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That sounds about right! I'd imagine the pond area would be done by this weekend so that gives them another week to finalize the other small stuff I saw them working on last week.

 

With that being said, if Dollywood does try a soft opening, I'd imagine they could next week if the pond is finished.

 

 

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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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While they were at it, they should have built a better berm between the pathway going up to Timber Canyon and the new parking lot. Since they built those lots, that pathway feels like it under the parking lot. Which it is. Dollywood always had such excellent isolation from the parking lot before that.

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Going to DW in 2 weeks....whats the magic seats on all the coasters, especially LR. Thanks!

 

I'd like to know this as well. I'll be able to stop by for about 4 hours then while on another trip, so I'll probably be able to do each just once to get everything in.

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Lightning Rod doesn't have a magic seat, that ride is balls to the wall insane no matter where you sit. Tennessee Tornado is best in the back, Thunderhead in the front, and I'd also say Wild Eagle is a front seat ride as well.

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I prefer the forces in 'Tornado's back seat... but, when you sit in the front seat, you feel like you're going to get a rollback every time through that first inversion! Both spots are worth a ride!

 

LR is going to haul a$$ no matter where you sit. I can't say which I prefer, they're both different.. give front and back BOTH a ride.

 

Wild Eagle is better in terms of forces in the back, but it's also a bit on the rattly side.. The front literally feels like you're flying.

 

Thunderhead is great in the back, massive air time.. but it can be a bit jarring.

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I prefer the forces in 'Tornado's back seat... but, when you sit in the front seat, you feel like you're going to get a rollback every time through that first inversion! Both spots are worth a ride!

 

LR is going to haul a$$ no matter where you sit. I can't say which I prefer, they're both different.. give front and back BOTH a ride.

 

Wild Eagle is better in terms of forces in the back, but it's also a bit on the rattly side.. The front literally feels like you're flying.

 

Thunderhead is great in the back, massive air time.. but it can be a bit jarring.

The front seat om Tornado used to scare me to death because it does fill like it is going to rollback or stop on the loop

 

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While they were at it, they should have built a better berm between the pathway going up to Timber Canyon and the new parking lot. Since they built those lots, that pathway feels like it under the parking lot. Which it is. Dollywood always had such excellent isolation from the parking lot before that.

 

Agreed, it was really apparent from the train ride last year but not sure how this year yet.

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Just wanted to put this out there for those planning to visit Dollywood this summer. You May want to check out the information about The Eclispe that will happen on August 21st. I know it doesnt pass directly over dollywood but will pass close enough for it to been seen at about 99% or a short drive to the west past Wears Valley will put you in totality and up to 2 !/2 Minutes of darkness assuming it isnt cloudy. We have been planning for this event for several years and as it is happening near Dollywood (our favorite vacation spot) its an oppurtunity that cant be beat. You can search online for more information https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

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Record high temps at the park today. It over 90 degrees and it seem like a lot of rides have been breaking down. Mystery Mine, Rampage, firechasher, lightning Rod twice, daredevil Falls, and Tennessee Tornado have all been temp closed today.

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Just an FYI, went to the park today and it seems they have scrapped the Timesaver wristband for a lanyard with a punchcard. You can get the 10 (8 regulars and 2 premiums) rides for $35, like the bracelet had, or an unlimited ride card for $45. The park was extremely crowded today and many people had these timesavers obviously slowing down regular lines immensly.

 

Drop Line looks great! The pond is filled and they've added some theming to the pond. I know that the ride is supposed to open May 5, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a soft opening in the middle of the week.

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Just an FYI, went to the park today and it seems they have scrapped the Timesaver wristband for a lanyard with a punchcard. You can get the 10 (8 regulars and 2 premiums) rides for $35, like the bracelet had, or an unlimited ride card for $45.

Sounds just like the system they have at SDC. Maybe not as great as the Qbot, but big improvement over the wristband.

