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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I assume the park has made no official statement because they are still hopeful that Lightning Rod will be ready. I doubt they would leave us guessing when opening day of the park is the norm for new rides and many people are anticipating riding it opening day.

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Great interview today. Not making any guarantees, but they report Lightning Rod "right on schedule" in the description. What is right on schedule? No one knows, but as of now, the park hasn't officially said it would be after Opening Day. I'd say the expectation should be for it not to be opening day to avoid too much disappointment. In the ambitious case it does open on Opening Day, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

 

They said "Opening Spring 2016" when they announced the ride, so technically it doesn't have to be open on opening day for it to be on schedule.

 

At this point, opening this ride on Opening Day is laughable. I will eat my shoe if it does. I mean c'mon! There's less than ten days left and ride (to my knowledge) hasn't even completed a full circuit! I don't blame Dollywood or RMC per se, it's just I believe ambitions were set too high on this ride.

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^I hope you like the taste of rubber

 

In all seriousness, I think opening day was the goal in mind. I'm still cautiously optimistic, and I don't think it's "laughable" in any sense of the word to meet that deadline. As has been said before, there's really nothing new on this coaster. Yeah it's the first wood launch coaster but so what? Doesn't mean it would be any more complicated to test than any other LSM launch coaster.

 

Bottom line is, if the regulations allow for it I think there's a (great?) possibility this opens on schedule.

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Great interview today. Not making any guarantees, but they report Lightning Rod "right on schedule" in the description. What is right on schedule? No one knows, but as of now, the park hasn't officially said it would be after Opening Day. I'd say the expectation should be for it not to be opening day to avoid too much disappointment. In the ambitious case it does open on Opening Day, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

 

They said "Opening Spring 2016" when they announced the ride, so technically it doesn't have to be open on opening day for it to be on schedule.

 

At this point, opening this ride on Opening Day is laughable. I will eat my shoe if it does. I mean c'mon! There's less than ten days left and ride (to my knowledge) hasn't even completed a full circuit! I don't blame Dollywood or RMC per se, it's just I believe ambitions were set too high on this ride.

 

You keep killing the puppies! What is wrong with you?

 

I believe in the magic of Dolly! I believe in the magic of Dolly! Nothing can get me down! Unicorns, Butterflies, and Rainbows! I will be there opening day, with bells on, dressed up in my Sunday best. On a Friday no less! I will briskly walk not to the left up Timber Canyon, but to the right toward Jukebox Junction, where I will stand, proudly, waiting for all the smiling faces of the Lightning Rod crew to come down and wisk me away with open arms to the loading platform. I will stand for a moment. Pondering. Front row? Or back? Truth be told, I already know which, but I won't tell you. I will keep you guessing. Then, as I return from my maiden voyage on Dolly's newest creation, I will exit the loading ramp, skirt through the giftshop, pull out my cell phone, and serve up a God Fearing dose TPR humble pie!

 

Told ya so!

 

I have dreamt this! And so it shall be!

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Eff this noise. I just bypassed coaster crews deadline for the event on opening day. While I'm going to be in the area that weekend, it would be really frustrating to visit the park and pay for the whole enthusiast event and the best coaster on the planet is just sitting there still in testing or delayed. Curse you dollywood, I'll be back.

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Is the season passholder preview day confirmed for the 18th? I keep seeing it mentioned in this thread, but I can't find any mention of it on the park's website, nor have I received any communication about it (I'm a passholder).

 

There's a recent post on their Facebook.

 

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You keep killing the puppies! What is wrong with you?

 

I believe in the magic of Dolly! I believe in the magic of Dolly! Nothing can get me down! Unicorns, Butterflies, and Rainbows! I will be there opening day, with bells on, dressed up in my Sunday best. On a Friday no less! I will briskly walk not to the left up Timber Canyon, but to the right toward Jukebox Junction, where I will stand, proudly, waiting for all the smiling faces of the Lightning Rod crew to come down and wisk me away with open arms to the loading platform. I will stand for a moment. Pondering. Front row? Or back? Truth be told, I already know which, but I won't tell you. I will keep you guessing. Then, as I return from my maiden voyage on Dolly's newest creation, I will exit the loading ramp, skirt through the giftshop, pull out my cell phone, and serve up a God Fearing dose TPR humble pie!

