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I enjoyed the details in your trip report. Helpful, interesting and fun!

 

I'm now mildly curious--in that photo op picture frame (second pic), it looks like you can flip "rode" to something else if you didn't ride? What would the other word be? Neat little detail if I'm seeing that right.

It actually just says "didn't ride" on the other side! lol

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I have to really say, when I see what I see in your photos Andrew, the whole thing definitely looks "bigger on the inside."

Which makes the simple design and colouring of the load building itself, look all the more.... mysterious enough,

to see what's inside such a plain looking building.....not.

 

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Awesome, thanks! I keep seeing comparisons to Cobras Curse, which we really liked so that's gotten me a little more interested in peoples opinions on this one.

 

I was wondering when you'd make it over to ride and got all stoked when I saw you posted a report. I got the bottom and was like "Wait... WTF. where is the part about the ride?" and went back through the report like 2-3 times thinking I was crazy. All the other stuff is cool but as someone unfamiliar to this park the sprucing up/new additions to the area are definitely less interesting than wtf does Andrew think of this crazyass new ride!?!?

 

What did your son think?

Ha, yeah, just totally skipped that paragraph. Don't know why, I'll blame the exhaustion.

 

I know you guys joke about Dorney's new chicken sandwich place, but when SDC builds a chicken sandwich place, it's actually worth getting excited over. Once you've been to Dollywood or Knoebels, that'll give you an idea.

 

I've heard really good things about Cobra's Curse, and I do intend to get to Florida at some point. If it's like a less crazy version of Time Traveler, I'll enjoy it for sure.

 

Evan doesn't talk a whole lot, but he was very excited to go on it, and he's been watching TPR's video of it on Youtube the last couple of days. Big smile throughout and after we got off. I think he enjoyed it.

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That trip report is great and the ride looks amazing. I wish I could get out there soon enough.

 

One little easter egg from the report is that

 

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The person closest to the camera has my favorite bands hoody from their last tour (which I also have, which also matches my avatar) so I found that extra cool.

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Hey Andrew - great report!

 

Glad to see that this coaster is something that you and your son could ride together!

 

With regards to the idiot that parked in the tram stop, I love SDC's response! I would have towed it to the furthest, most extreme spot away that I could so the person (or persons) would have to walk like a mile or more.

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You wanna know where your car is?

 

You see this red dot? That's where your car is, a$$hole. Buh.

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The last few switchbacks are very short and have a path kept clear with only a simple chain to the switchbacks, making it easy for the grouper to find just the right person, and for that person not to have to push past people awkwardly. Absolutely brilliant. I've never seen this before, but every coaster should have this. There are not enough superlatives to say how wonderful this is.

 

Omg, as a former grouper that's a dream come true. Every coaster with limited capacity NEEDS this. Love the report and all the pictures of the queue. It really doesn't seem sparse to me either, and everything they've done is quite tasteful.

 

I know you guys joke about Dorney's new chicken sandwich place, but when SDC builds a chicken sandwich place, it's actually worth getting excited over. Once you've been to Dollywood or Knoebels, that'll give you an idea.

 

And YES, new food options at parks like SDC or Dollywood are just as exciting as new coasters!!

 

So happy to hear all the reports about the controlled spinning. I was worried it would make me nauseous, but now I'm just excited to ride!

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queue looks awesome im guessing the photo op is greenscreen?

Yes, green screen.

 

Hey Andrew - great report!

 

Glad to see that this coaster is something that you and your son could ride together!

 

With regards to the idiot that parked in the tram stop, I love SDC's response! I would have towed it to the furthest, most extreme spot away that I could so the person (or persons) would have to walk like a mile or more.

Thanks! That is evil, and I totally approve. That was a first for me, seeing someone parked in a place that isn't a spot. That marker on your map is super far away, but there actually are a couple more lots even farther south on Indian Point Road. If you're looking on Google Maps, find Deer Run Motel. There's a road that comes off of Indian Point right across from there and runs parallel to it for a long way. That's SDC overflow parking all along there. Put that jackass at the end of that road/parking lot. Guaranteed they will never find their car.

