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So, what are the songs. Maybe I've missed a couple and have forgottena couple

 

Clocks by Coldplay

Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper

Free Falling by Tom Petty

A Skynard song, Freebird?

 

I wanna say someone mentioned If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher as well.

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Flooded Mine has had a much harder time in the past few years. Lots of stuff simply has simply needed replacement for too long, and SDC can't seem to make up their minds about how much they want to spend on it or what they want to do with the ride as a whole. It was obvious years ago that they needed to increase it's budget to keep it running like it should but they chose not to.

 

I absolutely love the ride. It has always been something the entire family can really do together, from my grandmother to my little nieces and nephews. Besides the train, there's not many other activities we can all actively do together like that. I adore the effort that was put into the ride. So much handcrafted theming and depth. So many props, many of which are authentic. It's just a really solid attraction with a lot of love poured into it, and the recent challenges with maintenance don't tell the whole story about what the ride is or what it truly offers the park.

 

SDC just needs to go ahead and commit a couple million into modernizing the gun and target system and fixing the props that need fixing. They are too fixated on getting the next marketing gimmick though, so I fear they will simply gut it soon and replace it with a modern dark ride with screens instead of props. I think they are letting it die a slow death on purpose so there is less outrage when they do so.

 

I'll say one thing though, those "next level" rides like TT and OR sure have a lot of down-time lately, but FM keeps chugging along. Seems like the newer something is, the less reliable.

 

Ideally, for me- I would like to see a complete rework and restoration to its original glory; even so far as to removal of the loud obnoxious shooting game. as an Old codger, I can remember when there was a TON more water effects all over the outside of the queue line and even the long forgotten rock fall at the end where there was a sound of an explosion and many sponge (rocks) were dropped onto a wire mesh placed overhead just before the end section. it's not in horrible condition and for a few hundred grand, I bet you could really go a long way to making it a highlight of the park again. It does fit the Mining town theme of the park overall more than most any other attraction. I would be a shame to see it gone.

 

Kevin

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  • 2 weeks later...

Silver Dollar City's Cowboy and Crafts Festival began today, and since I'm off on Wednesdays, I wandered down to Branson for some fun.

 

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Stop! Banner time.

 

I arrived at opening and rope dropped the saloon show. Oh, you thought I was going to say Time Traveler. Nah, man, this is Crafts Festival time, where the rides are walkons but you get your ass to the shows 45 minutes early if you don't want to sit in the back row.

 

Roots and Koontz is the best show SDC has ever done that has a name that sounds like beatboxing.

 

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Rootsandkoontzandrootsandkoontzandrootsandkoontz

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Audience participation bit, singing Bette Midler's "Sisters." The guy got into it too! Great fun.

 

Next up was the Wild West show. This is its last year, so come see it while you can! The hoop dancer alone is worth it.

 

There was a mishap during the noon show, the first performance of the year. The sharpshooter came in on a horse and during her entrance the horse tripped and fell. Both were okay, medical staff ran out immediately to check on her and the trick riders from the next act ran out to calm the horse. Perfectly done, everyone was ok and the show went on. Great job everyone!

 

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The hoop dancer was incredible.

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Yes, this is a dog and pony show.

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Pony looks a bit strange though.

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Shooting over her shoulder looking in a mirror. Yeah, this is AFTER she fell off a horse. Such a badass!

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The trick riders were great too.

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Yup, we're in Branson.

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Great show!

 

After the show, I went wandering looking for some good eats, when I stumbled upon this magnificent beauty:

 

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Christmas came early this year!

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And they have apple dumplings and ice cream too! Soooo good.

 

Okay, now you've been patient so far, but I'm sure you're thinking, "Wait, has he actually ridden any rides yet?" And the answer is Nope, not yet! That's right, 3 hours at SDC and I have a scorecard of 2 shows, 1 lunch, and 0 rides. And I am having a blast, because that's the sort of park this is.

 

But remember how I told you earlier that this time of year all the rides are walkons? Behold, a feast for your eyes:

 

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The park wasn't empty, it's just that everyone is there for the shows and crafts. I don't have photos of the craft booths, because there were signs all over saying no photos, and I can appreciate that. They're trying to sell stuff. Lots of cool things though, you can take my word for it or come see for yourself!

 

Of course I couldn't leave without a visit to everyone's favourite cave in a theme park, Marvel Cave!

 

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Despite repeated warnings, I went chasing waterfalls.

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Front row on the tram! About to blast out of this here hole in the ground and rocket toward a gift shop.

 

This is a great time of year to visit the park. The crafts are front and center, both the year round crafters and plenty of local artisans as well. Plus, look at those queue photos and tell me that's not beautiful.

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I am going down to the park next week for a couple days and I can't wait. Best season pass investment I have ever made. I can squeeze in a trip every few months and depending on gas prices do an entire 2-3 day trip to the park for under $300.00 all in. I think fall is my favorite time of year there. I highly recommend any of the festivals, except the religious ones and christmas.

 

Are show passes available for this festival? does anyone know?

 

K

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Yes, Show Lovers Pass is available.

 

I'm with you on avoiding Young Christians Weekend and Southern Gospel Picnic, but what do you have against Old Time Christmas? That's one of the best Christmas events anywhere.

 

Thanks ---- Can't seem to find the show passes online - I hope I can get them day of somewhere or maybe they will be online in a few days.

 

well on a personal note I despise christmas so there is that.

I have heard/read of numerous HORROR stories of traffic and crowds at christmas there so for me it's a hard pass.

 

this will be my last visit down there this year.

 

K

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Ok, then I get it. They really go nuts on Christmas, so if that isn't your thing, you wouldn't enjoy it. Have some wassail while you're there. It's by the Lost River. Always one of the best things about the Christmas festival, so excited they're bringing it out early this year.

