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Even when Lightning Rod is open I can confirm that Cinnamon Bread is still the best attraction in the park. It also generally has the longest line.

 

I mean cinnamon bread is excellent and all, but if I had the choice between a free loaf and say 5 back to back rides on Lightning Rod, I'd choose Lightning Rod 100% of the time.

 

See, I'm reading this but all I hear is "stop being a bitch, eat the cinnamon bread and STFU". ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

Also I find it funny how you're making fun of people for not enjoying other aspects of Dollywood when Lightning Rod is closed. So what is it that's stopping you from making Dollywood your next trip? Probably because Lightning Rod might be closed. Ironic.

 

Jokes on you. He did go to the park recently (and posted a trip report about it) knowing full well LR would be closed and went anyway and got lucky. I posted that to rib some of our other members that like to get butthurt over everything he posts.

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Uhhh.. ok? Well, you're wrong. How do you know Dollywood is not my next trip planned? How do you know I haven't wanted to go to Dollywood since well before LR was even announced? How do you know I haven't pushed DW back in order to hit other parks I want to go to more? Its never smart to assume bud.

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We are going to visit my grandparents in Georgia this weekend. Would it be crazy to try to get into Pigeon Forge on Monday for a couple hours at the park? I don't want to be fighting a swarm of people.

 

Kinda bumping this with an update, we actually may be looking at going Friday on our way down instead but aren't locked into either option. Any input is appreciated. I have never been to the Gatlinburg area on a holiday weekend.

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We are going to visit my grandparents in Georgia this weekend. Would it be crazy to try to get into Pigeon Forge on Monday for a couple hours at the park? I don't want to be fighting a swarm of people.

 

Kinda bumping this with an update, we actually may be looking at going Friday on our way down instead but aren't locked into either option. Any input is appreciated. I have never been to the Gatlinburg area on a holiday weekend.

 

Went a couple years ago during Memorial Day weekend and will never go again lol love it out there but Memorial Day, and Fourth of July are the MOST crowded times of the summer. It was terrible trying to get around, plus Dollywood was at full capacity. All I'll say is good luck lol

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We are going to visit my grandparents in Georgia this weekend. Would it be crazy to try to get into Pigeon Forge on Monday for a couple hours at the park? I don't want to be fighting a swarm of people.

 

Kinda bumping this with an update, we actually may be looking at going Friday on our way down instead but aren't locked into either option. Any input is appreciated. I have never been to the Gatlinburg area on a holiday weekend.

There have been times when we've gone on a Friday and crowds were significantly less than on weekends. That being said, although I can't recall a time in recent history where I've visited on a Monday, I think Friday would be the better option. I visited the park once on a Friday last year and wait times were pretty low. Crowds were decent but not at the level for things to be considered "crowded". It all depends, but this time of the year can be tougher to estimate. Since its a holiday weekend, Friday would be my choice.

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Even when Lightning Rod is open I can confirm that Cinnamon Bread is still the best attraction in the park. It also generally has the longest line.

 

I mean cinnamon bread is excellent and all, but if I had the choice between a free loaf and say 5 back to back rides on Lightning Rod, I'd choose Lightning Rod 100% of the time.

 

 

 

Totally agree with you here! In fact, I'll see your 5 back to back rides, and raise you only 3 - one front, one back, and one at night!

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In case anybody else is interested, I was curious about Lightning Rod's status over time and the wait times for other rides leading up to my trip in a couple weeks so I wrote a quick little app that pulls the wait times every 15 minutes and stores them. Pretty simple but thought maybe a couple of you would be interested in this - http://dw.jonstoddart.com/

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In case anybody else is interested, I was curious about Lightning Rod's status over time and the wait times for other rides leading up to my trip in a couple weeks so I wrote a quick little app that pulls the wait times every 15 minutes and stores them. Pretty simple but thought maybe a couple of you would be interested in this - http://dw.jonstoddart.com/

 

 

Looks like you found that little JSON API they use for that! I've been wanting to write an app for the Apple Watch but never got around to it.

 

Nice work!

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Nice app.. my last trip, the 18th shows LR as opening with the park (if it actually opened with successful rides lol) and closing shortly after opening and shows it open for two short periods of under 45 mins each around lunch.. I never saw it open that day but one of the regulars here got lucky and got a ride.. it's nice seeing the timrs it was actually open.. the longest period (a 45 min period) was when I was at Aunt Grannies eating which is why I never saw it! All you can eat buffet with desert takes about 45 mins lol

 

Nice app!

 

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Guess what's closed? You guessed it, Lightning Rod! I don't see this thing opening for at least a month at this point, good luck to all traveling from abroad...

 

Honestly, Lightning Rod is a failed concept, its downtime levels are poor. I honestly don't see it being long before it gets torn down.

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I think being torn down is overkill haha, I'm sure eventually they will have it running.. it might require extensive work though with a new lift concept or something but being torn down I don't think will happen.. unless they go into a lawsuit similar to timber tower

 

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Come on! It's not going to get torn down! However, I wouldn't be surprised, if it receives some sort of modification, perhaps to the launched concept, in order to boost its reliability. I'm not sure if a transfer to a high speed cable lift system is at all plausible, but if I were Dollywood, that would be the first thing I'd be looking at at this point...

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I can definitely see the launch being torn out and replaced with another LSM setup from a more tried-and-true company. I don't see them using a hydraulic/weight/cable launch... that would require a lot of re-engineering. Clearly it's possible to have an up-hill LSM launch that's not down everyday.. just look at Maverick.

 

It's not going to get torn down, Dollywood's not done pouring money into it yet. Timber Tower was a fun, but insignificant flat ride. Lightning Rod is the world's fastest wood coaster, and a 20 million dollar investment. I'm sure a law suit is stirring, probably between the company who built the launch and Dollywood. I really don't think most of this is RMC's fault.. Velocity did the braking and launching.. which are TWO things this thing seems to always have problems with.

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Well timber tower was torn down due to the lawsuit I'd assume.. it was actually running fine later in it's life but stopped running due to a contract dispute and was then torn down

 

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Guess what's closed? You guessed it, Lightning Rod! I don't see this thing opening for at least a month at this point, good luck to all traveling from abroad...

 

Honestly, Lightning Rod is a failed concept, its downtime levels are poor. I honestly don't see it being long before it gets torn down.

 

I'll agree that the concept has failed lol but I don't see it being torn down anytime soon. Maybe some MAJOR tweaks and what not. Anyone going in the foreseeable future should just go with the mindset of not riding :/

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^ But Timber Tower was a much smaller investment and was far from being known as a marquee attraction.

 

Again, we don't know with 100% certainty that the launch is to blame. It's totally plausible, but the issue could also be related to the train or another component that we're unaware of.

 

I'll admit that I've had a fear in the back of my mind of the ride going the Son of Beast route, but I have to believe that Dollywood and RMC are better than that.

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^ But Timber Tower was a much smaller investment and was far from being known as a marquee attraction.

 

Again, we don't know with 100% certainty that the launch is to blame. It's totally plausible, but the issue could also be related to the train or another component that we're unaware of.

 

I'll admit that I've had a fear in the back of my mind of the ride going the Son of Beast route, but I have to believe that Dollywood and RMC are better than that.

 

I also thought that once I saw all the problems. Riding this thing is literally insane, though. I do not agree with the others who say "once you ride it, all the headaches and downtime are worth it". Bottom line, $20+ million investment gone very south....nothing makes that "ok".

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