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  1. It seems to be a catalog item that has small layout options as posted on TPR before
  2. I live in Fayetteville. I own land adjacent to Buffalo National River that didn't "get" water till a decade ago. I understand the economics well. I know how much the land in Newton Co. Arkansas can sell for. And... most importantly I know real honest to goodNess moonshiners that sell it in gallon milk jugs that act as poor as they can only to go out west and drop 10k on an Elk hunt when they aren't poaching the local herd. Plenty of methheads too. But,...the fact of the matter is that the Ozarks are sparsely populated out side of the the MSAs. REGIONAL RANKINGS BEST CITIES TO LAUNCH A CAREER Realtor.com in mid-2017 created a list of the 10 Best Cities to Launch a Career. Northwest Arkansas joined far larger middle America regions on the list, including Dallas, Kansas City and Nashville. Among the places listed, only Kansas City had a lower median home price. BEST AFFORDABLE PLACES TO LIVE U.S. News & World Report put Northwest Arkansas at No. 1 in its May 2016 ranking of the 20 Best Affordable Places to Live. BEST IN THE U.S. Lonely Planet, the world's largest publisher of travel-related books and guides, in February 2016 ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 7 in its list of "Best in the U.S." BEST CITIES FOR WHITE-COLLAR JOB GROWTH Forbes and NewGeography.com ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 3 among the nation's medium-sized cities for white-collar job growth in July 2016. The region ranked 16th among all U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. BEST MIDSIZE CITIES FOR JOBS Forbes ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 2 on its list of Best Midsize Cities for Jobs in May 2016. All the midsize cities had 150,000 to 450,000 nonfarm jobs in their metropolitan area. BEST-PERFORMING CITIES The Milken Institute, which published a new report in December 2016, put the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area's economy at No. 30 among 200 large metropolitan areas. The region was especially strong in job and wage growth. BEST PLACES TO LIVE U.S. News & World Report put the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Northwest Arkansas) Metropolitan Statistical Area at No. 5 on its 2017 list of Best Places to Live. Northwest Arkansas ranked No. 3 in 2016. BEST PLACES FOR MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES IN 2016 Only San Jose in California ranked ahead of Northwest Arkansas when it came to creating a climate for minority-owned businesses. Northwest Arkansas was No. 2 nationally, according to Fast Company and Nerdwallet. BEST PLACES TO RETIRE Money Magazine in 2015 lists Northwest Arkansas as one of 25 Best Places to Retire. Northwest Arkansas offers a wealth of year-round outdoor outlets. BEST SUBURB TO PURCHASE A HOME According to Realtor Magazine's June 2015 issue, Centerton in Northwest Arkansas was ranked by online publication Niche at No. 3 for best places in the nation to purchase a home with an average home price of $133,400. Niche recently ranked America's suburbs, factoring in home values, property taxes, housing costs, and age of new homebuyers. FAMILY FRIENDLINESS Researchers at Chapman University's Center for Demographics and Policy in California determined in a report that Northwest Arkansas ranked No. 1 in the nation in family friendliness. The report, called Building Cities for People and made public in January 2016, measured metropolitan areas in such categories as commute times, housing costs, income and migration. FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY THROUGH 2021 The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area (Northwest Arkansas) economy, according to a report by IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The report showed the region's economic growth rate will rank No. 5 nationally through 2021. Only four U.S. regions — two in Utah and two in Florida — are expected to see their economies grow at a faster rate. The 3.9 percent annual growth rate predicted for Northwest Arkansas will push the region’s economy past $30 billion. The report is available here, and Page 36 shows the expectation regarding Northwest Arkansas' future growth. MOST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 2016 Northwest Arkansas is No. 7 among 18 regions that will see the most economic growth in 2016, according to research by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June 2015. BEST PLACES FOR BUSINESS AND CAREERS Forbes ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 24 in its list of Best Places for Business and Careers in 2016. Criteria included labor supply, quality of life, college attainment, crime statistics, local college quality, and cultural and recreational opportunities. In the ranking, Northwest Arkansas was ahead of larger metropolitan areas, including San Jose, Orlando, Nashville and Minneapolis/St.Paul. Ranked No. 11 in job growth, Northwest Arkansas finished ahead of cities such as Denver, Dallas and Atlanta in that category. CITY RANKINGS BELLA VISTA The city on the northern end of the Northwest Arkansas region was selected as one of the nation's 25 Best Places to Retire in 2017 by Forbes. The affordability of housing was a significant factor in the ranking. BENTONVILLE NerdWallet put Bentonville at No. 9 on its list of Best Small