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Got to visit the park this weekend and I just have to say how wonderful the park is already. I’ll have a trip report with pics and such up soon but there was one thing I wanted to mention that I haven’t seen talked about yet. It appears that Fire In The Hole got a lot of work over the offseason. The biggest changes was in lighting. I don’t know if the lanterns were like it last season, but now it looks like it has a real flame inside. The atmospheric lighting was updated too, lot more vibrant colors. They may have even added more lighting and theming because there were many things I’ve never noticed on the ride. But I wish I could say the same about Flooded Mine. I, in my opinion had the worst ride on it yet. There were a ton of major effects and scenes broken, targets not working, many guns not responsive. The runaway saw blade scene was broke. The most disappointing thing was the loss of the tnt geyser scene. There is no explosion audio anymore, the geyser never worked, and the big water dump only happened on one of my rides. I *really* hope this ride gets some love in the future. It’s really sad the condition it is in.

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I was talking with one of the Flooded Mine workers and apparently a bunch of stuff suddenly decided to break all at once this week. They've already been constantly forced to do more with less every year. The park has had countless opportunities to replace the guns, sound system, etc, but they don't see the ROI in it, so they let it limp along. It's the Mean Streak treatment: let a formerly good ride slowly die until the guests forget what it used to be and are begging for a replacement.

 

I mean, they practically hid it with the new restaurant setup. Didn't even give it a new sign. There's no way that was simply overlooked...

 

Anyway though, Time Traveler was fun, but different than I thought it would be. Everyone seems to really enjoy it, so it's a definite hit for the park. It is the most gentle thrill ride ever built, but that's not a bad thing when they already have OR and Wildfire across the park. It's already having some typical opening issues though. It was down most of Sunday due to some kind of launch issue. Some riders were temporarily stuck on the launch apparently - nothing major and I don't think they were there too long. The restraints are also acting tricky - they keep not wanting to release on the unload platform, so they often have to pull into the station and reset some stuff to get people off. This slows everything down of course.

 

I also took my annual Marvel Cave tour which always blows me away no matter how many times I've done it. I'll post some of my photos and more thoughts later.

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Glad to hear Time Traveler is a really good coaster. Looking forward to trying it in a few months.

 

Just a little off topic, but America's Fun Park down the road just announced they are adding a second roller coaster: the Windstorm coaster from Fun Forest!

 

I heard about that park a month ago when it was announced and was intrigued to hear what rides they'd get. If it's up by Memorial Day weekend, I definitely plan on stopping in.

 

It also looks like they'll be getting one of those Interpark Super Cyclone coasters that seem to popping up quite a bit. At least 3 of the traveling fairs in New England have added them in the past few years plus a few smaller parks like Santa's Village and Como Town. Hopefully this one doesn't have comfort collars like the one with Fiesta Shows.

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An hour and forty minutes? I don't think I could have held out. Props to your boy for being able to be patient enough to put up with that. He must be a great kid. I would have whined the entire time at that age.

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^ That is a beautiful video. I don't have any 4K screens, but it looks vibrant, especially for a Missouri winter.

 

An hour and forty minutes? I don't think I could have held out. Props to your boy for being able to be patient enough to put up with that. He must be a great kid. I would have whined the entire time at that age.

During the delay, he did try to grab my arm a couple of times and get me to go further down the queue. I kept having to explain that we will ride it, just a few minutes. Helped that we stopped right at the top of the stairs from first floor to second, so we could see out the windows at the trains that were testing.

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Here's some photos from my weekend.

 

The Fun Spot is doing some serious construction. I have been curious what their scale is. I thought it might just be a few rides and portapotties, but they are in fact building some permanent structures and laying a lot of ground work.

 

Just one question: where are people going to park?

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Yup, opening weekend crowd. This is right before rope drop.

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The opening queue wrapped all the way to the dippin dots stand. It took awhile just to finally reach the entrance.

