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The construction is apparently just a new back-of-house building to replace an old building that was falling apart. There were some sudden water line issues as well. Or at least that is the current speculation/best guess.

 

As for Reunion Hall, sometimes they simply don't open if the park isn't crowded enough. They seem to be really short on staff as it is.

 

Great update as always. Do they still have that one back car roped off on Time Traveler? I'm wondering if they'll get that fixed this year.

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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.

 

It's also the worst floorless with a floor.

 

But yeah it was definitely enjoyable. I was just expecting a more forceful ride based on all the praise it receives since that seems to be the only B&Ms people are high on (outside of their hypers).

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Wildfire is best ridden from the front center seats. Then the back. Still my top steel coaster at the park. Powderkeg is a close 2nd due to that awesome launch and airtime on the first two hills.

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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....?

 

 

Somebody needs to get on that.

 

I think I remember hearing plans for something in some proposed park in England. But as popular as the show is this side of the pond, I wonder how well a Doctor Who themed attraction could work, or who could even get the licensing for it.

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The construction is apparently just a new back-of-house building to replace an old building that was falling apart. There were some sudden water line issues as well. Or at least that is the current speculation/best guess.

 

As for Reunion Hall, sometimes they simply don't open if the park isn't crowded enough. They seem to be really short on staff as it is.

 

Great update as always. Do they still have that one back car roped off on Time Traveler? I'm wondering if they'll get that fixed this year.

Interesting. Not surprised the building had damage. It really looked like it was falling apart. Granted, everything at SDC looks like it's falling apart, but in this case it wasn't intentional.

 

Didn't know that about Reunion Hall. The park certainly had good attendance. It wasn't packed, but seemed like normal summer Sunday attendance to me. Hmm.

 

TT was running two trains, and both had all 8 rows open.

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I have a few more questions regarding SDC and Branson. Are the SDC tickets online cheaper than tickets at the park, and is the after 3 deal good for tickets bought at the park? Also, which alpine coaster is better? I was also looking at the fountains at Branson landing and was wondering if anyone has been, and which show is the best. Any more Branson and SDC tips and suggestions would be awesome.

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I just posted a report on the alpine coasters if you want to learn more about the differences, but the Runaway Mountain coaster was much more enjoyable to me. It was a bit rougher, but it had some solid airtime and spent more time going downhill.

 

As for tickets, Lambert's had half off Silver Dollar City tickets, but I'm not sure if they included the After 3 promotion. I ended up purchasing mine online prior to my visit.

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^^ Both alpine coasters are good, but I agree with Michael that I like Runaway Mountain a bit more. Why not go for both? You're in Branson, SDC closes early in the evening, and it's $15 for each coaster. Go for it!

 

The fountains at Branson Lansing are really cool. They're programmed, so there's not a difference from one show to the next. Go sit on the patio at Big Whiskey's with a White River beer amd watch the fountains. You won't be disappointed.

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I can vouch for Big Whiskey's too!

 

Thanks for the update, Andrew...glad that your wife got on TT!

 

As far as Wildfire, that view going up the lift and the fact that it's got the rare straight-down drop for a B&M...loved it. But then again, I loved all of the coasters there - especially when most were walk-on's Hehe.

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Seeing the surrounding area really increases the sensation of height. Wildfire is seriously of my favorite B&M loopers (#1 is still Raptor).

 

I'd probably rank my top 3 something like this

1. Raptor

2. Wildfire

3. Thunderbird

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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.

 

It's also the worst floorless with a floor.

Honestly, I wish that B&M would make another sit-down coaster with those open trains. They look so nice!

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It's been quite an interesting year at SDC! On top of them getting a $26 million dollar Mack Coaster they also got a new steam train engine brought into service! This is exciting news for all you theme park train enthusiasts!

 

Say hello to Engine 504:

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Trip report video from a former employee of the park:

Photo Album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheSirWillow/photos/?tab=album&album_id=933831653463736

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I just got back from a vacation in Branson and had a 3 day pass to Silver Dollar City. I was at the park June 25th - 27th and the first day was a full day and last two were half days. This was my 3rd time to the park and it has been 5 years since I went last. I'm probably going to write a lot so I subdivided it.

 

Time Traveler

An amazing ride with great scenery. I got to ride this 4 times. At first I thought each seat was about the same because of the length of the trains and the fact that the cars spin but then I got a ride in row 8 (the back) and was surprised. When you leave the station you will get ejector airtime into the 90 degree drop while going backwards and really makes for the best element in the ride. The two launches aren't the most forces but are better than a chain lift. I liked the scenery but I thought there could be some saws or scrap wood in the que since you're in a wood shop, though this may have made it a bit less steampunk. I was only in line 5 times for this ride and I still can't get the music or the ticking sound out of my head. I can't decide though if this is better than Powder Keg or not.

