hitting some parks that I need to check off over the summer. I'm only working 4 days a week and 5 weeks of vacation as I hit my 50th year giving me very long weekends and time to take off and I got a ton of points.

Whats for sure is a 10 day New England foilage drive the last week of Sept/first week of Oct. Got the flight and rooms booked for that already.

Random Talk / Man is Disney trying hard to to make a buck
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:35:19 AM »
In case you haven't heard, the place(any of them) keeps getting more expensive while they continue to cut what made it special. Case in point

Good Grief

Random Talk / Mud Island in Memphis revamp?
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:06:38 PM »
I wonder if Mr. Bass Pro gets in on this since theState finally got off their duff and approved the tax kickback the ASKED FOR IN 2016?

This is a good start. I still maintain that the northern end should be developed in to Tivoli type park with similar rides to round out the whole thing and a Soarin' style ride down the Mississippi be part of the  Museum overhaul or aquarium. This comes along with Lowes announcing a retrofit of a 00 North Main in to a new 600 room hotel and two new adjoining office towers as part of the project to go with the 300 million dollar renovation of the convention center and 200 million plus revamp of Memphis International.

2021 and 2022 will have bitg changes in store for Memphis.

Memphis was recently named #1 of the Top 5 places in the World to visit in May by USA Today.

Other Parks / Manby out at SeaWorld
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:32:34 AM »
He couldn't right the ship after stepping into a mishandled situation with the backlash from a biased, overly slanted hit piece that CNN had a financial stake in promoting.

Branson Talk / Frontier comes back to BKG
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:12:47 AM »
Service to Denver, I'm sure it'll be 3x to 4x weekly.

Let's hope this leads to Austin, Cincy, and Orlando as they build up connecting at those airports.

Haven't been on SDC's site in a while but noticed they are showing links to FlyBranson's air service.

79 bucks each way from Dallas.

Is that something new? Not the air service but SDC actively promoting air service from a particular service.

Would tie in well with packaged trips at a HFE owned resort, just saying.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Vs. Dollywood, Side by Side Study
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:27:39 PM »
So, over on the Dollywood sub board a small debate broke out on whether Dollywood gets a lot more love than SDC. I contest that there might be a very small difference but as big as it is assumed to be.  A lot of we need to get a list of attractions and theater/showbuildings at the end of 1985.

SDC Attractions Pre 1986:
American Plunge Log Flume (circa 1981, replaced Jim Owens Ozark Float Trip)
Flooded Mine (circa 1968)
Grandfather's Mansion (circa 1968, formerly Sam's Mining Shack)
Frisco Silver Dollar Line Train
Huck Finn's Hideaway(formerly Herman the Hermit's Tree House)
Lost River of the Oazrks (under construction or opened in 1985, replaced Rube Dugan's Diving Bell)
Marvel Cave Tour with funicular back up to top
Fire in the Hole
Tom Sawyer's Landing (circa 1984, Consisting of Becky's Carousel and rope towers and nets)
Runaway Ore Cart
Petting Zoo

SDC Theaters, Stages, Showbuildings Pre 1986:

Echo Hollow Amphitheater (cap. 4,000, circa  1983)

Silver Dollar Saloon (circa 1973)

The Boatworks Theater

Riverfront Playhouse (cap. 600, circa 1979, former names Courthouse Theater, Gaslight Theater)


Dockside Theater

McHaffie's Homestead Front Porch

Dollywood Attractions Pre 1986

Blazing Fury

Flooded Mine

Country Fair Mills Log FLume

Inventor's Mansion

Butter Churn Trabant flat ride

Red Baron Flying Squadron spinner

Grand Ballroom (ball and germ pit)

Malfuntion Junction Bumber Cars

Mountain Swinger

Cloud Grabber


Petting Zoo

Dollywood Theaters, Stages, Showbuildings Pre 1986:

Silver Dollar Saloon

Magic Show

Help Fill in the Gaps!!!!!

Other Parks / Discovery Cove
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:50:41 PM »
Slated to hit this park before our Disney Cruise for Spring Break 2018.

And filling a void left by Disney getting rid of the shark swim at Typhoon Lagoon (boo...hiss) Seaworld is offering up shark swims at Discovery Cove now. They will get more of my money come March.

Premise of the thread is simple, see something interesting that related to fun but doesn't really need it's own thread.

I'll start it. For the steam punk fans, a mall in Quebec City is calling out for you.

Other Parks / Six Flags America
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:06:25 AM »
Six Flags America was our first theme park of the summer trip. After 5 days of museums and tours in Washington, I hopped the metro and went to DCA to pick up our ride for the next two weeks (or so I thought). Budget, true to form didn't have what we rented (7 seat SUV, Explorer or Similar). It was cheaper than the regular mid sized SUVS when I booked. So, they put us into a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Which was more than acceptable considering there are 4 of us.

Now, back to the park. It's a smaller park, it is very well maintained and cleaned. Landscaping was nice, no weeds, ect, ect, ect. But... this park lacks shade trees and just plain shade. I had read that thus was the case but it truly is. Being a Tuesday afternoon, the park was mostly empty as many schools in the area were still in session. The plan of attack was getting all the coasters done, and spend some time at the water park section and hit up more rides between the water park closing and dry park closing. It was the busiest area as the metro DC area soared into the mid 90s from the perfect breezy low 80s we had starting off. We headed to the Cajun themed area first. We did it all, the drop, the flying scooters, the spinning wild mouse and Wild One woodie. It was nothing special aND after a front row and back row ride a distant memory.

Next up was Apocalypse, a B&M Stand Up. This was my first ride on this type. There's a bit of a trick to the restraint system. You want to bend/squat a little while getting locked in to give the boys a little clearance. There was nothing special about standing up, and head banging associated with Vekoma if you don't know how to position your head going into different elements. One front row ride was more than enough for the credit.

Next up was Joker's Jinx, this is a repeat as we have rode SFFT. It was alright, we got three rides in and moved on to Superman, Ride of Steel. It's alright, a front and back and we we on our way. Roar was next and did the front and back combo and there was nothing special about it. We did the rift ride and once was enough. Last and least was the Vekoma flying dutchman, Batwing. It is what it is and it's not a B&M flyer. The Wonder Woman themed Star Flyer was testing but not open.

Overall, the park is clean, well kept but needs lots more shade. There was some street entertainment like  Carnival dancing in the Mardi Gras section. It needs another something. There isn't one stand out in the park.

Next up Morey's Pier.

Branson Talk / Sight and Sound
« on: May 02, 2017, 08:51:41 AM »
Been to a couple of their biblical based productions and wish they would start up another theater with a similar concept based on American History.

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