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We're going next week as season pass holders for a third attempt at Lighting Rod (and to enjoy the park in general) but if it looks like it will still be down, we will most likely cancel and rebook (maybe) later at the Dreammore resort. I have a feeling that is starting to happen with others - resulting in lost or delayed revenue. Hate to see it, and I know its "unavoidable" but this big boost may have become their "albatross around the neck" this year - especially when you look at the projections that I'm sure they made with LR being factored in as a driver. I have a feeling their % increases are going to be WAY off plan this season. My concern for the park is that yes, they will get it running consistently (?) some day, but the initial ROI will be lost. Im sure not many people are buying Lighting Rod t-shirts to commemorate their "standing and looking at the structure"

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Im sure not many people are buying Lighting Rod t-shirts to commemorate their "standing and looking at the structure"

 

This is the entire reason I haven't bought any Lightning Rod merchandise this year on any of my visits. It would feel weird to buy a shirt for a roller coaster that I haven't been on. I'll by making another attempt in a month to ride Lightning Rod.

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Im sure not many people are buying Lighting Rod t-shirts to commemorate their "standing and looking at the structure"

 

This is the entire reason I haven't bought any Lightning Rod merchandise this year on any of my visits. It would feel weird to buy a shirt for a roller coaster that I haven't been on. I'll by making another attempt in a month to ride Lightning Rod.

 

I'm in the opposite situation. I got to ride it once somehow, and now I see my Lightning Rod mug as a cool collectors item. I will look back in 10 years at it and remember, man remember that insanity that revolved around it in 2016?!

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Once Lightning Rod gets open consistently enough to not have to worry, I'm totally finding an excuse to get to DW. I owe them another chance, and one where they have the lineup to compete with other parks thrill-wise. LR brings them up a ton in that category and will make my mood a little better since the entire park (including staff) had a sort of depressed vibe because of it not being open.

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Not sure if anyone else found this funny or not, but when the front page loads the graphics says lightning rod is closed at the request of RMC and so on. It then says click here for more info. When you click the more info button it brings up a new box telling you the same thing you just read with out anymore info.

 

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This the screen you get when you pull up the website

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This the screen you get when you pull up the website

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This what you get when you click on more info. Lol

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AND WE'RE UP AND STEADY AGAIN! SORRY GUYS.

So is lightning rod fully operational now with two trains running? Are the issues of the last delay solved now? Wonder when the park takes down the "closed" banner from their webpage...

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Got a ride on tonight...was on the first train after reopening! They only had one running at reopening at around 7. After riding this was crazy. The energy of everyone riding was beyond amazing and surreal. I cannot believe I was blessed enough to get a ride on the last night of my trip. That was one of the best rides I've ever ridden. Ladies and gentlemen, Lightning Rod is back

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Hypothetically, I would have a good chance of riding Lightning Rod if I went tomorrow?

Better chance than if you went yesterday or the day before.

 

 

It's actually reopened to the general public now.

 

Still might go down/close, but it now has run passengers again since the recall and motor issues.

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Hypothetically, I would have a good chance of riding Lightning Rod if I went tomorrow?

 

I'm assuming you've read the last few pages of up/down/up/down.

 

http://Www.dollywood.com

 

It says it's closed, so I'd wait until the ride is stated to be open.

 

I have not read the last couple of pages because I know it will all be constant up down stuff. Past is in the past

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