Cities for Families, publishing the list in October 2017. The online publication ranked cities with populations between 25,000 and 75,000 residents. Bentonville was the only Top 10 city that isn't a suburb to one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas. National Geographic in May 2017 selected Bentonville as one of America's 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns. Mountain bike trails at Slaughter Pen in Bentonville, Lake Atalanta in Rogers and Mount Kessler in Fayetteville were mentioned as part of the recognition on National Geographic's website. Thrillist in May 2016 put Bentonville in its list of "25 Best Small U.S. Cities to spend the weekend." Thrillist is a website focused on food, drink and travel. Outside Magazine in March 2016 ranked Bentonville on its list of "28 Best Trips of 2016," noting the region's growing interest in and places for mountain biking. Yahoo! Travel in June 2015 has identified Bentonville as one of 10 Newest Hipster Neighborhoods. According to Yahoo! Travel, great things are happening in some relatively unknown neighborhoods across the U.S. The opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Scott Family Amazeum and the recent Bentonville Film Festival attended by many of Hollywood's royalty, has identified Bentonville as a hub for art and culture. FAYETTEVILLE Money magazine put Fayetteville and three other Northwest Arkansas cities in the Top 70 in its September 2017 ranking of Best Places to Live. Fayetteville led the way at No. 43, but Rogers (No. 45), Springdale (No. 58) and Siloam Springs (No. 68) were each ranked, too. The ranking was for cities with 10,000 to 100,000 residents. The University of Arkansas System, which has the flagship University of Arkansas located in Fayetteville, was ranked at No. 65 in a list of the world's 100 top utility patent producing universities. The list was published in June 2015 by the National Academy of Investors. Ranked by Southern Living at No. 11 in its list of The South’s Best College Towns, Fayetteville was cited for “a slew of music venues and bars” but also noted that Dickson Street is the “town’s life force on the weekends” and connects the University of Arkansas to “the revitalized downtown, where streets are blocked off on Saturdays for the 60-stall Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.” Fayetteville was identified by Flipkey as one of Six Amazing Small Cities for a Family Vacation in November 2016. The other five were Chapel Hill, N.C.; Columbia, Mo.; Rockville, Md.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Men's Journal identified Fayetteville as one of the Fittest Places to Live in America in 2015. SPRINGDALE WalletHub ranked Springdale as the nation's 17th on a list of the Fastest-Growing Cities in America among 515 cities evaluated in 2017. It sits at No. 6 among small cities. The ranking is based on 15 metrics and it gave the greatest weight to population growth, working-age population growth, and college-educated population growth over seven years. Springdale sits at No. 45 on a list of America's 50 Best Cities to Live as ranked by 24/7 Wall St. The website evaluated 590 cities with populations over 65,000 residents. Data was collected in nine categories, including crime, health, housing and infrastructure BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY: Travelocity recently released its new Beer Tourism Index, and Fayetteville, Arkansas (and our friends in the surrounding Northwest Arkansas area), hopped up onto the top-20 list in the large-metro category. If you're going to use that much time and energy on 'almost' pointless internet conversation, you should just make a TR... More people will read it. At the very least, how about some cliff notes? That took about two minutes tops. Most was a quick copy and paste from a factsheet from the CoC.
  3. Yeah, I don't equate Veteran's Day with amusement parks. Hope they add the water park soon. Once it get's more hotels, I'd like to see an actual dine in movie theater, micro brew, and bowling/FEC.
  4. You should see the most modest HQ of a Major retailer you'll ever see in Bentonville. That's about to change though, Walmart is about to drop multiple billions on a whole new campus. I don't understand why they don't go for plastic. But really, neither are needed if they just allowed us to show them via an app like I do for my Six Flags passes. Which brings me to those, I hate that I have to go to activate them. I live 5 hours from any SF park, yet have purchased gold passes twice in the past 5 years to milk the free admission and parking to any park aspect of it. We picked them up last Oct in SFSTL for this year. We didn't go to the Halloween stuff this year cause we covered it last season. Back to SDC, Dollywood will give the rest of the year(Christmas) for 2018 passes yet SDC will not. SDC doesn't hurt for crowds at Christmas. Maybe there's something to that. Maybe Dollywood actually needs the nudge for their Christmas season as opposed to SDC. I think it comes down to max capacity and having two years worth of pass holders making it even more crowded than it already is. Case in point, I only get SDC passes every three years or so but will visit at least 4 time. When I do get Passes , I use every availible bring a friend. They'd get my this Christmas and next if they did what Dolly does . Maybe the park is just too small for that while Dolly has more room.
