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The station is supposed to be a clock factory that was inherited by a guy with bigger ambitions. Together with his daughter he turns it into a huge workshop for creating a time machine. Supposedly the ground floor will be full of clocks, and as you ascend you go through the workshop with a big time machine or something hanging in the big gap they made in the center of the queue area.

 

I think it will look amazing on the inside. I too am kind of wary of how it looks on the outside so far, but a few thematic details could really liven it up and as far as I can tell the theming crew hasn't made it to the park yet.

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The station is supposed to be a clock factory that was inherited by a guy with bigger ambitions. Together with his daughter he turns it into a huge workshop for creating a time machine. Supposedly the ground floor will be full of clocks, and as you ascend you go through the workshop with a big time machine or something hanging in the big gap they made in the center of the queue area.

 

I think it will look amazing on the inside. I too am kind of wary of how it looks on the outside so far, but a few thematic details could really liven it up and as far as I can tell the theming crew hasn't made it to the park yet.

That's kind of what I was thinking.

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I went to SDC tonight to check out both Time Traveler and the all new Christmas in Midtown. Christmas in Midtown is GORGEOUS. I spent at least an hour in Midtown alone while I was looking at all the lights! I love all the different light tunnels in there! And I loved all the giant trees! Time Traveler also looks super impressive! Even though it sits on a big piece of land, it still seems like they shoehorned it in there. Like, I'm almost positive I could have touched the brake run from the queue line of Thunderation. I'm super hyped to ride it!

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I went to SDC tonight to check out both Time Traveler and the all new Christmas in Midtown. Christmas in Midtown is GORGEOUS. I spent at least an hour in Midtown alone while I was looking at all the lights! I love all the different light tunnels in there! And I loved all the giant trees! Time Traveler also looks super impressive! Even though it sits on a big piece of land, it still seems like they shoehorned it in there. Like, I'm almost positive I could have touched the brake run from the queue line of Thunderation. I'm super hyped to ride it!

 

Were there any coaster closures this past weekend? I'm about to send a friend there for the first time and I would like to know if the trip will be worth it. I know he'll be wanting to ride Outlaw Run. Thanks

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Were there any coaster closures this past weekend? I'm about to send a friend there for the first time and I would like to know if the trip will be worth it. I know he'll be wanting to ride Outlaw Run. Thanks

 

The park does everything they can to keep all their rides open for their guest to enjoy. Unless it's raining, or ungodly cold the rides shouild be open.

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You're in luck, because Outlaw Run is typically one of the last to close for weather. Powder Keg doesn't run in the rain. Everything else is temperature dependent. SDC publishes this handy temperature guide:

 

https://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/Attractions/Rides/Ride-Temperature-Guidelines

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I went to SDC tonight to check out both Time Traveler and the all new Christmas in Midtown. Christmas in Midtown is GORGEOUS. I spent at least an hour in Midtown alone while I was looking at all the lights! I love all the different light tunnels in there! And I loved all the giant trees! Time Traveler also looks super impressive! Even though it sits on a big piece of land, it still seems like they shoehorned it in there. Like, I'm almost positive I could have touched the brake run from the queue line of Thunderation. I'm super hyped to ride it!

 

Were there any coaster closures this past weekend? I'm about to send a friend there for the first time and I would like to know if the trip will be worth it. I know he'll be wanting to ride Outlaw Run. Thanks

I'm so sorry! I did not see this until now. But there were no ride closures. SDC is usually pretty good about keeping rides open for an Olde Time Christmas. They usually don't shut down the rides until it gets to 37 degrees. Although they will shut them down at 40 degrees if it is windy. I've gone to an Olde Time Christmas every year since I was born and there was only one time that I went and they had the rides closed.

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Sorry if this has been covered ad nauseum - I tried a search and could not find any answer -

 

I am buying a season pass for the park next year and am curious about what format it takes - I really hope it is not in the form of a sheet of paper like the daily tickets.

most anything else is much more durable and I don't' look forward to having to either reprint my tickets each time ( no biggie really, just a small hassle) or trying to keep them clean and usable for an entire season.

 

any info would be much appreciated.

 

many thanks

 

Kevin

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On another, different note, I had a friend who went to the park recently and said that Flooded mine has appeared to have some decent work done to it lately. He said it was in the best condition he's seen it in a very long time. Has anyone noticed anything?

 

There are a few very dedicated individuals that have been trying their hardest to keep the ride looking as nice as possible for it's 50th season. It's extremely hard to keep it going these days since what it really needs is an entirely new gun system, but the park doesn't seem to think the expense will pay off. Not sure what is going to happen in the next few years, but the ride does have a cult following.

