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Will Silver Dollar City Open In 2020?

Updated on June 4, 2020
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Mr Archer works for a local theme park in a capacity which leads him to walk multiple thousands of steps every day in all weather.

Will we get to see acts such as this in 202?

Earth Harp has appeared at SDC  before. Will we get to see other acts such as these in 2020?
Earth Harp has appeared at SDC before. Will we get to see other acts such as these in 2020? | Source

First, let me say this...

I have absolutely no insight into this at this point in time. None. While I have worked for them for the past few years I know no more than the next person, so I cannot say with any authority whatsoever that I know what, when or how (who and where do not come into play in this situation).

With that being said, I can postulate what will take place, when it might open and how we will be forced to adapt if and when it does open. Don't take me for granted, don't count on what I am saying; this is an exercise in thoughts based upon what we are experiencing, which is a pandemic the likes of which no one alive have seen or experienced in our lives unless we are approaching a century old.

Will the city open this year?

This is the Big Question #1. Will Silver Dollar City open at all in 2020? This year is the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, 60 years since its grand opening in 1960. Big things were planned, a new ride was to open, and people were doing their best to make ready for a banner year, another record breaking year in attendance. Then, the stuff hit the fan and here we are, in a waiting world not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

Some people still believe this pandemic is a hoax, something not to be believed in. It is a media created circus, spreading fear far and wide. Others believe it is exactly as described, a killing virus that is world wide. Whatever one believes, we are in it together and we are doing whatever needs done in order to survive this mess.

So, will SDC open this year? In a word, yes. Again, my thoughts, beliefs only but yes I believe it will open in 2020. As to what might be in play, or how we will be forced to adapt is another guessing game. So, let's guess, shall we?

What will we be forced in to adapting to this year at SDC?

Well, first and foremost will be masks I believe. Masks will lead to what will be The Look Of Summer for 2020: Covid Tan! Pale portions of skin on the face which will be a result of masks and sunglasses covering faces normally bare to the sun, thus resulting in a lack of suntans on faces, much like a farmer's tan on men or a bikini tan on women. Won't that be a sight?

So, who will wear these masks? Anyone who has a concern of catching covid in public. I fully expect workers to be required to wear masks at SDC this year, which will lead to them being uncomfortable at best in the heat of our Ozark summers. This will lead to concerns of overheating, of heat prostration in our park hosts, particularly in the elderly who work here. This, to me, is a serious concern.

As for our guests, I just don't know. Will they be required to wear a mask? If so, what to do on a water ride? What to do on a roller coaster? Will they be a suggestion, something a guest is told would be in their best interests?

And if it is merely a suggestion, how does one not be held accountable if a guest later comes down with covid and tries to blame the park? This is a slippery slope and might be the reason the park is delaying the opening this year. How to protect the park against those who would sue them for contracting this virus is serious and something to be reckoned with.

As I write this...

Jobs are appearing on the SDC website again. I have read that White Water (a part of the SDC family) in Branson is filling its pools and water features. Some have been recalled to be trained this week for the possibility of opening the parks in the near future. In the new job listing, an additional requirement is now appearing: wearing a mask and other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) when working.

So, it appears as though SDC will open this year, perhaps by the end of the month of June. When this hit, and I was informed I was being furloughed, I told my boss that it would be Memorial Day at the earliest, and more likely July 4th. Looks like I might have been right.

But, what if...

But what if this thing doesn't go away? What if it fades during the summer only to return this fall or winter? Will Silver Dollar City be able to remain open? During the Christmas Festival, running from early November through the end of December, what will life at the park be like, what will be able to continue? After all, it is common to have 20,000 guests on park on a weekend day, standing shoulder to shoulder to see the shows, eat the food and watch the parade? If we are forced to continue to exercise social distancing, these numbers might be reduced to perhaps 5,000 at most. How does one prepare for this contingency? How does the park say "Yes" to a few and "No" to many others? How does it "play fair" with those who drive for hours to get to the park and find that the park is full, that no more are allowed in until people leave?

