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Random Talk / Dear Antlers
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:28:18 PM »
I know that some of you paid upwards of 200 bucks a ticket to follow Mike and wish him well. I hope you enjoyed your visit and our fast food joints thank you for your patronage.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / The Six Flags Food Season Pass
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:53:38 AM »
Seems Six Flags is starting to offer a food season pass for 69.99. It gets you two meals a visit. What do you guys think of that? Noticed they are also giving free parking  for the purchase of 4 or more season passes, but we already get free parking but pay for close by parking with a parking pass.

And here's the refillable cup add on:

Refillable Souvenir Bottle for $9.99
Season Dining Pass members can purchase a refillable Souvenir Bottle for just $9.99. Enjoy free refills on your first visit and 99¢ refills for the rest of the season. The discount Souvenir Bottle can be purchased at the park when you present your Season Dining Pass on your first visit. Since you're purchasing a Season Dining Pass, you'll save over 30% off the single Souvenir Bottle price.

Branson Talk / Downtown Branson Improvement
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:08:02 PM »
Read in the Arkansas Demo-Gazette where they are going to start the first phase. That usually consists of the utilities and then on to streetscapes and such.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Best Deal of Season Passes extended
« on: December 31, 2012, 12:13:47 AM »
Per SDC's Facebook, season ticket sales at the same price/benefits as those for the DEC 30 deadline has been extended for about a week. Due to overwhelming response. I wonder if that's just marketing or they really are having great sales.

Anywho, hoping for great weather in March.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Here Comes the Snow
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:23:17 PM »
What's the park's policy on snow during OTC. Seems the Ozarks have two shots of accumulating snow coming.

Dollywood Discussion / What the Heck, Adventure Mnt. closed
« on: December 09, 2012, 11:26:00 PM »
From Screamscape:

Interesting developments are afoot for Dollywood that will affect the park for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Screamscape has confirmed with Pete Owens at the park that two large attractions will not be return for the 2013 season. According to our exclusive letter from Pete…

“On the heels of five Golden Ticket Awards, including Best Shows and Best New Attraction, Dollywood announces an exciting new addition for 2013 and plans for a new major family attraction in 2014. Imagination Cinema will become a 500-seat venue for a new Dolly family show. Plans for 2014 are under way for a one-of-a-kind attraction on the Adventure Mountain site.

“When your business grows, it is important to evaluate and improve the experiences you provide to your guests,” Craig Ross, Dollywood President said. “For 2013, we’re excited about Dolly’s new family show and its new venue. Our guests will start to see construction activity for the new 2014 attraction as soon as the park opens next season Family are going to be thrilled and excited about the new additions. They’ll be like nothing you’ve seen before.”

"Imagination Cinema and Adventure Mountain will not reopen for the 2013 season to accommodate preparations for the new 2013 and 2014 additions. ”

So while I’m not surprised at all to see an outdated style sim-theater like the Imagination Cinema closed for good, I do have to admit I am very curious and somewhat confused about the closing of Adventure Mountain. Adventure Mountain, a huge large-scale themed multi-lane ropes course attraction, included for free to all guests by the way, is perhaps one of the most unique theme park attractions I’ve ever seen anywhere. On top of that, it also seemed to be extremely popular with the guests during my visits to the park. With a unique hillside location and custom themeing, I’m very curious how the park will follow up such a unique one-of-a-kind attraction… with a new one-of-a-kind attraction experience.

More on this as I try to dig deeper… but there has been some speculation for years about now this area of the park may evolve over the years, linked to the removal of all the trees from the upper circle of the Dollywood Express, which is located just above the hillside for Adventure Mountain. There have been a number of people waiting to see if Dollywood would expand the park to this upper section of the mountain, adding a second train station up there as well to turn the Dollywood Express more into a form of transportation instead of just a round-trip ride.

Random Talk / Disney gets Star Wars
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:36:44 PM »
Buys out Lucusfilms from George for 4 billion and change in stock and cash.

Hmmmm. Wonder if they add a Dagobah System area to Animal Kingdon since they are messing it up with an Avatar area. Please let Lego keep the the Star Wars minilands?

