Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Silver Dollar City (SDC) Discussion Thread

P. 261: Arvest Bank announces 10 year sponsorship deal

Recommended Posts

Festival of Wonder!

 

The last couple of years World-Fest has been a little short on entertainment, and it's clear the park was struggling to find enough acts. This year Festival of Wonder takes its place, and while there are some World-Fest favourites returning, such as the pan flute band, the retooled festival gives SDC a wider range to choose from, and it's really paid off.

 

Just like World-Fest, the Festival of Wonder focuses on food and shows, and my photos reflect that. There are many shows that sounded great, but we selected Dan Dunn, a pop artist whose hook is that he can paint a portrait in just a few minutes. It's a really fun show, high energy, and everyone liked it.

 

Progress is being made on Wild Mountain or Time Traveler or whatever, and the park has started putting teaser signs all over the place. The facade toward Echo Hollow is taking shape and betrays a significant level of thought put into the sight lines from the amphitheatre. I'm very interested to see how it fits in, as it's very prominent from the theatre seats. We stayed until close, so I have some photos from the Echo Hollow path that is closed throughout the day. Enjoy!

20170423_111002.thumb.jpg.1d19e975a1924eb22db89008ff046f6a.jpg

First ride of the day is Thunderation. Could not wait to see the progress on Roller Coaster 9.

20170423_111036.thumb.jpg.5d65f6dbcdd6c819459d149d0527287b.jpg

They'll need a crane, they'll need a crane.... And also a cherry picker, they'll need one of those too.

20170423_111153.thumb.jpg.b8120bf8a974df8c48bdafaf4caad5a6.jpg

Ride Thunderation in the front row for this view!

20170423_111212.thumb.jpg.e03cf8c96ef9b41b6efa5e2db04191a8.jpg

Station facade has some new vertical beams. What could it be?

20170423_111357.thumb.jpg.8bd515ac03c19c2eb582f7cc7db62c43.jpg

Also ride Thunderation because it's the best mine train not at a Disney park.

20170423_130151.thumb.jpg.a32effbc4aef5adb81a85b873d567035.jpg

Lunch from the newly expanded menu. I'm so glad they're focusing on food this year. It has been a major guest complaint. Not that their food was ever bad, but it had slipped a bit in quality as attendance rose. This was a great lunch and represents a return to form for SDC.

20170423_130213.thumb.jpg.fbc1de0680faa96a7ac3cc5db73f03b9.jpg

I can't believe I'm sharing a kebab with the hottest girl I have ever seen with a kebab.

20170423_131020.thumb.jpg.2542ff0fdb1bf972ef05eb492c5742e5.jpg

My daughter was viciously attacking her salad. Yes, she ordered a salad. Apparently I'm doing this dad thing all right after all.

20170423_141207.thumb.jpg.aded86d077d4e44c8a0c54cbbc1a84f6.jpg

On to the show! Little known fact: Midway once attempted to make a Paint Jam game as a mashup between NBA Jam and Microsoft Paint. True story.

20170423_143056.thumb.jpg.8d7ad21eb9b91304c5165177922d5159.jpg

Dan got his purple on for the first work.

20170423_143127.thumb.jpg.5435c33d53cf7eae7bd2b15fb7722c43.jpg

He paints really frantically, only a few seconds in each spot and then moving on.

20170423_143141.thumb.jpg.f7d438ed3babcc752835dfc1f2a71414.jpg

You lookin' at me? I don't see nobody else paintin' right now, so you must be lookin' at me.

20170423_143400.thumb.jpg.25207db1529003096c78ed1ed31d8d2c.jpg

I think I might know who this is now...

20170423_143519.thumb.jpg.2bf929e8c0d0601d236f2390ce759d3b.jpg

And he flipped the canvas around to reveal the portrait. At this point the music changed to "Purple Rain."

20170423_143606.thumb.jpg.d75e42d4c61f081c57ba30782957c12b.jpg

Not too bad for 5 minutes of work.

20170423_144808.thumb.jpg.da822be56f9caddad32773b5f1618486.jpg

This one took a bit longer, but was the same process as before.

20170423_145103.thumb.jpg.a5f77f2692f04dafb2d363c34befa37f.jpg

Then he challenged this kid to an art fight.

20170423_172937.thumb.jpg.5ea28e631711459d48346d70d1ed458b.jpg

On to the Frisco Barn to check out the festival food.

