Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bernie's Barnyard (Adventureland)

The park released the final version of the 2018 map today featuring the new Bernie's Barnyard area.
The new area is scheduled to be available opening day.

Fun Pix (WOF)

Worlds of Fun has added Fun Pix as a Season Pass upgrade for the 2018 season.  This new service allows you to digitally collect onride photos (and photos from roaming photographers) by scanning your pass if you have the upgrade.

Also new this year, if you have the Fun Pix upgrade to your pass, you can also utilize it at six other parks in the chain, including Cedar Point, Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland.

City Shuffle (SDC)

It's that time of the year when we get to learn where things have been moved and shuffled around Silver Dollar City for the upcoming season.

The new skillet restaurant on Valley Road will be called Buckshot Annie's Skillet Cookery.

Hatfield's Tater Patch is remaining.

The new food court will still have a Dippin' Dots stand as well.
We still do not have the new name of the chicken standwich restaurant.

Miner's Break Time is also returning over by the entrances to both ThuNderaTion and Time Traveler.

In the shop that was formerly The Greatest Gift is now Casey's Dugout.  The former merchant version of Casey's Dugout, which was across from Christmas Hollow will be no longer.

Ring 'Em Up is moving from over by White River Mercantile to near Fireman's Landing.

Mortimer's Magic Box is moving into the shop that housed Dockside Letter Merchant, which is located directly across from Lucky's Toy Shop. 

Cowboy Jepp's will move from Valley Road to Midtown into the shop that housed the Christmas in Midtown merchandise during Christmas.  The shop is directly across the pathway from Carrie's Candles and Grandfather's Mansion.
We'll keep an eye on the maps and let you know if any additional changes happen for this upcoming season.

Eli Update (WOF)

Worlds of Fun's locomotive engine, Eli has received a new paint job this off season.  Looks great.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time Traveler (SDC)

We are finally getting to see some of the details that have been added inside the queue building for Time Traveler.

This is part of the Charles Henry & Co. Clockmakers building, which is the theme for the Time Traveler building.

This looks important.

Here you can see that large gear wheel that we showed above.  It will be part of a larger display that will take up the middle area of the entire queue building.

Even more details to come soon. Stay tuned.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Boss Reprofile (SFSTL)

The Boss received some major re-profiling this off season.  The double helix at the end of the ride has been replaced by a simple 180 degree turn.  The double up into the brake run is still present as can be seen on the left side of this photo.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Timber Wolf (WOF)

We stopped by the park today to check out the progress on Timber Wolf.

You can see the airtime hill here peeking through MAMBA which would be right before the new banked curve

I think it is safe to assume that they haven't gone vertical with the new curve as it would be visible in this shot on the left side of the photo.

So the new curve is coming soon - but not here yet.

Nordic Chaser Advertisement (WOF)

Worlds of Fun has updated the signage at the entrance to the parking lots stating that the park (and possibly Nordic Chaser too) will be opening in April.

Still Standing? (Schlitterbahn KC)

We decided to stop by Schlitterbahn Kansas City today to see if anything had changed since the unfortunate accident that happened almost 1.5 years ago.

We have to admit that we are very shocked to see that Verruckt is still standing with not a single hint that it is going anywhere any time soon.

Obviously the ride will never operate again, so it is puzzling why they haven't removed it yet and honestly whether or not this park will ever recover from such a black mark on its record.

Friday, February 16, 2018

America's Fun Park Construction

Buchanan Materials has begun preparation of the lot for Branson's newest amusement park.

Located at 1157 W. Hwy 76, this new park will be in a prime location in the Entertainment District.

This site was formerly occupied by the Branson Heights strip mall which was severely damaged by the tornado that came through town a few years ago.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Nordic Chaser Construction (WOF)

More details are finally emerging about Worlds of Fun's new Nordic Chaser ride.  First off, we can pretty confirm that the ride will be a Mack Seastorm ride that is currently being refurbished by MOST Amusement Rides.

The ride will be like brand new when it debuts at the park this Spring.  Here you can see the boats for the ride in their primer paint getting ready to have the finished layers and details applied.

City Changes (SDC)

Silver Dollar City is ready to start sharing details about the other new projects happening in the Time Traveler area.  Here a park spokesperson is standing in from of the new Time Traveler store next to the ADA entrance (on his right) and the exit from the ride itself.

Valley Road has been rerouted for the new season.  It now does a curve just past the new Time Traveler store and then hugs the top of the hill that is above Echo Hollow.  To get your bearings, last year this was a shaded area with green picnic tables.  They have expanded the pathway, it was not nearly this big last season.

We're now back over by the Christmas store looking down Valley Road towards Frisco Barn.  The road, as mentioned above, now curves to the right past the Time Traveler gift show (the green building on the right side of the photo).  You can see the new Big Skillet on the left and the new chicken sandwich show straight ahead in the middle of the photo.

The new Big Skillet shop sits right next to Cowboy Jepp's across the former pathway down to the Frisco Train Depot and Flooded Mine Entrance.  There is a new covered dining patio directly behind it, which will give you views of Flooded Mine while you eat.

The new chicken sandwich, rumored to be called Buckshot Annie's.  If you look past the new tree on the right side of this photo you can see the Frisco Barn and the old Waterboggan tower.  Echo Hollo is immediately to our right.

The new Time Traveler store.  You will exit the ride through this shop (the garage door is the exit).  The entrance to both Time Traveler and ThuNderaTion is immediately to the right of this photo.