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Ohhhhh boy!!!! Got an email from Dollywood with the subject line "Virtual Ride Reveal Coming Soon". Links to the youtube live stream that says the following:

 

November 17 10:10am

Dollywood's Lightning Rod - Reveal and Q&A at IAAPA

"Dollywood is revealing new Lightning Rod footage and its designer, Alan Schilke, along with Fred Grubb of Rocky Mountain Construction and Dollywood's Pete Owens are conducting a Q&A."

 

 

The image in the email says 10:15am, but the youtube vid says 10:10am.....I think I'll hop on at 10am just to be sure.

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^^^ That's EST right? As European that will help me get our local time, That would be 16:15 (or 4:15 P.M.) local time exactly the time I come home from work and have time to get a cup of coffee and start the pc up to see it coming out.

 

Good question! Yes, eastern time

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So guys, due to the amazing-looking Lightning Rod, I am thinking about planning a trip to Dollywood in 2016. I have some questions that I would greatly appreciate being helped out with...

 

-Coming from Newark Airport in Nj, what would be the closest airport to fly into?

 

-What are the benefits to staying at Dreammore resort (discounts/proximity/etc...)? For someone on a relatively tight budget, is it still a worthy investment? If not, are there any good hotels within 5-10 miles from the park that you guys strongly reccomend?

 

-What parks are comparable to Dollywood in terms of size and amount of attractions to see and do? Some points of reference that I have been to...SFGAdv, CpP, SFNE, Dorney, KD, Hershey.

 

-Knowing Lightning Rod is still a question mark, what are crowds and lines usually like in April and early-mid May? How were the lines for Thunderhead and Wild Eagle during their inaugeral seasons?

 

-Considering the early spring crowds, will Dollywood require 2 or 3 days to fully experience, including multiple laps on each major coaster?

 

-Are there any parks within an hour that are definitely worth hitting up?

 

-Overall, is a first-time visit to Dollywood worth the extra expenses to visit than 2 mini-trips to already-visoted closer parks like SFNE, or a trip to a once-visited park like CP? I know this is subjective, but I'd like to hear people's thoughts.

 

 

Thanks in advance for the feedback!!!

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I went for the first time this past season, I would say it's about the same size as Six Flags New England/Hershey-ish. We did the park in one day, although I think two would get you a chance to write everything more than twice, I would suggest looking into flights to Charlotte and doing Carowinds and Dollywood, possibly flying in in the morning doing Carowinds driving to Asheville North Carolina and sleeping over, wake up and drive to Dollywood, drive back to either Asheville, or drive up to Louisville and hit Kentucky Kingdom!

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So guys, due to the amazing-looking Lightning Rod, I am thinking about planning a trip to Dollywood in 2016. I have some questions that I would greatly appreciate being helped out with...

 

-Coming from Newark Airport in Nj, what would be the closest airport to fly into?

 

-What are the benefits to staying at Dreammore resort (discounts/proximity/etc...)? For someone on a relatively tight budget, is it still a worthy investment? If not, are there any good hotels within 5-10 miles from the park that you guys strongly reccomend?

 

Thanks in advance for the feedback!!!

 

 

The closest airport is Knoxville (TYS). Flights can be expensive from TYS. You may want to check Chattanooga (90 minutes south of Dollywood) or Asheville (90 minutes east of Dollywood...driving over the mountains). If you want to go through Atlanta, you could also hit up SFOG...and add a 3 hour drive to your trip to get to Dollywood. Lake Winnie outside of Chattanooga may be appealing? Other than that the next closest parks around are Kings Island in Cincy and Carowinds outside of Charlotte to the south.

 

Here's a link to some advantages to staying at Dreammore... Dreammore Info

 

Crowds are difficult to predict. This area is a tourist destination, so it can be busy, but in April most kids are still in school, so it shouldn't be too crazy.

 

Consider spending some time in the Smokies. They're gorgeous.

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So guys, due to the amazing-looking Lightning Rod, I am thinking about planning a trip to Dollywood in 2016. I have some questions that I would greatly appreciate being helped out with...

 

-Coming from Newark Airport in Nj, what would be the closest airport to fly into?

 

The Knoxville answer is the correct one. Charlotte and Atlanta aren't unreasonable drives given the fairly ruralish nature of where the park is located.

 

-What are the benefits to staying at Dreammore resort (discounts/proximity/etc...)? For someone on a relatively tight budget, is it still a worthy investment? If not, are there any good hotels within 5-10 miles from the park that you guys strongly reccomend?

 

I can't vouch for any budget hotels; only stayed at mid level joints in the area. I'm sure Dreammore is nice, but if you're really only looking to spend 75-80 a night, I don't think that's what you want.

 

-What parks are comparable to Dollywood in terms of size and amount of attractions to see and do? Some points of reference that I have been to...SFGAdv, CpP, SFNE, Dorney, KD, Hershey.

 

Dollywood is a different sort of park than those regional parks/themers. It is far more show oriented with many theaters and lots of guests going just to see them and not even ride anything. In terms of pure acreage, I'd compare it to something like KD, but the density of rides and the types of attractions are very different. The equivalents are pretty much all overseas, not here.

 

-Considering the early spring crowds, will Dollywood require 2 or 3 days to fully experience, including multiple laps on each major coaster?