20170423_172943.thumb.jpg.979aef4dc7107cf89575291edd75fd90.jpg

20170423_153216.thumb.jpg.7489c43bfb55de11465f17be6de9ba84.jpg

Want to know? Read on!

20170423_173237.thumb.jpg.393c787d89c1904330800e032a594843.jpg

20170423_173243.thumb.jpg.3c9af36a7718137b2aa621f235a71e3e.jpg

20170423_173230.thumb.jpg.252983b21f7d0d13dd7ed72760a45af1.jpg

Through a hole in the fence that definitely isn't there for this specific reason.

20170423_173221.thumb.jpg.8402405303a98c867005c2fbb1c5c373.jpg

Station from the Echo Hollow path

20170423_173327.thumb.jpg.d3068e81bb6def23e375c80624bf13f7.jpg

This station is enormous and is shaping up to look really great. Note the vertical metal beams on the side facing Echo Hollow and the vertical wood beams on the side facing Thunderation. Let the speculation begin!

20170423_173433.thumb.jpg.38e19cd6548bb2db8119979a6da18b3e.jpg

This is the side facing Echo Hollow. The cutouts for the windows seem vaguely Georgian in style. Classy.

20170423_174117.thumb.jpg.2e4c93735aa0a5e2ff579ae48e2acc5e.jpg

Oh hell yes. My favourite festival. Or is it Old Time Christmas? I'm torn.

20170423_175732.thumb.jpg.22ee63f7b1c80cdec2f456507d835977.jpg

There were several tour buses today. These guys are going to see the cow beneath the sea.

20170423_180922.thumb.jpg.8030875721f5864c067c2e82bdc94af9.jpg

Parking lot coaster? This is by stop 3. More parking is definitely needed.

Edited by ytterbiumanalyst
Link to comment
Share on other sites

"Fry Bread Heaven" "World of Bacon"

 

I love it!

 

Great TR, it all looks like you had a great time there!

Construction shots were all very cool to see, too.

 

Mmmmm kebabs.....

 

Actually, we did souvlaki yesterday for our anniversary dinner!

Delivery, but it was worth it. Meat on sticks is always awesome!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^ Souvlaki...

 

It really was a good day. There is so much good food there, it's hard to choose. They're offering a sampler dinner each Saturday during the festival to taste all the things--really wish we could go, but all our Saturdays in April are booked. Still, what we had was excellent. SDC has always done well on the model of offer cheap food that tastes really good, and people will choose to buy in the park instead of going to fast food outside. You won't find any $15 hamburgers here--most things are under $10, and entrees often include one or two sides. We fed 5 people for $29--try doing that at any other theme park.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Quick question....

 

We are planning a visit to the park in July and noticed that they are only open till 7pm(in July?). We are only going to have 1 day in the park, and with the limited hours , we are worried if we are going to be able to do all the coasters, cave tour, and a few other rides.

 

My question(s)Is this.... how are the crowd levels, and is a fast lane necessary? I'm guessing with the limited hours that crowds are light, but want to go prepared with fast lane if needed.

 

Thanks for any advice.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Quick question....

 

We are planning a visit to the park in July and noticed that they are only open till 7pm(in July?). We are only going to have 1 day in the park, and with the limited hours , we are worried if we are going to be able to do all the coasters, cave tour, and a few other rides.

 

My question(s)Is this.... how are the crowd levels, and is a fast lane necessary? I'm guessing with the limited hours that crowds are light, but want to go prepared with fast lane if needed.

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

The park will be busy. It closes at 7pm so the 50+ live theaters in Branson can be filled with people for their nightly show.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

7pm is not limited hours for SDC. July will be very busy, even on weekdays. I'd budget for the Trailblazer Pass, but don't buy it until you get to the park. A lot of people come to SDC for the shows, and while that's less true in peak summer, it still holds that the park can be packed and yet the lines for rides are not too bad.

 

There are 2 levels of Trailblazer Pass: One allows you to skip the line 8 times on their 8 most popular rides, and the other allows unlimited skips. On the lower tier, keep in mind that it is NOT one skip per ride, just 8 skips total. It's been a long time since I've seen a wait longer than half an hoir on Fire in the Hole and Thunderation, so if you wait for those, you can skip the line again on rides that really need it, like Powder Keg and Wildfire. Oddly enough, Outlaw Run's line tends to be manageable these days. I'd say a combination of intensity too high for some, fast ride cycle, and being tucked in a back corner contribute. If you go on a weekday, OR will likely be under 30 minutes most of the day.

