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To me, theme park season always began when Herschend opened their new attraction in March. I really should plan a trip to this park.

 

Take notes Cedar Fair and Six Flags, new attractions on opening day.

 

Don't remember, did Outlaw Run open on time?

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That tower ride looks like it has great airtime!

As long as they didn't change the programming from when it was at Celebration City ... then yes.. It has great airtime. Not only airtime. But it use to provide some nice "ejector" time on the second bounce.

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Getting ready to head over to pick up the rental then head down! Can't wait.

 

Look for me tomorrow. I will be wearing my Kings Island 2014 Banshee crew shirt. It is purple(ish) and has "WALT" in big letters on the front, and an inverted coaster on the back (part of the Banshee logo)

 

See you guys tomorrow!

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Unfortunately my season pass didn't arrive yet (procrastinated until early last week), so I have to wait until after the park opens and get a re-print, but I'll be heading to Fireman's Landing just after that. I'll be wearing an orange OSU shirt with an outline of Oklahoma on the front. Don't hesitate to say hello if you see me.

 

Branson is DEAD right now, which is a little surprising... I mean, it definitely is a family town and a lot of people won't start arriving for spring break until tomorrow, but still. Basically everything is closed at 9pm. I've always known it to be constantly crowded, but this is the first time I've come on opening weekend for SDC.

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I saw that on SDC's app that PowderKeg has been "closed for weather." Has it been raining all day or is the ride actually closed for mechancial reasons? Outlaw Run also closed and is currently listed as "Temporarily Closed."

Edit: I'm seeing PowderKeg is now open but Outlaw Run is listed at a 0 minute wait time. I'm guessing the app is not completely reliable?

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Unfortunately my season pass didn't arrive yet (procrastinated until early last week), so I have to wait until after the park opens and get a re-print, but I'll be heading to Fireman's Landing just after that. I'll be wearing an orange OSU shirt with an outline of Oklahoma on the front. Don't hesitate to say hello if you see me.

 

Branson is DEAD right now, which is a little surprising... I mean, it definitely is a family town and a lot of people won't start arriving for spring break until tomorrow, but still. Basically everything is closed at 9pm. I've always known it to be constantly crowded, but this is the first time I've come on opening weekend for SDC.

 

Branson is usually dead on opening weekend for SDC. Many of the shows don't come out of winter hiatus for another month further contributing. With SDC closed Monday and Tuesday I wouldn't expect the mass Spring Breakers to arrive until Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning.

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I saw that on SDC's app that PowderKeg has been "closed for weather." Has it been raining all day or is the ride actually closed for mechancial reasons? Outlaw Run also closed and is currently listed as "Temporarily Closed."

Edit: I'm seeing PowderKeg is now open but Outlaw Run is listed at a 0 minute wait time. I'm guessing the app is not completely reliable?

It's been raining all day, and Powder Keg usually closes in even a drizzle due to the laser sights on the moving track.

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I love SDC in the rain. You'll have the park to yourself almost and the second it clears up they are quick to get PK and the other sensitive rides back open. There's a ton to do at SDC even in the rain, although with it being spring break a lot of the shops are closed and there aren't any big shows...

 

Anyway, today was great. I'll post a few photos tomorrow, but Fireman's Landing is a smash hit as we knew it would be. It's a little more tight in the area than a photo perspective will give you, but you don't really notice all of the rides until you are in the center of it. The firestation building is magnificent, and really turns this area into a thematic experience. There are so many awesome details it's hard to go through them all right now. There's lots of cool little interactive things, neat little details in the theming (like the ladder canopies), phone charging stations, good theming detail inside the buildings and out, and of course the awesome color palette and paint job on the rides. Like I said, the area is beautiful, and it keep up with a lot of SDC theming conventions, including individualized "store" name signs on the buildings next to the fire station.

 

I was annoyed by the soundtrack in the area though. Not because of the music, but because every other minute it was cut with a booming voice that either advertised a nearby park restaurant or made some lame joke over and over again. They need to adjust that, or parents waiting on kids will be driven insane. I also didn't like how they left the toy store. It used to be huge, and I understand they had to do some things due to ADA, but what's left is kind of an ugly Frankenstein building. Taking out the ivy canopy also exposed the backside of the theatre, which is ugly. I feel like they'll revisit this area next year to pretty it back up.

Also, as was speculated, Firefall obviously has an issue with capacity. The queue line will perpetually be out the door and down the path into the area. It is a very fun little double shot though.

 

It's a little weird seeing so many rides smashed into a prominent area of the park now. On Lake Silver you can now see all of Fireman's Landing's six rides, plus TGS, Lost River, and Outlaw Run. That's very different than the SDC I grew up with, but I think they've done as much as they can to make it not feel like a run-of-the-mill theme park even with all the ride additions that are now the meat of the park. Fireman's Landing is a whole class above any "family" area of it's kind at any other park.

