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Thanks for the night ride suggestions! We'll be there for Saturday and it's open a little later. We're going back for the first half of Sunday before our flight home so that would be cool if LR miraculously opens this weekend.

This Saturday Dollywood is only open until 9. You're not really going to get a true night ride then. Sunset ride, yes, but it's still fairly light at that time.

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Thanks for the night ride suggestions! We'll be there for Saturday and it's open a little later. We're going back for the first half of Sunday before our flight home so that would be cool if LR miraculously opens this weekend.

This Saturday Dollywood is only open until 9. You're not really going to get a true night ride then. Sunset ride, yes, but it's still fairly light at that time.

This time of year, being right beside the mountains here, it's fairly dark at nine.. yeah not pitch black or anything.. with that being said, you will pretty much have to ride right at 9 (closing) to experience a fairly dark ride.. but dont expect pitch black yet.. Sun drops pretty quickly between 8:30 and 9:00 around here though

 

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Exactly, looking out my window now, the wooded areas are fairly dark.. not black, and you can clearly see but it would be a decent night ride.. open areas, where the sky can be seen, has that "sunset" "dusk" look so plenty of visible light

 

 

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I think we've had a hunch Lightning Rod wouldn't open this weekend and this is another sign. Lightning Rod, as of yesterday, was listed as the ride for Saturday morning's season pass holder ERT. I noticed today it was changed to Tennessee Tornado.

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Yeah google keeps telling me that Dollywood is on Central time, so I figured it might be pretty dark by then being on the far eastern side of the time zone. But after going for a couple hours tonight I see that they're on Eastern time so we won't really have any nights rides. The park is beautiful though, same with the Smoky Mountains. It was pretty empty, we made one lap around the park riding all the coasters plus Daredevil Falls and Drop Line before leaving because we're going to Carowinds tomorrow. We also watched Lightning Rod test for a few minutes. We'll be back Saturday all day and Sunday morning and I'm really excited to go back. I can see why people love this park so much.

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Yeah google keeps telling me that Dollywood is on Central time, so I figured it might be pretty dark by then being on the far eastern side of the time zone. But after going for a couple hours tonight I see that they're on Eastern time so we won't really have any nights rides. The park is beautiful though, same with the Smoky Mountains. It was pretty empty, we made one lap around the park riding all the coasters plus Daredevil Falls and Drop Line before leaving because we're going to Carowinds tomorrow. We also watched Lightning Rod test for a few minutes. We'll be back Saturday all day and Sunday morning and I'm really excited to go back. I can see why people love this park so much.

Yeah, Google's wrong about that....

 

But you can check out my TR to see how the fireworks look at park closing. I mean, you can see them, but just barely. That's Dollywood at 9PM just a couple of weeks ago, and since sunset gets later as we go toward summer solstice, it's going to be about that dark for you next weekend.

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The park is beautiful though, same with the Smoky Mountains. It was pretty empty, we made one lap around the park riding all the coasters plus Daredevil Falls and Drop Line before leaving because we're going to Carowinds tomorrow.

 

Have a blast at Carowinds! Don't forget to ride the flyers there. Can you let me know what route(s) you end up taking there and back, how long they took you and if it was super mountain-y? We'll be making the trip from DC to Dollywood to Carowinds this summer for the first time. I'm not a good car rider (and neither is my dog who travels with us) so I like to learn about the various routes and what to expect ahead of time before he or I suddenly turn green LOL

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Have a blast at Carowinds! Don't forget to ride the flyers there. Can you let me know what route(s) you end up taking there and back, how long they took you and if it was super mountain-y? We'll be making the trip from DC to Dollywood to Carowinds this summer for the first time. I'm not a good car rider (and neither is my dog who travels with us) so I like to learn about the various routes and what to expect ahead of time before he or I suddenly turn green LOL

I know you asked the other person, but this is the quickest and least nauseating way to get to Carowinds from Dollywood (and actually the route they suggested as well). The link has the full directions:

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While the directions above will take you through elevation changes and have some ups and downs through the mountains, it will be more gradual than any other way and is mostly interstate.

The other main way is taking US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) through the Smokys to Cherokee. That road, while scenic, isn't for those who get queasy. It's very curvy and the elevation rises from about 1,289 feet in Gatlinburg, up to 5,049 feet at Newfound Gap....and then back down on the way to Cherokee. Personally I have no issues going that way, but could be intimidating for those with weak stomachs.

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Can you let me know what route(s) you end up taking there and back, how long they took you and if it was super mountain-y? We'll be making the trip from DC to Dollywood to Carowinds this summer for the first time. I'm not a good car rider (and neither is my dog who travels with us) so I like to learn about the various routes and what to expect ahead of time before he or I suddenly turn green LOL

 

Honestly, I really couldn't tell you. I'm not the driver on this trip and haven't really been paying attention to what roads we've been taking, other than I know we have been on I-40 a bit. We're staying in Black Mountain last night and tonight as a midway point between the two parks so however google maps tells us to get there is how we're going. Sorry!

 

We have been on some windy roads but being from Utah I'm no stranger to winding mountain roads with steep grades so I haven't really noticed much on this drive. I was too busy looking at the amazing surroundings as we drive through the Smoky Mountains. I had no idea how beautiful it is here.

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Black Mountain will probably bring you down I-40 a lot of the way. That's the mountain between Johnson City and Asheville.. but I'm just guessing haha

 

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Well in less than two weeks they extended hours until 10 everyday.. I guess they just wanted to start fireworks early this year before the summer hours lol

 

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While the directions above will take you through elevation changes and have some ups and downs through the mountains, it will be more gradual than any other way and is mostly interstate. The other main way is taking US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) through the Smokys to Cherokee. That road, while scenic, isn't for those who get queasy. It's very curvy and the elevation rises from about 1,289 feet in Gatlinburg, up to 5,049 feet at Newfound Gap....and then back down on the way to Cherokee. Personally I have no issues going that way, but could be intimidating for those with weak stomachs.

 

Many thanks, your post is exactly what I was looking for and I really appreciate it! When we travel to go skiing we have to drive with the window half way down for my dog in the back seat. The worst was when it was 3 deg. F outside and we were freezing our asses off but it's the only thing that keeps him from hurling all over the place. What's so funny is he's a black sable German shepherd but I swear to you his face turns an actual shade of green once we hit mountain parts which is when the window gets opened and he's then totally fine. Absolutely loves car rides and can't wait to be seat belted in. I can usually stay ok if I take some dramamine and do the driving, but as a passenger... forget it! My window's open too in that case LOL.

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A lot of people around LR the other day kept wondering why they were testing constantly yet not letting people on. Prior to it going down for this long stretch, it had been suffering from really long delays and frequent breakdowns. It was rare for them to run it more than 45 mins at a time, after that it would often go down for 2+ hours. They're probably testing it so much right now with dummies simply because people are probably going to be LESS frustrated not getting the chance to ride at ALL versus waiting an hour or two in the queue only for it to shut down when they are two trains away. Lightning Rod being closed doesn't bother me much, but it is downright annoying to be denied a ride when you're minutes away from stepping into the train.

 

From what it appears.. they're testing for a few days, taking a day break, then testing again... if the last few days are anything to go by anyways.

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