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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby Mrlittle » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:04 pm

I need to get back to the City Museum. It's such a fun place to explore for hours and get hurt.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:29 pm

SharkTums wrote:KT still talks about this moment on a weekly basis. :lmao:


This is completely not surprising at all. :lmao:
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:25 am

No good trip report goes unfinished, and I've got about four weeks to get three more segments up to complete this one from 2017.

So, late as this may be, we're gonna do it.

And what a pleasure that Silver Dollar City is up next!

We spent an evening and a full day in the park. We saw the Time Traveler construction site. We had our own private cave tour. We met with the park's leadership over lunch. We got cinnamon bread. We rode some stuff, we filmed on some stuff, we took a backstage tour, we almost got robbed on the train, and altogether had a great time that reminded me why this is one of my favorite theme parks on the planet.

In keeping with the theme of this report, just gonna keep it quick -- no lengthy review, but a few more details in the photo captions. This is from August 1-2, 2017.

Note: we actually spent parts of three days in Branson, but this segment covers only Silver Dollar City. A catch-all post with the other stuff will be up next.
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A sign goes up: it's time for the big reveal! Well looking back, it's kind of obvious...
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But at the time of our visit this was still the new hotness!
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Finding himself on the lam in Missouri, Jackson "Blackjack" Chamberlain made his way north to Ohio shortly after this picture was taken...
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...'cause see, the problem here is that the good guys always win.
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Meanwhile, what do you think -- do we qualify as authorized personnel?
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I'd say we do, so let's head back behind the Outlaw Run station.
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Just a quick walk past the train tracks...
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...and into the maintenance building for the ride!
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We learned about Outlaw Run's history, maintenance, and its trains.
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One of the trains was in the shack for review.
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A rare angle of an Outlaw Run train. Hide your excitement.
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Let's dig a little deeper.
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That is one impressive wheel.
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This feels inappropriate.
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For safety!
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NERD.

And yes, I am both the pot and the kettle.
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Making sure the bolts are tightened.
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Another boring train nerd shot that I for some reason thought would be interesting to post.
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A topographic map of the Outlaw Run layout! This is more my style!
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Look at those contour lines. Hot dang.
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Notes for the maintenance crew on a white board!
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Spare wheels in storage.
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Back into the park ... what's happening by Echo Hollow?
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Well, something pretty big, apparently.
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So we headed to the back porch of the culinary school...
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...for a view over the Time Traveler construction site! Which we didn't know was Time Traveler at the time of our visit!
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So let's travel back in time...
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...and enjoy some totally irrelevant and anachronistic construction photos from Time Traveler!
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I probably should have posted these the day of the visit.
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But nonetheless we were a little busy.
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So, have some footers and coaster track through the trees.
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Yeah, some mad camera focusing skills going on here.
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Actually, we did get to see one pretty cool thing happen.
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Here's a crew getting ready to install one of the supports.
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The support is strapped to the crane.
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It's lifted vertically.
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It's guided to its spot by hand. Kind of neat. I didn't stick around to watch them actually wrench the thing in, though.
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Oh, did the skillets look good. Too bad the park fed us /too/ well (like that's actually a problem) and I never had room for one!
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This, however, well...
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You can stop in Sullivan's Mill for cookie cutters. Or you can get the cinnamon bread and then eat it so quickly that there's no time for a picture.
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After our group lunch, we did a tour of Marvel Cave!
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Marvel Cave is awesome.
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Like, really awesome. Don't skip it.
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If you look around Silver Dollar City, you'll see tons of in-jokes and references to actual SDC workers.
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You can also have some fun in Grandfather's Mansion.
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For those of you who like spiky-looking spiders...
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...or for more rustic theming, moss on the roof of the jerky hut!
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This right here is proof that I'm the sharpest of all sharpshooters on the Flooded Mine.

Or, that there's a way to run the score up without actually shooting anything...

...oh how I legitimately love this attraction, but man, it's the one thing in the park that could use some work.
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Didn't ride the water rides this time, but got some pictures, because it's fun.
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A big splash on the Lost River of the Ozarks.
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Another splash!
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This whole raft looks like it's going under.
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Meanwhile, on American Plunge...
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...some people are plunging.
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Fire in the Hole is awesome. And if you sit in the far back, you might get a little wetter than you were expecting! But isn't that part of the fun of it?
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I've barely mentioned Outlaw Run, but yeah, it's still fantastic.

