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I know that this has been discussed earlier in this thread but there are several expansion pads the park can use for expansion. In fact you can see two of the most obvious from the new expansions. There is a spot for a coaster left open in Fireman's Landing between Fire Wagon and Fire Spotter. There is another between WildFire and PowderKeg (it's also earmarked for a coaster). There are also plans to relocate the round house and eventually expand into the parking lot on that side of the train tracks expanding from Outlaw Run. There are plenty of spots still and this only the tip of the iceberg

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I know I'm gonna be hated for asking this question, but how do you think the park will expand. Like what do you think will happen in the future, like so and so ride will be rehabbed, or removed. If you know what I mean.

 

That's the essential question, isn't it? Not sure why you think that's a controversial query, but here's my take on it.

 

Here's a recent article talking about SDC and Branson's performance this past year: http://bransontrilakesnews.com/news_free/article_72b450d0-92bc-11e4-9efc-5f39b498c962.html

 

In the article SDC releases a rare attendance statistic, stating they met their goal of 1.9 million visitors for the year. This is a nice number for a regional theme park, certainly bigger than most parks, but it's roughly the same the park has seen for the past 15 or so years. Other parks in the region seem to be growing, but SDC and Branson are still stuck with questions on how to move forward without loosing what has made them popular in the first place. There's lots and lots of questions there for SDC as I've ranted and discussed over many times over the years.

 

It's really hard for me to wrap my head around sometimes. SDC is so good to the consumer, and the other parks in the region are "meh" to bad when it comes to treating their customers well. SDC has free parking, amazing staff, great food, great operations, great scenery, a great line-up of rides, the park is enjoyable to visit even if you don't ride anything, and yet attendance isn't growing by leaps and bounds each year. What's missing?

 

I think they need a new and different marketing push to show consumers what they're actually getting at SDC beyond just a bunch of rides. They also need to get back to setting themselves apart as an institution and a unique attraction. For the past decade there's been this growing divide between the aging population of the area that grew up with and appreciates the "classic" SDC and the newer generation that started coming in the years following the addition of Wildfire when the park started shifting more and more focus on adding rides similar to their competition. A lot of the park fans have always worried about the slippery slope to becoming just another run-of-the-mill amusement park, but apparently that's what works at the moment? I just don't get it sometimes.

 

As far as Branson is concerned the message has been clear for years: the town needs to get it's crap together. The town is a mess, with lousy run-down developments thrown around all over the place, poorly laid out roads that can't handle the traffic, and absolutely no vision or target in mind about what the town is supposed to offer other than a few scattered theatre attractions and time shares. If it weren't for the lake the town would be dead by now, but even that isn't going to save it forever as more theatres close and other properties get more and more run-down. There are glimmers here and there when old stuff gets knocked down, but it just gets replaced with more chain restaurants and hotels that are just plopped down willy-nilly. There is a plan out there called "Spirit of 76" that looks promising, but it's not enough on it's own. They need a large, cross-town transportation system kick things off.

 

Oh, and to actually answer the question, I think the park will continue to focus on the younger family demographic into the foreseeable future. I think they'll look into adding their own version of Firechaser Express near Fireman's Landing, and the employee parking lot behind Heritage Hall will eventually become part of the park so they can expand the Grand Exposition add more rides there. As far as rides changing, I think the American Plunge's days are numbered, and they'll be forced to do something with FiTH this decade...

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I personally wouldn't see them getting something like fire chaser. It's alainched family coaster, which is what powder keg is. I mean, what I would like to see is a super terrain hugging wing coaster and such. I thought it would be cool to do a zero g roll cresting over a hill, where it looks like your head would hit the ground. Anyways, i feel they could get a small invert. Fit the park nice!

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I would love to see the park get a nice terrain hugging flying coaster or wing coaster. I know the park could theme it very well to fit into the parks existing theme, and having it hidden mostly at or below tree level like most coaster at SDC would make it that much more amazing, and it would really put the park on the "Must Do List" for a lot of people.

