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I don't really think the turn looks that compact from this angle. I think it's still possible for it to just be a turn in mid-course of a non-spinning coaster.

 

For example:

Even though this was the Mack mega launch coaster that tested the spinning car, this could go either way.

 

And then of course this one says it all:

I see this coaster being the best of both worlds with Helix and Blue Fire.

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I don't really think the turn looks that compact from this angle. I think it's still possible for it to just be a turn in mid-course of a non-spinning coaster.

 

For example:

 

Even though this was the Mack mega launch coaster that tested the spinning car, this could go either way.

 

Weird they showed a couple vids of Maverick!

 

Great vid though....hope it's a hybrid of BF and Helix. It'd be unique to the states....and we all know how Herschend likes to roll the dice on firsts!

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^It's becoming common for SDC. Scroll back to the posts from 2012 when Outlaw Run was under construction. Every new element was blowing our minds because the park itself wasn't even hinting at what was going on. That thing was nearly complete by August of that year with it opening for the start of the season in March 2013.

 

I hope Knott's doesn't do that.

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^Cedar Point & Kings Dominion have yet to announce theirs and likely won't until August or September. They've both been under construction for some time. While those of us in the enthusiast world know what they are and some of their layouts, the GP just thinks "Oh they're doing something to that ride over there. I hope it will be smooth when they finish it". The same will likely be with the other Cedar Fair parks...Knott's included (sorry to burst your bubble). Some companies don't even bother announcing until after the park is closed for the season...like BGW did with Tempesto, even though we could clearly see them constructing it (mind you that was very abnormal for the parent company).

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^Parks announce when they stand to make the most money for the following season. This is why most chains wait until September to announce their new attractions, as it gives time for guests to renew or purchase annual passes for next year.

 

If you announce earlier, you risk guests choosing not to visit that summer and waiting until the next season, losing out on that revenue.

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But Knott's is yesr round and they don't have a season pass season. You can get one anytime and it's good for twelve months. It doesn't make any sense to wait.

 

I know this is off topic, but you are wrong. Knott's does not offer passes that last 12 months. Their passes go until December 31st, which is why it makes the most sense to purchase them at the start of the year. They do have a season pass season... it just lasts from January to December!

 

Back on topic, this is looking CRAZY! If it turns out anything like Helix, SDC really has a winner. The US really needs more good Mack coasters! I lowkey hope this isn't a spinning coaster... a good 'ol terrain coaster with beautiful Mack trains is all it takes to win me over.

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But Knott's is yesr round and they don't have a season pass season. You can get one anytime and it's good for twelve months. It doesn't make any sense to wait.

Since most people generally attend parks during spring and summer, it makes perfect sense...even at year-round parks. Announcing at the end of the summer season gives people a reason to return the following year, especially if they aren't local. Attraction announcements boost season pass sales, especially for people who may not have come back or renewed for the next season/year if nothing significant was added.

Also as someone before me mentioned, the passes are only good for the year they purchased them for. So the only chance they get it for 12 months is if they purchase it by January 1st. Of you buy it in July you still only get until Dec 31st to use it. So in Knott's case, waiting until late summer is the perfect time to hype up the next year's additions.

 

Anyways, back to our scheduled discussion...

 

I hope to be able to visit Silver Dollar City some day. It looks like a great park with an exciting addition coming next year.

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But Knott's is yesr round and they don't have a season pass season. You can get one anytime and it's good for twelve months. It doesn't make any sense to wait.

 

I know this is off topic, but you are wrong. Knott's does not offer passes that last 12 months. Their passes go until December 31st, which is why it makes the most sense to purchase them at the start of the year. They do have a season pass season... it just lasts from January to December!

I know this isn't the Knott's thread so I'll just say this one thing and then go away. I remember the season used to be the way I described. Then again it has been a very long time since I had one seeing as I don't live in California. But I got one years ago when I was going to UCLA. I also had Disneyland (Boy that one went up in price. I remember it was around $150 bucks for one back in the day) and Magic Mountain passes. I guess things are different in which case you are correct and it does make sense.

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Anybody have a lead on discount silver dollar city tickets? I can't seem to find ANY discounts on tickets(outside of a local $5 off mcdonald's coupon)? Being a family of 5, ticket prices add up fast so any discount helps.

 

Thank you for any help.

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Those $5 off coupons are often about as good as it gets. SDC doesn't run a lot of promotions. Sometimes they have special Thursday deals, but even those are often limited. One way to get a discount is to look around for people willing to give away their Bring-a-friend passes. The catch is that the season pass holder has to come with you and verify that you are their guest (just to get through the turnstiles). It's not unheard of to find someone at the entrance who is looking to give them away. You can also see if any of the passholders on 1branson.com or sdcfans are going on the same day as you so you can meet up with them - I've seen that work out a few times. Of course that deal is again limited because there are only certain dates you can use those passes...

 

Actually now that I think of it, the best deals are found at the local hotels. Usually every hotel in Branson offers discount tickets if you are staying there.

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Thought I would share a few pics from the MIG update that was recently published. Do these images provide evidence that point more to the Time Traveler theme/name?

 

Link: http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/2017/06/time-traveler-construction-sdc_18.html?m=1

 

However also in a recent article in the Springfield Business Journal, there is an article on SDC publicity spokesperson Lisa Rau. It's kind of "Day in the Life" piece. It mentions a super secret morning meeting that she had. This is the same person that stated earlier this year that this project was the single biggest thing ever, EVER done in the parks history.