I will say this -- since we'd been on Lightning Rod not long before, and were able to compare the two pretty directly, I do think most of the group preferred LR to OR. But it was /very/ close.
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A perfectly-placed cloud.
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Powder Keg is fun. I didn't get to ride it enough this time around.
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Also, we are a bunch of nerds.
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CAPTION THIS!!! What is going through Russ's head???
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Some cool art of Wildfire!
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More thematic elements in the wildfire shop. This whole park is full of attention to detail.
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A conversion for our Canadian friends...
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Wildfire is still pretty good! I love the first drop in the back row.
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Cobra rolling.
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A high-speed turn.
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Back into the station after a fun ride!
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Oh, and the view from Wildfire? Simply stunning.
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I think a lot of people have looked down at these condos or whatever, and figured they must have a nice view back to the park.

SO.

I'm going to go even further back in time and share some photos I took three years prior, which I'm pretty sure have never seen the light of day until now.
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After visiting Silver Dollar City in August 2014, I actually went down to the road you see in the picture above, and got the reverse angle looking back up at the park. (photo from August 23, 2014)
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There's Outlaw Run, just barely peeking above the trees. (photo from August 23, 2014)
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Powder Keg rises a little higher. (photo from August 23, 2014)
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Meanwhile, there's Wildfire, and you can see the deck where the "reverse angle" pictures are usually taken. (photo from August 23, 2014)
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A cool view of the lift, and it's obvious why that lift hill has the best views in the park. (photo from August 23, 2014)
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The cobra roll and Wildfire station. Was kind of cool to see that view from the other side. No trains in these shots because the park was closed -- as if I'd have left while the park was still open! (photo from August 23, 2014)
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So, back to 2017 -- and the end of our time at Silver Dollar City! Can't wait to get back to ride Time Traveler in the next couple years!
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:23 am

Awesome photos! Glad you had fun, sounds like you got to do everything.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:14 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Awesome photos! Glad you had fun, sounds like you got to do everything.


Thanks! We did a lot but there's always more to do at SDC...
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:06 pm

Continuing this year-old trip report, the next segment cleans up the rest of the fun stuff we did in Branson, Missouri, on August 1-3 of 2017. I'd been in Branson in 2013 and 2014, and I couldn't believe how different everything looked just a few years later. It's rapidly changing from a country-bumpkin'-show based tourist area to something more well-rounded and akin to Pigeon Forge. We sampled just a few of the newer items to hit town, but I think we enjoyed them all, and there are more being built! At this point, I can say that if you're just stopping in Branson for a day to visit Silver Dollar City, you're missing out on some fun attractions.

So, let's start just up US-65 a bit in Ozark, Missouri, at...

Lambert's

I don't have any pictures from inside, so enjoy this video of the throwed rolls from the TPR Twitter account.

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This Lambert's shirt is not suggestive at all.

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Hey, it's a pin-your-location-on-the-map thing! But what's that in the bottom right corner?

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Oh, the roll thrower's had his eyes pinned out.

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THERE IS NO THROWED ROLL.

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First Night in Branson

We checked into the hotel, and experienced a little bit of the gospel.

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Every hotel's got a bible in the room, but in Branson you'll get one opened up to a specific verse!

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Meanwhile, in the gift shop...

After we got settled in, we went and played mini golf at Professor Hacker's. No pictures. We had fun, but I can't recmomend the course. It was well-themed but the holes were pretty boring. Oh, and they've got the most pointless train ride in the history of train rides.

Also, here's the old Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, which I wanted to ride but couldn't find anyone to go with. The lighting package on this wheel was seriously one of the most impressive I've seen anywhere. They did a great job sprucing it up!

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A beautiful sunset scene.

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Second Night in Branson

After a day at Silver Dollar City, headed out to two attractions about a mile from the hotel. First up was the Xtreme Racing Center, a super-fast Go-Kart course with karts that go up to 40 MPH. That might not sound like much compared to your average road, but it's a lot on a Go-Kart track! I thought the fast karts were a lot of fun, but were somewhat uncomfortable as they ran a bit rough.

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The Xtreme Racing Center, complete with xtreme spelling!

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Yep, you have to wear a helmet to ride these karts. It's serious business.

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The course is a lot of fun, and at full speed the corners are pretty difficult!

After some karting, dropped in next door to Bigfoot on the Strip for a much better round of mini golf than the night before! Not as heavily-themed, but the holes were more fun and better designed. There will be more from Bigfoot coming later in this post.

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I think we've found Bigfoot.

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Who said mini golf holes had to be green?

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Inukshuk!

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I won't even say this was the /best/ designed mini golf course I'd played, but it was definitely better than Professor Hacker's.

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A blue blur.

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Oh, and we'll come back to this tower...

