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I love traveling with all of my "coaster family" of friends throughout
the year. We all have a great time visiting parks and riding coasters
together but the most important trips to me are the ones where there is
just one person along for the ride. That person is of course my son
Some years we are able to have father and son coaster trips often and some
years like this one time just doesn't work out and most of our trips are
with friends. With that in mind as this coaster season came
to a close Bond and I took a couple of days (weekdays due to my weird work
schedule) and headed on down to Branson, Missouri for some quality time
at what I find to be the best theme park in the Midwest. That park
is Silver Dollar City.
The thought was that we wanted to end our 2013 season which included visiting
12 operating amusement parks, one abandoned amusement park and riding forty-nine
different coasters (20 of them being new to me and 27 new for Bond) with
a really big bang. With our current #1 ranked coaster in the world
being Outlaw Run and with Silver Dollar City the only park within a 10 hour
drive that was open it was a no brainer as to where we would go.
With a really insane schedule this fall between family, work and Bond's
school activities at the last minute we decided on November 7th and 8th
which happened to be the second weekend for Silver Dollar City's annual
"An Old Time Christmas" festival for our visit. As a result the park
was all decked out in Christmas trees, holiday shows and enough Christmas
lights that would make a house glow enough to make it visible from outer
The last time we visited during An Old Time Christmas the crowds that piled
up in the square before the park opened worried us as to whether we would
get many rides in.
What we found out on that trip was that as soon as the ropes dropped the
crowds would sprint (or speed on their scooters) down the hill and straight
to one of Silver Dollar City's theaters for some of their Broadway class
shows leaving the rides...
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