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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:01 pm

Looks to be a hit. Dollywood did a great job on this beast. Robb & Eric what are your impressions?
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:02 pm

^ I unfortunately, wasn't at the event. Eric will have a report up soonish, though!

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby chrisdanger » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Very cool indeed man...I may need to take a trip to the smokeys here sooner than later...

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby spinning man » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:10 pm

I wonder how that loop felt like. After riding the swarm, I have even more interest in all the wing-riders, and the roar from wild eagle is lovely.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:12 pm

^^^We will be patiently waiting...... :p
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby Reuschini » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:16 pm

Wow, this is the first wingrider POV I've seen where I would actually want to ride this thing!

Very cool and looks like one of the more intense ones out there.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby r3vo » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:27 pm

Well, I just got back home from the park and will say that Wild Eagle definitely doesn't disappoint. My only ride on it took place on the rear left outside seat and the first drop was INCREDIBLE. The inversions have great pacing to them. The zero-g doesn't hang as much as it looks like from off-ride, and definitely not as much as The Swarm seems to. There is a nice pop of air you get coming out of time immelman, and the flat spin is a really cool inversion especially with the way you are seated on the wing riders. The little bunny hop doesn't give as much air-time as I would like. The figure 8 has some nice forces to it, especially the last turn. Overall I would say that Dollywood and B&M did a great job creating a family friendly ride that can be enjoyed by all.

I will also say the retracking Dollywood did on Thunderhead is appreciated, and it was running GREAT today! Love that ride! :airtime:

On a side note, anyone know why one of mystery mine's trains was stuck in the final inversion?

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Wild Eagle Media Day!!

Postby ernierocker » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:28 pm

Hey guys! I just got back from an amazing day at Dollywood! Starting with my first media event representing TPR at the Boomsday Announcement, I was anxiously awaiting for the opportunity to attend this morning's event! And now it has finally gone and past. It has been an absolute blast to bring you an inside look at Dollywood's latest creation and I am thankful to Robb and Elissa for allowing me to represent you guys. Also, a TON of thanks to Pete Owens, Brian Angello and everyone else at Dollywood for inviting us down the park and giving us this amazing coverage! Now, all you guys can head to Tennessee and see it for yourselves!

So, how was Wild Eagle you ask??? I was able to get two rides this morning. Once in the back right inner seat and once in the front right inner seat. The set-up for the day didn't really allow me to get a TON of rides, but I feel I got a good taste of the experience. My first ride on a Wing Rider was a lot of fun! You really fly up the lift hill and all you can see is lift hill and sky. Seriously, it is a steep lift hill! As you would expect being in the back seat you are absolutely flung over the lift hill. What a drop!!! It really took my breath away and I actually completely forgot to take a second to enjoy the views on top of the mountain! After that, it is the four loops which are all taken with decent forces and flow well together. I didn't get any air whatsoever on my first ride through the air time hill and the ride was actually a little dull during this portion. But the final twist at the end had a lot of forces comparable to Goliath's helix at SFOG. Another surprise was how fast you go from the first brake to the holding brake. You actually get some decent forces on the left turn back towards the station!

My second ride in the front seat was a totally different experience! While the first drop wasn't nearly as forceful, I quickly realized one of the benefits of a front seat ride on a Wing Rider was. Leg choppers! Through each loop, it feels like you are narrowly missing the track supports just below your feet. Really adds an extra dimension to the ride. Not to mention you get close to some of the trees along the outside of the ride. Will be nice to check this out when the trees start to fill in with leaves. I actually got a tad bit of floater air through the airtime hill on my second ride. Will see how this changes as the ride breaks in more.

I have to say I enjoyed my front seat ride more than the back seat one. The ride seemed to pack more of a punch throughout the ride rather than just the first half of the back seat ride. I have been told that the left side is a totally different experience than the right side (like you would expect and has been speculated on here before) The lateral forces are supposed to be much stronger as you are on the inside of all the inversions. I will just have to find out for myself next week! ;)

To conclude, Wild Eagle is another fabulous addition to the Dollywood coaster family. You will not be disappointing so head on down here and ride it!

Okay, enough jibber jabber. On to video & photos!

