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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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TRACK ALMOST COMPLETE TWO PIECES LEFT!

Yeah there's no way this will be open on Opening Day.

 

Say's who? There's really no point in trying to decipher without hearing from the park itself.

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Welp, it's official! Just finalized by cabin rental for 3/27 to 3/30 for our visit to Dollywood! I'm excited because this'll be my first visit to the park. Thinking about doing some hiking / outdoors stuff in the area, too. Hopefully Lightning Rod will be ready to go by then!

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I really wish the park or RMC would update us on the situation because I am a season passholder and want to go to preview day but only if Lightning Rod is ready, since I would have to take off work and book a hotel. I hope we get news within the next week in regards to the chance of it being ready or being delayed.

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They're already doing clearance tests on one end while track is being finished. A crew is finishing up the station, we have seen that all the computers are in place. The company "PettyWelding" is doing all of the gates and railing by the way. If they get everything cleared and get this thing testing, they have 3 weeks and 2 days left.

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They're already doing clearance tests on one end while track is being finished. A crew is finishing up the station, we have seen that all the computers are in place. The company "PettyWelding" is doing all of the gates and railing by the way. If they get everything cleared and get this thing testing, they have 3 weeks and 2 days left.

I was thinking about this. I know RMCs fasted progress from track completion to ride opening was 5 weeks, but they could be doing so many other things in advance like testing clearance on the 90% of the course that has been done for weeks. I am hopeful that this is the case, and that the launch won't be problematic. Really looking forward to preview day happening!

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Does anyone know what the minimum hours a ride has to test or if there is a minimum? That would be the only thing, barring issues that arise from testing that would delay the opening. I can tell you the ride was ahead of schedule at the end of the year.

I don't think it's as much hours as it is complete ride cycles. I'm assuming those would be in the 100's. The only problem with that is the LSM system has to go through half launches and roll back testing before it can start cycling too.

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I assume it is different from state to state.

 

With that said, I couldn't actually find any specific Tteenneessee ride testing information as far as testing/operating hours, just that the ride has to be deemed safe and signed off on by a certified 3rd party inspector. Along with that and having all it's building permits in order.

 

Perhaps someone else would like to comb through the stuff I found and see if they can find something I didn't see. Granted, I did just glance over the material, and didn't read everything. I was looking for something that caught my eye as far as testing hours goes.

 

https://www.tn.gov/workforce/article/amusement-devices

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I asked around the Office about testing requirements. The answer is that it varies by the ride and manufacturer. Some flats can be assembled in less than a week, and have people on them within a few test cycles. Others require x-amount of safe cycles without error. Usually the cycle count is more important than hours of testing. If you only dispatch a train every ten minutes as opposed to the moment the lights blink on the control panel, you will have far fewer test cycles for let's say 100 hours of "testing." But what I do know, is that I have never read in any of the manufacturer manual anything that seemed like it couldn't be done in a week when it came to testing.

 

ASTM is the most common standard used for amusement ride Inspection and operation. 32 States, including Tennessee, use ASTM as law for amusement ride inspection and testing. ASTM is like our Constitution; It is very vague and open for interpretation. Usually, ASTM requires a park/operator to inspect/test as the manufacturer deems fit. As for letting guests on a ride, unless a manufacturer dictates otherwise, ASTM says a ride must complete one full, successful operating cycle before allowing riders to ride.

 

So the answer as to how much a ride needs tested varies by manufacturer. If the manufacturer didn't specify how many test cycles are needed before opening (happens more often than you think), ASTM says they only need one successful test cycle.

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While it feels like This project is cutting it close, if there is one park that I feel confident in getting their new attraction up for opening weekend it is Dollywood. If it were six flags I'd be doubtful but I have no doubt we will see dolly smiling and a bunch of happy folks riding her new rod right on schedule in just around three weeks from now in Ten-a-how-ever-you-wanna-spell-it.

 

Shawn (loves attending opening weekend at Dollywood) Smith

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From RMC's instagram today:

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That's beautiful. Can't wait to ride this, definitely my most anticipated new ride (that I will actually get to ride) for this year along with Storm Chaser.

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