Monday, January 14, 2019

Skyscraper (The Tracks)

Construction has begun on the new Skyscraper ride at Track 3.

As mentioned in the press release, the new ride will go in the infield of the Rookie Track

The first part of construction will be to dig and then install the foundation for the ride.

They are using a massive drill to bore this hole.

Once they have the foundation constructed, the ride should go together rather quickly.  Parts are already starting to arrive.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cotton Blossom BBQ (WOF)

The foundation for the Cotton Blossom BBQ building is being laid.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Cotton Blossom BBQ (WOF)

Construction continues on Cotton Blossom BBQ.  The cement truck paid the site a visit today to begin the process of pouring foundations.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

New Year's Celebration (SDC)

Welcome to Silver Dollar City's New Year's Celebration.

In the Saloon, Biff Barker New Year's Radio Show is playing.

The show features the Nightingales who perform tight harmony

I enjoyed how they brought old time jingles into the show.

Just like radio shows of old, they had a detective mystery.

Thankfully there were some talented members of the audience to provide sound effects.

Time for another commercial break

They also had a portion of the show where they took modern songs and put an old school twist on them.  Of course the music came in a "Time Traveler" time capsule.

It was an enjoyable show - though quite different than what you would normally see in the Saloon.

In the Red Gold Heritage Hall, Members Only, an 80's tribute band performed

The group played songs from iconic groups like Chicago, Journey, Kansas and more.

The band seemed to get a decent crowd response and even had people up dancing in front of the stage.

The band will be back several times during the 2019 season.

All the way from Stone County, Arkansas, the Cleverlys Trio (they can't count real good) performed in the Opera House.

Now for those who have not had the pleasure (displeasure?) of watching (surviving?) one of their performances, they blend modern music with Bluegrass while adding in their own brand of comedy.

Seriously, this group is a lot of fun and is definitely worth watching.  They will be returning in the 2019 season during Bluegrass and BBQ.

Finally in the Riverfront Playhouse, Chad Chesmark brought his magic act to the SDC stage.  He's been performing magic since he was six years old and he says that was when he peaked.  It was a fun show and the kids really enjoyed it.

Hard to believe that this is the end of the season already.  However, it won't be long before we are back covering SDC as the park reopens in early March.

Until then, see you on the midways.

RIverfront - Lost River (SDC)

While not much has really changed since our last visit (which was less than a week ago) we felt compelled to take one last set of photos on the last operating day of the season.

Well that concludes this season's progress photos.  We'll start back up again in March when the park reopens to the general public.

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Eve (WOF)

Welcome to New Year's Eve at Winterfest at Worlds of Fun.

The park put up a few additional decorations around International Plaza for the event.

Even Snoopy's Dog House was ready for the party.

Moulin Rouge was home to the kid-friendly Tinker's New Year's Eve Sing-a-Long

The show was sort of a karaoke dance party for the kids with the characters from the Tinker's Toy Shop show.

It seemed to be a hit with the younger audience.

The park had some specialty items for sale to help bring in the New Year.

The dance parties started at 9pm around the park.  In Tinsel Town (Americana Star Fountain Plaza) the Tennanbaum's Retro New Year's Eve Party was being held.

Every time I ventured through the area, this particular party was very lightly populated.  I think the cold and the openness of the area (it was pretty windy) probably made people move on to different locations.

At 9:45pm in Europa, Tinker's Little Elf New Year's Countdown Party took place.

They helped the younger audience members ring in the New Year 2 hours early so they could go on home and get to bed at a decent time.

So, Happy 10 o'clock everyone!

It actually seemed to be pretty popular with the parents as they had their kids convinced it was New Years now and they could leave.

In the Tivoli Music Hall, 2Proud2Beg, a local Motown cover band performed to a pretty large crowd.

It was honestly nice to be able to get out of the cold and listen to a pretty talented group.

At 11:30pm, it was time to move outside to Snoopy's Rockin' New Year's Eve Countdown Party at the International Plaza Stage.  A local KC DJ spun tunes as the characters kept the crowd entertained.

Snoopy was all dressed up in his tuxedo for the occasion.

The park offered Champagne Toasts for purchase for the special occasion.

Towards the end of the party, all of the characters came on stage to dance together one last time.

Before we knew it, it was time for the count down to start.

Almost there!

Happy New Year!

Lots of fireworks!!!

Thanks for a great evening - and for a great season, Worlds of Fun.
We'll see you soon for the start of the 2019 season.