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I think a terrain Mack spinner would be really great for the park, it wouldn't be too similar to Powder Keg but is still a great family coaster. Mack is using trains so SDC can keep up the great operation.

 

How about a spinner with an inversion. Would that not be a US first to market to the masses. The place still needs a junior woody or steel coaster with lots of bunny hops.

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I think a terrain Mack spinner would be really great for the park, it wouldn't be too similar to Powder Keg but is still a great family coaster. Mack is using trains so SDC can keep up the great operation.

 

How about a spinner with an inversion. Would that not be a US first to market to the masses. The place still needs a junior woody or steel coaster with lots of bunny hops.

It would be a great idea, if the force won't exceed limit on the train (I don't think SDC will get something that runs single cars)

 

Junior woodie would be good, but steel coaster with a lot of bunny hops isn't needed as much because SDC already has two airtime machines.

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I think a terrain Mack spinner would be really great for the park, it wouldn't be too similar to Powder Keg but is still a great family coaster. Mack is using trains so SDC can keep up the great operation.

 

How about a spinner with an inversion. Would that not be a US first to market to the masses. The place still needs a junior woody or steel coaster with lots of bunny hops.

It would be a great idea, if the force won't exceed limit on the train (I don't think SDC will get something that runs single cars)

 

Junior woodie would be good, but steel coaster with a lot of bunny hops isn't needed as much because SDC already has two airtime machines.

 

Mack spinners have trains.

 

And one is a launch coaster and another is an extreme woodie, not all kids are daredevils at 11.

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The problem with wing coasters is they require such a wide area, if most of it is below tree level then most of those trees will need to be removed.

 

And they already had a hell of a time trying to figure out where they were going to re-plant the trees they had to cut down for outlaw run.

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I'm aware of that, and I know Chad is too. I know him even though might not be aware of who I am. I've worked with SDC for quite awhile now and he has done some recent coverage of the park the last 3-4 years.

 

His comment was just a little too... well unneeded hence my comment. And FTR, they had no issues in finding places to plant the trees.

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This is just flat out creepy.

I know him even though might not be aware of who I am.

 

If you are as well versed in the park as you say you are then you knew they had a lot of trees that needed to be replanted. So your sarcasm comment was what was really unneeded.

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I'm aware of that, and I know Chad is too. I know him even though might not be aware of who I am. I've worked with SDC for quite awhile now and he has done some recent coverage of the park the last 3-4 years.

 

His comment was just a little too... well unneeded hence my comment. And FTR, they had no issues in finding places to plant the trees.

 

Perhaps you should let what you perceive to be "unneeded" comments go, rather than drawing attention to them through your own comments. There's no need for the hostile tone, either. Let's not have a flame war over trees and t shirts.

 

Thank you.

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Well...

 

Who else is anxious to see the new lake front without the hideous theming plopped in the middle of the Lake? I know it's nostalgia and some people hate to see it go, but I think it will really be a beautiful improvement for the park.

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^Definitely. I'm wondering if they'll do much to the backside of the lake as well. The old concrete facade is crumbling away near the Lost River, and the backside of the lake is just kind of unappealing as it is. If they poured river rock around that side it might look better.

 

The nicer facades and having everything pushed back from the lake front is already a big improvement anyway. Only thing I would change is to have left a little bit of boardwalk with some water cannons. Still don't get why those were completely left out when they've been so popular all these years and they fit the new theme.

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^ & ^^ Absolutely! Lakes are frequently centrepieces for a theme park, but Lake Silver has really gone underused, maybe because of its location in the back of the park. I'm hoping this is a first step to cleaning up the lakefront on all sides--and maybe finally fixing the queue bridge for Lost River so that you're not having to push through the line to exit the ride. Perhaps they could have the exit path go along the back side of the lake and connect to Fireman's Landing around the area where Splash Harbor used to be?

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This summer was my first visit, but from what I saw it looked like the lake had become the most forgotten part of the park. It's definitely an improvement over what it was.

 

I agree tho, that the facade of Lost River looks a little shabby, it would definitely be interesting to see them completely rework that area of the park to make the lake more so stand out than it has in the past.

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