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The punch cards are very new.. last Thursday they still had wristbands although the bands then looked like a softer plastic than the original hard plastic black ones.. last Thursday they were a translucent blue

 

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Record high temps at the park today. It over 90 degrees and it seem like a lot of rides have been breaking down. Mystery Mine, Rampage, firechasher, lightning Rod twice, daredevil Falls, and Tennessee Tornado have all been temp closed today.

 

Yes - seems like lots of maintence headaches yesterday. There was a point were like 5 or 6 rides were listed as "TC". FCE went down around 2 and never reopened. MM around 4 or 5 and never reopened. LR did very well all day besides having several minor "hiccups" after 5. But the ride would be up and running again within 30 minutes. We actually got on the very front row of the first train on L-Rod @ 9a, and the very back row of the last train of the night at 8:30pm. I don't think I have ever been able to claim first train of the day and last train of the day on the same ride ever!

 

As far as seating preferences, now that I have two LRod front seat rides under my belt, while anywhere in the train is fun, I really prefer it in the back. TT is best in the back, but you do get great hangtime towards the front in the first loop. Some days I like TH towards the front, some days towards the back. My favorite WE seat is right side (elevator side) row 7, outside edge.

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Anyone know if Bring A Friend passes can be upgraded to a season pass (outside of the current deal for $67 this week on the site). I've heard conflicting reports on if you can or not

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One year, a friend of mine tried to upgrade a bring a friend pass and yes he got a discount but it wasn't nearly as good as upgrading a paid daily pass for a season pass (Which from what I have heard only cost the difference of the two and possibly a small fee).. So technically upgrading a paid daily ticket really isn't a discount.. Unless you got your paid ticket for free.. my company used to have company picnics there and our ticket was free from the company.. that made it a great discount for a season pass

 

I think his discount was only $5 or $10 with the bring a friend pass

 

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Just an FYI, went to the park today and it seems they have scrapped the Timesaver wristband for a lanyard with a punchcard. You can get the 10 (8 regulars and 2 premiums) rides for $35, like the bracelet had, or an unlimited ride card for $45.

 

Do you know if the unlimited Timesaver allowed unlimited rides on LR? Or are you still restricted to 1 ride on it while everything else you can reride multiple times?

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Just an FYI, went to the park today and it seems they have scrapped the Timesaver wristband for a lanyard with a punchcard. You can get the 10 (8 regulars and 2 premiums) rides for $35, like the bracelet had, or an unlimited ride card for $45.

 

Do you know if the unlimited Timesaver allowed unlimited rides on LR? Or are you still restricted to 1 ride on it while everything else you can reride multiple times?

 

 

I was at Dollywood Saturday and got my family of four unlimited timesavers and was only expecting one ride on LR due to what was written on the website, but when I got to the park and got my lanyards, I was informed that it was unlimited on LR and also unlimited on Drop Line too when it opens next week. They said that only the limited timesavers give you one ride on each. So it's best to spend the extra ten bucks and get the unlimited. We rode LR five times with our lanyards. The park was crazy that day with crowds so it was worth it. We would have rode more but LR was having technical issues during the day along with a lot of other rides. Seemed like a lot of rides broke while we were there. I don't even think Firechaser Express ran that day. They were testing but never opened the ride. Smoky Mountain Rampage, Barnstormer, Mystery Mine, LR, Dizzy Disk all experienced downtime while I was close to the rides. It was a pain in the ass, but I still think I got my money's worth out of the lanyards. I do think writing on the cards with permanent marker is a bad idea. It was hot as hell that day and when you stick them inside your shirt while riding a ride so they don't fly off, the sweat from your body erases the marker from the cards. And mine had nothing written on it by the end of the day. We had issues at Wild Eagle because they didn't believe mine was legit anymore without the date written on it. So, just remember if you get one, try to keep the date from wiping off. Dollywood definitely gives the better deal when it comes to timesaver. Most parks are extremely more expensive for their line skipping system. They just need a better way for their guests to do it, the lanyard is kind of hassle to keep from having the date rub off.

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