Dollywood Discussion Thread

P. 1413 - Grand Opening/Media Event for Drop Line!
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Postby beenagins87 » Sat May 06, 2017 12:25 pm

Wish I was at the park today, instead I'm having to go to a wedding.
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Postby dstephe9 » Sat May 06, 2017 12:41 pm

You sure? It's cold and rainy lol.

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Postby beenagins87 » Sat May 06, 2017 1:37 pm

dstephe9 wrote:You sure? It's cold and rainy lol.

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Postby dstephe9 » Sat May 06, 2017 1:47 pm

Currently 45 in Knoxville.. I'd imagine low 40s at Dollywood so close to freezing

Looks like Dollywood is dead today though but so is LR right now :( haha

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Postby coasterdude5 » Sat May 06, 2017 4:02 pm

Lightning Rod was up and down all day. Reduced to one-train operation early in the afternoon. Riding in the rain hurt like hell, but I didn't care — I was so glad to get a ride. The sun just came out, but "cold and rainy" was the name of the game starting a bit before noon. Had it not been for Drop Line's opening, I may have postponed my trip.
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Drop Line is great — the views alone are enough of an attraction.
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Postby ernierocker » Sat May 06, 2017 5:15 pm

Yesterday, Theme Park Review was invited to the grand opening of Dollywood's newest thrill ride, Drop Line. While the day started with a showing of Dolly Parton's new dinner show, Smoky Mountain Adventures, I am going to concentrate on the new ride in this post. If you would like to see photos from Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventure, you can click here.

I may have posted a few times in the past :p that Timber Tower's former location would make a perfect spot for a drop tower. So, I was definitely thrilled to hear the announcement of Drop Line. The ride is a perfect addition to Timber Canyon and with the upcoming addition of Whistle Punk Chaser, Timber Canyon is going to and does look great! Drop Line reminds me of Acrophobia at Six Flags Over Georgia with the rotating seats as you rise to the summit. It adds one final rotation before making a slight rise once again before dropping. While I feel the drop on Acrophobia is more forceful, the seats on Drop Line are much more forgiving than on Acrophobia if you know what I mean, guys. ;)

One last thing, the views are spectacular! We sat both times facing Thunderhead and you basically have an close up aerial view of the layout. You can see all of the roller coasters including Lightning Rod and some great views of the surrounding mountains.

On to the photos!
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A new addition rises in the sky from the preferred parking lot.
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New sign!
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It's tall and hard to get in one shot.
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Park Staff were setting up for some reverse POV shots for media when we arrived.
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Pete Owens, Dollywood's Director of Media/Public Relations got to ride and he appeared to enjoy it!
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If you have been on a drop tower you know the drill.
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Ride goes up.
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Keeps going up and then drops. The rotating seats make a nice change to the standard drop tower.
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The seats were very comfortable which is always a plus for a drop tower.
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Let's take a look at the ride's queue.
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A little history and an explanation for the ride's name.
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One of the better names for an engine ever made!
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More of the queue.
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Time Saver will let you skip the majority of the line which I am sure will be long this summer!
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Some of the theming surrounding the ride. Looks good!
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A lot of the pond that surrounded Timber Tower has been maintained and spruced up for Drop Line.
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Lots of news stations/media were on hand for the event. I didn't see many of them ride, LOL!
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Another group heads up!
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It's great to see a drop tower here!
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Overview of the ride area.
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Whistle Punk Chaser is directly adjacent to Drop Line and sits where the old playground was.
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Looks like it is about ready!
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One more overview of the area. Definitely get out to Dollywood and ride this!
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat May 06, 2017 5:31 pm

The whole ride area looks so good. Cannot wait to ride this--only 3 more weeks!
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sat May 06, 2017 5:50 pm

The ride area looks great and I can't wait to ride this. Honestly the view alone makes it a "can't miss" attraction.

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Postby thrillseeker4552 » Sat May 06, 2017 5:51 pm

It's nice to see Dollywood with a drop tower. That spot was just begging for one since the removal of Timber Tower. LOVE how open the restraints look! They seem even more "freeing" than Lex Luthor's/Zumanjaro's!
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sat May 06, 2017 6:36 pm

While I'm disappointed that a playground was taken away for Whistle Punk Chaser, as a coaster and experience, it looks much nicer and more fun than Sideshow Spin did.
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