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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I dont understand all this hate. Guess what, if you go to Dollywood and any coaster isnt open you still have Cinnamon Bread....

 

I have done LOTS of trips where the coaster has been closed (There is a story that i get made fun of alot for in indonesia) or flown for opening and the ride to be delayed a few days (Lagoon last year). All that gives me is an excuse to go back to that park and see it again. When you already know how great Dollywood is, why would you complain because one ride isnt open, when it just gives you a perfect excuse to go back later in the year!

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Relative to this being a "new technology", why does this ride being wood make any difference in regards to the launching technology? I hardly see how this is new when a few other rides have launches up hills and LSM/LIM's at this point are quite an established technology. Is there something unique about this launch system compared to the dozens of others in existence?

 

It's cool that it's on a wooden coaster and all, but in theory it's really no different than any other ride. Looks like they just ran short on time and need a few more days/weeks to finely tune the system (obviously!).

 

Bummer it’s opening late though… We had planned to be at the park next week (wed-sat) but now that is in limbo… At worst we detour elsewhere and come back later on in the season once it’s up and running. This isn’t a B&M, so I expected the chance of opening on time slim to be honest, lol.

 

I have a feeling it's less that it's new technology and moe that the three companies involved (RMC, Velocity Magnetics, and IOE) don't all have tons of experience working together on launching coasters.

Are you saying they are not using InTraSys GmbH Prolim LSM Stators that are used literally on every single LSM and LIM Launched Coaster ever built?

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Are you saying they are not using InTraSys GmbH Prolim LSM Stators that are used literally on every single LSM and LIM Launched Coaster ever built?

 

Correct. The launch is supplied by Velocity Magnetics, not InTraSys.

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When did they get into the LSM Motor Game?

 

From the sounds of the video (

), this is a 'prototype' from them. Or at least it's the first launch that they've done.

Derp! Didn't see that video. Thanks! I don't see a cap like the InTraSys GmbH prolim stators have, so I wonder what happens to these if they fail. It's always good to see American Companies being utilized so much.

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I'm thinking of a drinking game for my visit to Dollywood this weekend that involves Lightning Rod....

 

In all seriousness, I have been a cheerleader all along that somehow RMC/Dollywood would pull it together just in time. Unfortunately it will not happen. With my work schedule and proximity to Dollywood, the next most likely visit won't be until 2017. Sh*t happens, but the bright side is that I am going in with expectations not to ride. It would be a much more crushing blow to see a "(coaster name) is Closed Today" sign in front of a park as I'm walking through the gates under the impression I would be riding said ride. As an operations and marketing person in the industry (small park job perks), I only have the most sincere empathy and sympathy for Dollywood on what might have been the most exciting Opening Weekend yet for them.

 

But hey, life happens. And I am still stoked to visit Dollywood in less than 48 hours.

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The problem is not a programming issue.

 

 

 

I was beaten to the punch, but yes, I was going to let everyone know the above.

 

-=CoasterBP

 

Maybe Danny Robbins needs to stop spewing information he doesn't know to be correct or true and allow the real PR team, Pete and his group, to give out the information. Just saying...

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I'm thinking of a drinking game for my visit to Dollywood this weekend that involves Lightning Rod....

 

Dollywood doesn't sell alcohol...

 

That's what packing it or purchasing/consuming off-site is for. The game doesn't have to happen in the park. Many possibilities

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The problem is not a programming issue.

 

 

 

I was beaten to the punch, but yes, I was going to let everyone know the above.

 

-=CoasterBP

 

Maybe Danny Robbins needs to stop spewing information he doesn't know to be correct or true and allow the real PR team, Pete and his group, to give out the information. Just saying...

 

Or maybe coaster enthusiasts should stop stalking his personal Instagram asking him a bunch of questions. He's just trying to be nice and pass off as good as information as he has. I really hope nothing bad comes of this for him because I have met him at the park multiple times and he is one of the best/nicest employees there. He remembered my wife and I when we weren't there for a year. For someone who sees hundreds of thousands of guests a year I really appreciated it.