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I was hoping for a little more down here, but it's nice to have another fully indoor climate-controlled queue. Hopefully we won't be stuck down here too much in the coming years anyway.

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It is nice how well you can see the ride from the windows. It's awesome for first time riders, and fun to see the reactions.

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The top level is pretty cool, and I like the thought put into things like the lights. Need to work on that soundtrack though, the bell tolls are very shrill.

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You can hardly tell that a pathway used to cut through here. There was a dense thicket of trees here as well, and the old eating area was where the main path is now. It honestly looks like it has always been this way though apart from the fresh concrete. They blended it in with the existing park perfectly.

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Those trees are actually brand new to the park. They brought in mature trees. Bit of an issue for people exiting Flooded Mine though... they have to figure out how to get through the eating area, around the shops, and back to the FM entrance. Not easy for people new to the park.

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The poles for the Christmas in Midtown aerial stuff are now "flag poles". Kinda mars the old midtown feel, but what can you do...

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Love this. Want it everywhere. Glad they have this much though.

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Still love the Flooded Mine

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One of the old SDC steam trains has been retired and is now on display across from the station.

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Awesome little shop. I had the ostrich.

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Tater patch skillet.

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This is stamped 1797. There's a good chance it is authentic.

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The steam powered lathe looks ready to go this year. This is one of my favorite off-the-beaten-track things at SDC.

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Birdle's cabin is back open after being closed off late last year. Doesn't look like anything has been done inside though... it's kinda falling apart.

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Marvel Cave is one of those things you hear about and don't necessarily get around to doing since there are coasters to ride, but it is an EXCELLENT cave. It's no wonder it got so popular that they had to add stuff for people waiting in line.

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Fun Spot/Park/Place

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What wonderful pictures of SDC and Time Traveler! And thanks for the nice construction update on America's Fun Park! I wonder if the parking lot will be in the same place it was before construction, and they just wanted to replace all the pavement? I don't know. I'm excited, mainly for the Spider, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, and Windstorm.

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Here is my compiled footage from opening day.

Featured in the video:

0:11 Opening Ceremony at Red Gold Heritage Hall

4:15 Pre-Opening Station Tour and POV

6:33 Ride Queue walk-thru

9:10 Ground level POV of ride layout with first riders on board

13:04 New Valley Road area layout with new food and shop buildings

 

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Thanks! That is evil, and I totally approve. That was a first for me, seeing someone parked in a place that isn't a spot. That marker on your map is super far away, but there actually are a couple more lots even farther south on Indian Point Road. If you're looking on Google Maps, find Deer Run Motel. There's a road that comes off of Indian Point right across from there and runs parallel to it for a long way. That's SDC overflow parking all along there. Put that jackass at the end of that road/parking lot. Guaranteed they will never find their car.

 

That's why I will likely never be a manager of any type.

 

The first time someone did something totally stupid like that, I would be inclined to react in that manner in order to teach them a lesson. I was raised that if you broke the rules or did something stupid, that there were consequences to be had. Not sure when a big chunk of American society dropped common sense from their morals, but it seems to have exploded in the last ten or so years.

 

Now everyone makes mistakes (including myself and I have no problem admitting when I do) and I get that, but when there are signs everywhere telling you TRAM STOP - NO PARKING, then the person gets what they deserve - a basic lesson on how to not be stupid.

 

On another note, I have to say that despite the skillet dinners always looking phenomenal in PTR's from here and Dollywood, does anyone else think that Tater Skillet in the trip report looks kind of nasty? Perhaps it was just the lighting?

 

What was your take on that tater skillet Shave The Whales?

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I think a good chunk of the population don't actually have morals, they just do what they're told. Thoughtfulness is and always has been rare. I don't think people are stupider now than they were 10 years ago, it's just that it's easier to broadcast your stupidity now. A decade ago I would have pointed and laughed at that guy and maybe told some friends about him, but now I took a photo with my phone and put it up on the Internet for everyone to point and laugh. Therein is the difference.

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