Disney has also aquired Marvel comics recently. Wonder how this is going to affect Universal's theme parks.

Random Talk / Neat 3D model of interior of the Pyramid Bass Pro.
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:37:37 PM »
This shows how the hotel fits into the plans.

Other Parks / Great Wolf Lodge KC
« on: October 14, 2012, 01:02:18 PM »
Spent two nights there this past week. Leaves were really starting to color up in Kansas, it was pretty. Waterpark was great as usual. The only difference between this place and Grand Country is that GWL has a tower slide structure that offers three more rides that go outside the building and back in. The most popular one on that tower is the twist that sends you into those funnel looking things. It is the most fun but the yellow slide is pitch black at night and adds much more to it than during the day. The lazy river has more water effects  and they have a larger pool with more goals and a rope course, the Indoor toddler area is better as well but Grand Country has a better outdoor area. GWL is just more like a big pool. It was decorated for Halloween well with a giant spider made out of ballons and they had a trick or treat trail for the kids. That pajama storytime seems real big with the little ones. They had a dance party for the kids Friday nite. Weather wasn't condusive to outdoor minigolf/

It seems that the area around Schitterbahn seems under heavy construction. From the expressway, it seems full of containers.  Guess they are finally getting into the Village part of the development that's several years behind. Is Scheels still part of this? Maybe Swoosh knows.

Other Parks / Legoland KC
« on: October 14, 2012, 12:46:37 PM »
Got to spend 5 hrs, yes 5yrs , in the Legoland Discovery Center at the Crown Center.

My kids, age 10 and 9 loved it.

The dark shootem up ride consists of several giant screens that you shoot objects being thrown at you. There's another ride thats basically a little spinning ride with arms that lift in the air if you peddle. the Indoor playcenter was rocking this midday Friday and the test track area where you make your own cars and race them is very popular.  My wife loved the 4d theater. She really loved the water and snow effects and she watched all 3 films.

My wife was against the Sealife Aquarium being that we eat at T Rex which has quite a bit of aquarium in it. T Rex was a hit as well. It's a good thing cause we used up so much time at Legoland, Sealife would have been rushed so it'll wait along with the Childrens area/model train part of Union Station.

I think it's a great concept, I understand that this was the largest of the existing ones and I think you'll see more. This is screaming Nashville to me but would love to see one in Memphis downtown near St. Jude for families to go to but like a Chucky Cheese it screams kids and germs. I think it needs about two more small flat rides and the test track was crowded and needed more tracks. The Minilands are quite the works of art.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / American Plunge and OTC
« on: October 05, 2012, 05:57:16 PM »
Oh no, it's way too cold. ;D Tell that to the folks  that run Toverland over across the pond

Saw on screamscape that Dollywooy is up in the teens percentage wise and six flags growth is up 12%.  Wonder what SDC's numbers given there was no major new attraction this year.

Other Parks / Disney next door to Dolly?
« on: June 16, 2012, 02:12:10 PM »
From a friend back home. I'm trying to get this verified with a childhood friend that's on Governor Haslam's staff as well.

"I'm only counting this as a rumor at this time but I've heard from a reliable source that in the next 30 days that there will be an announcement made that Walt Disney has purchased property around the I-40 & I-81 split and is going to build a Walt Disney World.

From what I hear, I've heard that Walt Disney has purchased the property from the beginning of I-81 up 4 miles to exit 4 and the property goes back toward the Smoky Mountains some ways."

General Silver Dollar City Talk / A food stand idea
« on: June 10, 2012, 03:31:10 PM »
Being as I'm native of the flat lands of the Delta and Libertyland in Memphis being a big part of my childhood, I remember one thing that I always enjoyed, Watermelon. They had a stand where you could get some watermelon. They kept the melons in a huge tub with ice and the melons floated. Man, wouldn't this fit right in with Wilson's Farm especially with the traffic that will head there with the new ride. Serve other melons like cantaloupes and honeydews and candy and caremel apples as well. Watermelons are pretty well a year round fruit these days. Make it look like a old fruit stand and the melon tub look like a giant oak barrel. Have a seed spitting prop if it serves the seeded varieties.

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