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Hello all, sorry to break conversation about the new coaster.

I am posting this in multiple threads so I apologize if you read this more than once.

Anyways, August 5th-15th we are doing our yearly coaster trip. This year will include visits to SFSL, WoF, SDC, SFSL again (gotta love season passes), Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kings Island.

We will be at SDC all day Wednesday and Thursday on a 2 day ticket.

We are curious about the crowds we will encounter those days and any tips you have about plan of attack or about the park in general.

Thank you so much in advance

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Most schools here go back mid-August (my kids go back the 17th), so that's still going to be peak summer. Best plan of attack is Powder Keg first, because of its 42" height minimum and temperamental nature. Then do American Plunge and Lost River next. After that, you can really proceed as you will. Outlaw Run is the best coaster in the park, and you'll want to ride that several times for sure.

 

Take the cave tour. Eat cinnamon bread.

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In regards to Project 2018 I'm just gonna leave this here:

http://www.ky3.com/content/news/Silver-Dollar-City-reveals-a-few-details-about-new-attraction-435913793.html

 

Again this keeps getting emphasized:

The park calls it the biggest attraction EVER. It says will by more than double in size than any other attraction.

 

Wildfire is their biggest and most expensive coaster overall. I am very anxious to see how project 2018 will top it, I keep going back to Helix just due to the manufacturer and its layout being similar as the closest thing to compare this to.

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^Unfortunately, this is also my guess.

 

Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

 

 

I visited the park this week and there were a few things I'd like to mention.

 

- Outlaw Run must've had its seat belts drastically shortened. For me, the seat belts were a good 5" too short to latch. I'd understand not fitting if I gained weight, but I haven't. I still easily got a green light on the lap bar and I fit in all the other rides the same I have been for years. Saw many people get denied from riding. Talked to one person on the train who may have been 5'8", 185 lbs who said he couldn't fit because of the seat belts, so it's not just me experiencing it. It also seemed to slow down dispatches a lot because I never saw the ride running when we were in the area. They'd be trying to squeeze people in the seat belts for a good 2-3 minutes. That had to be the most restrictive ride I've seen, quite worse than even Lightning Run at KK. Really disappointed me, but didn't ruin my trip.

 

-While we were there, a wooden walkway had been constructed from the metal structure presumably the exit ramp for the 2018 project. They also were doing lots of welding around the station. Also, the mysterious structure in the middle of the ride is started to be covered up and there is some weird framing around the building. There is also some supports visible, don't know when they were put up, that show at least one inversion on the ride. Now seeing the ride in person, it looks a lot more compact than it does in the pictures. I bet you this will end up being the American version of Taron.

 

-Operations were crazy fast while we were there. Wildfire had the fastest. They would be ready to dispatch as soon as the other train got to the cobra roll. Very impressive. Quite a change from the last few years were the train would always stack for at least 3+ minutes because one operator pulled every single kid off the train and would have to recheck the train after every kid. Though, that one operator is gone, and I'm glad to see that.

 

-Got to ride flooded mine 5 times in a row with out getting off. I love that they dont make you walk around to ride again on that. It was in a pretty good condition too. Most effects and animatronics were working just fine, even saw some things that I didn't even know existed.

 

- I did notice that the park was unusually dirty. There were empty cups, straws, paper scattered through the paths, in the queues, in gardens and planters. A lot of the bathrooms were filthy too. TP scattered everywhere, water all over the floors. Bodily wastes on the floor too. Also worth mentioning that there were like 3 or 4 bandaids on the stairs by River Blast or whatever it's called that were there for all 3 days. It was just really gross stepping in trash like constantly. Even at the beginning of the day, the parking lots were just scattered with trash.

 

-The fireworks at night were really good. I don't know who the pyrotechnics company who did them is, but they did really good. It was an extremely loud show.

 

-Overall I had a nice time while I was there. Outlaw Run is giving me the motivation to drop some pounds if the seat belts stay the same way they are, so that's a plus. It was a nice time in the park!

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Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

 

I concur.

 

Thanks for letting us know about the new supports! I've been wondering when the first inversion would start to take form! There's so, so much to be revealed about this ride still. That article brings it all back. Sure, it's easy enough to get world's firsts with a crazy spinning coaster, but they are going way beyond that. I can't imagine what they are doing to spend this much. It's not like a typical mack looping coaster, even with spinning cars on a hillside, would cost more than ~$16 million, and they are saying they are spending twice that.

