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Fyi to anyone traveling to the park on a busy day, they cut off Time Traveler's queue before closing. I got there 15 minutes before closing and they were turning people away. The employee at the gift shop said the park doesn't like to have people in the park more than a half hour after closing.

 

On the bright side, Thunderation is next door and a really good night ride I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

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I know the line was 120 minutes most of the day but around 7:30 I got on in just 15 minutes so I'm kind of skeptical it built back up.

 

Though from Thunderation it looked like the launch track lights illuminated the layout so it wasn't as pitch black as I thought it would have been.

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Yes I rode Outlaw Run almost 30 times with half of those in the dark. It was an amazing coaster!

 

I also liked Powder Keg a lot more than I expected. I thought it'd be a family ride with the lower height requirement but that was a surprisingly forceful launch with some great air after.

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^ I would have LOVED to have gotten to ride their coasters in the dark - so jealous of you!

 

And yes, Powder Keg was a great surprise. I had read about how awesome it was, but my expectations were blown away at just how fun this odd coaster really is!

 

PS - you must have thighs of steel to ride Outlaw Run 30 times...I think I rode it about ten times in two days and my thighs were pretty sore from it. Although that is not a bad thing...no complaints from me!

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Powder Keg is so much fun. The launch, setting, and sensation of speed really make it worth the while. Thunderation absolutely hauls through the trees. Wildfire is one of my favorite B&M loopers (setting + smooth + that first drop!), and of course Outlaw Run is one of the most flat-out fun wooden coasters out there. Basically, every coaster at SDC is unique and one of the best of its kind. I can't wait to ride Time Traveler this summer.

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PS - you must have thighs of steel to ride Outlaw Run 30 times...I think I rode it about ten times in two days and my thighs were pretty sore from it. Although that is not a bad thing...no complaints from me!

 

SFNE's Superman trained me well. Those bulky things are far worse than a RMC on the thighs.

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The only coaster I've ridden that's "bad" on the thighs is Magnum if you don't tighten the seatbelt enough, and maybe the B&Ms with vest restraints, the wing coasters and Banshee that tighten during the ride (Valravn didn't do this, so maybe it's fixed(?) or maybe it just hadn't developed a problem yet). I haven't been on STR or Skyrush. The only discomfort I felt on OR was the shin bars, and those weren't really noticeable outside the station and brake run.

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Definitely a two day park if it's your first time, IMO. Weekdays you won't have any problem with lines. Most everything will be a walk-on. Time Traveler keeps a line, but on a weekday I doubt it's more than 45 minutes at the most. Basically just TT, the Lost River (river rapids), and American Plunge (arrow log flume), keep lines during the summer.

 

My suggestion is to take it easy and take in the non-ride things around the park. Lots of neat stores, authentic crafts, good food, and the saloon show is actually pretty good. Also can't forget the cave!

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In other news, Bigfoot on the Strip (a nearby FEC) is currently suing someone for leaving them a 3 star review on Tripadvisor. If anyone posts an SCD report on TPR, visits Bigfoot on the Strip and considers telling us that it was anything less than the single greatest FEC to ever grace the wonderful city of Branson, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself .

 

He left a three-star review on TripAdvisor. Now he's being sued by a Missouri attraction

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^ During my visit to Bigfoot, they made an announcement every 30-45 minutes reminding us to like the park on Facebook and post our experiences on Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. I don't recall them warning us to only post good reviews though.

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Quick clarification: if I'm planning to take advantage of the After 3 deal, I buy the ticket for the first day (when I'm arriving after 3pm), correct?

 

ReserveBranson.com sells 2-day tickets for $70 and it seems like you can still do the after 3pm thing on your first day. I'd love to get verification that this works.

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I'd say (as a non-local, two-time summertime visitor) that one full day at SDC is perfectly doable but should be your bare minimum. I've done one full day with a late closing, and one evening plus day with Trailblazer on the full day, and both were relaxing trips which included the cave tour and lots of rides and meandering around. I don't think it's quite at the level where a one-day trip would feel overwhelming or disappointing, but it's certainly worthy of more if desired!

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^ I had a rare 12.5 hour day at the park on Memorial Day (after a 2.5 hour preview the night before) and gladly would have spent more time. All their coasters are unique and reridable. Then they have some unique non-coasters, fantastic food, and the cave tour.

 

I've also heard their shows are outstanding too, but I was prioritizing the rides.

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SDC is having Season Passholder Appreciation Days this week, and we went on Sunday to enjoy somewhat shorter lines on Time Traveler and other rides.

 

My wife finally got to ride Time Traveler due to the shorter lines, as she wouldn't wait the hour and a half it's been on our previous trips. She thought it was ok but not as good as Wildfire, which is her favourite coaster. For those who haven't been on it, Wildfire is legit. The only coaster of that type that I've heard as much universal praise for is Kumba. Basically no one dislikes Wildfire.

 

Anyway, here is the evidence:

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Evan hasn't noticed us standing at the exit yet.

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Prepare for wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff!

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This is a wibble. Or a wobble. I forget.

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Just keep spinning...just keep spinning...

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She's actually waving here.

 

Also, I didn't expect this, but I have some construction to report. Jack's Sandwich Board, an old restaurant that's been SBNO for years now, has been demolished! What could be in store for this area next year?

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Oh?

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What could be in here?

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Construction porn!

 

And now for a rare bit of criticism. I know what you're thinking: "But I came here for a glowing review of the best park between the Mississippi and the Rockies!" And you would be right. Hold on to your butts, we're going negative here.

 

SDC's app had listed a Family Buffet in the Reunion Hall on the square. Four. Kinds. Of. Mac. And. Cheese. You would think they wouldn't promise something like that and then yell "Psych!" and actually provide not only zero kinds of mac and cheese but in fact zero kinds of anything at all, but that is precisely what was behind the locked door to Reunion Hall.

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Well, it's June 3 at 11:30...

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...and nothing going on here. At all.

 

Yeah, I've never seen this before. Don't know what was up. We just went to the Mine and had a great time with barbecue chicken with all the fixins, including one kind of mac and cheese. So it turned out all right in the end, and we'll be back soon. Hope they decide to put that buffet together by then.

 

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Thanks for reading!

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Prepare for wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff!

 

That's not fair. And where ARE all the Dr. Who Major-Awesome-OMG Attractions ETC in the World....?

 

 

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My wife finally got to ride Time Traveler due to the shorter lines, as she wouldn't wait the hour and a half it's been on our previous trips. She thought it was ok but not as good as Wildfire, which is her favourite coaster. For those who haven't been on it, Wildfire is legit. The only coaster of that type that I've heard as much universal praise for is Kumba. Basically no one dislikes Wildfire.

 

I was actually a little letdown by Wildfire based on all the positive reviews I had heard of it. The view and drop were excellent, but none of the inversions stood out to me. Again I still liked it, just not as much as I expected.

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^ You didn't dislike it, and that's the point. I'm sure you would agree it's the best floorless that has a floor.

 

Prepare for wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff!

 

That's not fair. And where ARE all the Dr. Who Major-Awesome-OMG Attractions ETC in the World....?

 

 

Somebody needs to get on that.

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