 

Budget about 90 minutes for the cave tour. It takes 45-60 minutes to walk it, depending on the speed of the group, and you'll want to arrive a few minutes before you wish to tour. All except the lantern tour are first come, first served, and they can fill up.

 

Also, eat cinnamon bread. It's at Sullivan's Mill in Midtown, near Grandfather's Mansion.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cool..

 

Thank you for the tips. Looks like we should plan on a trailblazer pass, and maybe try to take advantage of the after 3pm deal the day before if we can. If the cinnamon bread is anything like dollywood, I'm going to be a happy man. Is there a good restaurant in the park that anyone can recommend? At Dollywood, we like the ham & beans restaurant and the grannys buffet.

 

One more thing... We have a 3yo, and a 2yo. They don't mind walking, bit I'm concerned if they will be able to handle the cave tour. Is there an elevator, or is it stairs?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. 500 feet down on stairs, then 200 feet back up on stairs before you get a tram to take you the rest of the way back. Some of the passages are low, but many are roomy enough to allow you to carry a kid on your shoulders.

 

The closest restaurants to the two you mentioned are the Mill and the Mine. Both are in the same building on the square. The Mine serves BBQ, and thr Mill serves fried chicken. Sides are similar in both places.

 

Beyond buffets, the skillets are great. I like the sausage skillet at Lumberjack Camp, near Wildfire, and the Harvest Skillet (squash) at Buckshot Annie's, near Thunderation. Crossroads Pizza is very good and can easily feed a family. This year the park is placing an emphasis on foods, so just about every location has new and higher quality fare. It's all pretty cheap, too--entrees are typically under $10 and kids' meals under $5 in most locations.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've done the cave tour and seen people with small children but it is fairly strenuous with all the hundreds of stairs and there are definitely a lot of places to fall/hit your head so I imagine it would be difficult with children, but not impossible. It is VERY IMPORTANT you show up to the cave tour 30 minutes early if the park is busy. It fills in VERY fast and it is first come first serve. If you don't make it through with the group, you have the wait until the next one. We went 30 minutes early and barely made it on a busy day.

 

The most important thing is, if you are visiting for one day only, get the unlimited Trailblazer Pass unless it is surprisingly dead. I went on a late summer Saturday and Sunday and the lines for some coasters were over an hour. Arrive to the park 30 minutes before opening if possible. Study the map ahead of time (I would suggest trying Google Maps to do a virtual walk through the park if that doesn't ruin the surprise for you). The layout can get a bit confusing and you will save time if you know your way around and the side paths you can use to avoid crowds. There is a great cut through in the middle of the park but I can't recall where exactly. I would also suggest doing the after 3pm deal the day before.

 

It is a great park and I could spend 3 days there easily without being bored, so the more time you have, the better.

 

 

 

Oh and I found the cinnamon bread at Dollywood to be significantly better, but both are amazing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The biggest difficulty with children is that it's an hour of walking near lakes, rivers, waterfalls, dripping rocks...and no bathrooms.The hike itself is not bad; I have many memories of doing it with my dad when I was very small.

 

Fastest way to Outlaw Run at opening:

Between the ice cream parlor on the square and Grandfather's Mansion is a set of stairs. Go straight down those and you'll get to a waterfall of sorts. The path winds around and goes under itself. Keep following it until it ends next to Crossroads Pizza and the railroad bridge.

 

And yes, absolutely get the after 3 if you can. There's a reason they close at 7 most days; the park absolutely clears out starting around 5. The last couple of hours of the day is great time for riding, especially for the water rides and Thunderation.

 

I absolutely concur woth SFOG1991 in that summer weekends are atrociously busy and should be avoided, but that's true of every theme park. All my suggestions have been based on the assumption that you're going on a weekday.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If your child isn't afraid of the dark, the end-of-day handheld lantern tour can be helpful as it's less crowded and easier to take your time. Another plus to that is you might see increased bat activity depending on the time of year you do it. And other than the initial big chamber it isn't all that much darker than normal, especially once you're in the narrower sections.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Uhg. Mason, Ohio weather looks like sh*t on Saturday, along with most everywhere else within a few hours east of STL. Branson, on the other hand, looks like it's going to be beautiful. Would it be a day of waiting in line if we went to SDC this Satuday, considering the Blue Grass festival? (which, btw, should not be allowed to happen without the presence of moonshine)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Uhg. Mason, Ohio weather looks like sh*t on Saturday, along with most everywhere else within a few hours east of STL. Branson, on the other hand, looks like it's going to be beautiful. Would it be a day of waiting in line if we went to SDC this Satuday, considering the Blue Grass festival? (which, btw, should not be allowed to happen without the presence of moonshine)