 

Told ya so!

 

I have dreamt this! And so it shall be!

 

What a vivid image you have painted. Can't wait to see your photos from opening day, and I can't wait to hear about how you liked LR!

 

I'm just thankful our trip to DW is planned for LATE this season so I am not worried about it opening on opening day or not!

 

(However, if I had to put money on LR opening on opening day, or not. . . I'd put money on it being open on opening day.)

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Eff this noise. I just bypassed coaster crews deadline for the event on opening day. While I'm going to be in the area that weekend, it would be really frustrating to visit the park and pay for the whole enthusiast event and the best coaster on the planet is just sitting there still in testing or delayed. Curse you dollywood, I'll be back.

 

Do you like killing puppies? Does their crying bring you joy? Why is your heart so cold and black?

 

You gotta dream to live bro! Dolly's got her amplifiers turned up to 11! I believe! I believe! I believe!

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I know the website won't except cc on mobile devices. Log on the website from a computer or laptop.

 

Since when? When I visited last year the lines at the ticket booths were so long they had employees going around telling people they could buy the tickets on their phones and they could then scan the barcodes from their phones at the gate.

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I still can't get over how insane that wave turn looks. I can't say definitively that I won't tear up when I see the ride in person, and completely make a fool of myself, regardless of when it opens. I'm lucky enough that I will have enough free time to go down one Saturday before I gradute to experience it. I'm resigned to being able to ride on Spring Break now, so it will just be a bonus if it is open then.

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I know the website won't except cc on mobile devices. Log on the website from a computer or laptop.

 

Since when? When I visited last year the lines at the ticket booths were so long they had employees going around telling people they could buy the tickets on their phones and they could then scan the barcodes from their phones at the gate.

 

A couple of years ago I tried to order my season passes by my Ipad and it would take my CC due to security issues. I also tried once from my work computer and due to Firewalls it wouldn't let me complete the CC part of my order. It might be fixed by now. Just wanted to help.

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And on other good news, the park is busting with decor for Festival of Nations and Mother Africa! Spring has sprung and the flowers are bountiful! The new "good to great" project on Showstreet will add a much needed open feel and much better travel for the thousands of visitors daily. You will notice new paint schemes on buildings throughout the park, new roofs, new signs, new decor and just an overall superior visual imagery of Dollywood!

 

I for one am super excited for the 2016 season of Dollywood that will begin in only 9 more days! Let's band together, cheer Dollywood on for completion of LR and get ready for this new season to start!

 

Shew... now time to go get my morning coffee and see if that coaster train has moved any today!

 

Is this "new good to great project" on Showstreet helping to fill the void of the much-missed (personally) Friendship Fountain, removed last year?

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And on other good news, the park is busting with decor for Festival of Nations and Mother Africa! Spring has sprung and the flowers are bountiful! The new "good to great" project on Showstreet will add a much needed open feel and much better travel for the thousands of visitors daily. You will notice new paint schemes on buildings throughout the park, new roofs, new signs, new decor and just an overall superior visual imagery of Dollywood!

 

I for one am super excited for the 2016 season of Dollywood that will begin in only 9 more days! Let's band together, cheer Dollywood on for completion of LR and get ready for this new season to start!

 

Shew... now time to go get my morning coffee and see if that coaster train has moved any today!

 

Is this "new good to great project" on Showstreet helping to fill the void of the much-missed (personally) Friendship Fountain, removed last year?

 

Unfortunately not. I don't think we will be seeing the fountain come back anytime soon. The new I am talking about goes from the bakery all the way down to where the fountain was. It looks great!

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I just wanna say that I am very dissatisfied with Dollywood customer services so far.

 

I tried to purchase the season pass online and ALL my credit cards (5 of them) were declined. I'm assuming that's because they were issued in Brazil?

