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  1. What you said makes total sense, but I didn't get that from what was said in the email. I about had a heart attack and I read it like 4 times. I wish it said, "however many months we continue to be closed in 2020, we will allow those exact amount of months missed in 2020 to be valid for 2021." Ehh, what I just said is kind of confusing too... To your case in point, I am way overthinking this now and it's starting to make my head hurt.
  2. I just received the email from BG & SeaWorld and I'm not understanding this statement about my annual membership for 2020. As stated in the email, "We are automatically extending all active Annual Passes and Membership products to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for the length of time in which the parks remain closed." That being said, I don't see the parks opening anytime soon, so will it just renew for 2021? If the park never opens for 2020, will I be screwed and not be refunded my money for my 2020 annual membership? What happens if the park finally opens in September/October... I mean thats like only 1 month I can visit the park before it closes for the year. That would suck to have paid all that money to be able to visit the park for 1 month. Am I overthinking it or something? The email is just very vague and I have a ton of questions.
  3. My summarized trip report of the coasters from Dollywood... My first ever trip. Thanks again and shoutout to everyone who helped me plan my trip on this site/forum. Okay this park is freaking amazing! Rained the whole time on Saturday (and weekend pretty much) and everything was still open all day (yes, even LR!!!). Highly recommend the unlimited fastpass thingy when visiting. Valet parking was awesome because of the rain and they brought my car right to us and didn't get any more wet than we already were. Food was the best I have had in an amusement park and the cinnamon bread... Yeah that is crack cocaine as well as Grandma Gee's (or whatever her name is that is the grandma that bakes biscuits and has been for 10000 years) garlic butter biscuits. I ate 6 biscuits and a loaf of cinnamon bread by myself on top of my meal. Okay coasters... Rain=pins and needles piercing your skin when riding a coaster (this was for all of them) LR- 6x on this thing (1st ride in the front, the rest in the back) This coaster is bad a$$! Way better in the back in my opinion and the quadruple down is absurd (in an awesome way). Yes I think SV is better, but only because of length. Girlfriend agrees. My shins and lower back are sore still... lol Thunderhead- 4x on this and it's amazing. Every park should have a wooden coaster like this is all I will say about it. I get why is was ranked #1 coaster for so long back in the day. Wild Eagle- 3x and the first drop in the back is great. Great wing coaster and the beginning and middle I think is better than Gatekeeper. Length of it make me like Gatekeeper a tad bit more. Amazing wing coaster though. Well, amazing coaster in general I meant to say as well. Dragonflier- Front row 2x and back row 1x. This was awesome! I like how it's suspended and just a lap bar. Very comfortable seats and lap bars. There was a family and had 2 kids (10yr old and about a 5yr old- i'm guessing). 10yr old chickened out, got off the ride and started crying and made a scene, and the 5yr old stayed on and was her first coaster ever. She looked sooooo scared, but her dad had her hand and she went off and didn't look back as they ascended up the lift hill. She came back with the biggest smile on her face and looked at everyone in the queue, "that was fun daddy let's do it again! Brandon you're a scaredie cat!!!" everyone died laughing and Brandon had another breakdown and was embarrassed and now his younger sister owns him! LOL So funny!!! Mystery Mine- 3x. Surprisingly very fun minus the length, but noticing this is Dollywood and doesn't probably have the budget for a longer coaster. Very comfortable seats and the bulky OTSR are very comfortable too and still give you room for airtime, etc Firechaser Express- 2x... I was actually disappointed a little. Didn't realize it was going to be such a family coaster. I was expecting like a Verbolten or something for some reason. Going backwards is very cool though and I liked the launches. Tennessee Tornado- 2x... Smoothest Arrow in the history of Arrow and loved the first and 2nd loop. 3rd inversion felt very much like Anaconda at KD. Still, it was smooth and I didn't feel like I wanted to die when I got off. The first drop was awesome that it was in a tunnel. Blazing Fury- I didn't ride it because I didn't know about it until I just googled Dollywood to remind myself which coasters we went on while we were there. SMH!!! LOL Anyway, I highly recommend this park to everyone. Not only is the park one of my favorites now, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg is awesome! Tram was awesome, Alpine coaster was great, the new suspended bridge at Skypark is awesome, tons of stuff to do, go carts galore, restaurants galore! Married with kids, married with no kids, not married, single, whatever... doesn't matter. Head to Pigeon Forge for a long weekend and check out Dollywood and Pigeon Forge! Well worth it!
  4. Regular is 10 total uses, once on LR (actually 2 if you don't use on Dropline). The spaces get punched out as used. https://dollywoodmagic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IMG_0553-768x1024.jpg Unlimited is unlimited, all rides. No punches to track usage. http://www.5wills.net/wow_pictures/pigeon_forge/IMG_2550.jpg Hells yeah! That just made my day! For some reason I was thinking unlimited on everything except LR.
