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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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There was a time in my life when I would have cared what Lightning Rod was made of.  So refreshing to give precisely zero effs. I just want to go to Dollywood and not worry about it being open! 

You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

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So a few years back I shot some video at Dollywood. Finally got around to editing some of it together. My first attempt at a theme park video follows:

 

I really enjoyed the video, nice job!

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2 more weeks kiddies. My anticipation for WIld Eagle has been raised since the B&M Giga announcement. I hope Dolly does a terrain coaster or at minimum something unique. I have a feeling that the rumored 180 foot loop might be more like Kumba's zero G roll but much higher. A big drop into that element would be a nice start. I would have a little pre drop to get speed and then have it dive off the edge of the mountain into a 240 drop followed by a huge Zero G roll. That would be majestic! Have it raise up a little just at the edge of the mountain like a big eagle would before diving down. Here is my layout: Lift, pre-drop, little raise for realism ( I hope someone understands that), big drop, huge zero-g roll, small forceful airtime hill, Zero-g roll opposite direction, Some awesome helix turn-around, airtime hill, in-line roll, airtime hill, airtime hill, brakes.

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That all sounds fine and dandy, but wouldn't a massive inversion sort of ruin the park's atmosphere? Thunderhead, at 100 feet, just barely scrapes through the trees. Part of the thing that I think makes Dollywood neat is that you really can't see anything sticking up above the tree line until you get close.

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^You have to remember. A lot of this ride will be hidden in the ridge between Craftsman Valley and Timber Canyon. I am still not exactly sure how much of this ride will actually be visible from the park. Plus, there are some nice differences of elevation in the footprint of the ride. They could easily pull off some pretty large drops and loops while blending in with the natural terrain.

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If anything, this might be the mother of all terrain rides; Dollywood has already hit it out of the park (hehehe) with some real winners for terrain; TT, for example, fits snugly into the valley- and has some wonderful interaction with the terrain...

 

I'm pulling for something truly awesome, along the lines of a terrain coaster on steroids, with some interesting interplay like TT does. Either way, they don't make mistakes there, and I know I'll be there opening season for it...

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That all sounds fine and dandy, but wouldn't a massive inversion sort of ruin the park's atmosphere? Thunderhead, at 100 feet, just barely scrapes through the trees. Part of the thing that I think makes Dollywood neat is that you really can't see anything sticking up above the tree line until you get close.

 

I am hoping for my first Dollywood trip for 2012 so you very well may be right. I know they will make something great and Dolly will want to keep it charming in the park. But I really hope they make a big noise with this one. I think most people are expecting something on par with the best rides out there. If you aren't going to launch it, there has to be a big drop. B&M seems to be trending in a good direction, I am expecting more than just a standard WIngwalker for Dollywood.

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B&M seems to be trending in a good direction, I am expecting more than just a standard WIngwalker for Dollywood.

They don't have any "cookie cutter" Wing Coasters in the portfolio, so I think you'll be fine.

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You know you're a TP code geek when...

 

Dollywood is now revealing hints about their new for 2012 coaster (Duh!) and if you answer trivia questions right, you get pieces of a 'puzzle'

 

Here's the first one I decoded from them:

 

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Well, it's looking like a coaster. Sort of. Exceptions may apply.

 

R.D.

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^^Either that's an Immelman, loop, diving loop (or a drop like on The Swarm too), or some sharp vertical turnaround.

 

Either way, to me it looks like some *average* animation. I was really hoping for some great animation for this attraction, but I don't know about that now...

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^^Either that's an Immelman, loop, diving loop (or a drop like on The Swarm too), or some sharp vertical turnaround.

 

Either way, to me it looks like some *average* animation. I was really hoping for some great animation for this attraction, but I don't know about that now...

 

So have you lost all hope now?

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