Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer and typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for Branson attractions. This year however, off-and-on rain showers put a major damper on the crowds. I wasn’t complaining though – there’s so much to do at SDC even in the rain, and after the showers let up I was able to get my fill of rest of the park after all the young families left.
A major focus of this trip for me was to check in on the major construction site that has developed behind Geyser Gulch. The rumors of a massive refurbishment on the Geyser Gulch area complete with several new family rides seem to be true, though few specific details are known. I spotted the pieces for Celebration City’s old double shot sitting in the maintenance yard. The park made it seem like this ride was for sure going to be part of the new Geyser Gulch last year when they included it in three different concept pitches for the new area.
There were many other changes and developments to observe as well. As reported earlier this year, the kiddie waveswinger from Half Dollar Holler has mysteriously disappeared. A new game stall been built in the space formerly occupied by checker boards in front of The Giant Swing. A new ‘hi-striker’ style game was setup near the Boatworks theatre, but has sat closed most of the season and will soon be moved to a new location near the front of GE. There is lots of new concrete walkway area around the Saloon.
There were many smaller improvements around the park as well, such as some great TLC on Fire-in-the-Hole and the Flooded Mine.