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Silver Dollar City is also introducing a new Santa Cruise

 

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New Santa's Pancakes & PJs Cruises

Join Showboat Branson Belle's

Christmas Season Cruise Lineup

Special Cruises Offered Saturdays & Sundays Dec. 3-18

 

(Branson, Mo. 10/2016) The Showboat Branson Belle presents a new Christmas adventure for kids with Santa's Pancakes & PJs cruises, featured on Saturday and Sunday mornings December 3-18. The new breakfast cruises, with Santa and helpers, Rudolph, the North Pole Toy Soldier and Sugar Plum Fairies, join the Christmas Celebrate! show presenting holiday music, and Carols on the Belle cruises, featuring top Southern Gospel artists, as the ship cruises Table Rock Lake.

 

Santa's Pancakes & PJs cruises , with kids invited to wear their holiday PJs, begin with a treasure-map-themed romp throughout the huge paddle-wheeler's four decks, as kids search for Sugar Plum Fairy Sweet Stops, take a photo with Rudolph, visit the ship's captain, visit face-painting stations and write letters to Santa. As the ship sets sail, all gather in the dining theater for breakfast - pancakes and more - as a cast of holiday characters presents story time and sing-alongs.

 

Celebrate! Christmas cruises begin November 1, featuring talented singers/dancers The ShowMen and Cassandré Faimon-Haygood performing Christmas favorites, the four-man dance troupe Rhythm presenting lightning-fast contemporary dance, and comedian emcee Christopher James - all accompanied by the live band, The Rockin' Dockers. Noon and Sunday cruises through November 20 feature Janice Martin, the world's only aerial violinist, presenting an original performance of The Nutcracker Suite, plus vocalist Jason Yeager, comedian Phil Hughes, and emcee and magician Aaron Radatz. The Showboat departs from White River Landing decorated with Christmas lights, and guests can view holiday lights along the shore during the cruise.

 

Special Sunday Carols on the Belle cruises feature performances from award-winning Southern Gospel artists including Mark Trammell Quartet with The Whisnants, Brian Free & Assurance, The Hoppers and The Bowling Family, plus traditional Christmas music sing-alongs. Carols on the Belle cruises are at 4 p.m. November 27 and December 4, 11 & 18.

 

Each afternoon and evening cruise features a three-course meal from the Showboat's Chef Larry, including slow-simmered Beef Pot Roast and Honey-Dijon Glazed Chicken, with the chef's own Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream Pie, made at the Silver Dollar City bakery. Specialty dining options feature menu selections including Rib Eye Steak, Chicken Beurre Blanc and Pecan-Encrusted Trout.

 

Christmas cruises run November 1 through December 31, with a special New Year's Eve cruise at 8 p.m. on December 31. For cruise times, details and ticket information: http://www.showboatbransonbelle.com or 800-775-BOAT(2628).

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Work on the coaster is starting to go vertical. Construction on footers and a likely station platform has begun.

 

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These can be clearly seen from the current Echo Hollow restrooms.

 

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There was a lot of chatter down there from the GP with some of the park employees about it as people have been noticing the stakes and asking about the new coaster. One denied it's construction completely while another said it would indeed be a steel coaster larger than Wildfire. We shall see...

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It's definitely going to be a huge project. If the coaster itself is larger than wildfire and has the theming that everyone says it will, it will probably be very expensive. The hype behind this project is already unreal!

 

On another note, are Wednesday usually so dead to where you can have outlaw run completely to yourself even with one train ops? The park was so dead and quiet this Wednesday, it felt like it was completely abandoned. Even powder keg was a front row walk on with one train operations. I still find it unique that even with such a low amount of people in the park, the ride ops still send the trains out as fast as they can.

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^ Yeah, between Labour Day and Thanksgiving, Branson doesn't get a lot of out of town guests, so it's just locals. Thus weekdays are very slow and weekends are busy. And yes, SDC ride ops go full speed regardless of queue length. Their perspective is not "how do we clear this line?" but "how do we make these guests' ride as good as it can be?" Just one of the many ways SDC is awesome.

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I think it will be a large attraction, but not necessarily bigger than Wildfire by any metrics. The clearing being down in a valley makes the area seem both larger and smaller than it actually is depending on where you are standing. Some of it is probably for Echo Hollow upgrades as well. Plus I'm still assuming there will be some sort of element(s) to shield the hollow from at least some of the coaster noise.

 

So all of this foundation work has sprung up over the course of a week pretty much... Are they just going to have long pauses between various phases of construction? Obviously they could get this thing open next summer if they wanted to, but unless there's going to be a surprise November announcement it looks like they are really going to unnecessarily drag this out.

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With large construction projects, there are some parts that are more visible than others. My town is building a new overpass right now, and there were several weeks between when they graded the ramps and when they laid the gravel, then several more before they started paving. They weren't just sitting doing nothing during that time, but it was all smaller stuff, less noticeable than a new 1/4 mile of concrete.

 

It doesn't make sense to drag a construction project longer than it has to be. Variable expenses go up, and you delay getting any return. Every construction project everywhere is completed as fast as possible. There are always delays and unexpected difficulties, but planned delays just aren't a thing.

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I have a feeling that they are starting construction for 2018 early because they don't want a repeat of Lightning Rod considering this could possibly be a highly innovative prototype ride. They probably want the time to be very detailed and have some backup time in case the ride has lots of problems during testing.

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Here are additional photos shot from my DSLR with my Telephoto Lens, the first set here is taken all the way from the Culinary School porch. Again the area they have cleared is massive.

