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:lol: Oh god, that Coaster Studios kid is there today after visiting 5 times last year and failing to ride it all 5 times. I won't lie, I know a lot of people can't stand him but he doesn't bother me and I'm starting to feel a little bad for him with this thing. Come on Lightning Rod, throw the guy a bone.

 

Is he from the general geographical region around that park? Then I feel almost bad. If he's rich, I don't care.

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Did I call this or what? Anyway, I did better side-by-side comparison for you.

Luckily any day now Lightning Rod is probably due to launch a wheel into a mountain or spontaneously combust or something so we can stop talking about covid...

^Lets be real...if you really wanna follow those guidelines you wouldn’t even be going to amusement parks. 

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:lol: Oh god, that Coaster Studios kid is there today after visiting 5 times last year and failing to ride it all 5 times. I won't lie, I know a lot of people can't stand him but he doesn't bother me and I'm starting to feel a little bad for him with this thing. Come on Lightning Rod, throw the guy a bone.

 

Is he from the general geographical region around that park? Then I feel almost bad. If he's rich, I don't care.

 

I legitimately have no idea. I believe they were 5 days in a row though and I only remember this so vividly since it was right before our one trip of the year so we were watching his Facebook page to see if we had any reason for optimism (which of course we didn't).

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Forgive me for not following the mechanical gremlins closely, but is there a specific thing that keeps causing the issue or is a just different smaller things popping up over time? I'd assume the launching system is being a PITA?

 

The launch system was a great deal of the problems last season, from what I can tell. It received a lot of work throughout January and February. I believe now it's just a lot of little things that are manifesting themselves now simply because it wasn't running at max capacity last year.

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Honestly it depends who you ask.. Pete at the coaster event this Nov said it all had to do with the trains and they planned to rewire them this off season which will fix most of the issues.. the video was posted here back in Dec.. ride ops will say launch and some say launch is beautiful. other people will say launch. The maintenance guy that posted here last year said launch was beautiful and sensors and software had been the issue.. the software folks then posted that the software was fine.. other folks say sensor..

 

Point being, you can't trust anyone and not even the park haha.. I mean the video of Pete was clearly Pete haha.. the maintenance guy that posted might have been fake but he knew a lot about the coaster and most of us felt he was real.. ride ops are the least trustworthy when it comes to issues.. the reason I say that is with most of the issue maintenance even made the ride ops leave, especially early on.

 

Last year when he video of the rollback was posted, it was clear that a safety system stopped the launch before it could fire.. with everything working together like it does, maybe the park really doesn't know or didn't know.. ultimately, all the issues where keeping it from launching which could be why the say it was a launch issue.. but that doesn't mean the launch itself was the issue

 

Looks like it's about to open Maybe.. wait time is less than 15 mins so something is happening but usually it'll give exact wait times not less than 15

 

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I've seen "less than" wait times on several rides, especially on slow days.

 

I think it's only logical/reasonable for people to blame the launch system because Velocity Magnetics has no track record with launching. I think there is a lot more to it though. Surely Dollywood/HFE knew what they were getting into before partnering with them.

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Forgive me for not following the mechanical gremlins closely, but is there a specific thing that keeps causing the issue or is a just different smaller things popping up over time? I'd assume the launching system is being a PITA?

 

We really don't know.

 

There was much speculation, and contradictory statements by various people.

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Looks like it's about to open Maybe.. wait time is less than 15 mins so something is happening but usually it'll give exact wait times not less than 15

 

Now says 20 min.

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Forgive me for not following the mechanical gremlins closely, but is there a specific thing that keeps causing the issue or is a just different smaller things popping up over time? I'd assume the launching system is being a PITA?

 

We really don't know.

 

There was much speculation, and contradictory statements by various people.

