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Does DW have loose article bins? I have a very small fanny pack I wear with my phone and eye drops plus contacts case inside but I carry a regular clear water bottle around with me. Are there any rides that require a bunny (or a bush, right Bert and Bill? Ugh.) oe are there bins on the ride platforms that I can set the bottle in? Speaking of water, am I allowed to bring in an unopened bottle of water along with me into the park?

 

All of the rides have bins to put your stuff in and most of the time the employees will put it in the bins for you. (Daredevil Falls, the log flume, is the only ride I can think of that doesn't have bins, so you have to take everything with you on it.) Dollywood has a no outside food or drink policy, but I don't know if that applies to unopened water bottles.

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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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Dollywood has a no outside food or drink policy, but I don't know if that applies to unopened water bottles.

 

After being on hold for almost 30 minutes someone finally answered the phone to take my water question. She said at first that if it's sealed and in my hand it should be fine but then said NO outside food or drink is allowed. Well that's clear as mud.

 

"Ok, just to make sure I understand - an unopened Dasani water bottle would or would not be permitted?"

"Honey, there are security stations you have to go through and I really don't know if they'll make you dump it out or not."

"Gotcha. So it's possible they may make me just dump it but then I could refill the empty bottle inside the park?"

"There are free ice waters available at the food vendors so I'd just go there. OK?"

 

I'll try with an unopened bottle next week and will report back in case others have the same question. If they confiscate it I'll buy one from a drink place I guess. Little dixie cups of water aren't sufficient for my hydration requirements unfortunately but it's nice they offer that.

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Yes they were assigning seats. Ever since I've ridden back in November they've assigned. It makes things moves as fast as possible. Fast passes honestly are what slow things down because LR's dispatches are pretty fast. And yes every seat was filled up. When I first got my two back to back rides in yesterday the wait built up from 0 mins to 15mins to 60mins after I got off of my second round. It was like a stampeded of people running and screaming. Grown parents with children running haha

 

It was like a Black Friday stampede a couple weeks ago at Cedar Point when TTD finally opened after several days of being down so I know what you mean haha. Assigned seats is fine with me as long as it keeps the line moving.

 

Does DW have loose article bins? I have a very small fanny pack I wear with my phone and eye drops plus contacts case inside but I carry a regular clear water bottle around with me. Are there any rides that require a bunny (or a bush, right Bert and Bill? Ugh.) oe are there bins on the ride platforms that I can set the bottle in? Speaking of water, am I allowed to bring in an unopened bottle of water along with me into the park?

 

After going to the park that many times with the ride closed, you can bet I'd be in that stampede too. Hopefully Mufasa isn't in my way.

 

My friend brought an empty water bottle with him into the park that he refilled throughout the day.

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I'll try with an unopened bottle next week and will report back in case others have the same question. If they confiscate it I'll buy one from a drink place I guess. Little dixie cups of water aren't sufficient for my hydration requirements unfortunately but it's nice they offer that.

I've gone in with bottled water before and had no issues getting in with them.

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Thanks Canobie and bgtlover for confirming that a water bottle is permitted! Another question regarding my trip... we are traveling with my dog and I'll need to leave the park at some point in the afternoon to drive back to our pet friendly rental cabin and let him out for a bit. Are you allowed re-entry to the parking lot with your paid parking receipt for that day? Or are they going to want to charge us twice in the same day like Carowinds tried to pull one time?

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Thanks Canobie and bgtlover for confirming that a water bottle is permitted! Another question regarding my trip... we are traveling with my dog and I'll need to leave the park at some point in the afternoon to drive back to our pet friendly rental cabin and let him out for a bit. Are you allowed re-entry to the parking lot with your paid parking receipt for that day? Or are they going to want to charge us twice in the same day like Carowinds tried to pull one time?

 

 

They have a awesome kennel at Dollywood called Doggywood that I highly recommend. Also you can go see your dog as many times throughout the day as you want.

