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Did I call this or what? Anyway, I did better side-by-side comparison for you.

Luckily any day now Lightning Rod is probably due to launch a wheel into a mountain or spontaneously combust or something so we can stop talking about covid...

^Lets be real...if you really wanna follow those guidelines you wouldn’t even be going to amusement parks. 

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I went yesterday and after a few rides I feel it does seem to let off just a little towards the top. It was ripping me out the first hump, but now seems to be a little more gentle. I can say after that it's is still balls to the walls crazy awesome. It's not being braked at the top, but it does seem to let off a little early now. Please don't let my opinion dampen your excitement at all because it still is the best coaster all around. It still is having some TC time throughout the day, but not as much as before. Still only one train.

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I went yesterday and after a few rides I feel it does seem to let off just a little towards the top. It was ripping me out the first hump, but now seems to be a little more gentle. I can say after that it's is still balls to the walls crazy awesome. It's not being braked at the top, but it does seem to let off a little early now. Please don't let my opinion dampen your excitement at all because it still is the best coaster all around. It still is having some TC time throughout the day, but not as much as before. Still only one train.

Were there any signs of any work being done on the 2nd train down beneath the station? I don't think they've ran the 2nd train at all since the reopening.

 

While checking the app occasionally the past few days, I have noticed an uptic in "TCs" with the coaster but still seems to be running somewhat better than before the closure. I do wonder what could be preventing them on running both trains at once as the capacity seems to be hurting right now with just one train ops.

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Earlier in the season, everytime they tried to run two trains it started causing the failure to launch issues.. so my take is that something in the system just doesn't like both trains at the same time. From what I have seen, it doesn't seem like there is an issue with the second train. For example, I saw them load it once early during the season and the original train that had been on the coaster was the one that didn't launch.

 

So IDK, we haven't seen them attempt the second train after the downtime.. maybe they rewired one train during the downtime and not the other? According to Pete, a lot of rewiring was supposed to be done to the trains during the off season..

 

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When Lightning Rod has a TC, are they allowing you to stay in line or do they evacuate the queue? I may be able to sneak out to Dollywood again when I'm in Atlanta in a few weeks and really hope it's still running after missing it repeatedly.

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Just a thought - purely speculative.

 

Last year, most of the season, they were running the ride with rows empty. I haven't seen them doing it this year. Since the ride is launched on a pretty steep incline and the LSMs ends before the top, wouldn't the additional weight cause the ride to lose a little momentum before cresting the first hill? I'm not sure that the weight of 4 people or so would cause a noticeable change or if the launch system compensates for weight to reach the desired speed...

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When Lightning Rod has a TC, are they allowing you to stay in line or do they evacuate the queue? I may be able to sneak out to Dollywood again when I'm in Atlanta in a few weeks and really hope it's still running after missing it repeatedly.

 

 

If it's a short TC yes. If they feel it will be take some time then no.

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When Lightning Rod has a TC, are they allowing you to stay in line or do they evacuate the queue? I may be able to sneak out to Dollywood again when I'm in Atlanta in a few weeks and really hope it's still running after missing it repeatedly.
I have seen it go both ways.. sometimes they allow you to stay but in my experience, most of the time I have been told to leave.. keep in mind, I haven't been in line many times when it goes down.. most of the time I stay away from it when it is down or had been going down a lot

 

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Just a thought - purely speculative.

 

Last year, most of the season, they were running the ride with rows empty. I haven't seen them doing it this year. Since the ride is launched on a pretty steep incline and the LSMs ends before the top, wouldn't the additional weight cause the ride to lose a little momentum before cresting the first hill? I'm not sure that the weight of 4 people or so would cause a noticeable change or if the launch system compensates for weight to reach the desired speed...

4 adults can be 600+ pounds.. last year I saw them run it with as many as 6 empty seats so some rides could have as much as 1000+ extra pounds on it yes so I can definitely see that slowing it down or causing a noticeable difference towards the top

 

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Checkout the time differences on a Friday at 350p. What ride wait time is not like the other. They need to get that 2nd train up bad. Also lines barley move due to the fast pass and disability lines always staying full.

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Checkout the time differences on a Friday at 350p. What ride ride time is not like the other. They need to get that 2nd train up bad. Also lines barley move due to the fast pass and disability lines always staying full.
This is something I knew would happen with their new Fast Pass system.. all theme parks that want to use a system for quicker lines needs one that can be scheduled like Dollywood old one or even Disney's.. the current system Dollywood has can't be scheduled so it's basically "jump in front of the line system" which is great for those who buy it but horrible for regular customers

 

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Sucks to suck. Pony up and buy the fast pass. Or, maybe it's time for Dolly to raise her fast pass prices to cut down on the number of patrons using them, but still keep the same profit. The fast passes where you don't have to schedule your ride are the best and well worth a premium. Another thought, maybe the lines wouldn't suck so bad if Dolly were to be able to run both trains on Lightning Rod?