 

From what I'm hearing, they are having some small staffing issues or something again. Stuff like trash detail and the tram operations are starting to slip again. I'm sure the heat is hurting the older employees, and the labor market is super tight for the low-level jobs.

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^Unfortunately, this is also my guess.

 

Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

Watch all you want, there are many of us who are wishing for a traditional helix type coaster over a spinner. Could the spinner be great? Maybe, but I know myself well enough to know I have preferred non spinning coasters to spinning coasters at this point. I don't see how speed or extreme elements could enhance my enjoyment or make the experience less nauseating. Continue to make as many snide remarks as you feel is necessary. If the coaster ends up spinning and I end up loving it, I lose nothing.

 

Sucks you couldn't fit on Outlaw Run.

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If this thing is as large as we're being led to believe (possible 4,000-5,000 foot track length?) and it is in fact a spinner we could be looking at a layout split into two sections. A milder section where cars spin and we might see some theming from the concept art, and then a more intense helix-like second half following a launch where the cars lock into place and you experience it forward or backward. This is obviously pure speculation.

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^This coaster is already well along on construction. The station is nearly complete sans the actual coaster parts, and you can see that there is only going to be one track. It's probably not going to be anywhere near 5,000 feet long. None of SDC's coasters are very long, and "biggest" doesn't mean longest or even tallest anyway.

 

I still think there will be more to it than a complete free spin all the way through. There are already coasters like Laff Track that go straight for the fast sections and then free spin later on, and then there's cobra's curse with its controlled spinning, etc.

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^I clearly did not suggest there would be two tracks. And I don't necessarily expect it to be Helix length. That's merely one way to interpret the line from the article stating that this coaster will be "more than double the size of any other attraction." Something like a longer Cobra's Curse that may incorporate a launch is exactly what I have in mind.

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Ah, sorry, read that wrong at first. That makes sense then. I'm just not getting my hopes up for it to be very long. I'm thinking it will have a bit of a launch or small lift hill into the big drop, a couple inversions, and then some spinny swoops around. What I'm still most curious about is theming and the potential for tunnels/towers/etc.

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I think we're looking at something much larger than Cobar's Curse or the park wouldn't be teasing the media with details about a massive project. Cobra's Curse was cool, but it wasn't on anything I would call close to a large scale project. That's just my opinion. I guess we'll have to see.

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The most probable theory remains that its gonna be a hybrid of Helix/Blue Fire with spinning cars on all or part of the trains.

 

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However the wording in the article could suggest something even more bizarre that we haven't even thought of.

 

-The park calls it the biggest attraction EVER. It says will by more than double in size than any other attraction.

-Silver Dollar City promises a colossal, world-footprint attraction. This is something that has never been done before at any theme park.

-The attraction is designed for the mountainous terrain of the Ozarks.

-It promises several "FIRST and ONLY" attributes in the world.

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I think SDC had perfected "How To Annoy Coaster Enthusiast: 101"

 

Can't wait for the announcement!! Spinning, no spinning, inverting, non-inverting... whatever this thing is, it's going to be amazing!!

 

I still hope for little to moderate spinning... but that's just personal preference...

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-The park calls it the biggest attraction EVER. It says will by more than double in size than any other attraction.

-Silver Dollar City promises a colossal, world-footprint attraction.

-The attraction is designed for the mountainous terrain of the Ozarks.

 

I always dreamed of SDC building a coaster that dropped into the ravine on the other side of Indian Point Road, which I believe aligns perfectly to where this new ride is being built. I really don't see that happening, but it would be one big, steep drop.

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^Unfortunately, this is also my guess.

 

Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

Watch all you want, there are many of us who are wishing for a traditional helix type coaster over a spinner. Could the spinner be great? Maybe, but I know myself well enough to know I have preferred non spinning coasters to spinning coasters at this point. I don't see how speed or extreme elements could enhance my enjoyment or make the experience less nauseating. Continue to make as many snide remarks as you feel is necessary. If the coaster ends up spinning and I end up loving it, I lose nothing.

 

Sucks you couldn't fit on Outlaw Run.

 

 

Exactly! Not wanting a spinning coaster is not bashing it or claiming it will be a "dud"! It simply means a lot of people don't like, or cant handle spinning!

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^Unfortunately, this is also my guess.