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Man, you're so lucky to be so close to parks like SDC, Andrew!

I have Fright Nights coming up in Playland, but honestly there's no comparison

when it comes to Seasonal Theming and Events in parks like this one.

 

#GreenEnvyHERE

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Ok, then I get it. They really go nuts on Christmas, so if that isn't your thing, you wouldn't enjoy it. Have some wassail while you're there. It's by the Lost River. Always one of the best things about the Christmas festival, so excited they're bringing it out early this year.

 

 

I do like some cider, especially there. in my youth they sold it at a stand like other soda's etc. Now you can only buy it by the bottle at the apple butter shack or in wine type bottles in the general store or gift shop on the way out...

 

K

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^ Trying to remember but I don't think they have cider at Christmas. I know there's hot chocolate and wassail.

 

^^ SDC is just the best in the Midwest at theming. I never realized how good they are until I started going to other parks and could see the difference. I hate to be "that guy" who thinks his local park is the best, but I think you could objectively make a case for it.

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^ Trying to remember but I don't think they have cider at Christmas. I know there's hot chocolate and wassail.

 

^^ SDC is just the best in the Midwest at theming. I never realized how good they are until I started going to other parks and could see the difference. I hate to be "that guy" who thinks his local park is the best, but I think you could objectively make a case for it.

 

well, it is one of the few parks (SDC and DOLLYWOOD) around that is still themed in a consistent manner. by that I mean everything is themed for the entire park and genre of park. Most others that are non-Disney/universal have gone to IP theming per ride but nothing that is about the park itself.

 

SFSL used to be themed to the "6" flag theme and had areas representing the six flags the park was based on including appropriate music and foods based on the areas ... now it might as well be called DC comics Land.

 

I think there is a not so subtle line between "amusement park" and "Theme Park"

 

my two cents

 

K

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Yes, Show Lovers Pass is available.

 

I'm with you on avoiding Young Christians Weekend and Southern Gospel Picnic, but what do you have against Old Time Christmas? That's one of the best Christmas events anywhere.

 

Thanks ---- Can't seem to find the show passes online - I hope I can get them day of somewhere or maybe they will be online in a few days.

 

well on a personal note I despise christmas so there is that.

I have heard/read of numerous HORROR stories of traffic and crowds at christmas there so for me it's a hard pass.

 

this will be my last visit down there this year.

 

K

 

 

Never, ever, go on Sat or the Friday after Thanksgiving weekend and if you are foolish enough to do it, only come from Kimberling City/Branson West. The major coaster lines are usually mild even when packed. Don't bother if it it's going to be under 40, they'll shut them down. The place empties out after the first parade. The nighttime rides are special.

 

All you can eat prime rib, lord yes.

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Thanks ---- Can't seem to find the show passes online - I hope I can get them day of somewhere or maybe they will be online in a few days.

I didn't know they sold them online tbh. Just past the ticket booths, on your right across from the stroller rental is the Show Lover's Pass desk.

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Thanks ---- Can't seem to find the show passes online - I hope I can get them day of somewhere or maybe they will be online in a few days.

I didn't know they sold them online tbh. Just past the ticket booths, on your right across from the stroller rental is the Show Lover's Pass desk.

 

 

thanks, they usually have them as an add-on you can buy online - but it might be too early to set it up for the shows just yet. thanks for the tip I appreciate it.

 

K

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Well, no show passes were for sale on the two most recent days I attended the park - Wed and Thurs this week. No reason was given; but I really did not search one out as the older couple trying to buy "Branson Belle" tickets took about 20 minutes to select their seats and buy their tickets, by that time I had lost my will to live.

 

It turns out the wait times for the shows were not too horrible. The weather was very warm, so no hot wassail for me. Got my cider from the apple butter shop as usual. One thing is for sure, it is definitely rider season at the park. I got down to Outlaw run about 10:45 am and the queue timer said 0 min wait I saw a train with 2 people on it and no one in line. I bet I saw no more than 150 people under the age of 45 all day long. Over 50 years old, I bet the ridership drops pretty quickly. The exception is the Train it was mostly full every trip I saw.

 

Good relaxing trip. Overall my 3 trips down to the park this year were very good. If you are going more than two days a year to the park the seasons pass is a true bargain. My six days at the park this year were only $17.72 per day. A pretty good deal.

 

Kevin

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Hey all,

 

Visiting St Louis from the 3rd-8th for an industry conference and will no doubt visit the City Museum and perhaps the Arch.

My question: is it worth the drive to Branson for a Monday at SDC? What are crowds like this time of year?

It'd probably be a daylong/half day visit...

 

Thanks

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Hey all, My question: is it worth the drive to Branson for a Monday at SDC? What are crowds like this time of year?

It'd probably be a daylong/half day visit...

 

Might want to check your scheduling. The park is back to their Wed-Sun operations. https://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/Calendar

 

Crowds are gonna usually be light thru the week and are almost nonexistent for rides as the festivals are the main focus.

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Noted, seems like an incredible park.

It's either that or Holiday World.... so... I'm rather torn.

 

SDC all the way. (Assuming you can make it work on a day the park is actually open!)

 

Then again, even if the park is closed it's worth going and sitting in the parking lot!! The atmosphere is amazing!

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Hey all,

 

Visiting St Louis from the 3rd-8th for an industry conference and will no doubt visit the City Museum and perhaps the Arch.

My question: is it worth the drive to Branson for a Monday at SDC? What are crowds like this time of year?

It'd probably be a daylong/half day visit...

 

Thanks

Crowds will be very low on Monday the 8th. You might be the only one there. https://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/Calendar

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