 

So I called their customer service and after 10 minutes on hold (let me remind you, they only have 1800 numbers, so I had to add skype credits to make that call), I was told that they can't process the season pass in 6 easy payments over the phone, only on their website - and their website won't take any of my credit cards!

 

 

What is the point in getting a massive new coaster if they can't even process a damn foreign credit card?

 

There's a chance that your credit card companies in Brazil are stopping the transaction. You should contact them directly and see if there is an issue on their part. Before my friend's trip to Japan, he had a problem trying to buy Tokyo Disney Sea tickets with his USA-issued Credit Card. He called them to let them know the issue and once he explained they let the transaction proceed.

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I just wanna say that I am very dissatisfied with Dollywood customer services so far.

 

I tried to purchase the season pass online and ALL my credit cards (5 of them) were declined. I'm assuming that's because they were issued in Brazil?

 

So I called their customer service and after 10 minutes on hold (let me remind you, they only have 1800 numbers, so I had to add skype credits to make that call), I was told that they can't process the season pass in 6 easy payments over the phone, only on their website - and their website won't take any of my credit cards!

 

 

What is the point in getting a massive new coaster if they can't even process a damn foreign credit card?

 

There's a chance that your credit card companies in Brazil are stopping the transaction. You should contact them directly and see if there is an issue on their part. Before my friend's trip to Japan, he had a problem trying to buy Tokyo Disney Sea tickets with his USA-issued Credit Card. He called them to let them know the issue and once he explained they let the transaction proceed.

 

 

Unfortunately that's not the case. I travel to the US quite often and this only happened at Dollywood's website, at both times I was going to visit the park.

 

For this upcoming trip I purchased tickets online for WDW, Lowry Zoo, Andretti Thrill Park, Universal, Legoland, Wild Adventures, Carowinds, Fun Spot, ZDT and Sea World San Antonio without any issues with my foreign credit cards.

 

For me, the whole Dollywood experience is becoming more and more frustrating every day. They don't have the option to message them on Facebook. They don't reply to posts on their wall. The 1-800 number can't be dialed from an international phone, only Skype. They don't have an e-mail where we can contact them, just a web form that takes 8-10 business days for them to reply. I've been to some shitty amusement parks around the world and only a few got me as aggravated as Dollywood did (Spoiler alert, Morey's Piers was another one).

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^ I mean, it's Morey's Piers. There's really no explanation necessary. I've never regarded them well in terms of customer service and satisfaction. They're a boardwalk with some decent rides and mediocre coasters but awesome waterparks. Particularly the triple-down mat slides.

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^ I mean, it's Morey's Piers. There's really no explanation necessary. I've never regarded them well in terms of customer service and satisfaction. They're a boardwalk with some decent rides and mediocre coasters but awesome waterparks. Particularly the triple-down mat slides.

 

 

Yup, their water park is amazing and while I was there I felt like I was in a park with a totally different management team...

 

The amusement park on the other hand... They didn't let me ride the ferris wheel alone (ok, apparently this is a standard procedure in the US). They also didn't let me ride the fucking Flying Galleon alone!!! Come on, what are they afraid of? That a single rider might get scared and jump off the boat??? It's a freaking family ride!!! Also, they didn't let me ride the Great Nor'Easter with a fanny pack. They had metal detector on the line (way before Universal made it seem cool).

 

Had to rent a locke , and they only accept credit cards, which I had left on my car, parked over a mile away, no cash.

 

It amazes me how some major US parks are so unprepared to welcome foreign guests, single riders, etc.

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^^ I've been going to Morey's every summer for my entire life and can't think of a single bad experience I've ever had with service/customer satisfaction. Yeah I get that most of the coasters are mediocre and Morey's generally gets overlooked around these part because of that, but to me its always been about much more than the coasters. Love Wildwood and love Morey's. Always have, always will.

 

^ Not saying I agree with all of their policies, but all of those things you griped about are well known if you are familiar with Morey's, it even states all of those things right on their website.

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