 

Since I try to do everything there when I go, I'd say 2 days is probably wise to have a relaxed time and really enjoy the park. You also have all the insane Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg stuff too.

 

-Are there any parks within an hour that are definitely worth hitting up?[.quote]

 

There are no real theme parks within an hour, but then there is nothing really within an hour other than the freeway. You're surrounded by the Smokey Mountains National Park. That's the real draw.

 

-Overall, is a first-time visit to Dollywood worth the extra expenses to visit than 2 mini-trips to already-visoted closer parks like SFNE, or a trip to a once-visited park like CP? I know this is subjective, but I'd like to hear people's thoughts.

 

CP hasn't changed enough to merit, IMO, replacing Dollywood as a experience if you've been somewhat recently (like last 15 years) and aren't a local. Six Flags New England is Six Flags New England.

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RMC posted thos on their Facebook

 

P.S. Finally a POV coming soon! I have a feeling Alan Schilke made a change to the design, no reason why.

Other people have thought this as well. I mean some things may be possible and may be revealed at IAAPA on the 17th, I'm not sure what much they would change. They will keep the quad down, wave turns, only thing I'm thinking they would change is the stuff in the back of the coaster if they change anything at all.

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^Looks familiar

 

Take a few seconds and look over the last few pages of the thread before posting. Common courtesy.

I honestly saw that post and thought it was a different picture when i saw it on Facebook. I guess I missed the supports for the overbanked turn the first time lol

 

My apologies

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So guys, due to the amazing-looking Lightning Rod, I am thinking about planning a trip to Dollywood in 2016. I have some questions that I would greatly appreciate being helped out with...

 

-Coming from Newark Airport in Nj, what would be the closest airport to fly into?

 

-What are the benefits to staying at Dreammore resort (discounts/proximity/etc...)? For someone on a relatively tight budget, is it still a worthy investment? If not, are there any good hotels within 5-10 miles from the park that you guys strongly reccomend?

 

-What parks are comparable to Dollywood in terms of size and amount of attractions to see and do? Some points of reference that I have been to...SFGAdv, CpP, SFNE, Dorney, KD, Hershey.

 

-Knowing Lightning Rod is still a question mark, what are crowds and lines usually like in April and early-mid May? How were the lines for Thunderhead and Wild Eagle during their inaugeral seasons?

 

-Considering the early spring crowds, will Dollywood require 2 or 3 days to fully experience, including multiple laps on each major coaster?

 

-Are there any parks within an hour that are definitely worth hitting up?

 

-Overall, is a first-time visit to Dollywood worth the extra expenses to visit than 2 mini-trips to already-visoted closer parks like SFNE, or a trip to a once-visited park like CP? I know this is subjective, but I'd like to hear people's thoughts.

 

 

Thanks in advance for the feedback!!!

 

My first tip, especially since you said you're on a tight budget, is to drive. You're only a little over ten hours away. By comparison, by the time you drive to the airport, arrive early for your flight, board the plane, wait for it to actually take off, get to the airport, wait for luggage, rent a car, and then drive 90 minutes, you're probably only saving 4-5 hours best case scenario. Save that money and rent a cabin. Our cabin experience with the surrounding area was actually way more fun than Dollywood itself. Not only that, but just looking at a quick view of google maps, the route you'd take to get to DW would be really scenic.

 

That being said, you don't need any more than two days tops at this park. We did it all in one day, and left for a large portion of the day.

 

Enjoy other possibilities while in the area:

Gatlinburg has free moon shine tasting. Yes... they pretty much get you drunk for the price of leaving a tip. Not only that, but the strip is cool to walk through. If tourist traps are your thing (no thanks), Pigeon Forge also has a ton of nerdy things to do. There are also a lot of white water rafting outfitters in the area that can get you on the river and back in your car withing two hours total. Pretty cool, hassle free, and well worth it.

 

I suggest a day and a half at the park. It was a lot smaller than what we thought it would be. You can use your one day pass the night before as a 'park preview' or whatever they call it. Then use your pass the next day and you'll be set. Take another day or two to explore the surrounding area. Stay a few nights in a cabin. I'm sure Dream More is great for what it is, but I really do mean it when I say the cabins with the views are amazing. You can use that extra cash from not flying to pay it.

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My first tip, especially since you said you're on a tight budget, is to drive. You're only a little over ten hours away. By comparison, by the time you drive to the airport, arrive early for your flight, board the plane, wait for it to actually take off, get to the airport, wait for luggage, rent a car, and then drive 90 minutes, you're probably only saving 4-5 hours best case scenario. Save that money and rent a cabin. Our cabin experience with the surrounding area was actually way more fun than Dollywood itself. Not only that, but just looking at a quick view of google maps, the route you'd take to get to DW would be really scenic.

 

You're really overstating the comparative hassle and fatigue-factor of a two-hour flight, and understating the hassle and fatigue-factor of driving 10+ hours out of and back to the NYC area. The toll of twenty hours of driving those particular highways is much more significant than the itinerary involved in flying. I live in the Northeast & my family is scattered throughout the South, so I've driven these routes. Unless you want a driving experience and would like to see the mountains, I say fly, save your energy, and go into Dollywood fresh.

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