jimmiemac02 wrote:^^^I was at the park today and didn't even notice him. That's a really weird location.
It was a great opening day at the park! The crowds really didn't come in till about 2 pm due to the drizzling rain in the morning.
This morning we got a backstage tour of Lightning Rod. I learned a few things:
-the trunks will return to the trains eventually
-the main problem was with the launch system (they did a lot of reprogramming over the off season)
-they added an extra set off brake fins on the underside of the train to help with the rollback
-the handles were added day before yesterday because people wanted something to hold onto
-the transfer lift was made by Larson (yes, drop tower Larson)
-Timber Canyon path widening really helped with the crowds today
-Extra set pieces were added to the path (see pics below)
-Thunderhead's station looks wonderful with its new paint job
-The merge point at FireChaser Express now has an attendant that assigns seats but the good news is that if you have TimeSaver (more on that in a moment) you won't have to wait 15 minutes to get on because there are only 2 trains worth of people ahead of you instead of 7 or 8
The way it works is you get a wristband with 10 tabs. 8 have butterflies, 2 have Xs. The 8 with butterflies can be used for any ride except Lightning Rod and Dropline. The 2 with Xs can be used for any ride. The tabs are very very flimsy and can fall off at any time. Many people in our group lost tabs and forfeited the skip the line pass since the host at the entrance has to physically remove the tab from the wristband.
See I don't think you can believe anything that's said about LR.. most people before this year said the launch had 0 issues and even at a coaster event late November Pete said the majority of the issues were due to the train (which is why the launched never engaged). All the rollback issues I saw, the train didn't even try to launch.
He also said the trunks would be back this season (didn't say at opening) but said they would be rewiring and reworking the trains which would fix most of the issues
So now with someone on the backstage tour saying it was mostly launch issues who knows.. I don't believe anything I hear about it now I guess lol
As for the wristbands that replaced qbot, do they let you buy them at the ticket window now? The only reason I can even see that made Dollywood think this was a good idea is if it allowed guest to buy them at the ticket window allowing for a more streamlined process and possibly increase sales of the bands.. Why else get rid of a good system!
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