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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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^ Good Lord! Are you trying to derail Dollywood Express right in the middle of the park with that penny?

 

 

 

Nice pics, i was there Sunday as well. The park seemed to finally return back to normal after the few weeks of chaos that rained down upon it. Hope they prepare for what's coming in March, the crowd may be much larger then what they predicted. I enjoyed your praise of Thunderhead, alot of comments i hear from the GP when exiting the ride are quite negative. Mostly about roughness and shaking them around and such. I know that the folks saying these things probably have no clue what a "rough" coaster is (in my opinion Mystery Mine is rougher than Thunderhead) but it still makes me bit sad inside they didn't enjoy such a wonderful coaster. To each their own though.

 

 

Interesting info! I love Ace hardware out here. Thanks for the pictures, the ride is looking really great!

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You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

There was a time in my life when I would have cared what Lightning Rod was made of.  So refreshing to give precisely zero effs. I just want to go to Dollywood and not worry about it being open! 

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It definitely looks AMAZING! I still think it's very possible that this will become my favorite wood coaster when I ride it in June/July!

 

Also, I'm having a difficult time imagining this construction being completed and the coaster fully tested in 2 1/2 months (Late March opening?). I'll stay optimistic though, I can't wait to see more!

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^I was told they were actually ahead of schedule right before the New Year. I am with you though. I thought they would of had the major trackwork completed. My guess is that they need the service road to complete the final trackwork and obviously with the trolley running that route, they had to wait until the park was closed. Let's just hope East Tennessee doesn't have the winter we had last year with a ton of snow in late January and throughout February.

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They have way more than what RMC posted. For some reason RMC is always a tad bit behind on the progress but I love their updates. I was doing my daily construction check on Instagram and found this one of the breaking wave turn from the HR building, then these others were posted in a comment to the RMC Updates by some guy named Chris? Anyway, they seem to have been taken from somewhere deep in the woods, I'm going to guess behind those old apartments on the mountain. These pictures give you an idea of how tall the turn is though.

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That wave turn is so exaggerated it looks like it's about to fall over! Every time RMC builds something, an element or two just look fake or physically wrong (in the best possible way). It's probably going to give the weirdest sideways airtime feeling ever. Thanks to those that are digging up these pictures.

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If that thing comes out anything like a giant version of Outlaw Run's wave turn, I'm in.

 

Oh, and in regards to this whole 'straight airtime hill' thing: the small hop at the end of Outlaw Run was strong enough to crack my phone screen. In my pocket. That is all.

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I'm so excited for this that I'll be there the first week of operation. I thought Dollywood would've done weekend only operation at the the beginning of the season, but they're going with daily operation straight away. If anyone who's been to the park during the first weekdays of operation could tell me how crowds are, that would be great. My guess is the spring break crowd might be a little heavy considering Lightning Rod.

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I went during the opening of Wild Eagle and it was a bit hectic. For one it was a first of its kind in the USA, so crowds obviously swarmed the park, but they held the crowds from the coaster a bit because something wasn't going right for the first 10-15 mins, until we heard the roar of the B&M track as the train rushed down the hill. Crowds? They didn't get bad really until mid day, and everybody was generally around the coaster. Not everyone is going to wake up and be at Dollywood at 9am for a coaster except for the junkies. Most of your crowd is there for Ms. Parton.

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I'm having a hard time predicting what this wave turn is going to feel like. I've been on Outlaw Run, and the wave turn there is maybe the only floaty element on the last half of that ride. I couldn't really feel the pull backwards of the track curving the "wrong" way much, it mostly felt like you're just floating sideways for a bit, but not quite ejected sideways. Lightning Rod's element is obviously much larger, and enters/exits with 90 degree turns. The backwards pull also seems a bit more exaggerated with the size - Could there be airtime caused from this pull (sideways - out of the train from the rider's perspective) that's stronger than Outlaw Run?

 

If the forces are what I propose, there will be floater laterally with ejector negatively (essentially pulling the rider straight out of the train). If not, it would still be just a giant sideways floater hill (a bigger version of Outlaw Run's) which is still awesome, but not very intense.

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That wave turn is friggin' HUGE!!! Holy crap. Being that the ride hugs some unique terrain the views of the first drop and wave turn from different angles are shockingly different. Definitely my most anticipated POV if 2016...really hope I can squeek out the $ necessary to make the trip this year.

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I'm having a hard time predicting what this wave turn is going to feel like. I've been on Outlaw Run, and the wave turn there is maybe the only floaty element on the last half of that ride. I couldn't really feel the pull backwards of the track curving the "wrong" way much, it mostly felt like you're just floating sideways for a bit, but not quite ejected sideways. Lightning Rod's element is obviously much larger, and enters/exits with 90 degree turns. The backwards pull also seems a bit more exaggerated with the size - Could there be airtime caused from this pull (sideways - out of the train from the rider's perspective) that's stronger than Outlaw Run?

 

If the forces are what I propose, there will be floater laterally with ejector negatively (essentially pulling the rider straight out of the train). If not, it would still be just a giant sideways floater hill (a bigger version of Outlaw Run's) which is still awesome, but not very intense.

 

Agreed, I think we're gonna see a weird combo of forces. From the POV it looks like there is enough speed to give strong floater airtime (sideways to the right side of the train), and the cresting of the wave turn might have enough exaggeration to also push the rider up into their lapbar. Even if this is a slower element it will probably give a really weird falling sideways and getting pulled into nothingness effect. We have the quad down later for the crazy ejector.

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I'm having a hard time predicting what this wave turn is going to feel like. I've been on Outlaw Run, and the wave turn there is maybe the only floaty element on the last half of that ride. I couldn't really feel the pull backwards of the track curving the "wrong" way much, it mostly felt like you're just floating sideways for a bit, but not quite ejected sideways. Lightning Rod's element is obviously much larger, and enters/exits with 90 degree turns. The backwards pull also seems a bit more exaggerated with the size - Could there be airtime caused from this pull (sideways - out of the train from the rider's perspective) that's stronger than Outlaw Run?

 

If the forces are what I propose, there will be floater laterally with ejector negatively (essentially pulling the rider straight out of the train). If not, it would still be just a giant sideways floater hill (a bigger version of Outlaw Run's) which is still awesome, but not very intense.

 

Agreed, I think we're gonna see a weird combo of forces. From the POV it looks like there is enough speed to give strong floater airtime (sideways to the right side of the train), and the cresting of the wave turn might have enough exaggeration to also push the rider up into their lapbar. Even if this is a slower element it will probably give a really weird falling sideways and getting pulled into nothingness effect. We have the quad down later for the crazy ejector.

 

I realize that my post may have sounded negative, and I want to correct that. You're absolutely right that we will not be in short supply of ejector airtime on this coaster! I am just unsure about what this element really is! If it's as you describe, it will be very unique and amazing. It will surely be strange to be completely sideways for that long!

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No negativity detected chickenbowl. Just building up some healthy off season speculation. Not every element needs to be intense on this coaster. The wave turn might be the weird "calm" sideways floating eye of the storm.

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