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Looks like I've got an opportunity this week during my STL visit Thurs-Sun to drive an extra 3-4hrs to SDC - why not for Outlaw Run?

 

That's my question to folks here who are well aware about this National Harvest Festival and how the crowds are for the weekends. Reading some reviews, it seems like quite a ton of people travel for all the extra activities but they seem dependent on particular weekends in SEPT and OCT even though the festival runs Wed-Sun for both months. Hopefully they are all too busy with the horses, cowboys, music/concerts and extra activities all day to care less about Outlaw Run, PowderKeg, and the many other great thrill rides?

 

I'll be taking a break from the fireworks competition I am involved at in St Louis and figured why not head to SDC since that will be the closet I'll ever be until the next fireworks competition Sept 2014. Or, I can go back to the City Museum with a few friends and see how much fun/mischief we will get into before the beer samples call our names...SFStL will be too packed full of folks for the Halloween event, plus I noticed not a whole lot changed from when I went to a few years back before each museum/maze became an (extra charge) on top of everything else.

 

Opinions/suggestions/recommendations are welcome...also, if anyone finds that Branson, MO Ticket voucher deal that is supposed to help save money on admission, that would be greatly appreciated! I've looked around, but must not be looking hard enough - most likely too tired...ok, goodnight!

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Come on down! Crowds really aren't too bad for the Harvest Festival. Saturdays are busy, but Sundays are not at all. We were down there last Sunday, and literally every ride except Outlaw Run and the Grand Expo Coaster we were on in 2 cycles or less. Outlaw Run was only 20 minutes, lowest I've seen it all year, not counting the season pass holders ERT event last summer.

 

The focus of the Harvest Festival is really on the crafts, so there's a lot to see and most things are for sale. Some of the craftspeople will actually be working in their booths, so you can watch and talk to them. It's worth taking some time between rides for the crafts booths.

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From what I have been hearing SDC 2015 project more than likely will be intamin or b&m. They say it will be their largest investment to date. Also it is nothing from CC.

 

I'm not trying to tell a lie. I saw it on the sdcfans forum

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From what I have been hearing SDC 2015 project more than likely will be intamin or b&m. They say it will be their largest investment to date. Also it is nothing from CC.

 

I'm not trying to tell a lie. I saw it on the sdcfans forum

 

Rumors about SDC for 2015 are all over the place. Screamscape reports the Geyser Gulch renovation/launch tower is coming then, other sources say B&M coaster, and I'm sure there are other rumors. I heard from a fellow enthusiast than what you're saying about a B&M coaster is correct. But there are too many possibilities and none of them are supported by park management, so 2015 could bring anything at this point.

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From what I have been hearing SDC 2015 project more than likely will be intamin or b&m. They say it will be their largest investment to date. Also it is nothing from CC.

 

I'm not trying to tell a lie. I saw it on the sdcfans forum

 

That rumor was only really supported by one person. I think at one point the park might have been looking in this direction, but they sure aren't now. They have pretty much already confirmed that 2014 will be a maintenance/festival year and in 2015 they'll open a major renovation of Geyser Gulch with several new children's rides and the shot tower from CC.

 

They seem to have been wanting to put a few more coasters into SDC. For a long time I've had people telling me of a backlog of major projects that'll happen if they can just get the funding in place, but the weather and finicky crowds just haven't been cooperating in the last few years.

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From what I have been hearing SDC 2015 project more than likely will be intamin or b&m. They say it will be their largest investment to date. Also it is nothing from CC.

 

I'm not trying to tell a lie. I saw it on the sdcfans forum

 

Rumors about SDC for 2015 are all over the place. Screamscape reports the Geyser Gulch renovation/launch tower is coming then, other sources say B&M coaster, and I'm sure there are other rumors. I heard from a fellow enthusiast than what you're saying about a B&M coaster is correct. But there are too many possibilities and none of them are supported by park management, so 2015 could bring anything at this point.

We'll how would the park management support any idea for a new ride and let people know about it without just spilling the beans about a new attraction. Not trying to to start a fight just trying to support a topic.

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From what I have been hearing SDC 2015 project more than likely will be intamin or b&m. They say it will be their largest investment to date. Also it is nothing from CC.