 

As an old timer - 52years - I remember the heyday of the flooded mine - it is one of my faves and due to my failing health one of the few things I can still ride. I am always saddened by the "shoot out" aspect of it. hell I Remember back to when it used to have the cave in section at the end with the falling rocks... I would be ecstatic to see it fully restored to its older glory. Or upgraded like the mine train ride at Knotts.. that would be amazing. its got a good story and theme-ing and really fits the park, just showing its age like the rest of us - I would HATE to see it leave.

 

Kevin

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Sorry if this has been covered ad nauseum - I tried a search and could not find any answer -

 

I am buying a season pass for the park next year and am curious about what format it takes - I really hope it is not in the form of a sheet of paper like the daily tickets.

most anything else is much more durable and I don't' look forward to having to either reprint my tickets each time ( no biggie really, just a small hassle) or trying to keep them clean and usable for an entire season.

 

any info would be much appreciated.

 

many thanks

 

Kevin

No, that's a good question. Season tickets are identical to daily tickets, just that slightly glossy paper. I keep mine in my wallet all year, and though they do show some wear by the end of the season, they've never become unusable.

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As an old timer - 52years - I remember the heyday of the flooded mine - it is one of my faves and due to my failing health one of the few things I can still ride. I am always saddened by the "shoot out" aspect of it. hell I Remember back to when it used to have the cave in section at the end with the falling rocks... I would be ecstatic to see it fully restored to its older glory. Or upgraded like the mine train ride at Knotts.. that would be amazing. its got a good story and theme-ing and really fits the park, just showing its age like the rest of us - I would HATE to see it leave.

 

Kevin

 

Here's the thing about Flooded Mine's "glory days" - when you look back at the old pictures and post cards it actually looks a lot simpler than it does today. No one remembers how goofy the old mannequins were, and they added a lot of details throughout the years. There are still some employees there that put a lot of care and work into making it look as sharp as it can.

 

The switch-over to the shoot-out format added a lot of quirks and gags that people love, even if they don't enjoy the shooting. The real problem with it now is that they won't spend the relatively small amounts of money on small upgrades like replacing the gun system or things like sound effects that break. I worry that they are letting it slip more each year until it is "justified" to take it out.

 

The more I look back over old SDC history, the more I realize how much truly changes from year to year. It's not so much the change that is hard to deal with as the way things change. I know we're all worried that if they completely re-did the flooded mine it wouldn't have the hand-made details or the funny non-PC story lines. It would probably be some kind of generic mystery mine with projection screens and all that. Who knows though.

 

A renovation in the way of knotts would be well received by the park fans, but I'm not sure they think they would get the ROI without doing something big and gimmicky. They are smarter than we give them credit for most of the time though, so we'll just have to wait and see. Won't be long until SOMETHING is done though.

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As an old timer - 52years - I remember the heyday of the flooded mine - it is one of my faves and due to my failing health one of the few things I can still ride. I am always saddened by the "shoot out" aspect of it. hell I Remember back to when it used to have the cave in section at the end with the falling rocks... I would be ecstatic to see it fully restored to its older glory. Or upgraded like the mine train ride at Knotts.. that would be amazing. its got a good story and theme-ing and really fits the park, just showing its age like the rest of us - I would HATE to see it leave.

 

Kevin

 

Here's the thing about Flooded Mine's "glory days" - when you look back at the old pictures and post cards it actually looks a lot simpler than it does today. No one remembers how goofy the old mannequins were, and they added a lot of details throughout the years. There are still some employees there that put a lot of care and work into making it look as sharp as it can.

 

The switch-over to the shoot-out format added a lot of quirks and gags that people love, even if they don't enjoy the shooting. The real problem with it now is that they won't spend the relatively small amounts of money on small upgrades like replacing the gun system or things like sound effects that break. I worry that they are letting it slip more each year until it is "justified" to take it out.

 

The more I look back over old SDC history, the more I realize how much truly changes from year to year. It's not so much the change that is hard to deal with as the way things change. I know we're all worried that if they completely re-did the flooded mine it wouldn't have the hand-made details or the funny non-PC story lines. It would probably be some kind of generic mystery mine with projection screens and all that. Who knows though.

 

A renovation in the way of knotts would be well received by the park fans, but I'm not sure they think they would get the ROI without doing something big and gimmicky. They are smarter than we give them credit for most of the time though, so we'll just have to wait and see. Won't be long until SOMETHING is done though.