 

Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

Watch all you want, there are many of us who are wishing for a traditional helix type coaster over a spinner. Could the spinner be great? Maybe, but I know myself well enough to know I have preferred non spinning coasters to spinning coasters at this point. I don't see how speed or extreme elements could enhance my enjoyment or make the experience less nauseating. Continue to make as many snide remarks as you feel is necessary. If the coaster ends up spinning and I end up loving it, I lose nothing.

 

Sucks you couldn't fit on Outlaw Run.

 

I completely agree with your feelings here. I don't think I could really get excited about a spinning coaster, even if "extreme." But if there is a non-spinning train or row of seats, I think it'll appeal to a lot more people (including me and many GP). I do get the feeling that if the layout is designed to handle spinning trains, forces will inherently have to be less intense to handle the spinning train at any orientation, thus making it slightly less appealing to me, but I will reserve judgement until we know a lot more.

 

I do really hope there's something else coming though. I'm hoping to be surprised on 8/16 (Which is basically Enthusiast Christmas at this point!)

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^Unfortunately, this is also my guess.

 

Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

Watch all you want, there are many of us who are wishing for a traditional helix type coaster over a spinner. Could the spinner be great? Maybe, but I know myself well enough to know I have preferred non spinning coasters to spinning coasters at this point. I don't see how speed or extreme elements could enhance my enjoyment or make the experience less nauseating. Continue to make as many snide remarks as you feel is necessary. If the coaster ends up spinning and I end up loving it, I lose nothing.

 

Sucks you couldn't fit on Outlaw Run.

 

I completely agree with your feelings here. I don't think I could really get excited about a spinning coaster, even if "extreme." But if there is a non-spinning train or row of seats, I think it'll appeal to a lot more people (including me and many GP). I do get the feeling that if the layout is designed to handle spinning trains, forces will inherently have to be less intense to handle the spinning train at any orientation, thus making it slightly less appealing to me, but I will reserve judgement until we know a lot more.

 

I do really hope there's something else coming though. I'm hoping to be surprised on 8/16 (Which is basically Enthusiast Christmas at this point!)

 

 

Agree completely

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Damn. Why does it seem that on the day I go back to school, all the parks are making their announcements? I'll be excited to see the layout of this new ride and the theme. I've never been crazy about about the theme of the other coasters at SDC but this Time Traveler steam punk theme thing seems like it could be pretty awesome! As much as I'm glad to see my home park getting something so big and awesome, it makes me sad to see that Herschend still isn't giving anything big to Wild Adventures.

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^Unfortunately, this is also my guess.

 

Now watch, you guys bash this project for possibly being a spinning coaster, but when it opens, it will be called the best thing since sliced bread. I don't think SDC nor Mack rides could make a dud project.

 

 

I visited the park this week and there were a few things I'd like to mention.

 

- Outlaw Run must've had its seat belts drastically shortened. For me, the seat belts were a good 5" too short to latch. I'd understand not fitting if I gained weight, but I haven't. I still easily got a green light on the lap bar and I fit in all the other rides the same I have been for years. Saw many people get denied from riding. Talked to one person on the train who may have been 5'8", 185 lbs who said he couldn't fit because of the seat belts, so it's not just me experiencing it. It also seemed to slow down dispatches a lot because I never saw the ride running when we were in the area. They'd be trying to squeeze people in the seat belts for a good 2-3 minutes. That had to be the most restrictive ride I've seen, quite worse than even Lightning Run at KK. Really disappointed me, but didn't ruin my trip.

 

When was the last time you went before this? I have went 4 times this year and have noticed the seat belts on Outlaw Run seem to have been shortened. I can still fit, but the seat belt is quite snug. I am 6'1 and weigh about 240.

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I'm going to SDC later today with one of my best friends. KY3 and KSPR said it will be overcast all day so I'm hopping that the kind of stormy weather keeps people away. Although then again, since it is cloudy it makes it cool and actually kind of pleasant outside........ Either way, I'll see if I can find a good spot to take a picture of the new coaster.

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Update: I didn't take any pictures today, I'm SUPER sorry. Well. Actually I did, but it was with my Polaroid instant print and it was mainly pictures with my friend and like flowers and such in the park. The only picture I took of a ride was of the Magnificent Wave Carousel. But my best friend and I went to the park, she isn't much of a coaster enthusiast but I managed to get her on most of the rides, she only refused to get on Firefall and the Giant Barn Swing, but I had no interest in the Giant Barn Swing since it always has a huge line and I don't think it is worth it.

