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  1. Hey all, haven’t posted here in a while but we are planning to be at the park tomorrow and are trying to hit all the major rides. From experience are the lines usually bad on a Wednesday? We are planning to hit Steel Vengeance first of course then go over to Maverick with our logic being the lines wouldn’t be too too bad by then as most people will be heading for SV. If anyone has any tips for us or what order we should head towards the coasters, it would be much appreciated!! Thank you!
  2. Well, this looks awesome! I love how they decided to do the launch like that, and I can imagine some sustained airtime at the top. Oh, and that quadruple down - that looks like an airtime lover's dream
  3. Nice Video! Honestly, most people complain about Hydra's lack of positive G's, but IMO I actually like it a lot because it feels much different from the typical B&M floorless coaster. That barrel roll is also lots of fun even though people say it's gimmicky.
  4. Looking really nice! Thanks for sharing the photos!
  5. It was about the other comment about being a hater, but let's drop this and get back to Dollywood. As for that building, I would definitely see it as a station. It is a bit close, but I think that has to be the station, because what else would it be, and if it wasn't the station where would the actual station go? Also, weren't there some rumors of having the employee building removed? Since they don't have too much room there, I would expect the thing that is being built right now to be the station, but we'll have to see.
  6. I don't know if those comments are specifically directed towards me, but I apologize if there was any confusion in what I was trying to say. I was not trying to be a "hater" and change your opinion, I was merely just saying that the park will probably choose whatever wheel is more practical. I too would like to see steel wheels, for a more wooden coaster feel, but alas, the ride will still be awesome even if it runs with poly of nylon wheels. If Dollywood does use topper track, they do have that choice to use a steel wheel, and they did that with Outlaw Run, so they may continue that with Shot Rod. Fingers crossed.
  7. They've been running that price since at least last season, and outside the park they have permanent billboards advertising "$10 TODAY ONLY" For the accident, it's pretty scary, and the park or whoever owns the ride got extremely lucky the ride ops didn't pull the lever sooner or else the people on the ride would be dead probably. The scary part though, id that I was there a few weeks ago and we noticed some frays in the bungee system - nothing major, just some small cords from the casing (I think it was the casing) were hanging off about a foot from the bungee cord. While in the park you can definitely tell there are some really run down areas in terms of maintenance. On the brake run of Cyclops, the brakes completely move side to side when they are applied to the train, which is a bit scary. Oh, and there are areas where you can easily touch the Zeus track from a guest walkway, which was a bit shocking to me. This whole accident seemed waiting to happen with the amount of neglected maintenance issues in this park. I really hope they take this one into consideration and try to actually make sure their rides are kept up and are for sure safe. I've never seen anything quite like this park but the rides are still fun.
  8. They will run whatever wheels work best. El Toro runs poly wheels, don't worry about what wheels it will run. Agreed. While the steel wheels may make it feel slightly more "wooden", the difference while riding isn't huge. I don't really think it will make a difference in the ride experience at all, so don't get too hung up on it.
  9. I honestly cannot see any RMC topper track in that photo, and why would the park keep RMC track lying around there in a common location for all of us to see - they would want to keep it a secret, right? Could someone please point it out to me if they think they see it? ^Sorry to bother you, but could you fix your editing please? I think you meant to say: "I thought the definition of "wooden coaster" was laminated wooden track with flat steel running rails on top." in response to me instead of quoting that for me, which I didn't say, and quoting my entire post.. Thanks.
  10. Well, there's no official definition for a wood coaster, but with steel wheels, it's more likely to be considered wooden. However, Goliath is still considered wood and it runs with non steel wheels. Yes, topper track is the IBox track essentially, but it has the bottom part wooden instead of the steel IBox configuration. The steel running plate is about the thickness of two wooden boards, and is placed on top of about seven wooden boards. I agree with you how inversions can be overused, but on RMC coasters they really feel like hey belong there and are not gimmicky or feel like they shouldn't be there. I don't know if you've been on an RMC before, but what they are doing with a wooden track is incredible - the inversions feel natural, and the ride isn't centered around upside down moments either. There is also plenty of airtime and some wicked sideways wave turns as well as banked turns. First off, welcome to the forums!!! I do think that it may be possible to have multiple launches with the budget (that would be really cool!), but the park may use a chain lift and a launch combo instead of two launches. There's actually no way of knowing what combo of systems they are going to use to get the coaster going, but I could see either happening right now. But yes, IMO, I think it would be possible depending on how much the launches would cost and how much more they would cost than a traditional lift.
  11. ^Yes, Outlaw Run uses steel, and Goliath has either nylon or poly wheels.
  12. Agree completely. This is probably too early to call, but I think it could definitely be the best coaster of 2016. As for the inversions, I'm sure it will have some. RMC's are known for their inversions, and is Dollywood really going to invest in RMC and not put inversions on the coaster? That just seems like it would be a huge miss to me. Also, if this thing ends up costing around 20 million, I don't think it's going to be the "tame ride" specifically geared towards families. After Fire Chaser, it's time for a true thrill coaster to be the best at Dollywood. Shot Rod, with inversions and a launch can do that for the park and round out the lineup with two new things: inversions on a wooden coaster and a launch on a woodie. And even with some inversions, it's not like the ride would be that extreme to ride that kids would come off super scared. Trust me, when I went to Silver Dollar City, there were tons of kids riding Outlaw Run and they just loved it. I don't think that Shot Rod would be much more extreme than Outlaw Run other than the launch. That's just my opinion, though, but it definitely makes sense for the park to add inversions. For the change in the skyline, I think it will go a bit above the tree line, but only one or twice for the lift and drop and possible something else. If they keep a wooden structure which is in the rumors, it wouldn't really be that noticeable. Obviously a huge steel track and supports like Wild Eagle are noticeable, but the wood structure seems like it would blend in with the park and not be an obvious change to the park's skyline. For the rest of the layout, I definitely think it will follow the terrain, kind of like Outlaw Run.
