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A friend here at school who interned with the park last summer confirmed to me it’s a water ride but said it’s not an Infinity Falls style ride as we are thinking ... now it has me really thinking about what is coming. Of course, he signed an NDA so that was as much as he could tell me, but he wasn’t able to deny it’s a water ride as parts of the through are already visible.

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Speaking of, I just went to the park yesterday and here is a few photos I snapped thru the fence with my DSLR.

 

As mentioned by others, there are several troughs already constructed along with a large concrete structure, also noted a large rectangle pit about 30-50 feet wide and 6-7 feet deep with lots of reebar for what looks like a tower structure of sorts going up just to the west of the large concrete structure which I have also assumed to be the new station building. Also noted the fact that they apparently went thru a lot of trouble to salvage the rockwork from the previous ride as they have already carefully laid it down next to some of the troughs already constructed in the same style as the former ride. The next few months should be interesting to see regarding how things develop in this area.

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And lastly my videos from my first trip of the season yesterday. These feature the construction progress on the "new" Lost River Ride and the debut of Engine #14 this season on the Silver Dollar Line. Flooded Mine is looking great with a lot of effects working again that I haven't seen working in a few years. The lighting also looks to be improved.

 

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Heading out to SDC for the first time this weekend. I was just wondering if any SDC pros had any advice to give as in what are the best restaurants inside the park to eat and what rides have the longest queues during the day. We'll be there two days and we'll play it by ear to see if we need to buy the trailblazer passes or not if the crowds get to be too much. But just curious on which coasters have the slowest queues...Those would probably be the ones we head to first at park opening. Thanks for any info.

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Saturday the park is hosting Mercy Health System's company picnic. It's the second largest employer in the Ozarks, behind only Walmart, and thousands of Mercy people will be there. We have morning and evening ERT so getting there at opening isn't going to help you. It's also going to be great weather on the opening Saturday of Bluegrass and BBQ, and SDC is known for its barbecue sauce. Get a Trailblazer. No question.

 

Sunday should be far better; you may be ok without a Trailblazer. Powder Keg's line moves the slowest, but Time Traveler will be the longest wait. At this point I'm still recommending everyone go straight to Time Traveler.

 

Also, I haven't seen this yet this spring, but I have no doubt American Plunge's line is going to be awful this year. This weekend we're looking at upper 70s, so we're getting to that threshold where people begin to consider water rides en masse. With Lost River down, you can be sure the flume will be hopping.

 

House of BBQ is the special festival restaurant. It's in Red Gold Heritage Hall in the Grand Expo (top right corner of the map). Otherwise all of SDC's food is great. Pick a style you like, and you'll love it.

 

Eat cinnamon bread.

 

Take the cave tour (with all the recent rain, they may take the flood route; still worth it).

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Saturday the park is hosting Mercy Health System's company picnic. It's the second largest employer in the Ozarks, behind only Walmart, and thousands of Mercy people will be there. We have morning and evening ERT so getting there at opening isn't going to help you. It's also going to be great weather on the opening Saturday of Bluegrass and BBQ, and SDC is known for its barbecue sauce. Get a Trailblazer. No question.

 

Sunday should be far better; you may be ok without a Trailblazer. Powder Keg's line moves the slowest, but Time Traveler will be the longest wait. At this point I'm still recommending everyone go straight to Time Traveler.

 

Also, I haven't seen this yet this spring, but I have no doubt American Plunge's line is going to be awful this year. This weekend we're looking at upper 70s, so we're getting to that threshold where people begin to consider water rides en masse. With Lost River down, you can be sure the flume will be hopping.

 

House of BBQ is the special festival restaurant. It's in Red Gold Heritage Hall in the Grand Expo (top right corner of the map). Otherwise all of SDC's food is great. Pick a style you like, and you'll love it.

 

Eat cinnamon bread.

 

Take the cave tour (with all the recent rain, they may take the flood route; still worth it).

