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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:29 am

It's a crap list of the top ten parks, but good publicity for SDC!

https://amp.news-leader.com/amp/715901002

The readers of 10Best.com, a travel and lifestyle advice website published by USA TODAY, have voted Silver Dollar City among the top five amusement parks in the country.


The 58-year-old Branson-area park came in at No. 4, behind a Six Flags park in New Jersey; Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; and the No. 1 amusement park, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby edgeboy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:40 am

I was just in the park the last two days (not my first visit). Found out that at certain times of the year, teachers get in for free! So I was able to take advantage of that.

Been before, but wanted to get Time Traveler. On Thursday, it was only running one train, and not the back car, so the line was agonizingly slow. Next day, it took about 45 minutes to open and started again with only one train and no back car. Not long after, they did add a 2nd train, and that one did seem to have back car (though I didn't get it). Really wondering what the problems are with it. It is a fun ride, and I do love the upgraded restraints, but I worry technically for its future.

Pro tip: I have come to realize that while I'm generally a back seat person, all the rides (except Time Traveler) are better in the front. Back gets pretty painful in almost every ride (including Outlaw Run), but are much more tolerable in the front.

I did manage a side trip to Runaway Mountain alpine coaster, which was fun... but cost is now $18 (with tax). A bit pricey for a single ride, but as I don't get to alpine coasters often, I ponied up.

Also did a side visit to the newly opened America's Fun Park (only 2 weeks!), and was pleasantly surprised. While the ride list isn't too remarkable (yet), that park has a lot of heart. Some of the nicest, most enthusiastic staff I have ever encountered, and it really made a huge difference. You're able to re-ride coasters as much as you want provided there's no one waiting, and there likely won't be. I did 7 solid rides on Windstorm. :)

And I was fortunate enough to get on their one of a kind German fun fair ghost train from 1972, which has only been open for 2 days! I even talked to the staff about it for about 20-30 minutes, and learned a lot about it, and they have big plans for it (including putting in live actors for Halloween!). It's still a work in progress, they aren't finished with it yet--they just wanted to get it up and running. But the operators have a real passion for it, and have a haunt background (and they got some assistance from a Knott's Berry Farm Haunt designer!). While it's a bit rough around the edges right now (and they know it), I think the potential is pretty clear, and am excited for its future. It could be a real jewel.

Once I get all my pics uploaded, I'll be posting a separate trip report and thread on just that, but I have a preview below so you can see what I'm talking about. And check out those incredible (and slightly racist, but it was Germany in 1972) ride vehicles! I heartily recommend a visit.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby LiftThrill » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:41 am

Outlaw Run is a second-to-back or very front seat ride. The back row of any car can definitely throw you around.

I dunno how Wildfire or Powder Keg come anywhere near painful in the back unless you're in the headbanging height range for Wildfire, but I found both of those to be vastly superior in the back (unless you want the best damn views in the world, then front is best). Thunderation isn't a ride that seems to vary too much by seat, I'd just avoid the back row of any car if you care about smoothness.

I only got to experience Time Traveler in the front due to assigned seating but I can imagine the back is the place to be. The ride was absolutely fantastic either way
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:53 am

edgeboy wrote:And I was fortunate enough to get on their one of a kind German fun fair ghost train from 1972, which has only been open for 2 days! I even talked to the staff about it for about 20-30 minutes, and learned a lot about it, and they have big plans for it (including putting in live actors for Halloween!). It's still a work in progress, they aren't finished with it yet--they just wanted to get it up and running. But the operators have a real passion for it, and have a haunt background (and they got some assistance from a Knott's Berry Farm Haunt designer!). While it's a bit rough around the edges right now (and they know it), I think the potential is pretty clear, and am excited for its future. It could be a real jewel.

