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Anyone else think that one of those 400 ft. star flyers at SDC would be the greatest ride of all time?

I think a smaller one would work great! Give the tower a brown paint scheme, theme the heck out of it and it would be a winner!

 

You guys are missing the point of SDC. This is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. Would you ask if Disneyland was going to add a starflyer? No you wouldn't. Use the same thinking when asking "Would SDC add..." here because that's usually the same case

This exactly. They do things differently.

The 400 ft. versions have a more industrial look that I think could work great in Grand Exposition. Maybe I'm in the minority but I think that would look great and fit in great.

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

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Anyone else think that one of those 400 ft. star flyers at SDC would be the greatest ride of all time?

I think a smaller one would work great! Give the tower a brown paint scheme, theme the heck out of it and it would be a winner!

 

You guys are missing the point of SDC. This is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. Would you ask if Disneyland was going to add a starflyer? No you wouldn't. Use the same thinking when asking "Would SDC add..." here because that's usually the same case

This exactly. They do things differently.

The 400 ft. versions have a more industrial look that I think could work great in Grand Exposition. Maybe I'm in the minority but I think that would look great and fit in great.

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

 

extrene minority. I don't want to see the outside world when I'm in the park. I'm still ticked about the condos that got built on the hill that can now be seen from Wildfire

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Anyone else think that one of those 400 ft. star flyers at SDC would be the greatest ride of all time?

I think a smaller one would work great! Give the tower a brown paint scheme, theme the heck out of it and it would be a winner!

 

You guys are missing the point of SDC. This is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. Would you ask if Disneyland was going to add a starflyer? No you wouldn't. Use the same thinking when asking "Would SDC add..." here because that's usually the same case

Okay... would Disneyland build the world's only wood coaster with inversions? I guess by your logic they would.

 

It would fall into the "one of a kind experience" that I am talking about

 

Look if you want to be an @$$hole you're going to find an exception but for the most part SDC doesn't just install cookie cutter rides and that's what a lot of the posters have been suggesting.

 

Besides Outlaw Run, let's look at SDC's last 3 non-kiddie rides added.

Would Disneyland add an S&S Shot Tower?

Would Disneyland add a SplashBattle?

Would Disneyland add a Giant Swing?

 

You've been temporarily banned before due to your antagonistic attitude towards others who that don't agree with you, so please drop the name calling.

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SDC I find to be the perfect balance between theme park and thrill park. They aren't going to be exactly like Disney, nor are they going to be exactly like Six Flags. They're somewhere in the middle and they do it perfectly.

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currently has four S&S attractions including two coasters.

Are you counting Thunderation?

Yes it's an Arrow built Coaster but I referenced it as S&S solely because they oversee Arrows surviving assets.

That's what I thought you meant, but I've seriously never heard anyone refer to an Arrow coaster as an S&S. Thunderation was built by Arrow 10 years before S&S acquired the company. S&S really has nothing to do with it other than supplying replacement parts.

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

Yeah, some enthusiasts took their wishes out of their butts and plopped them on the Internet. There was never a shred of evidence to substantiate that at all.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

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Anyone else think that one of those 400 ft. star flyers at SDC would be the greatest ride of all time?

I think a smaller one would work great! Give the tower a brown paint scheme, theme the heck out of it and it would be a winner!

 

You guys are missing the point of SDC. This is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. Would you ask if Disneyland was going to add a starflyer? No you wouldn't. Use the same thinking when asking "Would SDC add..." here because that's usually the same case

Okay... would Disneyland build the world's only wood coaster with inversions? I guess by your logic they would.

 

It would fall into the "one of a kind experience" that I am talking about

 

Look if you want to be an @$$hole you're going to find an exception but for the most part SDC doesn't just install cookie cutter rides and that's what a lot of the posters have been suggesting.

 

Besides Outlaw Run, let's look at SDC's last 3 non-kiddie rides added.

Would Disneyland add an S&S Shot Tower?

Would Disneyland add a SplashBattle?

Would Disneyland add a Giant Swing?

 

You've been temporarily banned before due to your antagonistic attitude towards others who that don't agree with you, so please drop the name calling.

 

It wasn't an antagonistic attitude post - or at least that wasn't the point of the post. Also, I wasn't calling him an asshole, I was saying that anyone COULD be an asshole and find an exception to the rule if they nitpick enough (a huge difference from name calling).

 

The discussion has actually been pretty controlled on both sides. We have what I would consider "SDC purists" trying to explain the park philosophy to those that are not as acquainted. I also think that the three rides that you mentioned are far from cookie-cutter which is what the whole point of the discussion was trying to get across.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

 

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Anyone else think that one of those 400 ft. star flyers at SDC would be the greatest ride of all time?

I think a smaller one would work great! Give the tower a brown paint scheme, theme the heck out of it and it would be a winner!

 

You guys are missing the point of SDC. This is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. Would you ask if Disneyland was going to add a starflyer? No you wouldn't. Use the same thinking when asking "Would SDC add..." here because that's usually the same case

Okay... would Disneyland build the world's only wood coaster with inversions? I guess by your logic they would.

