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Not sure, I have just never heard that term before and a lot of folks posted last year that Dollywood was the first time they have heard it as well. But other parks might use it

 

And I am pretty sure it is a true free fall. The lift "let's go" of the carriage and the brakes don't kick in until the bottom (as seen from the fins on the tower).. so unless they have something on the wheels to slow it as it drops, it should be free fall minus the friction from the wheels. (The carriage does have wheels). This is just from my observation on a few test runs that I saw though.

 

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Lagoon used it for Cannibal in 2015 and Univeral Studios Orlando used it in 2012, just a couple of examples from other parts of the country. I've seen it a bunch of other times.

 

That's good to hear about the drop on Drop Line. I very much prefer that kind of drop and I'll be making my first trip ever to Dollywood in just over a month! I was just confused about the -3.2 Gs reported on Dollywood's blog.

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Lagoon used it for Cannibal in 2015 and Univeral Studios Orlando used it in 2012, just a couple of examples from other parts of the country. I've seen it a bunch of other times.

 

That's good to hear about the drop on Drop Line. I very much prefer that kind of drop and I'll be making my first trip ever to Dollywood in just over a month! I was just confused about the -3.2 Gs reported on Dollywood's blog.

Like I said, I don't know for sure but I did see two test drops and that's how it worked from what I saw.You can clearly see the breaking fins towards the bottom of the tower and it doesn't look like anything is interfering with the drop, other than maybe friction from the wheels which will be minimal. I might go one evening this week and try it if it's open!

 

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Just to clarify, the ride doesn't officially open until this Saturday, May 6th. The media event is Friday, May 5th.

 

As mentioned, the ride is in a technical rehearsal so you may get to ride it tomorrow and Friday but there is no guarantees. Just want to make that clear, since that article didn't clearly state the official opening day of the ride.

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Just to clarify, the ride doesn't officially open until this Saturday, May 6th. The media event is Friday, May 5th.

 

As mentioned, the ride is in a technical rehearsal so you may get to ride it tomorrow and Friday but there is no guarantees. Just want to make that clear, since that article didn't clearly state the official opening day of the ride.

 

Any word if the media event with Dolly on Friday will be open to park guests and what time

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The portion of the media event for Drop Line doesn't start until around 1:30 or 2:00. No clue how this will be set up since they usually have new ride openings in the morning before the park opens and let members of the public fill in the back for the ceremony.

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From what I heard from a few guest at work is that Dollywood actually closed the entire park early today. I guess Blazing Fury was just slow to update on the app.

 

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From what I heard from a few guest at work is that Dollywood actually closed the entire park early today.

 

The WBIR story earlier said DW was closing early.

 

Still is in the current story. Fire 100% contained.

 

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/downed-trees-high-wind-damage-gatlinburg-outdoor-resort/436806578

 

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/high-winds-damage-rebuilding-efforts-in-gatlinburg-communities/436852613

 

 

Some good news though

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/final-my-people-fund-check-distribution-thursday/436694221

 

Sevier County residents picking up their final distribution from Dolly Parton's My People Fund on Thursday received surprise checks for $5,000 instead of the $1,000 they expected.
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I'm going to be at Dollywood on Friday, May 19, but I might be able to get there Thursday afternoon after 3:00. If I got there after 3:00, what kinds of lines should I expect for Thunderhead and Lightning Rod? After reading the posts in this thread, it sounds like I should get to Lightning Rod as fast as I can and ride it before it breaks down. Thanks.

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Thursday afternoon can be hit or miss crowds wise.. in the evening, if it's pretty and as people get off work it can get decently crowded.. just remember, if you get there after three, Thursday is essentially free because your ticket will be good for Friday as well.. just something to keep on mind

 

Thunderhead hardly every has a line anymore.. it's usually close to being a walk-on, even on busy days..

 

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Thursday afternoon can be hit or miss crowds wise.. in the evening, if it's pretty and as people get off work it can get decently crowded.. just remember, if you get there after three, Thursday is essentially free because your ticket will be good for Friday as well.. just something to keep on mind

 

Thunderhead hardly every has a line anymore.. it's usually close to being a walk-on, even on busy days..

 

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People tend to flock to it in the morning when they arrive, then work their way up to MM and Wild Eagle. It's usually got a decent crowd in the morning.. that said, it's running really rough lately.

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Currently 45 in Knoxville.. I'd imagine low 40s at Dollywood so close to freezing

 

Looks like Dollywood is dead today though but so is LR right now haha

 

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Lightning Rod was up and down all day. Reduced to one-train operation early in the afternoon. Riding in the rain hurt like hell, but I didn't care — I was so glad to get a ride. The sun just came out, but "cold and rainy" was the name of the game starting a bit before noon. Had it not been for Drop Line's opening, I may have postponed my trip.

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Drop Line is great — the views alone are enough of an attraction.

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Yesterday, Theme Park Review was invited to the grand opening of Dollywood's newest thrill ride, Drop Line. While the day started with a showing of Dolly Parton's new dinner show, Smoky Mountain Adventures, I am going to concentrate on the new ride in this post. If you would like to see photos from Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventure, you can click here.

 

I may have posted a few times in the past that Timber Tower's former location would make a perfect spot for a drop tower. So, I was definitely thrilled to hear the announcement of Drop Line. The ride is a perfect addition to Timber Canyon and with the upcoming addition of Whistle Punk Chaser, Timber Canyon is going to and does look great! Drop Line reminds me of Acrophobia at Six Flags Over Georgia with the rotating seats as you rise to the summit. It adds one final rotation before making a slight rise once again before dropping. While I feel the drop on Acrophobia is more forceful, the seats on Drop Line are much more forgiving than on Acrophobia if you know what I mean, guys.

 

One last thing, the views are spectacular! We sat both times facing Thunderhead and you basically have an close up aerial view of the layout. You can see all of the roller coasters including Lightning Rod and some great views of the surrounding mountains.

 

On to the photos!

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A new addition rises in the sky from the preferred parking lot.

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New sign!

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It's tall and hard to get in one shot.

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Park Staff were setting up for some reverse POV shots for media when we arrived.

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Pete Owens, Dollywood's Director of Media/Public Relations got to ride and he appeared to enjoy it!

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If you have been on a drop tower you know the drill.

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Ride goes up.

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Keeps going up and then drops. The rotating seats make a nice change to the standard drop tower.

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The seats were very comfortable which is always a plus for a drop tower.

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Let's take a look at the ride's queue.

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A little history and an explanation for the ride's name.

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One of the better names for an engine ever made!

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More of the queue.

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Time Saver will let you skip the majority of the line which I am sure will be long this summer!

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Some of the theming surrounding the ride. Looks good!

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A lot of the pond that surrounded Timber Tower has been maintained and spruced up for Drop Line.

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Lots of news stations/media were on hand for the event. I didn't see many of them ride, LOL!

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Another group heads up!

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It's great to see a drop tower here!

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Overview of the ride area.

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Whistle Punk Chaser is directly adjacent to Drop Line and sits where the old playground was.

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Looks like it is about ready!

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One more overview of the area. Definitely get out to Dollywood and ride this!

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