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Opening Day 2018 at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Bond and I couldn't make the five hour drive down to Branson, Missouri from our humble abode in Western, Illinois for a single day of just time Traveler.  No, we took two days off of work and school for the Time Traveler Media Preview as well as for opening day so we could enjoy one of our favorite theme parks.

Opening Day 2018 at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

 One thing that I really like about Silver Dollar City is there is always activity and things to do around the square before the park opens.  For opening day as we walked back into the past onto the streets of Silver Dollar City we were greeted with Park President Brad Thomas and Christian von Elverdfeldt President of Mack Rides sharing a conversation about the creation of Time Traveler to the guests in attendance.

Opening Day 2018 at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Brad is a really wonderful head of Silver Dollar City.  If you ever have the chance have a talk to him because he really loves the work of creating memorable experiences for everyone who visits his park.  He really cares about all of those who work with him at Silver Dollar City and those who choose to visit. 

At the end of their talk right before the park opened for the 2018 season Brad asked everyone for a moment of silence and gave a really heartfelt prayer asking God to look over everyone there no matter their faith, to look over the park, the employees, the guests and the rides and for the world to receive guidance so that everyone could have a wonderful and blessed life.  To some in this easily cynical world it would be easy to say that is just a shtick or playing a role as you might see elsewhere.   Listening to Brad and others from Silver Dollar City this isn't a role, it is who they are.   The people here from the top down genuinely care and see how their job of giving us all a break from the harshness of life and joy is their purpose.

You could break down the management and business principle is do things the right way and everything else will work out.

Opening Day 2018 at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

Bond had to stop and drool over the forge that Silver Dollar City's Blacksmiths have.  He is going into welding and manufacturing next year after high school and looks forward to playing around with a bit of what they do here on the side. 

Opening Day 2018 at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

A new addition for 2018 which I am certain that when Carrie will love when she comes back to the park with us later this year is this shop.



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