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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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Terrain coasters are simply the best, IMO.

 

I can imagine this blowing The Beast & Boulder Dash right out of the water as far as night rides go. Not that I would ever turn down a front seat ride on either of those coasters at night, but this thing just looks it will be over the top crazy in total darkness!

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Here's another one with an overlay of the layout. The positioning is probably a bit off, but I think it's pretty close.

 

Nicely done! That definitely makes a lot of sense, and fits well!

 

Switching gears slightly, I watched the teaser video again a few times, pausing it at points, and still think the part where this image -thumb_019_294.thumb.jpg.2a22738b96e4a2fb68ff4f06edac3f92.jpg-is taken from is that quad-down the hill. At least in the video, it shows the Twist and Shout element, then mentions airtime, and then shows the pop of airtime right before coming up and over the ridge, and down into the above element: clearly seen as the top of this picture displays. I know people keep insisting that is not the case, and the picture is of the Twist & Shout element, but both the teaser video, and the above image overlay seem to indicate it is indeed the quad-down the hillside. Maybe the teaser video placed the element wrong in sequence? They did show one part definitely out of order that I caught.

 

I just love this element (pictured), it'd simply be nice to know precisely where it is, and there's lots of conflicting info regarding it currently. I imagine when a full POV (or full off-ride) comes out, it will all be made clear...

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In another thread today, I was posting about Dollywood and had a thought. As far as I know, Dolly Parton is the only celebrity who has invested and been involved with theme park ownership/managment. Can anyone think of any other celebrities who have been involved in the theme park business?

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In another thread today, I was posting about Dollywood and had a thought. As far as I know, Dolly Parton is the only celebrity who has invested and been involved with theme park ownership/managment. Can anyone think of any other celebrities who have been involved in the theme park business?

 

Bobbejaanland in Belgium was built by Bobbejaan Schoepen, a country singer just like Dolly.

In fact, here's a picture of him with Dolly Parton!

 

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left to right: Bobbejaan's wife Josee, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Bobbejaan Schoepen

 

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Bobbejaan performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 1953

 

 

 

 

And also in Belgium, the Plopsa chain was created and is still owned by Gert Verhulst and Hans Bourlon.

Gert is a man similar to Walt Disney. He does everything involving showbiz. Acting, singing, writing, directing. His big break was "Samson & Gert", a tv show for kids, in which he plays a man (Gert) who owns a talking dog (Samson). He co-created the show himself, together with Hans Bourlon. The two of them made many more tv shows, movies, music, theater productions, etc.

 

In 1999 they bought a theme park (Meli), which they turned into Plopsaland. The "sa" in Plopsa comes from the Samson-show, the Plop from another show about a gnome called Plop. Today the Plopsa Group owns 5 theme parks, 2 of which were built from scratch.

 

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Gert Verhulst, Hans Bourlon

 

 

 

In Germany, the founder of Heide-Park is racing driver Hans-Jürgen Tiemann, who won the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 1997 and 1999.

When he still owned the park (it was sold to Merlin in late 2001), there was a small museum in the park with his race cars. Tiemann still lives right next to the park and was in the news last year when he complained the park's new coaster (Flug der Dämonen) is too noisy.

 

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Hans-Jürgen Tiemann and his wife Angelika, in Heide-Park, May 1998

 

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In this old photo you can see Tiemann's house (top left corner) and his private karting track.

 

 

 

 

In Finland, Power Park began as little more than a karting track, designed by former F1 racing driver Mika Salo.

 

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Mika Salo in 2009

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In another thread today, I was posting about Dollywood and had a thought. As far as I know, Dolly Parton is the only celebrity who has invested and been involved with theme park ownership/managment. Can anyone think of any other celebrities who have been involved in the theme park business?

 

Bobbejaanland in Belgium was built by Bobbejaan Schoepen, a country singer just like Dolly.

In fact, here's a picture of him with Dolly Parton!

 

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Gert Verhulst, Hans Bourlon

 

 

 

In Germany, the founder of Heide-Park is racing driver Hans-Jürgen Tiemann, who won the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 1997 and 1999.

When he still owned the park (it was sold to Merlin in late 2001), there was a small museum in the park with his race cars. Tiemann still lives right next to the park and was in the news last year when he complained the park's new coaster (Flug der Dämonen) is too noisy.