 

http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Guest-Services/Doggywood

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A small flat going in Country Fair to replace Astroturf: The Ride (former Sideshow Spin location). The que building is still there, so who knows. It would be nice to see Dollywood get a version of The Rattler (pendulum ride) like sister park, Wild Adventures. But it wouldn't fit it that old footprint anyway.

Actually it would fit. Those plots are about the same size, with Sideshow Spin's being a little bigger. I think one would be a big hit at Dollywood. The one at Wild Adventures is the only "frisbee" type ride I've been on so far and loved it (and I don't generally like spinning rides).

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Thanks posting this BGTLover with the detailed measurements! It would be a nice addition to Country Fair, which would breath some new life and excitement into that side of the park. Hopefully the Executives over attractions development will consider adding one in the future.

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I've never tried bringing food in, but never had an issue with drinks.

 

The security people are usually very friendly and not overbearing or suspicious. YMMV.

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Like Luke said is very true except for Splash.. they will not allow food.. sometimes, if it's a diet or allergies thing, they might let you depending on the issue but I have heard them say to guest "We have gluten free options"

 

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I really don't understand why people are so stingy about theme park food & drinks. It's all part of the experience and yes it's expensive, but if you want to frequent theme parks, suck it up or don't visit. Dollywood was selling bottled water at 2 for $4 today and they also would give you a free cup of water if you asked. Spending 30 minutes on the phone to ask if you can bring a bottle of water into the park is so insanely dumb that I'm embarrassed to read someone on our forum did that. I also feel that buying food and merch at the parks actually HELPS SUPPORT THE PARKS and I'd really like parks to keep getting new attractions and they are doing that for the people who bring in money, not the people who want a literal free ride.

 

Seriously just buy the $2 bottles of water and if you can't afford $2 bottles of water maybe theme parks shouldn't be your hobby.

 

Sorry, just had to say it.

 

/end rant.

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I really don't understand why people are so stingy about theme park food & drinks. It's all part of the experience and yes it's expensive, but if you want to frequent theme parks, suck it up or don't visit. Dollywood was selling bottled water at 2 for $4 today and they also would give you a free cup of water if you asked. Spending 30 minutes on the phone to ask if you can bring a bottle of water into the park is so insanely dumb that I'm embarrassed to read someone on our forum did that. I also feel that buying food and merch at the parks actually HELPS SUPPORT THE PARKS and I'd really like parks to keep getting new attractions and they are doing that for the people who bring in money, not the people who want a literal free ride.

 

Seriously just buy the $2 bottles of water and if you can't afford $2 bottles of water maybe theme parks shouldn't be your hobby.

 

Sorry, just had to say it.

 

/end rant.

 

QFT

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And plus, if you buy the drop Line mug or LR mug and get water at Dollywood, it's not just the cheapest option but it's also the better option. The 3 days I've been here this week TN has hit heat indexes of over 100 and yes while I was in Dollywood. I probably refilled up on water 14 times due to getting near heatstroke. You also have to think coasters drain you. So if you wanna sneak stuff in, just pay the mug price and get free water refills.

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Nobody said anything about sneaking anything in. They allow you to bring an unopened bottled water into the park...which I do at every park I go to. Most parks sell that nasty Dasani water which I refuse to drink. I know you can get a cup of water at places, but it's easier to just bring a disposable water bottle and refill at the fountains. The only time I buy a drink (soda) is with a meal as I don't drink a lot of soda & sugary drinks. I also hate carrying around a souvenir cup all day. I'll buy one, but usually closer to the time I'm leaving.

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Nobody said anything about sneaking anything in. They allow you to bring an unopened bottled water into the park...which I do at every park I go to. Most parks sell that nasty Dasani water which I refuse to drink. I know you can get a cup of water at places, but it's easier to just bring a disposable water bottle and refill at the fountains. The only time I buy a drink (soda) is with a meal as I don't drink a lot of soda & sugary drinks. I also hate carrying around a souvenir cup all day. I'll buy one, but usually closer to the time I'm leaving.