How does the park do this all year long? Do they limit those who enter? Will reservations be required? Will masks be mandated? Most of the shops are small and tight; will there be limits to those who enter, with a person standing at the entrance saying "Yes" or "No"? The logistics of this makes my head hurt, and I am not in the position of making a decision.

Small wonder no details have been released yet; there are so many variables to take into consideration in simply opening the park. For those who are demanding to know when, what and how, the ramifications are almost endless. We must give the park, and other entertainment venues such as baseball and other sports, concerts and such the latitude to decide how to best serve the country during this pandemic. I am among those who want answers, but I also understand what those who make these decisions are going thorough. And while I want to know if I even have a job to come back to, I must give them time to make this decision.

Patience is a virtue, and I am trying my best to be a virtuous person during this. But it is so very hard.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Mr Archer

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      Mr Archer 

      14 months ago from Missouri

      Masks for park hosts will be mandatory and there will be the means to verify this. Masks for guests are to be mandatory, but how to verify this? Social distancing within the park? My oh my! Some areas, walkways are barely ten feet wide, will people really walk six feet apart? How will ride operators verify roller coaster bars and belts are secure without violating that six foot mandate? My head swims with the contradictions and variances required to make this safe and healthy for all concerned. I know and trust those in the know have got a plan for us, I just am waiting to hear what it is. I guess I will find out a week from Sunday!

      Take care Cheyenne! Oh, have all those vacationers showed up in Florida yet? I heard EVERYBODY was flocking south to Florida this month. Stay safe, okay?

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      14 months ago from Central Florida

      Mike, they're slowing opening the theme parks here in Central Florida. I'm not sure what precautions they're taking, though. I don't go to the parks so I haven't been paying attention. Although I did hear that the larger parks like Universal and Disney will be opening one or two areas at a time. I guess they're going to see how it goes before going whole hog.

      I would imagine masks would be mandatory for both workers and guests. It'll be difficult to keep the social distancing thing in check, don't you think?

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      I hope all goes well with your return to work at the park. Stay safe and well.

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      Mr Archer 

      14 months ago from Missouri

      I know. Liz, I am thinking the same thing. I heard from my boss today and am being told I can go back to work on the 14th, the second day the park is opened. As I work in Finance/Sales Audit that will be the first day we will have receipts and money to deposit so that will be the first day I will be needed to "run the numbers" so to speak so that makes sense.

      My concerns are that 1) Will we be able to break even and 2) How in the world are we going to ensure any safety at all for our guests? Or our hosts? We can clean till we go blue in the face, we can ask/require everyone on the park to wear a mask even as we know it will be difficult if not impossible to police EVERYBODY! A loud talker can leave the virus in the air for up to nine minutes; what about a scream on a roller coaster? Or if a performer is singing, talking, greeting a guest? There are so many concerns on my mind I am going almost as crazy thinking about them as I have been cooped up these past months! Ah well, say la V as them French people say!! (A little hillbilly humor there; very little!)

      Take care Ma'am. See ya in the funny papers!

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      In the UK I have read of wildlife parks (slightly different I know) planning to reopen with smaller numbers of visitors, one way systems in force on site and social distancing. Guests will have to prebook staggered admission slots online. Maybe theme parks will have to adopt a similar approach. But my concern is whether they will get enough guests through the gates to break even.

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      Mr Archer 

      14 months ago from Missouri

      Bill, something crazy just happened: I got word within minutes of publishing this hub that the city is opening the 13th of this month for season pass holders, and the 15th for everyone else. I literally just hit publish and received word it is opening! Hah!

      This is good, I guess. But the requirements to do so are extreme and will result in some people getting angry. I guess we will see. Take care buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The country can't afford to stay shut down. I think we are going to see more and more major venues open up gradually, taking precautions as they go. Will the virus rise up again? Probably, but at this point, money will win the debate. People need to work, period! Major sports are going to start up soon. Casinos are opening up here, and entertainment will follow. I would be money on it all happening in the next three months.

      But what do I really know? lol Best wishes to you, buddy!

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