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Does SDC do a pumpkin festival like DW as well?

 

At the moment no, but on another forum geared to the park itself, its being speculated that some big changes are said to be happening after this seasons fall festival with a lot stuff being announced as their final year, it is fair to presume that it could come to the park knowing how successful it was at DW.

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Goodness I hope so. A family friendly Halloween SDC event would be amazing. The park layout supports compartmentalizing it too, the Grand Exposition area seems like it'd be a perfect staging area. There's a decent amount of room, its already geared towards kids, and there's no shows back there so even if you don't like the idea of it there's no real reason you'd have to even see it.

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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

 

The moose out front should have told you!

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...A family friendly Halloween SDC event would be amazing....

 

Idk... Yes I would LOVE to see a Halloween event come to SDC even if it is a family friendly event... But so many people who frequent the park are so overly religious that I feel any "Halloween" event would be almost detrimental to the park.

 

It would need to be a "Fall Festival" type thing, and not a "Halloween" thing. People in the area (the majority of the people who would be visiting the park during the fall) seriously freak out if you just mention Halloween because "That's the devils day." So I can't imagine a Halloween event would go over well at SDC.

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...A family friendly Halloween SDC event would be amazing....

 

 

 

It would need to be a "Fall Festival" type thing, and not a "Halloween" thing. People in the area (the majority of the people who would be visiting the park during the fall) seriously freak out if you just mention Halloween because "That's the devils day." So I can't imagine a Halloween event would go over well at SDC.

 

 

No they don't. What complete bull. Besides... we are not talking haunts and gore. it would certainly be modeled after what they have done at Dollywood. I.supposed they'd be in open rebellion against all the retailers, namely Walmart, that sell Halloween stuff too. This is a park that maintains a fictional graveyard outside of Fire in the Hole.

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I think it's a little of both, really. I agree they'd probably have to call it a Fall Festival but could then lump Halloween elements within it.

 

I love that graveyard! If you're really lucky sometimes they have a undertaker character actor out there. Mr M Balmer, portrayed as a silent character with white contact lenses, and carries a large measuring stick around.

 

I did a little research now that I was thinking of it and the actor's name is Terry Sanders, and he plays other roles in the park too, and works at other Branson locations as well. Here's a neat little article about him which also touches on SDC history:

 

http://www.ozarksalive.com/terry-sanders-one-bransons-longest-acting-performers/

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I think it's a little of both, really. I agree they'd probably have to call it a Fall Festival but could then lump Halloween elements within it.

 

I love that graveyard! If you're really lucky sometimes they have a undertaker character actor out there. Mr M Balmer, portrayed as a silent character with white contact lenses, and carries a large measuring stick around.

 

I did a little research now that I was thinking of it and the actor's name is Terry Sanders, and he plays other roles in the park too, and works at other Branson locations as well. Here's a neat little article about him which also touches on SDC history:

 

http://www.ozarksalive.com/terry-sanders-one-bransons-longest-acting-performers/

 

 

As I was saying, they would have no problem with starting pumpkin focused event like Dollywood. No one expects they to do haunts, the on thing that might target a small group die hard Salem Witch Trial types sparsely populated in the area. The Herschend family is biggest obstacle not the locals especially their big Season Pass bases in the region.

 

The thing of it is with the newer led lighting many of the lights can color change and b used for this and Christmas,

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I think it's a little of both, really. I agree they'd probably have to call it a Fall Festival but could then lump Halloween elements within it.

 

I love that graveyard! If you're really lucky sometimes they have a undertaker character actor out there. Mr M Balmer, portrayed as a silent character with white contact lenses, and carries a large measuring stick around.

 

I did a little research now that I was thinking of it and the actor's name is Terry Sanders, and he plays other roles in the park too, and works at other Branson locations as well. Here's a neat little article about him which also touches on SDC history:

 

http://www.ozarksalive.com/terry-sanders-one-bransons-longest-acting-performers/

 

He's great. Love the new steampunk costume for this year too. Thanks for sharing the article!

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There actually are a ton of hardcore religious types there. You always see large groups of people with the signature flannel shirts or long denim skirts. I am sure opinions on Halloween vary among them, but SDC being the park it is doesn't want to step on anyone's toes. Not to mention the fact that SDC pushes itself as a Christian theme park far more than even DW. That's why this pumpkin festival is perfect though. Even the ones most likely to be "offended" won't be THAT offended that they stop coming or anything.

 

I'll be interested if there's any differences between SDC's and DW's version of the event, but one things seems for sure: it's coming. I expect the announcement in about a month when season passes go on sale.

 

And yes, Terry Sanders is a legend. You'd be surprised just how many characters he has in his pocket.

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For those mentioning the usage of more blatant Halloween themeing at the park, its already been done before, back in the 90s to the early 2000's the Flooded Mine's final scene in the tower used to have some freaky looking ghosts with a laser show.

