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  1. I doubt you'll notice a difference. Same profile and the old track is to new to have much wear. If anything it might be more intense with the new track (less track flex so curves are tighter and less drag from the deformation)
  2. Hoping for good weather then. I'd like to see it open all season. It'd be nice to have a win.
  3. I saw the pic. My question was where is that. Someone suggested the old wagon shop (short time pottery shop)
  4. Oh, the wagon shop. Which reminds me of my earlier comments about craftsmen. Not just a different craftsman there, but one less. Most of the craftsmen are gone now, just selling stuff made off site, and most not had made either. Which do we loose next? Glass blower? Candle maker? The belt guy? (Didn't he do more than belts in the past?)
  5. Just saw this https://blog.dollywood.com/index.php/2021/01/14/january-2021-whats-happening-at-dollywood-this-off-season/ Wonder where they are moving the blacksmith to.
  6. Supposed to always stop at the line to the far right of the station. They do the same at all the stops, they always pull to the line.
  7. I never found it bad or madness , just long waits and some random people that couldn't follow the "rules." So I'd avoid it if it looked like more that 2 or 3 trams. Did a long wait before they redid the loading area (and moved the lot C stop) and it wasn't bad, but the new area doesn't seem to work as well.
  8. I usually pay the upcharge for Preferred parking. The hill is a b*tch at the end of a long day but beats waiting on the tram. But since they increased the upcharge I've used normal parking on slow days (when I usually visit) and when I get there early enough.
  9. This has nothing to do with SARS-CoV-2. The craftsmen I talked to in 2018/2019 said DW wasn't as good to work with vs the past. Charging higher fees, larger percentages of sales, and overall making it less hospitable. A few that were there in '18 said they weren't coming back in '19 and they didn't. I started noticing it before the illuminights stuff was started. Much like the decline of world craftsmen and food during Festival of Nations in recent years.
  10. Could be, I just noted their absence as they are personal favorites. They've already screwed up the harvest festival, with few craftsmen around and not featured like in the past.
  11. Topper track is the same size as regular wood track like Thunderhead. They remove the top two layers (2" lumber) and replace it with the steel tube. Underneath it's the same six layers of 2" lumber as traditional wood track. It was designed as a refit. Remove the top layer and install the topper. The whole point of topper is to mimic the dimensions of traditional track. RMC has even done partial refits. So a few sections of topper and the rest traditional wood track. Cyclone at SFNE was one. Went several years like that before getting I-box. And I've seen no coaster with topper track calle
  12. The first of it's kind launch wasn't the problem. The fastest wooden coaster and the extreme elements are. Yet there's a steel plate on top of the wood. The whole length of Thunderhead. LR was never called hybrid until you chimed in after the rumors of it getting some I-box track. Now magically all the wooden coasters with topper track are reclassified as hybrid?
  13. I'm sure DW had a lot of input, pushing the limits for a record setter. I'm sure all involved thought it'd be OK. On the edge sure, but OK and the computer simulations agreed. They were wrong. Something wasn't modeled directly, some variable was off, etc. I'm a test engineer and can't tell you how many times I saw a product work in simulation but not real life. Or the dozens of adjustable parts are included to allow some adjustments without having to remake lots of parts. We can make better assessments by looking at what changes once done. But my guess is a few elements could be toned down
  14. The recent downtime (most of 2020) appears to be related to the track. And we know they did some work last year too.
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