A day at Silver Dollar City is a trip back in time; it will take you back to the days when the people living in these ... More
Silver Dollar City
A day at Silver Dollar City is a trip back in time; it will take you back to the days when the people living in these mountains created everything needed from local materials using their own hands. Artisans of a bygone era create crafts onsite and sell them to the public. You can even try your hand at glass blowing and pottery making. While all this is okay for stuffy adults, the kid in all of us can get an adrenaline rush from such thrill rides as Buzzsaw Falls, the Runaway Mine Train, Fire in the Hole and the Wildfire Roller Coaster. Numerous festivals also take place at the park throughout the year.
We are season ticket holders and in the past have utilized Silver Dollar City to entertain visitors to the area. We usually pay for everything for those that we entertain. We had been happy with this arrangement; however, we are no longer satisfied. It started with being screamed at by a worker who appeared to be just out of high school because she apparently did not like the way I was sitting on the water ride. The ridiculous part was that she was so load and animated that none of us could understand what she was saying until it was too late and she was enraged. I was entertaining several people that day and it turned out to be quite embarrassing. I elected to just over-look the situation and asked those with me to do the same. If this had been the only situation encountered, then I would likely still be planning on buying season tickets. However other more minor incidents and after driving in a circle, passing completely empty parking lots just to be directed to the parking lot that I was in front of forty-five minutes earlier was the final straw. No more.
I visited Silver Dollar City on 11/18/12 and 11/21/12. Compared to Orlando theme parks, this park seemed like a pretty good deal for two reasons. 1) Free Parking in more distant lots. (We were lucky enough to have the shuttle come within a reasonable amount of time during both visits). 2) We got "2 days for the price of 1" tickets by reserving the tickets through the website called Reservebranson. (The tickets state that the second day must be used within "2 operating days" of the first day. We were a bit confused by what this meant, but the employee at the turnstile clarified this by stating that you can skip ONE operating day from the first day you use the ticket until you must use the second day. (For example, if Silver Dollar City is open from Monday to Friday, you can go Monday and either Tuesday or Wednesday. If Silver Dollar City is open Monday and Wednesday to Friday, you can go Monday and either Wednesday or Thursday.)) When we visited, I thoroughly enjoyed riding the thrill rides (especially the PowderKeg, WildFIre, and Giant Barn Swing), though some of the lines were quite long. I also enjoyed watching Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." The various craftsmen were rather interesting to watch, also, though I didn't buy any of their merchandise. There were a few drawbacks, though. FIrst of all, the food was quite outlandishly priced. It cost $11.99 for a rather small but tasty 1/2 chicken with a small serving of fries and beans. A small drink cost $2.99, though there were free refills. Second, while waiting to board the Giant Barn Swing, you were inside a small hallway-like area and the sound of the motor operating the swing was very loud. Third, the Thunderation coaster was fun but jarring, and I left it with a mild headache. Lastly, the train running throughout the park had a loud horn that was rather obnoxious. All in all, though, I had a wonderful time and look forward to returning to the park.
I may not be the right person to talk about Silver Dollar City! I've been going there since I was very young because I only lived about 45 minutes away, so maybe It's a emotional connection I have with the place but I can't imagine how anyone can say anything negative about it! I now live about 4 hours away and started buying a season pass about 3 years ago because if we go more than once, or take friends with our free passes, it's worth it! The workers are always very friendly and helpful. I also think that now that they have more "grown up" rides, that there is something for everyone! The shows can be a little cheesy, but are still good fun and little kids probably love it! I've never found the park to be dirty or in poor condition and I'm pretty picky, especially when it comes to food. For the rest of the park, it is in the middle of the woods and is landscaped, so I expect a little water on the pathways, bugs to be around and even the spider webs, it comes with the territory. My favorite time to go is during Christmas! Their version of the "Christmas Carol" is the best! I can't wait to see "It's a Wonderful Life" this year! However, I've talked and raved about this place so much, I hope my brother and sister-in-law like it and it can live up to all my hype! The food and shops are a bit pricey, but hey, it's a theme park and it's always an option to leave and come back after you eat. They also give discounts for season ticket holders in many of the restaurants. I've never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes to get on a shuttle.
