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That's more than a rumour. Our bus driver announced today that Lost River would be closing after this weekend to be rebuilt and would reopen in a year and a half.

 

 

In other words, Spring 2020.

 

Let the taller than Infinity Falls drop rumors start.

 

Draining the lake certainly would open up expansion back toward Outlaw Run but I can't imagine the park being lakeless.

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That's more than a rumour. Our bus driver announced today that Lost River would be closing after this weekend to be rebuilt and would reopen in a year and a half.

 

 

In other words, Spring 2020.

 

Let the taller than Infinity Falls drop rumors start.

 

Draining the lake certainly would open up expansion back toward Outlaw Run but I can't imagine the park being lakeless.

 

So this could be an example of what the rebuild could entail:

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I really doubt they would drain the lake. It sits at a low point in the park and whatever they put there would be prone to flooding. I mean, there's a reason there's a lake there. They didn't make that.

 

Natural lakes in the Ozarks are uncommon because of the karst limestone. Most permanent ponds and lakes are there because of man, this lake is no different. It may predate the theme park but I imagine it was made a year round natural feature by man. It can certainly be reshaped but I doubt it will done away with considering Fireman's LANDING would need renamed. If you have over noticed, they really draw the lake down during Old Time Christmas and the off season.

 

 

Now, what would really excite me is if this posssible redo of area's footprint would allow for a new, modern tech version of the old Diving Bell attraction to come back to the lakefront and if this is a bigger version of Infinity Falls, the lift and drop are inside a mountain

 

I still think the train maintenance area is a hindrance to opening up this area and if done some rerouting may news to be done. I have always hoped they would actually convert the area to an old, time period 1880's roundhouse with a turntable backstage area in plain view that would fit with the whole working city angle of the park.

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Guess I must really be out of the loop because this announcement seemed to come out of nowhere

 

Kinda surprised Lost River is getting spruced up/replaced before FITH and Flooded Mine. Although Infinity Falls looks amazing, and I am not even a big fan of rapids rides.

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2019 season pass prices are published, $10 more across the board. Still worth it, and a price increase was honestly overdue. Especially excited about that all season refill cup...mmm, free wassail.

 

Sorry about the orientation. I tried five times, even took it from the side twice. I give up.

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FYI about the construction for 2020, along with Lost River, if you have any sentimental attachment to the Riverfront area as a whole make sure you get photos in the next few weeks as it continues to be indicated that it will all pretty much get leveled. Everything from Ribhouse & Dockside Theater, all the way down to Lucky's Toys is being stated from more than one source now to be getting leveled for this project. I definitely don't know how to feel about such a large older section of the park about to meet its end despite the bottleneck issues on busy days. I am pretty shocked at the extent of the removals and changes that will be done at the park as the 2018 season concludes IF this all comes to pass as currently implied.

 

I'm curious to know how regulars and the GP will feel about this once it becomes more obvious. That section of the park was very popular from my observations.

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We'll see what actually comes to pass. All that's known now is that things are being moved around, which makes sense with such a large project and the disruption it will cause since it winds close to this area. I am sure some of the area will be re-done just like was done with Time Traveler, but the extent remains to be seen. It is a tough area for bottlenecks, but if they really cared about bottlenecks they would have made the TT area even more open than they did.

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The captain of the duck boat has been indicted.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in a southwest Missouri lake and killed 17 people, including nine members of one family, didn’t tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship, even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according to an indictment released Thursday.

 

The federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee faces 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The duck boat, a refurbished amphibious vessel originally used by the military during World War II, sank during a storm in July .

 

McKee also is accused of failing to properly assess the weather before and after the boat went into Table Rock Lake near the tourist town of Branson, U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said during a news conference in Springfield.

 

The prosecutor said he couldn’t release specifics about the investigation, but added: “This is the beginning, not the end, of our efforts in this matter.”

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My wife and I are visiting sdc for the first time in a few weeks. We're going on a Wednesday and a Thursday later in December. How busy will these days be? What's the weather usually like, I know it will be cold but how cold. Are season passes for 2018 still available? I feel like it would be cheaper just to get season passes for the 2 days.

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The best kind of question....does anyone with experience with the park have a prediction on crowd levels today? Im thinking of making a spontaneous trip with how nice the weather is. If this is historically a busy day due to thd holiday, coupling that with the nice weather may not make it worth the 3.5 hour drive though?

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The best kind of question....does anyone with experience with the park have a prediction on crowd levels today? Im thinking of making a spontaneous trip with how nice the weather is. If this is historically a busy day due to thd holiday, coupling that with the nice weather may not make it worth the 3.5 hour drive though?

 

It will be a nightmare. I highly recommend not going.

 

Last Saturday had 25k people. It was awful.

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Oh man, I hope you didn't try to make the trip today DavidB. Sounds like it was a mad-house today. They closed the gates due to crowds. Probably another new attendance record.

 

The park has gotten too popular for it's own good at this point during Christmas. I'm honestly too scared to go unless I know it will be bad weather and the crowds will be lighter.

 

Shows why the are rebuilding whole sections of the park. Also why they are experimenting with different season pass concepts that would exclude Christmas (for a lower price). There are still many parts of the year when the park is a ghost town, but as soon as November hits it's like half the country descends on the place.

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I've got some time off in December and was thinking about going to Silver Dollar City for the first time. I'm only interested in riding the coasters and some flats. I would drive from Chicago so this trip would depend on the weather. Is it worth it to go for one day or should I hold off until next season?

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I've got some time off in December and was thinking about going to Silver Dollar City for the first time. I'm only interested in riding the coasters and some flats. I would drive from Chicago so this trip would depend on the weather. Is it worth it to go for one day or should I hold off until next season?

My advice would be to have an open mind about this park. It's more like Knott's or Disneyland than it is like Six Flags. The two best things here are the cave tour and cinnamon bread. If you just ride coasters, you're missing the point.

 

That said, if you do come, look for a day with a high temperature. They start closing rides at 44°F, so if the high is around there, hold off. Weather is weird here and we can have a high in the 30s one day and in the 60s the next.

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Thanks for your response! I know there is more to the park than just coasters, which also excites me. I figured I should make the rides a priority since I would only go for a day, shorter hours, unknown crowd size and it could be a while before I would go back. If things work out in my favor then I would try to experience as much of the park offerings as possible. I'll see if I can get down there this weekend since the weather looks promising.

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