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There actually are a ton of hardcore religious types there. You always see large groups of people with the signature flannel shirts or long denim skirts. I am sure opinions on Halloween vary among them, but SDC being the park it is doesn't want to step on anyone's toes. Not to mention the fact that SDC pushes itself as a Christian theme park far more than even DW.

 

That's exactly what I was trying to get across!

 

Regardless, I do hope they do something like DW does for Halloween. It could be something new that could bring in a decent amount of locals during what would normally be a little bit of a slower time of year!

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I’m going to SDC for the first time ever (!!) on November 10th for a regional ACE event called Coaster Christmas. With the package, they give us fast passes for the rides.

 

My question is, how long will the lines be with the fast passes? I know at some places, even with the fast pass lines can be long for certain popular coasters. I am trying to determine if I should stay for Sunday as well.

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I’m going to SDC for the first time ever (!!) on November 10th for a regional ACE event called Coaster Christmas. With the package, they give us fast passes for the rides.

 

My question is, how long will the lines be with the fast passes? I know at some places, even with the fast pass lines can be long for certain popular coasters. I am trying to determine if I should stay for Sunday as well.

I've yet to encounter a wait for the trailblazer passes on any ride during any time of the year. Even when Time Traveler had a 3.5 - 4 hr wait opening weekend, trailblazer passes were grouped in asap. You won't have to wait more than 5 minutes, more than likely, in a trailblazer line.

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There actually are a ton of hardcore religious types there. You always see large groups of people with the signature flannel shirts or long denim skirts. I am sure opinions on Halloween vary among them, but SDC being the park it is doesn't want to step on anyone's toes. Not to mention the fact that SDC pushes itself as a Christian theme park far more than even DW.

 

That's exactly what I was trying to get across!

 

Regardless, I do hope they do something like DW does for Halloween. It could be something new that could bring in a decent amount of locals during what would normally be a little bit of a slower time of year!

 

I imagine they would keep the same type of schedule except for Fei, Sar and possible Sunday. It is during the school year and not too many schools around here give a fall break. That said last fri was a food day cause all the bikes in in ade NWA once a year and the locals flee, Fayetteville even closes school on the Fri of Bikes, Blues and BBQ, Branson is a refuge many head to.

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For those mentioning the usage of more blatant Halloween themeing at the park, its already been done before, back in the 90s to the early 2000's the Flooded Mine's final scene in the tower used to have some freaky looking ghosts with a laser show.

Oh yeah, that wasn't just a Halloween thing either. That was the full time ending. Really freaked me out as a kid. It was replaced with the current "Hurry before the guards wake up" escape scene. Honestly it was a better story when everyone died.

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^Thanks for your input. That sounds great!

 

Is the whole park doable on a Saturday? I like lots of re-rides on coasters but I like to do everything else as well...

With the trailblazer pass, you will be able to get re-rides on everything at least once with the exception being time Traveler since you can only use a trailblazer pass on it one time per day until next year as SDC has that rule for any new attraction in its first year of operation. But if you want to truly “see” SDC to the fullest, I’d recommend at least 2 days minimum.

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^Thank you. Very important note about the new coaster, I would have missed that. Maybe I'll stay for Sunday, I like taking my time in good parks. Only caveat is driving home alone as my friend has to leave on Saturday (and driving there alone as well). No biggie, I'm sure it's worth it.

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Definitely go for 2 days. There's so much more here than just roller coasters, don't try to jam it all into a small amount of time if you can help it.

 

SDC closes early this time of year, usually 7 on Saturdays and 6 on Sundays. Bigfoot on the Strip, The Track, and the two alpine coasters are open later, so head into Branson once the park closes to continue the fun.

 

Take the cave tour.

 

Eat cinnamon bread.

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^My buddy came to his senses and decided to stay for the 2nd day. Very happy! He told me "don't eat for like a week before you go," in prep to feast on all the goodness at SDC. We are also doing a mountain coaster Friday night, those can be fun. No brakes, please.

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Sweet! Yeah, all the food is great at SDC, and pretty cheap too. Most things are under $10, and they definitely give you a lot.

 

If you only do one mountain coaster, do the Runaway on 165. It's one single long lift, and it gets going really fast at the end. Branson Coaster on 76 is fun too, but it has two shorter lifts, so the top speed is lower even if you hold it down all the way. Both coasters do a good job of spacing so that a slow person in front of you isn't so much of a concern, but of course it's always possible.

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^Actually, we're already scheduled for group time on the Runaway Mountain Coaster. The dude who puts the events together for us got us a great $5 deal, and we get exclusive time too. Talk about a bargain. Supposedly there are "lights and stuff" all over the coaster. I'm thinking since it's just a small group of park/coaster enthusiasts, we might get a little extra room between sleds. Either way it will be fun.

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