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  1. Don't expect much of anything this week outside of a few runs. Your not going to see a lot of extended testing until they turn it over to operations. Right now it's one test and then break out the computers.
  2. Saw my tweet got quoted here so thought I'd better chime in. Anything I tweet is second hand info and sometimes even more diluted. I tweet a lot of rumors cause they're fun and sometimes even inspire hope lol. With that being said the chances of me riding LR next week are less than 1 percent.
  3. I'll be there next Wednesday and Thursday for the first time in years. How have waits been during the week? As for LR I'm keeping a very positive vibe about it opening next week
  4. Most logical direction at this point is the removal of the current launch system for one from another company. I'd imagine a lot of the hardware and launch mechanics itself had to be ordered which is why we didn't see anything happening for a while. So if this is the case, were now going to witness all elements of the launch be removed, and then replaced. All new wiring and computers to integrate with the ride system, and then testing. Another thing to think about is if they are indeed replacing the entire launch system in favor of one from another company you better believe Dollywood paid out the rear for it. They want LR up and running much more than any of us. Its a biz and they're losing money everyday without it operating.
  5. DD will never happen at HW due to space constraints within the park. That ride takes up so much land and if you've been to Florida you know it attracts a fraction of the crowd it used too. These days it just doesn't have the appeal like it did when it was the main attraction in Merlins Woods.. As for dueling again aye.. But who knows until the next major refurb/rebuild comes hither..
  6. You may have just caught it on a bad day or got a bad train. I rode RRR about 15 times in a row (thanks single rider line!) on my visit to Orlando last fall and it was very smooth and comfortable. I was also bummed to see the Hulk in pieces but I am very excited for the rebuild. 15 times!!!! Good Lord!! I think whats even more shocking is your 39 years old!! I'm 31 and my body is like get me the hell off of this thing now! Respect..
  7. He works for the airlines, although it comes with restrictions because he has to be back at work by the next business day. As you saw by his time stamps he only has a very short amount of time at each place he visited. Personally, while I'd love to be able to fly for free, there is no way I'd want to fly across the globe only to have a few hours at my destinations as I really don't feel that's truly "experiencing" something when you're doing it in such a ridiculous whirlwind amount of time, but to each their own and I guess it's better than not being able to go at all? This is an accurate statement. I can understand why people think it's crazy and wouldn't want to do it in such a short time. The last sentence has some truth to it though, as I get to see or do things I never thought I would get to do or anytime in the near future with limited vacation time each year. I could be hit by a bus tomorrow so I can be glad I went, and at least I can discover some places I do want to go back and see (Japan, HK, Iceland, etc) so I can allocate fuller vacations to those spots and also find out some I really didn't care for (Spain). I really struggle with staying at home on the weekends, and while I am doing better about it in 2016 so far, hard to resist the urge sometimes especially holidays...need to move back to Orlando sometime I hate that it sounds boastful but it's just my life right now and I'm enjoying the ability while I can and have no family, etc. to stay home with. It's funny both of you guys said that! I found it to be no different than a typical B&M when it comes to "smoothness". Thought it ran great! Doesn't come across as boastful at all! I was merely asking because I'm the type of person (with wife permission lol) who will just do something like this. I think its neat is all. I've done it before with football games. Leave Sunday AM for Seattle (Go Hawks) game is at 5pm, catch the red eye and back to work at 9am Monday morning. Co-workers be like what did you do yesterday? I went to the game last night lol. Always loved the look on their faces. So again just to make it clear I wasn't calling you out as crazy or anything just interested in this type of quick travel.
  8. Perhaps they are waiting for parts from another company or better yet a RUSHED ORDER of an entire launch system.
  9. He works for the airlines, although it comes with restrictions because he has to be back at work by the next business day. As you saw by his time stamps he only has a very short amount of time at each place he visited. Personally, while I'd love to be able to fly for free, there is no way I'd want to fly across the globe only to have a few hours at my destinations as I really don't feel that's truly "experiencing" something when you're doing it in such a ridiculous whirlwind amount of time, but to each their own and I guess it's better than not being able to go at all? Thanks for the clarification Robb I appreciate it!
  10. Hope this does't come across as rude or intruding but I'm curious as to how much a quick trip like this costs?
  11. I envy those who will make the trip to experience this opening day / week. But on a serious note is anyone who is shelling out thousands to experience this park fear it won't be ready or not at 100%?
  12. We've booked our cabin for May 15-22nd and was hoping to get some advice from those who know Dollywood on here. We chose this week as school is still in session and its the last week of the year before the park is open 7 days a week. We plan on taking advantage of the evening access on Wednesday night and then being there all day Thursday. Does anyone know what type of crowds to expect during the week this time of year? In addition does anyone have any info on their Bluegrass and BBQ Festival? Finally does anyone have any basic recommendations for Dollywood? Any basic tips, tricks, or must do's, must eats?. I've been to Dollywood but its been about 10 years so a lot has changed. We're hosting 4 generations of family from 5 months to 85+ years of age so any info would be greatly appreciated.
  13. There are first for everything.. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Given the youth of RMC they were probably looking to give a younger and probably cheaper company a chance and it backfired. In the end Dollywood will have an amazing year and RMC is a company that is really turning heads in the industry. The only people that are essentially screwed because of this whole ordeal is Velocity. This was a big opportunity for them and they blew it, big time. Hopefully someone gives them a chance again down the road if they decide to try this again.
