Silver Dollar City or Holiday World?

Monday, April 8, 2002 3:57 AM

I'm visiting Holiday World for Stark Raven Mad on the Friday and Saturday, but I was planning on leaving Holiday World Saturday evening to begin my journey to SDC.

Is SDC worth it, or should I stay the 2nd night at Holiday World and miss SDC completely?

SDC is about 446 miles away from HW, and is too far to drive on the Sunday and do the park as well, and since it's $35 to get in, I would like more than 2 hours there.

Thanks in advance.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 4:21 AM

I'd say do it if you have Monday to spare.

We are hitting Indiana Beach on Sunday, Kings Island on Monday and Coney Island and Americana hopefully on Tuesday before our flight leaves.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 6:17 AM

I agree,

Although Holiday World is a terrific park, I would not pass an opportunity to visit SDC. Wildfire is incredible and the overall feel of the park is wonderful.

Do them both! You will nto be dissapointed.

Shaggy

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Monday, April 8, 2002 8:45 AM
I don't know what other parks you have been to or where you are winding up after HW, but there are a lot of good parks that are a lot closer to HW than SDC is.
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Monday, April 8, 2002 8:56 AM
I challenge to name any better, independant, parks then Silver Dollar City that are closer to Holiday World?

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:05 AM

But can SDC be considered an independant park? Actually it is part of a chain.

Shaggy

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:39 AM

If you like the whole park experience, SDC is great. If you only like coasters(and flats), you might want to take a pass. For me, SDC is one of my favorites - Wildfire, the unique Fire-In-The-Hole, Marvel Cave, fabulous food and great crafts.

Mike

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:40 AM
Good point Shaggy, but what other Amusement Parks does the chain run?

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:44 AM

Dollywood, Branson USA are two I know of.

Shaggy

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:59 AM

I totally forgot about Dollywood, man do I feel like a tool.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 10:07 AM

Valleyfair Fan said:
Good point Shaggy, but what other Amusement Parks does the chain run?

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SDC, Inc. runs Dollywood, SDC, the former Branson USA, and Stone Mountain. They are headquartered in Branson, MO.

With the exception of Holiday World, I have never met a greater group of individuals than at SDC. They are nice from the bottom to the top. They bend over backwards to make your experience at their parks the best it can be. The food has to be the best park food in the country by far.

If you go to SDC, be sure and get some of their exotic jerkys. Its right next to Buzzsaw Falls. They have lots of varieties like Emu jerky and Buffalo jerky.. very good! Also, take a ride on the authentic steam train and check out the future location for their rumored terrain woodie. ;)

*** This post was edited by Chris Godsey on 4/8/2002. ***

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Monday, April 8, 2002 12:13 PM

Chris Godsey,

are you talking about the hillside next to the swoop turn after the helix tunnel on ThuNderaTion? I guess not because as I re-read your post you say to see it from the train. I rode the train in march but somehow missed the land clearing. Going to the City this weekend, what side of the train should I be looking out for it and during which leg of the train run? before or after the "stick up"?

Thanks Chris

Jim Wolgamuth

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Monday, April 8, 2002 12:55 PM

Valleyfair Fan said:
I challenge to name any better, independant, parks then Silver Dollar City that are closer to Holiday World?

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Dollywood

Lake Winnepesauky(?)

Brason USA

Visionland

the (soon to be opened) Americana Park

Also I would stop at PKI or SFStL instead ;)

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Monday, April 8, 2002 4:38 PM
I would go to SDC definitely. They have Wildfire (best first drop EVER!), Thunderation (Best mine train EVER), Buzzsaw Falls, Fire in the Hole, and a bunch of water rides. There are also tons of shows and craft exhibits, like woodworking, glass blowing, fudge, taffy, and peanut brittle making. Like Chris said, the food is excellent. My personal favorite is the taffy. Add to this a very friendly staff, wonderful theming, and beautiful landscaping, you have a wonderful park. I've never been to HW, but from judging from the reports I've heard, if you want to ride a pair of the best coasters in the world, go to HW, but for a better overall experience, go to SDC. And could you imagine a CCI similar to the Raven there? *wipes drool off of keyboard* Go there and you'll see what I mean.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 4:58 PM

CoasterCory said:
I would go to SDC definitely. They have Wildfire (best first drop EVER!), Thunderation (Best mine train EVER), Buzzsaw Falls, Fire in the Hole, and a bunch of water rides.

What about Shaft of Terror, Quicksilver Express, Big Thunder Mountain BMX Railraod, and Delphuis Coaster?

Why did I always think that Fire in the Hole was at Branson USA or Lagoon Park?

*** This post was edited by Vertigo on 4/8/2002. ***

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Monday, April 8, 2002 5:26 PM
I guess folks can't get excited about coasters they've ridden anymore. If CoasterCory think Wildfire's drop is the best ever, that's his opinion. To each his own.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 6:11 PM

JWolg said:

Chris Godsey,

are you talking about the hillside next to the swoop turn after the helix tunnel on ThuNderaTion? I guess not because as I re-read your post you say to see it from the train. I rode the train in march but somehow missed the land clearing. Going to the City this weekend, what side of the train should I be looking out for it and during which leg of the train run? before or after the "stick up"?

Thanks Chris

Jim Wolgamuth



Check out the link below for the area I am talking about.

http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/cgodsey/vwp?.dir=/Silver+Dollar+City&.dnm=sdcmap-newcoaster.jpg&.src=bc&.view=l&.done=http%3a//briefcase.yahoo.com/bc/cgodsey/lst%3f%26.dir=/Silver%2bDollar%2bCity%26.src=bc%26.view=l

When you ride the train, you should see some gravel strips that are in the area highlighted on the map. This is exactly how Wildfire construction began, strips of gravel and an access road constructed.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 7:50 PM
I was at SDC last tuesday and let me say, they are working very very very hard in cleaning up the park to get it ready, they take great pride in the way there park looks, and the quality of there rides, so SDC is the way to go. They were doing some pretty grueling testing on all the rides there. And spending hours upon hours just cleaning. So make sure not to miss SDC.

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Monday, April 8, 2002 9:34 PM

Not too much is known on the SDC wood project, but something was leaked that a major project would occur in 2003 to the regional acers.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 11:55 AM

SDC also has some paths and cleared land behind Geyser Gulch and up the hill from TNT's swoop turn.

My guess is for SDC Inc to put a woodie in at the exBranson USA park.

*** This post was edited by JWolg on 4/9/2002. ***

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