 

Pros and cons, I stopped at SDC for kickoff weekend during blue grass festival on a road trip from LA to NYC and can say:

 

Yes, the first weekend is fairly busy but deservingly so. There were more families and elders than the younger coaster-riding crowds I found on my second visit during the summer. The park was packed but crowds arrived fairly later (around 11:30-12noon). Get there early, grab a Trailblazer pass, and you should be fine. I finished all credits in the morning with the line actually being longest for the family coasters (PowderKeg was ~ 60 minutes, Thunderation was about ~45 minutes, Outlaw Run was under 20 minutes at opening, and Wildfire was near walk on). All that being said, Blue Grass and BBQ Festival is the reason I fell in love with Silver Dollar City (the food and spirit in the park is on a level I could only equate to Dollywood Christmas, Knoebel's during Covered Bridge Festival/Phoenix Phall Phunfest, or Epcot Food and Wine Festival --- folks who have been to any of the three know what I mean). Even if you're hardcore hip-hop fan like me, the crowds during this time of year are pleasant/festive, the staff/service unparalleled, and music/food gets you in the mood (ride operations are also top notch during these events). It made what was supposed to be a credit run one of my most memorable days as any theme park.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

An fyi for those going soon. SDC is up and going along with Branson but the area around it has received an ocean's worth of rain recently. So, lake and river levels in the area are high. I-44 was shut down for a while earlier this week.

 

That said this coming weekend looks like the best weather for weekend visit so far this year. I'd plan for sizable crowds as the past two weekends have been frog stranglers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If your child isn't afraid of the dark, the end-of-day handheld lantern tour can be helpful as it's less crowded and easier to take your time. Another plus to that is you might see increased bat activity depending on the time of year you do it. And other than the initial big chamber it isn't all that much darker than normal, especially once you're in the narrower sections.

Sorry, the park doesn't allow children under 8 on the lantern tour. Guests of all ages are allowed on all other tours.

 

Uhg. Mason, Ohio weather looks like sh*t on Saturday, along with most everywhere else within a few hours east of STL. Branson, on the other hand, looks like it's going to be beautiful. Would it be a day of waiting in line if we went to SDC this Satuday, considering the Blue Grass festival? (which, btw, should not be allowed to happen without the presence of moonshine)

This weekend is beautiful, but I-44's Gasconade River bridge has been closed the last couple of days because it's underwater. With heavy rains today, I doubt it will recede enough to reopen by this weekend.

 

Looking at MoDOT's map (traveler.modot.org/map), it looks like 63 is clear. You'll get off in Rolla and take 63 to Cabool, then 60 west to Springfield and can pick up 65 from there. Keep in mind that 60 is flooded only on the westbound lanes between Rogersville and Springfield, and you'll be routed to the eastbound lanes. One lane in each direction is open. Prepare for a traffic jam (10mph or less, and you may be stopped for a time), but you can get through. I'd allot 4.5 hours to get to Branson this weekend.

 

EDIT: And about 20 minutes after I wrote this, MoDOT announced the Gasconade River bridge is open again! Hopefully the rain today doesn't force it to close again. I'll leave my detour instructions up in case it does re-close.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would like to add hundreds of roads in Northeast Arkansas are closed as rivers hit All Time Record flood levels. Many from the southeast use US 63 to get to US 412, it is now closed as of today west of Jonesboro.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Not to mention the fact that many roads have been severely damaged. Asphalt layers were picked up and carried away in some areas. It's going to be a mess for a long time, and we're still not out of the rainy season yet. Hope it doesn't hurt the park too much with visitor count.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If your child isn't afraid of the dark, the end-of-day handheld lantern tour can be helpful as it's less crowded and easier to take your time. Another plus to that is you might see increased bat activity depending on the time of year you do it. And other than the initial big chamber it isn't all that much darker than normal, especially once you're in the narrower sections.

Sorry, the park doesn't allow children under 8 on the lantern tour. Guests of all ages are allowed on all other tours.