 

well - if done correctly and with SDC's usual level of care for the overall scheme, i would not mind a reboot. I just hate to see it slowly decay - if done in house and not as a bought upgrade from a production house or vendor, I am sure they would do something great. I am NOT a big fan of the projection screen dark rides.

 

Side note - for me the "pew-pew" sound during the entire ride really ruins the experience for me. maybe vibrating gun handles would be more pleasing to the ear.

I skip the gunplay on my rides -

 

Kevin

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Sorry if this has been covered ad nauseum - I tried a search and could not find any answer -

 

I am buying a season pass for the park next year and am curious about what format it takes - I really hope it is not in the form of a sheet of paper like the daily tickets.

most anything else is much more durable and I don't' look forward to having to either reprint my tickets each time ( no biggie really, just a small hassle) or trying to keep them clean and usable for an entire season.

 

any info would be much appreciated.

 

many thanks

 

Kevin

No, that's a good question. Season tickets are identical to daily tickets, just that slightly glossy paper. I keep mine in my wallet all year, and though they do show some wear by the end of the season, they've never become unusable.

 

very helpful thanks

 

Kevin

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Sorry if this has been covered ad nauseum - I tried a search and could not find any answer -

 

I am buying a season pass for the park next year and am curious about what format it takes - I really hope it is not in the form of a sheet of paper like the daily tickets.

most anything else is much more durable and I don't' look forward to having to either reprint my tickets each time ( no biggie really, just a small hassle) or trying to keep them clean and usable for an entire season.

 

any info would be much appreciated.

 

many thanks

 

Kevin

 

We take a strip of packing tape long enough to cover the front and pack, and cover it in tape to look like it's been laminated. Without the lamination. (I believe they say don't laminate) it's worked like a charm for years for us. Keeps them fully protected.

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Nope, no plastic card. It's paper. Because it's cheaper. SDC is a great park, but they don't actually have a whole lot of money, at least not by theme park standards. They cut corners where they can, they're just intelligent about it. Nobody's really going to care that the season pass is printed on paper, so that's what they do.

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Nope, no plastic card. It's paper. Because it's cheaper. SDC is a great park, but they don't actually have a whole lot of money, at least not by theme park standards. They cut corners where they can, they're just intelligent about it. Nobody's really going to care that the season pass is printed on paper, so that's what they do.

 

well I would prefer plastic, but I can completely understand the expense part of it. Even sturdier cardstock would be appreciated more than paper -- not to worry I will make do. they do seem to push the upgrade to season passes from your daily ticket much more than other parks do.

 

Kevin

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^ 2 easy solutions here. 1. Laminate it yourself or 2. wrap it in a strip of packing tape. Both are preserved, super cheap to do, and relatively waterproof. Problem solved.

 

Also, if you have any leftover name tag / event pass plastic holders (don't know how else to describe them) that is usually attached to a lanyard.....get rid of the lanyard, and cut the plastic to be even at the top, and then just insert your pass in that. It should work.

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Interesting. I guess I'm just surprised because Six Flags, which is largely considered the "cheapest" park/chain, even has plastic cards. They're super thin and flimsy, but they're still cards. I would expect them to cut corners before a high quality park like Silver Dollar City.

 

I don't intend to complain about it, because in the end it really doesn't matter (especially for that price!), but I'm just surprised. I would assume Dollywood does the same?

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SDC just cuts corners in different areas than Six Flags does. Six Flags only has season passes at the price point they do because of advertising, but they're also highly dependent on locals. SDC sells season tickets in the SWMO/NWAR area, but a lot of their guests are visitors to Branson. They're cognizant that Branson is a budget destination, and they price accordingly.

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SDC just cuts corners in different areas than Six Flags does. Six Flags only has season passes at the price point they do because of advertising, but they're also highly dependent on locals. SDC sells season tickets in the SWMO/NWAR area, but a lot of their guests are visitors to Branson. They're cognizant that Branson is a budget destination, and they price accordingly.

 

 

Budget to a point, plenty of high end tourist folks as well. Add up the Springfield and Northwest Arkansas MSA and you have a local market of well over 1 million. Both areas are growing. The St. Louis Fed Reserve branch calls Northwest Arkansas their Gold Coast of the district.

 

Then when you add in the Fort Smith/River Valley, Little Rock/Conway, and Tulsa MSAs and the extended local market isn't as small as many assume. The only real close competition in those areas are Frontier City and Magic Springs. Outside of that, SIx Flags in STL and Dallas for all and Worlds of Fun in KC for NWA and Eastern OK.

 

Last I looked, if you add up the MSAs of Tulsa, NWA, Ft. Smith, Springfield, Little Rock, NEA, and smaller ones, it's well over 3 million.

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