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Still going to the park on Saturday but doesn't look like Rod will be open anytime soon. Oh well, I hate it for the park though. I just wish Dollywood would make a statement, announcement or something at least. The thing has been closed for almost two weeks now with no word as to what the problem is. It's very frustrating

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Well if they were really waiting for a part to be delivered this week, you might get lucky.. I'd imagine it has been delivered by now so they can get it up by the weekend.. just hopeful thinking though

 

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Mavericks isn't the only launch up an incline, though. Kingda Ka launches up a slight incline that's obvious from the Zum line. Storm Runner also is a slight incline. I'd imagine that all of the cable launch coasters have inclined launches. Probably Premier's original LIM design has a slight incline (though I've not observed it).

They need an incline for roll backs so it can get back to the launch position.

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Mavericks isn't the only launch up an incline, though. Kingda Ka launches up a slight incline that's obvious from the Zum line. Storm Runner also is a slight incline. I'd imagine that all of the cable launch coasters have inclined launches. Probably Premier's original LIM design has a slight incline (though I've not observed it).

They need an incline for roll backs so it can get back to the launch position.

 

Because there is no such thing as drive tires.

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^ Because you cannot have drive tires in between a high speed launch system, and two sets of magnetic breaks, which pop up to slow down a potential roll back. No, there are no tires until the station, which is why the incline is needed. Think before you criticize me

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^ and ^^ Boys! Boys! You're both right. Yes, it's helpful to have the launch on a slight incline to help the train get back to the starting position in case of a roll back, but it's not mandatory. Yes, the whole launch track on a cable launch could be equipped with drive tires that pop into place and retract when not needed, but as my 7th grade math teacher always said, K.I.S.S. - keep it simple, stupid! Why go through the hassle of drive tires if you can just use gravity? Actually, now that I think about it, I'm surprised Intamin went the inclined launch route

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Lightning Rod has been removed from the wait times page on the app entirely. (edit: It's back, but a statement has been posted)

 

From the park's website:

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: As Lightning Rod’s manufacturer, Rocky Mountain Construction, is working to improve the operational consistency of the ride and elevate its performance to Dollywood’s high standards, Lightning Rod’s running schedule will be irregular and subject to periodic closures. We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience. Please enjoy Dollywood’s newest thrill, Drop Line or one of our other family attractions.

 

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About time they post an official statement though, sad thing is, I feel Dollywood should of posted this statement weeks ago..

 

It's a shame Dollywood is still hiding this on their site though.. it should be on the home page.. I know people should "research" things on their own but not everyone will.

 

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Lightning Rod has been removed from the wait times page on the app entirely.

 

On the park's website, a statement has been posted:

 

MPORTANT NOTE: As Lightning Rod’s manufacturer, Rocky Mountain Construction, is working to improve the operational consistency of the ride and elevate its performance to Dollywood’s high standards, Lightning Rod’s running schedule will be irregular and subject to periodic closures. We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience. Please enjoy Dollywood’s newest thrill, Drop Line or one of our other family attractions.

 

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Well it's about time. This should've been done way before now. Oh well, there goes my chance for LRod this year.

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About time they post an official statement though, sad thing is, I feel Dollywood should of posted this statement weeks ago..

 

It's easy to say that from the outside looking in but we don't really know the details of what the actual problem is. The ride is undoubtedly a clusterf*ck but maybe they didn't realize how long of a process this would be (meaning this particular period of downtime), maybe they keep finding new problems... who knows?

 

It's hard to keep giving them a pass on this ride, so I won't. I do stand by my statement that it's still a spectacular park without Lightning Rod but I wouldn't suggest anyone travel a significant distance to go there unless they're okay with missing out on it or they can easily get back there some other time. I won't make a big deal out of how long it took them to post this message though simply because I don't know what's actually wrong. Maybe they were optimistic that they could have it fixed by now. Things did seem promising the first couple months of the season.

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Lightning Rod is testing today, Friday 6/2/17

 

Maybe there is hope for our visit next month after all!!

 

But to be honest, I was just talking to my partner about this last night. We are both going to the park will full expectations of NOT getting to ride LR, and we know we are still going to have an amazing time!! If LR does happen to open we will be on the first train out, and that will make our trip that much better!! But right now we are preparing for no LR, and we are NOT letting not getting to ride the coaster ruin our trip!

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The concierge at DreamMore said this morning the park is waiting for a part that will arrive next week. Take that as you will.

 

How's the trip going so far?

Right now I am super exhausted, but I have had an awesome time. Will have a full trip report starting when I get back, but I'll spoil one thing: Mystery Mine is a new top 5 coaster for me.

 

Mystery Mine for sure is quite unique. It was my first "straight up" lift hill, my first "greater than 90 degrees" drop and that ever you want to call that hanging upside down finish. It was awesome. I got in 3 rides last Sunday but I have to say, 2 of the 3 were rather rough.

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The concierge at DreamMore said this morning the park is waiting for a part that will arrive next week. Take that as you will.

 

How's the trip going so far?

Right now I am super exhausted, but I have had an awesome time. Will have a full trip report starting when I get back, but I'll spoil one thing: Mystery Mine is a new top 5 coaster for me.

 

Mystery Mine for sure is quite unique. It was my first "straight up" lift hill, my first "greater than 90 degrees" drop and that ever you want to call that hanging upside down finish. It was awesome. I got in 3 rides last Sunday but I have to say, 2 of the 3 were rather rough.

All of my rides were rather rough. That ride is actively trying to kill everyone dumb enough to step into the queue. I have rarely ridden a ride where I feel like I need to hang on for dear life. Maverick is the only one that even comes close to Mystery Mine's masochism. For any enthusiast who feels you're an old pro and can handle anything, Mystery Mine is prepared to make you its bitch. This is Gerstlauer's tour de force.

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