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P. 261: Arvest Bank announces 10 year sponsorship deal

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The only 1 day discount I know of is price cutter Thursdays for $30. This deal used to be posted on SDCs site but was taken down but as far as I know the deal is good through October. Basically how it works is you buy your ticket at a Price Cutter grocery store, (Country Mart in Branson is also under the Price Cutter brand) make sure you tell them it's for Thursday. Then you go to the park on a Thursday. Unfortunately with this deal you cannot take advantage of the night before free deal and sometimes Thursdays can be pretty busy because of this deal.

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I haven't been looking for discounts as much as I used to, but it seems like they haven't had any major discounts for single day admissions over the last couple of years. There might have been a coke promotion here or there, but nothing like what most parks do. There are a few deals for combo lodging + 2 day passes at pretty much every hotel though.


I guess they really don't need to give away the gate in Branson, you're either going to come for a few days of vacation or not. It's more of a destination park where locals aren't the main draw.

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SDC does have a nice "twilight" discount where if you visit after 4 PM, then your admission is still good the next day (as of last year, I didn't try this or check when I visited SDC this year). The discount also works with two day tickets if your first entry is after 4PM, and White Water at least used to have a similar discount.


I think it's starting to be overshadowed by some of the newer RMC's, but there's something special about this one in particular. It's not as long as some of the others, but it just flows together so perfectly.


In a way, I agree. Outlaw Run is overshadowed by height, speed, and steepness, but I think most people who have ridden other RMC coasters, including Goliath, have said Outlaw Run was their favorite of the bunch.


Outlaw Run's first drop really grew on me this year. I wasn't too impressed with the drop last year and for some reason it just felt short, but now I can't forget about that airtime!

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Haven't been watching the thread as closely as I should as I have missed the discussion about the announcement being made later today. I really have to believe that it's got to be something besides the drop tower especially for the amount of space they have available. But here is an idea, I saw a post about a wing rider, but SDC is not really a "B&M" kind of park. I realize they have one, but their allegiance seems to lie elsewhere.


Count the number of S&S rides. Powder Keg, Swing, Soon to be double shot, (they bought Arrow so....) Thunderation. I count Thunderation because SDC made a comment that the reason there are no longer backwards cars is because the manufacturer made them turn them back around. So.... With a little digging I found this:


Logan company’s spinning roller coaster promises unique experience

By Kevin Opsahl | Posted 1 month ago


Engineers at S&S Worldwide in Logan may dub their newest project the “little brother” of its counterpart, the 4-Dimension, but don’t be fooled — the 4-D Free Spin is set to provide an unmatched suspended experience.


The $7 million ride — with a speed of 38 miles per hour on a 1,265-foot track — is currently undergoing prototype testing at the Logan plant on 2500 North, not far from the highly successful Zip Line creation. By April or late May of next year, the 4D Free Spin will debut at a yet-to-be-named amusement park somewhere in the U.S.


The Free Spin earns its distinction from its “big brother” 4D — which debuted at Six Flags in 2002 — because the “free spins” the eight-passenger ride induces are not mechanically controlled, explained Mike Worley, senior mechanical engineer. Riders are suspended off to the side of the coaster track, where the seats spin independently.


S&S wants to make “a more family-friendly ride with more variability where with each time you ride it you get a different experience,” explained Worley, when describing the 4-D Free Spin.


The Free Spin ride thrives on natural dynamics — and even personal interaction with the movement of a person’s feet — to invoke spins. But the 4-D Free Spin is using old technology in a new way to help control some of that.


From here: http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/logan-company-s-spinning-roller-coaster-promises-unique-experience/article_252562fa-013f-11e4-85f2-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=jqm


Look at the specs, it's not huge, it's family friendly, and the cost is only $7 mil...


I am soooo keeping my fingers crossed...

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There is no coaster being added with this addition, unless something seriously changed in the last couple of months. We already know the essential details of what's being added, and it's been discussed in this thread a number of times. I'll refrain from reposting it since the announcement is only a few hours away. There'll be a little something for everyone, but mostly the target audience here is younger kids.


We're expecting the announcement to go out sometime around 11:30am.

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It's not the free spin, I can almost guarantee it, but I don't want to pretend like I actually know exactly what the park has in store.


I have followed this development since last year when the first concept pitches first went out. I'm very excited to see the end result of that process. HFEC, SDC in particular, is extraordinary in their ability to really get at the root at what their guests want through surveys, focus groups, etc. They don't just listen to what guests say, but what they really mean, if you catch my drift (most people will always just yammer on about how they want a big coaster or whatever).


We've been consistently pleased with their results following this process, which have recently included The Giant Swing, Outlaw Run, and Half Dollar Holler.


With this addition, what I'm looking for most is character. The rides will be typical kiddie/family rides, the play area will be nice. To really make this addition something that advances the park it will need all the SDC charm they can throw at it, and they know it. I'm confident it will look great.

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The theming of the new addition is related to firefighting. It wouldn't surprise me if it's a family coaster like Fire Chaser Express at Dollywood. Even with the family sections, the park lacks a good coaster that could be enjoyed by the whole family. Last I heard, there were large footers placed where Geyser Gulch was. The motto has been "Keep Your Bucket Handy" which has been used with Fire in the Hole... Maybe a revamp is in store... it could really use it. Can't wait to see what it is!

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Even with the family sections, the park lacks a good coaster that could be enjoyed by the whole family.

Um, what do you call Powder Keg?!??! Kristen rode it when she was FIVE!!! I'd consider that a VERY good coaster that can be enjoyed by the whole family!

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Perhaps they will announce future additions as well. Not just the new area coming in 2015. Similar to how Dollywood announce the investment over the next few years. Does SDC have a hotel?


I have been told some other things would probably be announced, but I think they were referring to shows, festival improvements, and such.


I don't think they'll be announcing long term plans for SDC. For one thing, their plans keep changing! Branson tourism has been up and down, and there's just a lot still in flux right now with Branson in general. The area will grow in the long-term though, and big things are on the way for SDC.


I do think they'll get a hotel someday relatively soon, but I'm not looking for it in the next five years.

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Silver Dollar City has just announced that in 2015 they are adding Fireman's landing. Here's the link to full details! http://www.silverdollarcity.com/firemanslanding?sd=1


Silver Dollar city announced- You asked for it and we listened...an All-NEW Area with rides and attractions for the whole family, ages 3 to 93! Fireman’s Landing harkens back to the days of bucket brigades and volunteer firemen with rides and attractions ready to train and entertain would-be recruits including:

Fire Spotter – Soaring balloons for spotting fire dangers

Fire Wagon Frenzy – A bumpy ride for bucket brigade volunteers

FireFall – The 8-story fire tower free-fall drop ride for the more daring recruits

Station No. 3 Firehouse Play Place where guests can meet the station's newest Dalmatian resident & "sign in" for three training activities:

Firefighter’s Fire Drill – Featuring buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets for showering mock fires

Firefighter’s Fire Escape – An obstacle course of tubes, mazes, climbing structures and slides

Firefighter’s Junior Escape – A soft play area for toddlers

Fireman’s Flyer – A low-flying swing ride for little firefighters

Up the Ladder – A smaller tower drop ride for junior recruits

The Roundaboat – A bouncing ride on Dalmatians racing around a fire hydrant

Firehouse Splash Yard - Squirting water jets and pump hoses

Edited by GCI Wooden
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