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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby ElvisLuv » Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:32 am

DoinItForTheFame wrote:
Chiselphane wrote:...A family friendly Halloween SDC event would be amazing....




It would need to be a "Fall Festival" type thing, and not a "Halloween" thing. People in the area (the majority of the people who would be visiting the park during the fall) seriously freak out if you just mention Halloween because "That's the devils day." So I can't imagine a Halloween event would go over well at SDC. :| :|



No they don't. What complete bull. Besides... we are not talking haunts and gore. it would certainly be modeled after what they have done at Dollywood. I.supposed they'd be in open rebellion against all the retailers, namely Walmart, that sell Halloween stuff too. This is a park that maintains a fictional graveyard outside of Fire in the Hole.

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby Chiselphane » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:05 am

I think it's a little of both, really. I agree they'd probably have to call it a Fall Festival but could then lump Halloween elements within it.

I love that graveyard! If you're really lucky sometimes they have a undertaker character actor out there. Mr M Balmer, portrayed as a silent character with white contact lenses, and carries a large measuring stick around.

I did a little research now that I was thinking of it and the actor's name is Terry Sanders, and he plays other roles in the park too, and works at other Branson locations as well. Here's a neat little article about him which also touches on SDC history:

http://www.ozarksalive.com/terry-sanders-one-bransons-longest-acting-performers/

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby ElvisLuv » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:27 am

Chiselphane wrote:I think it's a little of both, really. I agree they'd probably have to call it a Fall Festival but could then lump Halloween elements within it.

I love that graveyard! If you're really lucky sometimes they have a undertaker character actor out there. Mr M Balmer, portrayed as a silent character with white contact lenses, and carries a large measuring stick around.

I did a little research now that I was thinking of it and the actor's name is Terry Sanders, and he plays other roles in the park too, and works at other Branson locations as well. Here's a neat little article about him which also touches on SDC history:

http://www.ozarksalive.com/terry-sanders-one-bransons-longest-acting-performers/



As I was saying, they would have no problem with starting pumpkin focused event like Dollywood. No one expects they to do haunts, the on thing that might target a small group die hard Salem Witch Trial types sparsely populated in the area. The Herschend family is biggest obstacle not the locals especially their big Season Pass bases in the region.

The thing of it is with the newer led lighting many of the lights can color change and b used for this and Christmas,

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:30 am

Chiselphane wrote:I think it's a little of both, really. I agree they'd probably have to call it a Fall Festival but could then lump Halloween elements within it.

I love that graveyard! If you're really lucky sometimes they have a undertaker character actor out there. Mr M Balmer, portrayed as a silent character with white contact lenses, and carries a large measuring stick around.

I did a little research now that I was thinking of it and the actor's name is Terry Sanders, and he plays other roles in the park too, and works at other Branson locations as well. Here's a neat little article about him which also touches on SDC history:

http://www.ozarksalive.com/terry-sanders-one-bransons-longest-acting-performers/


He's great. Love the new steampunk costume for this year too. Thanks for sharing the article!
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Postby Shavethewhales » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:07 am

There actually are a ton of hardcore religious types there. You always see large groups of people with the signature flannel shirts or long denim skirts. I am sure opinions on Halloween vary among them, but SDC being the park it is doesn't want to step on anyone's toes. Not to mention the fact that SDC pushes itself as a Christian theme park far more than even DW. That's why this pumpkin festival is perfect though. Even the ones most likely to be "offended" won't be THAT offended that they stop coming or anything.

I'll be interested if there's any differences between SDC's and DW's version of the event, but one things seems for sure: it's coming. I expect the announcement in about a month when season passes go on sale.

And yes, Terry Sanders is a legend. You'd be surprised just how many characters he has in his pocket.

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby sdcfan88 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:17 pm

For those mentioning the usage of more blatant Halloween themeing at the park, its already been done before, back in the 90s to the early 2000's the Flooded Mine's final scene in the tower used to have some freaky looking ghosts with a laser show.

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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:50 pm

Shavethewhales wrote:There actually are a ton of hardcore religious types there. You always see large groups of people with the signature flannel shirts or long denim skirts. I am sure opinions on Halloween vary among them, but SDC being the park it is doesn't want to step on anyone's toes. Not to mention the fact that SDC pushes itself as a Christian theme park far more than even DW.


That's exactly what I was trying to get across!

Regardless, I do hope they do something like DW does for Halloween. It could be something new that could bring in a decent amount of locals during what would normally be a little bit of a slower time of year!
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:27 pm

I’m going to SDC for the first time ever (!!) on November 10th for a regional ACE event called Coaster Christmas. With the package, they give us fast passes for the rides.

My question is, how long will the lines be with the fast passes? I know at some places, even with the fast pass lines can be long for certain popular coasters. I am trying to determine if I should stay for Sunday as well.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby Jaykethekid » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:35 pm

JT325 wrote:I’m going to SDC for the first time ever (!!) on November 10th for a regional ACE event called Coaster Christmas. With the package, they give us fast passes for the rides.

My question is, how long will the lines be with the fast passes? I know at some places, even with the fast pass lines can be long for certain popular coasters. I am trying to determine if I should stay for Sunday as well.

I've yet to encounter a wait for the trailblazer passes on any ride during any time of the year. Even when Time Traveler had a 3.5 - 4 hr wait opening weekend, trailblazer passes were grouped in asap. You won't have to wait more than 5 minutes, more than likely, in a trailblazer line.
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Re: Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

Postby JT325 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:45 pm

^Thanks for your input. That sounds great!

Is the whole park doable on a Saturday? I like lots of re-rides on coasters but I like to do everything else as well...
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