"We're calling it MM18 - Mountain Mystery 2018," she says of the meeting. "Only the highest level people know right now: we haven't even told the employees yet."

Here is the link to those interested, beyond the 2018 coaster talk its worth the read: http://sbj.net/Content/ENEWS-ARTICLES/ENEWS-ARTICLES/Article/Day-in-the-Life-With-Lisa-Rau/29/82/109666

 

And also "Wild Mountain" (as seen on some signs at the park over the past few months) was also trademarked along with "Time Traveler". Time will tell which will be the official name/theme. We are just over a month away from the official announcement.

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Honestly, and to the best of my knowledge, that is (one of) the BIGGEST station I have ever seen built!

 

I understand it probably has transfer track and workshop areas for working on the trains.

 

But still - it's an awesome "HOUSE" waiting to be moved into, LOL!

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Not my photos but some additional coaster construction images were posted on the sdcfans.com forums recently.

Check them out!

 

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Another view of that large swooping piece of track that continues to grow.

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An interesting concrete structure continues to get built up just below the station very close to ThuNderaTion behind the trees there. A support structure for housing a launch element or possibly a big inversion? Look at all those footers clustered around it.

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Lastly a gigantic pit is being dug out just below the station where the coaster is presumed to start from, with retaining walls also being constructed, I'd be stoked if this winds up being a dive tunnel of some sort.

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^If this is a "world's first," that would make sense as there is already a launched spinning coaster with inversions. I feel like a non-spinning coaster has the potential to be more intense, so I do hope there is no spinning factor, but I am guessing the coaster will be pretty wild either way. I definitely do not think this will be a family coaster like Cobra's Curse.

 

I was in the area last week and didn't get to visit the park, but you could see the construction from Indian Point Road (I was staying at a resort down the road), and the new, large construction gate was open on Wednesday and Thursday. I must say I was surprised at how high the station looked above the ground and hill below. We may be getting a kick-ass drop right out of the station!

 

The pictures above are probably better than the one I grabbed driving by. My phone is beyond messed up at the moment, but we'll see if the picture was backed up once my replacement comes in.

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Regarding the "Worlds First" talk, a few light bulbs lit up while I was browsing the Mack Rides webpage with their coaster catalog and I noticed that their newest coaster type, "The Big Dipper" appears to be a competitor to B&M Dive Coasters. Another thing to note is that (according to their site and RCDB) this type only has one living example which is Lost Gravity. However, that coaster does not have the signature holding brake and dive drop that is associated with a dive coaster and is merely an intense wild mouse type coaster with inversions, unlike the concept render shown below.

 

 

Sources:

https://mack-rides.com/products/rollercoaster/bigdipper/

https://rcdb.com/15064.htm

 

So with all that being said, granted this might be a long shot theory, could this new coaster be Mack's first true large scale Big Dipper dive coaster design? That presumed massive drop right out of the station seems to point to this. It would definitely fit the category for a worlds first with this company. For a long time SDC was rumored to be getting a B&M and more specifically a Dive Coaster. But perhaps it was actually a Mack Coaster they were interested in all along and the past surveys were simply misinterpreted and were meant for choosing between a Mack Spinning Coaster or the new Big Dipper Dive Coaster type?

 

Only negative I have on this is the low capacity versus the B&M version. And of course this theory is dependent on the rumors of whether or not this thing will have any launches. I don't see those working properly with a Big Dipper car.

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Regarding the "Worlds First" talk, a few light bulbs lit up while I was browsing the Mack Rides webpage with their coaster catalog and I noticed that their newest coaster type, "The Big Dipper" appears to be a competitor to B&M Dive Coasters. Another thing to note is that (according to their site and RCDB) this type only has one living example which is Lost Gravity. However, that coaster does not have the signature holding brake and dive drop that is associated with a dive coaster and is merely an intense wild mouse type coaster with inversions, unlike the concept render shown below.

 

 

Sources:

https://mack-rides.com/products/rollercoaster/bigdipper/

https://rcdb.com/15064.htm

 

So with all that being said, granted this might be a long shot theory, could this new coaster be Mack's first true large scale Big Dipper dive coaster design? That presumed massive drop right out of the station seems to point to this. It would definitely fit the category for a worlds first with this company. For a long time SDC was rumored to be getting a B&M and more specifically a Dive Coaster. But perhaps it was actually a Mack Coaster they were interested in all along and the past surveys were simply misinterpreted and were meant for choosing between a Mack Spinning Coaster or the new Big Dipper Dive Coaster type?

 

Only negative I have on this is the low capacity versus the B&M version. And of course this theory is dependent on the rumors of whether or not this thing will have any launches. I don't see those working properly with a Big Dipper car.

 

 

Given the height of the station and the deep trench down below, you might be on to something. Give it a Blue Fire length train that can be either stationary or free spin in certain parts of the track and you have the world's first spinning dive coaster with or without inversions or launches . Take a look at thunderation, it has a kid course lift hill to give it the juice to make it back to the station, this ride simply incorporates a launch instead to do the same.

 

After finally riding g a drop track coaster with Verbolten, SDC needs one of those as well. Think of a revamped Fire in the hole with the bridge now being a drop track track and launch into a dark ride section.

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