  5. I live in Fayetteville. I own land adjacent to Buffalo National River that didn't "get" water till a decade ago. I understand the economics well. I know how much the land in Newton Co. Arkansas can sell for. And... most importantly I know real honest to goodNess moonshiners that sell it in gallon milk jugs that act as poor as they can only to go out west and drop 10k on an Elk hunt when they aren't poaching the local herd. Plenty of methheads too. But,...the fact of the matter is that the Ozarks are sparsely populated out side of the the MSAs. REGIONAL RANKINGS BEST CITIES TO LAUNCH A CAREER Realtor.com in mid-2017 created a list of the 10 Best Cities to Launch a Career. Northwest Arkansas joined far larger middle America regions on the list, including Dallas, Kansas City and Nashville. Among the places listed, only Kansas City had a lower median home price. BEST AFFORDABLE PLACES TO LIVE U.S. News & World Report put Northwest Arkansas at No. 1 in its May 2016 ranking of the 20 Best Affordable Places to Live. BEST IN THE U.S. Lonely Planet, the world's largest publisher of travel-related books and guides, in February 2016 ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 7 in its list of "Best in the U.S." BEST CITIES FOR WHITE-COLLAR JOB GROWTH Forbes and NewGeography.com ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 3 among the nation's medium-sized cities for white-collar job growth in July 2016. The region ranked 16th among all U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. BEST MIDSIZE CITIES FOR JOBS Forbes ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 2 on its list of Best Midsize Cities for Jobs in May 2016. All the midsize cities had 150,000 to 450,000 nonfarm jobs in their metropolitan area. BEST-PERFORMING CITIES The Milken Institute, which published a new report in December 2016, put the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area's economy at No. 30 among 200 large metropolitan areas. The region was especially strong in job and wage growth. BEST PLACES TO LIVE U.S. News & World Report put the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (Northwest Arkansas) Metropolitan Statistical Area at No. 5 on its 2017 list of Best Places to Live. Northwest Arkansas ranked No. 3 in 2016. BEST PLACES FOR MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES IN 2016 Only San Jose in California ranked ahead of Northwest Arkansas when it came to creating a climate for minority-owned businesses. Northwest Arkansas was No. 2 nationally, according to Fast Company and Nerdwallet. BEST PLACES TO RETIRE Money Magazine in 2015 lists Northwest Arkansas as one of 25 Best Places to Retire. Northwest Arkansas offers a wealth of year-round outdoor outlets. BEST SUBURB TO PURCHASE A HOME According to Realtor Magazine's June 2015 issue, Centerton in Northwest Arkansas was ranked by online publication Niche at No. 3 for best places in the nation to purchase a home with an average home price of $133,400. Niche recently ranked America's suburbs, factoring in home values, property taxes, housing costs, and age of new homebuyers. FAMILY FRIENDLINESS Researchers at Chapman University's Center for Demographics and Policy in California determined in a report that Northwest Arkansas ranked No. 1 in the nation in family friendliness. The report, called Building Cities for People and made public in January 2016, measured metropolitan areas in such categories as commute times, housing costs, income and migration. FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY THROUGH 2021 The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area (Northwest Arkansas) economy, according to a report by IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The report showed the region's economic growth rate will rank No. 5 nationally through 2021. Only four U.S. regions — two in Utah and two in Florida — are expected to see their economies grow at a faster rate. The 3.9 percent annual growth rate predicted for Northwest Arkansas will push the region’s economy past $30 billion. The report is available here, and Page 36 shows the expectation regarding Northwest Arkansas' future growth. MOST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 2016 Northwest Arkansas is No. 7 among 18 regions that will see the most economic growth in 2016, according to research by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June 2015. BEST PLACES FOR BUSINESS AND CAREERS Forbes ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 24 in its list of Best Places for Business and Careers in 2016. Criteria included labor supply, quality of life, college attainment, crime statistics, local college quality, and cultural and recreational opportunities. In the ranking, Northwest Arkansas was ahead of larger metropolitan areas, including San Jose, Orlando, Nashville and Minneapolis/St.Paul. Ranked No. 11 in job growth, Northwest Arkansas finished ahead of cities such as Denver, Dallas and Atlanta in that category. CITY RANKINGS BELLA VISTA The city on the northern end of the Northwest Arkansas region was selected as one of the nation's 25 Best Places to Retire in 2017 by Forbes. The