 

And really why does it matter what is wrong, if it was a programming issue is one of us going to go there and fix it for them? They have clearly stated it wasn't a catastrophic failure. It will be open when they say it's ready. I'll be there Monday or Tuesday next week regardless, the park was fantastic before Lightning Rod and will be great next week. That said I would love if by some chance they work out the kinks by Tuesday but I am not expecting it.

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I personally don't think there are any issues with the ride, I just believe they are behind and my bet is that it'll open a week and a half late.. Dollywood themselves said it would start testing around Valentine's day and as far as we know, the track wasn't even finished by then.. Dollywood delayed the announcement in hopes they could catch up but it didn't happen..

 

My two cents anyway.. I bet it'll open close to two weeks late because if I put the pieces together that we know, I'm betting they are two weeks behind schedule

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Would you not think it will open next Thursday on March 24th? That is the day that Dolly has rescheduled the media event for the park. She is at the park right now. Her bus is at DreamMore, she just arrived at the park 15 mins or so ago. She is here this weekend but not doing public stuff. She isn't holding the media event because the ride is not ready. Why would she come back in a week on 03.24 to hold the media event if the ride wasn't going to open that day either? If you think about it, that should be the official ride opening day as long as nothing new comes up between now and then.

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The problem is not a programming issue.

 

 

 

I was beaten to the punch, but yes, I was going to let everyone know the above.

 

-=CoasterBP

 

Maybe Danny Robbins needs to stop spewing information he doesn't know to be correct or true and allow the real PR team, Pete and his group, to give out the information. Just saying...

 

Or maybe coaster enthusiasts should stop stalking his personal Instagram asking him a bunch of questions. He's just trying to be nice and pass off as good as information as he has. I really hope nothing bad comes of this for him because I have met him at the park multiple times and he is one of the best/nicest employees there. He remembered my wife and I when we weren't there for a year. For someone who sees hundreds of thousands of guests a year I really appreciated it.

 

And really why does it matter what is wrong, if it was a programming issue is one of us going to go there and fix it for them? They have clearly stated it wasn't a catastrophic failure. It will be open when they say it's ready. I'll be there Monday or Tuesday next week regardless, the park was fantastic before Lightning Rod and will be great next week. That said I would love if by some chance they work out the kinks by Tuesday but I am not expecting it.

 

Maybe you saw something that none of us did, but none of the post on here, copied from Danny's IG, had any questions to Danny in them. He freely posted the feeds of what he "thought" was true for the ride and park and it turned out to be a false statement. Dollywood has a very strict media relations policy and the employee handbook clearly states what you can and can not post on social media. One of the big no-no's is posting statements answering public questions or providing answers for public comments. Danny knows this policy, or at least signed his handbook statement that he does, so why put yourself at the risk of termination for violating policy and posting "crap" on social media that you don't know what you are talking about, and now one of the companies that Dollywood works with had to go on social media and post a correction to Danny's post calling out his error. It doesn't look good for Dollywood when one of the company employees is spewing wrong information about a new ride and one of the companies that is building it.

 

Dolly has rescheduled media day for 03.24. This would be a great day to be at Dollywood if you want to ride the new coaster.

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Now that Lightening Rod is not going to be open, I want to go as I won't be tempted to mess up my coaster count with RMC.

 

Alright, I'll bite. What the F**k are you talking about?

 

I have my 200th spot reserved for Valravn. B&M's 100th coaster.

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Now that Lightening Rod is not going to be open, I want to go as I won't be tempted to mess up my coaster count with RMC.

 

Alright, I'll bite. What the F**k are you talking about?

 

I have my 200th spot reserved for Valravn. B&M's 100th coaster.

That seems really silly to me but to each their own. I just ride coasters when I can, not avoid them to apply preferred numerical milestones. Either of those rides are great #200s anyways but again to each their own!

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