  5. LOL... Well I went ahead and purchased valet parking, tickets, and unlimited timesaver passes for Saturday even though the weather is going to suck. Looks like it's only going to rain/storm in the early morning and then just cloudy all afternoon until the rain/storms pick back up at night. Question about unlimited timesaver... I can only use it one time for LR or is it unlimited? I was confused when looking on their website explaining the difference between regular and unlimited.
  6. I can only pray to weather and coaster gods for Saturday! Should we ride the front row or back row on LR for our first ride? I'm always a fan of the back row, but with the modifications they have done to the trains, I'm wondering if the front is now the best...
  7. Soooooo, I am making my first ever trip to Dollywood this weekend and it's basically 70%-90% thunderstorms all weekend. That being said and of course it would be like this because I have the worst luck, does the park shut down or do you think I will be able to sneak in a ride on Lightning Rod? Thoughts and feelings?!?!? Luckily I heard Dollywood has fantastic shows and food to experience during the rain/storms.
  8. Out of curiosity, I was wondering if SV is running all three trains now?
  9. My friend sent me a pic of Buckethead playing at The National in Richmond, VA and it seems his promo photo for the show has a mural of what looks like to be Valravn (maybe Griffon) in the background... I'm thinking Valravn because Intamin track is in the background too which could be MF. HAHA, anyway I thought it was pretty funny and interesting. Buckethead's promo photo for the concert at The National tonight in Richmond, VA
  10. Awesome trip report! I just booked a weekend trip to Dollywood for June 7th through June 9th and this will be my first ever visit to the park (Saturday June 8th will be spent at the park). I have 4 questions... Best restaurants at Dollywood? Go! Best shows at Dollywood? Go! Best seat on LR (front or back)? Go! Cool things to do outside of Dollywood? Go! I appreciate the feedback ya'll! Thanks!
  11. Looks like I'm going to have to buy the platinum pass to Busch Gardens in 2020! Holy expensive, but worth it for the new speculated spiked multi-launched giga! And then get to travel to BGT for RMC Gwazi! BG has officially stepped their game up on top of already stepping their game up. This new BGW 2020 coaster might turn out to be a top 10 as well as RMC Gwazi... I'm so shocked and excited about 2020
  12. And by "Head of Maintenance" she meant former board operator....? Your part was awesome and well said, Kudos! LOLOLOL, that's why I put it in quotations because it sounded far fetched or more than likely I heard her wrong. Kristin, the reporter, did make her own conclusion that the mountain will definitely not be staying after digging around during her report and interviews. She called KD directly and they obviously declined to comment on anything. I don't know who else she interviewed to come up with that conclusion, but I think it's coming down too because it would make it so much easier to dismantle the coaster. Also, it would have to be more cost effective as well I would assume... Anyway, what the heck do I know... She didn't even want to put my name at the bottom of the screen
  13. Pretty cool they spoke to you. . tho doesn't say why? do they just know around the office you're a coaster fan, and so talked to you about it? (they don't identify you via chyron, so wondering) Yeah, the woman who did the story is friends with a lot of my friends on Facebook and they referred me to her. I don't think they gave me a title because I have never been in an official roller coaster club which I have always wanted to join. That being said, I am not the that credible of a source and more of a huge coaster fan (almost like GP status) being interviewed.
  14. Here is the official article and story posted by Channel 8 news... I'm the guy in the striped orange shirt. www.wric.com/news/local-news/iconic-kings-dominion-volcano-roller-coaster-grounded-for-good/1773831978?fbclid=IwAR03g_ZmcGBx3mH0H_dSdXyt3AS8oS5x0trn-gAIzd--vSZB3iC1VCFagLQ
  15. Richmond's local news station, Channel 8 News, just came by my work to interview me on my thoughts of the closing and removal of Volcano. Kristin Smith Dunlop interviewed me and she said that story will be on the 6pm news tonight. After the interview, she told me she also interviewed the "Head of Maintenance" of the ride and he gave a more detailed description, reason, and problems that were involved with the closing and removal of the coaster. I have never uploaded a photo or video before on this website, so I'll do my best to record the interview/story tonight and upload it to this thread. Anyone else in the Richmond area can film it or upload it too. I'm pretty sure I'll mess it up somehow when trying to post it. I must admit a was a little nervous during the interview so don't judge me too much!
