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p. 751 - Lightning Rod expected to reopen with the park!

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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! 

You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

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Not particularly the coaster BUT did find some info on what's coming to Jukebox Junction. A food truck? It's themed to the 50's/60's and I had seen it mentioned in an article before I found the video on YouTube. The truck/food stand is called "Frannies". I'm really really starting to like what I'm seeing. This area was lacking the feel of the 50's/60's so much that when you walked into the area it felt dead.

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I'm not expecting this coaster to be my new #1 because it's not as long as my 1, 2, and 3 coasters. Especially looking at that HUGE half loop that will lead straight into...the final brakes.

 

But man I'm still salivating. What beautiful design through and through.

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I'm wondering how much speed it's going to carry into the final brakes in reality. Both of the existing RMC woodies appear to peter out at the end somewhat, as do the longer conversions like NTG. Although the end here is after a lengthy downhill slope so that should help. The coaster really does have a fantastic-looking design.

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I'm wondering how much speed it's going to carry into the final brakes in reality. Both of the existing RMC woodies appear to peter out at the end somewhat, as do the longer conversions like NTAG. Although the end here is after a lengthy downhill slope so that should help. The coaster really does have a fantastic-looking design.

 

Outlaw Run carries it's speed better than any RMC I've ridden so far (all but Medusa and WC). It's pacing is phenomenal right until the very last second of the ride. The 2 rolls are very much uphill and it only starts feeling slow once you're upside down in the second inversion there, and then you're hanging sideways for a second before entering the brakes. The pacing on Outlaw Run is a huge reason why it catapulted into my #! wood spot last summer. I've heard that Steel Medusa also has insane pacing like this, but I have to wait a month before riding that one.

 

If Lightning Rod has pacing on the Outlaw Run/Medusa Steel side of the spectrum, I think it will become my favorite wood coaster ever.

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Very twisty on the end before the double up! I love it! Also I didn't realize that the non-inverting half loop was going to be that tall. Wow....this thing is going to pack a big punch on all the naysayers.

 

Naysayers? Where have you found naysayers?

 

I honestly think LR is my least favorite new RMC. it has to do with the hot rod theme. Whilst it was a great idea, I don't see how a ride through the wooded mountains fit the theme. I wish they would had designed more theming aspects.

 

Another factor is the launch and drop, which could have been so much better IMO. Imagine an uninterrupted transition from a launch to an amazing drop. The acceleration effect would be such a rush!

 

Hate me if you want, but it won't change that I think LR had more potential than was granted.

 

Or well this for example, hopefully in a few weeks the opening will change his mind. Oh and with the hot rod theme in the mountains, that's really what they done in these hills. They would fix their cars up both body wise and engine wise and race them on the long stretches and on the windy roads. Usually with their girlfriends in the passenger seat. How do I know this? My grandfather has pictures and told me stories. So LR's story and theme fits perfect.

 

We will round them up and destroy them or at least ban them from Dollywood.

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I've heard that Steel Medusa also has insane pacing like this, but I have to wait a month before riding that one.

 

If Lightning Rod has pacing on the Outlaw Run/Medusa Steel side of the spectrum, I think it will become my favorite wood coaster ever.

The pacing on Outlaw Run and Medusa is insanely perfect. If this thing lives up to those two, I don't know how I'm ever gonna choose which one I like most!

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I'm wondering how much speed it's going to carry into the final brakes in reality. Both of the existing RMC woodies appear to peter out at the end somewhat, as do the longer conversions like NTAG. Although the end here is after a lengthy downhill slope so that should help. The coaster really does have a fantastic-looking design.

 

Outlaw Run carries it's speed better than any RMC I've ridden so far (all but Medusa and WC). It's pacing is phenomenal right until the very last second of the ride. The 2 rolls are very much uphill and it only starts feeling slow once you're upside down in the second inversion there, and then you're hanging sideways for a second before entering the brakes.

 

The slow second inversion is what I was referring to with Outlaw Run. Haven't been on it but it doesn't look like it exactly goes screaming into the brakes. Could just be due to the topography of course. I want to ride all the RMCs but it's pretty clear Outlaw Run is THE can't-miss RMC, I wonder if Lightning Rod will match it for intensity or not. Do we know if Lightning Rod is going to have steel wheels?

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I'm wondering how much speed it's going to carry into the final brakes in reality. Both of the existing RMC woodies appear to peter out at the end somewhat, as do the longer conversions like NTAG. Although the end here is after a lengthy downhill slope so that should help. The coaster really does have a fantastic-looking design.

I wonder if Lightning Rod will match it for intensity or not. Do we know if Lightning Rod is going to have steel wheels?

