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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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^ It truly is a special place, enjoy your trip, and definitely hit up The Grist Mill for the cinnamon bread. It has the same impact food wise as LR does coaster wise.
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Oh trust me, I had some already. Unbelievable.

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Oh no, please don't close Blazing Fury! What else is even old enough to close? Unless they redo and make a modern blazing fury (but they have spent so much money on it recently)

 

Maybe a larger rampage? I doubt it.. put a giant swing (like the skyscreamers) in the fair area? What would they close?

 

Maybe, if the rumor you heard is true, they aren't closing a ride but closing a building! The mansion over the mine.. it has opened from time to time for different things.. this would fit into the signs we have seen and older rumors.

 

I mean, they wouldn't trash Tornado for something new would they?

 

Final thing on my mind are the cars beside LR (not that rumor again) or maybe Slidewinder

 

But really, if they plan to make a new area like they mentioned four or five years ago, why close a ride? Most of their rides are fairly popular haha

 

Any ideas what it might be? Could be something over at Splash Country?

 

Maybe trash LR and start over!!! Hahaha JK on that part

 

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Oh good! Well since everyone is like RMC Cyclone at six flags with it closing let me start the RMC Thunderhead! Even though I really hope it doesn't happen. I like Thunderhead the way it is haha

 

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Hmmm, maybe we'll find out something Friday? I really can't think of any rides really to be honest. River Battle I have done once and the rest of the times I just pass it up just because there's a thing as too wet and that's one of them haha plus it took so much effort to crank the things and to get the targets to work half the time. So let's see.. here's all of their rides and you all can look and think what's wrong/which one could be up for close.

Thunderhead

Drop Line

Mystery Mine

River Battle

Fire Chaser

Wild Eagle

Tennessee Tornado

Blazing Fury

Daredevil Falls

Barnstormer

Mountain Slidewinder

Smoky Mountain River Rampage

Rockin Roadway

Lightning Rod

(Country Fair rides)

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I always hate to see these rides go, but Smoky Mountain River Rampage would be my guess. It's in a prime location, takes a lot of space, and is over 30 years old.
Yeah but I mentioned that and he said the rides on my list are safe.. idk, I'm thinking something in country fair to be honest

 

Plus rampage is one of their most popular attractions during the summer

 

When rumors like this happen at most parks they have something old, not super popular and it's easy to pick.. so I have no idea what it could be at Dollywood

 

 

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I always hate to see these rides go, but Smoky Mountain River Rampage would be my guess. It's in a prime location, takes a lot of space, and is over 30 years old.

Yea that's one of the rides to really cool down on a hot day easily that the whole family can ride, especially if you're still adrenaline filled and burning up after LR it's right there. Plus if they removed rampage talk about GP being pissed. I think that's the attraction they'd be most pissed about haha.

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Actually looking back at my post, I didn't mention rampage.. I thought I did.. maybe that is it?

 

Edit: nevermind I did.. I said maybe larger rampage. Haha so I believe Rampage is safe

 

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Good to hear. Rapids rides are really great and I hate for any of them to be removed. They're not tall or fast, and they have no big drops. They're a safe choice that even small kids can enjoy. My youngest won't go on log flumes but will ride every rapids we come across.

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After riding both Rampage and River Battle, while Rampage was fun River Battle was HILARIOUS. I was in tears as the people on the shore were annihilating us from the shore. I'd be pissed if they removed it!

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My kid would lose his sh*t if we went back and River Battle was gone. Little dude still asks me to go back just to ride that damn thing and it was over a year ago.

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If there's any truth to this (and that's a big "if") I'd bet anything it's Slidewinder.

 

The ride opens 2 months later than anything else in the park and closes a month before River Battle and two months before Daredevil Falls and River Rampage. They have a water park now. It's a cool ride (or so I'm told) but it seems a little redundant and I could see them closing it. Silver Dollar City closed it's sister-ride (the Waterworks Waterboggan) about 10 years ago and never replaced it.

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If there's any truth to this (and that's a big "if") I'd bet anything it's Slidewinder.

 

The ride opens 2 months later than anything else in the park and closes a month before the other water rides. They have a water park now. It's a cool ride (or so I'm told) but it seems a little redundant and I could see them closing it. Silver Dollar City closed it's sister-ride (the Waterworks Waterboggan) about 10 years ago and never replaced it.

I mentioned slidewinder as well and the OP said all the rides on my list are safe.. my issue with Slidewinder, is what else will fit in that area? I mean, it's a heck of a walk up that hill and now that Wild Eagle is there, Slidewinder is stuck between it, Daredevil Falls, barnstormer and things.. not really much of any direction to build.. Slindwinder is perfect there because it goes down hill and that's what there is room for.. I can see it closing in the near future yes, but like SDC, if it closes I doubt it can be replaced! Unless they use the unloading area and the lockers/photo booth for an area to build a large building for dark ride.. I can see something fitting in the unloading area. Or maybe another flat in the unloading area to go with barnstormer.