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^ Sounds great! I do have one more question. If SDC does not give us a rainy day voucher (rain check, whatever it's called), is it easy to upgrade your ticket to a second day ticked for 5 more dollars at the park? I might just play it safe and order a two day ticket online instead.

 

Okay, so not only is the rain going to keep some rides closed, but the cold air (high of 43 for the day) is looking to sour the visit too. I think I will just show up to the park for a few hours and see what happens. Hopefully SOME rides will be running at park opening.

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Two day tickets would be wise. The forecast is for rain Thursday also, but a high in the 50s. On SDC's website they spell out the temperatures at which each ride will close, so plan your day accordingly, and the chance of getting to do everything you want is pretty good.Plus, two days will give you a chance to take your time and really experience the park. Many of the craftsmen are out already, and watching glass blowing is a good way to spend your time while waiting for rides to re-open.

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Sorry for all of these questions but I do have to ask a couple more:

 

Is there an exact period of rainfall that will qualify us for the second day ticket voucher (I.E. Like a couple of hours)

Is reservebranson.com a legitimate website for purchasing tickets? I'm not seeing a two day option on the official website and the reserve Branson price is only $5 more than a one day ticket.

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Here's the official rain policy:

 

If you experience 90 minutes of continuous rain or weather interruption that restricts rides, attractions and your fun at Silver Dollar City, please stop by Guest Relations before you leave Silver Dollar City to receive a complimentary return ticket valid for any 2015 operating day. Season pass holders, if you used a Guest Voucher, we will trade your guest voucher for another visit.

 

I've not used reservebranson.com myself. I do know that last year a couple of the Branson ticket places on Hwy 65 were selling two-day tickets for the price of one. I don't know if that is true again this year, as it's still Branson's "pre-season." SDC itself sells a second consecutive day upgrade for $20 if you buy the ticket at the park.

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First (half) day was mostly a success. Temperatures were in the mid 30s and misting rain, meaning that many of the rides were closed (Wildfire, Powder Keg, Electrospin, etc). However Outlaw Run was not thankfully and man was that one of the greatest roller coasters I've ever ridden. This surpassed The Voyage as my Number 1 woodie thanks to its fantastic layout and riding as smooth as butter. Also, since the park was empty, I got in 10 laps in 2 hours. Also, the ride was crawling through the barrel rolls, making for some amazing hang time. I also rode as the only rider three times thanks to the lack of crowds, so OR was a walk on all of the time I was there. Only makes for a better experience! Seriously, this ride is wicked.

 

I also got to ride Barn Swing, Fire In the Hole, Thunderation (great mine ride by the way), and check out the great new Firemans Landing and ride FireFall. I'm hoping for warmer temperatures and no rain tomorrow (as well as little crowds).

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^Wow, that's really unfortunate that the temps dropped so low all the sudden. It was supposed to be nice this week... If it isn't warmer or not raining tomorrow, you should really check out the cave. The building you're forced to go through before entering the main square has a place off to the size to line up for it. It's a pretty decent tour.

 

 

 

Here are some of my photos from opening day. I won't do a whole big PTR, but I'll go over some of the cooler details.

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Fireman's Landing really pops out from the rest of the park. One one hand, the architecture and details blend it into the city, but on the other it is just so vibrant and active that it can't help but stand out.

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The lakefront is much more open and clean now.

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One of the signature details.

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Splash pad.

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The new colors on the balloons are perfect. They picked just the right shades.

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Looking back towards the entrance from a few steps in. They opened up some area leading into FL.... more on that later.

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Firefall somehow feels like it really blends into the firestation, even though it is obviously a ride .

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This is the firewagon that used to be on the main square.

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The kiddie swings that used to be in Half Dollar Hollar. Still no clue why they moved them here and left an ugly gapping hole in the landscape under the swinging bridge...

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Best theming for a 'frog hopper' ever.

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I liked how the other "buildings" next to the firestation were named and themed as well. Important details consistent with SDC's "city" theme.

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This is a charging station for phones!

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Another signature detail. Take the pledge and ring the bell.

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There used to be a ivy canopy that hid part of this garrish backside of the theatre. Not sure why they took all the stuff out of this area. I know they wanted to open everything up, but this is pretty ugly. I think they'll be back to work on this soon.

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They are pushing this Lucky character so hard.

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They've also really cleaned out the landscaping. They're not letting areas like this one get so wild anymore.

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Notice how all the canopies are made out of ladders? Not very good for shade, but neat detail.

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The firestation is massive in real life. Very imposing in a good way. Awesome atmosphere here.

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They've replaced a lot of flower beds and shrubbery with wood chips. There will be some plantings to come, since it's only march and most of the flower beds that remained were still empty, but they've taken a lot out.

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The trees add such a special dimension to this park. Wish they'd keep the new areas covered more.

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