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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I'll be interested to see what they do from the station to the lift hill to increase the ride time. Pete Owens is quoted as saying the time from being dispatched to hitting the final brakes will be 189 seconds.

 

With a launched lift and the speed this ride is going to go through its course, I am thinking more like a minute of actual "ride time". It is obvious there is going to be a pre-show of some kind on that approach to the lift hill. The station doesn't appear to be long enough to serve as anything more than unloading/loading the trains, so it has to be on that turn into the lift.

 

My guess is that it will be enclosed all the way to or even all the way to the top of the lift hill. Not only will it double as a noise barrier for the condos nearby off-property, but it will transition you into the mountain scenery which will be the majority of the ride experience without seeing a service road and the backstage areas of the park. Thoughts?

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My guess is that it will be enclosed all the way to or even all the way to the top of the lift hill. Not only will it double as a noise barrier for the condos nearby off-property, but it will transition you into the mountain scenery which will be the majority of the ride experience without seeing a service road and the backstage areas of the park. Thoughts?

 

I'm hoping this is right. It could explain the weird supports over the top of the hill! However, if it were going to be enclosed for most of the way, if not all of the way up the hill... Wouldn't we see more supports, or footers or something for the enclosure??

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I'll be interested to see what they do from the station to the lift hill to increase the ride time. Pete Owens is quoted as saying the time from being dispatched to hitting themaintenance brakes will be 189 seconds.

 

With a launched lift and the speed this ride is going to go through its course, I am thinking more like a minute of actual "ride time". It is obvious there is going to be a pre-show of some kind on that approach to the lift hill. The station doesn't appear to be long enough to serve as anything more than unloading/loading the trains, so it has to be on that turn into the lift.

 

My guess is that it will be enclosed all the way to or even all the way to the top of the lift hill. Not only will it double as a noise barrier for the condos nearby off-property, but it will transition you into the mountain scenery which will be the majority of the ride experience without seeing a service road and the backstage areas of the park. Thoughts?

I've been predicting a dark ride like element for awile now( because of the estimated ride time and also the price tag). I hope it comes to be. Also i think that covering the launch would help with maintenance costs because it would keep it out of the weather.

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My guess is that it will be enclosed all the way to or even all the way to the top of the lift hill. Not only will it double as a noise barrier for the condos nearby off-property, but it will transition you into the mountain scenery which will be the majority of the ride experience without seeing a service road and the backstage areas of the park. Thoughts?

 

I'm hoping this is right. It could explain the weird supports over the top of the hill! However, if it were going to be enclosed for most of the way, if not all of the way up the hill... Wouldn't we see more supports, or footers or something for the enclosure??

 

 

I am already seeing substantial evidence in the structure being built in this photo that there will be enough room for enclosure. Especially, with the wooden supports below the track. Those span well beyond arm's length from the edge of the track.

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I agree. It seems as if that extra piece of wood beneath the track stretching horizontally will be part of a tunnel. Not the biggest fan of it on this coaster due to the scenery, however I'm sure RMC and Dollywood have something in mind for the tunnel. Or we could be over thinking this and this are to support the catwalks

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Why are there steel supports with a large gap underneath on that straight away? I don't think that's a transfer, and if i remember correctly, it's not supposed to be a crossover of any kind either...

I'd say it's likely that there's going to be a maintenance / service road back there, and that larger trucks need adequate overhead clearance.

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I am already seeing substantial evidence in the structure being built in this photo that there will be enough room for enclosure. Especially, with the wooden supports below the track. Those span well beyond arm's length from the edge of the track.

 

Judging by how the steel beams are smaller than the wood beams below the track along the launch hill, maybe the steel will be supports for the catwalk, and the wooden beams will be supports for the tunnel/enclosure?

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Why are there steel supports with a large gap underneath on that straight away? I don't think that's a transfer, and if i remember correctly, it's not supposed to be a crossover of any kind either...

I'd say it's likely that there's going to be a maintenance / service road back there, and that larger trucks need adequate overhead clearance.

 

I believe there's already a road back there, which is why that "overpass" is needed.

 

As far as crossovers, the track will cross over the bottom of the lift twice at the end of the ride.

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I think that is for the "Bridge" because there is a road right directly under that. That's the road the Trolley has been using along with employees.

For those in doubt, I can verify this. We took the trolly from Gatlinburg and they definitely use the road under there for access to the park. I actually have a few pictures from that road of the construction site, from before track install.

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These are the pictures I've been waiting for! The side that won't be visible to public unless ridden. The airtime on that drop is going to be insane. You're going to be out of your seat for a bit going down the actual drop and that alone is intends. You kind of do that on Mystery Mine do to it being beyond vertical. The speed on this coaster will make it white knuckle.

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