News by ‘Shavethewhales’

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,...

Herschend Family Entertainment to Help Fill Record-Setting 500,000 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

Next week, the many properties operated by Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFEC) will join forces to help fill a record 500,000 shoeboxes with gifts to be sent around the world to needy children. The effort is part of Operation Christmas Child, a massive annual undertaking...

Violet Hensley, One of Silver Dollar City’s Oldest Musicians, Biographed in New Book

Violet Hensley is one of the true treasures of a person you can only find at Silver Dollar City. In fact, she’s actually a recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure award! Violet’s life and decades of experiences at Silver Dollar City have now been biographed...

Throwback Thursday: Shanty Town

[Editor's Note: Thanks to Junior for a number of corrections in the dates that I had listed formerly] This week’s Throwback concerns a long-gone section of the park that is often referenced, but rarely talked about in detail. As with most other Throwback Thursday posts...

Coaster Christmas 2014

IMG_3008 This was my first year to actually make it to Coaster Christmas, and I definitely hope to make it an annual tradition. Last year’s event was essentially canceled due to a snow storm, so this year it was moved to the second weekend of November...