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There's a ride at the end of the cave tour.

 

But seriously, this recent post pretty much explains it.

Welcome to the Ozarks! You're coming down the last week of summer, as most area schools go back the next week (hence why SDC ceases daily operations at that time). The week is likely to be quite busy, but SDC has a kind of strange clientele. They're not all there for the rides. A lot of people just come for shows, food, and ambience, and never ride anything. So even if the pathways are crowded, the lines could still be short.

 

Operations at SDC are among the best I've ever seen at any theme park. A lot of their employees are older and full-time and have been there for years. They depend a lot less on seasonal labour than a lot of parks do (though there still are a fair number of seasonal employees), so operations are more consistent.

 

Ride Powder Keg first. Its low capacity and low height requirement means the line is always the longest of any coaster. Go to the water rides next if you want to ride them; both Lost River and American Plunge get lines over an hour in the summer, easily longer than the coaster lines. Beyond that, you can really do what you want. Even Outlaw Run's line doesn't go over a half hour usually on summer weekdays. With two days, you'll have plenty of time to do everything.

 

And most importantly....

 

Take the cave tour.

 

Eat cinnamon bread.

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You can definitely ride everything in one day even if it's a bit busy so don't sweat the 'must do' too much. The advice already given is very sound, Powder Keg first and don't skip the cave. My recommendation would be to do the cave early before you're tired out from walking all day, but on the other hand the handheld lantern tour that is the last cave tour of the day is definitely worth it.

 

I would add that while probably not a 'must', Grandfather's Mansion is easily missed by new visitors. And try to take the time to notice the little things rather than rush from big ride to big ride, this park is packed with tons of details that are fun to discover. Figuring out how to set the ghost trap off, looking into peepholes, a talking bucket, etc

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Attendance will likely be high that day, as it's opening weekend of Bluegrass & BBQ. However, ride queues should be relatively short as most people will be there for food and shows. The buffets will have longer lines than the coasters.

 

If you do come to Branson that weekend, check out Copper Run Distillery. It opened in 2015, so it may be new to you. They have a tasting room. http://www.copperrundistillery.com

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Bluegrass & BBQ is my second favorite time of the year. A lot of people like myself are there for the bluegrass. It's actually one of the best bluegrass festivals anywhere, though it's very spread out for better or worse. They bring in groups from all over, but Missouri has some of the best in the world. Not that much BBQ to be found though, but there are usually some great rib specials where you can get a huge plate of ribs in Red Gold Hall.

 

Graduations that weekend and the next will also help ease the ride-focused crowds.

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I'll be at the park tomorrow, first visit and 3rd RMC!

 

I hope they stayed with Mack and just changed the product to something like Helix or Blue Fire.

There haven't been any changes. They're building the same thing they started building last year. People keep guessing different things, but that's because none of us know anything about what it's going to be.

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Have, not of.

 

And yes, the prevailing speculation is a Mack Extreme Spinner. I haven't seen anything yet that contradicts that speculation, so it's still valid at this point. I'm expecting to be guessing on this all the way until August, when the park will reveal their plans. Here's what we actually know right now:

 

1. Roller coaster (per Silver Dollar City PR and observation of the construction area)

2. Largest expansion in park history (per Silver Dollar City PR)

3. World's first (per Silver Dollar City PR)

4. An above the track design (per observation of the station)

 

Everything else at this point is speculation.

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pfft, the cinnamon bread is a ride, golden ticket award 2017 for best coaster is Cinnamon bread.

Cinnamon Bread is like the Millenium Force of theme park snacks. It's very good, but it's overrated to the point that it just ruins it entirely. It's not even the best snack in the park. Get a blueberry ice cream cone in front of Grand Exposition and you'll forget Cinnamon Bread ever existed.

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^Dude... I had the Cinnamon Bread at Dollywood (never been to SDC), and it WAS fantastic! But what you just said about the Blueberry Ice Cream Cone got my eyes big and round with a much greater anticipation than any Cinnamon Bread did!

 

(Though I disagree about the dig on MF you used! )

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^Dude... I had the Cinnamon Bread at Dollywood (never been to SDC), and it WAS fantastic! But what you just said about the Blueberry Ice Cream Cone got my eyes big and round with a much greater anticipation than any Cinnamon Bread did!

 

(Though I disagree about the dig on MF you used! )

Cinnamon Bread who?

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Cinnamon Bread is like the Millenium Force of theme park snacks. It's very good, but it's overrated to the point that it just ruins it entirely. It's not even the best snack in the park. Get a blueberry ice cream cone in front of Grand Exposition and you'll forget Cinnamon Bread ever existed.

 

This is gonna be fun.

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^^^^ My question is... Is it really ice cream? Or is it what they call "soft serve?"

Which most times, isn't ice cream at all. (See: Dairy Queen) Just asking, here.

 

and ^ that's pretty funny.

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I just got back from the park today. I saw the posts about the blueberry soft serve and had to try it out. Its great, but my favorite ice cream at the park is still the cookies and cream at the old ice cream parlor on the square. Its like half oreo/cake half ice cream.

 

The station is coming along super quick as always. Its nearly framed in now and you can see where the entrance will be and where the coaster will go. We'll have to make some glorious MS paint art soon to guess at where everything will go.

 

Outlaw Run no longer has steel wheels. Much quieter now, still crazy fast and smooth. Powderkeg seems to have even more problems lately due to the restraints acting up.

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. . . Outlaw Run no longer has steel wheels. Much quieter now, still crazy fast and smooth....

 

Interesting. Do we know if the new wheels are here to stay, or is it more of a test thing, or an early season thing??

 

Powderkeg seems to have even more problems lately due to the restraints acting up.

 

I remember towards the end of the season last year powder keg having more issues than I can count with restraints. It seemed like it would go down nearly every cycle until they finally removed a train. . . The train seemed to stay off the track most days, and any time they put it back on, the break downs continued. . . There were several times we got stuck on the ride to the restraint issues. . . I was hoping the off season would have given them the time to fix that.

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Had a great first visit to the park before I process in at Cedar Point this week to prep the park for the summer.

 

Notes: love a hill-y park. Powder Keg was a huge surprise, never saw it have any downtime. Back row was by far the best and packed some good airtime. Wild Fire was pretty cool, my friend lost his phone after not using a locker or a bin (no sympathy for him).

 

Thunderation was just OK IMO, didn't find it to be re-rideable.

 

Outlaw Run became my second favorite RMC under Texas Giant, Outlaw Run is more intense but I love the length of NTG. I was surprised I liked the front better on this ride than the back (except for on the first drop). Can't say I'm a big fan of those RMC lap bars. This was my second inverting wooden coaster, rode Son of Beast with and without the loop (RIP).

 

Staff was very friendly, theming was top notch. Tried the cinnamon bread (original and peach cobbler), and the blueberry ice cream (yum).

 

Love the mini S&S towers, best airtime IMO. The park had a pretty confusing layout.

 

My favorite thing: There is so much to do there that the park was very packed, but the rides were still walk ons. Loved it. Hope to be back soon, and hope to see some of you at Cedar Point this season!

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Love the mini S&S towers, best airtime IMO.

The airtime on SDC's shot tower was a little disappointing in my opinion. Watching the ride, it looks like you would be getting intense ejector airtime as the top, but the most I got was some decent floater. I'm not complaining, it's still a great ride. But I feel Detonator at WOF provides much better airtime.

 

Now, don't get me wrong. SDC's tower still blows the giant shot towers at Cedar Point, Valleyfair, and Knott's Berry Farm out of the water. I've ridden Observation Towers with better airtime than those overpriced Frog Hoppers.

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