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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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After watching videos of the two latest RMC creations, I have come to a few conclusions:

 

1. Both Lightning Rod and Wildfire look fantastic.

2. Both Dollywood and Kolmarden have the most beautiful settings possible for a roller coaster this side of Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

Agreed. I hope more parks give RMC the freedom, space and budget to make longer custom wood coasters. Wildfire looks like the "best of" compilation of what RMC can do.

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I've never seen more whining about a park in my entire life. I hope I never have to be stuck in a ride queue with any of yall.

 

That is why they have the Q-Bots........

 

To force a segue into a question I had:

 

I'm planning a trip in July with 3 friends. I assume the TimeSaver Q-Bot works the same as at Six Flags, aka buy it online for a certain day, go to a building and pick it up, and reserve your ride times throughout the day?

Also, it seems like the cheapest bet for the actual tickets and parking is to buy them discounted from a participating grocery store, and take the tram into and out of the park?

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It's incredibly ironic that a hobby that bigger people seem to love requires you to be somewhat in shape. Haha

This isn't just an out of shape issue though.

 

Lots of physically fit people can't ride either. I had drill instructors that wouldn't fit. One had biceps the size of my thighs.

 

Our definition of physically fit has changed drastically over the past several decades, with over 2/3rds of Americans being technically overweight and 1/3 of those people being morbidly obese. I always see on facebook these people saying "my boyfriend didn't fit this ride and he's not fat, he just has big shoulders." Out of curiosity I facebook creep and confirm that said person is indeed clearly overweight. However, it's typical of the American mentality to blame the seats instead of the person. Meanwhile, being actually considered physically fit as opposed to the American norm, I'm left swimming in widening car seats, furniture, etc. Even if a person had shredded massive legs and 3% body fat, to the point where they wouldn't fit into a RMC coaster car (virtually impossible scenario), that still doesn't mean it's healthy.

 

I could go on and on about why America is getting fatter and why we are constantly developing new diseases due to our high carbohydrate/low fat diets, but I'll save that for another forum.

 

I'm 6'5", and pretty muscular. I'm sure he fit fine

 

I'm not sure. He was ~5-6, probably 250lb, all muscle. His thighs were nearly as big as my waist.

 

A weightlifter acquaintance of mine would likely have difficulty too for similar reasons.

I've seen more than a few of his build not fit WE or MM.

 

 

But yeh, most of the people that don't fit are not bodybuilders/weight lifters.

 

Even if the above people really are shredded and massive, you're talking about a VERY VERY VERY small percentage of people, as opposed to the people who are clearly overweight. Again, there's still a difference between being healthy and being a body builder.

 

I'm sorry if my points came across harsh, but it's fact. The great thing is that weight can be managed.

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If it's that much of a big deal they should put a host by the test seat that pulls people out of the queue and makes them try the test seat like they did to me on Silver Star before barking "Reihe funf!" (the one with the fat boy seats)

 

Sure you'll get some hurt feelings but surely it's better to do it before getting on the ride?

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However, it's typical of the American mentality to blame the seats instead of the person.

This.

 

I've never seen more whining about a park in my entire life. I hope I never have to be stuck in a ride queue with any of yall.

My apologies, I didn't realize I was in the presence of someone immune to the effects of oppressive heat and humidity that the region faced over the weekend. I'll take hot weather over cold any day of the week, but I was done with it by Sunday afternoon.

 

And suggesting that a park add mist fans to an outdoor switchback queue does not qualify as whining. If a Six Flags park can do it, so can Dollywood. The park already has them covering half of the Wilderness Pass area, so it's not a huge ask for them to add one or two to Lightning Rod's outdoor queue. We know they've had plenty of time to do so.

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If it's that much of a big deal they should put a host by the test seat that pulls people out of the queue and makes them try the test seat

 

I wish they would. Not just Dollywood, but all parks with similar restraints.

 

Sure you'll get some hurt feelings but surely it's better to do it before getting on the ride?

That seams to be a big no at Dollywood, even to point of putting people in danger.

I've seen people allowed to ride with stuff they should not have and would be a danger to other if lost during the ride. Never seen them pull someone off a ride that refused to hand stuff over.

 

Granted most at DW aren't going to do that either. The geniality works both ways.

Much like this year is the first time they've had bag checks of any kind. And even then I still see plenty of outside food and drink in the park.

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^^ I agree, that as long as the restraints on any ride or coaster are getting more streamlined or just made

differently, so who sits in the seat, has to fit. Period.

 

I found that out with The Beast here at Playland. And a test seat in front for it's first year, would have helped me

find out sooner, than after standing in line so long. And now that they do have one this season, I know I am still

not able to get that green light on.

 

And how much more $ would it add (to the total cost) for one of those with brand new (sensitive) coasters?

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I barely fit into Premier trains, mostly because of my legs. Who would have guessed that 190lbs is overweight for someone that is 6ft tall?

 

Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 140.2 lbs - 189.5 lbs

 

http://www.calculator.net/ideal-weight-calculator.html

 

You'd be surprised what qualified as overweight, man. It's all relative to our surroundings and what the eye sees everyday. The 'average' American is overweight and our bodies aren't meant to carry around all of this extra baggage. The new "normal" is not normal to our genetic roots. The FDA food recommendations have set us all up for failure, but people are catching on. High carb/low fat is a detriment to our physical health and a recipe for obesity, diabetes, and the growing number of neurological disorders.

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However, it's typical of the American mentality to blame the seats instead of the person.

This.

 

I've never seen more whining about a park in my entire life. I hope I never have to be stuck in a ride queue with any of yall.

