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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I honestly cannot believe how obnoxious some of the people are being in the Livesteam chat room. And it's some names I recognize. Some of them are no surprise to me. Disappointing.

 

I agree. Especially the way some guys are talking about Dolly whether they are joking or not, are showing some disrespect to Ms. Parton.

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I should've turned it off too. Lots of racist comments, lots of bad language, and just straight disrespect. Sure we all have fun on here but they just cross the line way too far on the LiveStream.

 

At any rate, this was a pretty big announcement and the resort does look nice. Excited to see more info about the coaster as well.

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That announcement wasnt what I anticipated and like some of you I left after a few minutes. I was hoping for more details of the ride and an "on-ride" animation. Does anyone have the layout of the ride or anything? While this ride may not be the most intense, at least its a launch and its NOT intamin Will not be making a trip for the opening day of the ride, but will definitely ride it when I am there next year. Maybe some "behind the scenes tours" of construction will be given at Smoky Mountain Coasterfest like they did of Wild Eagle, which was absolutely amazing! I hope they post the layout and animations soon I want to see the ride and how it will fit into the area.

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Sounds like a good fit for Dollywood. Especially nice to see something with a low height restriction being built in that section of the park. Looking forward to more details being released about the ride layout and resort.

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Oh yea I forgot to mention the resort. I like the idea of the resort, and it looks amazing. I am just wondering about the pricing of this place, I can see this being very expensive. I am assuming it will be a year round resort even with dollywood closed? I hope to be able to stay there, but I am guessing it will be pretty expensive. Now that Dollywood is doing a resort, I think Carowinds needs to step it up and announce what they have in the works, because I think they might be doing the same thing within the next few years....

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Since no ride layout was released I had to do some research to find some similar coasters, so I went to Gerstlauer's website and found their family coaster page. Now that I've seen the kind of coaster it will be, I'm pretty excited! This looks like it will be a great "bridge" coaster!

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This sounds like a great addition to me! A nice filler for the park between the kiddie coaster and the big majors. Much better than a mine train

 

I also love the theme and logo! Nicely done. Can't wait to see more.

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A Dollywood resort makes a lot of sense for a few reasons.

1 - Dollywood has a lengthy operating season

2 -Many Travelers from out of the region look for brand names with lodging, and there are not big chains on Pigeon Forge.

3 - Traffic is brutal during Christmas time, the time saved with the convenience of being on property only will attract guests.

4 - Staying on site will increase time and moneyspent in park by hotel guests.

 

The biggest concern I see is how the locals will view the resort as my understanding is that most of the local lodging is locally owned. I'm sure Dolly doesn't want to steal business from local hoteliers.

 

Of course the price will be higher at Dream More, but you expect to pay more for quality and convenience.

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IMHO I think this will be exactly what the park needs in that area. Especially after the removal of Adventure Mountain. Aside from River Battle, there really is nothing up there for families. And that is only open maybe 6 of their 10 month operating schedule. During the winter, that area is pretty much a thrill seeker alley. It will be good to have something else drawing the family crowds up the hill. I have great faith, and trust in the management of this park. Herschend operates two of my favorite parks in the US, and so far they have never disappointed myself or my family. That is why we consistently purchase season passes and will continue to do so. I for one am looking forward to seeing this attraction rise, and riding it in March when the 2014 season starts.

 

Guy "I'm gonna tap into a bit of my Gay side here. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE DOLLY!!!! She is such an awesome role model! She has the one of the greatest hearts and personalities in the world. I just gush listening to her!" Koepp

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Storyline for Firechaser Express:

 

Crazy Charlie owns a gas station and fireworks store in the same building up in the mountains. As you're getting ready to board, fire alarms sound and the station gets a call that a fire has broken out. You load and the train launches from 0 to 16 MPH in 1.1 seconds. You climb the lift and ride through the mountainside with six zero-G moments, two helices and side-to-side twists. Suddenly, the train pulls into the back room of Crazy Charlie's business when real fire starts burning and fireworks start exploding. Then Big Bertha, the largest firework of them all, falls over in front of the train and points right at it. The fuse lights and burns fast. When it “explodes,” the train launches backwards from 0 to 20 MPH in 2 seconds and you ride the track backwards to the station.

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Storyline for Firechaser Express:

 

Crazy Charlie owns a gas station and fireworks store in the same building up in the mountains. As you're getting ready to board, fire alarms sound and the station gets a call that a fire has broken out. You load and the train launches from 0 to 16 MPH in 1.1 seconds. You climb the lift and ride through the mountainside with six zero-G moments, two helices and side-to-side twists. Suddenly, the train pulls into the back room of Crazy Charlie's business when real fire starts burning and fireworks start exploding. Then Big Bertha, the largest firework of them all, falls over in front of the train and points right at it. The fuse lights and burns fast. When it “explodes,” the train launches backwards from 0 to 20 MPH in 2 seconds and you ride the track backwards to the station.

 

With three trains, this seems very hard to do. Not the story, but the track layout. I am thinking we will see something more on the lines of the Mummy rides, with a backward portion. I could be wrong here, but this seems to indicate that it will be more of a full circuit coaster rather than a shuttle coaster.

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The coaster sounds like an awesome addition to the park. It is good to see them adding something with a smaller height restriction so more families can enjoy this together since that is primarily what comes to Dollywood anyway. I am excited to see more information released as well see the final product.

 

Also the resort looks and sounds beautiful! Once its finished I will have to plan another vacation to the Smokey Mountains!

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Little disappointed that they aren't going with S&S for this one as I think Powder Keg is one of the best, if not the best family coaster out there. I guess those extra 3" in the height restriction will help draw more families though, and the show scenes sound wicked awesome!

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