Dollywood Discussion Thread

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:24 pm

komasixx wrote:...there are cool looking braces on the outsides of the tracks in that spot

Any chance someone could get an image of the changes to the drop (without breaking the park rules of course)? I'd be interested to see how significant the changes are.
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Postby Djwadeknox » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:48 pm

Lightning Rod opened with the park today. 1 train, but only running a max 10 minutes wait. Everything feels about the same speed and comfort wise. The launch does feel just a little less intense, but it ends the same with a wicked amount of steam left at the end. I also noticed the oil pan in the station was no longer there. Maybe they took off the self Oiler when adding the smaller front. Also the big news at the park are the Pumpkin Spice Dots!
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Postby DBru » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:26 pm

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Postby Djwadeknox » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:03 pm

Other news. Mystery Mine closed today. Testing tonight with water dummies. Probably change wheels out due to the colder weather.
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Postby dstephe9 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:31 pm

It was closed all day yesterday to and tested last night but no water dummies.
Djwadeknox wrote:Other news. Mystery Mine closed today. Testing tonight with water dummies. Probably change wheels out due to the colder weather.


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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:34 pm

Hopefully those are better than the apple Sunday! Last year the apple Sunday was amazing! They used real Carmel but this year they just use ice cream liquid Carmel. The real carmel apple carmel was much much better last season.. I looked forward to the apple Sunday the most during my trip lol!!!

As for the oiler, someone mentioned they were moved to the back of the train earlier this season. There is something on the back that looks like an oiler. Not sure though
Djwadeknox wrote:Lightning Rod opened with the park today. 1 train, but only running a max 10 minutes wait. Everything feels about the same speed and comfort wise. The launch does feel just a little less intense, but it ends the same with a wicked amount of steam left at the end. I also noticed the oil pan in the station was no longer there. Maybe they took off the self Oiler when adding the smaller front. Also the big news at the park are the Pumpkin Spice Dots!


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Postby Djwadeknox » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:17 pm

Mystery Mine is back up and running. Lightning Rod seems to be doing great as well! Only 15 minutes of down time since it opened back up and that was for a protein spill.
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Postby middle_keeny » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:40 pm

Djwadeknox wrote:Mystery Mine is back up and running. Lightning Rod seems to be doing great as well! Only 15 minutes of down time since it opened back up and that was for a protein spill.


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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby pianojohn » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:17 pm

Heading to Dollywood for Christmas this year!

Any can't miss things in Pigeon Forge? We are spending 2 days at the park and 3 nights at Dreammore. The park is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so looking for things to do on the 24th.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:51 pm

There are a ton of mountain coasters nearby. My favorite two are the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster and the one at Goats on the Roof. They're open in December, but I'm unsure if they close near Christmas.

I love Hillbilly Golf. Last year they did open in December on a Saturday, but their hours are irregular.

Downtown Gatlinburg is also nice to walk around and you have the Smoky Mountains too.
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