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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I am not sure who that was because all I have said today is that Dolly will be here on Thursday but we do not know what the disposition of the ride yet. Progress is being made day after day. We will let you know as soon as we know. We are as anxious as you are to have Lightning Rod open.

 

Thanks for the update, Pete. Looking forward to riding when it does open.

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Well we got our media day invite for next Thursday so doesn't sound like the delays are too long...

 

Robb,

There HAS to be a TPR-POV of this, complete with plenty of ' wee's' and ' oh crap's'.

I will be visiting the park in July and hopefully I'll be able to record that video then!

 

Awesome! Can't wait.

You might be annoying to some people but I think your articulations of excitement make the videos. I scream my lungs out whenever I ride anything, so having a vid with no reactions is just meh...

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Got a ton of awesome pictures on perfect day at Dollywood. I spoke with Pete and he said it's a day by day thing on testing. I asked why they weren't running the trains during the time as was there and he said they are working on some behind the scenes engineering stuff. Dolly will officially open the part Thursday with a media time at 10:30am and she will do a parade through the park at 4:30pm weather permitting. I asked if the coaster would be open then and he said its day to day. keep your eyes on the website for future details.

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When did you go? Usually even when the park is packed the coasters aren't. Tennessee Tornado with one train holds a 20+ minute line and both Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle will push 20 minutes. Firechaser can be bad but you really only have to ride it once. Same with Blazing Fury. Thunderhead rarely has a line and before Lightning Rod is the star of the park IMO. I've never visited the park where I felt lines were too long.

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When did you go? Usually even when the park is packed the coasters aren't. Tennessee Tornado with one train holds a 20+ minute line and both Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle will push 20 minutes. Firechaser can be bad but you really only have to ride it once. Same with Blazing Fury. Thunderhead rarely has a line and before Lightning Rod is the star of the park IMO. I've never visited the park where I felt lines were too long.

 

I went the Saturday after thanksgiving. Everything was an hour wait at least, even the cinnamon bread (worth it though!) Does Tennessee Tornado only run one train? It was the longest wait in the park.

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If you guys can see it, after the LSM's you'll see there is a little space then there is some more that are either more LSM's or trims. Can you tell? I hope they aren't trims right after the launch :/ I didn't realize the area would have an actual street look to it now and I love it! I know Pete said it would look like you're walking on the streets on Sevierville, but I didn't know he meant literally. The area looks so much better!!!

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^I think you're right. It's probably some sort of brake that is only engaged if it's sensed that the train is going too slow, so rather that letting the train go over the first hill too slow and risk a roll back later in the course, it slows the train enough to force a roll back, and the launch can give it another go.

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