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This is definitely my kind of day at the park.

 

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The only person in this photo happens to be my brother.

I also happened to run into Marcus Leeshock in the first 5 mins in the park. I figured he would’ve been long gone from Branson by now or atleast doing other things in the area besides SDC but low and behold was still at the park today. What a suprise

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Well. I just got home from Silver Dollar City. I meant to go yesterday, but I was throwing up all morning. Anywho, I got into the park right at rope drop and ran right to Time Traveler. Everybody else went right to Time Traveler. By the time I got there, there was already an hour long line. I thought it was going to be longer due to the fact that the line was out past the sign, but as soon as you get into the building, you realize the wait won't be that long. The main problem is the photo booth. As soon as get through the photo booth, there is no line until the second floor. And they were having everybody take a picture. I thought you would only get your picture taken if you actually bought it before you got in line, but they pull everybody aside. I almost wish that there was a separate shop or something off of the exit where you could get your picture taken. The line moved really slowly for Time Traveler since they were only running two trains. I thought they would have used all trains today since most of the schools are out for Good Friday and it is the first nice day in a week. I loved the station for Time Traveler. I loved the spinning gears and the lights.

So, I was assigned to the second car. I wish I was assigned to the back so I could get pulled over the drop. But it was fun up there because you hang over the drop a bit before going down. I went down the drop sideways and then I went through the dive loop backwards. I launched backwards and then my car actually started spinning kind of quickly through the next portion of the ride. I ended up going through the second launch sideways and I remained sideways for the rest of the ride.

I loved it. It was SO FUN! It is no doubt my favorite ride in the park now. So, I don't usually like going backwards on rides, but I thought it felt fine on this ride. There's just no other way to describe it other than fun! I really do hope more parks get rides like this. It was just so incredible! It seems like people always complain about that pause before the first launch, I'm glad it is there. It seems like the vehicles start spinning more after they come to a stop and it is fun. My one complaint with this ride would probably be the queue line. It just seems so odd and out of place walking down the hill and then climbing back up to the top, then having to cross a bridge to exit. But otherwise, what a spectacular ride!

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Since this seems to be the thread for other area tourism news as well, there's some exciting renovations to the Tan-Tar-A Resort!

 

A New State of Mind at Tan-Tar-A Resort

 

Renovations will touch all facets of the property, incorporating Margaritaville's signature 'casual-luxe' design elements. The property will be upgraded with elements of Margaritaville - both aesthetically and in terms of culture - while keeping the family friendly atmosphere our guests have come to expect and love. Guests can anticipate updated food and beverage concepts and Margaritaville's iconic design elements incorporated throughout the property.

 

With all the great changes we have in store, many things will stay the same. Management and staff at the resort will remain the same. Our dedicated staff will continue to provide excellent customer service, ensuring all of our guests are well cared for during their stay. Continued commitment to the success of our groups will remain vital with our professional team, all working together to make every guest's experiences memorable.

 

Tan-Tar-A's management company will remain Driftwood Hospitality Management, the same company that has managed us since 2012. Driftwood Acquisitions and Development recently acquired Tan-Tar-A Resort. DAD, a privately held investment firm specializing in the acquisition and development of hotel assets, is a division of Driftwood Hospitality Management.

 

Tan-Tar-A's name will stay the same until the Spring of 2019. At that time, The resort's new name will be "Tan-Tar-A, a Margaritaville Resort", said the resort's longtime general manager Fred Dehner. "All of the associates at Tan-Tar-A are enthused about the changes and look forward to the new look that will be offered to our customers."

 

We are currently working with the design team on new concepts for the resort guest rooms and food and beverage outlets. A complete timeline of all renovations is not available yet, but work will begin at the conclusion of the 2017 summer season.

 

We will continue to update you with tantalizing news and photos of our journey to Margaritaville.

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

 

Tan-Tar-A Resort Sales Team

sales@tan-tar-a.com

573-348-8550

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Yeah I am really not a fan of the mandatory photo booth right in the queue line. Hoping they redo it sooner than later. Or at least make it optional to help with flow.

 

It is optional....but most of us mid-westerners are too polite to not take the picture...lol. I too hope it goes away....I'm guessing it might take a season or two before it's gone. Saw I lot of people with those pics running around the park.

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Yeah I am really not a fan of the mandatory photo booth right in the queue line. Hoping they redo it sooner than later. Or at least make it optional to help with flow.

 

It is optional....but most of us mid-westerners are too polite to not take the picture...lol. I too hope it goes away....I'm guessing it might take a season or two before it's gone. Saw I lot of people with those pics running around the park.

I don't think it is a too polite thing. I think most of them think it is mandatory. The attendants don't ask "would you like to take a picture?" They instead ask "how many?" Then they direct you where to stand.

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Yeah I am really not a fan of the mandatory photo booth right in the queue line. Hoping they redo it sooner than later. Or at least make it optional to help with flow.

 

It is optional....but most of us mid-westerners are too polite to not take the picture...lol. I too hope it goes away....I'm guessing it might take a season or two before it's gone. Saw I lot of people with those pics running around the park.

I don't think it is a too polite thing. I think most of them think it is mandatory. The attendants don't ask "would you like to take a picture?" They instead ask "how many?" Then they direct you where to stand.

 

Universal does the same thing at Gringotts, the photo op has the appearance of something mandatory but a firm-yet-polite "No thank you" will suffice. And it does play havoc with the lines to a degree there as well. SDC has done that on a couple of the cave tours I've taken, now that I think on it; sometimes they'll have a photo op at the bottom of the big cave and present it as something you should do rather than could do.