I HAVE ONLY BEEN TO SDC ONCE WHEN I WAS A KID AND I LOVED IT. I GO TO BRANSON TWICE A YEAR FOR THE LAST 10YRS. I HAVE A NIECE AND NEPHEW (TWINS) THEIR 6 AND I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE THEM TO SDC. BUT AT $50. A PERSON I CAN'T AFFORD THE TICKETS . CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME IF THERE IS A CHEAPER PLACE TO BUY THEM?
To the individual that is complaining about not receiving guest passes with your resident pass. DUH!!!!
It has always been that way. That is why you get a deeper discount and I have been a purchasing resident passes, since before it opened for Xmas at all.
I have never had SDC not remind me I do not get the additional passes with the resident passes.
Originally, resident passes and free resident days were a way of saying thank you from SDC to those of us that live in the area and are inconvenienced by the additional traffic etc. No, I don't work and never have worked at or for SDC.
Silver Dollar has become more commercialized through the years, but the workers remain friendly.
The owners aren't afraid to put God and the Bible in the park. It even has a church.
I have never found SDC dirty.
Hello, to the person who complained about the spider webs. You are in the middle of the woods. Not a concrete jungle.
I miss the Black Smith Gun Shop. Use to be the only park you could buy guns and ammo!
SDC can be crowded, but I have never waited long for a tram.
The only complaint I have is HUMANA signs all over the place.
It is not really a step back in time to HUMANA.
The park is a fun experience for the whole family every time we go. If you are elderly and not into the thrill rides, such as the 6-upside-down loops on the rollar -coaster Wildfire, there are plenty of shows and less thrilling rides. (Thundaration is an example.) There are also plenty of shows to watch all day long. And, when you get hungry, there is food stands, or reasturaunts, on every turn. Yes, it's a litlle pricy, but once you leave, and you had a great time, it's money well spent.
SOME PEOPLE ARE TOPICKY... OR......WE HAVE BEEN TAKING OUR FAMILY FOR YEARS. NOW GRANDKIDS. MY 2 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER LOVES THE TRAIN SURE SOME RIDES ARE NOT FOR HER BUT SHE ENJOYED GOING AND NOW LOVES TRAINS. WE ARE TREATED GREAT AND IT IS CLEAN. AS FOR THE WATER SOME TALK ABOUT ON SIDE WALKS THAT'S...... WHY IT IS A VERY CLEAN PLACE TO GO....... IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL IN THAT AREA. I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE AT SILVER DOLLAR CITY.............
We love everything about Silver Dollar City. We have been visiting SDC once or twice each year since 1984. If you are looking for a place to take your family that is completely family oriented this is it. You will not have to worry about your kids being exposed to offensive behavior. The park is always spotless-- walkways, restrooms, theatres, you name it. The food is good and average priced for an amusement park. Compared to Disney's tickets and food it is cheap! The staff is always warm and friendly. We buy season passes every year. Our favorite festival is the Christmas Festival I really don't under stand all the negative reviews, particularly the one claiming the park is dirty??
My brother, visiting from Orlando, and I took 4 kids ranging in age from 11 to 17. Someday we'll look back and laugh, I suppose, but that's one expensive chuckle. I'll just sum things up:
1) The pavement sprinklers. I don't even. There were several dozen randomly watering the walkways. Maybe they're a cheap way to wash things down, as everything seems to have a coating of dirt, spiderwebs and neglect. But for us, all they did was get our shoes wet as we wandered around in frustration looking for rides for the kids. Which brings me to...
2) The map. It's the worst. We finally gave up and just looked for a food shack vendor to ask every time we chose a destination. Saved us time. Which brings me to...
3) The staff. For every helpful employee, there was a surly, rude and unpleasant one. It got to be funny really (maybe it was the heat taking its toll), and we joked about how much we enjoyed paying to be treated like annoying cattle.
4) Broken down rides. On five separate occasions, with five separate rides, the kids' choice was broken down. And what's even more fun, nobody bothers to post a sign at the entrance with an estimated time of reopening. So if you weren't lucky enough to hear about the closing by word of mouth, you get to tramp all the way in only to be disappointed. Yet again.
Stay away from this hillbilly hell hole.
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