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Actually they have been taking some steps to address that issue with TNT. They are also redoing several other support areas around TNT where the construction of Time Traveler was done.  

I also think new enthusiasts confuse intense with rough 

"Move" may not be the best way to word it. "Build a new version of it" is a better way to describe it.  Think of what Mystic River Falls is to Lost River. More than likely, it would be a completely di

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Many are speculating this to be Fire Chaser Express's successor at DollyWood.

This is probably something related to that Coaster. I'm doubtful of any large attraction being announced.

 

 

Wildfire backwards perhaps?

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If there is already a coaster at SDC named Wildfire, then I doubt it will be a new attraction called wildfire. I'd imagine an upgrade to the ride or something cool that will be done with it. And whatever it is, it won't surprise me if that is the new logo that the park uses for the ride.

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^I think it either could be a new water-slide at Splash Country, or the long speculated drop tower that Dollywood have been rumored to get since Timber Tower left. The drop tower would go with the theme of FCE, and/or Thunderhead, because isn't it themed to like a forest or something with trees? Also WF backwards would be awesome!!!

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It's very possible that SDC will get a family coaster in the old Geyser Gulch area next year. We know the park sent out a group of surveys with some very specific pitches related to retheming and revamping the area last year, and from various interviews it sounded like they want to push forward with something in 2015. Some of the pitches indicated that they might play off of some of the existing rides/themes in the park. SDC has done this a lot in the past - if you look closely you'll see callouts to Rube Dugin, Tom & Huck, and various other characters all over the park. They used to have quite the cast.

 

The Wildfire logo might just be a teaser for a new video or something though.

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Only got on 3 rides today and did the Marvel Cave tour. Didn't have great luck early on. I'll post a few photos when I get back home on Saturday.

 

Arrived at the park closer to 9 and explored the Hospitality House and some of the shops around the square at the entrance of the city. After the pledge and anthem, my dad and I headed straight for Outlaw Run only to find that it was down because they were removing a train due to problems. They held everyone at the entrance but a guy came down the line that was waiting to ride and assured us that it will be running in 10-15 minutes. After about 45 minutes or so and still not letting people get in the queue line, they said that they fixed whatever problem was with the 2nd train and they were adding it back onto the track. They did some test runs and after about an hour (10:30 or so) they finally opened the ride.

 

My dad and I got on the second train of the day towards the back of the train. I haven't been on many roller coaster in my lifetime, maybe only about 70, but this was definitely the best I've ever experienced. Even though there was an hour delay, it was definitely worth the wait. I was expecting the element right after the first drop to be the craziest part of the ride, but the first drop and the drop out of the turn that's beneath the lift structure were my favorite parts. The double barrel roll was fun and got some hang time on it.

 

Despite the slow start, things were looking good and I was filled with adrenaline after riding Outlaw Run. Next, I headed to Powder Keg. Got into the station after about 20 minutes of waiting but then it broke down and they told everyone to leave. One of the trains got stuck on the lift and they had to go get everyone off the lift. Two broken down rides to start the day. Next up was Wildfire and I was quite surprised by it. It was smoother than I thought it would be and the inversions didn't make me that dizzy so I enjoyed it.

 

Went and ate at the restaurant by the entrance with all the wheels inside. By this time the weather was a lot warmer so we checked to see when the next Marvel Cave tour was and headed out to the parking lot to take our coats off. Went back to the Hospitality House and waited for the next Marvel Cave tour. Waited about 30 minutes and then our tour began at 1:20. I really enjoyed it and worked up a good little sweat.

 

After it got done, I saw that Powder Keg was operating again so we headed back over there. This time we were able to ride it. The launch was pretty intense but it did toss me around a little on some of the turns. My dad doesn't have the best neck so it hurt him a bit. He wasn't feeling too well after but we still went back to Outlaw Run to check the line. As soon as we entered the line, it broke down again. As soon as we left the line, it started running again. We decided not to wait because my dad wasn't feeling great after Powder Keg so we headed back to our resort. Hopefully our trip back to the park tomorrow is better so I can ride Outlaw Run a few more times and try out Fire In the Hole and Thunderation.

