Friday, October 19, 2018

New for 2019 (SDC)

New for 2019 - SDC Presents "The Year of Shows and Festivals"

(Branson, Mo. 10/19/18)    A hallmark of Branson’s famed tourism industry is live entertainment and production shows, with Silver Dollar City having proven decades-long leadership in presenting great and unique talent.  Today’s announcement of the 2019 lineup strongly builds on that tradition, with Silver Dollar City beginning a new era of even bolder entertainment with “The Year of Shows & Festivals.” The 1880s internationally-awarded theme park is planning millions of dollars in additions with new and original productions, larger-than-life shows and festival adventures.

Topline features include a new $1 million, original mega-production show for Summer, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure; and new for Fall, a spectacular evening and nighttime experience, Pumpkin Nights with thousands of glowing pumpkins artfully brought to life throughout the streets of the City, creating the biggest Fall in the park’s nearly 6-decade history.

Other large-scale elements include a globally-acclaimed acrobatic French-Canadian lumberjack production show; a slate of evening concerts in the Echo Hollow Amphitheater including Bluegrass Nights in Spring and then, throughout the season, legendary rock, pop and country performers; the new Kid Magicsummer show; plus The Festival of Wonder with visually-stunning, globally-inspired production shows.         


Summer Mega-Productions
Imagination comes to life on stage in a huge production opening with Star-Spangled Summer -- the all-new, original production, created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure.The $1 million Broadway-style musical is a magical journey of discovery with a colorful cast, flying characters, state-of-the-art sets and special effects. Also new for summer is a show featuring the world’s youngest magician and illusionist, Kid Magic, starring Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn, direct from America’s Got Talent.

Supercharging Fall
The City transforms into a glowing-orange wonderland in Fall 2019 as Silver Dollar City presents Pumpkin Nights. This evening lighting event with thousands of pumpkin creations and larger-than-life icons includes giant scarecrows, cats, owls and other characters shining in the dark. A new Pumpkin Pathway leads to Pumpkin Plaza with a dance party and fall activities. The park stays open until 9 pm, with rides running too, creating a new nighttime experience for families.   

All new daytime debuts a pulse-raising French-Canadian production show -- an acrobatic musical about singing and dancing lumberjacks in a high-energy internationally-acclaimed stage show. Also by day, in a setting filled with colorful pumpkins, Silver Dollar City craftsmen welcome visiting artisans, with select new crafters each week.  

Spring kicks off the year with The Festival of Wonder, billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience,” designed to spark curiosity by presenting several hot-ticket shows such as Phoenix Firewhich is a black-light, laser and fire production, and new circus-inspired extraordinary acts for CirqUnique.  
New for Bluegrass & BBQ is Bluegrass Nights, featuring nightly concerts with top bluegrass artists in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Following Southern Gospel’s 12 biggest days for Southern Gospel Picnic is a new event for September: Country Music Days presents 13 back-to-back days of iconic country music and Saturday Night Celebrity Concerts with classic country stars.
The grand finale to the year is Christmas. The City transforms into one of the world’s most recognized holiday celebrations, An Old Time Christmas, with over 6.5 million lights, the dazzling Christmas In Midtown, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, original musical productions A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life, plus a towering Special Effects Christmas Tree – all for a Christmas season bigger and brighter than ever.
“We are, and always will be, respectful to our roots of presenting great crafts, unique music and family-friendly shows,” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. “This coming year, we will add many colorful layers, boldly building a new era of entertainment into our traditions.  Guests are seeking new adventures and always looking for something they haven’t seen before. We promise we will deliver new experiences while embracing favorites as we support our mission statement of Creating Memories Worth Repeating,” Thomas said.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fright Fest Mazes (SFSTL)


Blackout is a completely in the dark maze.  If you are one of those that is scared of being disoriented in the dark, this maze is probably not for you. I honestly do not find it that scary, but many do.

Blind Fury is supposedly themed to be a toy factory where they turn humans into toys.  I have to admit that theme doesn't seem to be very consistent in the maze.  While one of the more enjoyable mazes, don't expect the things you find inside to make sense to the "theme"

It does have a nice ending with the flame thrower.

The Slaughter House is easily the most popular maze at Fright Fest.  This one actually sticks to the established theme pretty well.  Slaughter House is probably my favorite of the bunch.

Another maze that really doesn't have a cohesive theme is Night Terrors.  It seems like they tried their best to cover as many Halloween haunted house stereotypes as the could.

Probably the most cohesive themed maze is Camp Killamore.  While not overly scary, I do appreciate what they are trying to accomplish in this maze... and it has definitely improved over previous versions.

The park has several scarezones this year.  Gnawlin's Hollow is near Log Flume.

It is filled with VooDoo and Cannibals. 
Sycophants is in DC Plaza.  It seemed like they were trying to do a Mad Max theme

Near Colossus is Vengeful Trolls.

There are trolls in the lose in this small forested area

Macabre Mansion grounds in front of Miss Kitty's Saloon.

Sinister Clowns of the Black Top is near Xcalibur

This was probably the best of the scarezones.
The screamsters were actually trying in this scarezone.

They have a star tube you can walk through here.
Project Chromo is in the Boomerang Midway

I'm pretty sure it is themed to a toxic spill that created mutants.

There's way too much light in here for the screamsters to even try to scare guests.

The final scarezone is Zombieville which is near Spinsanity.
Some nice props here, but very few screamsters.

It has the potential to be a good scarezone though.

Fright Fest Decor (SFSTL)


Welcome to Opening Weekend of Fright Fest 2018 at Six Flags St. Louis

Palace Gardens is once again home to an elaborate graveyard.

There are some very impressive set pieces in this area.

This year's version of the skeleton games features arm wrestling.

The classic tire swing returned again this year.

Some of the props in Gnawlin's Hollow

Spiders have taken over the American Thunder midway

They continue on past the Moon Cars

Which seem to have been hit pretty hard too. I really do like the photo prop.

The store front near the front of the park have all been decorated.

The windows had some elaborate animatronic props this year.

I like how they shine the Fright Fest logo onto the side of the Palace Theater.

Macabre Manor is set up inside Miss Kitty's Saloon.  This is a story time and treat station for the younger park guests.

It's always fun to see the old Scooby Doo ride props come out of storage.

Some tombstones near Miss Kitty's Saloon

It appears they are going to do the Coffin Challenge where the new Supergirl ride will be built.

They have set up a new bar called Blood Bank in the old Highland Fling queue building.

Seemed pretty popular tonight.

A strange voodoo skeleton near the carousel.

Several large blow up balloon props near Fowl Ball

Butcher's Block display near the Mine Train

UFO landing across from Mooseburger Lodge

Lots of areas around the park were really thick with fog.

The entry fountain with its blood red water.
Be sure to check out the rest of our Fright Fest 2018 reports