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Since this seems to be the thread for other area tourism news as well, there's some exciting renovations to the Tan-Tar-A Resort!

 

A New State of Mind at Tan-Tar-A Resort

 

Renovations will touch all facets of the property, incorporating Margaritaville's signature 'casual-luxe' design elements. The property will be upgraded with elements of Margaritaville - both aesthetically and in terms of culture - while keeping the family friendly atmosphere our guests have come to expect and love. Guests can anticipate updated food and beverage concepts and Margaritaville's iconic design elements incorporated throughout the property.

 

With all the great changes we have in store, many things will stay the same. Management and staff at the resort will remain the same. Our dedicated staff will continue to provide excellent customer service, ensuring all of our guests are well cared for during their stay. Continued commitment to the success of our groups will remain vital with our professional team, all working together to make every guest's experiences memorable.

 

Tan-Tar-A's management company will remain Driftwood Hospitality Management, the same company that has managed us since 2012. Driftwood Acquisitions and Development recently acquired Tan-Tar-A Resort. DAD, a privately held investment firm specializing in the acquisition and development of hotel assets, is a division of Driftwood Hospitality Management.

 

Tan-Tar-A's name will stay the same until the Spring of 2019. At that time, The resort's new name will be "Tan-Tar-A, a Margaritaville Resort", said the resort's longtime general manager Fred Dehner. "All of the associates at Tan-Tar-A are enthused about the changes and look forward to the new look that will be offered to our customers."

 

We are currently working with the design team on new concepts for the resort guest rooms and food and beverage outlets. A complete timeline of all renovations is not available yet, but work will begin at the conclusion of the 2017 summer season.

 

We will continue to update you with tantalizing news and photos of our journey to Margaritaville.

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

 

Tan-Tar-A Resort Sales Team

sales@tan-tar-a.com

573-348-8550

 

Yeah, if it was on Table Rock or Bull Shoals and not Lake of the Ozarks., but I guess it's just a morning's drive away.

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Yeah I am really not a fan of the mandatory photo booth right in the queue line. Hoping they redo it sooner than later. Or at least make it optional to help with flow.

 

It is optional....but most of us mid-westerners are too polite to not take the picture...lol. I too hope it goes away....I'm guessing it might take a season or two before it's gone. Saw I lot of people with those pics running around the park.

I don't think it is a too polite thing. I think most of them think it is mandatory. The attendants don't ask "would you like to take a picture?" They instead ask "how many?" Then they direct you where to stand.

 

I know they don't ask you to take they picture....which is exactly my point that most mid-westerners will just follow directions and take the pic instead of being 'rude' by saying "I'm not interested". I'm guessing after a couple of re-rides a few 'bold' people we start saying "I've already got one" (even if it's a lie) to skip it....then the trend will very slowly grow as everyone starts seeing the regulars skip it.

 

btw...this politeness is why I can't leave my wife alone with any good salesperson and why she thinks I'm a jerk when I'm negotiating

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^lmfao. I'm glad I'm not the only one with a sick sense of humor. I do hope they're OK, though. I would imagine they are since their cell phone wouldn't have been gone through if they had been killed.

 

Everyone knows the smart thing to do is to stay in your car during a tornado, despite every single warning not do. The second logical thing is drive directly into the tornado. If you're going to do all that you might as well video record it instead of taking the time to think logically and develop a reasonable plan of action so you don't die. "I'm ffffking scared! I'm ffffing scared!" Maybe you should put down your 'ffffing' phone!

 

For more insight: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/her/evolution-and-natural-selection/a/darwin-evolution-natural-selection

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^lmfao. I'm glad I'm not the only one with a sick sense of humor. I do hope they're OK, though. I would imagine they are since their cell phone wouldn't have been gone through if they had been killed.

 

Everyone knows the smart thing to do is to stay in your car during a tornado, despite every single warning not do. The second logical thing is drive directly into the tornado. If you're going to do all that you might as well video record it instead of taking the time to think logically and develop a reasonable plan of action so you don't die. "I'm ffffking scared! I'm ffffing scared!" Maybe you should put down your 'ffffing' phone!

 

For more insight: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/her/evolution-and-natural-selection/a/darwin-evolution-natural-selection

 

Both are ok. They had just picked up a brand new travel trailer and were hauling it home to Ft. Smith. She's got some minor abrasions and the driver/husband is just a bit sore. They ended up way down and upside down in the median. Full range of emotions that one was. Why are those idiots stopping to @#$%, @#$%, @#%$ to Please God forgive me for my sins to I love you, I love you. I've had two very close calls with death and waked any basically untouched but neither were any of my doing. So, I can relate with that yo yo.

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^Funny you shared that post from him. Such a small world, I am a storm chaser for Dan at his TV station. I was in Oklahoma watching the additional storms heading towards the state when that incident happened.

 

On a more serious note, that video still makes me cringe. Why continue to drive TOWARD the tornado with a travel trailer that will basically be caught like a sail!? *facepalm* Not sure if this is a common sense issue or an education issue or more concerning... both.

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Come to think of it SDC's Time Traveler would have been a perfect fit if it was named and themed to weather like most of their sister parks coasters currently are. (e.g. Tennessee Tornado) Could have been called Ozark Twister: The Ride

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I'm not from the Midwest and tornadoes scare the crap out of me. I would be that woman freaking out while my Midwestern boyfriend is driving and doing something dumb while saying, "Babe calm down."

 

I realized I didn't know what the proper tornado + driving protocol was, so I just looked it up. Also, I've watched the video several times and I don't know how to tell it's a tornado?

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