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Postby Imagineer Josh » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:36 pm

I will literally be leaving for Dollywood in exactly one week! OMG I'm so excited for Lightning Rod that is ACTUALLY OPEN
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Postby Djwadeknox » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:02 pm

Some awesome numbers from Dollywood President Craig Ross on how they are doing with the 300 million plan. https://www.facebook.com/knoxvilledotcom/videos/10155686363106002/



Here is a good news story on it. http://www.wbir.com/mb/news/local/dollywood-reopens-for-the-season/423337596
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Postby Djwadeknox » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:06 pm

CaptainUnknown wrote:All these construction pictures and no one's showing the top of Drop Line. Has it been topped off yet?



Yes it's been topped off. Looks like a little light package on the top as well.
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Postby mckayj93 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:08 pm

I was there today. First time on season pass holder day. There was hardly anyone there. Only 3 coasters opened at 10 due to cold. More opened at 11, Mystery Mine and Firechaser at 12. I forgot to take pictures of new things I saw. Besides the obvious Whistlepunk Chaser and Drop Line, Timber Canyon got some huge improvements. The sidewalk widening will make a huge difference once crowds are packed in there. Many more pieces of theming and signing were put in. Really helps separate the area between Wilderness Pass and Timber Canyon more. Sideshow Spin being gone made the Country Fair seem much more open, and honestly I think better. Felt much easier to navigate. I also noticed most restrooms in the older parts of the park were gutted and upgraded, specifically in Showstreet. Food seemed on top quality like usual for me today. I didn't go to Lumberjacks though. Mother Africa show was great for those of you going during the Festival of Nations. Singing, dancing, circus type acrobatics. Overall a great day. Coasters had pretty much zero wait all day, Lightning Rod and Fire Chaser 10 min wait. Lightning Rod was amazing as usual, didn't feel any pothole, they were using both trains and dispatching pretty quick when I was there. I'll be back tomorrow for opening day, although might sleep in a couple hours and not be there at opening due to the incoming rain. I'll try to get pics of new theming to share.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:50 pm

Djwadeknox wrote:Some awesome numbers from Dollywood President Craig Ross on how they are doing with the 300 million plan. https://www.facebook.com/knoxvilledotcom/videos/10155686363106002/



Here is a good news story on it. http://www.wbir.com/mb/news/local/dollywood-reopens-for-the-season/423337596

I thought it was interesting how he said they only close the short time in the winter to get ready for spring.. I knew that's what they used that time for but with that being said they don't close due to the weather or coldness. He said if it wasn't for getting ready for Spring they would be open year round..

I know you can't look to deep into that but as Dollywood turns into more of a national destination like they are planning, anyone ever see them being open year round? Maybe jsut Friday - Sunday during the winter?

We already have them almost DOUBLING their fall days this season by being open everyday during October.. So it's already kind of happening..

That area​ is still always busy during the weekends during winter.. I can see Dollywood drawing in decent sized crowds even during Jan - Feb, especially if they have a neat festival bringing folks in.. This winter tourism was down due to the fire but the Mountains are still a huge draw during the winter. Gatlinburg is packed on the weekends, and Pigeon Forge is fairly crowded as well.. Dollywood would just bring more in and help the area even more.

Just an interesting thought that probably won't ever happen but still fun to think about

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby SFOG1991 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:45 pm

Enjoyed a few hours at the park for season pass holder day.

Park was dead. No lines.

Lightning Rod was running with two trains, but it was still experiencing somewhat frequent break downs (3 while I was there) and the employees seemed as flustered as usual. Better than any Six Flags operation but for Dollywood it was messy. They failed to fill rows and seemed off even though most of the ops have been on LR last year. It's still much better than last season but I wouldn't say it's in the clear. At least it is running with two trains!

Otherwise the park seems as solid as always in terms of friendliness and operational consistency. I LOVE this park. Looking forward to opening day today! Hopefully it's successful but not too busy for my sake anyways!

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Postby LukeFlynn » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:01 am

SFOG1991 wrote:Enjoyed a few hours at the park for season pass holder day.

Park was dead. No lines.

Lightning Rod was running with two trains, but it was still experiencing somewhat frequent break downs (3 while I was there) and the employees seemed as flustered as usual. Better than any Six Flags operation but for Dollywood it was messy. They failed to fill rows and seemed off even though most of the ops have been on LR last year. It's still much better than last season but I wouldn't say it's in the clear. At least it is running with two trains!

Otherwise the park seems as solid as always in terms of friendliness and operational consistency. I LOVE this park. Looking forward to opening day today! Hopefully it's successful but not too busy for my sake anyways!


They were letting people pick rows for the most part.

None of the downtime was rollback related so at least that seems to be fixed for now. All three lasted for less than an hour.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby SFOG1991 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:27 am

^I agree the issues are less severe but Lightning Rod still has a lot of issues. It's gone down multiple times today. The operations are quite slow too. At least it's running for the most part though! Two trains is a huge help.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby vertec909 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:19 pm

Drop zone from the parking lot

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby BDFS » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:41 pm

Nevermind. :lmao:
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