affordability of housing was a significant factor in the ranking. BENTONVILLE NerdWallet put Bentonville at No. 9 on its list of Best Small Cities for Families, publishing the list in October 2017. The online publication ranked cities with populations between 25,000 and 75,000 residents. Bentonville was the only Top 10 city that isn't a suburb to one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas. National Geographic in May 2017 selected Bentonville as one of America's 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns. Mountain bike trails at Slaughter Pen in Bentonville, Lake Atalanta in Rogers and Mount Kessler in Fayetteville were mentioned as part of the recognition on National Geographic's website. Thrillist in May 2016 put Bentonville in its list of "25 Best Small U.S. Cities to spend the weekend." Thrillist is a website focused on food, drink and travel. Outside Magazine in March 2016 ranked Bentonville on its list of "28 Best Trips of 2016," noting the region's growing interest in and places for mountain biking. Yahoo! Travel in June 2015 has identified Bentonville as one of 10 Newest Hipster Neighborhoods. According to Yahoo! Travel, great things are happening in some relatively unknown neighborhoods across the U.S. The opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Scott Family Amazeum and the recent Bentonville Film Festival attended by many of Hollywood's royalty, has identified Bentonville as a hub for art and culture. FAYETTEVILLE Money magazine put Fayetteville and three other Northwest Arkansas cities in the Top 70 in its September 2017 ranking of Best Places to Live. Fayetteville led the way at No. 43, but Rogers (No. 45), Springdale (No. 58) and Siloam Springs (No. 68) were each ranked, too. The ranking was for cities with 10,000 to 100,000 residents. The University of Arkansas System, which has the flagship University of Arkansas located in Fayetteville, was ranked at No. 65 in a list of the world's 100 top utility patent producing universities. The list was published in June 2015 by the National Academy of Investors. Ranked by Southern Living at No. 11 in its list of The South’s Best College Towns, Fayetteville was cited for “a slew of music venues and bars” but also noted that Dickson Street is the “town’s life force on the weekends” and connects the University of Arkansas to “the revitalized downtown, where streets are blocked off on Saturdays for the 60-stall Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.” Fayetteville was identified by Flipkey as one of Six Amazing Small Cities for a Family Vacation in November 2016. The other five were Chapel Hill, N.C.; Columbia, Mo.; Rockville, Md.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Men's Journal identified Fayetteville as one of the Fittest Places to Live in America in 2015. SPRINGDALE WalletHub ranked Springdale as the nation's 17th on a list of the Fastest-Growing Cities in America among 515 cities evaluated in 2017. It sits at No. 6 among small cities. The ranking is based on 15 metrics and it gave the greatest weight to population growth, working-age population growth, and college-educated population growth over seven years. Springdale sits at No. 45 on a list of America's 50 Best Cities to Live as ranked by 24/7 Wall St. The website evaluated 590 cities with populations over 65,000 residents. Data was collected in nine categories, including crime, health, housing and infrastructure BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY: Travelocity recently released its new Beer Tourism Index, and Fayetteville, Arkansas (and our friends in the surrounding Northwest Arkansas area), hopped up onto the top-20 list in the large-metro category.
  6. Because that couple of dollars will scare off a good number of people who otherwise would have bought the season pass. If you live outside this area, you don't understand how economically depressed it really is. Missouri and Arkansas both don't provide a whole lot of services and have low tax rates. The people who move here generally like that and are choosing that situation. Those of us who grew up here may or may not favour it and may or may not have the means to be self-sufficient. The area is growing, and our median income is rising, but that's largely due to an influx of migrants from wealthier states such as California rather than an increase in wealth among those native to the Ozarks. Being a budget destination doesn't necessarily mean that everyone who comes is poor. When you evaluate the Branson attractions, they are largely focused on value for money. There really aren't a whole lot of luxury attractions that would cater to high end tourists. So in this respect, the high end tourists are still focused on the budget aspect; they may just go to a few more attractions. Contrast this with, for example, Miami Beach, which does a lot to attract high end tourists. They're just different. They move here because it provides a greater bang for their buck and there's plenty of opportunity to make a good living. You may be speaking for Springfield but you're not close to Northwest Arkansas. NWA is a baby Dallas Metroplex.
