Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Dollywood Discussion Thread

P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

Recommended Posts

Does anyone know at what temperature the coasters/rides close at Dollywood? I plan on going Wednesday, and temperature will be hovering around 40 during the day, and then drops to 35 at night.

 

Officially I believe it's 36, but they will close at higher temps is icing is likely, or it's really slow.

 

Lubrication is another issue and it's possible that some rides need higher temps.

Oddly they don't list that on their site, at least that I've found. SDC has an FAQ that details exactly, helps with planning. Their stuff goes down anywhere from 32 to 42 degrees, so I would expect Dollywood would do the same. In my experience, B&Ms tend to have the highest temperature guidelines, so that plus its location, I'd say Wild Eagle will be first to shut down.

Wild eagle is one of the last to Shut Down during my experience there when they close. I have ridden it almost an hour after Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine closes for cold weather.. I have ridden it down in the mid to low 30s

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Edited by dstephe9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

You also have to factor in that Dollywood "technically" has a height restriction of 200ft, however they seem to get around it a bit here and there.

 

What do you mean Dollywood has a height restriction?

I don't think Dollywood actually has a height restriction per say but the area has one on hotels and attractions downtown ON THE PARKWAY.. it can be waived and is usually waived for places like Dollywood. I thought the restriction was lower than 200ft though.. actually, I'm pretty sure it is 80ft actually for buildings and stuff.

 

I was at a town meeting one time (I have to go for the Boy Scouts sometimes) and this came up.. it's basically so no one comes in and builds a giant tall towering resort and blocking views of the Mountains.. it's not really a hard limit but one you have to obtain special permission to get around. They mentioned Dollywood at the meeting I was at and said it would be waived for most of the projects they plan unless it's a hotel some other tall building

 

So it's not like some parks that have limits because of Airports being close or something.. it's just a city ordinance

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Edited by dstephe9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here are the official rules taken from the City Ordinance Book.. but see this is all based on the parkway and all that good jazz.. again, not really for Dollywood (but Dollywood does have to apply for permission). Nothing in the book mentions any area outside of the parkway and my understanding is that the restrictions are for the parkway for views (I also confirmed from the same document that everything else other than attractions are limited to 80ft.. this includes hotels)

 

Dollywood already has a lot of stuff much higher than 200ft as measured from the parkway, but like I said, the main reason for this rule is not to block views of the Mountains

 

 

712.3.2: Amusements: provided all amusements are less than two hundred (200) feet tall as measured from ground level at the Parkway (Highway 441). An emergency evacuation plan must be submitted with the site plan showing evacuations routes/areas and procedures for an emergency call and scenarios for rescue. Any amusement over 85 feet in height must have a fall zone or setback area equal to its height or 200 feet, whichever is less. The fall zone means an area free and clear of any other amusement, land use or structure. The fall zone may be included in the development’s set back area; however, parking lots may not be located in the fall zone. As a special exception, a waiver may be approved for the one amusement over eighty-five (85) feet in height subject to the owner/operator submitting calculations and documentation from licensed professional engineers which confirm the structure will meet or exceed the designated requirements for the region and that the amusement meets ASTM F24, DIN or equivalent requirements. Fall zones must be noted on the site plan. No such waivers are permitted for any development that proposes to have more than one amusement over eight-five (85) feet in height. Each amusement over the one waiver permitted must have a fall zone setback of one foot in setback area for every one foot in height for each amusement. The fall zone must be an area free and clear of any other amusement, land use, structure, road, or parking area.

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if Lightning Rod closes with the steel coasters or does it run in lower temperatures?

Like I said, it was still running a few weeks ago around 35ish BUT they did have someone at the door limiting the amount of people who came in.. I am sure it was about to close.. it ended up not closing that night but when I left it was in the low 30s

 

Like most people are saying 36 seems o be a good rule of thumb.. I have seen them leave the rides open to empty the lines (but not let anyone else back in) around mid 30s.. Unless the temps drop fast, I don't believe it'll be one of those "to cold everyone leave" type of closing.. they will try their best to let everyone in line ride

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I believe 36 is when they cant operate, 42 is when they open and I'm pretty sure it also has something to do with the computers/block systems. I was told that by an employee on new years this year.

 

If that's true then that's new. It's always been 40 at HFE and Cedar Fair parks (though there are a few random things at SDC that are different, 50 at Hershey because they're a joke, 42 at Busch parks and at Six Flags parks the policy is that when the temps drop down, don't frown because Batman's about to turn your world upsidedown.

 

(Actually it might have been when the "floor" drops down... I always get those words mixed up)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if Lightning Rod closes with the steel coasters or does it run in lower temperatures?

