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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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^ Do you ever make a good post? You haven't even ridden it (possibly at all, definitely not since it reopened) so this...

 

then they might as well have not built this ride. Nobody wants a forceless, airtimeless version of a coaster this size.

 

... is ridiculous when you haven't even experienced it.

 

I'm sure this ride is still awesome. Honestly I was never overly impressed with the first drop anyway. It's fun, but not in the same league as a ride like El Toro. I'm sure the second half of the ride is still balls out insane, and that's the best part anyway. This reminds me of when they slowed down El Toro's lift and everone lost their collective sh*t. In my experience it didn't change the ride experience at all. This might be a slightly more noticeable change (emphasis on might) but I'm sure this is easily still the best coaster at Dollywood (and I love every single coaster at Dollywood).

 

PS: Oh, and stop acting like this is coming from "multiple sources", chickenbowl is totally right... you posted it here because Coaster Studios posted it. I won't hate on Coaster Studios but it's run by one (I think) college kid who hasn't even personally ridden the new version and is operating on hearsay.

 

So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't. I think it's a terrible idea to slow the ride down.

 

"Accepting mediocrity", dude relax its a roller coaster. I highy doubt its a medicore ride now cause they made one slight change to the ride. Parks have made changes to El Toro, Maverick, I305 and Skyrush, they're all still great. Even if he was "accepting mediocrity" (Whatever that means) its not like you have the option to change the ride back. It is what it is. If it gets their huge investment running consistantly who cares?

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You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

Their season pass renewal system is running on the same server as Lightning Rod. 

Shenanigans! Dollywood is a theme park. Do you realize how many people go to Dollywood for the shows? Or the Eagle habitat? Or the soot train? Or just to take it all in? Or the freaking cinnamon

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So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't.

 

1) You haven't even ridden it (I REALLY can't stress this enough)

 

2) You have no choice but to accept it. What's the alternative? Bitching on the internet expecting the park to care? Even if they did care (and I ASSURE you that they don't) if they did this to somehow make it more reliable (which is obviously the purpose of whatever they're doing... they even posted that on their website) then if they listened to you and it went back to being broken for months at a time then you'd still be bitching.

 

So for those who "refuse to accept mediocrity" (and by mediocrity we mean a coaster that's still easily one of the best coasters on earth I'm sure) what's the plan? Are you making picket signs and marching in front of the gate? Are you refusing to spend your money at Dollywood even though you probably weren't going there anyway. What?

 

If this is true and if this is permanent (marginally likely at best) then you should probably ride it before freaking out. I'm sure it's still awesome. If anything this will just be an excuse for annoying coaster enthusiasts at the next coaster event to brag to people next to them in line that weren't talking to them anyway and don't care that "THEY got to ride it BEFORE the park slowed it down and it was way better".

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^ Do you ever make a good post? You haven't even ridden it (possibly at all, definitely not since it reopened) so this...

 

then they might as well have not built this ride. Nobody wants a forceless, airtimeless version of a coaster this size.

 

... is ridiculous when you haven't even experienced it.

 

I'm sure this ride is still awesome. Honestly I was never overly impressed with the first drop anyway. It's fun, but not in the same league as a ride like El Toro. I'm sure the second half of the ride is still balls out insane, and that's the best part anyway. This reminds me of when they slowed down El Toro's lift and everone lost their collective sh*t. In my experience it didn't change the ride experience at all. This might be a slightly more noticeable change (emphasis on might) but I'm sure this is easily still the best coaster at Dollywood (and I love every single coaster at Dollywood).

 

PS: Oh, and stop acting like this is coming from "multiple sources", chickenbowl is totally right... you posted it here because Coaster Studios posted it. I won't hate on Coaster Studios but it's run by one (I think) college kid who hasn't even personally ridden the new version and is operating on hearsay.

 

So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't. I think it's a terrible idea to slow the ride down.