  16. Source: https://attractionsmagazine.com/six-flags-world-series-bet/ As much as I'd rather have the Red Sox win (Jackie Bradley Jr. is a down to Earth class act from my hometown Richmond, VA), the next 3 games will be held in LA, so this series can swing in the opposite direction very quickly. Go Braves, chop on! Watched the Braves play on my trip to CP back in August at Chickie and Pete's or whatever that place is called. The pitcher threw at Acuna and took him out of the game just because he is awesome! Ughhhh! Great tasting cheesesteaks made my anger go away and then I washed it down with a nice cold beer and a ride on Valravn in the rain. Edit- my mistake, I forgot this was a SFMM thread and not CP. Can't wait for SFMM next year for the new ride!!!
  17. I was curious on when they will start construction on Finnegan's Flyer? Also, has anyone ever been on one of these smaller versions of this swing ride? I've only been on Skyhawk at CP and that thing is absolutely amazing! I know this is smaller and not as fast, but I am hoping it will be similar to Skyhawk. I think it swinging over the river will make this a very unique experience and add to it's intensity
  18. Absolutely! I'm definitely making a return trip to BGT in 2020. This announcement kinda makes me jelly that they didn't hint at BGW 2020 plans since it's my home park and all...
  19. I was at CP two weeks ago and they made me empty my pockets before I crossed over into the FL+ line... They are taking this cell phone thing pretty serious!
  20. Oh lord, 10 minutes!!! I wish I could go back... SV is my new #1 and the night rides are insane!!! I'm pretty sure I have turned my girlfriend into a coaster nerd. Her and all my friends make fun of me constantly, but her first trip to CP this past weekend shut her up. Quote unquote, "I kinda get it now... You trying to plan a trip next year?!?" Surprisingly, she fell in love with TTD, but SV is her new #1 (Fury 325 is now #2, Millennium Force is #3). She doesn't think TTD should be considered a coaster because it's too short (same with Wicked Twister). So her favorite "ride" was TTD, but favorite "coaster" is SV. Her coaster credits are up there too since we have been dating and she has been on a crap ton of coasters. So she does have some coaster cred when making her review. Things we took away from our trip... 1. FL+ is a must (thanks for the recommendation) 2. Melt was amazing (thanks for the recommendation) 3. The meal plan that came with our 2 Day Plus passes was an amazing deal (can eat every 90 min) 4. I've never seen so much rain in 6 hours (last Friday's storm) 5. The pix deal that came with our passes are a must if you like photos 6. Econo Lodge South was updated and very nice for a motel. Right down the rode from CP. We will be staying there again. $100/night 7. FL+ is a must (I think I already said that) 8. They need FL+ entry to Chick-fil-a LOL 9. I like the B&M new restraints on Valravn and Gatekeeper. Very comfortable 10. The All Day Drink deal was worth it because it kept us hydrated throughout the day and you can refill every 15 min. 11. Don't ride a coaster in the rain!!! It feels like getting stabbed by 10000000 needles 12. Don't ride SV in the front at night... The mosquitoes!!! I ate 46 of them and 11 went in both my eyes 13. FL+ is a must
  21. I logged 36,000+ steps and a little over 20 miles of walking this weekend at CP. An amusement park is a great way to get out and lose some weight if you hate going to the gym. Especially if you have a seasons pass to your local park. Just go to the park and have a nice steady walk to each ride and you can lose some weight that way. I lost 5lbs this weekend from my amusement park workout. I was 6'0 200lbs going into this past weekend and weighed myself yesterday morning and I was 195lbs. My height is still 6'0 though
  22. Yes, very true and that's when I'll start getting my drink on when it rains... But you have no idea the bad luck I have! 1. I'm always the next in line at Maverick when the ride ops decide load a new train... Then I have to wait for the loading and a full cycle of trains!!! UGHHH 2. I'm always the next in line at Raptor when some VIP gets to choose where they would like to sit and they always select my lane!!! 3. I'm always the next in line for TTD and there is a roll back... I was one train away from getting my first roll back and then it was because of some issue and there is a 4 hour delay 4. I'm always in MF's line and then 4000000 teenagers cut the line and say their friends are in front of me and make up some lame excuse! Last but not least 5. Steel Vengeance will be closed all weekend because I'm coming to CP for the first time in 11 years just for this ride and of course all of their other world class coasters because it is in my opinion the greatest place in the world! HAHAHA, clearly I'm kidding, but my luck sucks!!!
  23. Enjoy! Both days this weekend look amazing from a weather standpoint. Thank you! Oh nice! Thank you for the heads up. I had checked yesterday and they were forecasting 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms. Today the forecast is looking way better. We are going Friday and Saturday and already purchased the FL+ for both days. I haven't done crap at work all day but stare at Sandusky weather updates and read the blogs about Canada Wonderland. Friday's 50% chance of scattered t-storms is scaring me, but I am praying to the weather gods to help me out! Saturday looks amazing! Fingers crossed for Friday
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