  7. Budget to a point, plenty of high end tourist folks as well. Add up the Springfield and Northwest Arkansas MSA and you have a local market of well over 1 million. Both areas are growing. The St. Louis Fed Reserve branch calls Northwest Arkansas their Gold Coast of the district. Then when you add in the Fort Smith/River Valley, Little Rock/Conway, and Tulsa MSAs and the extended local market isn't as small as many assume. The only real close competition in those areas are Frontier City and Magic Springs. Outside of that, SIx Flags in STL and Dallas for all and Worlds of Fun in KC for NWA and Eastern OK. Last I looked, if you add up the MSAs of Tulsa, NWA, Ft. Smith, Springfield, Little Rock, NEA, and smaller ones, it's well over 3 million.
  8. I'm sorry, what? How on earth is Magic Springs anything at all like Dollywood? I guess they are both technically parks with roller coasters, but that's about where the similarities end... Like others have said, set your expectations low and be prepared to make your own fun out of the experience. I actually really enjoyed my visit to Hot Springs/MS awhile back. The coasters feel like they don't actually have a maintenance staff at the park, and the ride operators are scant and barely seem to care about actually putting people through the ride. It took several minutes to dispatch on Big Bad John, for example. BUT, X-Coaster is a pretty crazy experience, and if you are a wooden coaster masochistic like myself then Arkansas Twister is a unique thrill. I still hope they don't gut the rides section anymore. It is what it is for now, but with a little work it could be OK. They just need a LOT more misters, more focus on water park and water attractions, and focus on quality for the rides they keep/add. Here's what gets me, see that new GG for that small park in France, well here is a perfect park for that and any number of smaller footprint steel oasters like a Eurofighter or a Mack spinner. Come to think of it, that used Mauer spinner for sale in Baton Rouge would work. A Disko with the hump would work. Hell, anything would be an improvement A hydro magnetic water coaster in the water parkwould be the first thing I'd add though, there isn't one anywhere close, not even Branson. Add a drop box slide complex and that is a truly solid waterpark.
  9. Only thing outdoors is an Observation wheel, though I think with the Star Flyer in Orlando going right next door there, I can see more of this type of combo in the future.
  10. Like this one? Actually, they operate both the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner.
  11. I was pretty sure it would open when Triple 5 took over, after they milked every bit of freebe money from the gov't teet, they'd get it open. They already operate two similar properties, it was a no brainer for them.
  12. The Destin/Gulf Shores area is a huge vacation spot for folks in the Mid South and they all mostly drive. The park opened late in the Summer and missed many of those folks plus they need to let folks in these markets that they are there. I have told many and they simply didn't know it existed yet.
  13. I agree, they are relatively cheap but has the elements of a wild mouse with lout the carnival look and family friendly. I'v been pining for one of these near me. I'm thinking Herschend could do them up right for there parks.
  14. I'm waiting on the one with a legit amusement park area complete with a coaster. It's coming, I just know it is. MSC toyed with a drop tower idea for one of their new ships.
  15. I plan on going to China around 2021, It was going to go Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze cruise, Shanghai. The hotel issues shouldn't crop up at those places and I plan of using a service to help with the use of the high speed train system. There seemed to bany Wanda parks due to be open by then along with Chimelong parks to hit up while doing that circle. I didn't know about issues for foreigners at Wanda parks, but it may save me some money.
  16. When SDC gets over 20,000 it's the equivalent of being at Disney between Dec 25th and Jan 1st. So I imagine 30,000 at Dollywood is about the same.
  17. They have zero shame, Here is a half ford 150 and half chevy avalanche knock off. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LI8RQbUKtj4/Ty1g9iX-RZI/AAAAAAAGoZ0/wrjvrayQo6M/s800/JAC-Ford-F-150-01.jpg That one of a many examples, the latest one I saw was a Land Rover parody. On a sidenote, it's not much different in the States these days with two of the Volcano Bay drop boxes down to 200 lbs weigh capacity and they do weigh you. But, that's likely due to design flaws.
  18. We make a part for a company that would love to outsource it to China, every year and a half they think they have found a vendor in China that can undercut us. Without fail, 6 months later they are calling us in a bind because they either can't get the parts or are of so low quality they are useless. Every time it happens we up the price when they could have just kept the previous pricing by staying loyal. What they don't understand is that their print calls for a couple of things that you just can't do with off the shelf tooling. We have had to modify certain tooling to do what their print calls for. We haven't told them that and the Chinese can't figure out what we are doing. We have made it a point to keep this stuff old school and off any computer due to hacking concerns. If this was any other place trying to lure this product away from us, they would have figured it out because it has happened before. They just go real slow to make the run that undercuts us and then can't keep up when the actual volume orders come in. I can't describe the pleasure we get slapping that shipping label on to send them to China. We do modify parts from China made parts and we have found a couple of broken English notes left in the crates for us. They aren't so friendly but it's been two years since the last. The funniest story is a company that was having a plastic injection mold product made over there and soon after something identical popped up on Alibaba. They actually ordered some and it was their products with their markings from the factory that was making their products only in different packaging.