 

Oh that's great to know, thanks very much. My youngest son (5) loves bats so I was planning on taking him on that next visit but now I know not to talk it up for him. He's been in the cave many times, including one trip riding on my back (which was certainly a workout)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bluegrass & BBQ (but no moonshine)

 

Summer's here and it's time for good music and good food, and Silver Dollar City is the place to be for both. The park was fairly busy today, but as so often happens, the ride queues were short. The longest we waited for any ride was 20 minutes for Powder Keg.

 

The reason for going today was Rhonda Vincent & the Rage. If you're familiar with the bluegrass scene, I need say no more. If not, she has the nickname "Queen of Bluegrass" and for good reason. She is supremely talented and put on an amazing 45 minute set. She led with Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and then went on to several of her own songs.

 

A personal note here: Vincent's banjoist, Aaron McDaris, is from Hartsville, Missouri, roughly an hour northeast of Branson. I used to work with his brother and sister-in-law several years ago and got to meet him. They're very nice people.

 

On to the BBQ! There were many things to choose from, including some new entries out in the plaza. Lots of good smokin' goin' on in these parts.

 

I had the Pulled Pork Mason Jar Sundae. This was a layered meal with baked beans on the bottom, then pulled pork, cole slaw, more pulled pork, then topped with bacon and garnished with a tomato, pickle, and pepperoncini on a stick. It was great, and I thought I had taken a picture of it, but it's not there now that I'm going through them. Oh well. Trust me, it's awesome.

 

Progress is being made on Roller Coaster 9, still mainly on the station. The framing appears to be nearly complete and the roof is really looking good now. Enjoy the photos!

20170507_135321.thumb.jpg.8d4d5ae1b74fe885ed722a46ed36dd7a.jpg

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage. It was hard to get a photo due to the blinding paleness of the performers, but that's bluegrass for ya.

20170507_145050.thumb.jpg.339bdc065a8a946057e137d9502fcbde.jpg

Let's look behind the fence!

20170507_145055.thumb.jpg.e211a41c3349b201019eada1b23a67a8.jpg

20170507_145123.thumb.jpg.6cf56e3adf166dae52560638a72fd0b1.jpg

20170507_145338.thumb.jpg.85cd1a08d23006330aed95bc35ea31e3.jpg

The Frisco Barn has all the smokin' and grillin' supplies you need.

20170507_145434.thumb.jpg.cf411901afb23db686b9fed1c98d6d98.jpg

The Red Gold Heritage Hall can't handle all the awesomeness, and the festival is taking over the plaza too!

20170507_145453.thumb.jpg.dded3472970b7362686f2c7e7c1c2ee7.jpg

It's maize madness, I tell you, madness!

20170507_145513.thumb.jpg.ac2c155f7ea5c50cc7e9b4a08c00a3b7.jpg

Grillin' demonstrations

20170507_145541.thumb.jpg.0ce1f8a8331dc02377913c9750c8c872.jpg

Ah, now that's the house I'm looking for.

20170507_145601.thumb.jpg.f8e2ac600ac4184919f4f25025707f88.jpg

Yup. This is the place.

20170507_145627.thumb.jpg.02d7caee2a4ed89cb00b42754616433c.jpg

It's a huge room with several vendors. Everything looked good--how to choose?

20170507_145639.thumb.jpg.b73c0070a3f6a3c6827b2dc148a2b7d7.jpg

Ooh, desserts! Not to be confused with deserts. You don't want to eat a mason jar desert.

20170507_145706.thumb.jpg.55504a97f0de923d31ad1f1ac8d001b1.jpg

For those who like their BBQ sammichy.

20170507_145719.thumb.jpg.856b7e4a8fbf25712bf64b4df0766e36.jpg

20170507_145730.thumb.jpg.9bf40a178b9fac76b2767302e41cb09b.jpg

Ooh...ribs.... I don't make ribs money, but that looks good.

20170507_145742.thumb.jpg.6214194ac55ceddd248fd26720f94164.jpg

Now this is something I haven't seen before. And I do make mason jar money!

20170507_145805.thumb.jpg.64aa38218e3583009abbc25978d821cf.jpg

They also had full plates, which of course had the longest line, because Branson.

20170507_150503.thumb.jpg.5bb25e6599bb319d6d4771276ccad2b8.jpg

Live shows going on all day at one end of the room. Great atmosphere, and air conditioned too! Come out to Bluegrass & BBQ if you get the chance!

20170507_153657.thumb.jpg.0e08afa8a2569847e183f05aeafb3753.jpg

20170507_153708.thumb.jpg.044939d664985c558de0ccdf4a30a727.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/