  13. You could be onto something with that, but as of now I don't think that we can see that as a possible new structure for the ride. The lift also has that truss structure if you look closely, and I think it's more of a coincidence that it happened that way - they must have taken the part of the photo from Goliath, which has the truss like that, when they were simulating and photo shopping the coaster in there. I'm not saying it can't happen, as of now, I just think it's a coincidence and isn't solid proof of a metal truss structure.
  14. ^Still staying with this, haha - it's pretty much a terrain hugging coaster for some of the layout, which if it ends up like that I'll be happy. I definitely think it will have inversions though - I mean, why not?
  15. I don't think it's photoshopped... If you search something in the search box on the Dollywood website, it would direct you to the search results, which the leak, fake or not, looks identical to the search terms (btw, I embedded an image below with results for mystery mine just to see what it looks like). If something was leaked, it would make sense for it to show up the way it did, so as of right now, I think it may be real but that's just my opinion. As for the typos, those definetely aren't easily maken typos so I don't know if those were intentional and this was fake or if they could have just been by accident and not caught and corrected. They are hard to make out though so maybe they just slipped by the eyes of a proofreader. And it's not like they were going to be looking too hard because this wouldn't be about to release - they would have plenty time later to edit it. They also had some other things in there that they wouldn't have had if this was ready to go and release (ie. HI RES, LO RES terms), so I don't think it was meant to be released and was not an intentional leak or fake. Would the park or someone else be that evil to photoshop something or fake it? And also, it wouldn't make sense for the park to release this intentionally or as a fake because they want to keep the hype up for this and not let the details trickle out... That's just my opinion though.
  16. Ok, that's exciting we have a bit of confirmation, but it's a bummer that we might have to wait a bit longer Not that big of a deal, though - the hype should definitely build with two announcements! And with that little leak, I'm pretty sure we have further confirmation of a non racing woodie because if it was racing they would have put the title as "first racing launched wooden coaster" Also, the topper track is probably what they will use because they cannot market IBox as wooden.
  17. I would think they would go with straight poly wheels. Goliath at SFGAM runs with Poly I believe, the only thing they would have to watch out for is the speed loss, like on Goliath. Yes, that is correct, the IBox can only run poly wheels (or whaterver other non metal material they use ) As for the speed, I think they are definitely going to need a flying launch in there because Goliath at Great America pretty much has no speed left when it goes into the brakes. For a twenty million dollar coaster, I would expect longer track even than Goliath, so that means there could be a lift and launch combo to actually make sure the train gets through the course. Another thought of mine is that they could only possibly do a flying launch and not a straight up 0-top speed in however many seconds. The reason that pops up in my mind why they couldn't so that is the trains that they use. The current RMC design has no sort of headrest, and if the launch is going to accelerate pretty fast from a standstill, I would imagine it could give riders some sort of whiplash. The flying launch would still work because it would be a gentler acceleration, because the train was already moving, and is just being sped up. I guess that could get around that issue by redesigning some trains, but they might not want to go back to the drawing board and do that. No headrests...
  18. Or maybe they can have that launch track orange to be the "flames"
  19. ^I mean, that could definitely be a possibility. The short clip that they showed at that enthusiast event with the dropping license plate did have a car that was black with flames
  20. Yes! I love that color and really think it goes well with the area. Kind of like the color of Texas Giant's trains, so maybe a train color could be red because the two colors pair well. awesome color combination Source: http://www.guidetosfot.com/attractions/coasters/texasgiant/
  21. Same. Or maybe a red (I know it's overused), but it would go great with the theme of the section Dollywood is putting this coaster in. I totally agree! Kind of like that video I posted a few pages back, a launch and a lift would be nice to have. I may be wrong on this, but I think there definitely would need to be some sort of second propulsion element to actually have the coaster go through the track at a decent speed. I haven't seen the site first hand and don't know exactly how large the site is, but if the track goes through the entire site and follows the terrain, it seems like it would need something to boost the speed part way through the course.
  22. I'm sorry, it's just that I'm pretty sure we're all trying to speculate on which track is the best for Dollywood. It's all part of the geeky coaster enthusiast process
  23. True, but if they use IBox, they can't really market it as a wooden ride. To the GP it may seem wooden, but Dollywood could run into some problems if they market it as wood - the same thing happened with the New Texas Giant (this type of track does not classify as a wood ride). But yes, it won't really matter in the grand scheme of things. I just think it would be smart for Dollywood to use topper track so they can actually market it as the first launched woodie.
  24. ^That's probably true, lol. I know someone said this before, but honestly, the whole experience will still mostly feel the same. With a full topper track coaster, they can use steel wheels to make it feel like a wooden coaster, which might be important given most of their coasters are steel at Dollywood. However, with the Hybrid track, they can only use the poly wheels, which really make it feel like a steel ride. While I would prefer topper track, it wont really make too much of a difference either way. I still feel like the topper would give it an extra marketing push over the hybrid. I mean, the GP probably wont care really which track it uses, but in their mind the launched wooden coater that is the FIRST of it's kind will probably stand out more than just another launched ride at Dollywood. For the enthusiasts, it doesn't make a whole lot of difference, but I would definitely get more excited if it's the topper track thing because that's something truly innovative and special.
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