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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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That's one thing I don't understand from Dollywood or RMC. All the delays are totally understandable however by both being so closed about what's happening it obviously frustrates some people.

 

Certainly enthusiasts would probably be a lot more tolerant (some of us are anyway but I get why people aren't also) if they knew the nature of what was happening.

 

As for the latest recall, yes I agree it a go PR move to state the affected rides so Joe Public isn't worried about other rides, but RMC is probably not allowed to release details about their customers rides to be fair.

I also feel they probably are not realeasing what it is as its to do with the restraint and that could scare people.

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I also feel they probably are not realeasing what it is as its to do with the restraint and that could scare people.

 

That's the point, it's scaring people now. Confirm what's going on.

 

GM announcing a problem with 2016 cars doesn't cause much concern for 2015 or 2014 cars and certainly not for 2010 models.

If it's limited to 2 models from 2016, few would be concerned about other 2016 models either.

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Remember when RMC publicly threw their subcontractor under the bus way back in March? And then directed all questions about the opening to the Dollywood?

 

 

This thing has been a fail from the beginning. I hope they can get their act together.

 

I wouldn't call it "throwing them under the bus." They were being honest about what happened. I do agree they should just make a statement about the recall themselves, but creating one of the world's best roller coasters is complex and they will get it figured out. Give it time and no one will care.

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As I said though, I'm sure RMC aren't permitted to release anything about one of their customers rides, so it would be up to each park to comment. Likewise one park really can't issue a statement about another's ride specifically.

 

It's a bit different to say a consumer level product recall when the public at large owns the items in question. Frustrating yes, but not much can be done really.

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What do you guys think the best Alpine coaster in the area is? Haven't done any of them and I hope to hit one up this evening.

In my opinion, the Goat Coaster is the best, but you definitely cannot miss the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, which seems to be much more popular, for very good reasons. I personally prefer Goat Coaster because I love the seemingly constant turns on it, but SMAC is definitely my second favorite, and I prefer night rides on SMAC to the Goat Coaster. If you have the chance to try both, I would do both, but if you had to pick ONE, go with SMAC.

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What do you guys think the best Alpine coaster in the area is? Haven't done any of them and I hope to hit one up this evening.

In my opinion, the Goat Coaster is the best, but you definitely cannot miss the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, which seems to be much more popular, for very good reasons. I personally prefer Goat Coaster because I love the seemingly constant turns on it, but SMAC is definitely my second favorite, and I prefer night rides on SMAC to the Goat Coaster.

 

I agree with the others, preferring the Goat Coaster. But both are great and worth doing.

I can't say the same about the one in Gatlinburg or the one at Ober Gatlinburg. While I've never personally rode either, the info I have found tells me not to bother as the other two are far better. I guess if you were at Ober and would be able to get to the good ones it might be OK. Or if you were in Gatlinburg and on foot.

 

Also, I liked them both (SMAC and Goat) better at night before all the lights and headlights on the cars (the lighting at night has increased over time). I keep trying to convince one or both to do blackout or tail-lights-only rides around Halloween.

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I actually preferred the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, though it was the shortest. I hated the Ober Gatlinburg coaster for a multitude of reasons: the coaster was really rattly, the cost of the tram ride to get to the coaster, the wait to get on the tram, then wait for the actual coaster. All in all, I strongly disliked my Ober Gatlinburg experience, but the other 3 mountain coasters are well worth your time!

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Dollywood, literally wth.... Yes that's the train on the pre-launch there and that's smoke. Just now posted on IG

Are you freaking serious? Well, it's just one more thing on the list of things to fix on it... Really losing faith in getting a chance to ride it next month. Doesn't bother me though, I'll just ride Thunderhead all day instead!

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After hearing the recall news I was doubting a ride next week but this is just icing on that cake of disappointment. Oh well I suppose but don't know when I'll be able to get back to Dollywood. Hopefully I can just have a good time over the three days I'll be there (had great time in 06 and 07 so I don't doubt it).

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Imagine if it never reopens, those people that got to ride on it the last few weeks will have bragging rights for decades.

 

"I was one of the only people to ride Lightning Rod, the best roller coaster in history!"

 

(You could call it the best roller coaster in history at that point, because honestly who could say you were wrong?)

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Just a quick observation, and it is quite annoying. (and I know there are others who feel the same) Why must people post something and then tell us all it was sent from their piddly pitty patty tappy yappy talkie phone ? Are you getting some kind of commission from your phone company? Turn that stupid message off people.

Tapatalk adds this automatically unless you turn it off.. most of us are probably just to lazy to turn it off

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

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Imagine if it never reopens, those people that got to ride on it the last few weeks will have bragging rights for decades.

 

"I was one of the only people to ride Lightning Rod, the best roller coaster in history!"

 

(You could call it the best roller coaster in history at that point, because honestly who could say you were wrong?)

 

I feel pretty lucky to have squeezed a ride in

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Do we have any word that Guy Koepp was at Dollywood today? He did threaten to burn down the coaster after all... #itllneveropen

There have been unconfirmed reports of an enraged man trying to set the coaster ablaze due to the fact it opened. Also around the area has been lots of graffiti that seems to spell out "#ItllNeveropen."

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^^^^Whew! Thank god the most anticipated coaster for 2016 (The Joker) is not having all these problems. If Joker did close and never re-open, they would have bragging rights for the next 50 years.

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Imagine if it never reopens, those people that got to ride on it the last few weeks will have bragging rights for decades.

 

"I was one of the only people to ride Lightning Rod, the best roller coaster in history!"

 

(You could call it the best roller coaster in history at that point, because honestly who could say you were wrong?)

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What do you guys think the best Alpine coaster in the area is? Haven't done any of them and I hope to hit one up this evening.

 

I thought Smoky Mountain was way better than Goats. It was a lot faster, longer, better setting, and had more drops.

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^^^^Whew! Thank god the most anticipated coaster for 2016 (The Joker) is not having all these problems. If Joker did close and never re-open, they would have bragging rights for the next 50 years.

Actually, Taron isn't opened yet, so no one can have any bragging rights about riding it.

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