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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:52 pm
by JJLehto
Yes, but if I recall correctly, quite a few here said they dont expect early Oct (Im talking first week) to be an issue, esp for a weekday. Yeah I'll be going solo. Once its set in stone I'll gladly drop a line. I don't mind going solo but ofc more the merrier.

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:34 pm
by dstephe9
The first year it opened, the first week was very very packed. Local fall breaks are actually that week, at least Blount County. (Haven't looked at the school schedule this year,but I'd imagine it's the same) I was at Disney last year during the first week of Luminights at Dollywood

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:28 pm
by CoasterGuy06
Visited the park last week for the first time since 2016. Great day as always. Some notes/pics:

-Dragonflier is an excellent ride. After riding it and Freedom Flyer the past few years I really wish more parks would add these coasters. Fun for everyone!
-Lightning Rod was running one train and had a ton of downtime.
-Never been evacuated from a ride during normal operation. That changed that day. On my "first" Lightning Rod ride we did not clear the first hill and slowly rolled down. When I came back several hours later we came to a complete stop on the brakes before the turn back towards the station. After several minutes the crew came out and evacuated us. :lol:
-Wild Eagle was also down for several hours. Such a shame since I really love that ride.
-Cinnamon Bread . That is all.

On to some pictures

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:03 am
by Canobie Coaster
At least Lightning Rod made it 5 months this year before it started having a few days with issues.

It looks like the ride ran pretty consistently over the weekend so hopefully last week was just a hiccup.

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:17 am
by SharkTums
^^ +1 point for the Pokemon reference!

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:39 am
by TEDodd
Canobie Coaster wrote:At least Lightning Rod made it 5 months this year before it started having a few days with issues.


Wonder if it's the heat. Have to think it's a factor. It had been a bit warmer than normal the last few weeks.

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:51 am
by tndank
Canobie Coaster wrote:At least Lightning Rod made it 5 months this year before it started having a few days with issues.

It looks like the ride ran pretty consistently over the weekend so hopefully last week was just a hiccup.


Agreed. Been running fairly well this year. It was really hot last week in this area. We were scheduled to take my wife's brother but held off for another weekend. He's never been and LR hadn't run for a few days.

Rollbacks on LR...that doesn't happen every day. I'm jealous. And an evac later on? What a day!

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:05 pm
by neilnky
I've been watching theme park worldwide's youtube channel. They took a trip visiting 20 theme parks and really gave Silver Dollar City and Dollywood high ratings. Especially SDC. I love watching vlogs as I won't get to visit all those parks. I really appreciate Dollywood and other theme parks. I prefer those to amusement parks. The channel commentators said that other than Universal and Disney the American parks aren't too good at dark rides compared to European parks. I would love Dollywood to get an awesome dark ride. I think it would also be cool to add an iconic observation tower of some kind. The Eiffel Tower replicas at the Cedar Fair parks are 1/3 replicas I think so that is about 350 feet tall if I researched correctly. Dollywood could come up with some giant tree / flower observation tower with Butterfly and Bee shaped elevators on the outside maybe? I'm just brainstorming after watching so many of the videos. I am definitely more into SDC , Dollywood, and Busch Gardens type parks versus say Six Flags. Of course that is me. Many want the thrills. I am so glad there is a variety. I am so excited to see what the future brings !!! Sorry if I rambled I had to vent alittle after seeing all those vlogs lol

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:21 pm
by Canobie Coaster
tndank wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:At least Lightning Rod made it 5 months this year before it started having a few days with issues.

It looks like the ride ran pretty consistently over the weekend so hopefully last week was just a hiccup.


Agreed. Been running fairly well this year. It was really hot last week in this area. We were scheduled to take my wife's brother but held off for another weekend. He's never been and LR hadn't run for a few days.

Rollbacks on LR...that doesn't happen every day. I'm jealous. And an evac later on? What a day!


I think most of us get jealous with launch coaster rollbacks since they're usually no big deal and it means you get to experience the launch a second time.

Isn't a "rollback" on Lightning Rod more like it refuses to launch and just sits at the base rather than not having enough steam to make it over?

Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:26 pm
by TEDodd
Canobie Coaster wrote:Isn't a "rollback" on Lightning Rod more like it refuses to launch and just sits at the base rather than not having enough steam to make it over?


Well early on there was failure to launch and partial launch (shut down before it cleared the last LSM). Both were safety systems tripping and stopping.

I don't think there's been a true rollback where it just didn't have enough to top the hill.

And any rides that have roll backs just reset and go. LR is always clear and test before riders go again because it was a safety shutdown.