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I'm thinking about going to the park on Friday, March 31, or Saturday, April 1, and I noticed that it is Young Christians' Weekend. Would anyone have an idea of how crowded the park will be? Thanks.

 

It will be massively crowded. That is typically the only day of the year where Wildfire uses it's entire indoor queue and then some. Try to reschedule if at all possible.

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I noticed that it is Young Christians' Weekend

 

Isn't that every weekend at SDC?

 

 

We ended up there during a gospel festival a year or so ago and didn't really see an appreciable difference in crowd levels until Sunday morning. We were expecting it to be pretty dead until after church, but didn't realize that a huge church service was going on at sunrise at the park. Still not terrible though.

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There will be 20 times more people there than you think there will be. It will be like Memorial Day or Labor Day. Expect an average of 3 hour lines to everything. The line will be going upstairs and thru every long way Wildfire has. If at all possible, DO NOT GO!!! You will hardly be able to move. If you just want to ride, that can be done the next weekend. Most people will be there for the Echo Hollow concerts, other shows, and to ride. This is the 1 event that can compete with the Holidays festival because they get about the same numbers as they would on a Saturday in December, maybe more. It is the 1 time of the year I hate most of all.

 

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I noticed that it is Young Christians' Weekend

 

Isn't that every weekend at SDC?

 

 

We ended up there during a gospel festival a year or so ago and didn't really see an appreciable difference in crowd levels until Sunday morning. We were expecting it to be pretty dead until after church, but didn't realize that a huge church service was going on at sunrise at the park. Still not terrible though.

 

To be clear, the Southern Gospel fest and Young Christians Weekend are two very different things. YCW is a one weekend extravaganza that every church youth group within a two hour radius tries to attend. Each year they test the capacity of the park, and unlike most days at SDC almost everyone is there for the rides (as well as the big name christian performers). So 90% of the capacity-level crowd is going to be preteen kids with little adult supervision. Just think about that....

 

The Southern Gospel Picnic is a small festival that caters to the older crowds just after the school season starts. It's a great time to go if you want to focus on rides.

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I'm thinking about going to the park on Friday, March 31, or Saturday, April 1, and I noticed that it is Young Christians' Weekend. Would anyone have an idea of how crowded the park will be? Thanks.

 

Thanks to all you guys who responded to my question. I believe I'll make plans to do something else.

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I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but one of Outlaw Run's trains has new seatbelts. They're a bit wider than the old ones and in my experience easier and faster to buckle, since they're less likely to get twisted and tangled than the old ones are. If you ride twice in a row, once in each train, you'll notice the difference.

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Ok, we're driving 6 hours to Branson today to hit SDC first thing Thursday. Its supposed to be 77 degrees and sunny. I suspect the park will be crowded. Any vets of the park care to give some tips for best route once we are inside the park? Hoping to ride everything in one day. I suspect we should hit Outlaw first but maybe not?

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I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but one of Outlaw Run's trains has new seatbelts. They're a bit wider than the old ones and in my experience easier and faster to buckle, since they're less likely to get twisted and tangled than the old ones are. If you ride twice in a row, once in each train, you'll notice the difference.

I'll have to check them out today. Are they any longer or are they shorter?

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I went to SDC today. And may I just say, do NOT go to the park on a Thursday through May 30th, they are doing half price Thursdays ($35) and it was INSANE. A security guard told me they were only expecting about 6,500 visitors today, I wouldn't be surprised if it was tripled that today. All the lots were full, there were lines just for the FOOD stands, the line for Wildfire was insane! They actually used the SECOND FLOOR queue which I never knew existed! The only line that wasn't insane was for Outlaw Run, and the line was only 15 minutes. I only rode four things: Wildfire, Outlaw Run, Thunderation (which they moved the entrance for due to construction), and Firefall (my favorite ride in the park). Then I grabbed an apple turnover at the bakery by Grandfather's Mansion, then left. BTW, I watched the construction for a while, they have the station built for the most part, and it is HUGE! It looks like a tower! Can't wait to ride whatever it is next year!

