I can't believe I missed the supermarket takeover, but I guess its a good thing because I already had about three bags of snacks! Are you crying in the picture with the Doritos? I thought so That chocolate pudding at Lambert's was amazing! I never thought pudding could be that good.
This place was fantastic. I visited quite a few parks in 2010 and if I had to pick a favourite I’d name this place.
I don’t think I’ve visited a park in the US with so much charm. Silver Dollar City is very different from the reams of corporate parks you’ll find in the US. Lots of greenery all over the place, fantastically friendly staff and some of the best food you’ll ever get at a theme park.
They have some pretty awesome coasters too! Wildfire is a solid sit-down B&M in the same vein as Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure. Often a coaster like that would be the best at the park but not here – Powder Keg, the S&S launched thingy is just brilliant. Plus, there’s also the very quirky and cool indoor dark ride/woodie called Fire in the Hole which is right up there with best attractions in the park!
Oh yeah, the whole park is built right next to a hubongous cave, that you can explore the deepest and darkest depths of!
Did I mention the food was AMAZING???
And now for what ended up being my favourite park of the trip – Silver Dollar City!
What a great time to make your first visit to this park – it’s 50th birthday season!
Wildfire was very good! It’s not often you see a B&M coaster poking out the trees like this!
Whilst not quite up there with Kumba and Dragon Khan this ride still exceeded my expectations.
TPDave, if it’s beer you can’t have it!
Now for Fire in the Hole, this ride was brilliant!
Baldknobbers?!?! I’m always wary of them!
This poor little dog was stuck in this cage at Fire in the Hole’s station. I hope someone lets it out for a run from time to time!
It seems that the Dalmatian living in the station is a regular thing.
Skinny Anth and Colin were loving some fire in their hole.
I did not know that. Thanks, Silver Dollar City!
Wow, that’s a lot of jerky!
Hi Rick and Jackie! Looking forward to getting blown away?
Powder Keg is an excellent S&S launch coaster.
And we never saw Rick or Jackie again.
That’s me! Call me Senora!
I didn’t see these in Thorpe Park.
The new Screaming Swing is a big hit in my book!
My Jon, you do that awfully well.
Amazing funnel cake, cocaine or both? You decide!
TPDave cannot resist.
No snorting off the floor!
The skillets in Silver Dollar City just looked and tasted incredible.
Why can’t more parks have food as good as this?!
Not to be outdone by TPDave’s delights, Lou finds a cookie that is bigger than TPDave’s head.
Jason is also loving the “Bigger than TPHead” cookie.
After such a fun experience on Mirabilandia’s Splash Battle I was very excited to check out Tom and Huck’s River Blast.
It definitely delivered in getting us soaked! Though I prefer the European version that lets you move around the boat a bit more.
August isn’t a bit early for a Christmas store? Not in Middle America I guess!
It’s funny to the Brits, okay?
Next up is SDC’s other steel coaster, the Arrow mine train – Thunderation.
Arrow’s bringing the thunder back to Silver Dollar City.
I’m dubious as to whether someone actually changes this selection every day…
Colin’s just doomed himself to fall to his death by sitting in seat 13.
Allow me to break the ice. His name is Kyle. Learn it well. For it's the chilling sound of your doom.
Silver Dollar City’s County Prison Mine luckily doubles as a shooting dark ride!
Pretty cool theming!
Gotta love the ride op outfits!
Miles is quick to point out that he’s not shooting blanks.
No matter what anyone tells you, Kyle, it really is the size of your gun that counts.
Time for a skillet serving!
This is a “tater twister”, absolutely delish!
How about some strawberries and cream for dessert?
Another big attraction at SDC is Marvel Cave. You don’t want to miss this!
That’s where we be going!
Mike Austin behind bars. Did we ever doubt we’d see the day?
You’ve gotta go down a lot of stairs to get into the cave.
This is the last vegetation we’ll be seeing for a while.
Everyone’s excited to see what delights Marvel Cave will offer.
Pretty ray of light poking through the cave’s entrance.
The cave was originally called Marble Cave, after explorers in 1882 saw what they thought was marble on the cave's ceiling. They were wrong.
The further down you go the tighter the walkways get! Kinda like a woman.
Watch your head!
Is that woman behind Lou picking her nose?
I’m pretty sure these are stalactites.
What an impressive hole Marvel Cave has.
After you’ve been to the bottom everyone gets to pile into a cable train to take them back to the surface. Definitely a good bonding experience for the TPR contingent.
How the hell did we all fit in there?!
I was originally planning on leaving most of the food from the TPR included meal so that I could get more of the stuff out in the park, but this included meal was just fantastic too. So I just had even more than planned!
Kyle’s very taken with the Tiramisu Fudge.
I think Dave and Mike would approve.
A couple of glory holes…
Hey look, a mug just for Mike Fudge!
TPDave’s loving the spray action from these guns.
The huge bags of kettle corn from SDC are of excellent use even when you’re not hungry!
Does this count as breaking park rules?
All sorts of crazy things go on in here…
Yet another of Lou’s fantasies fulfilled on a TPR trip.
The Silver Dollar City train ride was hilarious. It was fantastic how all the staff got really into their roles as the bandits tried to rob the train. They probably got a bit more than they bargained for from us!
Silver Dollar City is an absolutely fantastic place. I can’t stress enough how much fun I had this day. It really is one of the best parks in the US and if you haven’t been then you really should make every effort to get there!
I smiled reading this entire report. It's always hard for me to decide which park is better Silver Dollar City or Dollywood. They're both just so awesome and laid back. Also, I almost forgot how much fun we had on this trip, we seriously just need to do the exact same thing again (perhaps about 25 degrees cooler though)!
SharkTums wrote:I smiled reading this entire report. It's always hard for me to decide which park is better Silver Dollar City or Dollywood. They're both just so awesome and laid back. Also, I almost forgot how much fun we had on this trip, we seriously just need to do the exact same thing again (perhaps about 25 degrees cooler though)!
I finally made it to SDC last year and I was really impressed. Wonderful atmosphere. It reminded me somewhat of Dollywood. And though I still like Dollywood just a little bit better, SDC is definitely one of my favourite parks in the U.S.
Just wish I’d had more time to spend there - not knowing how awesome SDC was going to be, I gave myself about two hours to credit-whore the place before driving back to St. Louis to catch a flight. Needless to say, that wasn’t enough time - I could have spent three days there. I rode the coasters, but that was about it (didn’t get to do that amazing cave). The coasters all exceeded my expectations. I think Wildfire impressed me the most - built on the side of the mountain, it looks SO much taller than it really is. Oh yeah - and I hit that jerky stand. I tried the kangaroo jerky - delicious! Awesome park - I really need to visit again soon.
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