  19. Out of interest why do you call the Wanda one a Knock off? I get it with the identical SLC's but the tilt coasters have their own layout and their own track system. If B&M built a tilt coaster I doubt people would call it a Knock off but it seems because its Chinese and it uses a similar element to another ride its a knock-off now. Not to start an argument but it just bugs me Golden Horse have actually sold 2 more tilt coasters. One should pop up at the new Suzhou Amusement Land location when the park is relocated at the end of the year. It seems after years of nothing the tilt coaster idea is coming back. It's a shame no one picked up the Giovanola Tilt Coaster concept when they were still around. Back then Vekoma even had a Hyper coaster version of the tilt design available but obviously no one ever bought one. [attachment=0]hyper-tilt.jpg[/attachment] Hopefully with the new Vekoma Renaissance recently any new tilt coaster designs might actually take off. No, B&M is knocking off the Vekoma Family invert these days Ok, Golden Horse's envisioning of the tilt coaster concept. I'd love to see the Vekoma Stingray coaster get a new harness system that allows shorter guests. That looks neat and would like to ride one someday but as it stands it's a Vekoma one and doner as well. I hope Vekoma keeps up the good work, I really enjoyed my rounds on Great White this past summer. The new trains are a drastic improvement but I have to remembe it got retracked as well. Kinda ready some someone state side to install some of these new Vekomas.
  20. Maybe Legendia will add another coaster by 2020 to go along these at Energylandia. A nice one, two punch for parks seems to be forming here.
  21. Are we about to see a new take on the lone Vekoma tilt coaster(Gavity Max in Tiawan)? I had thought we had seen the end of it with B&M's Dive Coasters being a superior product. Of course, there's the duel Chinese Knock offs at that one Wanda park.
  22. As more variants of the 787 get out there you are seeing new routes. Just look at British announcing g Nashville, and New Orleans recenty. Those are 787 routes. The proposed Boeing would take it to another level. Norwegian has talked up service Memphis on several occassions but haven't quite the right sized bird to do it yet. Since my hometown is Memphis, I see things in a blues tinted shades, here's this chart Memphis gets over 2 million international tourists a year without a direct flight. Research from Austin and New Orleans that gets larger with a direct flight. Those tourist stay on average 3 nights. To put those numbers in to perspective, Kansas City has over 13 million passengers a year. Memphis get 4.5 million. That shows that lots of KC's traffic is US originating while Memphis is the destination. Both show that with the right sized aircraft that they could handle 2x to 3x a week flights to a major airport in Europe during peak season. In the case of Memphis, you would likely stimulate demand because Norwegian would offer fares likely more than half of what TATL travel via connecting with a US carrier charges. London, for example, is usually $1,200 or higher for a round trip. Norwegian offer g fares at 500 bucks R/T is a whole new whole. It was just 6 or 7 years ago when it was a Delta hub that the only nonstops to Orlando from MEM was 2,000 bucks for a family of for. It could feasibly be London or Paris or Barcelona for that if 2020 if the A321LR has the legs to do MEM to Gatwick. So, yes, They'll have to respond. American is looking into it. AIG(owners of British, Iberia, Aer Lingus)has launched Level to compete with Norwegian.
  23. I think i've mentioned it before but Norwegian will be getting the A321LR starting in 2019. This will offer low prices without the stop in Iceland. That will up up even more routes. Another thing is Boeing officially established a disign office for a 797. It is to cover 4500 to 5500nm , twin aisle with 200 to 250 seats. This will allow airlines to fly just about any America/Western Europe route they want without having to put a larger plane like an A330 or 787 on it. 10 year from now connectivity from the US to Europe is going to be amazing and much cheaper.
  24. Magic Springs gs could really be something nice if they just added a couple of cheaper coasters out of a grouproblem like a GG woodie like Switchback or Mind Blower. One of the new vekoma's dessigns, new style vekoma trains for Guantlet or Mack or gerstlauer spinner. A Star flyer ad zamperla flat package would round it out. The water park ould add a water coaster and a drop box slide tower and it would be really, really good.
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