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Why anyone else should care whether a person is solo or one-in-a-group-of-100 is beyond me.  What possible difference does it make?

There are overprotective parents that view any single male in a place where there are children as a likely child predator. Itís ridiculous but that is the reality. Most people donít care, especially somewhere like SDC where they are focused on what they are doing.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: May 26, 2023, 07:56:54 AM »
Look, folks, such accidents happen on real RRs fairly often.  The cause is that track takes a beating, and it is simply not possible to spot every potential weak point until it breaks.

It might be possible that a sun kink was involved, but the simple fact is that no amount of maintenance can prevent every failure of the track.  Deal with it.  FACT.  There is no conspiracy, no negligence, no scam, no PR, no sabotage:  a weak point just failed.  $#!t happens. Get over it, and go ride the train.  Or don't:  more room for me and mine.

Most of my comment was aimed at trying to understand the reasoning behind it being ďsabatogeĒ as SDCfan88 said. I was not saying I believe itís those things.

Itís okay to love a park and question why they have had several safety incidents the last couple of years. If youíre in a role that focuses on safety, ď$#!t happensĒ is not an acceptable response to an incident. You dig in and find out exactly what went wrong and change your systems to address it and make sure it doesnít happen again. When it come to the public, and reassuring them that you have addressed the problem that caused the incident being fully transparent is very helpful. Their comments notation last year and at the beginning of this year about what happened with the train was not fully transparent, that has left some lingering questions in the minds of many of the public if they did enough to address the cause of the problem.  I donít want to get bogged down on this, Iíll let you tell me why I am wrong and Iíll move on.

What I do want to talk about is that they were very specific about the car coming off by 2 inches. Iím curious how they are being so specific. Iím assuming itís related to a safety device that kicked in at that tolerance, but Iíd love to know more about what exactly it is and how it functions. From what theyíve said it seems like somehow it detects that the car is 2Ē off the rail and then triggers the coupler to release and that possibly triggers the brake system.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: May 25, 2023, 10:10:40 PM »
I'm not one to tout conspiracies but I can't help but think this is sabotage and not gross incompetence. I never believed the fire was an accident either TBH

So disgruntled employees, an insurance scam, a competitor, a PR play to get people to not be disappointed that they have to shutdown the railway??? Who benefits from your alleged conspiracy and who benefits?

The simplest explanation is usually the most likely and it sure seems the the fire and this are legit accidents, possibly enabled by weak maintenance/management practices.

Sounds like a good business plan on their part to raise some capitalÖ sell them as a condo for vacation rentals and then offer to manage the vacation rental for you.

They get a nice cash infusion from the condo sale, get yearly income from maintenance and other fees, and get income from managing your rental for youÖ. But is are their enough gullible people that will buy them?🤣

Other Parks / Re: Posiden's Fury Closing at Islands of adventure
« on: May 18, 2023, 09:44:29 PM »
It is shaping up to be appropriately named.   Really just the Nintendo land by itself would be enough to get me to want to see it, but the rest of it sounds pretty good too.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: May 18, 2023, 07:36:43 AM »
Kolr story on SDC limiting their cooperation initially with the state.

There is supposed to be another report this evening focused on why the stateís annual inspection didnít flag any issues.

The whole project is adding spaces overall. I believe they have slightly expanded paid parking, it also appears to be designed with some flexibility to expand or shrink paid parking on a daily basis. With work still in progress Iím not sure but I think they have either slightly less or about the same number of useable parking spots, but as work progresses they will have added a significant amount of spots.

SDC posted in the pass holders group on Facebook that there is a new Cheesesteak stand. Itís in the former frybread building. Iím assuming this means the new Flossieís fried fancies is opening this week.

The cheesesteak stand has beef and chicken cheesesteaks,  beef and chicken cheesesteak fries, and loaded fries.

I will miss the frybread thoughÖ

Random Talk / Re: Do some dang research....
« on: April 30, 2023, 06:56:08 PM »
Yep. On the more easily googled questions I like to post lmgtfy links(let me google that for you). On some things like restaurants and hotels I get asking because itís nice to ask real people and these days online reviews on places like google and travel sites seem to be fake as often or more often than they are real, but I wish more people would use the search feature in the groups to see that the same question has been asked 5 times in the last two months. Iíd also like people to be clear with things like affordable(everyone has a different idea of what is affordable).

I understand accessibility questions, questions about  kids/babies, or ride intensityÖ but again search the group first so you donít ask the same thing thatís been asked a few times already this year.

I appreciate the groups that have started blocking some of the repetitive questions.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Your Attraction Ideas
« on: April 19, 2023, 08:24:48 PM »
it seems like it could be combined with some practical effects like wind and mist at least maybe more.... that would certainly be a fun way to bring back the diving bell

Other Parks / Posiden's Fury Closing at Islands of adventure
« on: April 16, 2023, 08:24:08 PM »
Universal Studios announced the closure of Posidens Fury at Islands of Adventure.

It's sad to see this go. It has always felt fairly unique to me(I'm sure there probably are some other parks out there with a walk-through show but not many) and been a very enjoyable attraction. it is something fun for everyone to participate in. I'm honestly surprised it lasted this long, with Hogsmeade next door it has seemed like only a matter of time before the whole lost continent is re-themed.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: March 22, 2023, 10:31:32 AM »
From SDC Facebook: New for 2023, brand new strollers and coming soon new ECVs
Another pretty big investment in infrastructure, I reel think they are planing a big expansion the next few years. It does seem like price hikes have to be coming with all this infrastructure spending, hopefully thatís not in the form of paid parking, but the new setup sure looks like they at least put the infrastructure in place to charge in the future if they want to. It sure looks like they have a second set of 4 tollbooths behind the first set. The islands can be seen in some of the recently posted photos but no toll shacks have been built on them thus far.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: March 06, 2023, 11:29:25 PM »
JJH my thoughts are similar to yours, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

There is not a labor shortage as much as their is a shortage of people willing to work at the rates SDC is paying, if they had significantly raised their hourly rates, they could have filled the open positions and been very selective about who was hired.

The 2022 season,I noticed several rides where pre-ride safety instructions werenít given. Iím assuming thatís was related to short staffing and maybe they had people filling in from other areas of the park, but that should be written down in an operating manual for each attraction and someone operating the ride should know they have to read it. It raises questions of if the operator is skipping that step what other steps are they skipping, do they know how to respond if x happens? X being an abnormal condition but one that happens and needs to be responded to correctly for safe operations.

If youíre disciplined and making safety a top priority itís very rare to have 3 freak accidents in a couple years. Itís not impossible but itís rare.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Memories of FITH
« on: March 06, 2023, 09:09:51 AM »
Welcome Smokey, I appreciate you sharing and look forward to hearing more from you.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Train Crash?
« on: February 28, 2023, 09:49:10 AM »
Official update, itís not going to be open on opening day.

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