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  1. Walt Disney. OMG, I had completely neglected to think of him and it was so obvious. Thanks.
  2. In another thread today, I was posting about Dollywood and had a thought. As far as I know, Dolly Parton is the only celebrity who has invested and been involved with theme park ownership/managment. Can anyone think of any other celebrities who have been involved in the theme park business?
  3. Yes, being from Nashville, I consider Dollywood to my home park. And perhaps I am biased because I love country music and Dolly Parton, and the Smoky Mountains and the culture there. But it is my favorite park and the one I enjoy researching the most. I also think it's rather interesting that a celebrity like Dolly was wise enough to realize the benefits of a theme park. Can anybody think of any other celebrity owned theme park? I have tried, but can't think of any. This is what makes this park so unique in my humble opinion.
  4. I am so glad that they are finally building a major coaster on the front side of the park. I think it will really help with crowd control and the park will feel more balanced. Amazing to see how this park has grown.
  5. Yes, I agree. Looks good, but a splash or tunnel would add a lot.
  6. I think Dollywood is definitely building the better coaster, but Storm Chaser still looks to be an amazing ride. And it features inversions, which Lightning Rod does not. Both coasters will be excellent and hopefully will be successful investments for their respective parks. It is an embarrassment of riches to consider that each of these coasters is only about 3 hours away from me. 2016 is going to be a good year!!!
  7. OMG! That looks so freaking awesome and kind of scary....lol. This amazing picture makes me wonder if anyone knows the height difference from the top of the quadruple down to the bottom, as it looks rather substantial in this picture and if I am understanding correctly, it comes at the end of the ride. That makes for one hell of a finale. That is mid-track, Alan calls that the "Twist and Shout" the Quadruple Down is further down the ride. There is an airtime hill before that and then a non-inversion half loop. Thank you so much for responding and clarifying. I appreciate the information and am so excited about this ride!!!
  8. I know, right!?!? I seriously question the validity of anyone who says they hate Dolly. She is about as real as they get.....even with all her fake parts. And I would love to have her personality....so bubbly and funny.
  9. OMG! That looks so freaking awesome and kind of scary....lol. This amazing picture makes me wonder if anyone knows the height difference from the top of the quadruple down to the bottom, as it looks rather substantial in this picture and if I am understanding correctly, it comes at the end of the ride. That makes for one hell of a finale.
  10. Very excited for this ride. The animation looked mind-blowing. And a quadruple down??? OMG!!!!!
  11. Frequent additions are a sign of success. Makes perfect sense to me.
  12. Looks awesome to me, but I can't see this being feasible. Wouldn't the risk of someone slipping and hurting themselves be too high? And wouldn't that make it expensive for water parks to insure?
  13. I am so completely unsure of what to think. Personally, I would rather have a single track coaster with a lot of length and longer ride time, something epic. But I'm not going to complain if it is a racing/dueling coaster. If it's RMC, it will be good. I am just happy to see Dollywood continue to evolve into one of the best theme parks in America.
  14. I absolutely adore Thunderhead. Yes, it is a little rough at times, but that is what I expect from a wooden coaster. The out-of-control feeling is what makes woodies so awesome!!!!
  15. Opryland. I went twice in my first year of college in Nashville, but never expecting it would close, I did not appreciate it the way I would now.
  16. I think it's a great theme and a great way to make the park more cohesive.
  17. Looks great! So happy to see this park coming back to life more and more each season!
  18. I hope that whatever they do to Mean Streak, they keep the aesthetic quality of the ride. Whether the ride is good or bad, it is visually stunning. Truly one of the most beautiful wooden roller coasters I've ever seen.
  19. Sorry to hear about your bad experience. After visiting parks like Dollywood, Holiday World and recently Canobie Lake Park where the customer service is superior, I can truly say that I hope Kentucky Kingdom does something to correct this. I have heard and read countless reviews saying employees are rude, unenthusiastic and slow. This park has potential, but will not succeed if they don't find a way to make their employees smile and engage with guests. You can almost forgive a long wait in line if the employees make you feel welcome.
  20. I like the name 'Lightning Rod". I just think it sounds appropriate for a Dollywood attraction. Not crazy about the name "Shot Rod"...whenever I tell people about it, I have to explain the play on words and the theme of that area of the park. Whatever the name is, I'm sure it will be an excellent coaster that lives up to Dollywood's always high standards. This is truly a GREAT park!!!! Can't wait for the announcement.
  21. I was there on July 3 and was only able to see two survey markers. But it was a great visit. We waited for Yankee Cannonball for 30 minutes, but only 5 minutes for Untamed, The Pirate Ship and Log Ride. About 15 minutes for The Haunted Mine and Corkscrew. The staff was amazingly friendly!!! Canobie was the first amusement park I ever experienced when I was a young boy, and coming back to it 25 years later at the age of 36 was an extremely wonderful and nostalgic experience.
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