Yup, like he says.. and I don't think they are purposely trying to avoid the question, I just feel there are so many small issues here and there that they get it wrong. I mean, a lot of the statements have been from very high in the parks management. I will say that personally, I haven't heard one person higher in management say it is the launch that is the issue.. doesn't mean it wasn't. Probably the most trusted source I have heard, for me at least, was when Pete said it was the trains in that video and they planned to rewire them.. but that doesn't mean he was correct either.

 

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Knoxville got hit.. two inches of hail at my apartment.. the storm headed right towards Dollywood but i believe West Knox got the most of it.. I was actually headed back from Gatlinburg when it hit and drove through it.. when I got hit by it there was no hail and this was between Kodak (the interstate exit for Dollywood) and Knoxville.. but I still had two inches of hail at my apartment when I got home. I live in very close to West Knox around the papermill area

 

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Anyone at the park? Can anyone confirm they are running two trains or not? From the wait times, it doesn't look very busy and we are at 30 mins now so I would imagine only running 1 train?

 

Even Firechaser only has a 5 min wait as of now. Maybe the entire park flooded to LR when they saw it open lol

 

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:lol: Oh god, that Coaster Studios kid is there today after visiting 5 times last year and failing to ride it all 5 times. I won't lie, I know a lot of people can't stand him but he doesn't bother me and I'm starting to feel a little bad for him with this thing. Come on Lightning Rod, throw the guy a bone.

 

~ 15 minutes ago posted from the line, then some one commented it had an error.

 

Looks like the live feed had him boarding the train just now. Feed ended.

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I feel like we're getting a little nuts with the minute-by-minute Lightning Rod updates. I'm partially responsible, but holy crap.

 

- Ride is open

- Less than 15 minutes

- Now 20

- Now 25

- Lead Ride Operator going to take a sh*t

- Now wiping

- Sh*t successful

- Coaster Studios guy is in line

- It's broken

- It's fixed

- Air gates are opening

- Guy in row 7 is doing the walk of shame

- Dispatch

- Guy waiting for row 3 is picking his a**

 

... we get it. lol

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:lol: I feel like we're getting a little nuts with the minute-by-minute Lightning Rod updates. I'm partially responsible, but holy crap.

 

Wasn't that bad.

Loaded his page when someone mentioned it being open. Wait, that was you...

 

I happened to hit refresh on FB to see if he'd made it and was live about to board the train.

 

Now he won't be able to whine about not getting to ride anymore.

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:lol: I feel like we're getting a little nuts with the minute-by-minute Lightning Rod updates. I'm partially responsible, but holy crap.

 

- Ride is open

- Less than 15 minutes

- Now 20

- Now 25

- Lead Ride Operator going to take a sh*t

- Now wiping

- Sh*t successful

- Coaster Studios guy is in line

- It's broken

- It's fixed

- Air gates are opening

- Guy in row 7 is doing the walk of shame

- Dispatch

- Guy waiting for row 3 is picking his a**

 

... we get it. lol

 

This post has made my day.

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Wait, that was you...

 

Like I said, I'm partially responsible. I just realized I had created a monster that was completely out of control. It won't be the first or last time that happens on this site.

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Like I said, I'm partially responsible. I just realized I had created a monster that was completely out of control. It won't be the first or last time that happens on this site.

 

I think a few of us just had a bit of fun on a slow day.

It's all in fun.

 

There were some other posts in the middle of it too.

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fu**ing River Battle. on our trip last summer I rode four things before heat destroyed the family. Lightning Rod once, Mystery Mine once and River Battle twice. Place was stupid hot it was the only thing my 3 year old wanted to ride and would have done it a hundred times had i not distracted him with pizza. now as summer draws near "dada i want to go to ride bears house (i guess there is bears by the entrance or in the ride this is what he calls River Battle) at Dollywood" he will ask several times. I really want to take him back to the park but i don't want to ride that god damn thing again and I know that's the first thing he will want to do.

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Haha.. I purposely walk close to it on hot days so the kids can spray me but I have never been on it, that song would annoy me to death though if I had to ride it a lot

 

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