Off-Ride Shots and Rider Cam POV:

Front Seat POV:
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After anxiously waiting for over 6 months since the Boomsday announcement, it was finally time to ride Wild Eagle! But first things first. Need to get our media credentials!
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Yup, going to need one of these!
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And with our pass we got these nifty Wild Eagle T-shirts!
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That's the goal of the day!
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Not only was the media event today, but it was also Passholder Preview Day.
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And there was a lot of season passholders here!
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But we are not here for that, we are here to eat!
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And like everything else that Dollywood makes, their breakfast was mighty tasty!
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This looks like important information. I wonder what this sign is trying to tell us.
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Ah, the sign was taking us here! How convenient!
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And there is the star of the day! The station really turned out amazing!
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A LOT of TV stations made it in for the event.
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As did a horde of other people! There was easily 300 media, VIP and other people there this morning!
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Wild Eagle's statue is looking fantastic for its big day!
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And here's DOLLY! Wild Eagle's ceremony has begun!
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Dolly made it very clear that she would not be going on her newest creation.
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Of course, there were live eagles there!
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Dolly presented the auction check to the American Eagle Foundation during the ceremony. (Dollywood held an auction to be the first to ride Wild Eagle and the proceeds were all donated to the foundation)
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Dolly prepares the crowd for the first official ride of Wild Eagle.
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Kablooey! And with this mess of confetti and smoke, Wild Eagle has officially opened!
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And there goes the first train!
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And the crowd goes wild!
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How about we take Wild Eagle for a spin! Notice the awesome entrance sign. (pssst Larry ;) )
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Been waiting to see this for a long time! A Wild Eagle train full of passengers!
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This was all media. The other side looked the same!
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Operations were actually a little slow for the first day. But I am sure they will work all the kinks out and things will be moving smoothly soon! It's Dollywood. No worries.
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Have I mentioned I love the loading station?
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The completed Wild Eagle plaza. It turned out great!
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A lot of details have been added to the queue since the last time I was here last month.
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Like these handrails! There really isn't much to the line once you are inside the building. This is pretty much it and then you head upstairs to the loading station.
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Will your first ride be to the left or the right?? Such tough choices!
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We took their advice! ;-)
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Here is another look at the elevator to get to the loading platform this time from the ground level. You will be loaded into the front seat on the right side of the train. Doesn't look like there will be away to ride on the left side.
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What a view!
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Some more ride information for the Park Index!
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Noted! And parents especially take note! ;)
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Are you wondering where you can buy your Wild Eagle merchandise. Well, exit the ride and you will walk into the right place!
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And there is a lot of it!
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Plenty of Wild Eagle t-shirts!
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and haven't you always wanted Wild Eagle sandals! But you wont be able to wear them on the ride! ;)
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Who wants a Wild Eagle shot glass??? They are here waiting for you!
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And then we were magically whisked away to SFMM! :-)
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Here is a great feature included on Wild Eagle. Your on-ride photo can be uploaded directly to Facebook!
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First you pay for your photo here.
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Then you go to one of the touch screen kiosks.
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Scan the ticket they print out for you and voila!
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And without further ado, a TPR-only exclusive, I now present to you: Wild Eagle Statue Heiney!
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Love this view!
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The former SkyZip building has officially been transformed into a drink station.
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All the soda and icees you want. They also have popcorn.
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Skyview Snacks officially gets TPR stamp of approval! ;-)
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Another look at the amazing Wild Eagle statue.
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Heading out for lunch we noticed a mob of passholders anxiously awaiting their ride.
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Speaking of lunch! Dollywood was kind enough to not only serve us breakfast but they also had a lunch for us! Much appreciated!
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And this is what we had for lunch!! Seriously, the park was well prepared for all of the ACERs in attendance today. ;-)
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After asking how to eat this monster slice, Candace went with the fold and stuff technique.
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And before we end this report, let's take a look at few more details around Wild Eagle.
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Details like this are spread throughout the plaza.
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This would of been useful information BEFORE they served us those massive slices of pizza! ;-)
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I am awestruck at the mighty Wild Eagle!
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And that's it! Get down to the park and ride this ride! You will not be disappointed! Thanks to all the guys at Dollywood for having us down to the park!
Last edited by ernierocker on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:52 am.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:36 pm

Thanks for the report, Eric. I'm really looking forward to riding Wild Eagle myself (and just hanging out at Dollywood).

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby PCW_Nut » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:38 pm

Great report. Can't wait to ride during New Hotness later this summer


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