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I did like it haha. It was just a bit jerky.

 

Also, all day today Lightning Rod was closed. Then, at 4pm it opened and I got my frist ride on it. It's sooooo much fun! What a great ride at a park I would have never expected it at.

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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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I have not. But their app says the parks closes at 7. It's ok, we got at least one ride! We're in line again now though.

 

Anyone have any suggestions for good food in the area for after the park?

 

Thanks!

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I have not. But their app says the parks closes at 7. It's ok, we got at least one ride! We're in line again now though.

 

Anyone have any suggestions for good food in the area for after the park?

 

Thanks!

 

Mamas Farmhouse is a home style restaurant and it awesome. It right off the parkway and open till 8pm. The banana pudding is so good you would smack your mama!

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It's busy but not like the busy when they extend hours.. Lot F isn't even full but as of now, no extended hours for today

 

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It was a fun house way before Dollywood.. It was then Dolly's museum.. it's actually attached to the cave underneath it which was part of the fun house as well

 

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Sitar if you like Indian food.

 

Old Mill is good, but usually has a long wait to get in.

I'm fond of Bubba Gump Shrimp in Gatlinburg personally.. I know a lot of folks hate the Landry's restaurants (Bubba Gump, Rainforest Cafes, T-Rex Cafe and the other restaurants designed for tourist) but u love Bubba Gump food.

 

On a side note, Bubba Gumps is the only Landry's restaurant in the area but if you have the Landry's Select Card you can use it at Bubba Gumps

 

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Cool, thanks!

Yup, there are some folks here who know more about it then me and they will explain it better when they see the post but essentially it was a fun house before Dollywood, then her museum and now they open it for some odd and end things every now and then but that's it.. a few years ago they had a small coaster museum in it

 

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Drop line was doing a lot of testing this morning and we watched several cycles of it. It rotates around the tower several times while ascending. Once it gets to the top of the tower it stops climbing, and makes one full rotation. Then it climbs just a few feet more and abruptly drops. Can't wait to ride Dollywoods unique to the States drop tower!!!

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And food wise I personally love Quaker Steak and lube in Pigeon Forge at the corner of the parkway and Collier... I'm originally from Buffalo, NY and their Buffalo wings are top notch... Good burgers too.

 

Smoky Mountain Trout House in Gatlinburg and Applewood Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge are also some of my faves.

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And food wise I personally love Quaker Steak and lube in Pigeon Forge at the corner of the parkway and Collier... I'm originally from Buffalo, NY and their Buffalo wings are top notch... Good burgers too.

 

Smoky Mountain Trout House in Gatlinburg and Applewood Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge are also some of my faves.

I hate Quaker Steak and Lube because they replaced mr ghattis pizza which was one of the best pizza buffets ever! Haha with that being said, their hot wings are good.. they opened one here in Knoxville as well. I like them, locally though, I know a lot of people who don't like them for some reason.. One of the managers told me the one in Knoxville is actually struggling.. not sure about the one in Pigeon Forge, they always look full but so did Mr Ghattis when it was there.

 

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Drop line...rotates around the tower several times while ascending. Once it gets to the top of the tower it stops climbing, and makes one full rotation. Then it climbs just a few feet more and abruptly drops. Can't wait to ride Dollywoods unique to the States drop tower!!!

 

I don't know what sounds more intimidating: Drop Line or

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Drop line was doing a lot of testing this morning and we watched several cycles of it. It rotates around the tower several times while ascending. Once it gets to the top of the tower it stops climbing, and makes one full rotation. Then it climbs just a few feet more and abruptly drops. Can't wait to ride Dollywoods unique to the States drop tower!!!

For those who are wondering, here's a transportable version of what Dollywood now has...

 

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As pumped as I am for the park to have a drop tower, I was a bit surprised that they went for this style, especially after seeing how closely it resembles the transportable version. The lightning package will no doubt be amazing, but it looks more like something you would find at the Island.

 

And the crown is a little...generic? (see below)

 

I expected something more custom-made for Dollywood...even a butterfly for Dolly (I'm sure they would have made it tasteful).

 

I suppose I was hoping for something more along the lines of Falcon's Fury. But beggars can't be choosers.

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And the crown is a little...generic? (see below)

 

I expected something more custom-made for Dollywood...even a butterfly for Dolly (I'm sure they would have made it tasteful).

 

Perhaps it was a late decision and there wasn't time to design and build something custom?

 

The tech I talked to Wednesday hinted at it being a late decision.

 

 

They could always add to it later.

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Thank you all for the food suggestions! We ended up at The Pottery House Cafe and Grille. They had a small wait, but the food was really really good!

 

Elissa, the brewery never even came up when I was looking! I'll put that one the list for next time though.

 

Also, it seems that people really love buffets out here, there are sooo many! Hahahah.

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And the crown is a little...generic? (see below)

 

I expected something more custom-made for Dollywood...even a butterfly for Dolly (I'm sure they would have made it tasteful).

 

Perhaps it was a late decision and there wasn't time to design and build something custom?

 

The tech I talked to Wednesday hinted at it being a late decision.

 

 

They could always add to it later.

 

Any idea on a soft opening? Or "Technical Rehearsal"?

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