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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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When I went Black Friday weekend it ran absolutely perfect that Sunday and from what I heard that Saturday. We done Lumberjack Saturday. Anyway the only downs it had on that Sunday were when people would lean on the gates and it made the train stop on the brakes and have to be reset. The ride ops then told people that if they leaned on the gates the ride would shut down. I had never seen grown people jump back in fear so quickly in my life before. Another instance is when the train was coming into the station and a little girl ran through the exit gate to meet her Dad to do a parent swap. That made the train hault. This coaster is SUPER sensitive to everything which is good but it causes headaches. The only other time I can remember it went down was when temps dropped and they ran test runs to see if things were in check then they let people on. That was around 36 degrees. It was before the parade. People were starting to complain of not being able to breathe that night due to the fires which hadn't yet been discovered by everyone. It was later that morning.

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I'm sure they will get it worked out eventually.. I mean worse case scenario is bring in a new group of engineers and have them redesign the mechanics of the launch..

 

That assumes the launch needs reworked.

 

Since day one people here have been faulting the launch but ever semi-official comment has said it's not the launch.

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I was looking at the season passes, and it said prices will go up after Jan.1. Anyone know how much they will increase?

They always say that.. Jan 1 it'll be "extended" and then "extended" again.. I believe the prices are already a little higher for the 2017 season passes but don't fall for the prices go up trick.. it's just their marketing lingo... I mean technically speaking they will go up but only because you no longer get the Christmas season this year as an extra

 

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I was looking at the season passes, and it said prices will go up after Jan.1. Anyone know how much they will increase?

I believe the prices are already a little higher for the 2017 season passes but don't fall for the prices go up trick..

 

They are higher for '17. It was discussed here back in early Nov.

 

Another thing that might change is the payment options. I think they want all payments done by Apr or May. At least in the past, 6 payments weren't an option in March.

 

Have to check a few time through the season to see if anything else changes. I've never done so.

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Yeah usually the base price won't change during the season after the new pass prices are announced. but the promos will like bring a friend Tickets and promos for 4+ passes sometimes change and that's why they say price increases..

 

It's all marketing, but overall base price shouldn't change.

 

And last year the 6 month payment option was around most of the season.. mine actually wasn't paid off until August for my pass and a month ago for a friend's I had purchased later in the season... I wish they would just go to a membership instead of payment plan.. I love my six flags membership and never having to worry about renewing.

 

 

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We were there on Saturday and had the most amazing day (as long as I reminded myself that LR wasn't there and was never going to be running). I did swing by once and see maintenance pushing the train back into the station. Don't know if it was a rollback.

 

When I asked dude what was up with it, he basically said it had been running fine but has never ran in weather like this...I assume cold + rain? I haven't charted every day this thing has been open vs. when it hasn't, but from what he said, it hasn't operated once since the temperatures started dropping below freezing. Can someone confirm?

 

Also, I know no one will believe me (and talking to a park employee is only slightly more believable than talking to Dippin' Dots Guy), but he said he heard through the grapevine that SDC will be getting a dive coaster in 2018.

 

I have a bunch of awesome pictures of our day, but I'll have to upload them tomorrow.

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That could be true, like I posted several post back, LR has been running fine until the past two weeks.. BUT the past two weeks have also been cold and wet. It wouldn't surprise me if cold and wet is causing the issue.

 

I know cold doesn't bother it, it was running fine a few Saturdays ago. When I left the park that night my thermometer in my car said 35.. it was still running right when I left so it was getting very close to the cut off temp but it was dry.. the rain might be causing issues.

 

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We were there on Saturday and had the most amazing day (as long as I reminded myself that LR wasn't there and was never going to be running). I did swing by once and see maintenance pushing the train back into the station. Don't know if it was a rollback.

 

When I asked dude what was up with it, he basically said it had been running fine but has never ran in weather like this...I assume cold + rain? I haven't charted every day this thing has been open vs. when it hasn't, but from what he said, it hasn't operated once since the temperatures started dropping below freezing. Can someone confirm?

 

Also, I know no one will believe me (and talking to a park employee is only slightly more believable than talking to Dippin' Dots Guy), but he said he heard through the grapevine that SDC will be getting a dive coaster in 2018.

 

I have a bunch of awesome pictures of our day, but I'll have to upload them tomorrow.

 

Can we just take a moment to think about the view that a dive coaster would provide both at Dollywood and at SDC?

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Lightning Rod is open! The coasters are just now opening for the day and it's actually posting a wait time instead of the standard "TC" message.

 

I've got to admit, I'm starting to get a little nervous about our trip on Thursday. It seems like there's something about Pigeon Forge that makes meteorologists absolutely atrocious at their jobs. There have been 3 times in the last week where they were off by like 10 degrees on the daily high. I've been checking the app to see what the deal is with Lightning Rod and even though it was supposed to be 40 degrees today by park opening with a high of 49 the coasters have been closed all day for temps until a few minutes ago.

 

Get it together people. You suck.

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Also, I know no one will believe me (and talking to a park employee is only slightly more believable than talking to Dippin' Dots Guy), but he said he heard through the grapevine that SDC will be getting a dive coaster in 2018.

 

Know one knows what SDC is actually getting as their next coaster, except for those in charge of new attractions, and probably marketing. It's been rumored that the new addition at SDC was going to be:

 

A B&M Dive Coaster

 

-then it was going to be-

A B&M Flyer

 

-then it was going to be-

A B&M Invert

 

-then it was going to be-

A B&M Hyper

 

-then it was going to be-

Back to a B&M Dive Coaster

 

-then it was going to be-

A RMC T-Rex Coaster

 

-then it was going to be-

A B&M Hyper. . .again.

 

-then it was going to be-

A Intamin mega-lite.

 

-then it was going to be-

A launched, reversing, MACK spinning coaster (and that's where we are currently at on rumors.)

 

So, no one knows what's actually going into SDC except those on the planning team, and obviously the aren't talking!! I've just given up on guessing, and the "rumors" now I'm waiting for the announcement.

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So obviously something is keeping it from launching which explains why maintenance keeps pushing it back in the station.. it doesn't sound like rollbacks then, it's almost like something is keeping it from launching all together. Power issues? Sensors? I know the guys on YouTube said it was a rollback but no one has seen it rollback during this round of downtime

 

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The rollback has been rumored for a few days but the guys who said it was a rollback didn't have videos of it.. the video was just of the coaster at the bottom of the hill.. could be rollbacks, I was there once this summer and it had a rollback but opened back up 15 mins later. It had riders when it rolled back but didn't keep it shut down long

 

I actually sew that rollback

 

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It sounds like an odd day at the park. The temperature hit 40 degrees exactly (despite a forecast of 47) and then dropped back down so Mystery Mine and Firechaser never opened since they all have different weather stations and from what I gather that was the first attempted Lightning Rod launch of the day and it failed miserably in true Lightning Rod fashion so that essentially never opened either (and it probably won't open because temperatures are about to drop like a rock).

 

So Around 2:45, Thunderhead, Wind Eagle and Tennessee Tornado opened but they should be closing soon for temps. Lightning Rod never actually completed a circuit with riders and 2 coasters stayed closed for temperature even though other coasters in the same park with the same temperature limits were open. Holy sh*t just open those coasters. Is there really that big a difference between 39.9 degrees and 40.0 degrees? I can't believe this sentence is actually coming out of my mouth right now but Dollywood is kind of making me appreciate Great Adventure.

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