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Word has it that Lost River was officially Demo'd over the past couple days. Anyone got pics to confirm?

 

 

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

 

I truly do hope this isn't the case. We love that ride, and it is such a huge hit with the GP as well! I'll be super shocked if it really did get removed!

 

What would they even replace it with?!

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When we went on the last day of the Cowboy Festival, our bus driver announced that Lost River would be closing that day, and would be rebuilt and reopen for the 2020 season. So the park has confirmed it will be replaced with a new rapids ride. The rumour is that it will be similar to Infinity Falls.

 

So for all you speculators, don't expect a new coaster until 2022 at the earliest.

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At the ACE Coaster Christmas event, park manager Brad Thomas stated that they would announce this, and many other interesting things for the 60th anniversary (2020) throughout next year. I think the fact that this is a 60th anniversary addition bodes well. Riverblast was the 50th anniversary addition, and although not many people are in love with the ride itself, you can't deny that they put a lot of detail and care into it.

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At the ACE Coaster Christmas event, park manager Brad Thomas stated that they would announce this, and many other interesting things for the 60th anniversary (2020) throughout next year. I think the fact that this is a 60th anniversary addition bodes well. Riverblast was the 50th anniversary addition, and although not many people are in love with the ride itself, you can't deny that they put a lot of detail and care into it.

 

Agreed while I consider RiverBlast as meh. It is the most well themed of their "modern" rides.

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When we went on the last day of the Cowboy Festival, our bus driver announced that Lost River would be closing that day, and would be rebuilt and reopen for the 2020 season. So the park has confirmed it will be replaced with a new rapids ride. The rumour is that it will be similar to Infinity Falls.

 

I don't get it but... okay.

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^Lost River had a number of issues. It was actually a historical ride as one of the first, maybe THE first modern rapids ride. It was built back in 84/85 and was Intamin's prototype, or so I've been told. Not only was the channel old and leaky, but it lacked certain safety features with the loading setup since you loaded the boats in the water with other boats crashing into the back of the lineup.

 

It was such a popular ride though, there's no way they could just get rid of it. Hopefully they theme the heck out of it and set the standard for any other ride replacements to come.

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I do hope the key word IS "rebuilt". Not replaced. Keep the name and theme and expand on themeing the heck out of it. (as Shave mentioned above) Make the layout larger and keep elements such as the cave finale and the big "first drop" off the lift. Maybe shrink the lake size and add a bit of the layout out there.

 

I was really surprised this happened, I expected Fire In The Hole, American Plunge, or Flooded Mine to go first as they apparently have their own aging and maintenance issues.

 

Also note with the loss of this (and Waterboggen a few years ago) expect the summer ride lines for American Plunge and River Blast to be atrocious in 2019. lol

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I also posted this in the Dollywood thread but I figured I'd ask here too:

 

On the SDC website it says SDC passholders get half-off Dollywood tickets. That was part of what led me to buy a SDC pass earlier this year. Well my pass was stolen a while back and I haven't had it replaced, but I have my passholder number on the SDC app. Do I need to get a replacement pass from SDC first or is the passholder number enough? How should I go about getting the half-off Dollywood tickets or is it a lost cause because I waited too long?

 

I don't even see anywhere on the ticket purchasing website that gives the opportunity to purchase half-off tickets for SDC passholders. Is this something that happens at the front gate?

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^Thank you for the phone number! I called both parks and it does look like it's Dollywood's call and they might want the physical pass. SDC did say that Dollywood might want to call them to verify the pass so I have to make sure and bring my photo ID even if I had the pass. The Dollywood rep said it's no guarantee but I should check at Guest Services because they have the phone they could use to call SDC. Sounds like it might be a no-go because I waited too long and won't have time to get a new pass sent but it's worth a shot I guess.

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^Ah, thank you. I know there was some back and forth on whether or not it was a prototype of someone's. Everything I've seen points to it starting construction in 1984, so Astroworld would have it beat. I wonder if there's a list of the Intamin installations and their years? It might have been one of the first three, I would imagine. In any case, it was old... perhaps the oldest surviving installation?

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Thought I would share a little trip report, I went on Sunday (12/16) and to my surprise (and to the parks surprise) they were unexpectedly busy and staff were commenting that they have never have seen a Sunday (even at Christmas) this busy. It was like a Friday or Saturday night there. All the lots were near full and they rerouted the entrance to the back lot walkway (where the cave tour begins) and you enter the park by Browns Candy Factory. Got some rare views of Thunderation in operation seeing the trains run the lift hill and the final drop. Didn't get down to the construction/demo site by Lost River this trip though it was already dark when I arrived and couldn't see much down there anyways.

 

The Time Traveler & Thunderation area.

 

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The "Alternate" entrance used by the park on Sunday night with Thunderation operating just to our right in the pitch blackness.

 

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Flooded Mine as seen from the patio of the skillet restaurants.

 

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Christmas in Midtown in its 2nd year.

 

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And of course the Trains with engines #504 and #76 running rounds thru the night.

(1 hour wait time, so I skipped out this time)

 

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Was short on time for this trip so I am gonna try to head back up again just before or just after Christmas to close out the season.

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