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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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^^I think these are very good points. It sounds like Wilderness Pass will undergo a big re-transformation.

 

This is just my guess at how this might go for 2014 & the next several years, based on what we know. I took this snapshot from Google Earth so we could see some of the terrain.

 

Green – the path to the upper loop. Pete has said it will need to have lots of switchbacks to make it ADA compliant. The path could go anywhere, this is just one possibility.

 

Red – Areas for rides, shops, restrooms and various other additions. The thing about these areas that I see is…the further they are excavated back, the larger ($$) & beefier the retaining wall will have to be. I don’t know a lot about retaining walls, but i think if they’re wanting to create a big enough area for a wide building, and have a solid retaining wall that keeps the train tracks and service road on the hill above it safe, then cha-ching. That will be a very expensive undertaking, but they've got the big bucks to spend too, so that may not matter. A vertical building obviously has a smaller footprint than a wide building…so maybe that’s a possibility.

 

What do you guys think??

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coasterfreakys idea

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It makes it so much easier to look at and imagine things with the way you've divided it up coasterfreaky (love the name); it makes perfect sense! We're thinking on the same wavelength.

I still can't help but wonder of the tracks for the DW Express will be re-routed in the future, eliminating the upper train loop area and really opening it up. I read somewhere once (don't know if it's true) the tracks were moved about 15 feet when they built Thunderhead. That could have planted some seeds in the brains of the powers that be, and they have plenty of property to run the train elsewhere. Part of the fun of riding it was feeling like you were way out in the woods, and that's been taken away a lot with the recent projects clearing the trees in the back.

Is anybody going to Thrills in the Hills this weekend? I was hoping to as it would have been my first coaster gathering thing, but I have to wait a week. Maybe they'll slip a clue as to what's going on?

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Chicken house ride with laser guns? No thank you. That just sounds so.....so..... cheesy!

 

Tell that to Sally Corp.

 

Sidenote, Dollywood absolutely blew me away for my first-ever visit last Friday. Should have a photo TR up within the week!

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My concern with the way you have things mapped out is that the steepest part of that access road, soon to be path, is the part that you left. Have you looked at the hill? There's no way that's ADA friendly. Only time will tell though.

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Usually that time of year in this area is HOT and DRY.. So good news is, it wont rain.. Bad news, its usually fairly warm. Just remember, Dollywood gives free ice water.. All you have to do is ask. As for ride line lengths, Dollywood is different than a lot of parks. The park can be very full and have NO LINES what so ever. It all depends on the festivals going on and how many people are in the park for shows and shopping.. During the week though will still be your best bet for lines under 45 mins on the big rides.. Most rides will be walkons during the week or at least short 10 or 15 minute waits.

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I am going to be in Pigeon Forge this weekend and it has been years since I visited Dollywood so it's time for a visit. I see that they offer the Q2Q line management system. I have used the FlashPass offered by Six Flags over Georgia in the past (which I believe these two parks are using the same technology). I have had great experiences with the FlashPass where the wait times were decreased a lot. Does the Dollywood Q2Q device actually reduce the amount of time you wait or just hold your place in line?

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I'm visiting next week on the 18th and 19th (Tuesday and Wednesday). My trip in May was postponed, sadly. Has anyone been lately and know if crowds early in the week are pretty light?

 

Also, can I still use my 2012 souvenir mug?

 

We are buying season passes, we live about 6 hours away but plan on making a trip a month, any advice on which pass is the best value?

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I'm visiting next week on the 18th and 19th (Tuesday and Wednesday). My trip in May was postponed, sadly. Has anyone been lately and know if crowds early in the week are pretty light?

 

Haven't been this year, but you are in peak summer season so the park will always have moderate to high crowds. If it's crowded just get the Q-bots. At the reasonable price, it is a no-brainer.

 

Also, can I still use my 2012 souvenir mug?

 

No.

 

We are buying season passes, we live about 6 hours away but plan on making a trip a month, any advice on which pass is the best value?

