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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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From Dollywood's homepage:

 

Lightning Rod will not be open to the general public at this time due to extended ride commissioning. Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never before used on a wooden coaster. The ride manufacturer asked for additional time to commission the ride. Keep watching Dollywood.com for future updates.

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From Dollywood's homepage:

 

Lightning Rod will not be open to the general public at this time due to extended ride commissioning. Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never before used on a wooden coaster. The ride manufacturer asked for additional time to commission the ride. Keep watching Dollywood.com for future updates.

 

However... it has been announced that Dolly will be the park 3/24. That could be the magic day.

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From Dollywood's homepage:

 

Lightning Rod will not be open to the general public at this time due to extended ride commissioning. Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never before used on a wooden coaster. The ride manufacturer asked for additional time to commission the ride. Keep watching Dollywood.com for future updates.

 

However... it has been announced that Dolly will be the park 3/24. That could be the magic day.

 

 

That would be perfect for me!

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Who wants to see the first video testing of LR?!?!? Looks like it's running pretty well!

 

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Holy crap, that's amazing. Holy airtime, batman.

 

^ Holy crap that launch is much faster than I'd anticipated! Going over the first two hills in the front of the train will be airtime heaven!

 

And in the back of the train will be airtime nirvana. Going down the drop in sustained ejector....

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Email I just received from Dollywood PR:

 

Lightning Rod will not be open for Grand Opening weekend. Lightning Rod is an innovative ride featuring new technology never used on a wooden coaster. The ride manufacturer asked for additional time to commission the ride. Progress is being made daily. Please check dollywood.com for future updates.

 

FAQ:

1) Why is it not ready, didn’t you start construction last summer?

A) This an innovative ride featuring technology never before used on a wooden coaster. At the ride manufacturer’s request ride commissioning has been extended to ensure the best possible ride experience for our guests this season.

 

2) Is it safe?

A) Yes! Safety is our number one priority at Dollywood and we work hard every day to keep our guests as safe as possible.

 

3) When do you expect it to open?

A) We will open when the ride is fully commissioned and we are comfortable the ride is the best it can be. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide a date.

 

4) When is Dolly visiting?

A) Dolly’s schedule is very full this year with a tour, a new album etc. She will, however, be on park March 24. She will also be in Pigeon Forge on Friday, May 6th for the parade on the Parkway.

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Is the video not showing up for anyone else because I see nothing?

 

Edit-watched the video on facebook. Looks great! Shafted that it wont likely be open in time for my first visit but fingers crossed for my april trip. As long as it opens this year I will for sure be riding it so we'll see how soon that is! I will still be enjoying the park for 2 great weekends with my friends and girlfriend so one roller coaster not being open won't soil my spirits so much!

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My life has no meaning.

 

 

I am a shell of a man. If you can't believe in Dolly, who can you believe in?

 

CHER completely abandoned us all after she won her Oscar for Moonstruck.

 

Likewise Babs after Yentle.

 

Bette, Divine M. One word. Beaches.

 

 

BEACHES!

 

Celine. What's wrong with your face?

 

WHO WILL FILL THIS EMPTY VOID IN MY SOUL!?

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Just gonna quote this one more time...

 

When are we gonna learn it's not a good idea to make plans to go to a not so close park opening weekends and subsequent weekends after for new rides? If attached all possible, at least wait until it's up and running regardless if the park has a good track record.

THIS!!! THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!!

 

Agreed on the "even if the park has a good track record" comment. Look, here's a ProTip for you - No one is going to gain any bonus points by being one of the "first" to ride something. So if the park in question requires a flight or significant car ride, taking time off work, etc, etc.... we strongly recommend waiting until the ride is open, has had a chance to break in (it's usually better then anyway) as it will greater guarantee you will get to ride that coaster that is part of your goal going to the park.

 

I plan on being there in July. I'm assuming the ride would have had plenty of time to warm itself up by then!

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at least Guy is still alive...

 

seriously I feel for anyone who could only plan a trip in the coming weeks and will miss out...as posted before, I have never quite recovered from my one and only trip to Dollywood in Dec '14 when the temps were so low that not a single coaster opened...not a one...I had to simply admire then all day long...and the pretty lights...and wonder, what if...?!

 

I rest easy knowing that Guy will get in his rides long before many of us will ever make it there...

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at least Guy is still alive...

 

seriously I feel for anyone who could only plan a trip in the coming weeks and will miss out...as posted before, I have never quite recovered from my one and only trip to Dollywood in Dec '14 when the temps were so low that not a single coaster opened...not a one...I had to simply admire then all day long...and the pretty lights...and wonder, what if...?!

 

I rest easy knowing that Guy will get in his rides long before many of us will ever make it there...

 

Considering it is supposed to snow Sunday, I'm not sure many coasters will be open then either.

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Try not to let this end too many of your lives. These things happen and in the grand scheme of things your life could be much, much worse than missing a roller coaster that will be at the park for 20+ more years. This is affecting Dollywood much more than you personally and think about those poor people in PR and GR dealing with this.

 

We've all been there. We've missed credits, we've been at a park before a coaster opened or seen it testing or seen it right after it closed to the public. It's okay to be bummed out, but don't let it ruin you. You'll get on the ride at some point and it will be great.

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Maggiekat and I will still be going on the 23rd. We planed this trip because we had never been to Dollywood and always wanted to go. We can't wait. We love theme parks and this place looks like a lot of fun. If anyone plans on being there on the 23rd. Look us up!!!! We will be the ones having a blast

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It for sure looks bad for publicity but if RMC themselves have requested the ride be tested furthur we should trust their judgement. It's much better for a ride to open a few weeks late and be safe than for it to open too early and safety or reliability be 'iffy.' This is the first RMC to not make the opening day right? It's also the first and only launched RMC and the only launched wooden coaster in the world. This is reasonable.

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