Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Break Branson Trip Recap Day 3

Hoping for better weather, we headed to Silver Dollar City again.  We arrived at park opening.  My number one tip when visiting Silver Dollar City or any amusement park is to arrive before park opening.  This is so important.  You can ride so many rides with little to no wait time in those first couple of hours.  Our first stop after entering the park was to rent a stroller.  Hallie insisted on pushing it, but as the day went on she did more riding than pushing. 

Once we had our stroller, we made a bee line for the roller coasters.  Our first stop was Wildfire.  There are my boys on the third row.

I sat out on this one per Hallie's request.  Our next stop was Powder Keg, but the ride was shut down.  We headed to Outlaw run next, and finally I was able to get on a roller coaster.  The boys did the Giant Barn Swing next while Hallie and I rode a ride.  I recommend doing the Giant Barn Swing early along with the roller coasters.  It doesn't hold many riders, so the wait tends to build faster than other rides.  Our next stop was Fire In The Hole.  Hallie was excited for this one.  This is a smaller roller coaster and she met the height requirement.  We were next to ride in line, and they shut the ride down.  Hallie was devastated.  I asked the worker if we could get a FastPass to come back later.  He looked at me like I was crazy.  Hey, that's what Disney would do.  #spoiledbyDisney

Once we got all the big rides out of the way, we headed over to Fireman's Landing so Hallie could ride some of the smaller rides.  She talked bubba into riding some kiddie rides.  She has a way of getting what she wants as evidenced by the picture below.  "I will make you smile bubba."  Oh, and she found the weight lifting gloves in my purse while waiting in line for a ride and insisted on wearing them.  #notworththefight #pickyourbattles  

Next we headed to the building that houses Firefighter's Fire Drill, Firefighter's Fire Escape, and Firefighter's Junior Fire Escape.  This play area features buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons, targets, slides, mazes, etc.  It's a fun spot for all ages. 

Someone just realized I was taking pictures and did a fast head turn.  Get used to it bubba.  The camera isn't going anywhere

There's my strong-willed girl still sporting the weight lifting gloves. 

Next we headed over to Thunderation.  The boys rode while we enjoyed a funnel cake.  Hallie finally took off the gloves.  Like her momma, she doesn't let anything get in the way of her sweets. 

After we finished the funnel cake, we headed over to The Flooded Mine Train.  This is a fun boat ride that includes shooting at targets.  When the target is shot, points are earned.  Hallie's gun was defected and earned points every time she pulled the trigger, whether she hit or target or not.  She racked up over 200,000 points.  Needless to say, she was the winner. 

Next we headed back to Powder Keg and Fire in the Hole.  It was around 1:00.  David and Bryson rode while we waited and rested on a nearby bench.  It seems like it took them an hour to ride.  After they got off, we decided to leave.  It's just not worth it to us to stand in line that long.  That is why it is so important to get to the park by opening time.  We waited 10 minutes or less for the roller coasters we rode earlier that morning. 

After leaving the park, we decided to go get some lunch at Pancho Villa.  The food was decent, but nothing to rave about.  Our next stop was Tanger Outlet.  Bryson requested to stop at Bath & Body.  I was, ok?  He wanted to buy some body wash.  I don't think I'm ready for this next stage.  He even wanted to try on some clothes at the Gap.  Is this my child?    

Hallie suckered Daddy into buying her another doll.  She had to take Barbie for a ride. 

After we were all shopped out, we went to Cakes-n-Creams for some dessert.  This 50's Diner is a winner for us. 

Hallie was pretty delirious at this point.  She said take my picture and this is what I got. 

After dessert, we went back to the condo.  Hallie lined up all her dolls and conked out. 

Everyone else wasn't too far behind her.  We had to rest up before heading home the next day. 

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