Dollywood Discussion Thread

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby LukeFlynn » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:18 am

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Guy T. Koepp wrote:^It's probably pretty much in place and built. Opening weekend is in like 6 weeks.


Can you confirm that? I hope you're right as I'll be visiting in late April.

But like dstephe9 said, On Jan 7 at an ACE event, Pete Owens said that both Drop Line and White Punk Chaser are scheduled to open around Memorial Day.


I wonder if this will be the start of a new Dollywood trend of their new rides opening around Memorial Day (before LR, many of their new rides had been open on Opening Day)



Doubtful. Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser aren't necessarily (in my opinion) star attractions of Dollywood. No doubt they are exciting, but not nearly as exciting as a large coaster expansion. Lightning Rod is a unique case, and I don't think it's really fair to judge any other future attractions based on it's downtime.. I will say.. I don't think Dollywood will be getting another coaster with prototype components anytime soon.

I might be there on Season Passholder Preview day (the 17th).. I'm not sure if rides operate or not, can anyone confirm? I will definitely be there Sunday the 19th.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:24 pm

Not every major ride or star attraction has to be a coaster.. drop towers are considered as major rides to a lot of parks, especially one over 200ft tall like drop line..

Yeah, Dollywood will probably promote the heck out of LR again this season, taking some of the shine off the Drop Tower, but it'll end up being a star attraction to a lot of folks who visit the park..

As for future rides who knows when they will plan to open them.. I'm sure they could of had Drop Line and Whistle Punk chaser installed in time if they wanted unless they were last minute decisions to buy and build which I doubt.. I really doubt they said in June "Hey let's buy a drop tower for next year, yeah let's call and get it built".. I'm sure the decision was made much earlier than that meaning if they wanted it by March they could have it

As fast as Dollywood is building their coasters it wouldn't surprise me if they went several years before the next one.. actually two years ago in one of their LR announcements they said not to expect another major coaster anytime soon.

Passholder preview days usually have select rides open and select restaurants and stores.. just expect a few things to be closed.



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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby cparkes92 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:27 pm

My guess is 2020 or 2021 for Dollywood's next coaster (my guess is a B&M invert), since SDC is getting a coaster in 2018
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:30 pm

cparkes92 wrote:My guess is 2020 or 2021 for Dollywood's next coaster (my guess is a B&M invert), since SDC is getting a coaster in 2018

This is my guess as well.. When they said it a few years ago I figured LR was the last coaster on their 10 year plan.. I figure they still have one major attraction on their 10 year plan though and that's a Dark Ride.. (my opinion anyways nothing official)

I thought their 10 year plan also included expansion up towards the train loop as well so they will want something large for that area.. Might be hard to build a large building up there for a Dark Ride though so who knows, maybe the final part of the expansion is one more coaster.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:34 pm

Hmmm.

Note to self: Keep 2021 open for "possible future travel plans". :smile:
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby LukeFlynn » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:15 pm

dstephe9 wrote:Not every major ride or star attraction has to be a coaster.. drop towers are considered as major rides to a lot of parks, especially one over 200ft tall like drop line..

Yeah, Dollywood will probably promote the heck out of LR again this season, taking some of the shine off the Drop Tower, but it'll end up being a star attraction to a lot of folks who visit the park..

As for future rides who knows when they will plan to open them.. I'm sure they could of had Drop Line and Whistle Punk chaser installed in time if they wanted unless they were last minute decisions to buy and build which I doubt.. I really doubt they said in June "Hey let's buy a drop tower for next year, yeah let's call and get it built".. I'm sure the decision was made much earlier than that meaning if they wanted it by March they could have it

As fast as Dollywood is building their coasters it wouldn't surprise me if they went several years before the next one.. actually two years ago in one of their LR announcements they said not to expect another major coaster anytime soon.

Passholder preview days usually have select rides open and select restaurants and stores.. just expect a few things to be closed.



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I suppose that's fair. Don't get me wrong, I've always thought that Dollywood desperately needed a drop tower. A decade ago when they added Timber Tower I was disappointed that it wasn't one. I'm stoked for Drop Line, but not as much as I was for Lightning Rod.

I don't think it's a bad thing that we may not see another major coaster for at least 4-5 years. Lightning Rod (for me) has put Dollywood's coaster lineup in a good place for the time being. I feel like if they were to add another coaster in 2018, it would almost be too much too quickly.. but you won't catch me complaining either way.. :)
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:04 pm

What I really want to see is a Disney caliber Dark Ride.. A large Dark Ride with lifelike animatronics complete with smells and everything! Now I know we won't get anything as awesome as Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney (price wise) but it would be nice to have something at least on par in quality and size. Dollywood is unique, the area is unique.. I'm sure they could come with with something for a Dark Ride that would be very unique

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Postby I Like Theme Parks. » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:11 pm

^I consider Blazing Fury to be a pure dark ride because it's almost completely powered, but that's more like a cute old-fashioned dark ride.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:36 pm

I wish they would get a shooting dark ride and theme it around like a spirit that's haunting the smokies.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:42 am

I Like Theme Parks. wrote:^I consider Blazing Fury to be a pure dark ride because it's almost completely powered, but that's more like a cute old-fashioned dark ride.

Oh yeah, I consider it a pure dark ride as well but with all the more modern dark rides out there, and with six flags over GA opening a new one this year (yeah it's a clone of other parks but still) it's just time for Dollywood to build one that is very modern and that captures the area very well..

Blazing Fury has lost so many elements and scenes over the years, it's kind of hard to make out the story now even though it is a great ride and I hope it stays for years to come!

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