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I'm aware this thread sometimes doubles as a Branson discussion thread, so I feel it's appropriate to post this here. We were driving down the step and we noticed that a new alpine coaster is being built on the former site of the Chute water slide. This one, unlike the first one to open in the area, is a wiegand model. I wasn't sure if it was announced yet or not, but according to someone on Facebook, it has been. It looks like it will be a very unique experience due to the small space. It looks to have two lifts, one in the middle of the ride and at the end. It's easier to understand when you see the blueprint.

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The mountain coaster was announced last month I believe, and the company behind it is actually bringing three other new attractions to Branson at the same time: a mirror maze, an arcade, and most importantly a "7D" dark ride experience which will be located at Branson Landing. More info: http://www.hometowndailynews.com/2017/02/15/two-new-branson-attractions-totaling-over-5million-announced/

 

It's hard to get terribly excited for mountain coasters, but perhaps the competition from this one will help keep prices down at the other, IMO probably better, one we already have.

 

Also: the new drop tower is vertical and rising. It appears that it is going to be an Intamin tower similar to the recent SF versions that were added to coaster towers.

 

It's almost like there's an entire extra amusement park that's been added to Branson over the last couple of years, but this time you have to drive to each ride and pay a separate fee.

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Thats kinda what theyre striving for in the Spirit of 76. New experiences or parks scattered around to make the town look better and bring more tourists in. Also to make them park somewhere and walk more or at least do very little driving on the strip.

 

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You are right about them adding lots of new stuff. Just a couple months ago Adventureland opened and has like a bunch of rock walls and they purchased and built the old ropes courses from Old Town in Florida, then the Track bought and rebuilt the old Chicago Ferris Wheel, there are many of these mountain coasters popping up, and there was something proposed called "Bigfoot on the Strip" and some people bought a piece of land across the street from White Water and they are wanting to build one of those combo towers from Soaring Eagle with a drop tower, slingshot ride, etc.

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I went to SDC today. And may I just say, do NOT go to the park on a Thursday through May 30th, they are doing half price Thursdays ($35) and it was INSANE. A security guard told me they were only expecting about 6,500 visitors today, I wouldn't be surprised if it was tripled that today. All the lots were full, there were lines just for the FOOD stands, the line for Wildfire was insane! They actually used the SECOND FLOOR queue which I never knew existed! The only line that wasn't insane was for Outlaw Run, and the line was only 15 minutes. I only rode four things: Wildfire, Outlaw Run, Thunderation (which they moved the entrance for due to construction), and Firefall (my favorite ride in the park). Then I grabbed an apple turnover at the bakery by Grandfather's Mansion, then left. BTW, I watched the construction for a while, they have the station built for the most part, and it is HUGE! It looks like a tower! Can't wait to ride whatever it is next year!

I wonder if it was spring break for area schools, which would have increased lines

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I went to SDC today. And may I just say, do NOT go to the park on a Thursday through May 30th, they are doing half price Thursdays ($35) and it was INSANE. A security guard told me they were only expecting about 6,500 visitors today, I wouldn't be surprised if it was tripled that today. All the lots were full, there were lines just for the FOOD stands, the line for Wildfire was insane! They actually used the SECOND FLOOR queue which I never knew existed! The only line that wasn't insane was for Outlaw Run, and the line was only 15 minutes. I only rode four things: Wildfire, Outlaw Run, Thunderation (which they moved the entrance for due to construction), and Firefall (my favorite ride in the park). Then I grabbed an apple turnover at the bakery by Grandfather's Mansion, then left. BTW, I watched the construction for a while, they have the station built for the most part, and it is HUGE! It looks like a tower! Can't wait to ride whatever it is next year!

I wonder if it was spring break for area schools, which would have increased lines

Yes, it was. Thursdays should be fine once the Festival of Wonder begins.

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I'm surprised that this discussion thread is so dead right now. IMO you have the second best 2018 Mystery Project next to Mean Streak. And actually probably the most anticipated as we still don't know exactly what is going in. On that note, you have anymore of them construction updates?

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I'm sure there will be another flood of updates in a week and a half when the new festival of wonder starts. I plan on being there so I'll have some photos to share as well.

 

It is nuts how big this project is going to be, going by all indications that the park has given - but it's tough to excite people who aren't close until the actual track starts showing up.

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