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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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Yeah I can't back up what James said enough! That is the most friendly park I have ever spent time and money at. Truly a 1st class park--and their people make all the difference. I've never experienced more friendly and motivated ride ops ANYWHERE! I go every year because of them.

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You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

Yeah, the difference to the rider between I-Box track and the current track is really minimal. The only major difference would be that the ride would actually be open when you wanted to ride it and wh

There was a time in my life when I would have cared what Lightning Rod was made of.  So refreshing to give precisely zero effs. I just want to go to Dollywood and not worry about it being open! 

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I remember seeing that footage in Dollywood after the Japanese parks in the Japan-a-Mania DVD. That one ride-op for Thunderhead seemed really into what he was doing.

 

Doug "CP's ride ops could could learn from this guy" Booth

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This goes against the grain of my thinking, but in my experience, dollywood's park staff was much friendlier than holiday world's has been in the past couple years. I think holiday world may be getting bigger so it's less personable, but to further illustrate my point, when I went back to dollywood, 80% of the thunderhead ride crew from the year before were still there, and they remembered me! One guy (the crew knew him as "sharpie") even remembered my name!! When I worked as a ride op on the beast @ PKI, I tried to be really into the ride, but my supervisor didn't like it when there was a lot of talking over the intercom, so he didn't let me drive much. PKI wasn't concerned as much about the ride ops being into the ride, it is rather dissapointing.

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Not only is Dollywood one of the more friendly parks, it has completely revamped itself over the past few years... the people seem to listen to the visitors, their likes and dislikes, and change accordingly... it's an impressive fact that Dollywood has gone from being the "hee haw" park to one of the major attractions in the South, but, to have done so without seeming to have disappointed a soul is amazing... And, on a side note, you will never find better food in a park than you will at Dollywood... man, oh, man, the eating you can do... LOL

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If it is a Euro Fighter, hello 2007! My dad even has wanted to go to Dollywood. He has heard so much good things about it. And trust me, when my dad wants to go to a theme park for a day, he must be smokin the crack rocks or something!

 

Well, looking at pics, it looks like They won't have the vertical lift, but will have the Vertical drop. Go up at an angle, then go over a hill or something..

 

Eh... yo no se

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^Perhaps the vertical lift is indoors???

 

I heard that Dollywood had hired the producer of both Mummy coasters to produce this new ride. Sounds like a winner to me!

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Dollywood is a fantastic park. The food is awesome and unique, the location and atmosphere is beautiful, the coasters they do have are thrilling and fun, and their staff is so friendly. Its one thing for a staff member to point you in the direction you want to go, but Dollywood goes 1 better and will WALK you there, just to make sure you find your way ok. If you have a question that they don't know the answer to, they'll find someone who knows the answer. Dollywood is definitely an awesome place, and I look forward to returning next year.

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Topiary? I think you mean topography A topiary is a bush cut to look like something- like the one shown below which is in downtown Columbus and depicts a George Surat painting.

 

And btw I too have that old E special on video tape- just don't have a working VCR!

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Any ideas on the location of the ride? I've often wondered when Dollywood is going to take the step of actually making a complete circle pathway, as opposed to thunderhead gap and the tennessee tornado being so far away, maybe the new coaster will go at the back of the park, near the water park? Can anybody enlighten me on this?

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If you ever take a ride on the train you would be suprised at how close thunder gap and the end of craftsman valley really are....

 

Jarvis "just a matter of time!" Morant!

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I'll be saying 'hello Dolly' in 2007 when I visit the park with the RCCGB. This park has been on my wish list for a while now.

The concept art (what I've seen so far anyway) for the 2007 coaster looks nothing short of stunning. I'm expecting something special...

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was at the park yesterday and talking to ride ops. From what it sounds like its not gonna feature inversions but it WILL weave in and out of the mountian side. There is already a cliff dugged out. It was also explained this is park of an on going effort to connect the valley to the canyon. Now the employee stated in the next 10 years but I think thats kinda lenthy lol!

 

Jarvis "by the way timber terror is a very VERY fun ride!...and look for a video soon" Morant!

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So, upon a first and not very clear glance, I thought the new coaster was gonna be named Pigeon Force.

 

Then I realized it was Pigeon Forge, and that was the name of the area, not the ride. Too bad... "Pigeon Force" sounds like an awesome coaster name, but this ride looks pretty badass too!

 

Dollywood is definitely becoming a destination park, at least in the coaster world.

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