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Random question - planning on a visit on Memorial Day and wanted to make sure to do the cave tour in the afternoon to give us a break from the heat. With all the rain the region has had over the past week, do cave tours ever get cancelled? Also, should we show up well before the tour time to actually get on one, or are they not too popular even on busy days?

 

Edit - anyone see the season long Trailblazer pass? $150 for unlimited skip the line until the end of the season. When you add that to a $95 season pass that's got to be one of the best deals in the theme park industry.

On slow days, I've seen the queue nearly full up to 25 minutes from the tour time. I'd suggest getting there relatively early. I don't think the tour will get cancelled unless it rains right before your time.

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Rain won't typically cancel a cave tour. They have a flood route that bypasses the passage to the waterfall room and instead gives you a view of the waterfall from higher up. It can flood that room about 20 feet or so and the tours go on. I've only seen tours cancelled a couple of times ever, and that's been when we've had about a foot of rain in a week.

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I wonder if it just depends on the day, because there have been two different times I've been at the park where the cave tours are cancelled because of rain. Perhaps they base the calls off of how much rain is expected from the system? From a safety standpoint, I'm surprised the park has the cave open when more than an inch or so of rain is forecasted. If something goes wrong, there isn't much to do when you are underground in a flood.

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If it closes, it's totally because of conditions underground. The cave routinely floods; it's just a matter of whether the rain above ground will affect the water table enough to be dangerous. An inch of rain over a large enough area can raise the water level in the cave by several feet. Depends as much on where it rains as it does on how much. Some rain runs off into the cave, and other goes into the White River. SDC has a good idea of how it works. They've been in the cave tour business longer than the theme park business.

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^Anything is possible at this point. I'm still guessing B&M wing coaster just based on what I see them trying to market, but no one knows anything yet.

 

Track is usually staged in the employee parking lot. There is also a staging area being setup next to TNT's lift hill, but it won't hold everything at once.

 

Here's another picture that I should have posted last week. This is looking down into the woods behind echo hollow from the bathrooms. This could be where the station will go.

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. . . anyone see the season long Trailblazer pass? $150 for unlimited skip the line until the end of the season. When you add that to a $95 season pass that's got to be one of the best deals in the theme park industry.

 

Well bought two of the season long trailblazer passes when we bought our season pazses, and it's well worth it. We will be back at the park tomorrow and it's nice to know that even though the park will be insanely busy we won't have to wait for anything!! Especially water rides, considering its supposed to be 86 tomorrow, but feeling like it's 97!! Can't wait to get to the park tomorrow!!

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"So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them."

 

I'm sure there are quite a few on these boards as well. It's best not to offend anyone.

 

I'm glad you had fun at SDC. Did you do the cave tour? It's pretty neat and it offers nice break from the coasters. I feel like the park is missing out on some delicious craft beer sales to compliment the BBQ. The lack of responsibly sold alcohol at SDC and DW is a literal buzz kill for me.

 

 

I wasn't aware SDC didn't sell alcohol. Its been quite a while since I've been though.

 

Pssst. Two words. BIBLE. BELT.

 

Bible Belt and no drinking do not share synonymous meanings to me, since I was raised Catholic.

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"So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them."

 

I'm sure there are quite a few on these boards as well. It's best not to offend anyone.

 

I'm glad you had fun at SDC. Did you do the cave tour? It's pretty neat and it offers nice break from the coasters. I feel like the park is missing out on some delicious craft beer sales to compliment the BBQ. The lack of responsibly sold alcohol at SDC and DW is a literal buzz kill for me.

 

 

I wasn't aware SDC didn't sell alcohol. Its been quite a while since I've been though.

 

Pssst. Two words. BIBLE. BELT.

 

 

Random question - planning on a visit on Memorial Day and wanted to make sure to do the cave tour in the afternoon to give us a break from the heat. With all the rain the region has had over the past week, do cave tours ever get cancelled? Also, should we show up well before the tour time to actually get on one, or are they not too popular even on busy days?

 

It would be a smart decision to show up well before the scheduled tour time. It usually starts to get pretty busy, and you don't want to chance not getting in the tour, and then get stuck having to wait for the next departure time.

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"So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them."

 

I'm sure there are quite a few on these boards as well. It's best not to offend anyone.

 

I'm glad you had fun at SDC. Did you do the cave tour? It's pretty neat and it offers nice break from the coasters. I feel like the park is missing out on some delicious craft beer sales to compliment the BBQ. The lack of responsibly sold alcohol at SDC and DW is a literal buzz kill for me.

 

 

I wasn't aware SDC didn't sell alcohol. Its been quite a while since I've been though.

 

Pssst. Two words. BIBLE. BELT.

 

Bible Belt and no drinking do not share synonymous meanings to me, since I was raised Catholic.

 

I didn't say "Catholic" Belt. This is hardcore Baptist country.

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"So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them."