 

We don't really know yet. This is it's first cold season. They might close it early or try to keep it open longer.

 

I'm pretty sure it also has something to do with the computers/block systems. I was told that by an employee on new years this year.

 

The employee may have been speculating or repeating speculation heard from someone else.

 

Problems are usually air lines freezing (depends on how good the driers are in the system) and the lubrication making things sluggish. Extra drag on the wheels would eventually prevent the ride from making the full circuit. Depend on how active they are about changing the lube as the temps get lower.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A few notes from my visit tonight:

It's a Wonderful Life was a great show! It even got a standing ovation.

The park was dead today, we didn't wait for any rides and none of the shows were full.

Lightning Rod was closed all day. I didn't ask anyone why it was , but it was definitely warm enough for it to be open.

Talking to one of the hosts at Barnstormer, it was evident that many people had canceled their reservations at DreamMore due to the wildfires. Hopefully they will rebound soon.

Cinnamon bread was good as usual.

I think the lights had been scaled back from years past. It was like they put all their lights at the front of the park and then ran out once they got to the back near Tennessee Tornado and Firechaser.

Waltzing Swinger was being put back together. It appeared that they should have it up and running within a couple of weeks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the notes. I'm planning on driving up from Atlanta on Friday, does anyone have any inside info why LR was down today? Tomorrow regardless if its fixed or not I don't think it will operate with highs in the low 30's . My entire goal for the trip is to ride it so I guess it's always a bit of a gamble if it will be open or not.

 

I drove up about a month ago and it was closed. It was during that 2 week period where people speculated it was sensor issues and I think there was a unconfirmed DW tech who updated and said some of the same.

 

TIA

 

A few notes from my visit tonight:

It's a Wonderful Life was a great show! It even got a standing ovation.

The park was dead today, we didn't wait for any rides and none of the shows were full.

Lightning Rod was closed all day. I didn't ask anyone why it was , but it was definitely warm enough for it to be open.

Talking to one of the hosts at Barnstormer, it was evident that many people had canceled their reservations at DreamMore due to the wildfires. Hopefully they will rebound soon.

Cinnamon bread was good as usual.

I think the lights had been scaled back from years past. It was like they put all their lights at the front of the park and then ran out once they got to the back near Tennessee Tornado and Firechaser.

Waltzing Swinger was being put back together. It appeared that they should have it up and running within a couple of weeks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A few notes from my visit tonight:

It's a Wonderful Life was a great show! It even got a standing ovation.

The park was dead today, we didn't wait for any rides and none of the shows were full.

Lightning Rod was closed all day. I didn't ask anyone why it was , but it was definitely warm enough for it to be open.

Talking to one of the hosts at Barnstormer, it was evident that many people had canceled their reservations at DreamMore due to the wildfires. Hopefully they will rebound soon.

Cinnamon bread was good as usual.

I think the lights had been scaled back from years past. It was like they put all their lights at the front of the park and then ran out once they got to the back near Tennessee Tornado and Firechaser.

Waltzing Swinger was being put back together. It appeared that they should have it up and running within a couple of weeks.

They have done that for the past few years with lights, I know I mentioned it a few years ago. It seems like they "wow" at the front and then run out.. I know the old part of the park they like keeping it traditional with the white lights but the new part with wild eagle and fire chaser is dead when it comes to lights

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ Oh man I hope it's not closed for my visit! Anyone else going this week who can give an update?

 

When are you going? Brit and I will be there next Thursday so I'm in the same boat. If you're there at the same time, come say hi. We'll be the ones marathoning Wild Eagle at night once everyone else gets cold and stops riding.

 

Anyway the Dollywood App shows wait times and ride status when you're not in the park (unlike every other park's app) so I would suggest downloading that. That's what I did.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ Oh man I hope it's not closed for my visit! Anyone else going this week who can give an update?

 

If it is, then it'll support it's reputation of hashtag I'm not going to do it but you know what I'm thinking!

 

 

I was there Sunday and Tuesday from about 7 - 9 PM. It was down a bit on Sunday, and Tuesday had rain and 40 degree temps. That meant I had about half a dozen rides with the train to myself. Good times.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ Oh man I hope it's not closed for my visit! Anyone else going this week who can give an update?

 

If it is, then it'll support it's reputation of hashtag I'm not going to do it but you know what I'm thinking!

 

 

I was there Sunday and Tuesday from about 7 - 9 PM. It was down a bit on Sunday, and Tuesday had rain and 40 degree temps. That meant I had about half a dozen rides with the train to myself. Good times.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if Lightning Rod closes with the steel coasters or does it run in lower temperatures?