 

Thanks for all the info. We've been to Dollywood lots of times so I'm expecting SDC to be about the same with different rides and such. I love the cinnamon bread at Dollywood so I'm definitely going to be getting some at SDC too. Looking forward to all the BBQ...We're big BBQ lovers. I was hoping SDC had some indoor seating areas. Dollywood has some, so I expected SDC to also. Hopefully flooding won't be an issue but I realize this hasn't been the best week for weather near the Ozarks. Hopefully all that stuff is gone by the weekend. I think they're still calling for morning rain on Saturday, but maybe by opening it'll be gone. Wasn't aware of the company picnic...That is useful info. I was looking at a crowd calendar online and it said this weekend was expecting light crowds...But you can't believe everything you read on the internet. I may just go ahead and buy the advance trailblazer for Saturday. And definitely heading to Time Traveler first now. Thanks!

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Of course! Glad to help.

 

I don't think the Mercy picnic has been well publicized unless you work for the company (my wife does). Advance Trailblazer is a good idea. The Mercy picnic day is one of the few they have a real chance at selling out.

 

There's lots of indoor seating. Off the top of my head, the Mill, Mine, and Wagon Wheel restaurants on the square have indoor seating, as does Percy's in Midtown. Crossroads Pizza and Riverfront BBQ, both near Outlaw Run, have indoor seating, and the House of BBQ at Red Gold Heritage Hall is also indoors. I think that's all of them, might be forgetting one.

 

Weather has been awful recently, even had a few deaths in the storm yesterday. This weekend is looking great though. Keep in mind the cave may still be flooded even if the surface isn't, but they have a tour that goes higher up and still gives you a good view of all the major features, just from above rather than below. Still great. You'll have a good time.

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And here's the info.....

 

Shuttle to Silver Dollar City

A complimentary shuttle to Silver Dollar City is provided for all guests. The Shuttle picks up and drops off several times daily in front of the Clubhouse. For the daily shuttle schedule, please 417.338.8189.

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And here's the info.....

 

Shuttle to Silver Dollar City

A complimentary shuttle to Silver Dollar City is provided for all guests. The Shuttle picks up and drops off several times daily in front of the Clubhouse. For the daily shuttle schedule, please 417.338.8189.

 

 

I've stayed here before and used the shuttle but one thing you need to do is make very sure of the schedule ahead of time. When we stayed there, it was mid June and the shuttle service stopped well ahead of park closing time.

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Hey! My wife and I are heading over for our first visit from May 17-21 (Friday to Tuesday) so which day would be the best day to visit with lower crowds? Also any advice for our day? Anything helps, thanks!

 

Is the park open after sunset any of those days? Yes you may have higher crowds, but the park's coasters are incredible at night.

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Went to SDC yesterday for my annual Bluegrass and BBQ visit. Thought I would share some more photos and a video of Time Traveler in Operation along with the revamped Echo Hollow area. Enjoy!

 

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And regarding the former Lost River area its being speculated the new water ride will either be called Lost Caverns or Mystic River Falls due to recent trademark filings.

 

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Hey everyone, I will be making multiple visits to the park next week and I just have 3 questions:

-Where is the best place to purchase cinnamon bread/how much should I expect to pay per serving?

-Chance of Thunder next week, I noticed that the cave tour is affected by lightning in the area. How does this work? If they think it could happen, do they cancel the tours? If there's a group down there, do they cut the tour short up an emergency exit? How is the situation handled?

-One of the visits will be on this Sunday--which has a 10 pm close. I know Outlaw Run will have amazing night rides, but what else has a great night ride? The park should be dark enough for them, right?

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-Sullivan's Mill for the cinnamon bread, but if you have room don't neglect the pastries at Eva & Delilah's, they're excellent as well. I dont recall pricing, sorry.

 

-YMMV but in my personal experience they have been more likely to stop tours ahead of time if there's a good chance of inclement weather. They are pretty upfront about if they have to cancel a tour midway through, you walk back the way you came. I've never had to do it and goodness I would never want to.

 

-It'll be plenty dark past 8:30 or so, so you're in for a treat. Wildfire is great at night too since it's on a hillside. Great views of the countryside with houselights dotted here and there, and it's facing away from the strip so it's not an overwhelming smear of light, it's really nice and the slower lift hill compared to Outlaw (and Powder Keg which also overlooks that hillside) gives you time to take it in.

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Original cinnamon bread is $6.99, other flavours are $7.99.

 

I've never been evacuated from the cave, but no there are no emergency exits. There's the incline railway at the end or there's walking back to the entrance, that's it.

 

Otherwise, Chiselphane has it covered above.

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