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We visited this past weekend for the Harvest Festival.   We had a good but not great time.  Good because the park decorations are beautiful, the weather was great (although a bit hot), and riding at n

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Thank you to Chiselphane for your answers and to Andrew for telling me how small my bank account is going to become. So excited for this week! Can't wait to get back in Outlaw Run's backseat on Sunday!

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For those curious, here are some construction progress photos on the former Lost River ride site. Shot these while at the park yesterday.

 

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Hey, question for those that know more than myself: there's a good chunk of unused queue in the space between Wildfire and the Log Flume. Was this extended queue for something, or was it for some previous attraction, or some other purpose?

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Hey, question for those that know more than myself: there's a good chunk of unused queue in the space between Wildfire and the Log Flume. Was this extended queue for something, or was it for some previous attraction, or some other purpose?

I believe it's Wildfire's overflow queue, although I'm not sure how long it's been since it's been used, if it ever has.

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Oh it was used in 2001 for sure. I remember waiting in a line that started by the Wildfire sign down by the lumber camp, then went through all those switchbacks to the right of the main path, went under American Plunge, used all the queue to the right of the main path after the Plunge, and finally entered the queue building. The bubble thing still worked, and the queue used the second floor above the gift shop. Everybody wanted to ride SDC's only looping coaster.

 

The indoor queue can handle a line of over an hour, which for SDC is stupid long, so I've rarely seen it go out of the building at all. Even on those rare occasions, and it takes something like a 70 degree day during Christmas to do it, the line just curves around the side of the regular path and they still don't open the overflow queue. I doubt they'll ever use it again, but I'm not sure what else that space could be used for, so might as well leave it.

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I was shocked to see them using the second floor of the Wildfire queue last time we were at the park. The line was out of the building, so we just though (like usual) they just hadn’t opened up all of the lower switch backs. Needless to say when we got in the building and saw it going up the stairs, and coming back down... we bailed. We love Wildfire... but not waiting that long for it!

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Oh it was used in 2001 for sure. I remember waiting in a line that started by the Wildfire sign down by the lumber camp, then went through all those switchbacks to the right of the main path, went under American Plunge, used all the queue to the right of the main path after the Plunge, and finally entered the queue building. The bubble thing still worked, and the queue used the second floor above the gift shop. Everybody wanted to ride SDC's only looping coaster.

 

The indoor queue can handle a line of over an hour, which for SDC is stupid long, so I've rarely seen it go out of the building at all. Even on those rare occasions, and it takes something like a 70 degree day during Christmas to do it, the line just curves around the side of the regular path and they still don't open the overflow queue.

 

Wowsers. I thought that's what it was for, but holy sh!t, that must have been a long line. I'm glad most of my rides this week on it were walk-ons.

 

I doubt they'll ever use it again, but I'm not sure what else that space could be used for, so might as well leave it.

 

They could plant trees.

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An official teaser has been put out by SDC regarding the new water ride replacing Lost River next spring.

 

Will it be Lost Caverns or Mystic River Falls? Both have been trademarked as a water ride name. Have fun speculating.

 

Personally, I am hoping this is alluding to them keeping the indoor/dark ride segment from the Lost River finale in the new ride. What would be sweet is if they include a slide/elevator lift (ala Infinity Falls) built into a faux mountain structure and you slide into a cave for the finale.

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Ooh, I like both those names a lot, as well as the the Marvel Cave theme. I know you know this, sdcfan88, but for the community at large here, the Mystic River Passage is a section of Marvel Cave that has never been fully explored. It goes back a ways and eventually becomes too small for a person to fit. So we don't know what's back there....

 

Now doesn't that sound like a cool idea for a ride?

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Yeah it's pretty cool they are doing a ride directly themed and dedicated to the cave. Without the cave we wouldn't have SDC.

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Visited my Favorite Missouri theme park last week. Had a great time as always.

I Introduced the kids to Grandfathers mansion, and I actually rode Thunderation for my fist time.

I want to say I loved it, except for the turn in the tunnel is painful, painful and similar to the

entry of WOF TW helix (was). Kind of snaps my back funny.

Took some pics of the construction area 2020, but none as good as what were already posted.

Everything was a walk on except fire in the hole.

 

Ate at Gettin Basted on 76 hwy and it was excellent. Couldn’t figure out what kind of wood they used probably because they use only charcoal. Its probably my first time where I can say the sides were as amazing as the meat.

I had a good experience at The Branson Coaster too. They let me go down a second time because I had to brake for people in front of me. I was fine with the ride, but they insisted I ride again brakeless and made sure I was spaced out from other

riders.

I love it down there.

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Never been to the park but plan on going in September. Question about the "regular" trailblazer. It says on the website you get 8 rides with it... could you hypothetically use all 8 on Outlaw Run, for example? Or do they have to be spread out / is there a limit on the big coasters? I know at Dollywood at one point you could only get a single ride on Lightning Rod or something weird with their skip the line. Not sure how it is now.

 

Also do you get to choose your row, with a merge point?

 

Is the unlimited really needed if we get there early and knock some stuff out in the AM? We would be going on a Sunday at the end of September. I will budget in for the pass but I'm guessing I should wait and see, but I just had no idea how the regular pass works.

 

Thanks!

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Regular Trailblazer is eight uses total. They can be once each on eight different rides, or eight times on the same ride. Opening year for Outlaw Run, Firefall, and Time Traveler they limited it to once per day on that ride, but just for that year. Currently there are no such limits.

 

However, on a Sunday the end of September you will not need a Trailblazer at all. That's the fall crafts festival, and lines are always short for every ride at that time. In addition, this is a pretty religious area, so in general right at opening on a Sunday is a great time to be there, as even on crowded Sundays most people don't show up until 1PM or so.

 

That said, budget for Trailblazer because you should always budget for the skip the line at every park that offers it when you plan a trip, but realistically you'll likely use that money for cinnamon bread.

 

Don't forget the cave tour.

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I went on a Sunday last year (Memorial Day weekend) and most rides had no wait. That included Outlaw Run presumably due to its location in the very back of the park.

 

I don't know if waits have cooled down for Time Traveler, but that was the only crazy wait. That was posted at 60-90 minutes until the evening. PowderKeg and the water rides got up to a half hour. I think the kiddie coaster actually had the second longest posted wait but it isn't on the Trailblazer pass.

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I also want to add that there are two or three ticket kiosks to the left at the tram drop off.

No one was using them, everyone wanted to wait an hour in the ticket line after getting off the bus.

Not sure if it’s marked very well, I was too excited that I walked right up to it.

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