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TEDodd

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  1. DW has had problems before. They had a license to play some songs in the park and got in trouble for performing them in a show because they didn't have a license for that. Here's one https://www.wbir.com/article/entertainment/dollywoods-response-to-song-lawsuit-yeah-we-used-it-but-we-did-nothing-wrong/51-08f13219-2155-4279-ae11-988c92271d2e
  2. Funny, but yes there are height restrictions. But they can usually get a waiver. As I recall Drop Line required a waiver.
  3. No. That's 2 or 3 people from each ride to help with rides than need a lot more people to operate and speed up operations for those rides with long lines. If closing Barnstormer and WPC speeds up popular rides like LR and WE, which do you think would be better for guest relations? That said I wish all of Owens Farm was more visible. Not much there anymore other than the bathrooms. Even the mill does most business downstairs now (I remember when upstairs was the main shop).
  4. I think it's staffing. Not the first ride I've seen closed with staffing given as the reason. A few days ago someone mentioned Whistle Punk Chase being closed for staffing. Just checked and the web site still show it closed.
  5. A long terrain following inverted coaster sounds like fun with the right terrain, no inversions required. Having been in a helicopter sitting in the doorway at 60kts and 100ft AGL following rivers and through mountain terrain, replicating that sort of experience with an inverted coaster really sounds good.
  6. There are lots of rides that aren't in Timesaver, but the big one are generally included. The bottom half of this page shows what Timersaver can be used with (rides and shows) https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Guest-Services/TimeSaver-Pass
  7. Well Thunderhead rides on a steel plate on top of the wood stack. Difference between topper is just the steel box replacing the upper layers of wood. Most people don't consider square/rectangular shapes tubes, tubes are circular, like a straw or pipe. But my point was it was designed with the same criteria used by traditional steel topped wood tracks. That's quite different from how round tubular steel designs (like TT, MM, FCE, and WE) are done. And that's the differentiation to me, not the track material or the support structure. Could it be done with traditional track. LR could ha
  8. They have lifted the mask rules. Masks are no longer REQUIRED. They might recommend or even request one but not required like before, entirely voluntary. Pretty simple to understand. They also stopped the other restrictions, no temperature checks, no reservations (no capacity limits), no distancing. Back to 2019 operations. Well except for allowing masks which I'm certain would not have been allowed before. But, while I refused to go to the park while masks were required, you are free to not go now that masks aren't.
  9. And it depends on how successful they are at getting employees at the park. Most businesses are severely short staffed and can't get people to work. Most of the waffle house restaurants here are carry out only because they don't have staff. A few only have half the tables in use (not the alternate tables capacity limits, a chain blocking one side of the restaurant). Even the local water park here may not open this season because they can't get people to work at the park. Neither concession nor lifeguards. Normal years they are fully hired for the summer in March.
  10. It'll always be a woodie to me. It was designed as such and will never compete with tubular steel coasters. Different design paradigms. As for night rides, it's s whole new beast. When overcast/no moon, the drop is into darkness and no light til the quad down.
  11. The real shame is the park won't be open after dark today. Night rides on LR are amazing, especially if a new moon or cloudy. You'll have to come back for one
  12. Having been in the I5 and 405 parking lots more than once (I don't fly to LAX if I can possibly help it) or the same on 295/495 and every other route north from JKF, Atlanta generally isn't bad. Not that it doesn't have it's moments, especially where 20 meets 75/85. Thankfully I come in from the west on I20 and avoid all of 75/85 going to SFOG. But I do have to go downtown often, just not during the week/workday.
  13. Guess it depends on you frame of reference and time of day/direction. Atlanta is bad compared to Nashville but isn't half bad compared to NYC or LA.
  14. GMA is broadcasting live from Dollywood. But GMA starts at 7am, runs 2 hours, and the park doesn't open until 10. https://www.wkrn.com/news/good-morning-america-to-broadcast-live-from-dollywood-wednesday/ So Dolly is in town and on the property. She could make an appearance at any time. Historically she makes appearances at the big indoor shows and the parades. Maybe the Westward Road show at the Pines Theater? Or Harmonies of the Heart at Dreamsong? I think she has shown up at Hartsong in the past too. I don't see anything in Celebrity and the Kingdom Heirs are off (Showst
  15. That's all companies should do. Their whole reason for existing is go make a profit. But it's short sighted to to put profit today over bigger profit tomorrow. Guest experience today is important for profits tomorrow. One sale today or multiple sales for years to come.
  16. yeh, like the multiple Kiss farewell tours. This was originally suppose to be last year (2020) and they pushed them all to 2021. Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett. As far as I know Mick will be there (he said so back in Nov 2019). He was supposed to release a solo album last year, so he's still playing fine. I don't expect him to be mobile though.
  17. Not just for the Kingdom Heirs, but they both like the music in general. From the live acts to the recorded music played elsewhere. And yes they go see the Kingdom Heirs along with other shows. My daughter's favorite live music at the park is the small Bluegrass groups. Like me they both listen to a wide range of music, not just the current pop charts. They'll go see Dolly in concert and then Poison, Cheap Trick, and Journey, then 21 Pilots and Imagine Dragons. We saw Blackberry Smoke last month and have tickets for Foreigner later this year. My son and I will see Motley Crue if
  18. Typically twice a year. Once in the spring and once at Christmas. Not sure what you mean by appealing to an older crowd. Me in my 40s? Or my son in his 20s or my teen who loves Dolly. I have a lot more disposable income to spend at DW now than I could have in my 20s.
  19. For every one like you there are a dozen that are the opposite. Changing the music (which fits the craftsman/country life vibe) would cause a lot to not come back. I suspect a lot more than would suddenly show up.
  20. That's the only cycle I've ever had on Drop Line. I knew others were possible, but never been on it when they were in use.
  21. Without Dolly the park wouldn't have had the traffic to justify the investment which further increased the traffic. I visited in the 80s ('88 or '89) from a town 350 miles away. Would not have happened without Dolly's name. Then more recently, 2012 took the family 5 hours to the Smokies but the prime draw was Dollywood, and it's kept us coming back multiple time a year since. If it was SDC it wouldn't have happened. My son and I would have gone to Six Flags for coasters and the family would have gone elsewhere since the girls (wife and daughter) had no interest in coasters. I've su
  22. Typo since it only one of 3 lines and the other two just say Dollywood. As nice as SDC is, Dolly is a big part of the draw and without it DW would just be a little regional park (like it was before she got involved). Just compare the activity in this thread to the SFC thread. This one might be 350 pages if it was SDC East instead of DW.
  23. Interestingly I didn't see the NE much different when I was CT and NYC back in October.
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