 

"Accepting mediocrity", dude relax its a roller coaster. I highy doubt its a medicore ride now cause they made one slight change to the ride. Parks have made changes to El Toro, Maverick, I305 and Skyrush, they're all still great. Even if he was "accepting mediocrity" (Whatever that means) its not like you have the option to change the ride back. It is what it is. If it gets their huge investment running consistantly who cares?

 

 

Intamin didn't mess with the very concept of the rides.

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If it's true, I'm sure they only did it to slow it down to the speed the ride was designed for, so the only folks loosing anything are the folks who rode it while it was overspeed. I doubt they slowed it down much

 

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So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't.

 

1) You haven't even ridden it (I REALLY can't stress this enough)

 

2) You have no choice but to accept it. What's the alternative? Bitching on the internet expecting the park to care? Even if they did care (and I ASSURE you that they don't) if they did this to somehow make it more reliable (which is obviously the purpose of whatever they're doing... they even posted that on their website) then if they listened to you and it went back to being broken for months at a time then you'd still be bitching.

 

So for those who "refuse to accept mediocrity" (and by mediocrity we mean a coaster that's still easily one of the best coasters on earth I'm sure) what's the plan? Are you making picket signs and marching in front of the gate? Are you refusing to spend your money at Dollywood even though you probably weren't going there anyway. What?

 

If this is true and if this is permanent (marginally likely at best) then you should probably ride it before freaking out. I'm sure it's still awesome. If anything this will just be an excuse for annoying coaster enthusiasts at the next coaster event to brag to people next to them in line that weren't talking to them anyway and don't care that "THEY got to ride it BEFORE the park slowed it down and it was way better".

 

 

Actually those enthusiasts are making a very valid point.

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^ Do you ever make a good post? You haven't even ridden it (possibly at all, definitely not since it reopened) so this...

 

then they might as well have not built this ride. Nobody wants a forceless, airtimeless version of a coaster this size.

 

... is ridiculous when you haven't even experienced it.

 

I'm sure this ride is still awesome. Honestly I was never overly impressed with the first drop anyway. It's fun, but not in the same league as a ride like El Toro. I'm sure the second half of the ride is still balls out insane, and that's the best part anyway. This reminds me of when they slowed down El Toro's lift and everone lost their collective sh*t. In my experience it didn't change the ride experience at all. This might be a slightly more noticeable change (emphasis on might) but I'm sure this is easily still the best coaster at Dollywood (and I love every single coaster at Dollywood).

 

PS: Oh, and stop acting like this is coming from "multiple sources", chickenbowl is totally right... you posted it here because Coaster Studios posted it. I won't hate on Coaster Studios but it's run by one (I think) college kid who hasn't even personally ridden the new version and is operating on hearsay.

 

So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't. I think it's a terrible idea to slow the ride down.

 

"Accepting mediocrity", dude relax its a roller coaster. I highy doubt its a medicore ride now cause they made one slight change to the ride. Parks have made changes to El Toro, Maverick, I305 and Skyrush, they're all still great. Even if he was "accepting mediocrity" (Whatever that means) its not like you have the option to change the ride back. It is what it is. If it gets their huge investment running consistantly who cares?

 

 

Intamin didn't mess with the very concept of the rides.

 

Neither did RMC. It is still a launched wooden coaster so whats your point?

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The only thing that makes this funnier is when you realize that 4 of the "Top 10 rides" in his signature line were Intamin coasters that were slowed down or modified in ways that reduced their intensity and are pretty much exactly what happened here.

 

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^ Do you ever make a good post? You haven't even ridden it (possibly at all, definitely not since it reopened) so this...

 

then they might as well have not built this ride. Nobody wants a forceless, airtimeless version of a coaster this size.

 

... is ridiculous when you haven't even experienced it.

 

I'm sure this ride is still awesome. Honestly I was never overly impressed with the first drop anyway. It's fun, but not in the same league as a ride like El Toro. I'm sure the second half of the ride is still balls out insane, and that's the best part anyway. This reminds me of when they slowed down El Toro's lift and everone lost their collective sh*t. In my experience it didn't change the ride experience at all. This might be a slightly more noticeable change (emphasis on might) but I'm sure this is easily still the best coaster at Dollywood (and I love every single coaster at Dollywood).