We actually had a grand time. We got to the park at opening, it was pouring down rain. The new said it would stop by ten, it didn't, and it kept raining for another hour. We had breakfast at the bakery. We starting walking to the Grand Exposition area since it was just drizzling by this point. We got to the area that has that house with the cooking classes and it started pouring again. We ran to that house and sat on the porch in some rocking chairs. We sat on the porch in back so we could look out over Echo Hollow and we could also look at the construction site. Our new coaster looks impressive already! The station is HUGE and it seems that they are working on siding it right now. And it seems that they probably about about 100-200 feet of track in place and a bunch of supports put up. Any who, we sat there for about half an hour talking, then we thought it would be a good idea to go find either an umbrella or a poncho. We went to the toy shop at Fireman's Landing and bought one of each! She wore the poncho and I carried the umbrella.

We went over to the Grand Exposition and rode the Royal Tea Party since it was under a pavilion. By that point the rain was letting up. We walked over to the Magnificent Wave Carousel. As soon as we got to the entrance it was barely drizzling. It was at that point that we watched the most hilarious ride on any ride. The ride started up and all the water that had been collected on top of the ride started flinging off soaking everybody on the ride and anybody standing near it (including us). When we rode all the water had been flung off and it stopped raining. The Wave Carousel is still probably my favorite ride in that area and probably one of my favorite flat rides along with Firefall. After that we rode the Electro Spin.

We then went to Outlaw Run. Now, this is probably the prettiest ride I've taken on it. The sky was gray, there was fog in the air, and also it seemed like there was a couple small brush fires in the area because the air smelled a bit smokey and I saw some smoke coming up in multiple places. Any who. Outlaw Run was great as always. Although it was a bit shaky this time, probably since it just rained. Still fun though. Then we had lunch at the fried dough place right next to Fire in the Hole. It was great, but REALLY messy. After that we went to the American Plunge. Now here's the thing, most long flumes I've been on don't get you super wet. The Frightful Falls at Holiday World (currently my favorite log flume) got me pretty wet. And every other time I've ridden the American Plunge I've only gotten misted. Neither of us were expecting to get wet. We hit the water after the drop, and a wave hit me square in the chest and I also get sprayed in the face. Both of us were DRENCHED.

Next we rode Wildfire. Not much to say about that. Great ride, little head bangy, still love it though. Next we went to Thunderation. For some reason, that was the longest line we waited in all day. I don't understand why. We waited twenty minutes to ride. Thunderation surprised me. I've been going to SDC ever since I was a couple months old and my parents carried me in a backpack. Over my sixteen years of life, I've gone to SDC at least a hundred times. Same can be said for Thunderation, I've ridden it at least a hundred times. Each time it has been jerky and a tad bit painful. We rode it today, and it was completely smooth. It didn't jerk us around whatsoever. I almost wanted to ride again, although I didn't want to wait in the line, which was getting longer. After that we walked through the Christmas store for a while, then did the cave tour, then left. Overall, I had a great time.

After SDC we park hopped to White Water. I forgot how much I hate it there. Neither of us had a great time at White Water. I've gone to a decent amount of water parks now, and I have to say, White Water is probably the worst. It isn't that the park is dirty or the employees are unfriendly, well actually they are but every water park I've been to has had unfriendly employees. But it is just so lackluster and expensive. The park is small, but it is the only water park in the area so it still gets tons of guests so even the smallest slide still has a twenty minute wait. We waited thirty minutes for the family raft slide, went to the wave pool, which was packed, then to the lazy river, which was packed, then we rode just some tube slide that had a thirty minute wait. We looked at the lines for the other slides and didn't think any of them were worth it. Every year I've gotten a season pass for SDC and White Water. Every year I've visit White Water at least once to make the pass worth it. I think I'm just going to drop White Water next year, it isn't worth the extra forty dollars. I'll always get the SDC season pass though, I go probably at least five times a year and of course when you buy things in the park you get a discount, it turns prices that are high into prices that are fair!

It was also great to see a bunch of my schoolmates at both parks. At Spokane High School, 1/3 of the students work at the Track parks, another 1/3 works at Lambert's, and the last 1/3 works at SDC/White Water.

Oh, one last thing that I noticed. When we were driving past Celebration City, I noticed that they took down Roaring Falls. All the rides are now gone from there. Although the Carousel should still be there.

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