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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I've got a feeling that they will eventually expanded the park to that area and then up to the train loop but right now their focused on the lower section of the park but what I find strange is that usually got banners up giving us hints about the new ride but what ever the ride will be it looks like it will really interact with the terrain

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Just behind the hill they are clearing there is an area where they normally keep a bunch of construction equipment. This is an old Google Earth photo obviously, but I circled the area just behind the hill and out-of-view from the park. This would make the most sense for where they'll load all of the track and equipment for this project. I'll be heading over there this weekend to see if I can get some updates.

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Really don't think we will start seeing track before we start seeing footers so we still have some time to go. Like 2-3 months. But...what do I know !

I think you know all about this coaster and you love watching us go back and fourth over it. I've found out on Twitter that there are a few people who know all about the 2016 project. Sadly I'm not one I just would like to know when a new teaser will be coming out or when something even a tiny bit will be mentioned.

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I would have to guess an RMC for 2016. IF the coaster lineups from SDC and Dollywood are to follow and what they put in, i would have to say an RMC. Due to the success of OR at SDC, and at other Six Flags parks as well. We will see though. Would be awesome to see a launched RMC coaster though..

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Dollywood has received the new DreamMore guest trolleys! They are much better than expected. Very bright and vibrant colors and all wood inside! Great addition!

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Front of trolley

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Left side (drivers side) of trolley

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Left side (drivers side) of trolley

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Ride side (loading side) of trolley

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Right side (loading side) of trolley

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Rear of trolley

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Full side view

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Inside trolley front view

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Inside trolley loading view

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Inside trolley drivers side view

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On a sidenote, the explosive growth in new businesses in Pigeon Forge has created an employee problem in a town that only has 6,000 residents. I've heard "rumors" that Dollywood is having issues finding enough workers to kee all rides/shops/restaurants/etc open each day and is the reason that *some* things are closed lately. For example, I'm here today and the Grandstand Cafe in Country Fair is closed, but was open last weekend.

 

The employee issue is affecting numerous businesses such as Paula Deen's that needed about 150 people...Harpoon Harry's needed over 100 people...etc. This is also why you see an influx of foreigners such as Ukranians and Jamaicans working in town the last few years. Not sure how Sevier County is going to fix the issue as most jobs are very low pay and the cost of living can be high (for example, eating out is more expensive in this town than others),but it has to balance out or else businesses will suffer...DreamMore resort is struggling to fill their employee base before they open in a couple months.

 

Anyway, wanted to provide a possible reason some things have been closed at Dollywood lately. Just food for thought.

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Dollywood is running promos about hiring like crazy on the radio.. They just don't pay enough plus no health insurance.. Yes they have a free clinic for all employees but does that count when it comes tax time not to be fined?

 

Honestly I don't know but could be another issue.. I applied for a full time job there and was told that instead of insurance I got a free clinic.. No thank you haha

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Dollywood is running promos about hiring like crazy on the radio. They just don't pay enough plus no health insurance.. Yes they have a free clinic for all employees but does that count when it comes tax time not to be fined?

 

This is a huge issue that all businesses are facing. Without enough high school/college/retiree employees, Dollywood will be forced to eventually offer health insurance to more employees (because they can't scale back after all recent investments). Costs will eventually be passed on the customers and everyone will have to deal with it.

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I was thinking the manufacturer wouldn't be RMC because I tend to think of Outlaw Run and wooden coasters when I think of them. After researching RMC some I see they do manufacture metal coasters also right? Wicked Cyclone for one. I just think with a car theme it will be a steel coaster and now that I realize RMC does steel coasters too maybe that makes sense that they could be the manufacturer. It does make me wonder about Mack though since Dollywood reps made a trip overseas to look at Blue Fire. I love the POV of Blue Fire and love the "dark ride" part of a coaster when they have one. I have been hoping it will be similar to Blue Fire whether its RMC or Mack.

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RMC's steel coasters are the reimagining of old wooden coasters. To this point there have been no ground up designs of RMC steel coasters, though that doesn't mean there couldn't be. On that point, however, it seems there is almost no difference in design in terms of limitations between their wood and I-box (steel) coasters, so it really just depends on what the park is looking for.

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