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  1. I too was thankful Dollywood was open Thanksgiving night. Weather was beautiful and the crowds were not too bad. Definitely put me in the Christmas Spirit. In my opinion Dollywood went above and beyond with the lights this year, especially Glacier Ridge... very well done!

     

    On a side note... coming down the quad down on Lightning Rod at night with the park all lit for Chistmas... magical!!

  2. Copperhead Strike is an excellent addition to the park! Love the hangtime in the inversions along with some great ejector moments especially towards the front of the train. Definitely my favorite of the three Mack launchers I've been on. The theming is top notch! Didnt they incorporate some of the que theming from a Scarowinds haunt? I might even like CHS better than Maverick (I know that's strong words).

     

    On a side note I love the new restraunt especially the rotisserie chicken with the "Copperhead Strike "hot" sauce" (it's not that hot just tasty). I also enjoy the Copperhead Strike IPA made especially by a local brewery (Sycamore) for the park.

     

    Unfortunately the gliders have been slowed considerably since the rehab. I'm glad to see them back however and providing thrills to many families in this great rethemed section of the park!

  3. I personally do not get all of the Scream Machine hate here lately. The ride is running better than it has in years. With the addition of the Cyclone trains you now have six chances to get a smoother ride rather than just 4 with the old trains. The track work they have done on the off season has also helped a lot. I find myself riding multiple times every visit this season and having a blast! Lots of ejector air in the back car (I mostly ride in row 11).

  4. I am very opposed to the Six Flags SEAS buyout rumor. I have always been a fan of all of the SEAS parks, and if there is a park other than Dollywood or SDC I would rather spend my day at in the US, it's a SEAS park. I am impressed with the hard work they have done over the past several years in their post Blackfish climate. Finally seeing them begin to turn things around is very rewarding to me. When you visit a SEAS park, you are given an impression that this corporation is actually out to benefit the greater good of our society, not just to make money. Yes, there is criticism of animals being contained and not being able to live in their natural habitats etc. But the education the parks promote to the general public I feel benefits all the animals that do live in the wild. Educating the public about all of their species is of great benefit to the species well being in the wild. I love how they are re-imagining these animal habitats. Not to mention all of the animal rescue efforts they have beefed up in recent years. The SEAS parks have immersive world class attractions. They are unique to the collection of US parks - more European park like in their imaginative attractions.

     

    When I enter a Six Flags anywhere in the country I see so much similarity. Not to mention that in the Six Flags parks, it is obvious the chain is concerned more about money making than guest experience. I was so disappointed in Discovery Kingdom, seeing that park last October was a complete letdown. Talking about dilapidated animal habitats, and seeming like they are not concerned for animal welfare. I really hope that Six Flags would concentrate and what they have, much like the SEAS parks have, rather than gobbling up these unique parks.

  5. As far as the Mountain Slidewinder is concerned, didn't Pete confirm that it is indeed not going away and removal of the signage is just something they routinely do? I have been to the park many times recently and the only thing missing from the ride is the signage. Everything else is still intact. Maybe they took it down for a refurb. The ride is quite popular with the locals and the coaster community alike. I don't feel like the park would remove it without announcing its closure first.

  6. Though the old style is more asthetically pleasing, it looks like the new style is less obstructing, giving you a better POV. Keep in mind too that the original design first lost its windshields, then headlights, tires etc. What was running prior to the closure in July the train was a shell of what it originally was.

     

    Are the new trunks on the train now also?

  7. Lined up outside the front gate awaiting my wristband for today's big announcement. I tried to drive over to the employee lot but didn't have the guts to pass the authorized personnel only sign. However L-rod's station lights are on and I swear I'm hearing it cycle every so often. Though I can't see anything from where I am in line. There may be hope!!

  8. Was at the park Saturday and rode the train. Saw the large area they are clearing. I'm excited to hear the plans for this site!

     

    On another note the locomotive operating was "Cinderella". Cinderella was supposed to be removed from operation in August for a refurb, and the other locomotive "Klondike Katie" was supposed to be put back into service. On a visit I had in August Katie was operating, but a problem forced the train to stall and an evacuation had to take place. Anyone know if Katie has been operating at all since? Looks like they might have had to put that locomotive back to rehab??