 

I definitely recommend getting one Gold Pass for your group, everyone else can just get the regular season pass. You will easily make up the difference in price of the Gold Pass in three visits just by getting the free parking. Plus, you get discounts on all merchandise and food.

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Thanks ernierocker, I'm hoping for decently light crowds my one trip last year had hour and 45 min waits for Wild Eagle and it kept breaking down.

 

Hopefully I can get a glimpse of some construction work when I'm there as well!

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This speculation about the 2014 attraction is very interesting indeed. I didn't even know about Adventure Mountain until I actually visited Dollywood and saw it getting taken down/the banner in front. Imagnation Cinema is no loss; although I did like the Polar Express 4D/3D. Adventure Mountain however is almost new and I was a bit shocked when I saw it was being removed. Although I understand the reasons why it was removed (low capacity; deconstruct & expand).

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Was at the park all day yesterday in the rain, rides on thunderhead in the rain are insane. Lines were definitely a walk on yesterday considering the awful weather. But we made the best of a bad day.

 

At the park now, 30-45 min waits minimum.

 

And also on the site of Adventure Mountain some markers have appeared over night. There have been workers up on the hill behind the vertical hairpin on Mystery Mine both today and yesterday. Aside from that it's pretty much unchanged.

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Back on park for a third day. Quite a few workers on site, small diggers have slowly started digging around existing landscaping and structures. I think they are definitely preserving what's left of AM.

 

Just ate lunch, heading for Mountain Slidewinder!

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Back on park for a third day. Quite a few workers on site, small diggers have slowly started digging around existing landscaping and structures. I think they are definitely preserving what's left of AM.

 

Just ate lunch, heading for Mountain Slidewinder!

I want my very own mountain slidewinder.

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I just saw 2 new things available for purchase on the Dollywood "add-on experience" page: (I copied and pasted from their site, hope that's okay)

 

SkyZip Night Flight - $69 per person

 

Soar over Dollywood AT NIGHT on Dollywood’s very own zip line experience, SkyZip. PLUS, enjoy premium seating for Dolly's Nights of Many Colors. Tour begins at 8:00 p.m. Reservations required and guests must be 48” to ride.

 

Wild Eagle All-Access Tour - $150 per person

 

Ready to soar with the eagles? Jump on the Wild Eagle All-Access Tour and you’ll fly where very few have flown before…at the top of Wild Eagle’s massive lift hill before the park opens for the day.

 

This extremely-exclusive tour allows just eight participants the opportunity to ascend Wild Eagle’s lift, aided by an experienced tour guide, to survey the park from the summit. At the top of the lift, tour members participate in a Q&A session with the tour guide, who also will take pictures of you to help document the adventure.

 

From your perch more than 200 feet above Dollywood, your bird’s-eye view offers commanding sights of Dollywood as well as the Great Smoky Mountains. Tours take approximately one and a half hours, which includes outfitting in a full-body harness, ascent, time at the top of the lift and descent.

 

Following the tour, participants enjoy a guided tour of Wild Eagle’s maintenance bay and a 15-minute Q&A session. Afterward, guests board the day’s first Wild Eagle train for an exclusive ride at park opening.

 

Your tour guide then hosts the group for an All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet breakfast in Aunt Granny’s private dining room. Tour guests receive an exclusive Wild Eagle All-Access commemorative t-shirt, as well as decreased ride wait time at Wild Eagle for the remainder of the day.

 

The Wild Eagle All-Access total tour time is approximately four hours. Only one tour takes place each Saturday beginning June 1 through Nov. 2. The cost is $150 per person, which also includes free parking. Dollywood admission is required.

 

Tour Requirements:

Participants must meet the tour guide at Tram Stop B at 7:30 a.m. Those who miss the tour departure forfeit the tour. The guide will transport guests to the front gate, where they also will verify participants’ ages by checking a valid photo ID.

All guests must sign an activity waiver. Those younger than 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Guests must be between 50 inches and 78 inches tall and weigh less than 300 pounds.

Due to harnessing requirements, participants may not be pregnant.

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