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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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Hey everybody!

 

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

 

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

 

--Robb

 

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2005

April 3rd, 2005 - Dolly Parton gives away 1,600 Annual Passes good for 20 years - SEE BELOW!

June 7th, 2005 - leaked artwork for 2006 and 2007 additions

July 7th, 2005 - Timber Tower announced

July 28th, 2005 - Waterpark expansion in 2006

 

2006

March 30th, 2006 - 130 foot coaster coming to Dollywood

July 7th 2006 - Mystery Mine Official Announcement

July 19th, 2006 - Dollywood get Lo-Q

 

2007

Mystery Mine Construction Photos

June 17, 2007 - Topple Tower strands riders for 3 hours

July 19th, 2007 - River Battle announced for 2008

 

2008

August 1st, 2008 - Adventure Mountain Concept Art

October 10th, 2008 - Construction Halted on Adventure Mountain

 

2009

March 30th, 2009 - SkyZip officially announced

April 3rd, 2009 - SkyZip Construction Update

October 25th, 2009 - Adventure Mountain Construction Update

November 4th, 2009 - Details of 2009 Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 24th, 2009 - Another Adventure Mountain Construction Update

 

2010

March 30th, 2010 - Adventure Mountain Opening Press Release

August 1st, 2010 - Barnstormer officially announced for 2011

August 5th, 2010 - Brief Dollywood Nights Trip Report

November 16th, 2010 - Dollywood wins the 2010 Applause Award

 

2011

February 10th, 2011 - Barnstormer Construction Update

March 8th, 2011 - 2011 Season Press Release

March 12th, 2011 - Dollywood announces 3-year extension with Lo-Q

March 21st, 2011 - First Media Story on 2012 Coaster (Wild Eagle)

March 24th, 2011 - 2012 Coaster (Wild Eagle) Approved by City Planners

March 27th, 2011 - Barnstormer and General Park Trip Report

April 7th, 2011 - Article About Dollywood's Resort Plans

May 24th, 2011 - 2012 Project (Wild Eagle) Construction Update

June 6th, 2011- Blue B&M Track is spotted en route to Dollywood!

August 20th, 2011 - Dollywood to announce 2012 Project at Boomsday!

September 4th, 2011 - Wild Eagle Official Press Release

September 5th, 2011 - TPR's Official Wild Eagle Announcement and Construction Update!

October 9th, 2011 - Brief Media Article Regarding Dollywood's Troubles with Timber Tower

October 16th, 2011 - Wild Eagle Construction Update

November 2nd, 2011 - Press Release About Track Completion with Virtual Ride Animation

November 12th, 2011 - TPR's Backstage Construction Tour of Wild Eagle

November 22nd, 2011 - Dollywood Entertainment wins Two Brass Ring Awards

December 21st, 2011 - Wild Eagle Construction Update and More!

 

2012

January 6th, 2012 - New 'From Egg to Eagle' posted, teases train arrival

January 25th, 2012 - Wild Eagle Media Construction Tour!

February 7th, 2012 - Video of Wild Eagle Testing!

February 11th, 2012 - Timber Tower likely never to reopen.

February 25th, 2012 - New Egg to Eagle Update from Dollywood!

February 27th, 2012 - Installation of World's Largest Metal Eagle Sculpture

March 5th, 2012 - A sneak peak at Wild Eagle's Loading Station and Control Panel!

March 23rd, 2012 - Wild Eagle Media Day!

June 16th, 2012 - RiverRush announced for Splash Country in 2013!

June 16th, 2012 - National Roller Coaster Museum traveling exhibit at Dollywood through Septmber 16th

August 22nd, 2012 - Dollywood Company President Ken Bell retires

October 19th, 2012 - New offerings for 2013 season announced!

December 10th, 2012 - Adventure Mountain & Imagination Cinema out for 2013 season?

December 10th, 2012 - Adventure Mountain removal confirmed!

 

2013

January 22, 2013 - Lo-Q coming to Splash County in 2013!

August 21st - Fire Chaser Express Announced for 2014 along with Dreammore Resort for 2015

October 7th, 2013 - Full POV video of FireChaser Express!

December 20, 2013 - Firechaser Express construction photos

 

2014

March 22, 2014 - Firechaser Express Media Day

October 23rd, 2014 - Update on DreamMore Resort

 

2015

July 27th, 2015 - Dollywood DreamMore Resort Officially Opens

August 7th, 2015 - Lightning Rod, world's first launched wooden coaster announced

December 28th, 2015 - Lighting Rod Construction Photo Tour

 

2016

June 13th, 2016 - Lightning Rod POV Posted!

