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What I really want to see is a Disney caliber Dark Ride.. A large Dark Ride with lifelike animatronics complete with smells and everything! Now I know we won't get anything as awesome as Pirates of the Caribbean at Disney (price wise) but it would be nice to have something at least on par in quality and size. Dollywood is unique, the area is unique.. I'm sure they could come with with something for a Dark Ride that would be very unique

 

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^I consider Blazing Fury to be a pure dark ride because it's almost completely powered, but that's more like a cute old-fashioned dark ride.

Oh yeah, I consider it a pure dark ride as well but with all the more modern dark rides out there, and with six flags over GA opening a new one this year (yeah it's a clone of other parks but still) it's just time for Dollywood to build one that is very modern and that captures the area very well..

 

Blazing Fury has lost so many elements and scenes over the years, it's kind of hard to make out the story now even though it is a great ride and I hope it stays for years to come!

 

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I wish they would get a shooting dark ride and theme it around like a spirit that's haunting the smokies.

I think when and if they do open one, it will be shooting if not just to compete with Justice League at SFOG but also the shooting rides at Disney are some of the most popular with families

 

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Blazing Fury has lost so many elements and scenes over the years, it's kind of hard to make out the story now even though it is a great ride and I hope it stays for years to come!

 

They just re-tracked the entire thing and did a ton of work on interior of the building so it's not going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

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Exactly and the fixed the old ladies broken arm that was broken for years haha

 

Are you sure they did the entire track though? I remember the video about it a few years ago and they mentioned only doing the drops. Not saying they didn't do the entire thing, I just don't remember it haha

 

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I don't remember if it was every single section of track but I know they did a ton of work. Apparently the water inside the building had taken a major toll on everything so I know it was a pretty comprehensive refurbishment.

 

Makes me wonder when/if SDC will do something similar to Fire In the hole?

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I don't remember if it was every single section of track but I know they did a ton of work. Apparently the water inside the building had taken a major toll on everything so I know it was a pretty comprehensive refurbishment.

Yeah I'm not sure either.. I know the last section with the drops was redone.. the video was funny because it was actually when RMC was redoing a lot of coasters so the maintenance guy was like "I don't want any rumors to be started, but RMC is here working on Blazing Fury".. this was a year before LR was announced I believe.. maybe 2 years, not sure

 

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I don't remember if it was every single section of track but I know they did a ton of work. Apparently the water inside the building had taken a major toll on everything so I know it was a pretty comprehensive refurbishment.

 

Makes me wonder when/if SDC will do something similar to Fire In the hole?

FITH was refurbed in 2007. Trackwork, new animatronics, the whole thing. Glad to see Blazing Fury got the same treatment.

 

Oh, and for those asking for a Disney-quality dark ride, you're looking at one. Fire in the Hole and Blazing Fury were developed in conjunction with the Disney imagineers. In the 1970s, this is exactly what Disney rides looked like.

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Exactly, the key phrase is what they looked like in 1970.. almost 50 years ago.. even the originals at Disney look light years ahead of BF now.. It's time for a modern dark ride for Dollywood in my opinion. I'm not sure Dollywood a ever got new animatronics for BF, they just repaired the broken ones (yes the old lady who "has been kissing that steam train" had a broken arm for years it seemed haha) but the new trackwork was very welcomed.. the hills are now so smooth!

 

I love BF and not saying it's a bad ride, just saying it's time for Dollywood to build a new ride to go with it it's actually one of the only rides I ride pretty much every visit.

 

Me, personally, I love boat rides.. I'd love a modern flooded mine.. or maybe incorporate the "haunted aspect" like someone mentioned above and do a haunted flooded cave.. or maybe just a cute boat ride of some type

 

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Dollywood had a behind the scenes tour today for media. Should have a full report on the six o'clock news. Bad news for those that like those huge slices of Pizza at Lumber Jack. This year much smaller Personal pan pizzas to help make the lines move faster. Also the backstage is being totally redone to be the front porch cafe. Kinda of farm style restaurant with locally sourced products.. They are going over 225 improvement projects throughout the park during the off season. The low end on a project is 5000 and then it goes up from there. Spending a few million total just on improvements to the park. I will post a video report when it is posted on the news stations. Nothing going vertical yet for the drop tower.

