Thursday, April 29, 2021

Project 2022 (SDC)

  

Let the speculation begin.  We have a brand new fence up that stretches from the old Waterboggan tower all the way to Fireman's Landing.  What could be happening here?



Sunday, April 18, 2021

Street Fest (SDC)

 


Welcome to Silver Dollar City and to the All-New STREET FEST

Lots of fun and inviting decorations adorn the square

The Homestead Pickers welcome guests to the park as everyone waits for rope drop

Do my eyes deceive me or does it look like the Rainmaker Cart has made an appearance?

GAZEBO - MARIA WOLF
Maria uses diablos to perform intricate feats of juggling

GAZEBO - WE FLIP ENTERTAINMENT
Two brothers perform feats of balance and comedy before your eyes on Main Street

GAZEBO - WE FLIP ENTERTAINMENT
They also put that teeter board to good use to launch each other into the sky

GAZEBO - ZEMAN DUO
Circus trained husband and wife duo perform stunts on a bicycle before finishing with acrobatics including handstands while riding

GAZEBO - ELENA BOSWORTH
Concert cellist features an ability to perform a wide variety of genres and styles to captivate her audiences

Time to venture into the rest of the 'City for additional entertainment

TOM & HUCK STAGE - KENT ARNSBARGER
Performing on a steel pan, Kent brings the sounds of the islands to the 'City

TOM & HUCK STAGE - HILLARY KLUG
This rising star from Lynchburg, Tennessee combines fiddle playing with lively step dancing

DOCKSIDE THEATRE - RICK SMITH JR.
Rick performs precision card throwing before your very eyes.  Here he is cutting a stalk of celery that a volunteer is holding in his mouth.

DOCKSIDE THEATRE - DIRTY STRINGS
This group blends multiple genres of music into one.  Very interesting layering

ERIC HAINES
The one-man band is back and is strolling around the park looking for an audience.

LIVING FLORAL TREE
This beautiful stilt walker can be found around the Red Gold main entrance

RED GOLD COURTYARD - MIKE BLISS
Part magician.  Part comedian.  All entertainer.  This is definitely a show you want to see

There's seriously something for everyone

even those weird unicycle jump rope enthusiasts.

STREET FEST runs Thursdays - Sunday now through May 2nd

Street Fest - Food (SDC)

 

FOOD

A major part of the new Street Fest is the food offerings.  SDC has created Tasting Passports to help guests maximize their food spending money and be able to test out these new offerings

The Passport costs $30 + tax for park guests.  Season passholders get 10% off and Gold passholders get 20 % the price.  Once purchased you can get 5 tastings from the list of options on the back.  We are going to show you our selections from today

FANTA FLOAT (STRAWBERRY)
Hannah's Ice Cream Parlor
Thoughts: The ride mixture of ice cream and soda.  Really liked the strawberry garnish at the bottom of the cup and the large strawberry skewer accent.  
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

FANTA FLOAT (ORANGE)
Hannah's Ice Cream Parlor
Thoughts: The ride mixture of ice cream and soda.  There is orange garnish at the bottom of the cup and the large orange skewer accent.  It is a good, but we liked the strawberry version better
RECOMMEND

Also available here is the Triple Dip Cone and two other flavors of floats.  You can see prices and details listed in this photo

STREET TACOS
The Bread Company
Thoughts: I was able to get a sampler of all three types offered.  Shrimp - There were only 2 shrimp in the taco and the rest of the ingredients didn't do much for me.  Sweet & Spicy Beef - it had some nice flavoring to it. Carne Asada - was my favorite of the three, actually had some meat in it
RECOMMEND CARNE ASADA

Here is is other offerings at the Fry Bread Company including what each of the three taco styles have in them.  They also offer desert nachos but we did not try them on this visit

CHICKEN BOWL (POUTINE)
Lady Liberty Dining Pavilion
Thoughts: The combination of food elements pays homage to the Canadian dish in a purely American way.  It has great flavor, though we found the gravy was a little salty.  The cheese curds were very yummy.  Chicken tenders were perfectly done.  The fries were crispy to perfection.  Didn't see the point of the kale leaf.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

CHICKEN BOWL (PARMESAN)
Lady Liberty Dining Pavilion
Thoughts: The flavoring of the parmesan and chicken were very yummy.  Chicken tenders were perfectly done.  The fries were crispy to perfection.  Didn't see the point of the kale leaf.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

POUTINE CHIPS
Chester's Kettle Chips
Thoughts: The combination of food elements pays homage to the Canadian dish in a purely American way.  It has great flavor, though we found the gravy was a little salty.  The cheese curds were very yummy.  The chips were great like normal
RECOMMEND

BELGIAN WAFFLE (SNICKERS)
Tom Sawyers
Thoughts: This thing was delicious but really really rich.  Even with the sugar rush I would get another in a heartbeat.  The waffle is covered in a chocolate mousse and then Snickers chunks were put on top with a caramel drizzle.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

BELGIAN WAFFLE (S'MORES)
Tom Sawyers
Thoughts: Like the Snickers version, this thing was also delicious but really really rich. The big difference with this one is that it had marshmallow fluff and then graham cracker and chocolate put on top of it.  Very yummy
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

There are 4 different varieties to choose from.  We'll probably get a different one next time

FRIED RAVIOLI NACHOS (CARNITAS)
Flossie's Fried Fancies
Thoughts: I never would have considered fusing these two flavors together but they really work.  The Carnitas were great.  The ravoli probably should have been toasted instead of fried, but it works.  Great flavoring combination.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND CARNITAS

If you are less adventurous you can get the Ravioli plain.  There is also a Taco option.  Not sure how that would taste.  I'm afraid the taco meat would make everything runny

TATER TUMBLERS
Hatfield's Tater Patch
Thoughts: We decided to get one of each type.  Supposedly they are Sweet & Spicy, Garlic Parmesan & Red Pepper, Chorizo and Loaded Potato.  Other than the Loaded Potato they are basically the same with a different sauce on top.  So if you want to check these out go with the Loaded Potato.  Have to admit I was not overly impressed with these.  Also pictured is a full serving, the tasting card will get you only two.
PASS NEXT TIME

CHICKEN SKEWER
Hatfield's Tater Patch
Thoughts: They offer Buffalo, BBQ or Teriyaki.  For a tasting you only get one skewer.  I chose Teriyaki and honestly this was probably the worst food choice of the day.  The chicken was burnt on one side to where it was inedible and had to be removed in order to actually eat any of the skewer.  It had no real flavoring to it other than chicken.  Very disappointing.
PASS NEXT TIME

If you get the full sized versions, you get 3 skewers or 4 Tater Tumblers.  You are allowed to mix and match.  We will pass on this one next time.  There are much better options

Dockside Grill has Street Mac & Cheese and Street Hot Dogs.  I'm pretty sure we will need to stop here next weekend.  Stay tuned for more food coverage as we continue to try out all the thing.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Park Update (SFSTL)

 

In an effort to be able to load all of the seats on rollercoasters, partitions have been installed in the load stations.  This is American Thunder

The Boss

Screamin' Eagle

Batman is the only one at this time with plexiglass windows