 

We don't really know yet. This is it's first cold season. They might close it early or try to keep it open longer.

 

Yes we do, the coasters close for temperature all the time, usually a little after the sun goes down. It closes when the other coasters close, so far we've had enough temperature closures this year to make that determination. Keep in mind that they're all slightly staggered since their weather stations are in different locations. Tornado usually reaches the low temperature threshold first, Wild Eagle usually reaches it last, Thunderhead gets their info from Mystery Mine so they go down at the same time (according to that awesome old lady that's always running Thunderhead). I don't know where Lightning Rod falls into that but they all close right around the same time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Actually this season, up until this week they haven't closed much. (I haven't been this week or this past weekend which have been our coldest nights) but I have been there about six nights the past few weeks and the only ride closed during my visits was Mystery Mine.. the coldest night according to the thermometer in the car (so give or take a few degree's) was right around 35 and the coasters were still running aside from Mystery Mine. Mystery Mine closed early right before dark as a TC (temporary) but finally changed to CD (For the Day) around 7:30 so it's closure might not have been due to temp.

 

LR did have someone stationed at the door around 8 making sure the line didn't get to awful long but it never ended up closing when I left after the parade around 8:30 (watched the parade them used the bathroom under LR and it was still running before heading out)

 

Keep in mind though, most nights I have been there have lingered around 40 degrees aside from the one night around 35

 

This past week we have had some very cold nights but I haven't been at the park those nights so no idea if things closed or not..

 

But like everyone has said, the weather stations are located in various places around the park.. The parking lot is in a valley so the thermometer on my car was probably reading slightly low when it said 35 in the parking lot and then said 34 in town.

 

This has just been my experience with the cold weather this year and closures at Dollywood

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

^^ Oh man I hope it's not closed for my visit! Anyone else going this week who can give an update?

 

When are you going? Brit and I will be there next Thursday so I'm in the same boat. If you're there at the same time, come say hi. We'll be the ones marathoning Wild Eagle at night once everyone else gets cold and stops riding.

 

Anyway the Dollywood App shows wait times and ride status when you're not in the park (unlike every other park's app) so I would suggest downloading that. That's what I did.

Ah we're going this Saturday! Reward for making it through my first hellish grad school finals week, plus I'll be back in CA next Thursday for the holidays, but once Cedar Point and KI open up again, maybe we'll get to see you guys! After the awesome Labor Day weekend we had, I'm highly considering making it a thing every year.

 

Sounds like the rides can be unpredictable when it comes to the cold, but it looks like they're open 11am-9pm, so hopefully we'll have some warmer hours in the middle (except for the predicted rain some time) so maybe we'll at least get on everything once (hopefully more!) If everything does stay open, sounds like we'll get plenty of rides to ourselves.

 

Now to go take one of said hellish finals

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Does anyone know if Lightning Rod closes with the steel coasters or does it run in lower temperatures?

 

We don't really know yet. This is it's first cold season. They might close it early or try to keep it open longer.

 

Yes we do, the coasters close for temperature all the time, usually a little after the sun goes down.

 

I've yet to see a single post about any of the rides closed for temperature this year.

Since it's the first season for LR we only have speculation as to what temperature they will run it down to.

 

But sure, sundown on cold days is a good rule of thumb.

 

As it is we can't get a specific temperature. The park signs say 36, but many reports of them closing at higher temps.

And many reports of them running when it's colder.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've yet to see a single post about any of the rides closed for temperature this year.

 

It happens at least a few nights a week. Nobody's posting about it but you can see it if you check the app since it shows ride status regardless of whether or not you're in the park.

 

The coasters won't open at all today due to the low temperatures but tomorrow they'll likely be open and close later on so you should be able to see it then.

Edited by coasterbill
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It happens at least a few nights a week. Nobody's posting about it but you can see it if you check the app since it shows ride status regardless of whether or not you're in the park.

 

Currently I'm in bed asleep at that time.

 

It's 22:48 here.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Makes sense, but people just don't post about it because it's not news, it's pretty much routine at Dollywood. At Great Adventure it would be major news since it's still never happened* but at Dollywood it's standard operating procedure.

 

*(unless you count tomorrow night but they closed the entire park because it's going to be 17 degrees and they know they'll lose money, not because they care about the recommended operating temperatures for their rides)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Right now the app has them all closed CW (closed for weather) but right now where I am at its 28 ha-ha.. I'm sure Dollywood is probably setting at 25 right now (I'm in Knoxville)

 

Tomorrow though looks like temps will get into the 40s

 

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/