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Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:09 pm
by Philrad71
After leaving St. Louis, we headed for....BRANSON!!!

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:45 pm
by bert425
Philrad71 wrote:We heard some Joe Walsh, Beatles and another cool band (Fleetwood Mac perhaps?)...a great selection of songs with the fountains dancing along in synchronicity!


you sure the third band wasn't these guys? :p









great pics, that Titanic stop is all kinds of F-ed up, which means we'd LOVE it.


how were the crowds, age wise?

We've never done Branson only because we didn't want to be the youngest people there (oh, we don't mind being in that situation . .after all, we did go to Weeki Wachie to see the mermaids). . but we don't want the whole trip to be like that (shades of the Holland America Cruise my Mom took us on).




and I've discovered with Margaritas that are too tart? after a couple of sips, one doesn't really care.



can't wait to see SCD pics.

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:21 pm
by Philrad71
^ LOL - I would have loved it if they would have played Synchronicity II as that's one of my favorite Police tunes! :b

To give you an idea about how Branson and SDC were in terms of age, I made mention to Michael at SDC that it seemed weird that I was the outcast in terms of age at a theme park!

I would say that the majority of people at the park and in Branson were either senior citizens or young kids (school groups mostly). And there were lots of seniors working at SDC as well that were all very polite and pleasant - personally I would rather parks hire seniors than young school kids based on their work ethic alone.

And yes, I was definitely the youngest one at the Patsy Cline and Million Dollar Quartet shows by a large margin - lol!

Certainly don't let that be a factor in visiting though...I really had a great time and would highly recommend the area to anyone. Beautiful country, clean, and with very friendly people everywhere without quite as much Jesus stuff thrown in my face like in Pigeon Forge.

I came away very impressed and hope to go back again someday.

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:25 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Philrad71 wrote:
To give you an idea about how Branson and SDC were in terms of age, I made mention to Michael at SDC that it seemed weird that I was the outcast in terms of age at a theme park!

I would say that the majority of people at the park and in Branson were either senior citizens or young kids (school groups mostly).

You went on a weekday before school was out, so that factors into it. On weekends it's a lot of families, and during summer you see a better mix of people. SDC truly is for everyone. It's weird when we travel and see almost nothing but groups of teenagers--SDC doesn't really have that demographic.

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:57 am
by Philrad71
^ I have to admit (albeit a bit greedily) that I loved going then because just about everything was a walk-on (TT & PK were by far the longest waits). I literally rode Wildfire & Outlaw Run with like 3-4 other people on the trains!

Although it is interesting that they didn't allow re-rides if no one else was in the station. They make you go back through the line if you want to ride again - so I ended up getting tons of steps on my pedometer during those two days. :lol:

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:30 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I always wondered if the Titanic museum was any good when I passed the one in Pigeon Forge.

Usually Outlaw Run and WildFire were one train waits for the front or back so I had to walk around anyway. Though on days when you can get rerides that easily, it really is a first world problem to complain. :lol:

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:08 pm
by Philrad71
^ Oh I certainly agree about the re-rides...not a problem walking around to ride again as I try to rack up pedometer steps when I can because I get rewards for the more steps that I get.



On a sadder note, I am going to have to put a delay on this report. Michael was admitted to a hospital in Erie yesterday with a serious blood infection and a CT scan detected "something" on his liver. More tests tomorrow and we are hoping that it's an abscess (and not a cancerous tumor) that can be cleared up with doses of heavy antibiotics.

I will still continue to use this site as my "escape from reality" and will still post here and there, but please try to keep us in your thoughts as we battle yet another setback in poor Michael's health. :cry:

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:10 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Oh man, that really sucks. Definitely will be thinking of you guys.

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:15 pm
by Nrthwnd
oh shit. Phil, we're all here for you and Michael. Keep us up to date, when you can.

<hugs> Bill & David

Re: Phil & Michael's 2018 Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:20 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Sorry to hear that and I'll be hoping for the best with Michael.