 

I hardly ever ride it anymore though but because I go when the park isn't crowded.. With only two of us ever there, sometimes we have to wait for someone to ride with.. a lot of folks come up in groups of 3 or 4 and get right on.. when the park is slow we might wait 10 or 15 mins for one person or a group of two small people to show up to ride with.. a group of 2 larger people usually throws us over the weight limit..

 

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Ah, I missed that.

 

I can't think of what else it would be though. Unless it's River Battle or Barnstormer (which would be bullsh*t) it's pretty much guaranteed to be a flat ride that nobody cares about. Honestly what they should do is replace that POS Ferris wheel with a respectable one. This park is in a beautiful area. The view from Wild Eagle and Drop Line is breathtaking. They really need a ride that shows off those awesome views but appeals to families, older people and anyone who's afraid of thrill rides (which is a huge percentage of their base).

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I was thinking about the Ferris Wheel being removed when I suggested they needed to put a big swing in like the skyscreamers.. That Ferris Wheel is an eyesore in the fair area!

 

So yeah if it's not Slidewinder, Blazing Fury, Rockin Roadway, or Rampage, it has to be a flat!

 

I can't imagine it being barnstormer, it's fairly new! But didn't one of the Cedar Fair parks have issues with one last year or a couple years ago? Maybe Dollywood wants to get rid of it bc of that but I doubt it?

 

River Battle is popular so I doubt it'll be it but it is in a prime area! But that area needs kids stuff anyways

 

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lol, seriously? You guys are crapping on the county fair ferris wheel? That thing is a classic and is super iconic for the look of the whole area. I'd love another, giant, ferris wheel, but I'd never consider the current one to be an eye sore.

 

I'm not sure this rumor deserves much credence, but if we're taking bets on rides that could be removed, I would look at the rapids ride. While it is popular, it takes up a lot of room in prime real estate. I never actually got on it myself, but it isn't exactly one of the better rapids rides is it? There's been a lot of talk about park operators getting rid of these things lately due to the general expense and probably rising insurance rates due to some of the incidents that have occurred.

 

Sidewinder is unfortunately a good bet as well for similar reasons.

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The only reason I even partly believe the rumor is that the OP did get several rumors correct this past winter/sprinf.. so he has someone on the inside or media contacts with the park.. if his sources are correct though, it's not Rampage (Raft Ride) Or Slidewinder.

 

That only leaves a coaster or flats asside from Rockin Roadway which he also said was safe.

 

Who knows, maybe Friday!

 

And the Ferris Wheel, while classic is rusted and hardly open on any of my visits.. it never has many riders anymore haha

 

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I'd absolutely love to have them get a huge Ferris wheel. The little one just doesn't cut it and like Bill said, the view is incredible from WE and DL but if you're not into thrill rides you're SOL on really getting the full mountain experience. The Ferris wheel wasn't open once on our 3 days of visiting and the weather was beautiful so who knows. The wheel at The Island looked beautiful with a great lighting package - I'd love to see DW get something similar.

 

While I'm not a rapids person, I thought the location of it right along the main walking path was pretty cool and added to the ambiance of the place. Usually rapids are kind of hidden but not the way this was placed which was cool. Slidewinder was a hoot and very popular a couple weeks ago. I can't imagine what they could put in that land to replace it as the hike up to the station is steep and quite long. It just kept going and going and going and going!

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I'd absolutely love to have them get a huge Ferris wheel. The little one just doesn't cut it and like Bill said, the view is incredible from WE and DL but if you're not into thrill rides you're SOL on really getting the full mountain experience. The Ferris wheel wasn't open once on our 3 days of visiting and the weather was beautiful so who knows. The wheel at The Island looked beautiful with a great lighting package - I'd love to see DW get something similar.

 

While I'm not a rapids person, I thought the location of it right along the main walking path was pretty cool and added to the ambiance of the place. Usually rapids are kind of hidden but not the way this was placed which was cool. Slidewinder was a hoot and very popular a couple weeks ago. I can't imagine what they could put in that land to replace it as the hike up to the station is steep and quite long. It just kept going and going and going and going!

Good to confirm it's not just me who notices that it's closed a lot.. so yeah, Ferris Wheel is a prime choice for being trashed..

 

While it might be classic, if it's not open, it doesn't do anyone any good and I see it closed a lot.. over 50% of my visits it's closed..

 

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If there's any truth to this (and that's a big "if") I'd bet anything it's Slidewinder.

 

The ride opens 2 months later than anything else in the park and closes a month before River Battle and two months before Daredevil Falls and River Rampage. They have a water park now. It's a cool ride (or so I'm told) but it seems a little redundant and I could see them closing it. Silver Dollar City closed it's sister-ride (the Waterworks Waterboggan) about 10 years ago and never replaced it.

 

I hope it's not this ride! I thought it was going to be just a normal raft ride but I was shocked how crazy it was! I'd love to get back if this is the ride being taken out!

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