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I'll be at Dollywood in 3 1/2 weeks for 2 1/2 days. It's part of a larger trip so it's not getting cancelled, although I may spend a little more time at Carowinds if Lightning Rod continues to have major problems. Hopefully I can get lucky and hit it on a couple good days, but I'm sure either way I'll have fun there.

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I love that I know that I can always come here and find out that Lightning Rod was running and not running at some point today.

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Pretty consistent with wait times, but they take forever to update the operational status. I waited for a good half hour on Wild Eagle for them to do some cleaning up.. and it said less than 15 minutes the whole time.

 

We've had a lot of melancholic talk of LR lately (justified, but still).... here's some photos I took last week of Tennessee Tornado!

 

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All photos shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 80-200 2.8 AF-D (two-ringed). Straight out of camera raw conversions with a bit of color correction.

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Pretty consistent with wait times, but they take forever to update the operational status. I waited for a good half hour on Wild Eagle for them to do some cleaning up.. and it said less than 15 minutes the whole time.

 

We've had a lot of melancholic talk of LR lately (justified, but still).... here's some photos I took last week of Tennessee Tornado!

 

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All photos shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 80-200 2.8 AF-D (two-ringed). Straight out of camera raw conversions with a bit of color correction.

 

Those are some really amazing pics.. I think TN Tornado is highly underrated, the only thing I don't like about it, is the constant one train ops, it's ok on slow days, but it seems even on busy days it's only one train.

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Pretty consistent with wait times, but they take forever to update the operational status. I waited for a good half hour on Wild Eagle for them to do some cleaning up.. and it said less than 15 minutes the whole time.

 

We've had a lot of melancholic talk of LR lately (justified, but still).... here's some photos I took last week of Tennessee Tornado!

 

[attachment=0]20170510-TT-LHF-21-TPR.jpg[/attachment]

[attachment=1]20170510-TT-LHF-54-TPR.jpg[/attachment]

[attachment=2]20170510-TT-LHF-57-TPR.jpg[/attachment]

 

All photos shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 80-200 2.8 AF-D (two-ringed). Straight out of camera raw conversions with a bit of color correction.

 

Those are some really amazing pics.. I think TN Tornado is highly underrated, the only thing I don't like about it, is the constant one train ops, it's ok on slow days, but it seems even on busy days it's only one train.

 

Thanks!

 

I agree, I usually see them up it to two trains on Saturdays or very busy days in the week. I've witnessed it twice this season so far. Part of the problem is staffing, they allocate 4 platform ride ops. Two of them are in charge of checking the restraints of the first 3-4 cars, while the other two are for the back of the train. They have to do this to avoid stacking trains, which causes problems with overheating the friction brakes so I've heard from various personnel at the park. Also, if you do happen to get stacked you SLAM the brakes really bad if a train is in the station because they actually have to bring you to a full stop. They also slow down the chain lift in two-train operation to give the ride ops an extra 30 seconds to check and dispatch. They work extremely hard to avoid stacking, it happens maybe once per 45 mins... it's an art form to watch the 'Tornado crew on busy days. The last few days of the 2016 season they brought a bunch of the LR ride ops up (since it was down) to have enough people.

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Every time I visit Dollywood I leave singing that ride's praises. Everything about Tennessee Tornado is fantastic, the lift and turnaround that uses the terrain, the tunneled first drop and the snappy but ridiculously smooth inversions.

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Every time I visit Dollywood I leave singing that ride's praises. Everything about Tennessee Tornado is fantastic, the lift and turnaround that uses the terrain, the tunneled first drop and the snappy but ridiculously smooth inversions.

 

TT's mini helix and tunneled drop really surprised me. I must've missed the POV's or something, but I think those two quirky bits really elevated the ride.

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All I knew going into the ride was that the first drop was huge and through the mountain. That drop was amazing and the rest of the ride was smoother than most B&Ms. I'm really sad Arrow disappeared since they were heading in the right direction.

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The only time I've ever been to DW, I was still a young enthusiast. I did not know what hang time was, so my first ride in the front seat on TT and we hit the top of the loop, I was freaked out thinking something was wrong haha!

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Yes, Daredevil Falls finally opened.. as for LR, I either missed when the app said it was opened or it never opened.. We had to leave early as my GF was called into work but I never saw it open when I was there haha..

 

They also seemed to have Drop Line on a fast mode or something.. It never actually stopped at the top today like folks have been mentioning.. it went up, stopped spinning towards the top but never stopped moving up.. as soon as it got to the top it dropped, no stopping haha.

 

Good short day though! Fairly busy, looks like summer crowds are starting.. lots of families

 

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Yup.. now some folks on here say that it stops right before the top, makes a full rotation, and then goes up a little more to drop.. like I said, when I watched it this morning (it was actually closed until shortly before noon) it never made the stop for the full rotation it just stopped spinning and continued to climb then drops.. that's how my ride cycle was as well..

 

So not sure if they were trying to keep the line down by putting it in a fast mode or if it was having some sort of problem which could explain why it wasn't opened for the first 30 - 45 mins when I was there (I arrived shortly before 11 so not sure if it was opened before then or not and went down)

 

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Looks like LR has been shut down for the day.. it's now listed as CD.. like I said, I never saw it running at all during my short trip today but a poster here said at one time the app showed a 45 min wait for it so it possibly opened for a very short time.

 

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The daily question of the operating status of Lightning Rod reminds me of a situation in certain sports leagues over the last few years. A twitter account will be created for a bad team and it sends out 1 tweet per day with if that day won the night before. Because the team was so bad, it was always....."No."

 

We need a twitter account @IsLightningRodOpen.......and every day it can just send.... "No"

 

I've already had 3 trips booked to DW over the last two seasons that I've cancelled due to the ride not being open or weather issues. Got another planned for next Friday. I'm to the point that I'm just going to go and expect LR will be closed and experience the rest of the park as I've never been there before. A 10 hour drive isn't much fun though.

 

Looks like they have a $10-15 million (or whatever it cost) paperweight, sadly.

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While the ride is far from reliable it's doing much better this year than it did last year and we can only expect this trend to continue. This honestly kind of reminds me of rides like Kingda Ka and Top Thrill Dragster. The first season is a complete sh*t show, the second year is a little better and then over time as the park becomes familiar with the ride they make tweaks, learn to quickly fix and anticipate problems and eventually the ride is at a point where even if it still breaks down a lot it's still generally open for a decent portion of each operating day (with a few rare exceptions here and there).

 

The park is clearly making progress with Lightning Rod but it's not going to go from being the most unreliable ride in recent memory to Wild Eagle over the course of one 2 1/2 month off-season.

 

Sure it's annoying but have a little patience. Dollywood was one of my favorite parks in America long before Lightning Rod was a thing so even if it is closed it's still worth traveling a long distance to spend a day at Dollywood.

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