So that's where that giant wheel lives! I remember seeing it incessantly in commercials (Discover Card?) this spring. I'd thought it could be at SFOT, but didn't care enough to hunt it out once I discovered my error.
Looking forward to Wildfire. Thanks for the reports - keep 'em coming.
Well the season has come to an end and I would first like to personally thank everyone who has followed along as I traveled to 87 different parks this year including the awesome North East Tour this summer. It really was a great year for me personally and while it is doubtful I will hit 87 parks in 2012, I will embark on several exciting adventures both in travel and in my personal life. So with that, here we go!
I made the short drive to Branson to visit a park that has some of the best food in the industry, Silver Dollar City. Featuring over 3 million lights and receiving multiple awards for their Christmas shows, this is one park worthy of a visit during an Old Time Christmas. Wildfire was only 24,000 riders away from hitting a record high of one million (Achieved this past weekend!) and I am happy to say I played a small part in reaching that with around 20 rides.
The food was amazing, people are friendly, and the park is everything you expect and more from the Herschend Family.
Hope you enjoy, and if you do, post a comment. If enough comments are posted(what's enough you ask, well, more than 1, lol), I might just have a special 12+ park report I will post as a huge thank you!
I want my past to include some awesome bread with cinnamon!
Might as well start off with some good food. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, and all the sides are in this tasty restaurant. $15 will get you enough to last a week!
But bypassing the food for now, I have a date with a certain B&M ride, but first, lets take a look at the flume in hibernation.
Personally, I'd like to see them leave the leaves in, flood the channel, and sail the logs. But something tells me maintenance would not enjoy that idea.
Last year I must have gotten a few bad rides on Wildfire, this year, it was running incredibly well, almost to the point I want to add it to my top 10.
Back row has nice pops of air while the front yields some nice forces.
After an hour of what was essentially ERT on Wildfire, I headed to another crowd pleaser, Powder Keg.
For those that live under a rock, S&S came in and revamped and old ride, added some new track, and oh yeah, air power launch system.
See ya later Keg, you are truly an awesome ride.
Funding must be running low for signs...
TPR & Higher Learning.... DO NOT MIX!
Swing batter batter batter
Bin Laden puppet
They also sell pottery. Not exactly sure what this is supposed to be, but it has something sprouting out.
Chroniq likes turtles.
So that's where I left it.
How to cook green eggs and ham.
So back off in their newest area we set out on our maiden voyage
That takes us over to the wave swinger
That drops us off here. OMG, so effing good.
Time for desert!! If you know what it is, comment!
What better way to work off some of that food than another ride on Wildfire
I'm single, I can warm hands, I might not even charge.
But now it's getting dark and those 3 million Christmas lights are coming on!
Every building is covered in lights, and every square inch.
You could decorate gifts and stuff in here, I know this because the sign said so.
They also have multiple shops to buy Christmas stuff
For some reason these ornaments reminded me of Wild Bill
But time for a little break for more food!
Om nom nom nom nom
Then more desert
Let's mosey down this trail and see where it takes us.
From the Giant Swing, you could see lights forever, it was actually quite pretty. This would be the best picture that shows what you can see from the air.
So that's where the trail led me to, well, ok, if I must. Nothing like 41 degree rides at night.
The line for the train was easily 1 hour+, so this time, I skipped it. But if you have never done the train at Xmas, you should wait, it's worth it.
And finally tonight I take a walk through Grandpa's Mansion, kinda hidden at the front of the park, but worth the find.
so, in we go
and find this strange thing, still not sure what it is.
Grandpa was hanging out.
The last room was all caddy wampus and was really cool. I lost my balance a few times, glad no one saw me fall.
And that's it. I had a wonderful time as per usual at Silver Dollar City. If you live close, it's worth a visit before the end of the season! Thanks SDC!
And once again, thanks to everyone for reading. Post comments if you want to see a special Encore of 12+ parks from the summer!
New season starts in February!
Last edited by chadster on Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:15 am.
Silver Dollar City looks beautiful during Christmas. You've piqued my curiousity about the train ride. I'm guessing there's some sort of Christmas skit involving the outlaws who work there during the regular season. (BGW just plays Christmas carols and puts up some lighted trees for their train ride, which is a bit disappointing.)
^ Yup! The train is advertised as a 'sing a long' and is actually quite fun. The narrator will sing and try to get the passengers involved. Along the way the train slows and grandpa reads to everyone about the birth of Christ which takes place on the outskirts if you will. After the reading the train steams along and takes you through the park to see a good portion of the three million Christmas lights. It takes a good bit of time (around 20-25 minutes) so the lines can get long.
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