 

Maintenance problems

I had a huge problem with maintenance when I was visiting Silver Dollar City. I was told by one of the workers that there was a lightning storm the day before I came and that was part of the problem. The first day I was there I showed up at Time Traveler about 15 minutes after opening to find that the ride had broken down the second I got there. I went ahead and waited for the 2 hours the ride was broken down because I figured the line is usually longer anyways. When the ride opened I got on the 2nd or 3rd train and was on my way. I got back in line quickly after, then waited another 45 minutes and got 2 trains away in line but then the ride broke down again. This time I was a little mad. I rode some other rides and made my way to outlaw run to find that it was closed and wouldn't open for the rest of the day. I went back to Time Traveler later and had it close again. Time Traveler opened up later but with 1 train. That was the first day. The second day started off better, Time Traveler was still running one train but was open. I didn't have a problem until I went to Powder Keg where they had 1 train running. I got about half way thru the line before they added a second train. This was fine and dandy but they did 1 test run with 2 trains then took the train back off and retested the original train. I left and came back later to Powder Keg and it was closed. Outlaw Run was open all day that day. And the third day I had no problems. There were 2 trains back on Time Traveler and it wasn't breaking down. There were 2 trains on Powder Keg. Outlaw Run was open with 1 train but no line.

 

White Water

The water park was alright. It was small... that's my only complaint. I was at White Water for an hour and was able to do most of the rides. Part of my group was there for half a day and did everything twice or for some rides three times. The lines for the water slides were nice and short except for a few. They did let me bring in my Silver Dollar City cup. The location is right next to the strip which is a bonus but they're landlocked and didn't have much room from the start.

 

Pros

Silver Dollar City overall is a nice park. They have something for everybody here. The scenery is amazing, I loved how the park map was a newspaper. All of the workers are nice and I created a friendship with a few of them. The location is really nice and is great for setting the mood. There are great coasters at this park. Operations seemed fast. Overall very professional.

 

Cons

IDK if I went on a busy day but the paths were packed but ride times were short. There is a lack of flat rides here, I didn't notice this the first day but I started to the second day and started to get bored the third day. The coasters are great but then there's shows and little kid rides left. I'm not the biggest fan of shows and I'm not going to ride the kiddy rides so there's not much left for a coaster enthusiast. The park has some hills (mainly hill street) which I didn't mind but some people in my group did. The app was awful. It's bad at telling you if a rides open or broke down, it's also awful at telling real ride times, but if you're using it for a map it's great. I thought Wildfire wasn't that great, especially with all the other coasters in the park. I wouldn't mind seeing it turned into a new section of the park with some flat rides. I know I wrote a lot more Cons then Pros but believe me this is a great park and you should definitely visit it if in the area.

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Powder Leg's launch is quite intense and feels almost instantaneous. Time Traveler's launches are more gradual but when you hit the end of each launch you get a really cool sensation of speed going whatever direction the ride feels like throwing you.

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Powder Leg's launch is quite intense and feels almost instantaneous. Time Traveler's launches are more gradual but when you hit the end of each launch you get a really cool sensation of speed going whatever direction the ride feels like throwing you.

Yep, agreed.

 

As for White Water, yeah it's not a great waterpark. It was good when I was a kid but most of the parks these days offer a lot more. We took our kids for the first time last summer and they were asking to go back to Hurricane Harbor St. Louis instead.

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I'm sorry you have so much trouble with break-downs verruckt1. It seems like it has been awful this year. Word on the street is that the park has been having some serious staffing issues, which has been a problem off and on for years. A lot of the older staff that knew how to actually get stuff done and keep the place running smoothly have moved on - and speaking broadly, a lot of the newer people are just there to get by and don't stick around long enough to really fill their shoes. The park has been dealing with a lot of shifting demographics in that regard.

 

Like you said, the park doesn't have many flat rides, but if you went back about ten years or so ago there were hardly any. They didn't really start focusing on rides till Wildfire was installed, and most of the park's flats were added in massive waves in 2006 (Grand Exposition) and 2015 (Fireman's Landing). Before the 2000's the main draws of the park still revolved around music, crafts, and other soft stuff. It is still in the process of transforming into more of a "normal" amusement park, and unfortunately the ride headaches are the growing pains of that transition.

