News by ‘Shavethewhales’

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...

Fireman’s Landing Update (Coaster Christmas)

IMG_2837 A major component of the ACE Coaster Christmas event this year was a backstage tour of the construction of Fireman’s Landing. The park opened up the center area to us, and had some of the construction leads on hand to answer our questions. Even for...

Wild Adventures to Get Flying Carpet Ride

10505142_10152439311303133_7697670357879233855_o Wild Adventures, the third theme park in the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation portfolio after Silver Dollar City and Dollywood, made an announcement today concerning a $1 million ride addition for the 2015 season. The new ride is dubbed “Jungle Rumble” and appears to be a...

SDCFans Member Featured on GAC Show Featuring Silver Dollar City

A couple months ago a mysterious stranger showed up on our forums asking for a ‘superfan’ who wanted to go on TV to talk about their love of Silver Dollar City. Several of our members leapt at the opportunity, and one was actually selected to...

Throwback Thursday: Jim Owens’ Float Trip

jim_owens_small In the early days of Branson tourism, one of the prime attractions were the float trips offered by the legendary Jim Owens. Though these float trips were brought to an end with the damming of the White River to create Table Rock Lake, Jim Owens...

Old Reeds Spring Church In Jeopordy

A 107 year old church building in Reeds Spring has an uncertain future. The church housed a Presbyterian congregation from 1907 until around 1993 when the church district gave up the church and left it to the city. It is the oldest structure in Reeds...

Attraction Spotlight: Grandfather’s Mansion

Grandfather’s Mansion is a walk-through fun/gravity house attraction located in the heart of Silver Dollar City just north of the main square. The attraction is fairly small and oddly pieced together, but it is has remained popular due to its unique steeply pitched lower level....