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Postby megan » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:37 pm

That could be fun though, revenge movie at Dollywood. “ Burning beds, Blazing Fury”!

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Postby dstephe9 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:59 am

Jdprince45 wrote:Wonder how much they will decorate the park
They actually have lights up already in parts of the park that have been up a month or so now. Not everywhere but mainly in Craftsman's Valley

Edit; someone already mentioned this above your post, sorry, I hadn't read them all yet. But like that post said, I'd imagine most of the movie will be shot in that area.

I'll probably be headed to the park today and we have a meeting at the park for work in a week or so so I'll keep an eye on lights!

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Postby megan » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:45 am

Filming is this month. Interesting note. The waterfall and mill run through all of craftsman valley has been off most of the season. I noticed they were adding some spotlights to the base of the millrace supports near the mini waterwheel that used to turn the barnstormer sign propeller. Some of the support woods looks new as well. Anyone know if this is just general refurb with a little extra thrown in, or something bigger?

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Postby dstephe9 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:18 am

megan wrote:Filming is this month. Interesting note. The waterfall and mill run through all of craftsman valley has been off most of the season. I noticed they were adding some spotlights to the base of the millrace supports near the mini waterwheel that used to turn the barnstormer sign propeller. Some of the support woods looks new as well. Anyone know if this is just general refurb with a little extra thrown in, or something bigger?
If I had to guess it's just general refurb, especially if the movie is being shot in this area. Spotlights are to help with lighting during the filming. Some of the area looked kind of rough and a movie like this is essentially a commercial. I wouldn't be surprised if Dollywood has invested some in the movie.. Again, this is all just general observation due to the lights being put up so early in this area. Like the original poster of the lights in this area, my wife and I also thought it was very early but didn't think much into it. We just assumed, with Wildwood Grove, they just expect it to take longer to put lights up so they are getting an early start.

On a side note, I haven't noticed any work being done on the millrun but I haven't paid much attention to it.

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Postby dstephe9 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:20 pm

megan wrote:Filming is this month. Interesting note. The waterfall and mill run through all of craftsman valley has been off most of the season. I noticed they were adding some spotlights to the base of the millrace supports near the mini waterwheel that used to turn the barnstormer sign propeller. Some of the support woods looks new as well. Anyone know if this is just general refurb with a little extra thrown in, or something bigger?
So just got back from Dollywood, not really any new wood on the water run but parts have been pressure washed and cleaned. There were a few new fence pieces here and there and possibly a new board here and there on the run that had to be replaced. To me, it looks more like sprucing up that area vs anything bigger. Probably for the movie or just general maintenance.

And those tiny spotlights have actually been used there before and around the park. I thought you meant bigger spotlights

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:39 pm

I'll probably call the park tomorrow but maybe someone knows...

If I bring a friend next weekend and use the coupon for passholders, can we enter at 9:00? Good enough if I have a pass? Can't imagine they are that tight about it.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby dstephe9 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:53 pm

I assume you mean the opening an hour early on Saturday? Yeah your friend should be able to get in but no guarantee they will let them on the select ride that's opened early. The park usually opens the gates early in general and let guest into the front Midway of the park (they have ropes blocking off the rest of the park) so your friend should be able to get in. How early they open the front gates varies. I've seen it an hour early and sometimes only 15 - 30 mins

I've personally never been for the select early opened ride so not sure how they manage that and who rides.


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Postby tndank » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:53 pm

Lightning Rod has been struggling the last few days. Unusual this year. It was down most of today. Same for the last couple days. I ended up at the park for the last 2 hours and it was listed as closed for the day.

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Postby JJLehto » Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:19 pm

So I'm caving and booking my trip now.
I recall people saying during an October weekday the park should be dead, so that is my aim. I'm thinking earlier to miss whatever Halloween stuff they may do. I love the park has full operating hours, on weekdays, in October :b
Was tempted to ask how has LR been running in general and is it usually up/good in Oct? But I realize it's a literal crap shoot it seems, much like the early days of TTD (well ok still :lmao: ) and I gotta just go and hope.

Im gunna make a long weekend of it, and do Gatlingburg/the Great Smoky Mnts and Knoxville. In theory I can switch days around if LR is down or hell even go twice if I like the park enough. I've never heard anything negative from anyone so yeah I'm stoked
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:37 pm

Be careful. When they start lighting the pumpkins and starting that whole festival, it can become really crowded. Saturdays are pretty much the only busy days right now. Area schools are slowly starting back.

If you're going solo, drop me a line. Might be able to meet up for a bit if you want some company.

LR down all day today. Strange.

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