October 26th, 2016 - New drop tower, junior coaster & more for 2017!

 

2017

May 6th, 2017 - Grand Opening/Media Event for Drop Line!

August 22nd, 2017 - Dollywood confirms the removal of Splash Battle

November 3rd, 2017 - Historic investment in entertainment during 2018!

 

2018

March 4th, 2018 - Dollywood has filed for a 5 acre expansion of the park for the 2019 season.

August 3rd, 2018 - Wildwood Grove announcement

 

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Original Post:

 

Sounds like at least one park knows how to treat thier supporters. A group of people were waiting to see The Moscow Circus and were handed, what they believed to be normal tickets, but when they got inside, Dolly herself came on stage and informed everyone that for the 20th season of Dollywood they got FREE platinum passes to Dollywood and Splash Country. Free parking and free admittance to the park. the passes expire IN TWENTY YEARS.

 

Thats right they gave 1600 people twenty year passes to the park, and it sound like that is just the start.

 

here is a link to the story

 

http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3156825&nav=4QcHYC1t

 

 

there is a video link on the upper left hand corner of the webpage

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Yeah, the difference to the rider between I-Box track and the current track is really minimal. The only major difference would be that the ride would actually be open when you wanted to ride it and wh

You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

Shenanigans! Dollywood is a theme park. Do you realize how many people go to Dollywood for the shows? Or the Eagle habitat? Or the soot train? Or just to take it all in? Or the freaking cinnamon

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Dolly Parton is awesome...this just confirms it!

 

Elissa "although if I had to sit through the Moscow Circus, I'd want a 20 year pass too!" Alvey

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^ Well, considering we've been there 3 times in the past 5 years we would have made some use for it!

 

--Robb "Then again, every time we've been there it's been for a media or PR thing anyway!" Alvey

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Anyone know what day this happened? I almost went on April 2, but I had to ride the re-tracked Cheetah at Wild Adventures. I hope it wasn't April 2 because I would be kicking myself right about now.

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Hello everyone I have some great news for Dollywood. I live in TN so I keep up with the park because its the only one worth keeping up with in Tennessee.

 

I received some information from Dollywood about choosing names for 2 of the new thrill rides at the park as well as choosing a name for 2 new water slides at the splash park.

 

From the way the artist drawings and descriptions of the rides I cant wait.

 

One will be a coaster with twists turns and drops but one drop I like best is a vertical drop, yes that's what I said VERTICAL! The coaster will be based around a mine theme, a haunted mine theme.

 

the other thrill ride for this section will be a tower ride but not a free fall from description. it described it as a very tall tower designed as a log. just like a free fall or gyro drop the seats face outward and circles the entire log. it rises to the top but then does something never seen before the tower falls no the seats but the whole tower falls from side to side near missing sharp pointy logs and water splashes up on the riders.

 

Both of these new rides will be added in an expansion behind thunderhead bathrooms. There is also rumors of other rides to be mixed in as well as another new coaster.

 

also for splash country there will be an addition of 2 new slides, power slides that are straight down like most water parks have

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A mine-themed Eurofighter and a Topple Tower eh. Nice combo. 8)

I'm willing to bet it's going to be similar to the artwork they showed last year:

 

 

A park I want to visit in the near-future. A great theme and atmosphere from what I've seen and heard.

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i saved the artwork that was with them it sounds and looks great! the photos you show arnt the same. also it was to help choose a name for the rides. but it looks like it could be great theres also mention of a few other flat rides to be added in as well. which is great because dollywood really dont offer alot of major thrills. thunderhead and tornado are great but for someone that goes like 6 or 7 times a year they just become fun lol. so its exciteing for me i just hope they do like she mentioned in opening day of this year i hope they do build a dollywood 2 or 3 . because talk is that it will be built south of nashville which is where i live yeah rah!

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Wow if this is true, I'm excited! An already amazing park adding two great attractions!

 

Elissa "Dollywood and SDC are fast becoming the best parks in the country!" Alvey

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YAY ! ... Another reason to go back .. wonder if SDC will throw something new in as well .. althought I hope they add some to Celebration City and give SDC a new GCI for 2007

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im just overjoyed about this because its the closest park to me besides beech bend and well it will be better soon i hope with them adding a GCI coaster next year. but i have my pass for this year and i will be getting one next thats for sure

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