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Sorry I didn't get many photos of the park. :/ I only took my phone into the park the first day I went and only for a few hours, mainly so I could get some photos of the cave. Overall I had a great time and really enjoyed myself besides some ride breakdowns the first day (Thursday) I went to the park.

 

Entering Cardinals and Blues territory... yuck. Go Cubs and Blackhawks!

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After a 10 hour drive, I finally made it to Branson!

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I didn't do anything the first day I arrived which was Wednesday because it was later in the day and the park was closing in a couple hours. I did visit some shops along the strip and downtown area. I had to stop at the Farm House Restaurant and I'm so glad I did. Best fried chicken I ever had!

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Here's a view of Table Rock Lake from the resort I stayed at which was Still Waters Resort.

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On my first day at the park, I visited Marvel Cave after getting a ride on Outlaw Run and Wildfire.

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Photos don't do the entrance room of this cave justice. When you reach the bottom of the entrance room and look up, you can't believe how far you've already walked down and you're not even a quarter way into the tour yet.

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I forgot the name of our tour guides but one of the two said that he was newer. They both did a great job though.

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My favorite room of the tour.

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I think it was called the waterfall room or something. Maybe I'm confusing it with another room, but this did a waterfall.

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Long way down.

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People weren't joking when they said you can't see Outlaw Run from anywhere in the park until you get right up to the ride. I couldn't see it anywhere except the entrance of the ride and from the station of Powder Keg where I took this photo.

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Cool fact I learned about Powder Keg: The back spike that never gets used isn't just there for decoration (which makes sense because that would be an expensive piece of decor). It's there in case the train doesn't clear the first hill from the launch and it rolls backwards. Makes sense, I just never realized that.

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A little girl really didn't want to ride after she got strapped in so they released the harness and she exited the ride screaming and crying. She waited right outside the gate in the station for her friend to come back but the worker in the station was doing a great job putting a smile on her face while she waited. The staff here was so friendly in every area of the park.

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One final photo I took before I securely tucked my phone away. I loved the entrance and station theme for Outlaw Run.

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I had a great time and got on all the attractions I wanted to ride...

 

Outlaw Run - 3 rides: I went in with very high expectations and it still blew me away. Best roller coaster I ever ridden. I rode in the front, front row of the last car, and the very back. My favorite seat was actually the 2nd to last row. My favorite parts of the ride were the first drop and the drop out of the banked turn that runs underneath the lift hill structure. The element after the first drop, wave turn, and the double barrel roll finish were all incredible as well.

 

Wildfire - 1 ride: I was a little nervous about riding this because I tend to get sick on rides with a lot of inversions but I figured if I was ok on Outlaw Run, I could handle this. I was quite impressed by this B&M sit down. I wouldn't say it was as good as The Incredible Hulk for me but a solid looping coaster none the less.

 

Powder Keg - 1 ride: I was a bit disappointed in this ride. The launch was pretty thrilling, but the rest of the ride hurt on the transitions. Not an awful ride, but not a favorite of mine. I would've given it another chance but it kept breaking down.

 

Fire In the Hole - 1 ride: The drops were little bumpy but it was a fun classic ride with some cheesy but decent theming throughout.

 

Thunderation - 1 ride: By far the best of the 4 Arrow mine trains I've been on. The others being Cedar Creek, River King, and Adventure Express.

 

Marvel Cave - 1 tour: Amazing cave with a lot of cool history. You'll also get a nice little workout.

 

 

Great little park with excellent staff. The food was also really good! Wish I could've stayed a little longer but we had to head home early on the 2nd day for certain reasons.

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The new seatbelts seem to be slowing down loading. You have to buckle them and then wait for the attendants to push the restraints down. Doesn't affect the ride experience at all though. Some construction is going on behind Geyser Gulch. Wonder what is going on... ImageUploadedByTapatalk1395517081.672923.jpg.304e06203159ebf9c69dccd2896fd74c.jpg

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Wow, that's a lot of progress in just a few days!