 

It doesn't help that they like to choose ground-breaking, but finicky rides. Buzzsaw Falls was a prototype that didn't last, Powderkeg replaced it but was also kind of a prototype that has plenty of it's own problems, Outlaw Run was a prototype and isn't aging well, Time Traveler is of course basically a prototype with a lot of world's firsts... I'm sure I'm missing some. Even Lost River was a prototype I think - wasn't it the first Intamin River Rapids?

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It's a crap list of the top ten parks, but good publicity for SDC!

 

https://amp.news-leader.com/amp/715901002

 

The readers of 10Best.com, a travel and lifestyle advice website published by USA TODAY, have voted Silver Dollar City among the top five amusement parks in the country.

 

 

The 58-year-old Branson-area park came in at No. 4, behind a Six Flags park in New Jersey; Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; and the No. 1 amusement park, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

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I was just in the park the last two days (not my first visit). Found out that at certain times of the year, teachers get in for free! So I was able to take advantage of that.

 

Been before, but wanted to get Time Traveler. On Thursday, it was only running one train, and not the back car, so the line was agonizingly slow. Next day, it took about 45 minutes to open and started again with only one train and no back car. Not long after, they did add a 2nd train, and that one did seem to have back car (though I didn't get it). Really wondering what the problems are with it. It is a fun ride, and I do love the upgraded restraints, but I worry technically for its future.

 

Pro tip: I have come to realize that while I'm generally a back seat person, all the rides (except Time Traveler) are better in the front. Back gets pretty painful in almost every ride (including Outlaw Run), but are much more tolerable in the front.

 

I did manage a side trip to Runaway Mountain alpine coaster, which was fun... but cost is now $18 (with tax). A bit pricey for a single ride, but as I don't get to alpine coasters often, I ponied up.

 

Also did a side visit to the newly opened America's Fun Park (only 2 weeks!), and was pleasantly surprised. While the ride list isn't too remarkable (yet), that park has a lot of heart. Some of the nicest, most enthusiastic staff I have ever encountered, and it really made a huge difference. You're able to re-ride coasters as much as you want provided there's no one waiting, and there likely won't be. I did 7 solid rides on Windstorm.

 

And I was fortunate enough to get on their one of a kind German fun fair ghost train from 1972, which has only been open for 2 days! I even talked to the staff about it for about 20-30 minutes, and learned a lot about it, and they have big plans for it (including putting in live actors for Halloween!). It's still a work in progress, they aren't finished with it yet--they just wanted to get it up and running. But the operators have a real passion for it, and have a haunt background (and they got some assistance from a Knott's Berry Farm Haunt designer!). While it's a bit rough around the edges right now (and they know it), I think the potential is pretty clear, and am excited for its future. It could be a real jewel.

 

Once I get all my pics uploaded, I'll be posting a separate trip report and thread on just that, but I have a preview below so you can see what I'm talking about. And check out those incredible (and slightly racist, but it was Germany in 1972) ride vehicles! I heartily recommend a visit.

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Outlaw Run is a second-to-back or very front seat ride. The back row of any car can definitely throw you around.

 

I dunno how Wildfire or Powder Keg come anywhere near painful in the back unless you're in the headbanging height range for Wildfire, but I found both of those to be vastly superior in the back (unless you want the best damn views in the world, then front is best). Thunderation isn't a ride that seems to vary too much by seat, I'd just avoid the back row of any car if you care about smoothness.

 

I only got to experience Time Traveler in the front due to assigned seating but I can imagine the back is the place to be. The ride was absolutely fantastic either way

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And I was fortunate enough to get on their one of a kind German fun fair ghost train from 1972, which has only been open for 2 days! I even talked to the staff about it for about 20-30 minutes, and learned a lot about it, and they have big plans for it (including putting in live actors for Halloween!). It's still a work in progress, they aren't finished with it yet--they just wanted to get it up and running. But the operators have a real passion for it, and have a haunt background (and they got some assistance from a Knott's Berry Farm Haunt designer!). While it's a bit rough around the edges right now (and they know it), I think the potential is pretty clear, and am excited for its future. It could be a real jewel.

This is great--thanks for highlighting it! The park is definitely on my list for my next Branson visit. Someone kindly save me the searching--were there originally whisperings that this park would/might be temporary? I hope it sticks around.

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^As far as I can tell, it'll be sticking around. They're already in the process of adding two more rides. A Scambler is currently sitting unassembled in their parking lot, and a Moser Super Flip is looking fairly close to opening. I'll be detailing it all in an upcoming thread... lots of pics to organize, and I'm not exactly an expert TR writer, so it may take me a day or two. But this park impressed me so much with the care and enthusiasm of the employees, they deserve the good publicity.

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