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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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With the excitement building up for Friday between us, and the rest of the coaster community. I wonder how much of the general public really knows at all much of what's going on? I this is the most quiet Dollywood has been with an attraction coaster wise. The whole world was practically hyped for Mystery Mine since the teaser videos were being released. It's kind of like Dollywood has tried to be as quiet as they can be with this project.

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Went to the park yesterday and checked out the site. That hill is WAY up there! This is one case where I honestly cannot tell where the ride is going to go, BUT I'll go ahead and make my final guess. I heard a podcast the other day with Alan Schilke (can be found here), in which he was talking about working on a new lift system that would basically "launch" the train to the top of the hill very fast, sort of like Maverick or Skyrush, but probably even faster. I would LOVE to see that applied to Shot Rod. Imagine being launched up a steepish incline and up into a massive airtime hill that drops down the other side of the hill and through the rest of the course!

 

So I'm gonna call it now: a giant RMC terrain twister that breaks the record for fastest wooden coaster AND includes a launched lift hill, which would also make it the world's first launching wood coaster. I also hope that the ride is at least in the 5500 to 6000 foot range in length. We will see.

 

I'm imagining an inclined launch or a brutally fast accelerated launch due to the little space they have near the station.
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^Agreed. You only spend money when you know you can make money. Dollywood is investing a lot of capital lately, I can tell they're pushing for expansion/higher attendance/ more money.

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^Agreed. You only spend money when you know you can make money. Dollywood is investing a lot of capital lately, I can tell they're pushing for expansion/higher attendance/ more money.

 

I believe we announced in August of 2013 that we were, in fact, investing $300 million over the next ten years. That is a lot of capital. Don't forget we added six news shows this year (Live from the Back Porch, Lite the Night, Pick up Patrol, Little Engine Playhouse: Betty Bunny Didn't Do It, Little Engine Playhouse: Old Bear and his Cub, and a 30th anniversary Night of Many Colors fireworks show).

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It makes no sense to add a new coaster to Dollywood when they've already received a bunch in recent years.

 

Frequent additions are a sign of success. Makes perfect sense to me.

 

Funny how, when it comes to MiA, many enthusiasts say success means you don't need to add anything new!

 

(And yes, I know comparing MiA to Dollywood is not commensurate, but I couldn't resist pointing out the fallacious reasoning that crops up whenever us "lay person" enthusiasts approach the subject of why some parks add regular major investments, and others don't. )

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I think we've seen a lot of hints! Just not directly from Dollywood. They know us enthusiasts have been watching every move hat RMC has been making... Them alone searching for workers in the TN area was all they needed to do to get our attention!

 

That, and it's kind of hard to not notice the giant construction going on the hill when you show up at the park...

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You said our attention. We are nosey, we will search, snoop, scavenge until we find something. The GP doesn't. I cant recall as many new articles wondering what was going on at dollywood as other projects have mainly because it, in my opinion, hasn't been hyped up by the park as previous years.

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I really believe the lack of marketing hype on Dollywood's part was solely because of DreamMore Resort opening up. I mean that was a $200 million investment and they have been trying to fill rooms with marketing that like crazy. I imagine many of those rooms will be filled up next season though with the new RMC in town.

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If everyone could also do us a huge favor tomorrow -

 

We will have someone at the event and also online posting the information in a post as soon as it is available. We will get the news in the forum as soon as we hear the official announcement. Please do not jump the gun and start posting stuff before the official admins or moderators do. It just means we will have to delete whatever it is someone might post, clean it up, and post our own. You'll only be creating MORE WORK for the rest of us.

 

Thank you for your understanding.

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