I'm pretty sure in the revealment video I heard Pete say that the wheels on these trains were Urethane wheels, to make for a more smooth/swift ride experience.

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Progress on Lightning Rod is really coming along nicely. I plan to visit the park on opening day, and the day after. This will be my first RMC and I really think of the wooden RMCs Outlaw Run is the only other one that could compete with this (on looks alone, I'll of course have to ride it before I can give a fair opinion)

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Progress on Lightning Rod is really coming along nicely. I plan to visit the park on opening day, and the day after. This will be my first RMC and I really think of the wooden RMCs Outlaw Run is the only other one that could compete with this (on looks alone, I'll of course have to ride it before I can give a fair opinion)

 

This will be my first also! I might be there May or June though.

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Was looking up Outlaw Runs testing date and Wild Eagle's Testing date, both we around Feb. 8th or 9th. So I'd suspect us to see some movement by this weekend. That'd be a great coaster Valentine's Day present haha

 

I have a feeling if we were to see testing this weekend the park would be destroying some really pretty fiberglass.

 

It'd be like RCT when you run one of the coasters and the trains fly off the end of the track.

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The non-invertibg half loop is pretty damn big. It gives my high hopes that this thing will have spacing at least as good as Outlaw Run (posdibly even as good as Medusa, which appears to have the greatest pacing in the world).

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I've just confirmed that I'll be heading down to Pigeon Forge this May to visit Dollywood. A few questions...

 

1) I'll likely be visiting the park in the afternoon/evening on Sunday the 22nd, then for a full day on Monday the 23rd. How busy should I expect the park to be?

2) In what order should I hit the coasters/rides?

3) Which non-ride attractions in the park I should visit? Even though I'm mostly a "rides" person, I am willing to explore the rest of the park since I'm always hearing good things about Dollywood's overall experience.

4) Any decent hotels in the area you'd recommend?

5) Anything else I should know?

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I've just confirmed that I'll be heading down to Pigeon Forge this May to visit Dollywood. A few questions...

 

1) I'll likely be visiting the park in the afternoon/evening on Sunday the 22nd, then for a full day on Monday the 23rd. How busy should I expect the park to be?

2) In what order should I hit the coasters/rides?

3) Which non-ride attractions in the park I should visit? Even though I'm mostly a "rides" person, I am willing to explore the rest of the park since I'm always hearing good things about Dollywood's overall experience.

4) Any decent hotels in the area you'd recommend?

5) Anything else I should know?

 

I can't speak on the crowds because I've only gone once and it was after Halloween so it was FREEZING cold.

 

Go Lightning Rod (enter the park and go to your right) and then Blazing Fury, Tennessee Tornado, Firechaser Express (mid day and onward it will have a long line) Wild Eagle (never has a line) Mystery Mine, and then Thunderhead. After that you'll have done a full loop of the park and can re ride whatever you want.

 

Non roller coasters, I'd say their Giant Screaming Swing is awesome. I think it's called Barnstormer.

 

I've stayed at the La Quinta in about 10 minutes from the park and it was cheap and comfortable.

 

The shows and food are 10/10 and between Blazing Fury and Lightning Rod is an all you can eat buffet for only 12 dollars. That includes drinks and refills.

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I've just confirmed that I'll be heading down to Pigeon Forge this May to visit Dollywood. A few questions...

 

1) I'll likely be visiting the park in the afternoon/evening on Sunday the 22nd, then for a full day on Monday the 23rd. How busy should I expect the park to be?

2) In what order should I hit the coasters/rides?

3) Which non-ride attractions in the park I should visit? Even though I'm mostly a "rides" person, I am willing to explore the rest of the park since I'm always hearing good things about Dollywood's overall experience.

4) Any decent hotels in the area you'd recommend?

5) Anything else I should know?

 

I can't speak on the crowds because I've only gone once and it was after Halloween so it was FREEZING cold.

 

Go Lightning Rod (enter the park and go to your right) and then Blazing Fury, Tennessee Tornado, Firechaser Express (mid day and onward it will have a long line) Wild Eagle (never has a line) Mystery Mine, and then Thunderhead. After that you'll have done a full loop of the park and can re ride whatever you want.

 

Non roller coasters, I'd say their Giant Screaming Swing is awesome. I think it's called Barnstormer.

 

I've stayed at the La Quinta in about 10 minutes from the park and it was cheap and comfortable.

 

The shows and food are 10/10 and between Blazing Fury and Lightning Rod is an all you can eat buffet for only 12 dollars. That includes drinks and refills.

 

I would say do Wild Eagle early just in case it closes for bees. I'm looking forward to another visit the this spring! Enjoy your trip!

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