 

I'm not trying to tell a lie. I saw it on the sdcfans forum

 

Rumors about SDC for 2015 are all over the place. Screamscape reports the Geyser Gulch renovation/launch tower is coming then, other sources say B&M coaster, and I'm sure there are other rumors. I heard from a fellow enthusiast than what you're saying about a B&M coaster is correct. But there are too many possibilities and none of them are supported by park management, so 2015 could bring anything at this point.

We'll how would the park management support any idea for a new ride and let people know about it without just spilling the beans about a new attraction. Not trying to to start a fight just trying to support a topic.

 

Six Flags St. Louis posted pics of the Hannibarrells and park employees stated Tsunami Soaker was coming. Six Flags Great America pretty much revealed that they would be adding a wooden coaster a week before they officially announced it. I'm sure there are other examples.

 

I actually wouldn't be surprised if it was a B&M coaster in 2015 (even though the Geyser Gulch replacement is more likely). But the SDC Fan forums aren't reliable sources.

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Has anyone noticed how loud outlaw run is getting. It has that sort of tire screeching when it has airtime and now it screams on turns. Does anyone know why it is doing this

 

It's just the wheels because the train is literally trying to pull itself off the track. I actually want to ask SDC how many wheels do they estimate they will go through in a season.

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Has anyone noticed how loud outlaw run is getting. It has that sort of tire screeching when it has airtime and now it screams on turns. Does anyone know why it is doing this

It's done that off and on throughout the season. I imagine it's most noticeable just before some sort of maintenance. Periodic wheel replacement would make sense.

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Has anyone noticed how loud outlaw run is getting. It has that sort of tire screeching when it has airtime and now it screams on turns. Does anyone know why it is doing this

 

It's just the wheels because the train is literally trying to pull itself off the track. I actually want to ask SDC how many wheels do they estimate they will go through in a season.

 

In August, I was pretty sure they told us they had not changed a single wheel. In fact the entire thing sounded like it had very little maintenance when it comes to stuff like that.

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Yeah, I think the screaming/screeching sound is just part of the ride, not a sign that the wheels are wearing. I know we heard it consistently in August. It was actually funny because you could count each sound off in the distance and know when the ride was about to come up on the barrel roll finale.

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My first time at the Old Time Christmas event was great. The lighting is one of the most impressive displays I have ever seen. It definitely makes you go wow. It was chilly, but the rides at night were awesome and the shows were wonderful.

 

We entered and had a lunch buffet with Santa. This is definitely oriented towards children around the kindergarten age. The price is more than the normal buffets, and if you want seconds you have to go back up quickly because once the "entertainers" come out, they sort of block every path leading back to the food. But all the drinks are free and the food selection is pretty good, especially the cobbler.

 

Afterwards we picked up our Season Pass ornaments. They can be picked up at the schoolhouse, and are Outlaw Run sheriff badges (of course). The lines are very long since it is also the site to renew your passes, so make sure to rush here early.

 

After taking my dad on Outlaw Run for the first time, we went to go see the Christmas saloon show. The jokes are a little "edgier", well for a family theme park, and the show is more audience interactive. All around a better show than normal, and I like the normal saloon show a lot.

 

It's A Wonderful Life was a great show. The projection and sets were well done, and the singing and acting was pretty good too. They did a good job reducing the movie into an hour long musical.

 

We went to Thunderation, Grandfather's Mansion, and Wildfire next, and went through shops in between. It was time for dinner afterwards, so my dad and I headed to the new pizza restaurant. The pizzas were actually really good, but what else would you expect from Silver Dollar City?

 

Christmas Carol had great singing voices and a cool set. But some scenes just dragged on and on. They could cut this show down to 30 minutes and it'd be just as good, if not better. One of the weaker adaptations I've seen of Christmas Carol, but the other ones have all been huge Broadway style shows at the Fox, and this is a theme park musical. So by theme park standards this show is amazing.

 

Powder Keg and Outlaw Run were our final rides of the night. In the dark, these two rides become even more amazing than they are during the day. Nothing else much to say.

 

I could spend a whole day walking around the park, doing nothing but looking at the lights. This festival is definitely my favorite, and I hope I get to return soon.

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I there any other park, besides Holiday World, that has Christmas events this early?

 

It sounds like a fun event. I'd love to hit Silver Dollar City and Dollywood for Christmas events. A buffet at Silver Dollar City sounds really good, especially if they had unlimited Cinnamon Bread.

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