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  1. As seen on Facebook earlier today! Looks like we have our first official attraction teaser for 2023.
  2. Yes, I suppose suggesting that replacing Lighting Rod with a more reliable coaster (eventually) is a completely drunken & insane idea. *confused*
  3. It needs to be replaced with a more reliable B&M Hyper by 2025. Turn the train approach out of the station around & put the lift hill going out over the employee parking lot to run a longer course. Put a fork in LROD already...it's done.
  4. Even if the name does change in some form, such as to Silver Dollywood, no one is going to be going out of their way to call it that, with the exceptions of employees maybe. So that means if that were to happen, Splash Country would officially be Silver Dollywood’s Splash Country? LOL...I mean, give me a break. No one calls it Dollywood’s Splash Country now. It’s just commonly referred to as “Splash Country.” I think the park is sending out mixed messages this season anyway. This year’s park brochure is the first year to prominently display Dolly’s image in as long as 15 years! She has been absent from it for quite some time now (with the exception of her image associated with her Stampede Dinner Show.) Also, she has been doing more voice-overs lately in television and internet ads as well. So if she is truly on her way out soon or not as involved, why would the park’s current marketing efforts include expanded use of Dolly’s contributions?
  5. What I mean is, it probably will not feel as out of control, and have that balls-to-the-wall, OMG...what TF just happened (?) feeling. But that's just IMLO. There are some of us that like it rough!
  6. Coaster Crew's Facebook page is reporting that Lighting Rod's rebuild will not be completed and operational until mid-April. Sadly with the new I-Box track, it just will not feel the same. But hopefully, it will still be an "off-the-chain" experience (get it, it still launches...no chain lift...BAAA HAAA HAAA). Here's to RMC-ing the first RMC!!
  7. We rode the train last night & can confirm the wood homestead structures (farmhouse, outhouse, wood shed) have all been removed from the upper train loop. There is some speculation that this may be for future expansion, but aren’t the next expansions supposed to be going behind the current Wildwood Grove area? Perhaps they were removed for fire safety concerns, due to their close proximity to the fireworks launch pads? It’s sad to see even more original theming continue to disappear!
  8. From Dollymania.net: "Gospel Hall Of Fame Leaving Dollywood The Southern Gospel Music Association announced Monday on Facebook that its SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum at Dollywood will be closing after 21 years at that location due to the park choosing not to renew the lease on its building. The park has not indicated what may be going into the building in its place, but SGMA President Arthur Rice thanked Dolly, Dollywood and her partners, the Herschends, "for giving us a home for 21 years. We could not have done it without you." This is an interesting development for the prime location adjacent to the main gate area of the park. According to the dipping dots guy (lol), one rumour suggests that the space will be utilized for administrative offices (hopefully not). Seems like a disappointing choice when there are other dormant buildings in the park. I would rather see the park continue to use it as a museum to showcase the park's history from the humble beginnings as Rebel Railroad to present day. I always thought they could use a place to display memorabilia, including the numerous Golden Ticket Awards they have won throughout the years! Another thought is, perhaps this is the beginning of a redesign for the main gate area, which is long overdue. Before Covid, the park was drawing in record numbers of guests in the peak season and the current turnstile plaza could barely handle an efficient entry process for the influx of guests. Other possible uses could be a new addition for a Food & Entertainment Hall, which has been speculated for some time but the park is challenged to build one because of limited open space in high traffic areas. It would be nice to see and it would be a great opportunity for them to add a Coffee House! Also, could a dark ride fit in the space? Likely not, as that should be going in Wildwood Grove as the next major new attraction (2022?) But what IF it's going to become a station for a Sky Bucket system to link the front of the park to Wildwood Grove or the upper train loop? Anything is possible...
  9. Last night as I was perusing around the Dollywood website, I noticed that the Summer Celebration Festival has been removed from their festival lineup for the rest of the year. However, the new Food & Flower Festival remains and now says coming this Summer, rather than coming in May as before. Perhaps they are merging them together or maybe they are forgoing the Fireworks this year in attempt to promote social distancing? I am not certain how social distancing can be achieved in any theme park. Yes they can mark the ride queues where guests should stand and monitor guest flow in and out of the ride buildings, but how can social distancing be genuinely maintained on the midways and other common areas of the park? I'm hoping the park makes an announcement very soon before the end of the month for their reopening plans, and plans in general for the rest of the year. Season Passholders are supposedly going to be informed first (email blast maybe?) and then the general public. I'm really looking forward to getting back there soon (please!)
  10. Here is the "contact us" link with the form, but I am certain a response will be extremely delayed as the majority of their staff is currently furloughed. https://www.dollywood.com/Contact-Us
  11. If you recall the names, would you mind to share them here? Unfortunately, I did not receive the survey. Was one of the names UnderGrove Cavern? ~Thanks
  12. I suspected the ziplines were being taken away once all the signing was removed from the kiosk, as well as when it's web page was pulled. I still "wonder" why the Wonder Wheel was ever removed at the end of 2017, too. :**-( Could it be that phase 2 of WWG will bring a new ferris wheel to the park? Hmmmm....
  13. Thanks! Hopefully it’s still like that this year. Anyone know what’s up with Mystery Mine? I haven’t seen it open on any of the Dollywood wait time websites this whole weekend. Did Mystery Mine open today? The app no longer has wait times available if you are outside the park, obviously. Just curious, what is the url for the site that still list wait times?
  14. A dark ride might fit in the slide’s landing/entrance area possibly, if configured correctly. But the rest of the terrain would be wasted. However, I completely agree it’s time for a new indoor ride.
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