 

PS: Oh, and stop acting like this is coming from "multiple sources", chickenbowl is totally right... you posted it here because Coaster Studios posted it. I won't hate on Coaster Studios but it's run by one (I think) college kid who hasn't even personally ridden the new version and is operating on hearsay.

 

So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't. I think it's a terrible idea to slow the ride down.

 

"Accepting mediocrity", dude relax its a roller coaster. I highy doubt its a medicore ride now cause they made one slight change to the ride. Parks have made changes to El Toro, Maverick, I305 and Skyrush, they're all still great. Even if he was "accepting mediocrity" (Whatever that means) its not like you have the option to change the ride back. It is what it is. If it gets their huge investment running consistantly who cares?

 

 

Intamin didn't mess with the very concept of the rides.

 

Neither did RMC. It is still a launched wooden coaster so whats your point?

 

Slowing the ride down takes away airtime, intensity, and messes with the pacing the ride was built for.

 

We as coaster enthusiasts have every right to criticize the decisions of a company.

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The only thing that makes this funnier is when you realize that 4 of the "Top 10 rides" in his signature line were Intamin coasters that were slowed down or modified in ways that reduced their intensity and are pretty much exactly what happened here.

 

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Intimidator was "slowed" by a minuscule amount. Lightning Rod is reported to be a highly noticeable difference.

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Intimidator was "slowed" by a minuscule amount

 

No, they trimmed the living sh*t out of Intimidator. That trim bites harder than any non-midcourse trim I can think of, but guess what... the ride is still awesome.

 

Lightning Rod is reported to be a highly noticeable difference.

 

Every single time this happens the initial reports are that the ride is now ruined, the sky is falling and life is no longer worth living. Generally people then ride it and realize it's not a big deal and everyone was overreacting.

 

You should probably ride it before freaking out about how you refuse to accept mediocrity or whatever. I highly doubt there's anything "mediocre" about Lightning Rod even if they slowed down the launch a little

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So basically you're going to accept mediocrity? Sorry but I don't.

 

 

Agreed, I will not accept mediocrity ... IN YOUR POSTS. You keep speculating as if your speculations are fact. People call you out for being hypocritical and you intensify the argument.

 

Take a 3 day break!

 

I do not expect to see any other members piling on in this argument during his absence. The moderators (or those quiet members who are only looking for information) have to read through too much crap. This could have made for a good discussion about altered rides and it was for a while, but then things get out of control.

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The only thing that makes this funnier is when you realize that 4 of the "Top 10 rides" in his signature line were Intamin coasters that were slowed down or modified in ways that reduced their intensity and are pretty much exactly what happened here.

 

Intimidator and Maverick I'm aware of, but which other two coasters in that list were modified to lessen their intensity? Not challenging your assertion, just curious, informationally, because apparently I'm not aware of whatever modifications were made (I'm assuming Skyrush and Volcano? I know MF very well, and am pretty sure it's never been modified.)

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Skyrush and El Toro used to maintain their lift speed through cresting the apex. Those situations are quite similar to the Lightning Rod rumor, while I305 and Maverick are different.

 

I have a few thoughts about the rumor.

1. CRUCIALLY, we don't know that it's true.

2. If it is true, it's quite reasonable to see it as mildly bad news.

3. Lightning Rod has a 165ft drop, meaning that the crest speed would be 21mph to reach the reported 73mph. If the crest speed were decreased to 11mph (for example), the top speed would be 2.2mph slower, not 10mph.

4. Unlike with the Intamin modifications that have been mentioned, any decrease in speed of Lightning Rod (probably) is not to lessen the forces.

5. If the goal isn't to lessen the forces, any decrease in speed could be a temporary solution to get the coaster running while a long-term solution is developed.

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For what it's worth, I rode Lightning Rod about a dozen times in the past couple of days, and nothing about it seemed slow or forceless. Still hauling ass from the main drop right through to the brake run.