 

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Hans-Jürgen Tiemann and his wife Angelika, in Heide-Park, May 1998

 

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In this old photo you can see Tiemann's house (top left corner) and his private karting track.

 

 

In Finland, Power Park began as little more than a karting track, designed by former F1 racing driver Mika Salo.

 

Wow! Thanks for the information.

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I've never understood why some people believe that wooden coasters need to stick with early 20th-century technology. Many of these "purists" complained about Intamin's "plug-and-play" woodies, too.

 

I'm in favor of whatever technology provides the best ride possible.

 

 

Right? If RMC figured out a way to make a #1 roller coaster out of toothbrushes, old copies of 50 shades of grey, and hubcaps I would be in favor as long as it delivered an insane ride. RMC is really blurring the line between wooden and steel and roller coaster and it's awesome to watch.

 

Are they really? I don't think they ride anything like a wooden coaster. They feel like a steel coaster to me, with a wooden structure. I have no problems with that -- I think they are the most innovative coaster company in the world right now and are building the best coasters on the planet presently but they are closer to Gemini than Kennywood's Thunderbolt, in my view.

 

And the classic wooden coasters that some hold so close to their heart don't ride anything like scenic railways without upstops. So purists should mutually agree that Leap the Dips is the finest wooden coaster in the US.

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It really is such a beautiful coaster. I'm glad DW decided to go with this area of the park. For a long time I've felt this area needed one. I know a lot of people would like to see some kind of expansion in the train loop, but I don't like that idea. I like how the train is secluded and away from the park.

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Sure is a beautiful design, just can't believe all the awesomeness of the layout, would love to ride it next year.

 

Definitely too soon to changing topic as to what kinda coaster will come next, but I'd like to see an invert of some kind someday, maybe a family friendly one.. and Idk but I think Dollywood would just be so cool to add ahuge hyper coaster. I guarantee it'll be a few years before any new 'coasters' and with the cost of DreamMore, FCE & pricetag of LR, and everything else, they are burning thru that $$ pretty quick lol but I know they're cookin up some good ideas for the rest of the ten year expansion.

 

Way to go Dollywood.

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It really is such a beautiful coaster. I'm glad DW decided to go with this area of the park. For a long time I've felt this area needed one. I know a lot of people would like to see some kind of expansion in the train loop, but I don't like that idea. I like how the train is secluded and away from the park.

They should have a little over 100mil left..

 

Correct me if I am wrong but DreamMore was said to be 150mil and firechaser around 16mil and now this 22mil

 

I know they have done other basic work around the park probably costing a couple mil here and there so I'd guess they have at least 100mil of their capital left..

 

Plus! They said they would increase it if they saw a need and that 300 mil wasn't a rock solid number

 

 

*edit sorry quoted the wrong person.. I don't like the way the new Tapatalk app does quotes! Can't find a way to fix it on my phone.. I wanted to quote the post below yours*

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It really is such a beautiful coaster. I'm glad DW decided to go with this area of the park. For a long time I've felt this area needed one. I know a lot of people would like to see some kind of expansion in the train loop, but I don't like that idea. I like how the train is secluded and away from the park.

They should have a little over 100mil left..

 

Correct me if I am wrong but DreamMore was said to be 150mil and firechaser around 16mil and now this 22mil

 

I know they have done other basic work around the park probably costing a couple mil here and there so I'd guess they have at least 100mil of their capital left..

 

Plus! They said they would increase it if they saw a need and that 300 mil wasn't a rock solid number

 

 

*edit sorry quoted the wrong person.. I don't like the way the new Tapatalk app does quotes! Can't find a way to fix it on my phone.. I wanted to quote the post below yours*

 

Yes, that is exactly correct about the costs.

 

I noticed yesterday that they did get a new fleet of Chance trams. They're not much different than the other four-car Chance trams, I did notice they were less noisy and Im guessing they're propane fueled like the Dreammore trolleys. I snapped a pic but its on my camera at home. They were using several new ones, an older Chance and a bunch of buses. It was pretty busy Sunday afternoon.

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^ B&M Invert and B&M Hyper are two Coasters I'd like to see at Dollywood as well

 

Intamin hyper would give them an even better mix or a Maverick-styled ride would give them an even better mix.

 

Yeah, I'm with you on this! I think a smaller, but fun custom Intamin like Maverick or Cheetah Hunt would be a great addition down the road, for their next coaster!

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