This is great--thanks for highlighting it! The park is definitely on my list for my next Branson visit. Someone kindly save me the searching--were there originally whisperings that this park would/might be temporary? I hope it sticks around.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby edgeboy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:52 pm

^As far as I can tell, it'll be sticking around. They're already in the process of adding two more rides. A Scambler is currently sitting unassembled in their parking lot, and a Moser Super Flip is looking fairly close to opening. I'll be detailing it all in an upcoming thread... lots of pics to organize, and I'm not exactly an expert TR writer, so it may take me a day or two. But this park impressed me so much with the care and enthusiasm of the employees, they deserve the good publicity.

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:20 pm

edgeboy wrote:and I do love the upgraded restraints, but I worry technically for its future


Forgive my ignorance, but what is upgraded about these restraints? Are they different than all the other ones on Manta, Blue Fire, Helix, Icon, etc.? Or maybe I'm misinterpreting what you're saying, I just thought I'd ask because now I'm curious.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby edgeboy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:27 pm

The way they lock is an upgrade. At Manta in Sea World San Diego, you pull them down yourself, and they are notorious for tightening and clamping down during the ride itself (not unlike Skyrush).

Here, it's all automatic... you don't touch the restraint at all, it comes down for you, and then gets (somehow) locked into place. They tell you to keep your hands up (even after the restraint comes down) until you see and feel a little "jiggle" as it locks into place. The restraint didn't move at all during the ride. Which is quite an upgrade. Makes the ride much more enjoyable, but I also wonder if it's causing some of tech problems. Does anyone know if this automatic restraint system is a first for Mack?

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:51 pm

cal1br3tto wrote:
edgeboy wrote:And I was fortunate enough to get on their one of a kind German fun fair ghost train from 1972, which has only been open for 2 days! I even talked to the staff about it for about 20-30 minutes, and learned a lot about it, and they have big plans for it (including putting in live actors for Halloween!). It's still a work in progress, they aren't finished with it yet--they just wanted to get it up and running. But the operators have a real passion for it, and have a haunt background (and they got some assistance from a Knott's Berry Farm Haunt designer!). While it's a bit rough around the edges right now (and they know it), I think the potential is pretty clear, and am excited for its future. It could be a real jewel.

This is great--thanks for highlighting it! The park is definitely on my list for my next Branson visit. Someone kindly save me the searching--were there originally whisperings that this park would/might be temporary? I hope it sticks around.

You remember correctly. They've advertised it as this summer only, but they've also dropped hints that if they make enough money on it, they'll come back next year.

Edgeboy, glad to hear it's open and that it's a good experience. I'll have to get down there soon to check it out for myself.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby EliHorton » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:46 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:
cal1br3tto wrote:
edgeboy wrote:And I was fortunate enough to get on their one of a kind German fun fair ghost train from 1972, which has only been open for 2 days! I even talked to the staff about it for about 20-30 minutes, and learned a lot about it, and they have big plans for it (including putting in live actors for Halloween!). It's still a work in progress, they aren't finished with it yet--they just wanted to get it up and running. But the operators have a real passion for it, and have a haunt background (and they got some assistance from a Knott's Berry Farm Haunt designer!). While it's a bit rough around the edges right now (and they know it), I think the potential is pretty clear, and am excited for its future. It could be a real jewel.

This is great--thanks for highlighting it! The park is definitely on my list for my next Branson visit. Someone kindly save me the searching--were there originally whisperings that this park would/might be temporary? I hope it sticks around.

You remember correctly. They've advertised it as this summer only, but they've also dropped hints that if they make enough money on it, they'll come back next year.

Edgeboy, glad to hear it's open and that it's a good experience. I'll have to get down there soon to check it out for myself.

Where have they advertised it as this summer only? That just doesn't seem right since they built a huge, permanent building with a large, paved parking lot and a large LED sign. If they really only intended to keep it open for a summer (or at least just test the waters for a year) then they would just have a gravel parking lot, a cheap sign, and no building at all.

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby Vonni » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:20 pm

Any rumors for a 2019 addition?

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