SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

One last snowy trip for the season.
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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:44 pm

Last Trip Report Of The Season. . .

Well, last weekend we headed out to SDC for our last trip of the season. :( The last trip of the season is always the most depressing. All the trees are dead, it's cold, and there seems to be no sign of life in nature. This year's last trip of the season we extra depressing because of the miniature ice storm that rolled through the night before, causing extremely low temperatures, and high(ish) winds. While we were at the park the high was 14 degrees, so needless to say none of the rides opened, however I believe they did get Fire In The Hole, and Flooded Mine open after we left for the day. Regardless, we got a lot of Christmas shopping done, and got some fun photos of the park. The weather kept most people away, so as you will see the park was dead. . . Like, dead, dead.

Anyway, enjoy the photos from our last visit of the season!! There will be more trip reports once spring rolls back around! :)

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Well, we made it! Time for the last visit of the season. :(
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Such a nice snow covered roof??
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Can you find the roller coaster in this photo?
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Praise da lort!
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Such a strange flat sided Christmas tree.
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The park is so empty, (You will notice this will be a theme in this trip report.)
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At SDC even the restaurant entrances are well themed.
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This photo really just feels like Christmas.
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See?? No one else in the park!
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So. Many. Lights.
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Have you found the roller coaster yet?
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Track for the all new B&M wooden, launched, flying coaster. Coming in 2017. You heard it first. Right here.
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Wildfire isn't feeling so wild today.
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No one is getting wet today.
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Nope, no one going down.
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Powderkeg is not doing any blasting today.
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Yeah, still no one in the park.
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THE ALL NEW: "Tom & Hucks Ice Blast!"
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I see you Giant Barn Not Swinging.
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The well has runneth dry.
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Lost River lost it's river.
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This is as close as we would be getting to Outlaw Run during our visit.
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Don't worry, I'll ride you next season!! Such a mean piece of wood you are.
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No falling on Firefall.
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*sighs* Maybe some day this will get reused.
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#Snow
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#MoreSnow
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The waterless marble.
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Still no one. . .
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Hello?? Is anyone home?
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*GASP* All new, never before seen snow covered footers, only at SDC, and only on TPR!
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No construction site tours will be given today.
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No firemen needed today.
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Time to buy some crack, and head home.
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Goodbye for the season! Thanks for such a great season SDC, we will be back next year! :)
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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:17 pm

^ Well, at least you got yourself The Bread, heh. :smile:

So, could you actually count on two (- four) hands how many people were actually there?
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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:46 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:So, could you actually count on two (- four) hands how many people were actually there?


I could probably count the amount of people I actually saw (not including workers) on one hand. 99% of the time we were in the park we never saw another park guest. It was weird. It was like we were the only people in the park!!
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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby sdcfan88 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:07 pm

Beautiful pics! Love the lack of crowds. haha

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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby xstech25 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:38 am

No disrespect to SDC as i've been there many times and think its a great park. But if all the rides are closed, and you could count everyone in the park on one hand, it begs the question why even open the park in the first place? What if someone showed up that wasn't a season pass holder? Would they actually charge them admission? I can't imagine paying to go to a theme park just for the pleasure of walking around all day in 10 degree weather.

Now if all the shows are going that's a different story but from your TR it looked like absolutely nothing was going on there.

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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby ZambeziZinger » Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:59 am

xstech25 wrote:No disrespect to SDC as i've been there many times and think its a great park. But if all the rides are closed, and you could count everyone in the park on one hand, it begs the question why even open the park in the first place? What if someone showed up that wasn't a season pass holder? Would they actually charge them admission? I can't imagine paying to go to a theme park just for the pleasure of walking around all day in 10 degree weather.

Now if all the shows are going that's a different story but from your TR it looked like absolutely nothing was going on there.


The weekend of the ice storm, admission was discounted. All shows except Dickens were showing - Dickens was not showing because Bob Crachet's wife IRL had a medical emergency and was rushed to St. Louis. He did not have an understudy at that time. Saturday the park closed early, but Sunday it was open the entire day.

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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby Vonni » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:26 pm

xstech25 wrote:No disrespect to SDC as i've been there many times and think its a great park. But if all the rides are closed, and you could count everyone in the park on one hand, it begs the question why even open the park in the first place? What if someone showed up that wasn't a season pass holder? Would they actually charge them admission? I can't imagine paying to go to a theme park just for the pleasure of walking around all day in 10 degree weather.

Now if all the shows are going that's a different story but from your TR it looked like absolutely nothing was going on there.



I personally find SDC to be the type of place that would be amazing to visit even if it didn't have rides. So yes, I think being open was definitely worth it.

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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:32 pm

Vonni wrote:
xstech25 wrote:No disrespect to SDC as i've been there many times and think its a great park. But if all the rides are closed, and you could count everyone in the park on one hand, it begs the question why even open the park in the first place? What if someone showed up that wasn't a season pass holder? Would they actually charge them admission? I can't imagine paying to go to a theme park just for the pleasure of walking around all day in 10 degree weather.

Now if all the shows are going that's a different story but from your TR it looked like absolutely nothing was going on there.



I personally find SDC to be the type of place that would be amazing to visit even if it didn't have rides. So yes, I think being open was definitely worth it.

Absolutely. When I was a kid, and there were no roller coasters and all the biggest rides were water rides, basically during the Christmas festival the train was it, and it was still a fantastic time. Even if I didn't live close enough to have a season pass, I'd totally pay to go during the Christmas festival just for the pleasure of walking around all day. Honestly, walking around and seeing all the lights and decorations is the main draw of this season.
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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby ZambeziZinger » Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:03 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:
Vonni wrote:
xstech25 wrote:No disrespect to SDC as i've been there many times and think its a great park. But if all the rides are closed, and you could count everyone in the park on one hand, it begs the question why even open the park in the first place? What if someone showed up that wasn't a season pass holder? Would they actually charge them admission? I can't imagine paying to go to a theme park just for the pleasure of walking around all day in 10 degree weather.

Now if all the shows are going that's a different story but from your TR it looked like absolutely nothing was going on there.



I personally find SDC to be the type of place that would be amazing to visit even if it didn't have rides. So yes, I think being open was definitely worth it.

Absolutely. When I was a kid, and there were no roller coasters and all the biggest rides were water rides, basically during the Christmas festival the train was it, and it was still a fantastic time. Even if I didn't live close enough to have a season pass, I'd totally pay to go during the Christmas festival just for the pleasure of walking around all day. Honestly, walking around and seeing all the lights and decorations is the main draw of this season.


An Old Time Christmas has only been going on since 1993. They did 2 years of "12 Days of Christmas" before that. ThuNderaTion opened in 1993 and was open for the first An Old Time Christmas. Fire in the Hole has been open for all o the Christmas Festivals.

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Re: SDC 2016 Trip Report(s)!

Postby xstech25 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:14 am

As I said before i've been to SDC many times (including during their Christmas event) and like the park, but I definitely don't like it enough to go all the way out there and buy a ticket without any of the rides or shows going :lol:. Glad to hear that most of the shows were going though.

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