There's a pretty firmly established pattern that they don't add anything the year after a major addition, especially coasters. Plus, rumor is that they spent way more on TT than advertised and it is still breaking down pretty much every day. It might be awhile before we see them start on the next big thing.
I'd be thrilled if they started on other necessary enhancements like more parking and a better entrance/tram drop-off.
I am thinking probably 2021 will be the year for the next big thing. Also until then I really think they should invest in Flooded Mine and Fire In The Hole as they are in such a sad state of disrepair. 80 percent of the effects were not working on either when I rode them last Monday. It was so strange riding thru Flooded Mine as it was so quiet you would have thought you were in the middle of a funeral procession. Really disappointed. This is not an isolated case as a lot of people have been commenting about it on various forums and social media and even at the park.
Also Flooded Mine just celebrated its 50th year at the park.
Another comment I have seen on Facebook to SDC which I sadly have to agree with:
"Just a suggestion to management start taking care of these older rides; sound tracks working prisoners actually working and water working where it used to, cannon firing and exploding in water outdoors. Fire in the Hole soundtrack, the gunshots and windows breaking in saloon area fans on the bridge did more than just create the fire effect it also helped move some air in there as it is noticeably warm in there, American Plunge has lost basically all the effects there, man drowning with dog saving him, the outhouse falling over. The park spends millions on a new ride but fails to upkeep the unique older rides. Somebody needs to be the head of quality control on a lot of things on park. Seems they are just worried about the new and not the tradition which is sad. My grown kids even say it is not the same."
Unfortunately, the more complaints the park gets about Flooded Mine and FITH, the more likely they are to just bulldoze them. I am certain they see those rides more as problems vs. something people cherish. There is an awesome, dedicated crew for both rides, but the lack of funding over the years to fix major things has compounded over time and now the park is faced with the decision to either gut them and try to rebuild or simply bulldoze and replace with something completely different. There was a rumor a few years ago that FL would be completely bulldozed and the space used for a new coaster... I have a feeling the Herschends speak up from time to time to try to keep them from tearing down all the "old" SDC.
We'll see what happens. I keep feeling like FL and FITH are the next things to get replaced or re-done, but it hasn't happened yet.
Silver Dollar City has sent us a press release announcing this year's Moonlight Madness event, offering extended evening hours in the park to enjoy the park's many attractions including Time Traveler and Outlaw Run in the dark!
Thrill lovers can take the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning drop in the dark on the new $26 million ride Time Traveler during Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness, an end-of-summer celebration with extended time to ride, play and dance into the night. Over 40 rides and attractions will be open from 9:30 am to 10 pm July 21 to August 5, with more than 12 hours a day to play.
Night-ride thrills take on new dimensions with Time Traveler, as guests can drop 10 stories at 90 degrees, traveling over 50 miles per hour before flying through three inversions with two launches, with spin – all in the dark. Riders can also soar into the sunset on The Giant Barn Swing, take a pitch-black ride on the world’s only double-barrel-rolling wood coaster Outlaw Run and take five inversions under the stars on WildFire, along with all the park’s rides and attractions.
Nightly Street Dances on the Square feature new emcees and performers Prince Ivan leading dance favorites like the Macarena and the Chicken Dance. Daytime shows include NBC-featured juggler Chris Ruggierio with a one-man variety show July 21 – 28, and award-winning magician and comedian Taylor Hughes performing illusion and comedy July 29 – August 5. A special fireworks show caps the “Hits from the Hollow” show at Echo Hollow Amphitheatre each evening.
The nighttime fun goes all the way to midnight on the final two Saturday nights, with special one-time evening performances from ‘80s tribute band Members Only on July 28, and ‘90s cover group The Mixtapes on August 4.
Moonlight Madness runs daily July 21 - August 5 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.
WHITE WATER: Nighttime rides are also featured at nearby White Water as it presents Night Water, featured on Fridays and Saturdays through August 4. The water park extends park hours to 10 p.m. for cool water fun on hot summer nights, with fireworks lighting up the sky at park closing every Saturday.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
I just returned from my first trip to SDC and I have to say that I absolutely loved the park!! The ride ops were great, the food was great, the scenery, the rides, the staff, everything I experienced was top notch. I've read some of the comments made recently about flooded mine and fire in the hole. Yes, they need some TLC! but as a first time rider I really enjoyed them alot. I was there for a day and a half and we didn't even see one show but we never waited in line for more than 30 min and that was on the river rapids ride. It was very hot! I appreciated the water misters around the park and the heavily wooded terrain. Very few times did we have to walk in direct sunlight. I came from Minnesota just to ride Time Traveler and it did not disappoint. The station was air conditioned, the train cars were beautiful and very comfortable to sit on and the ride itself was so unique. It was down once while we were there but it's a new ride, all new rides have bugs that need to be worked out. My biggest surprise was Outlaw Run. I wondered why the leg restraints but after riding it I now understand! So much force and speed and super smooth. The rest of the coaster line up was also pretty great. Wildfire has such an amazing view from the top! Powder Keg has a great launch and even Thunderation was really a fun mine train coaster. I thought the park had a pretty descent line up of flat ride although they could use one or two more. Branson should be thanking their lucky stars for SDC!! The town itself was O.K. if you like sitting in traffic and looking at all the attractions. I was really surprised to see several old closed down attractions and hotels. I came back to Minnesota and have been raving about SDC and telling everyone that they should go! I'm telling you local folks that you have a gem of a park. Yes, it needs some TLC but its a winner. My home park is a Cedar Fair park, Valleyfair! It's a nice park but pales in comparison to the charm that SDC has.
Massive, sudden storm in Branson tonight. Lots of tree damage at the park from what I hear.
What is much worse is that a ride the duck boat was out on the lake when it blew through unexpectedly hard and ended up being capsized. 30 people on board and rumors that some may have perished. Hopefully that turns out to be false and everyone makes it out ok.
Pretty sad that boats would be on the lake with severe storms very clearly in the forecast. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued at 1120AM, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 632PM, and the storms hit Table Rock Lake around 7PM.
Stone County sheriff reports 8 dead, 7 injured after duck boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake
The Stone County Sheriff confirms eight fatalities involved in a Ride the Ducks boat capsizing on Table Rock Lake Thursday.
Emergency crews responded to the incident shortly after 7 p.m. after a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area.
Sheriff Doug Rader reports the boat had 31 people on board. He tells KY3 News seven suffered injuries in the crash. Cox Medical Center reports two suffered critical injuries in the tragedy. Some of the 31 on board include children. Divers are on the scene searching for more possible victims. The sheriff says he does not know how many on the boat are missing. The sheriff is asking for any family missing someone to go to Branson City Hall. It remains a rescue and recovery mission.
Investigators say the boat ended up sinking in the lake. It remains in the water. Boaters and staff from the nearby Branson Belle rescued several.
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