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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:12 pm

^Yes, it is a dual loading station. The line splits at the bottom of the stairs where you can choose which side to sit on.
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Postby ItsDavidU » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:14 pm

Interesting... then where would you exit out at?
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Postby ernierocker » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:26 pm

ItsDavidU wrote:Interesting... then where would you exit out at?


The picture illustrates it the best:

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The line begins through the entrance at the front of the building. You then go through the queue towards the back of the building. Here the line splits and you go up either the left or right staircase. (You can see the left staircase in the back of the photo above)

Once you ride, you will then exit down either of the staircases up front (depending on which side you rode on) which are both visible at the front of the building in the photo above. I assume if you ride on the left side of the train (right side in the photo) you will have to walk around the back of the building and exit down the pathway on the left. Still not sure how they will handle Q2Q on this ride.
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Postby Jhcbiinoc » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:00 pm

Thanks for the great pics and info! I thought it was interesting how this seems to be the only Wing Rider built so far where the control panel is off to the side rather than having a booth over the center of the track. Seems like they have all of the angles covered with the video cameras, though. The station and area look beautiful; I love the inspirational words in the plaza, very nice touch. Are they putting an official ride "sign" with the logo up as well?

Really looking forward to the 23rd; I already have my pass and I'm actually driving up the 22nd and taking the scenic route into Gatlinburg via the cutting through Townsend and taking the 73/Little River Road. I'm planning on stopping by the pass office/window before 5 that day as from what I understand, it will be open. I have heard several times the hours on the 23rd; 10am-6pm, 10am-7pm and 10am-8pm but everything I have seen from the park says it is until 6pm. Other than Wild Eagle, and having the legendary Cinnamon Bread for breakfast, I have no idea where to start with the rest of the coasters and rides or other things to see at the park there, but want to see as much as I can.

Thanks for the advice on places to eat as well. I'm staying at Holiday Inn in Gatlinburg Thursday the 22nd, and I was thinking of checking out either Mellow Mushroom or Dick's Last Resort. I can't even recall where I ate last time I was in town, it was back in the late 80's (which was also the last time I was at Dollywood).

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Postby thrillerman1 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:30 pm

Stellar updates...thanks so much. One can only hope Wild Eagle rides as amazing as it looks, and I for one cannot wait to get back over to Gold Rush Junction to experience it.

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Postby Jhcbiinoc » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:28 pm

^I never went there when it was still GoldRush Junction, but I went to the park when it was still Silver Dollar City back in the early 1980's when I lived out this way before prior to when I moved to LA (where I lived up until last year.) When I was really young, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were a twice a year family tradition.

I remember when SDC Tennessee/now Dollywood still had the old Log Flume, the few flat rides over next to it and one of the old "Sky Hook" rides, as well as the Flooded Mine. Somewhere I still have one of those old cartoon wall maps they sold at the time.

I'm really excited about seeing what it has become; Wild Eagle looks like a great and smart addition, Thunderhead and the other coasters look great as well, and if the park is anything like SDC in Branson (another park I love but have not visited in a very, very long time) I'm sure it must be as good as everyone has said.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:27 am

Jhcbiinoc wrote: Other than Wild Eagle, and having the legendary Cinnamon Bread for breakfast, I have no idea where to start with the rest of the coasters and rides or other things to see at the park there, but want to see as much as I can.


Since Wild Eagle will not be open to the public first thing in the morning as the media event will still be ongoing, I would honestly try to tackle the rest of the park before even attempting to head back there. It will be insane!

I would head straight to Timber Canyon and get your Thunderhead and Mystery Mine rides in (probably multiple times if you are there right at opening). You could then check out Wild Eagle and see how crazy it is after that.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby SLUSHIE » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:48 pm

I'm working at a ski resort this winter in lift operations. It's pretty cool to see just how similar the controls are to a ski lift. We have different buttons that do different things, we don't have a restraint release button for example, but its all super similar.

Newer lifts even use that same touch screen for diagnostics and logs. I mainly run a gondola that was built in the 80's, and we don't have any of that fancy stuff and have to log all our stuff by hand.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby kunpc1 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:34 pm

I know Dollywood does things run but they've outdone themselves with the plaza area and station. I love all the little touches they've added that just make it look amazing. I really wish I could make it back to Dollywood this season, but it doesn't look like it will happen :(

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