  14. Dollywood employs over 3500 people... This would equate to roughly 3 tenths of 1 percent... SHUT DOWN THE PARK WE AIN'T GOT NO ONE WORKING HERE TODAY!!!
  15. Love the pics, thank you for sharing! We will be heading out there in May and I cannot wait for this ride.
  16. Also False From the beginning, both USD and USS were always designed to have Revenge of the Mummy - both with track layouts virtually identical to USF To be fair, even though USD and USS share(d) the same track layout as USF, the show for USS is pretty different than the USF version. USS isn't about riding the movie like USF is and there's a lot of things Universal improved upon. Whether or not USD was going to be the same show as USF is up in the air since it was never built, but I can guarantee the track for Dubai was not used in the Singapore version. No offense EastCoastn7, but I'm listening the guy that worked at Universal and has first hand knowledge of the situation, in this case CoasterFEV. Hey no worries but now I'm curious, does this mean the story for Dubai Mummy was that of Orlando? Essentially a clone? Was it a one of kind that was never built? Please I'd love to know more, the Mummy is one of my all time favorites!
  17. I thought I read somewhere that some of the track for UAE's Revenge of the Mummy was actually manufactured and delivered to the construction site before the project stalled. So I feel like it's possible that some of the Hulk track for UAE could have been made already. Of course, they're different coasters and manufacturers though, so who knows? I don't even know if the story about Mummy is true- just read about it on another theme park site. Dubai Mummy became Singapore Mummy False. I should of been more specific as the ride that was planned for Dubai essentially picked up and moved to Singapore. The ride plans not specifically the track.
  18. I thought I read somewhere that some of the track for UAE's Revenge of the Mummy was actually manufactured and delivered to the construction site before the project stalled. So I feel like it's possible that some of the Hulk track for UAE could have been made already. Of course, they're different coasters and manufacturers though, so who knows? I don't even know if the story about Mummy is true- just read about it on another theme park site. Dubai Mummy became Singapore Mummy
  19. Outside of Harry Potter and the Tram Tour, the Incredible Hulk is the most recognizable attraction at any Universal Park in the world. Its the flagship, it sets the tone upon arrival, an unofficial mascot if I may. More than that though this is the most cycled B&M coaster on the planet that has been beyond efficient and incredibly reliable. They have no reason to risk ruining the experience or taking a chance with any other manufacturer on one of the worlds most recognizable roller coasters. And lets face it the last couple of vendors outside of Mack and Premier have been shaky at best... Mauer, Intamin (Gringotts), and Vekoma have all required MAJOR downtimes. Something that IOA / Universal Orlando cannot deal with right now. Its B&M folks... As for the track replacement rumors as to why and what not, I don't pretend to know the life span of a steel coaster. But what I do know is we should applaud Universal for investing the massive amount of capital into this amazing coaster. I mean they're fixing the ride experience that lets face it has become a little choppy over the last half decade. Can't go into details but the Incredible Hulk will steal Mako's thunder down the street. They're going all out on this...
  20. Couple of pics I took last night, sorry about the quality and lighting all I had was my phone for the pics. Guest view outside of main entrance to Reign of Kong Close Up! Another rock feature rising from the earth... Sapphire Falls going up quickly
  21. Tonight Show Fast and Furious Nintendo Potter Kong Marvel Jurassic World Seuss Hopes and dreams btw...
  22. I think its important to remember not everyone comes to the park just for rides. Many people especially those from Europe that spend 2+ weeks in Orlando actually treat their visit like a vacation. There is no rush to get all the rides done everyday. They may only spend 2 or 3 hours in the morning one day or just come for dinner and a few rides at night. To tell someone they're gonna be bored regardless of if it's Disney, Universal and so on isn't necessary. A person's vacation is exactly that, their vacation. Maybe they just love thrilling rides instead of thrilling family rides.. Maybe they got a cheap deal on a certain ticket enabling them more visits at Uni than Disney. Hell maybe they're Potter nuts? Anyways I hope the OP has a great time aND you enjoy being bored to death on what sounds like such a lame vacation with too much fun.. See how that comes across.. end rant.. Btw eat at Cowfish, Vivo, The Kitchen, and Tchoup Choup while your here.
  23. It will be it's own mini land. Expect a small food and beverage stand and a small kiosk type gift shop in the area as well. Surprisingly I do not expect an exit into a gift shop but rather a kiosk instead.
  24. These two things! Right here will save you HOURS in line. Great advice! I can't tell you how many times I've heard people bitch and complain how they weren't able to do anything at HHN and I ask them "when do you get to the event?" and they'll tell me "Oh, like an hour or so after it opened..." Well, DUH!!!! If you're not doing the Stay & Scream, you HAVE to be one of the first in line. And yes, you might be waiting an extra hour or maybe two on the front end for the event to open, but that will save you so many more hours on the back end! Listen to this dude, HTF. He knows what he's talking about. The getting there early thing is a must no matter what but people still show up at like 8 thinking they gonna stroll right in... Yeah no.. This is your future, you decide it! BTW thanks for the kudos Robb! Here is a visual representation of what were talking about... YOUR EARLY Your "on time"... Notice its still SUNNY OUT! YOUR LATE... Ok so the last one is from Woodstock but you get the idea.
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