 

It would fall into the "one of a kind experience" that I am talking about

 

Look if you want to be an @$$hole you're going to find an exception but for the most part SDC doesn't just install cookie cutter rides and that's what a lot of the posters have been suggesting.

 

Besides Outlaw Run, let's look at SDC's last 3 non-kiddie rides added.

Would Disneyland add an S&S Shot Tower?

Would Disneyland add a SplashBattle?

Would Disneyland add a Giant Swing?

 

You've been temporarily banned before due to your antagonistic attitude towards others who that don't agree with you, so please drop the name calling.

 

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Anyone else think that one of those 400 ft. star flyers at SDC would be the greatest ride of all time?

I think a smaller one would work great! Give the tower a brown paint scheme, theme the heck out of it and it would be a winner!

 

You guys are missing the point of SDC. This is not a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park. Would you ask if Disneyland was going to add a starflyer? No you wouldn't. Use the same thinking when asking "Would SDC add..." here because that's usually the same case

Okay... would Disneyland build the world's only wood coaster with inversions? I guess by your logic they would.

 

It would fall into the "one of a kind experience" that I am talking about

 

Look if you want to be an @$$hole you're going to find an exception but for the most part SDC doesn't just install cookie cutter rides and that's what a lot of the posters have been suggesting.

 

Besides Outlaw Run, let's look at SDC's last 3 non-kiddie rides added.

Would Disneyland add an S&S Shot Tower?

Would Disneyland add a SplashBattle?

Would Disneyland add a Giant Swing?

 

You've been temporarily banned before due to your antagonistic attitude towards others who that don't agree with you, so please drop the name calling.

 

The hostility on these threads can throttle from 0-100 in seconds.

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Since the real discussion is getting buried

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

Yeah, some enthusiasts took their wishes out of their butts and plopped them on the Internet. There was never a shred of evidence to substantiate that at all.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

 

The crazy thing is, the park is actually doing quite well attendance wise - so much so that they are having to address problems they should have a long time ago. The biggest being crowd flow. They have been forced to redesign areas for better traffic in the park. The main issue (which they are rumored to fix this off season) is the entry area.

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Moving the lemonade stand to the side near the saloon was a big help in that area (plus they now have fry bread!). They just never imagined when they built that area in the 70s that they'd someday have 2 million guests.

 

If all they do for '17 is a new entrance, I will be completely happy. The only part of my day I ever dislike is that single-file line through the season pass holder entrance.

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...you're going to find an exception but for the most part SDC doesn't just install cookie cutter rides and that's what a lot of the posters have been suggesting.

Oh, they certainly do. Though, it's what Silver Dollar City (and Dollywood by consequence) does with those "cookie-cutter" attractions that sets them apart.

 

Sometimes, a good ride wrapped around a easy-to-understand story in a well-themed environment is all you need for a cohesive experience. Pretty much everything can be dumbed down to a basic ride system - at its core, Efteling's Baron 1898 is "just another B&M dive coaster" but the story and surroundings are so immersive that even we would likely forget about that until we sat down in the seat.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

The theme park industry is actually in a boom right now, though more so overseas. Even when you consider the year of the recession, the TEA puts the growth of the North American market at 22 percent above what it was in 2006. I don't think parks are in any hurry to try and break records, but they're definitely adding big things as far as the parks are concerned. Herschend has invested a whole lot into both of their parks over that period - though most of Dollywood's have been big single marquee attractions while Silver Dollar City has invested into big themed lands with a bunch of smaller attractions within them.

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^ That may be true for the North American market as a whole, but in general, the Ozarks lags behind the rest of the country. The recession hit in 2007, but we didn't really feel any effects until 2009. So the whole time we were hearing on television that the recession was over, we were just getting started. The recession years here were 2009-2013, and even then I'd say it wasn't until last year that our local economy here fully recovered.

 

For Branson, Outlaw Run was the first shot in a fight to get the tourists back, and that's why you see several new attractions this year. Branson is realizing they can't survive with the hillbilly angle any longer and are searching for a new identity. I'm excited for the future, but we're really just beginning to come out of the bunker, and it's hard to say what the response will be. The projections look good for all these new attractions, especially with the city of Branson (finally) investing in some infrastructure along 76. We'll wait and see if the projections come true.

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Anyone aware of the crowd situations so far this season? I am used to lower crowds in the past at SDC, and I'm planning a trip on a weekday at the end of July. I'm not worried about my trip and the crowds, but I'm wondering if the attendance is truly doing well enough to justify these park updates and seemingly increasing capital expenditures. A friend of mine went two Fridays ago and indicated that they walked on outlaw run three separate times at different times of the day!

 

All of these improvements should at some point result is attendance spiking.

 

Basically...I am dreaming that somehow I can continue seeing great park experiences with low lines, while the park does well enough to keep growing/improving.

 

Maybe the increase in rides and activities result in a dilution of wait times across the board?