My apologies, I didn't realize I was in the presence of someone immune to the effects of oppressive heat and humidity that the region faced over the weekend. I'll take hot weather over cold any day of the week, but I was done with it by Sunday afternoon.

 

And suggesting that a park add mist fans to an outdoor switchback queue does not qualify as whining. If a Six Flags park can do it, so can Dollywood. The park already has them covering half of the Wilderness Pass area, so it's not a huge ask for them to add one or two to Lightning Rod's outdoor queue. We know they've had plenty of time to do so.

 

I live, and have always lived in georgia. Oppressive heat?! Dude, if you can't stand in sunlight for 20 minutes...I'm not really sure what to tell ya. Hit the gym and chug some gatorades.

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I've never seen more whining about a park in my entire life. I hope I never have to be stuck in a ride queue with any of yall.
My apologies, I didn't realize I was in the presence of someone immune to the effects of oppressive heat and humidity that the region faced over the weekend. I'll take hot weather over cold any day of the week, but I was done with it by Sunday afternoon.

 

And suggesting that a park add mist fans to an outdoor switchback queue does not qualify as whining. If a Six Flags park can do it, so can Dollywood. The park already has them covering half of the Wilderness Pass area, so it's not a huge ask for them to add one or two to Lightning Rod's outdoor queue. We know they've had plenty of time to do so.

 

I live, and have always lived in georgia. Oppressive heat?! Dude, if you can't stand in sunlight for 20 minutes...I'm not really sure what to tell ya. Hit the gym and chug some gatorades.

I've lived in Tennessee for the majority of my life. As I said in the post you quoted, I prefer the heat. I'm used to it. But I'm not the only person at the park. There are those who may not be acclimated to the higher temperatures, especially if they're not from the area. And last weekend temperatures across the state were not typical of late spring. And that doesn't even take into account the poor air quality that accompanied the heat.

 

Your suggestion to go to a gym and chug Gatorade makes zero sense in the context of this exchange, so I'm going to assume you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Just give them time and they will add the fans, Firechaser's loading station was miserable on hot days, they just put a fan in this season, it makes a world of difference. It will happen with LR eventually as well.

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Wow! This thread has become a steaming pile of pontificating poo!

 

To get back to the simple question I asked prior to all the back and forth about what constitutes acceptable or proper weight...

 

To those of you who have ridden LR already, who have also ridden MF (probably the least fat-friendly coaster I know of), how do the restraints compare? Are they similar in clearance? Or is MF clearly more restrictive? Just looking for opinions on that specific question here, no arguments, and certainly no interest in "fat-shaming" type of comments...

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I haven't ridden Lightning Rod yet, but I have ridden Storm Chaser and Wicked Cyclone. I fit into both of those with no problems, but could not fit into Millennium Force because the seat belt was about an inch shy of reaching the buckle. That really put a damper on my day at Cedar Point.

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Well I'm certainly glad to see that everyone has found something new to bitch about, I was super concerned that once the ride opened officially that this thread would die!

 

(Yeah, you've already forgotten about the issues in getting everything dialed in, eh?)

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However, it's typical of the American mentality to blame the seats instead of the person.

This.

 

I've never seen more whining about a park in my entire life. I hope I never have to be stuck in a ride queue with any of yall.

My apologies, I didn't realize I was in the presence of someone immune to the effects of oppressive heat and humidity that the region faced over the weekend. I'll take hot weather over cold any day of the week, but I was done with it by Sunday afternoon.

 

And suggesting that a park add mist fans to an outdoor switchback queue does not qualify as whining. If a Six Flags park can do it, so can Dollywood. The park already has them covering half of the Wilderness Pass area, so it's not a huge ask for them to add one or two to Lightning Rod's outdoor queue. We know they've had plenty of time to do so.

 

I live, and have always lived in georgia. Oppressive heat?! Dude, if you can't stand in sunlight for 20 minutes...I'm not really sure what to tell ya. Hit the gym and chug some gatorades.

Chugging gatorades and hitting the gym are counterproductive, considering gatorade has about 35g of sugar per bottle

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I haven't ridden Lightning Rod yet, but I have ridden Storm Chaser and Wicked Cyclone. I fit into both of those with no problems, but could not fit into Millennium Force because the seat belt was about an inch shy of reaching the buckle. That really put a damper on my day at Cedar Point.

 

Thanks for your reply! I have ridden only Storm Chaser among the RMCs, and my impression is that they are a little bigger space-wise than MF. My dad was able to do MF last time there, but just missed out the first time this year (after being cleared at the test seat, for the information of the guy that was claiming there was never any difference between the two). I would love for him to come to Dollywood with me, so hopefully he feels slimmer, and confident enough to give it a go!

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Fun fact about Wild Eagle, most of us know row 4 is known as the big boy seats because of the extended belt length. One year I was riding with my friend who is 6'3 (yes, his shoulders were bruised after the ride) but anyway when I asked the host about if there were any seats made for bigger people she looked at me like I was stupid when clearly row 4 is differently colored for a reason. Her response was "No sir, every seat is the same, if you can't fit well...haha try the train." So we went to row 4, successfully got on, and done the wave like the queen to her. Yes throwing "shade" to her.

 

Anyway, for me my only problem will be my legs. So from the I'm going to work out until I go, I have a month and a week to do so. Oh by the way, if you go on WBIR's post about the opening you will see the areas fear of riding LR because of rumors of reaching abnormal speeds, structural movement (which made me laugh), and others complaining of back injuries. Take note the one complaining of back injury was a 60 some year old couple.

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