  9. The day after Thanksgiving and the Saturday after has traditionally been quite busy. About 10 years ago I went on that Friday and the park was mobbed. Last year however I went the Friday after and it really wasn't that bad. The good news is that the park plans well for it to be a busy day so everything is running at capacity.

     

    Not sure about the after 3 next day free ending in October, but many days for the Christmas fest the park doesn't even open until 2.

     

    As far as LRod... Knock on wood but it's doing much better. On busy days I've heard they are running two trains on it, though I haven't seen that yet. Of course the last couple visits the park was not busy so they only ran 1 train. I went Monday this week and got 9 rides on it .

  10. Problem is these complainers stay on the midways, and stay in the lines - unfortunately these people are never satisfied. The thing about Six Flags is that it is so affordable for everyone. $50 for a season pass which includes all Six Flags parks, White Water, and parking. $80 for a meal pass which includes 2 meals and a snack at all Six Flags Park$30 for an all season drink mug good at all Six Flags Parks. Those prices cannot be beat. Those prices bring crowds. Six Flags however has turned itself around from a struggling company to its current success. They have to be doing something right. When I go to Six Flags I just prepare for the crowds. Even with the large crowd this past weekend at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Labor Day weekend), the longest line we waited in in the main park was 30 minutes for Iron Rattler. In the water park we waited 60 minutes for Thunder Rapids which was to be expected.

     

    I personally am getting more and more excited for Twisted Cyclone. Be it a bit short, it is still going to back a big punch. Also there wont be a dull moment in the ride. The ride will be a blast from start to finish. I know sometimes us enthusiasts complain that some rides just have a bunch of "filler" moments. This will be a great addition to the park, and I am super excited!!

  11. So at the park yesterday I noticed Thunderhead was running one train, with the other train in pieces. Routine Maintenance or will we hear more tomorrow?

     

    Daredevil Falls has had a lot of downtime this season - it worries me that we might see this go. I would not be upset if River Battle went - not my fav, and its kind of "out of place."

     

    DollywoodLover asked what the new sound in the Tornado workshop is - Its the sound of storm sirens.

     

    MindbenderManiac waiting on tomorrow with baited breath!!

  12. What about them removing the Sky Rider in trade for something like a starflyer? In my opinion something like that would be great for the park. Drop Line gives amazing views, but many are scared to ride... DW needs a more family friendly attraction to show off the gorgeous surroundings.

     

    The main complaint I hear about DW is that it's losing it's charm and becoming more commercialized. I like the fact DW is growing. I went from visiting every so often to 10 plus times per year since the addition of WE. The coasters are great and all but it's the charm that keeps me returning. DW needs to continue to preserve the charm it always had while growing - keeping the old faves and the Craftsman is a must.

     

    On a side note, I visited the park today, had a great time! Tennessee Tornado has a different sounds playing in the workshop as you pass through... It's the small stuff people

  13. We walked down the tracks a bit for those that could... There were golf carts to take the those that couldn't. We emptied out onto a road off the preferred lot where you could walk back to the resort gate or take trams and trolleys they had for us.

     

    All in all it was an experience, the park did great to handle so many upset and hot people. They handed out free bottles of water and "all hands were on deck" to help out. Any free staff they had was up there helping.

  14. Well LRod has been running better for the past month, and now we are back to it breaking down more frequently as some of us on here expected to happen. This really has to be frustrating for everyone involved, guests and park alike. As far as the fluid you note under the bottom of the launch - it appears they have installed a misting cooling system for the launch. This is something I didn't notice until this year. The water from this will often leak into the road.

  15. So I figured out that apparently the drink plan was not put on my Platinum Pass correctly... So I have to call ValleyFair to get everything straightened (even though I already have and they gave me false info) out since Carowinds could do nothing since my PP is for ValleyFair... What a mess!!

     

    Anyway just spent the last two days at the park and had a blast. Love the new County Fair area, they really did a nice job with the expansion.

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