 

Man this park irritates me, just like HW. "Look at us! We're the greatest!" (But not really)

 

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Sucks to suck. Pony up and buy the fast pass. Or, maybe it's time for Dolly to raise her fast pass prices to cut down on the number of patrons using them, but still keep the same profit. The fast passes where you don't have to schedule your ride are the best and well worth a premium. Another thought, maybe the lines wouldn't suck so bad if Dolly were to be able to run both trains on Lightning Rod?

 

Man this park irritates me, just like HW. "Look at us! We're the greatest!" (But not really)

 

Sincerely,

Stickupmyasstoday

That's the problem, they don't charge a premium so during the summer it seems every tourist has one and they don't seem to be limiting them.. luckily most of Dollywood lines don't have any wait this year like they did last season.

 

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Just received a very strange survey from Dollywood about tourism being down and basically had questions about what would make me visit.. one of the questions was about Dollywood offering more discounts and another was "if you had a guarantee that LR would be open"

 

Just speculation on my part, but do you think numbers and attendance are fairly down this season?

 

The survey had promo adds and asked if it would make me more likely to visit, it asked questions about the fire and if that keeps me from visiting and so on?

 

Kind of a scary survey if you ask me.. it asked about other locations I have visited this year such as Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Nashville.. it asked about things I have done in the area outside of Dollywood and then it asked how many times I had been to the area vs how many times I had been to Dollywood this year..

 

Not their fun surveys they normally send out about new rides and stuff

 

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Isn't Lightning Rod restricted to just one ride on the Time Saver too? That's particularly bad if that line is still filling up then.
There site says "Limited to one ride per person" for LR and Drop Line but when I was there last week that rule didn't seem to apply to the unlimited.. The unlimited passes which is basically just a lanyard was all that the guest were showing to get on.. I know some folks had ridden it multiple times with their lanyard or so they said

 

IDK, I have never purchased one, I'm just confirming that it has been slowing down the regular line drastically like DJKnox said lol

 

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Isn't Lightning Rod restricted to just one ride on the Time Saver too? That's particularly bad if that line is still filling up then.
There site says "Limited to one ride per person" for LR and Drop Line but when I was there last week that rule didn't seem to apply to the unlimited.. The unlimited passes which is basically just a lanyard was all that the guest were showing to get on.. I know some folks had ridden it multiple times with their lanyard or so they said

 

IDK, I have never purchased one, I'm just confirming that it has been slowing down the regular line drastically like DJKnox said lol

 

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DW sells two types of Time Savers: Regular and Unlimited. The regular Time Saver allows you to skip 10 lines during the day, but you are limited to one skip each for LR and Dropline. The regular Time Savers are the ones that you get for free if your stay at the DreamMore Resort. Dollywood also sells an Unlimited Time Saver, but they limit the amount of the Unlimiteds they sell each day. (I don't know what that number is though.)

 

We just got back from our DW visit and we got to ride LR 2-3 times a day. We stayed at the DreamMore, so we got the regular Time Saver every day (and you get one for each person in the room). Our strategy was to get to the park 20-30 min early (they let you in early) and then get into the LR queue. LR opened with the park each day or shortly after opening. We would usually ride twice at opening and then come back later in the day with our Time Saver. Most of the rides were pretty much walk-ons last week, so I don't think we used all of our 10 skips any day. The only rides we really needed the Time Saver for was LR, Dropline, Fire Chaser, and Mystery Mine. Once I catch up at work, I plan on doing a longer trip report.

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That's the thing, they say they limit the unlimited one but I saw tons of them my last visit and they kept offering them.. so who knows what the real limit is lol

 

But like you said, most of DWs rides have been a walkon most season.. that's why it was weird and scary I just got the tourism survey from them

 

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I also got the survey yesterday and the Lightning Rod question was strange.
Yeah, it was really random.. being local choose the answer as it really wouldn't affect me coming if I had that guarantee.. I'm sure folks that aren't local, that is a reason to keep them away though haha

 

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Just speculation on my part, but do you think numbers and attendance are fairly down this season?

 

You answered the question with the rest of your post.

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I have been saying attendance has been down all year but my question is, how bad.. if they are sending a survey out I feel it's probably much worse than it looks? Or at least bad enough that Dollywood is trying to figure out why?

 

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I have been saying attendance has been down all year but my question is, how bad.. if they are sending a survey out I feel it's probably much worse than it looks? Or at least bad enough that Dollywood is trying to figure out why?

 

So you are asking for the answer to a question that no one can answer with certainly except for someone who would get fired for answering.

 

I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express once, I would expect a 10% drop in expected attendance to trigger a red flag.

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