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Anyone aware of the crowd situations so far this season? I am used to lower crowds in the past at SDC, and I'm planning a trip on a weekday at the end of July. I'm not worried about my trip and the crowds, but I'm wondering if the attendance is truly doing well enough to justify these park updates and seemingly increasing capital expenditures. A friend of mine went two Fridays ago and indicated that they walked on outlaw run three separate times at different times of the day!

 

I have noticed that so far this season the park has seemed pretty slow. We have not really needed our season trailblazer passes except for the water rides. However, it is still early in the season for this part of the country. I'd expect for the park to start picking up within the next couple of weeks. (Based on what we have experienced during previous seasons.) During July is when we have waited 2-3 hours for Outlaw Run. Wildfire, Powderkeg, Fire In The Hole, and Giant Barn Swing have all had lines spilling out of the ques during July/Early August.

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Anyone aware of the crowd situations so far this season? I am used to lower crowds in the past at SDC, and I'm planning a trip on a weekday at the end of July. I'm not worried about my trip and the crowds, but I'm wondering if the attendance is truly doing well enough to justify these park updates and seemingly increasing capital expenditures. A friend of mine went two Fridays ago and indicated that they walked on outlaw run three separate times at different times of the day!

 

I have noticed that so far this season the park has seemed pretty slow. We have not really needed our season trailblazer passes except for the water rides. However, it is still early in the season for this part of the country. I'd expect for the park to start picking up within the next couple of weeks. (Based on what we have experienced during previous seasons.) During July is when we have waited 2-3 hours for Outlaw Run. Wildfire, Powderkeg, Fire In The Hole, and Giant Barn Swing have all had lines spilling out of the ques during July/Early August.

 

And Christmas is usually the busiest time, but less people want to ride the rides and more want to see the shows.

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Since the real discussion is getting buried

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

Yeah, some enthusiasts took their wishes out of their butts and plopped them on the Internet. There was never a shred of evidence to substantiate that at all.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

 

The crazy thing is, the park is actually doing quite well attendance wise - so much so that they are having to address problems they should have a long time ago. The biggest being crowd flow. They have been forced to redesign areas for better traffic in the park. The main issue (which they are rumored to fix this off season) is the entry area.

 

 

Rumor is that Spirit may land at BKG soon. Cheap airfare for this new ride is very possible. Attendance could really boom so infrastructure would of upmost importance to fix.

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Since the real discussion is getting buried

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

Yeah, some enthusiasts took their wishes out of their butts and plopped them on the Internet. There was never a shred of evidence to substantiate that at all.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

 

The crazy thing is, the park is actually doing quite well attendance wise - so much so that they are having to address problems they should have a long time ago. The biggest being crowd flow. They have been forced to redesign areas for better traffic in the park. The main issue (which they are rumored to fix this off season) is the entry area.

 

 

Rumor is that Spirit may land at BKG soon. Cheap airfare for this new ride is very possible. Attendance could really boom so infrastructure would of upmost importance to fix.

 

Not a rumor.

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Since the real discussion is getting buried

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

Yeah, some enthusiasts took their wishes out of their butts and plopped them on the Internet. There was never a shred of evidence to substantiate that at all.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

 

The crazy thing is, the park is actually doing quite well attendance wise - so much so that they are having to address problems they should have a long time ago. The biggest being crowd flow. They have been forced to redesign areas for better traffic in the park. The main issue (which they are rumored to fix this off season) is the entry area.

 

 

Rumor is that Spirit may land at BKG soon. Cheap airfare for this new ride is very possible. Attendance could really boom so infrastructure would of upmost importance to fix.

 

Not a rumor.

 

 

Still unannouced, but the stars are lining up.

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Since the real discussion is getting buried

 

Let's not forgot that the primary rumor a few months ago was a giga coaster.

Yeah, some enthusiasts took their wishes out of their butts and plopped them on the Internet. There was never a shred of evidence to substantiate that at all.

 

The problem with wanting SDC to get these super-tall rides is that the park is so immersive in its theming that something that huge, visible from all over the park, would actually detract from the experience unless it were similarly very well themed. They've proven with Giant Barn Swing that they can do that, but they spent a lot to do it, and that was pre-recession too. In general, all parks are spending less right now because the economy is only just beginning to recover and a return on gigantic, super-expensive things just isn't likely to happen for a lot of places.

 

The crazy thing is, the park is actually doing quite well attendance wise - so much so that they are having to address problems they should have a long time ago. The biggest being crowd flow. They have been forced to redesign areas for better traffic in the park. The main issue (which they are rumored to fix this off season) is the entry area.

 

 

Rumor is that Spirit may land at BKG soon. Cheap airfare for this new ride is very possible. Attendance could really boom so infrastructure would of upmost importance to fix.

 

Not a rumor.

Yeah, it's a rumour. Nothing is official yet. BKG has been courting them ever since Southwest canceled the service they inherited as a part of the AirTran deal. I really miss AirTran's $50 flights to MDW and ATL.

 

Well...looks like planning our trip for late July was a moron move. Also, pardon my ignorance, but what is BKG?

It'll be busy, but you'll have a good time. BKG is the IATA code for Branson Airport.

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