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Getting stoked for Outlaw Run! I'm going to be there on opening day. This'll be the time to try out my camera and hopefully get some raw footage up from the coaster, but it might be challenging because all of the dense foliage.

 

Will anybody else be there?

I'm planning on being there.

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I just got their newsletter and it was so depressing because I probably won't be able to go this year. Can't wait to see all the reports though!

 

Yeah it's gunna be a 2014 trip for me sadly....

Though if I'm going that far out, might as well hit Hades, erm Hades 360, before it totally falls apart, and get The Voyage on the way back

 

Same, dying to see Robb's report and POV!

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I was hoping to get to SDC this year, but unfortunately, the only day I can go is a saturday in mid-august So I'm thinking of just not going at all.

 

That's unfortunate, but if you do go, you'll probably end up being able to ride OR at least a couple of times. SDC is very efficient with their operations. Then again, I haven't seen a ride this big open before at SDC... I heard that when Wildfire opened they actually used the entire station AND the overflow queue outside that hasn't been used in years... hard to say what will happen.

 

 

I don't know when I'll be able to get out there either. I've been so busy over the last couple of months I haven't had any time to get caught up in the hype leading up until opening. I kind of want it to keep all my excitement bottled up until I actually get a chance to get there. I am looking forward to seeing people get blown away by it through TRs though.

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Yeah, was suppose to go on opening day myself, but plans fell through and now unable to. Kind of sucks having this one 600 miles away...

 

Would of been the only time I had a chance to go too, but I'm hoping a couple other trips this summer can make up for it, and eventually make my way down there. Probably won't be until 2015 due to my Europe trip next fall. If the opportunity though comes up where someone I know is heading down there and looking for a few people to go in a group, that's probably when I'll get to go.

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Would 8:30 be a good time to arrive at the park on Friday?

 

You'll catch opening ceremonies and have time to eat breakfast or some cinnimon rolls. but they'll have the chains up prohibiting you to the rest of the park.

 

It is supposed to be sunny and in the 70's on Friday. Sat in the 70's but a storm in the afternoon, and cooler but clearing Sun with a high in the 50's.

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While nobody can predict exact crowds, how is the park on a weekday (Tues or Wed) in early to mid August? Also, is Missouri unbearably hot during that time of year? I'm looking into planning a short trip.

The park ceases daily operations on August 12 this year, but Tues 8/6 or Wed 8/7 would be good days to go. Be there early; in the afternoon we typically see temperatures around 100, and it's a humid, muggy heat.

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First riders are meeting at 9am for the opening. I would imagine the GP will ride after 10am. Weather will be in the 70s and Spring Break for many towns in the area so I would bet the park will be somewhat congested.

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So the gp can start riding around 10?

Is there an opening ceremony at 9 open to public though?

Also, I doubt the other rides other than the Giant Swing and Outlaw Run will be crowded since that area will be the main attraction on Friday. Although Powderkeg will probably be crowded too

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So the gp can start riding around 10?

Is there an opening ceremony at 9 open to public though?

Also, I doubt the other rides other than the Giant Swing and Outlaw Run will be crowded since that area will be the main attraction on Friday. Although Powderkeg will probably be crowded too

 

I'm giddy that once the initial excitement is over. This will reduce waits on Powder Keg to next to nothing when things return to normal. There are rumors this is the first of three major capital project though. I doubt this is the most expensive one either.

 

I wonder if Rob or other Central Florida folks have noticed that Southwest is now offering a Sat direct flight from Orlando to Branson now.

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^ I've looked into that flight a few times (I'm hoping to fly out there for a day or two in the coming month) but there just isn't much flexibility. For nearly the same price you can fly into Springfield (usually by way of Atlanta) and there are plenty of times to choose from.

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^ I've looked into that flight a few times (I'm hoping to fly out there for a day or two in the coming month) but there just isn't much flexibility. For nearly the same price you can fly into Springfield (usually by way of Atlanta) and there are plenty of times to choose from.

I would suggest flying into Springfield. What isn't apparent unless you know the area well is that the Branson Airport isn't very close to Branson at all. In fact, it's down near the Arkansas border. Also, during the tourist season, 65 and 465 have very heavy traffic, while 76 through town is at a crawl. So fly into Springfield instead and the take the back way. From the airport (assuming you've rented a car rather than taking one of the tour buses), go east on Division St./Greene County EE to West By-Pass/US-160. Go south on 160 until you hit James River Freeway/US-60/US-160. Turn left (east) onto the highway and take it two exits to Campbell Ave./US-160/MO-13. Make a right (south). Stay on MO-13 until you reach Branson West (US-160 will split from MO-13 a few miles south of Springfield), then turn left onto MO-76. Go east on 76 until you reach Indian Point Rd., which is the entrance to SDC. Total time from the airport to SDC should be about an hour, and you shouldn't hit traffic, even during the busy season, until just before Indian Point.

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The traffic will definately back up this weekend coming from the east whether it be 76 from Branson proper or from the dam. I plan on "sneaking in: like always from Berryville Ark to Kinberling City to Branson West.

 

The weather is playing out perfectly this and lots of folks here in NWA with passes are planning of going in the next week. Someone mentioned Spring Break. Yep, nearly all local schools will be out and last year at SDC was packed during this.

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The traffic will definately back up this weekend coming from the east whether it be 76 from Branson proper or from the dam. I plan on "sneaking in: like always from Berryville Ark to Kinberling City to Branson West.

 

The weather is playing out perfectly this and lots of folks here in NWA with passes are planning of going in the next week. Someone mentioned Spring Break. Yep, nearly all local schools will be out and last year at SDC was packed during this.

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