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Third Day in Branson

We made three stops in Branson on our last day in town, starting at a new alpine coaster -- simply named The Branson Coaster. What makes this coaster different than most is that it goes down the hill twice, with sort of a "dueling" layout. It's not the most intense alpine coaster I've been on, but the fun is in blazing past your friends on the other track down. We had a good visit and did some filming.

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Arrival at the Branson Coaster!

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It had pretty much just opened!

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Some stats on the Branson Coaster.

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This car does not have enough cameras attached to it!

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Here's the run out of the station, which is at the /top/ of the hill. The downhill ride starts immediately.

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Heading down.

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Speeding up.

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There are some fast parts...

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...and there are some helices. Helixes? Helices?

I rode twice, and then did some photography while most people took a third ride.

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Starting off!

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There's a nice little viewing area right at the start of the course, out of the station.

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The downhill segment begins.

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Coming back uphill after the first half.

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Reaching the top for a second go!

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We can't see you.

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Picking up speed...

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...down around the corner.

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At the other end, this lift hill takes the cars back to the top.

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So relax and enjoy the ride at the end of the ride.

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Heading back to the station...

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...after another enjoyable run on the Branson Coaster.

Our second stop on the third day was a full-group visit to Bigfoot on the Strip, checking out several of their attractions. I don't have pictures from the 8D shooting theater game thing, nor do I know what all of the eight Ds represent. I also don't have any pictures from the free jump, which was kind of scary but fun.

I do have pictures from the Super Sling tower, one of those insane Stan Checketts creations. If you were watching TPR's socials last August, you're probably familiar with the ride. Well, I've got some pictures! But first, how was the ride experience? I didn't think it was as intense as I'd feared, but then again, I only flipped three times -- others were breaking double digits. You definitely do feel pretty exposed, basically sitting in a chair that's attached to the tower by only a couple wires. We had a pretty thrill-hardy group in attendance, but only about half of the trip participants rode this one!

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Back over to Bigfoot again, and your picture or video may be taken...

...by me.

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Strapping in on the Super Sling.

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The lift begins!

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And yeah, it goes way, way, way up there.

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And then you drop back down at a pretty good clip.

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While flipping over and over again -- if you're good at it! This ride requires participation.

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Another group heads up!

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It gets kind of crazy at the top.

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No, those seatbelts aren't flying off the ride. I hope.

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I'm not even gonna hazard a guess as to how high these guys are right now, but it's a lot.

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Flipping.

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Flipping some more.

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Flipping again.

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And as I mentioned, with a pretty meager restraint system.

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This ride isn't for the faint of heart, but it was quite a thrill!

We also rode the Gravity Bomb drop tower. In my opinion, the thing that makes this one scary is the lack of major restraints -- you're strapped in with just a seatbelt! Like any good drop tower, it offers some air, and quick braking at the bottom. Also, they play that gutteral "ooh ah ah ah ah" thing from Disturbed's "Down With the Sickness" just before the drop, so if you're into David Draiman sounding like he's about to hock up a hairball, this ride is for you!

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Looking up at the drop ride on the other side of the Bigfoot tower.

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Going up...

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...going up...

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...and coming down!

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Another group heads up.

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They might be a little bit scared, since there's not much holding them back.

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At the top of the tower -- cue the Disturbed.

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Falling back to earth.

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Reactions, part 1.

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Reactions, part 2.

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Reactions, part 3.

Our third and final stop in Branson was Fritz's Adventure. I have just one picture from this place, as I was too busy having fun to take any more! This place is like some sort of bizarre mashup of a climbing gym, a ropes course, and City Museum -- and I loved it. So I'm just gonna link to their website here and say you should go there!

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Fritz's is so awesome that one picture just doesn't do it justice. But yes, you can see slides, nets, climbing things, ropes-course stuff, and there's also tunnels, sloped jumping walls, a crazy outdoor climbing wall that I scaled in no time flat, and all kinds of other physical activities.

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This was a really fun stop in Branson. Hope to be back soon!
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:40 am

Great reports of Silver Dollar City and Branson. I missed Fritz's Adventuren so that's definitely something I'll need to try on a future visit.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:52 am

Branson has always been high on my list of places to visit, and this report is making Silver Dollar City and Bigfoot Tower incredibly enticing right about now! =)
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby SharkTums » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:19 pm

The scariest part of that stupid drop tower wasn't just the lack of restraints, but the lack of anything to hold on to! Super creepy.

Also, Fritz's is super high on my must return to list. Such a great combination of fun!

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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:32 pm

SharkTums wrote:The scariest part of that stupid drop tower wasn't just the lack of restraints, but the lack of anything to hold on to! Super creepy.


That's a really good point! I guess you can always grab the person next to you, but only if you like them. :lmao:
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