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I agree with whoever it was who said this ride was going to be a disappointment. Therefore I think you should just pack it up and ship it to Norway, and we'll "dispose" of the ride for you.

 

GUYS, I have breaking news. Things look different from different angles. Can't believe this is still being discussed.

 

Come one Jake, here we are having a good discussion and you have to come ruin it with logic!

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GUYS, I have breaking news. Things look different from different angles. Can't believe this is still being discussed.

 

I'm pretty sure we all are smart enough to understand that things look different from different angles. I think the discussion was more about how drastic the difference was between the two pictures... I see nothing wrong with this discussion.

 

I'd, personally, rather have people discussing the various pictures and angles any day over having the discussion be on par with those in the KD discussion thread . . .

 

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Went to Smoky Mountains Christmas last night! while a lot of the even seems to be better, especially the lights right at the front, a lot of it also felt lacking this year.. Not very many lights in the blazing fury, some parts of the park had no lights at all (did they run out? Where they not on?).. Not much Christmas music playing like years past.. IDK maybe it was just to early for me to be in the Christmas spirit but a lot felt missing.. I'll be back in a few weeks maybe everything will be better then lol.

 

Did you take any pictures of either the lack of lights or the better areas you can share here? I was hoping someone would have put some up by now. (I can't find anything on Instagram yet for 2015 unfortunately.)

 

Do you recall if they put lights on the Mystery Mine trestle this year? That seems to be one of the spots that's inconsistent from year to year. I hope to make it up there in 2-3 weeks to see it all in it's glory, in person as well! I would suspect that Rivertown Junction seems a little sparse this year with the Carol of Trees shifting to the former Timber Tower midway, and being renamed to the Celebration of Lights.

 

How about Wild Eagle's station? In 2013, I remember it having brilliant, beautiful LED curtain lights above the entry from the pathway. But last year the display didn't return. I think only part of the rooftop was outlined in lights, if even that. Also, the large lighted butterfly was in a inconspicuous place last year on the Emporium building facing the tram station, since the DreamMore preview center was occupying it's normal home.

 

Did you have a opportunity to drive around DreamMore to see how it it's decorated on the exterior? I would expect it to be decked out to the "nines" (and to the "fives" as well, LOL). It deserves to be decorated on a scale as grand and as impressive as the Opryland Hotel!!!

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Mystery Mine did have lights but they stopped there and had no lights between there and Tornado..

 

And you are correct there was nothing in rivertown junction either. They had no lights on wild eagle, at least when I rode it Sunday night

 

The front was beautiful though!! And I'll be back several more times this year.. as you go up the hill it turns to all boring white lights haha

 

Please note these are from my phone so no idea how they turned out

 

 

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So I'm still trying to figure out if they're pictures of two different drops or actually the same. Is it because of the way it's situated on the hill, as well as the trees, as well as perhaps the top being illuminated and the bottom in shadow contributing to it? I know that looking at a drop straight up makes it look smaller (like in the MF picture below), but Lightning Rod seems really exaggerated.

There are some footers at the base of the drop to the right side in the second image- you could see the top of one of them in the first image.

 

 

Sooo, for me, that begs the question - what are those footers near the base of the drop for? They're not represented in the initial animation renderings from the day of the announcement. They look too beefy to be for a set of evacuation stairs or whatever.

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august animation for Lightning Rod.

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from RMC's page

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^ uhh they're obviously for the track that crosses over the drop that you can clearly see in the animation picture.

Not according to the drawings released on the day of the announcement.

 

One of these things is not like the other:

 

Kinda like this man:

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^ Yeah, I'm still shaking my head on how those are pictures of the same drop.

 

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There is no way those are both pictures of the same drop.

 

So I'm still trying to figure out if they're pictures of two different drops or actually the same. Is it because of the way it's situated on the hill, as well as the trees, as well as perhaps the top being illuminated and the bottom in shadow contributing to it? I know that looking at a drop straight up makes it look smaller (like in the MF picture below), but Lightning Rod seems really exaggerated.

 

I don't think I've seen anyone point this out yet but the second photo is actually just as deceptive as the first but in the opposite direction. It's very hard to tell the shape of the pullout, and due to the angle a lot of track that is basically level actually looks like part of the drop when it's not, making the drop look longer than it is. If you compare the two and count the bents you can see that almost a third of what looks like "drop" really isn't.

 

I'm only bringing this up again because it's actually an interesting optical illusion. Check out the rendered photo of the layout coasterfreaky posted above, you can see the valley between the first drop and the second hill is very long and shallow, and you can see basically all of it in this second pic.

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^Dollywoodlover20 posted some great pictures a few pages back which shows the drop from a different perspective and shows it perfectly

Yes which is exactly why I'm saying photos are deceptive. Especially on this coaster. You have to get an in person view of it because you can then see how far it actually goes down. The track is literally almost touching the ground before it goes back up. So what you think you see in pictures you're wrong, I know I sure was.

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And no, unfortunately I didn't get to drive around dreammore.. I was running late and only at Dollywood for about 3 hours anyways.. I got there right at dark haha

 

Thanks for posting the pictures. The wrapped trees behind the Hillside General Store look amazing!!! I can't wait to see all of Dolly's holly jolly lights.

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And no, unfortunately I didn't get to drive around dreammore.. I was running late and only at Dollywood for about 3 hours anyways.. I got there right at dark haha

 

Thanks for posting the pictures. The wrapped trees behind the Hillside General Store look amazing!!! I can't wait to see all of Dolly's holly jolly lights.

Yeah I have always loved their wrapped trees I hope to be back soon! I usually go two or three times for their Christmas event.. I hit it very early (like this past weekend) for rides in the dark and then I'll be back later for more of a whole day to see shows and enjoy more of the Christmas festivities.

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