 

This, exactly. Like bgtlover, I don't every try to sneak anything in. Paying $4 for 2 bottles of water at DW is a good deal - thanks for mentioning that Robb, I wasn't aware of their reasonable prices.

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Well. . . We managed to get a ride in on Lightning Rod this evening... and I've got to he honest... I got off of the coaster highly underwhelmed. I mean, it's not a bad coaster... it's just kind of... meh.

 

We hit the brake run, and I looked at my partner and said "That was it?" And he said "Guess so... that really wasn't all it was cracked up to be."

 

Granted we were both tired, annoyed, and had a headache. . . So I'm hoping tomorrow it sits better with us!! Right now for us it's not even a top 10 coaster. . . Maybe not even a top 20.

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Granted we were both tired, annoyed, and had a headache. . . So I'm hoping tomorrow it sits better with us!! Right now for us it's not even a top 10 coaster. . . Maybe not even a top 20.

 

That stinks. Any combination of tired, annoyed, headache, aching anywhere, hungry, dehydrated, etc. is a bad time no matter where you are. Hopefully it was just a fluke and tomorrow you'll be feeling better and LR will impress you!

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Well. . . We managed to get a ride in on Lightning Rod this evening... and I've got to he honest... I got off of the coaster highly underwhelmed. I mean, it's not a bad coaster... it's just kind of... meh.

 

We hit the brake run, and I looked at my partner and said "That was it?" And he said "Guess so... that really wasn't all it was cracked up to be."

 

Granted we were both tired, annoyed, and had a headache. . . So I'm hoping tomorrow it sits better with us!! Right now for us it's not even a top 10 coaster. . . Maybe not even a top 20.

 

...Critiques? What didn't you like about it? Not enough like TTD?

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Well. . . We managed to get a ride in on Lightning Rod this evening... and I've got to he honest... I got off of the coaster highly underwhelmed. I mean, it's not a bad coaster... it's just kind of... meh.

 

We hit the brake run, and I looked at my partner and said "That was it?" And he said "Guess so... that really wasn't all it was cracked up to be."

 

Granted we were both tired, annoyed, and had a headache. . . So I'm hoping tomorrow it sits better with us!! Right now for us it's not even a top 10 coaster. . . Maybe not even a top 20.

Which row did you ride in? Which there's not really a bad row. It honestly is even better your second time and the more you ride it. It's so fast that it's over so quick,so you have to ride it again to get it all in. Got my uncle and cousin on their first rides this past Tuesday when it opened back up and they were like "What just happened?" So we went again before lines got too long and they screamed the entire time, not to mention the 45 year old man screaming oh sh*t and other words from the wave turn into the breaks.

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Well. . . We managed to get a ride in on Lightning Rod this evening... and I've got to he honest... I got off of the coaster highly underwhelmed. I mean, it's not a bad coaster... it's just kind of... meh.

 

We hit the brake run, and I looked at my partner and said "That was it?" And he said "Guess so... that really wasn't all it was cracked up to be."

 

Granted we were both tired, annoyed, and had a headache. . . So I'm hoping tomorrow it sits better with us!! Right now for us it's not even a top 10 coaster. . . Maybe not even a top 20.

 

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Well. . . We managed to get a ride in on Lightning Rod this evening... and I've got to he honest... I got off of the coaster highly underwhelmed. I mean, it's not a bad coaster... it's just kind of... meh.

 

We hit the brake run, and I looked at my partner and said "That was it?" And he said "Guess so... that really wasn't all it was cracked up to be."

 

Granted we were both tired, annoyed, and had a headache. . . So I'm hoping tomorrow it sits better with us!! Right now for us it's not even a top 10 coaster. . . Maybe not even a top 20.

#dumb

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Well, we are feeling better today, and just got off LR... and holy shit. I take back everything I said before. . . This thing is balls out crazy!!! I can't wait to do it again!!

Are you sure that on the first night you didn't walk onto Thunderhead by accident?

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