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Other Parks / Re: Bell's Developments
« on: August 20, 2011, 02:42:28 PM »
This reminds me so much of fate of Libertyland in Memphis. Amusement Park at the fairground with a classic Woody called the Zippin Pippin. Had a minor league stadium as well and exibit halls. No crappy horse track but had a 9,000 seat Mid South colusium and Liberty Bowl Stadium. Difference was the park was govt. owned

Libertyland closed, some park up in Wisconsin bought the Naming rights, plans and trains of the Zippin Pippin and rebuilt it. I had hoped that the city and fair could have found a good park management company before it got too bad but nope.

The Mid South Fair is gone from memphis(Tunica last I heard), the land where Libertyland stood is now a tailgating area for the Liberty Bowl where one of the worse teams in D1 plays. The Mid South Colusium lays in waste and disrepair with a no compete clause with the FedEx Forum and the city too broke to demolish it. The ballpark gone(although the stadium downtown is the Jewel of AAA) and  just a couple of the Exibit Halls remain.

In Tulsa, the ballteam is downtown now, the race track is a dump, and the amusement park is gone.  Expo Square seems dumpy to this day, and I go to the big spring gun show.

I would have liked to see Memphis find a new home for Zippin Pippin in town.  :(

Branson Talk / Re: Branson West McDonald's
« on: August 17, 2011, 07:35:46 PM »
That McDonalds was torn down and replaced with a new one this summer.

White Water Discussion / Re: WW in 2011
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:36:37 PM »
I remember using White Water branded tubes at the now long defunct Adventure River in Memphis. For some reason I want to say the water park  you can now barely see from I 430 in North Little Rock was opened by the same partnership.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: How Does Moonlight Madness Work?
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:01:12 PM »
We had 2 day tickets, we chose to go at 4 and hit the water rides in the heat of the day and stay later during the extended hours. But... how it worked was at 5 pm you can get in for 25 bucks orr basically 5 bucks an hour.

We got lucky, it was cloudy in the mornings we were in Branson and the highs were kept down a bit compared to before and after. I couldn't imagine what it was like this past week. It was 109 here at the house today In Fayetteville.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thanks SDC for Moonlight Madness
« on: August 05, 2011, 06:54:28 PM »
I heard lots of modern day pop country in the ride lines like PowderKeg. I'd prefer ACDC for a ride like that if it's out of theme. :P

Branson Talk / Re: Branson NASCAR track
« on: August 05, 2011, 06:49:49 PM »
Just as a reminder on the dog eat dog world of stock car tracks. Dover is closing up Nashville Superspeedway, they couldn't get a race there going forward without moving one of the two at Dover to there. They have closed up Gateway and Memphis previously.

Honestly, this could be rectified by making the NAtionwide, Busch or whatever it's called next at a seperate track at least half the time. I've hated the shift to have all three races at the same track in a weekend a majority of the time. I hate the Sprint guys racing in the Sat races. I hate 4 car teams. I can't really much stand it anymore.

Branson Talk / Re: Branson West McDonald's
« on: August 05, 2011, 06:42:37 PM »
Most of all that was driven by corporate edict to franchisees when McDonalds was struggling around 8 years ago under fear of them losing their stores. They have alot less leeway with that now. Fayetteville had one with UofA related stuff, one that Elvis themed and the one by the mall is still done with hunting and fishing themed collectables and prints, even a few Redlins. About the only variation you'll see is the 50's style store anymore.

I remember as a young'un in Marked Tree, you wanted a birthday party at McDonald's in West Memphis cause it had the Wagontrain tables. I also remeber the one in Osceola Ark have one of the first playgrounds with play equipment that resembled Grimace and the hamburgular.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Thanks SDC for Moonlight Madness
« on: August 03, 2011, 09:52:45 AM »
Get your season passes before Jan 1st  for the most perks like take friend for free passes.

There's no doubt that the economy in NWA was hit hard but it's better here than most other areas. There are signs of life with the Cabela's announcement and some other things. Some developements at places that got stopped in its tracks is taking place.

I have a childhood friend thats in charge of the Bentonville Parks and Recs. Dept. Flatlander like myself that came to school and stayed. I'll tell him that you approve ;D

The University is growing it's enrollment. They'll be more Texas kids coming in as freshmen than in state kids this year.

A funny story about Washington Co. They have a surplus of over 15 million and there's talk of reducing the millage. Now that's a rare thing these days.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Thanks SDC for Moonlight Madness
« on: July 28, 2011, 06:26:54 PM »
This made my two days (Sun and Tues) at the park very much bearable. The girl rode powderkeg for the first time and in the dark. Sweet!

Also a Cabela's is going to be built near Rogers on I-540

Branson Talk / Crystal Bridges American Art Museum in Bentonville Ark
« on: July 28, 2011, 06:11:25 PM »
Pet project of Alice Walton will open up this November.

Admission will be FREE TO ALL. The facility is impressive.

Branson Talk / Re: Branson NASCAR track
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:52:45 AM »
Expect lawsuits. I do believe the landowners adversely affected by this should be compensated if a land owner decides to affect the area's quality of life.

Wife has relatives that worked at Dogpatch. Her family roots are in Newton Co. Place is a mess now. Sad, Sad, Sad.

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