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I was at the park yesterday and my biggest concern is that I heard 1 out of 3 people say LR is unsafe..

 

All the GP heard was that a part was recalled for safety.. They where never told (I know we know here) that it was cylinders for the restraints that where recalled.. Also, with all the up and downtime people are starting to become concerned with the rides safety

 

Dollywood isn't really helping themselves with their generic messages either.. I know, they don't owe it to us to tell us what is really going on. I personally know the ride is safe BUT the GP that doesn't frequent this forum, a lot of them do not know that.. they just know it keeps closing for some reason and that parts are being recalled on it..

 

Again, this is what I heard from people at the park yesterday on tram rides, people waiting to see if it opens, and people on other rides..

 

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And those people will probably be the same ones running into line when it is open...

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I'm at the park today. No LR and no sign of any activity taking place in the station. No surprise, but a bummer nonetheless.

 

Also, their weather policy is a bit frustrating. They have reopened rides and closed them after only about 10 minutes...twice now due to weather. Current conditions:

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Also, their weather policy is a bit frustrating. They have reopened rides and closed them after only about 10 minutes...twice now due to weather. Current conditions:

 

All parks have a similar policy...lightning in the immediate area and all rides are closed. I am 45 minutes away and there were several storms that went through today.

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I work at a large outdoor sportsplex here in central Florida, and we have a system that detects the likelihood of lightning within a certain radius of the park. I think that ours is set to 5 miles. I'd imagine that theme parks have similar systems. Ours will signal a loud siren when the threat is great enough (parks I'm sure forego the siren and just radio or call attractions to tell them to close). It's a good system most of the time, but it can be frustrating when the weather immediately over the park is seemingly clear.

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I manage a lakefront in the area and we do a 10 mile rule or if we hear thunder.. lightening is not something to mess around with.. but being in the same area as Dollywood it was the same here.. sunny out but I couldn't let kids in the water bc lightening was just close enough that I was required to close

 

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according to NOAA, lightning can strike 10 to 15 miles away from the storm. I myself have seen lightning strike when the sky around me was fairly clear but a storm was in the area. Better to be safe than sorry. Yes sometimes it seems as though a park is being too cautious, but in today's sue happy society.......

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I work at a large outdoor sportsplex here in central Florida, and we have a system that detects the likelihood of lightning within a certain radius of the park.

 

Missed the stunt show at Universal because of lightning. They delayed a while, then let us in the stands only to delay more. 5-10 minutes after they were supposed to start (even had the cars staged) they finally called it and had us exit.

 

I believe they use a 10 mile range.

 

Never saw lighting or heard thunder the rest if the day. Got a little sprinkle, but not even real rain.

 

Almost didn't see the Transformers that day for the same reasons. One came out late and another left early.

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^ I feel like the performers/staff safety is more important than keeping to times or disappointed guests at the end of the day, even with storms far away staff still need time to make sure all guests are off the ride or out of the water. Look at that lifeguard at Adventure Island who died, wasn't that death due to not shutting down the ride when the alarms sounded?

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That's another good point. The lifeguards, staff, performers are always the last people out usually.. there have been times on my waterfront that we hear thunder a long way off.. by the time we get all boats out, swimmers into safety, and so on, the storm has been right on top of us.. just last week me and my sail boat instructor was tying off our 25ft sailboat in the pouring rain with Lightening within a mile.. we sent the kids off the dock in a rush but we had to still secure the boat.. we called it when lightening was over 10 miles out

 

So it takes time to close some of this stuff.. coasters, shows, it's all the same.. closing it is not only for the customers safety but for the staff as well

 

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I'm also at the park today. I have been seeing several LR ops around the park still in their LR uniforms helping out at the other attractions. As far as LR itself, it has been quiet most of the day, but as mentioned already, there was some activity around the station at one point. Not sure at the moment, though.

 

Overall crowds aren't that heavy today. Most of the coasters have very little wait times. The most I had to wait was for Fire Chaser, and that was only for about 15 minutes.

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^ Probably just too optimistic.

 

Other than that, I honestly had a great time at the park. It was a bummer that LR was closed all day, but that didn't stop me from enjoying my day! The fireworks were awesome and nothing could beat the view from Wild Eagle's lift hill during the fireworks. It made that particular night ride even better! That was definitely a highlight of my night.

 

I still consider myself lucky for being able to get a ride in on LR last month during the first technical rehearsals. All I can say is WOW. What an amazing coaster. Hopefully they can get this thing up and running again very soon.

 

We always get season passes every year because they are so worth it. Dollywood's only a 4-5 drive from where I live (outside of ATL) so traveling is never a hassle. Can't wait to be back this Fall! Or maybe sooner...

 

*Edit: I did happen to walk by LR twice during the late afternoon/evening and no acitivity could be seen anywhere in or around the station. The lights in the station were all off as well.

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From what I can tell is if the LR ops are outside LR playing games, drawing on the street, and playing with the guest, there is a chance it will open. If they are on other rides, then no. It's just Dollywood trying to give them hours which is nice and fair..

 

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A gentleman (probably from maintenance) by the entrance said is has to run 50-100 times without problem. He inferred it was another recalled part

 

Weird. I heard from the Dip-N-Dots guy that it was still problems with the launch system.

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