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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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What I think is awesome, assuming I'm picturing the location of that Quad-Down right, is that it'll be coming down the hill facing the station, and the rest of the park! So that photogenic coaster moment will be a primary advertisement for the ride from the midway!

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Lightning is the new Hawk, yes?

 

Now we have

 

White Lightning

Lightning Racer

Lightning Run

Lightning Rod

 

Soon, Cedar Fair will give us "Lightning Hawk."

 

They can call this ride "Big Red Mountain Coaster" if they want, as long as the ride lives up to its promise.

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This....looks....spectacular.

 

I'm gonna assume that those people who "finally have a need to go to Dollywood" haven't been there before.

 

Although this coaster looks great - there is ALWAYS a need to go to Dollywood. It truly is a FANTASTIC park and the food is freaking amazing.

 

Also....who the heck "hates" Dolly?????? Really????

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This....looks....spectacular.

 

I'm gonna assume that those people who "finally have a need to go to Dollywood" haven't been there before.

 

Although this coaster looks great - there is ALWAYS a need to go to Dollywood. It truly is a FANTASTIC park and the food is freaking amazing.

 

Also....who the heck "hates" Dolly?????? Really????

 

I know, right!?!? I seriously question the validity of anyone who says they hate Dolly. She is about as real as they get.....even with all her fake parts. And I would love to have her personality....so bubbly and funny.

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For what it's worth, I've wanted to go to Dollywood for years, it's just never worked out. I just so happened to decide that 2016 was finally going to be the year, even before any of this Lightning Rod stuff was getting teased. It's just some crazy fortuitous timing on my part! Can't wait for visit to roll around, that's for sure!

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Waiting for next year for our dollywood visit now seems like it will be worth our wild. Honestly going to hold off from judging until I ride, but Outlaw Run was incredible and this looks as good if not better. Also cinnamon bread, that is all.

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Totally unique. Well-designed. Not sure the launch was at all necessary, however.

 

When I first heard about Lightning Rod being launched I was skeptical, but the way that it utilizes the launch as a lift and basically rockets you into an air time hill that is quickly followed by a second air time hill/main drop is really unique. No second is wasted on this coaster. That drop is probably going to deliver some of the strongest sustained ejector out there, and it will be down an extremely steep drop, intro a valley. The launch might be good for capacity if loading times are quick considering the short ride duration.

 

Is this RMC's first time working with LIM/LSM? I hope it doesn't become a big source of downtime.

 

Tough call - slow chain lift to view the amazing view of the Smokies.....or have a quick launch thrust you up and over the top of the hill?

 

Either way I'm speechless. Can't wait to see how it looks in person next year.

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Holy crap this thing looks awesome!!! I Cant wait to get to the park to ride this masterpiece. Also those trains look amazing.

 

Did anyone notice the headrests added to the trains? I understand they are for the launch but that is new for RMC right?

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This....looks....spectacular.

 

I'm gonna assume that those people who "finally have a need to go to Dollywood" haven't been there before.

 

Although this coaster looks great - there is ALWAYS a need to go to Dollywood. It truly is a FANTASTIC park and the food is freaking amazing.

 

Also....who the heck "hates" Dolly?????? Really????

 

 

My thoughts exactly, David...I thought that members might be calling for that persons head after that Dolly comment, but I think they were all too busy jizzing themselves over that quadruple down.

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One thing I'm still trying to figure out, is how the station, and queue, are going to fit in with what's already there. Given the fact that the Cas Walkers space isn't really large all on it's own, I think there is going to be expansion into other areas. Not being familiar with Dollywood from having actually been there, I'm trying to rely on Google Earth, and Street View, to figure it out. Getting back to the layout Robb posted back on page 128 (WAY back when!), it shows the station, and what appears to be either a queue house or gift shop area in front of that. The latter almost appears to be a recreation of the Cas Walker's building, for this new purpose. But the station would then be sticking out, where the road currently is back there... What I'm wondering, is if there has been any indication that the Pines Theater is getting removed, or at least that the portion of it directly next to where Cas Walker's was is getting annexed for use as the station. From what I could see of the station building in that layout posted previously, it almost appears to be that same building, at least based on the outward look... Thoughts?

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That launch seems to be in there for the sake of having a launch has it doesn't really do much.

 

I'll take my DW hat off. As an enthusiast (250+ coaster count) that is an interesting quote..... a 45 MPH LSM launch up a 200+ foot lift hill? I'd say expediting a lift with a launch that no one has ever done before is self evident.

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