Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Engine 14 (SDC)



Please help us welcome the newest addition to the Frisco Silver Dollar Line - Engine 14

Check out the artwork on the light box

Engine 14 officially made her debut today

Maybe next time you visit the park you’ll be lucky enough to ride behind her

Monday, March 18, 2019

Taffy Store (SDC)

Phoebe Snapp's Taffy Shop received a make over this off season.

They expanded the footprint of the store to include some of the old porch

Inside the shop has been completely redone.  They also have a set schedule now for taffy demonstrations.

The demonstrator will show how the taffy is pulled and then how it is cut and wrapped

The floor plan is much more open now.

The register area is now located on the old porch.  The flow of the store is so much better.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

New Shooting Gallery (SDC)

A brand new Shooting Gallery has opened in the place of the former shooting gallery.

The new gallery is a major upgrade from what was there previously.

Here you can see the pricing and payment options.

For the younger marksmen, they have saddles they can sit on so they can see.

There are tons of different targets.  All of them have some type of animation attached to them that is triggered when hit.

The piano plays, the stools spin, bottles tip, lights turn on and off...

The bear behind the bar talks to you.  It really is an amazing addition.

Oh and don't miss the mouse on the cheese wheel on the floor.  He has a surprise waiting for you.

Echo Hollow (SDC)

Work continues on the new backstage at Echo Hollow

From the front, the new facade is rather plain.  It makes us wonder what else they have in store.

Here's a look at the back of the backstage building.  Looks like they have a nice sized ramp for load ins now.

The first concerts of the year (YCW) are here in just a few short weeks so they'll need to be wrapping up construction here soon.

Riverfront - Lost River (SDC)

Now that the park is open for the season, let's take a look at the progress that's been made on the "New for 2020 Attraction" that is currently being built.

(taken near Toy Store in Fireman's Landing)
The lake appears to be at a different elevation than what the new ride area will be at.

(taken near restrooms in Fireman's Landing)
This appears to be the foundation for the what could be the load station

(taken near restrooms in Fireman's Landing)
So that they do not "paint themselves into a corner" it appears they are working at the closest point to the park first, which we will show you here in a bit.

(Taken near the Riverfront Food Court)
Here you can get a good idea of the elevation change between the construction area and the new lake

(Taken near the Riverfront Food Court)
The new lake footprint is going to be significantly smaller

(Taken near the former White River Mercantile Building) 
Still a lot of grading being done in this area.  You'll also notice that the "SAVE" wall is no longer standing.  Apparently they were waiting for a pump to be moved before removing that last section.

(Taken near the former White River Mercantile Building) 
Looking back towards the new lake footprint and Fireman's Landing

(Taken near the former White River Mercantile Building) 
You can see the foundations for what appears to be a station way over at the far side of the construction area.

(Taken across from Dockside Theatre near junction to Wilson's Farm)
The most exciting work being done is located in this corner - which we mentioned earlier in this update.

(Taken across from Dockside Theatre near junction to Wilson's Farm)
The first sections of the new trough have been formed.

(Taken across from Dockside Theatre near junction to Wilson's Farm)
This very tight corner should produce some nice splashes

(Taken across from Dockside Theatre near junction to Wilson's Farm)
Here is a better view of the corner and a view of the next section that they are working on.

(Taken across from Dockside Theatre near junction to Wilson's Farm)
One thing that we found a little surprising is how close the river will be to the pathway.

(Taken across from new dining patio across from Crossroads Pizza)
Here's a better look at the corner and the forms they have in place for the next section of trough

(Taken across from new dining patio across from Crossroads Pizza)
Rebar in place for the next section.  They're just waiting on forms to be created, which I imagine is why there is a pile of wood there next to this section.

(Taken from Wilson's Farm)
Here you can see the area where they are working.  Like I mentioned earlier, it is obvious that they do not want to "paint themselves into a corner" and that's why this section is being constructed first.

(Taken from Wilson's Farm)
They're still doing earth moving in this area of the site.

(Taken from Wilson's Farm)
I'm sure there will be much more grading done in this area before it is all said and done.

(Taken from near restrooms behind Playhouse)
One last photo from the pathways before we move on.

(Taken from train above Wilson's Farm)

(Taken from train above Wilson's Farm)
 
(Taken from Train behind construction site)
A look at the construction equipment from a different angle

(Taken from Train behind construction site)
A good look at the new smaller lake footprint
 
 (Taken from Train behind construction site)
Here's that foundation for what we think will be the station

(Taken from Train behind construction site)
One last look at the lake.  This is going to be fun following the progress of this project this season.  Make sure you bookmark our blog so that you do not miss out on any of our updates.