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p. 766 - HeartSong resort announced!

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When I went on Wed, May 3rd, had a great time, went on Lightning Rod, my very first RMC, loved it, holy shit it was nuts lol. Went on FireChaser Express for the first time, can see what makes this a family coaster, good starting coaster for the little ones, pretty fun imo.

 

3rd trip to Dollywood, always enjoy it here, good food, really nice people, wait times overall weren't too long and the weather was nice, couldn't really ask for much more.

 

Also got to ride on Drop Line on one of its last Technical Rehearsal days, just happened to stop at the pizza place across from it to eat and as we got finished, noticed they were letting people on so I decided to give it a whirl. Not as tall as Drop Zone at KI but I thought it was the perfect height, not so tall that it becomes really intimidating and I got an absolutely gorgeous view of the park and the mountains, loved it !

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A terrible investment that just so happens to be widely accepted as the best coaster in the world right now.... It might be down for a bit, but at least it's open more than it's down this year. No doubt it's still made a boat load of money for DW.

 

All coasters close for maintenance, unfortunately LR just needs a lot of it. If we get to a point where it's closed for two week stretches like last year then we can really complain....

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They added a platform(dock) between the tower and the operator station in the pond any one know what its for?

 

 

They are putting a Donkey Steam Engine on the dock that will let off steam every time it drops!

 

 

Thanks for the info! Looking forward to checking it out!

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Giving it a try once more tomorrow.

 

Do they do breakfast there?....aside from cinnamon bread lol....like a real breakfast? Pregnant wife needs some real breakfast food

Not really. Some good pastries in the bakery but not a real breakfast. They don't open early enough for that.

 

Maybe you could hit the resort restaurant?

Pretty sure they do breakfast.

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I haven't seen any yet this year.. they aren't codes though, in the past you have to take the entire coke can.. I think last year Wendy's bags had a discount to but I don't eat Wendy's much to know if it's back or not

 

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Giving it a try once more tomorrow.

 

Do they do breakfast there?....aside from cinnamon bread lol....like a real breakfast? Pregnant wife needs some real breakfast food

Not really. Some good pastries in the bakery but not a real breakfast. They don't open early enough for that.

 

Maybe you could hit the resort restaurant?

Pretty sure they do breakfast.

On days when they open early doesn't Grannies serve breakfast? I know they did years ago but it has been a very long time for me to be there when the park opens.. i haven't been to the park in years on a day that they open early, say 9:00 lol

 

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Not sure. Even 9 is late for breakfast. They'd serve for 2hrs or less to be ready for lunch at 11.

 

If I'm there at 8 or 9 it's for rides not food. At most grab a cinnamon roll or other pastry from the bakery to eat in line.

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I never get there on early mornings anymore.. looking online all I see is that the past few years breakfast was included in the wild eagle back stage tour. So they at least made breakfast last year on early days but not sure if it was open to the public or not..

 

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LOL - 13 mins into the day: broken.

 

Not listed as down yet.

 

 

Then they're not updating. I'm in the station. It's down.

 

Or not considering it down yet. What have they said/announced? Have they cleared the queue?

 

Last time I was there it went down for ~15-30 minutes. They emptied the train that left the station and the one that was loading, but didn't clear the queue. Ran a dozen empty trains before an op did a check ride.

 

We were 2 trains away and waited it out. It ran fine after and I never saw it listed as closed the rest of the day.

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LOL - 13 mins into the day: broken.

 

 

Wow. Just road back left. Unreal coaster. Definitely in my top couple. Shame it's such horrid reliability. 10 mins into park opening and down 45+ mins. Great ride! Just needs to,you know, WORK.

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LOL - 13 mins into the day: broken.

 

Not listed as down yet.

 

 

Then they're not updating. I'm in the station. It's down.

 

Then you might as well just get out of line, pack up and head home!!

 

No but seriously - its not uncommon for L-rod to go down after the first full train goes out for the morning. It's like the ride works great with empty trains, but once there is weight in the train, it slides through the ending brakes without the system resetting (see my post a couple pages back).

 

Glad you got to ride it though. It really is an amazing coaster. I have no doubt that Dollywood will one day get this thing near 100%. Remember technically its only been open 1 year and though the park is working hard to get it to 100%, its not there yet, and many of us are impatient! I have rode it 25 times now, but that has not come without a great deal of patience on my part - waiting through breakdowns, getting to the park right at opening, staying till close etc.

 

As far as breakfast is concerned Aunt Granny's no longer offers the breakfast buffet. However Front Porch offers breakfast and its amazing!!! They make popcorn grits with grains from the grist mill - delicious. Not sure if its only open when the park opens at 9AM or if its open everyday.

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Got it! I knew aunt Grannies used to offer it glad to hear front porch does now.. in the past it was only on days the park opened early so at 9

 

It's always nice for people travelling that don't want to right the crowds at Shoneys or the pancake places on the strip lol

 

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LOL - 13 mins into the day: broken.

 

It is probably feeding off your negative energy and refusing to work...

 

Haha - probably. It's burnt me a few times the last couple years,so I do have bad feelings toward it. Got 3 in. 1 front right,one back left and one back middle right. Really really good. Surprisingly busy for a Wednesday in May today.

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LOL - 13 mins into the day: broken.

 

It is probably feeding off your negative energy and refusing to work...

 

Haha - probably. It's burnt me a few times the last couple years,so I do have bad feelings toward it. Got 3 in. 1 front right,one back left and one back middle right. Really really good. Surprisingly busy for a Wednesday in May today.

End of year school field trips.. They keep the park fairly busy this time of year. My school always went in May and took 8 - 9 bus loads and I am from a small school district

 

Several schools usually visit a day so they can add up quickly

 

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