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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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There was a time in my life when I would have cared what Lightning Rod was made of.  So refreshing to give precisely zero effs. I just want to go to Dollywood and not worry about it being open! 

You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

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Cup/mug same. The SC mugs are still the older style w/o a straw.

Exactly, most parks call them cups but like I posted, Dollywoods are insulated and nicer so most call them mugs at Dollywood.. but same thing..

 

Splash Countries are more like the Disney Resort mugs with the chip, only a little larger.. but like posted, they don't have a straw.. but you can refill them on your own like Disney Resort mugs.

 

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And with the souvenir cups ... if you go to the place with the icees, you can put an icee in instead of drink (If you just bought the cup and its your first fill). There's a place in wilderness pass and county fair for this that's self serve with the icees.

 

Well, self-fill, but you still have to get in line to pay the cashier.

 

The refill stations at Splash uses the RFID tag in the mug. They won't dispense anything w/o a valid tag (in the base of the mug) on the sensor. Old, expired mugs, or those w/o the tag (like DW mugs) mean waiting in like to pay and get them filled, and there are fewer options for that at Splash. (The lines tend to be long too).

 

What bugs me most is the change in availability of iced tea. At one point most places had it, now it's very few (the sit down restaurants and the Kettle Corn shop are all that come to mind). And try finding it at Splash (which did have it a few years ago). I'm just not a big soft drink person.

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Now that the park is back open and all I want to report a bit on my trip Sunday. First starting with my experience with the test seat. I looked at it and had anxiety because the thing looks extremely tight. The padding for your back on the test seat bulks out about 4-5 inches or more from the head rest when in reality the actual seat is maybe 1-2 inches from the head rest with a curve to it. So I tested the test seat, and didn't get a green light. My back didn't feel right at all in the test seat so I observed people getting off. They were larger than me in the legs and stomach so I was confused. So I gave it a go. The attendant placed me in row 2 and the seatbelt fit perfectly and the restraint was kinda tight but not really if I sat more upright. I got 5 rides in and I can't really say if I have a favorite row because there is NOT a bad row on this coaster. Airtime is great everywhere, although I did get slung around more in 8. People saying the ride is rough, it's a smooth as glass coaster. The roughness you're feeling is pure ejector air, and how constant it is. Don't worry about debating holding your hands up, the drop decides that for you. It literally slung my hands up as I slammed into my lap bar. Don't get me started on how in love I am with the air on the wave turn and 90 degree top hat. The wave turn has you out of your seat, on your side, while going back down...it all comes so fast during then you're literally like what the hell. You know then to brace yourself for the top hat because it packs a punch. Don't let the twist n shout fool you because my hoodie came up over my head here and I was sitting on it. How it happened I don't know. The quad down is insane and my eyes went a bit crazy at the bottom haha I think that's where people experience the "rough" and "pain" from. If you're a man, you may be a bit sore after the quad down haha slamming down 4 times is equal to sitting on yourself repeatedly in a wooden chair. The non inverting half loop is a forceful element. Full speed and this element made me a tad bit dizzy but once I hit the breaks I was pumping with adrenaline. It's an absolutely amazing coaster!!!! 10/10 and more!

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Hillbilly Golf (the one tourist attraction that was really still in question) is also in pretty good shape. Here's their statement.

 

To all of our loyal friends of Hillbilly Golf, I want to thank each and every one of you for your concerns, prayers and posts of your memories about your visits to Hillbilly Golf . I want to let you know that Hillbilly Golf was not damaged by the fire. We did receive some damage, however it is nothing compared to so many in our community. This disaster crippled Gatlinburg for a little while but with the strong dedication from our fire fighters, law enforcement, community members both in our county and from neighboring counties and states, Gatlinburg will survive.and as all other strong communities facing peril, we will come back stronger. Hope to see all of you in the Spring
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If you look at the interactive maps from Sevier County you can see how close the fire actually was to the park. From their maps the fire was dangerously close to the country fair train loop.

 

Where can you find these maps?

 

Took me a few seconds on Google but here you go:

 

http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=8c18c70f55ac4f81b683454fc7573d76

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Ol' Smokey Moonshine and Smokey Mtn. Brewery seem to be all right. At least there's still a reason to go back and visit the area. Parking lot moon shine ftw.

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So I got to see the parade this weekend, and while it was much better than previous years I wasn't really impressed.. Saying it cost 2.5 million, I just assumed it would have been much larger, with larger floats and more vibrant floats.. everything just seemed so small! I can't imagine how that cost 2.5 million dollars..

 

Anyways, it was neat to watch once but nothing compared to large parades at other parks.. I know Dollywood has limited space and that might be why the floats are small..

 

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Old smoky moonshine has the best parking! It's the cheapest, you can always get in and out easily, and there is a bathroom!!

 

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Haha, I was more referring to Dollywood's parking lot.

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