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Joel Manby to Leave HFEC for SeaWorld CEO Job

The CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFEC), Joel Manby, will depart the company to assume the same position at Seaworld Entertainment Inc.  on April 7. An official bio of Joel Manby and more information is available here. Joel Manby took over operations of HFEC in...

Silver Dollar City Opening Day 2015

IMG_3451 Opening day for the 2015 season got off to a fairly lackluster start. Rain prevented the typical opening ceremony involving the raising of the flag and the pledge of allegiance (at the same time honoring service members in attendance). Instead we huddled around the main...

Silver Dollar City Introduces New Character

Silver Dollar City has a long tradition of creating characters to go along with the theme and storyline of the park. At one point, all of the park’s “citizens” had their own back-stories and individualized costumes. Various major additions to the park such as Rube...

Fireman’s Landing Topped Off with Iconic Bell

Another milestone in the construction of the huge new Fireman’s Landing area of Silver Dollar City was reached today with the setting of the iconic firehouse bell atop the new Firehouse #3. KSPR had a great little interview with park general manager Brad Thomas in...

Spirit of 76 Project Provides a Way Forward for Branson

For the past several years, Branson has been working on a plan to re-imagine highway 76, the main strip through Branson. The plan, dubbed “Spirit of 76″, is a conceptual plan to expand highway 76′s walkability, desirability, and ability to handle a mass transportation system....

Spring Ride Days Start on March 14

IMG_2576 Silver Dollar City will open for the 2015 season on March 14, 2015. During “Spring Ride Days” the park will be open from 9:30 am to 6 pm with all rides and some shops and craftsmen open. This event occurs on March 14-15, 18-22, and...

Silver Dollar City Meets Attendance Expectations for 2014

In a rare move, Silver Dollar City released the attendance total for 2014 in a recent article (see here). At 1.9 million visitors in 2014, SDC PR Director Lisa Rau says they met their goal for the year. The park struggled some during the year...

Outlaw Run Officially a World Record Holder

IMG_2015 Outlaw Run debuted back in 2013, but the Guinness Book of World Records has finally caught up and officially declared the ride as the “Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster” due to it’s legendary 81-degree drop. I’m not sure why it took them 2 extra years to...

An Old Time Christmas 2014

IMG_3205 An Old Time Christmas is Silver Dollar City’s most spectacular event. Each year the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 4 million lights, a light parade, a Christmas sing-along steam strain, and much more. This year’s photo update comes from the weekend...

Fireman’s Landing Update – Nov. 30, 2014

IMG_3229 Silver Dollar City is speeding along with the construction of Fireman’s Landing, the new area of the park that will feature 10 new family-friendly rides and attractions including the rebirth of the foam ball play area. Since our last update from ACE’s Coaster Christmas event,...