 

I'm wondering if the stuff from the surveys is supposed to be in addition to, rather than a rebuild of GG. The foam fortress needs some refurb, but it is still incredibly popular for the kids. I'd love to see them just tuck the new rides and stuff back into this area. That way it's doesn't impact the general park ambiance of lake silver anymore either, not that GG hasn't kind of ruined that already.

 

Anyone have a pic of the new game near TGS?

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Cool fact I learned about Powder Keg: The back spike that never gets used isn't just there for decoration (which makes sense because that would be an expensive piece of decor). It's there in case the train doesn't clear the first hill from the launch and it rolls backwards. Makes sense, I just never realized that.

Never heard this before! Actually, on first read I thought you were making a sarcastic joke, but when I look closer I can see there's "real" track before the broken part. Just makes the fact they themed it all the more awesome.

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Cool fact I learned about Powder Keg: The back spike that never gets used isn't just there for decoration (which makes sense because that would be an expensive piece of decor). It's there in case the train doesn't clear the first hill from the launch and it rolls backwards. Makes sense, I just never realized that.

Never heard this before! Actually, on first read I thought you were making a sarcastic joke, but when I look closer I can see there's "real" track before the broken part. Just makes the fact they themed it all the more awesome.

 

You will also notice there is a set of magnetic brakes before that section of track to prevent it from going too high up.

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Cool fact I learned about Powder Keg: The back spike that never gets used isn't just there for decoration (which makes sense because that would be an expensive piece of decor). It's there in case the train doesn't clear the first hill from the launch and it rolls backwards. Makes sense, I just never realized that.

Never heard this before! Actually, on first read I thought you were making a sarcastic joke, but when I look closer I can see there's "real" track before the broken part. Just makes the fact they themed it all the more awesome.

 

I didn't know that until I went but I thought it was cool.

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The new seatbelts seem to be slowing down loading. You have to buckle them and then wait for the attendants to push the restraints down. Doesn't affect the ride experience at all though. Some construction is going on behind Geyser Gulch. Wonder what is going on... [attachment=0]ImageUploadedByTapatalk1395517081.672923.jpg[/attachment]

Wait they don't let you pull down the restraint. Do they do it like in MF where you have to wait for all the seatbelts to be fastened then they slowly go to each seat. Or do they go around while people do their seatbelts and just get them down as quick as possible.

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The restraints on Outlaw Run were already pretty tough to pull down and push back up, so you usually need help from the ride attendant since they have a better angle. I haven't been this year, so I don't know whether they check the buckle first and then do a second check for the restraint. On a side note, I've never been able to pull down my own restraint on Powder Keg either - but those restraints are fairly different and far more comfortable.

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It'll get better with time. Hopefully by this summer. Everyone's still just freaked out after the NTAG incident and HFEC was already on edge after the DL accident. When the lines start getting too long during the summer they'll find ways to speed it up.

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The restraints on Outlaw Run were already pretty tough to pull down and push back up, so you usually need help from the ride attendant since they have a better angle. I haven't been this year, so I don't know whether they check the buckle first and then do a second check for the restraint. On a side note, I've never been able to pull down my own restraint on Powder Keg either - but those restraints are fairly different and far more comfortable.

 

They announce to everyone to buckle your seatbelt and leave the restraint up once you sit down. They walk around and make sure the belts are secured, and then they tell everyone to lower their restraints. Once they check the restraints, they dispatch the train. They have been stacking trains due to the fact that people keep pulling the restraints down before the seatbelts are checked.

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The restraints on Outlaw Run were already pretty tough to pull down and push back up, so you usually need help from the ride attendant since they have a better angle. I haven't been this year, so I don't know whether they check the buckle first and then do a second check for the restraint. On a side note, I've never been able to pull down my own restraint on Powder Keg either - but those restraints are fairly different and far more comfortable.

 

They announce to everyone to buckle your seatbelt and leave the restraint up once you sit down. They walk around and make sure the belts are secured, and then they tell everyone to lower their restraints. Once they check the restraints, they dispatch the train. They have been stacking trains due to the fact that people keep pulling the restraints down before the seatbelts are checked.