 

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The crews have finally moved in and setup around ThuNderaTion:

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Access Road and retaining walls for EH & the new coaster:

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The likely station platform and footers can be clearly seen from the porch:

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Seen thru the trees there is the bottom loop around on ThuNderaTion for reference to the rest of the area:

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New Echo Hollow Restrooms going vertical as the plumbing appears to be completed minus the sinks and toilets:

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Not entirely sure what this is gonna be:

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The view from the Echo Hollow restroom facility:

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ThuNeraTion once again:

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To get a sense of scale of all this, the stakes go all the way out to Indian Point Road which is also clearly visible now:

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It would be interesting if they got one of these from Mack:

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It would be interesting if they got one of these from Mack:

 

What makes you think it will be a Mack? If it is a Mack, I think it would be a Big Dipper Dive coaster...

The more recent rumors have been really stating it will be a Mack. I personally agree that it could be along the lines of a Big Dipper model, but maybe with spinning vehicles. Regardless of what type it is, this already seems to be a huge project for SDC.

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It would be interesting if they got one of these from Mack:

 

What makes you think it will be a Mack? If it is a Mack, I think it would be a Big Dipper Dive coaster...

The more recent rumors have been really stating it will be a Mack. I personally agree that it could be along the lines of a BigDipper model, but maybe with spinning vehicles. Regardless of what type it is, this already seems to be a huge project for SDC.

We don't actually know that it will be a Mack. We strongly suspect it based on the following evidence and logical deductions:

 

1. EVIDENCE: We saw a survey that asked opinions on theming for a spinning coaster.

DEDUCTION: Silver Dollar City is planning to build a spinning coaster. Last time they sent out a similar survey, one of the theming options was Fireman's Landing, and all the rides depicted in that early survey were in fact built in Fireman's Landing.

 

2. EVIDENCE: The land area cleared is huge.

DEDUCTION: The only company currently making spinners large enough to warrent the land area being cleared is Mack.

 

3. ASSUMPTION: Silver Dollar City's current project is related to the survey sent out. This is probably a safe assumption given their recent history, but nonetheless it is assumed.

 

4. ASSUMPTION: No other companies have tested large scale spinners or would be willing to build one. This is pure speculation; we have no evidence here, and HFE are generally willing to go with new companies if someone like Gerstlauer or SBF Visa wanted to jump in on a big project.

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We don't actually know that it will be a Mack. We strongly suspect it based on the following evidence and logical deductions:

 

1. EVIDENCE: We saw a survey that asked opinions on theming for a spinning coaster.

DEDUCTION: Silver Dollar City is planning to build a spinning coaster. Last time they sent out a similar survey, one of the theming options was Fireman's Landing, and all the rides depicted in that early survey were in fact built in Fireman's Landing.

 

2. EVIDENCE: The land area cleared is huge.

DEDUCTION: The only company currently making spinners large enough to warrent the land area being cleared is Mack.

 

3. ASSUMPTION: Silver Dollar City's current project is related to the survey sent out. This is probably a safe assumption given their recent history, but nonetheless it is assumed.

 

4. ASSUMPTION: No other companies have tested large scale spinners or would be willing to build one. This is pure speculation; we have no evidence here, and HFE are generally willing to go with new companies if someone like Gerstlauer or SBF Visa wanted to jump in on a big project.

 

^This along with a rumor tossed around that the coaster project is in the $30-$40 million range, the parks biggest investment to date. Their largest steel coaster Wildfire (B&M) was only $14 million. Outlaw Run (RMC) was $10-$12 million. Yes everything is pretty much based on employee rumors, current on site evidence/surveys and of course current interests sought by HFE.

 

The Big Dipper would be another viable option since they hinted on a very large Dive Coaster in a survey earlier this year. Of course some of those could be referencing further down the line around 2020.

http://www.mack-rides.com/en/products/coasters/big-dipper/info/index.html

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Uh, hello? How about a Mack Bobsled coaster? Huh? Huhhh?

 

...I'll see myself out.

I think it would be quite cool to see more of those being built, but as far as SDC goes, I'm unsure how it would fit in the park. Though, it would be absolutely awesome to have a terrain bobsled!

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The tower is still there, not being used for anything. The land the slides were on is now occupied by Fireman's Landing.

 

Bobsled coasters look cool. I haven't been on one, but I like the concept. Closest one to SDC would be La Vibora at SFOT, so it would be unique to the region.

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This is the exact point where "It would be nice to get a bobsled coaster" gets all scrambled up and birthed 10 pages later into "I heard SDC is getting a bobsled coaster."

 

I can even envision SDC's new construction chatter five years from now where people speculate over SDC's long rumored bobsled coaster installation.

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I can even envision SDC's new construction chatter five years from now where people speculate over SDC's long rumored bobsled coaster installation.

Save teh Mack Bobsled coasters!

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Does SDC have its own equivalent of the Skyzip course at Dollywood? I could see the Waterboggan tower being used for something like that somewhere down the road.

 

We've been wondering about that for years now. I feel like if they were interested in that, it would have been done by now. The tower has sat unused since what, 2009 at least? Adventure Mountain has come and gone and although they hinted at ziplines in a brief survey from long ago, it doesn't seem like it will come to fruition. With Fireman's Landing in the way now I don't think there's the space anymore anyway. It'll probably sit dormant like the tree house has until they need the space again.

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Funny this got brought up. I had pondered the idea when speculation first started about their next coaster in 2017. (now apparently 2018) These images were from google after Fireman's Landing was put in so they could technically fit a compact bobsled coaster in there. That or a small footprint family spinner or dive coaster. There is nothing to say it couldn't interact with the Flooded Mine area or cross over the pathways a bit. (the former has been long rumored to be removed in the next decade)

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I've been on a few around the world, and I can tell you, nothing beats getting freeked out, seeing the

'tube' ahead of you, with tire marks that look waaaay higher than you expected to go! And you

generally can't see anything beyond where you are on the bobsled.

 

Fun rides.

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