 

I'm sure there are quite a few on these boards as well. It's best not to offend anyone.

 

I'm glad you had fun at SDC. Did you do the cave tour? It's pretty neat and it offers nice break from the coasters. I feel like the park is missing out on some delicious craft beer sales to compliment the BBQ. The lack of responsibly sold alcohol at SDC and DW is a literal buzz kill for me.

 

 

I wasn't aware SDC didn't sell alcohol. Its been quite a while since I've been though.

 

Pssst. Two words. BIBLE. BELT.

 

Bible Belt and no drinking do not share synonymous meanings to me, since I was raised Catholic.

 

I didn't say "Catholic" Belt. This is hardcore Baptist country.

Eh, it's about 45/45 Baptist and Assemblies of God. The world headquarters of the Assemblies of God, or as we locals call it, the "Blue Mecca," is located in downtown Springfield. SDC is associated with the Presbyterian Church--but all three of those are teetotaler groups. Honestly, it's not worth it to them to serve beer; more people around here would be offended by it than would enjoy it.

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"So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them."

 

I'm sure there are quite a few on these boards as well. It's best not to offend anyone.

 

I'm glad you had fun at SDC. Did you do the cave tour? It's pretty neat and it offers nice break from the coasters. I feel like the park is missing out on some delicious craft beer sales to compliment the BBQ. The lack of responsibly sold alcohol at SDC and DW is a literal buzz kill for me.

 

 

I wasn't aware SDC didn't sell alcohol. Its been quite a while since I've been though.

 

Pssst. Two words. BIBLE. BELT.

 

Bible Belt and no drinking do not share synonymous meanings to me, since I was raised Catholic.

 

I didn't say "Catholic" Belt. This is hardcore Baptist country.

Eh, it's about 45/45 Baptist and Assemblies of God. The world headquarters of the Assemblies of God, or as we locals call it, the "Blue Mecca," is located in downtown Springfield. SDC is associated with the Presbyterian Church--but all three of those are teetotaler groups. Honestly, it's not worth it to them to serve beer; more people around here would be offended by it than would enjoy it.

 

You can't get beer in de park

Hasa Diga Eebowei

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Disappointing to hear they don't sell beer at either SDC or Dollywood, but I guess, not altogether surprising...

 

As a devout Christian, let me just say: "I love my beer, liquor, and wine, and I'm glad that Jesus enjoyed it too! (Well, at least the wine part!"

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. . .When we ate BBQ up in the big hall my wife leaned over and said "So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them.". . .

 

I mean, your wife isn't wrong. . . I lost track of how many "Trump: Make America Great Again" Shirts I saw people wearing at the park today.

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. . .When we ate BBQ up in the big hall my wife leaned over and said "So THIS is where all the Trump supporters are. We found them.". . .

 

I mean, your wife isn't wrong. . . I lost track of how many "Trump: Make America Great Again" Shirts I saw people wearing at the park today.

 

Welcome to the land of the (not) silent (any more) majority. Very Very few Bernie/Hillary supporters in the area except the liberal hot spots.

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Welcome to the land of the (not) silent (any more) majority. Very Very few Bernie/Hillary supporters in the area except the liberal hot spots.

 

 

On a positive note, I'm about to have this for the first time...

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We leave on our epic midwest coaster journey tomorrow, and are looking at ways to optimize SDC on a Saturday (specifically June 11th). We've budgeted for the limited use Trailblazer Pass (that's 8 skips, right?). I'm most excited for the cinnamon bread, the cave, and the coasters. What's the best way to go about getting this all done while still taking in as much of the charm of the park as we can? Any other suggestions for cool stuff the park has to offer are totally accepted.

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Yes, 8 skips total. My suggestion would be to run straight to Powder Keg. If you do it first, there won't be a line. Then go over to Outlaw Run, should be a short wait, 15 min or less at this time of the morning. Once 11:00 hits, go to American Plunge and Lost River. If you ride these right at 11:00 (their opening time), there won't be a wait.

 

After you get off the water rides, all coaster lines will be around an hour. That's why you have the Trailblazer Pass! Walk around, go visit the cave, have lunch, see a show, enjoy your day.

 

Don't use the Trailblazer Pass for Thunderation. It will be an hour wait in the morning, but like a lot of coasters near a theme park's entrance, it routinely is a station wait late in the afternoon.

 

Also, don't use it for Fire in the Hole. The queue will look intimidating when you get there, because a lot of people mistakenly assume what they're looking at is overflow. Nope, that one switchback is the entire queue. You'll never wait more than 30 minutes for this, ever. Go anytime, it doesn't matter. The line is pretty much the same length all day.

 

Provided you were able to get all the rides at opening as I described, I would use the TBP in this way:

 

1x Firefall

1x Giant Barn Swing

2x Wildfire

2x Powder Keg

2x Outlaw Run

 

Of course, if you luck out and something has a short line, that's bonus rides on Outlaw Run!

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