Dear god that's sounds annoying. But I don't thnk the longer dispatch times bother me that much because outlaw run dispatched really fast unless there were a crying girl or someone who couldn't fit.

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Going SDC next week and can't find any discounts anywhere. Does anyone local know of any kind of discount because all I can find is the After 3pm come the next day free, which is what I might just end up doing if I can't find anything else.

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Pretty much what Woodie Warrior said. I went this past Thursday and Friday and the dispatch times were some of the longest I've ever seen for a ride with 2 trains. They tell you to sit down upon boarding, buckle your seatbelt, and don't pull the lap restraint down yet. They send the ride attendants to check every seatbelt to make sure they're fastened tightly. Then they send the ride attendants the other direction to help pull down lap bars and make sure they're secure.

 

I mean, Powder Keg's line which I heard moves the slowest in the park was actually moving faster than Outlaw Run and both were running 2 trains. I certainly wish they moved faster, but I won't bash the park too much since I realize this is for the safety of the guests. They're just being extra cautious but it's better to be safe than move too quickly I guess.

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Just spent my first day at Silver Dollar City. First off, what a fantastic park. I love the themeing, terrain, and all the other stuff that makes it unique. Being the end of March, but not in heavy spring break mode, the crowds were quite light in my opinion. Not much of a wait for any ride, particularly at the beginning or end of the day.

 

I started the day by heading to Outlaw Run. I'm sure it's been said before, but holy cow, what an amazing ride. It is now the best roller coaster I have ridden. I was able to ride it 3 times at the beginning of the day with no more than a 2 train wait.I was able to ride in the front seat, the back seat and the middle. I actually preferred to be closer to the front of the train. The line got a little longer throughout the day, but not much longer than 30 minutes. The lap bar was quite comfortable, but I'm 6'3" and had to lift my heels off the floor of the car to be comfortable with the shin bar, but once I did that, I was quite comfortable in the train. For all the comments on the new loading procedures, I'm not so sure that they will get much faster. They ran 2 trains and they were constantly stacked. The crew was very methodical, but they never had to lift up the bars multiple times, it just seems that they were content with the time it took to check the belts and then push the lap bars down. Also, kudos to the crew, on my 4th and last ride, when I was two trains away from riding, one of the trains had a mechanical issue, while they were waiting for maintenance, one of the crew members got up to the microphone and did a little stand up routine...not the best jokes, but the thought was appreciated.

 

I got rides on Powder Keg (fun ride, definitely preferred the back to the front), Grand Exposition (I'm sure I ruined a lot of videos of a kids first roller coaster, being the lone guy riding with out a kid), Fire in the Hole (fun ride), ThuNderaTion (I really loved how they use the terrain on this ride, totally unique and quite forceful). I must say that I was a little disappointed by Wildfire. I like the use of terrain, the lay out is great, but I thought that it shook way too much for a B&M, especially in the valleys. The other thing I didn't like about Wildfire is that they were only running one train at the beginning of the day. Eventually they got the second train moving, but I thought it was odd that they didn't have both going at the start of the day.

 

I also took some time to take the cave tour. That was an hour well spent. The Cathedral Room is completely awe-inspiring.

 

I spent a little time on some flat rides getting my first experiences on a Disk'O and an S&S Screaming Swing. I really like both rides. The Disk'O isn't particularly thrilling, but it is a bit nerve wracking when you get so close to the top of the track and a fun, enjoyable ride. The Giant Barn Swing was also great. I loved the zero g you get at the top of the arms and still can't get over looking straight down when you are facing the ground...makes for a great ride.

 

The last ride I got on was the Flooded Mine shooting dark ride...I really liked it as well. Not sure what a good score on that game is, but I got over 100k, not too shabby for my first time...or is it? Like I said, not entirely sure where 100k stacks up.

 

That's all for now. I'm going to head back tomorrow for another fun filled day. I hope to do a couple things I missed like the Train and Grandfather's Mansion and see a couple shows. If you want to follow, I live tweeted today's trip (with an exceptional amount of selfies) and will likely do the same tomorrow using the hashtag #sdclivetweet.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Jon

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