 

Edit adding link to know news paper. http://knoxne.ws/2k8zAdE

 

New video http://wate.com/2017/02/09/dollywood-adding-new-attractions-helping-sevier-county-economy/

 

 

Another local station video http://www.wbir.com/mb/news/local/dollywood-offers-sneak-peak-at-upcoming-attractions/406544698

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No more large pizza is the worse news ever! That's why the line was so long there.. now it'll be no different than the other pizza joint.. that rlly didn't not make my night haha.. the lines where never super long like a lot of restaurants.. I bet it also has to do with cost cutting.. but I really loved the restaurant

 

Hopefully it's still made the same way and not some cheap personal pan style tiny pizza.. if the flavor is still the same and still that stone baked pizza style I'm sure I'll still enjoy it but the novelty of a large slice of pizza is gone. I always see families buying the entire pizza and just see their face when they bring it out haha.

 

Curious to hear about other projects.. I know they planned to do a lot of remodeling this year.. A lot of the park needed a facelift and it sounds like they are getting one.. glad to hear they are moving a lot of AC units to rooftops and out of sight..

 

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On 2/9/2017 Dollywood hosted us for the 2017 Media Construction tour. It was a gloomy day at the park with temperatures really never getting above 40 and having rain and snow. But is was a very good day.

 

Before we entered the park, the Dollywood team talked shortly about some of the side projects they were completing this year, including a new HR building, redoing the front gate restrooms as well as many new AC units and roofing, as well as a lot of painting. Did you know Dollywood uses approximately 20,000 of paint a year!

 

We started our day with a tour of the former Backstage Restaurant. This restaurant has been gutten and is receiving a complete transformation to a new theme called "Front Porch Café". It will replace the former movie theme with a new, brighter country theme. Representatives at Dollywood say it will have a new menu with some of the popular items returning as well.

 

It looks like it will be a very nice change for the area.

 

 

Next Stop the Glass blowing shop...

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Welcome to a day at Dollywood for the 2017 Media Construction Tour

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Tickets anyone? We started our tour off with rain and snow and at about 34 degrees.

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Goodbye Backstage!

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Dollywood's team hard at work on the transformation.

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The new logo for the Front Porch Café!

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Our 1st stop was the former Backstage Restaurant. This restaurant will now be called Front Porch Café. Dollywood is transforming this location from the former movie theme to a new country themed restaurant. It will feature a new menu with some of the old favorites returning.

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As we were walking to our next location, the glass blowers, I figured I'd snap a pic of Lightning Rod.

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Part 2 Dollywood Media Tour

GLASS SHOP:

 

Our next stop was the Rainbow Glass shop. During this off season, they have been hard at work, as you can see from the pictures. They are reconfiguring the craftsmen's area to be able to accommodate two craftsmen at one. So as I understand it, it means TWO glory holes!

 

The area that you see built off the side of it is a new, bigger area to blow your own glass, which will be pretty cool. They are also redoing the retail space of the business due to how dated the interior was prior. The cost of this renovation is around $300,000.00.

 

Lastly, the name of Rainbow Glass will be changed in 2017 to Mountain Blown Glass.

 

TIMBER CANYON:

A very nice modification coming to Timber Canyon in 2017 is the widened and partial straightening of the walkway leading up to Timber Canyon. This should help a lot during the busy summer months. They will also be adding better lighting, sound and theming to this path as well.

 

THUNDER HEAD:

Thunderhead received a new coat of paint on the main ride buildings. They are going with a green theme instead of the red to change it up a little.

 

LUMBER JACK PIZZA:

This restaurant is undergoing a big renovation to help with moving guests through the line and better service. They will no longer carry the giant pizzas. They will be adding 4 freestyle soda fountains, like the did in Red's last year, adding more POS Stations and reconfiguring the serving area. We shall see!

 

Now, probably what most are looking for...

 

WHISTLE PUNK CHASER:

This junior coaster will be located in the area between Thunderhead and Drop Line. It takes the space previously help by the children's playground and water areas. They were staking off for footers when we were there. (see pics below) I got as many pics as I could without getting in trouble in that area.

PROJECTED OPENING IS END OF MAY.

 

DROP LINE:

Drop line will be a 230ft Drop tower located in the space previously occupied by EVERYTHING from picnic tables, a Christmas tree, a crazy night show and the long gone Timber Tower. The existing q-line is expected to be used for this new ride. This ride will give you amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

PROJECTED OPENING IS END OF MAY.

 

SPLASH COUNTRY UPDATED NEXT.

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New addition to Glass Blowing Shop

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Working on the retail.

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Now people can walk 6 across :)

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You can see the new paint.

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Future home of DROP LINE

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Some Mystery Mine love!

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Marking off for footers!

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