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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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That's good news, first time they have ran both trains in a while.. kind of concerning they took this long to add the second train.. makes you wonder why they are so apprehensive to run two trains on it. I mean wait times look over an hour for most of the day.. other rides at the park would have been running all trains at about a 15 minute wait ha-ha

 

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^^They probably wanted to see how the ride would react to the assumed new programming before they wasted their time putting the second train on. Remember they said they'd rather just keep the ride down instead of having it break down constantly.

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Does anyone have any insight as to why the Waltzing Swinger has been dismantled? It would be my guess that it is being sent off for restoration, but I know nothing on the subject.

 

Did anyone riding the Dollywood Express, or who went to Country Fair this weekend notice the status of the Waltzing Swinger? It is still setting there in pieces?

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Reading IG posts and another girls phone flew out of her back pocket and went all the way to the back and someone caught it. People don't take the airtime and phone thing seriously then complain when they have their phones slung from their pockets. Anyway, according to the app the coaster opened right with the park.

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I was there tonight, never got in line for LR but went to check on it... Got a few night rides in on Wild Eagle and saw the "It's a wonderful life" show.. will be back later this week probably, hopefully LR has a shorter line..

 

I wonder why they keep blocking off rows? I wonder if it's for the same reason fire chaser does it when it's wet outside?? Basically fire chaser does it because of the launch wheels slipping when it's wet but I wonder if LR does it for the tires that move the coaster around in the station and that move it out of the station to the launch?

 

Just a theory

 

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I've had the chance to ride Lightning Rod during the day at least 10 times this year, but this was my first night ride and it is a game changer. WOW you can't see anything and it's awesome! Me and my daughter got 2 rides in on roll 3 and 7! The coaster was very smooth with no pothole or anything. They did run both trains empty one time around right before we got on. The ride attendant said maintenance wants that done every two hours. Fingers crossed that they have everything worked out.

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Does anyone know why Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg hotels are all full this weekend? I've been visiting for nearly 20 years during every season and I've never had a difficult time making reservations until this year. If the hotels are any indication, Dollywood could be packed this weekend. Nearly every hotel is full for Friday and Saturday night. As a frequent visitor I've never seen this before.

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Does anyone know why Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg hotels are all full this weekend? I've been visiting for nearly 20 years during every season and I've never had a difficult time making reservations until this year. If the hotels are any indication, Dollywood could be packed this weekend. Nearly every hotel is full for Friday and Saturday night. As a frequent visitor I've never seen this before.

 

Winterfest begins this week in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Dollywood's Xmas event has started up as well. Fall foliage looks like it might be peaking this weekend too, which is always a big draw.

 

You might want to check the Newport area, or Knoxville area hotels as well....or Townsend, Maryville are good alternatives. Have you checked into renting a cabin instead of a hotel? You may have better luck with that. Also, airbnb and VRBO might be helpful. good luck.

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Does anyone know why Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg hotels are all full this weekend? I've been visiting for nearly 20 years during every season and I've never had a difficult time making reservations until this year. If the hotels are any indication, Dollywood could be packed this weekend. Nearly every hotel is full for Friday and Saturday night. As a frequent visitor I've never seen this before.

Yikes, for anyone who has been there this is quite a surprise with how many hotels are in the area. Luckily even if the park is super busy the rides usually don't have too bad of waits. Last year I believe I had to park in splash country because everything else was full and the coasters were still reasonable. I'll be there all week, Thursday and Saturday is the days I'll be at the park all day. I can't recommend their time saver enough. It is well worth the 30 (?) bucks per person. Hopefully it hasn't gone up. I can't wait to be down there!!!! Leaving tonight.

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Does anyone know why Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg hotels are all full this weekend? I've been visiting for nearly 20 years during every season and I've never had a difficult time making reservations until this year. If the hotels are any indication, Dollywood could be packed this weekend. Nearly every hotel is full for Friday and Saturday night. As a frequent visitor I've never seen this before.

 

That's really interesting. There is a 5k at Dollywood on Friday that could be contributing to crowds, but I doubt it.

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I finally found a hotel room in Sevierville after hours of calling and searching. Nearly every hotel is full. If you go to TripAdvisor and put in Fri&Sat you will see page after page of no vacancies. The hotels are full all the way out to Interstate 40. I normally stick to TripAdvisor's Top 10 but there is literally no availability in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. I'm running the 5k Friday night at the park and seeing Dolly in concert on Tuesday. It also looks like a UT game Saturday in Knoxville. Does a game in Knoxville normally fill up PF/Gatlinburg?

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Does anyone know why Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg hotels are all full this weekend? I've been visiting for nearly 20 years during every season and I've never had a difficult time making reservations until this year. If the hotels are any indication, Dollywood could be packed this weekend. Nearly every hotel is full for Friday and Saturday night. As a frequent visitor I've never seen this before.

Did you try calling Mountain Heritage Inn in Gatlinburg by chance? I called them a couple days ago and was able to add on Friday night (I already had Saturday night booked), so maybe they still have vacancies. $59.95+plus tax per night for the room - very good quality and location for the price; I've stayed there a few times before.

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I finally found a hotel room in Sevierville after hours of calling and searching. ... It also looks like a UT game Saturday in Knoxville. Does a game in Knoxville normally fill up PF/Gatlinburg?

 

It can have an effect, but it shouldn't sell out hotels on a usual football weekend. UT plays Kentucky, so maybe lots of Kentucky fans are headed down for the game. KY is playing 'fairly' well this year...usually they suck at football.

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