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Considering the significant amount of downtime LR has had in its year of life, only a small percentage of people have actually ridden it at all and at "normal" speed. Let's pretend they did slow the lift down. The majority of people who will ride it from here on out will never know the difference since only a small amount of those folks will have ridden it before now.

 

I'm making my first trip down to DW in 6 weeks solely for LR. We cancelled our trip last year due to it being down and if they did/do not get it working somewhat reliably before this trip we'll cancel again. However, if they have to modify the lift speed and make it go freaking 5mph to get it working consistently then HELL YES I'll be down there riding it! I'd rather have it functioning "slowly" than not at all. Who knows, if they did slow it for the rest of the year then maybe in the off season with the rumored modifications they'll be making they'd be able to increase the launch speed again too. All I know is I am excited as heck to get down there and ride it no matter how fast or slow it goes! I just want to ride the dang thing and it seems a fairly safe bet to me that 95% of people visiting Dollywood would feel the same.

 

For what it's worth, I rode Lightning Rod about a dozen times in the past couple of days, and nothing about it seemed slow or forceless. Still hauling A$$ from the main drop right through to the brake run.

 

^ Sweet!! Are they still assigning rows?

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For what it's worth, I rode Lightning Rod about a dozen times in the past couple of days, and nothing about it seemed slow or forceless. Still hauling A$$ from the main drop right through to the brake run.

^ I'll take your word for it. I made an offride video of the coaster when I was last there and posted it, and someone commented that he was disappointed seeing the launch slowed down in the video... but... the ride was still nuts!!! I still had airtime over those two humps and insane ejector through the rest of the coaster!

 

Plus, at this point I would much rather take a floater or airtime-less dual-hump for higher running time, rather than a full force launch with constant downtime. At least for Dollywood's sake. (not assuming this was the problem in the first place, I just want to hear this coaster's running more consistently).

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If it is indeed true, I'd surely hope it's temporary.

 

When I saw it testing a little over a week ago it didn't look slower.

 

I haven't ridden the "slowed down" version yet, but I absolutely LOVED Lightning Rod, despite how quirky it was. I'd hate for it to be dramatically less intense, the intensity is what made it great. I'm trying not to let the opinion of one kid on instagram effect me too much. I'm pretty sure it was mentioned this was his first time riding.

 

People are now saying that the ride isn't slowed down, but trimmed at the top... we've all heard that before. LR has always had a noticeable slow down cresting the lift hill, so maybe this is just a misunderstanding.

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I've ridden the slowed down version, the launch is still as fast as it is usually but there is trims at the end of it. The ride is still super intense though, so don't think it's going to be a horrible ride now.

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I've ridden the slowed down version, the launch is still as fast as it is usually but there is trims at the end of it. The ride is still super intense though, so don't think it's going to be a horrible ride now.

 

I didn't see any trims at the top of the launch when I was last there about a week ago. Did you ride the original?

 

It's always felt like it was trimmed at the top, the launch only goes about 2-3/4 of the way up.

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I find that some powerful launches feel like they are trimmed, even when they are not, due to the abrupt end to acceleration. I have noticed it on Rita and Stealth, but not other weaker launches (Kanonen). It could be perhaps this reason why it felt trimmed at the top. In my eyes, it is pretty dumb to use up so much energy, just to trim the hell out of it. The energy savings with reducing the current so it does not have to trim would be enormous over a large time.

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This is the only video I've seen post reopening: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVfJDzAl-OJ/?taken-by=ohiovalleycoasters

 

Video I took last June:

 

I see no difference. It has always slowed a bit at the top, because the launch ends well before the peak.

 

As long as the quad-down is unaffected, I don't care. But even if it is noticeably slower, I'd rather ride a noticeably slower Lightning Rod rather than stare at a closed Lightning Rod.

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But even if it is noticeably slower, I'd rather ride a noticeably slower Lightning Rod rather than stare at a closed Lightning Rod.

 

Amen to that! If that is what they have to do, even though I don't think they do, then it is a good thing.

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