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Just a update on the rumor about a ride closing soon came from a worker at Dollywoods Facebook page and after I asked if this was public knowledge yet he deleted the post. So not sure what to think, but we should all find out tomorrow. Dollywood is a great park and I think the charm is still there. The park is set in a beautiful setting and most of the employees are very friendly. When you invest 300 million in a park prices are going to rise and price some folks out. The new resort and big ticket rides will take a little time to get new folks planning vacations around Dollywood. Lightning Rod running regularly will help and I’m sure it will soon enough. One more hint about tomorrow the ride that’s rumored to be closing soon is on the the wait times app.

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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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Yes, I'll be quite disappointed if it is Daredevil Falls... it's my favorite log ride outside of a Disney/Universal park.

 

I guess we'll find out tomorrow. Also, Daredevil Falls is within its 20th season (opened 1998) and River Battle is just within its 10th season (opened 2008).

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So at the park yesterday I noticed Thunderhead was running one train, with the other train in pieces. Routine Maintenance or will we hear more tomorrow?

 

Daredevil Falls has had a lot of downtime this season - it worries me that we might see this go. I would not be upset if River Battle went - not my fav, and its kind of "out of place."

 

DollywoodLover asked what the new sound in the Tornado workshop is - Its the sound of storm sirens.

 

MindbenderManiac waiting on tomorrow with baited breath!!

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Yes, I'll be quite disappointed if it is Daredevil Falls... it's my favorite log ride outside of a Disney/Universal park.

 

I guess we'll find out tomorrow. Also, Daredevil Falls is within its 20th season (opened 1998) and River Battle is just within its 10th season (opened 2008).

 

You make a good point about Daredevil falls celebrating it 20th Anniversary and that means it been 20 years since flooded mine closed. Could we see a new flooded mine next year? I have no knowledge of what the new ride will be but they have mentioned the Flooded mine on Facebook this year as a flashback Friday and the mine near the train says it all started here. Hummmmm. We will find out tomorrow. Can’t wait!!!!!

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Maybe they have just been bandaiding DDF this season and it has much larger issues than we know so they have decided to close it? With that being said, there are much older falls rides out there and DDF is one of the best ever built! I hope it's not going away

 

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Early in the season, it had a lot of CD and temporary closures and it was hot outside so it wasn't weather related.. This summer it seems fine, although it closes early everyday.. rumor has it, that's just because it's dark back there and they close before dark which I understand.. it does still have several TCs during the day, but honestly all rides probably have a few Temp Closures for safety checks and whatnot

 

Edit: I think your response was actually directed towards the Thunderhead comment.. he must of posted same time I did because I didn't see his post

 

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So at the park yesterday I noticed Thunderhead was running one train, with the other train in pieces. Routine Maintenance or will we hear more tomorrow?

 

Daredevil Falls has had a lot of downtime this season - it worries me that we might see this go. I would not be upset if River Battle went - not my fav, and its kind of "out of place."

 

DollywoodLover asked what the new sound in the Tornado workshop is - Its the sound of storm sirens.

 

MindbenderManiac waiting on tomorrow with baited breath!!

Maintenance. Dollywood, from what I heard, tries to refurbish at least one coaster train a season.. last year it was one of Tornados trains. The entire train disappeared, about this time and was gone for a couple months.. so I'd bet it's being refurbished.. I doubt anything will happen to Thunderhead unless they do plan to RMC it but I doubt that, especially at this point.. maybe 10 years down the road but not now

 

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I hope they invest some money in Thunderhead, it is in desperate need for another retrack.

 

I was really surprised how much both of us loved Thunderhead when we visited last month, but it does desperately need some major retracking done. On the brake run at least half the train would say something along the lines of "ow, now I have a headache" or "ouch!" I personally find Grizzly at KD and Wildcat at HP worse but it'd be great to see Thunderhead get some serious love.

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While I would LOVE for a new ride to be announced, the sources I've spoken with continue to deny anything that "big". I can't reveal who, but they would hear about it before any park employees...

 

I will say this, if there is a new ride announced (or even a major ride removed) it will be the biggest secret they've ever kept (and I could no longer trust my sources lol). I'd love for Dolly to drop a "One more thing..." tomorrow!

 

And I, too, miss the Flooded Mine.

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Daredevil Falls was fantastic. It is in kind of a weird spot and doesn't have too much signage though, but it'd be a shame if that ride is on the chopping block.

 

I saw it closed for my 2 visits last year, but it seemed to be running fine for me this year.

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A lot for Dollywoods rides are kind of "hidden".. to an extent, I feel they plan it this way. During Christmas you would never know Slidewinder or DDF is even around unless you look for them.

 

Maybe it wasn't planned, but Dollywood does pay attention to the small details

 

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Well, since Herschend buys majors rides in pairs atgrom a single Manufacturer, what will Dollywood's Mack Be? The sole exception to this trend was that Dolly got two Gerstlauer coasters and that was mainly due to SDC's Mystery Mine type eurofighter got delayed due to the 08 meltdown and eventually changed to Firechaser Express

 

Let's look at the pattern

 

2 RMC'S(Outlaw and lighting)

2 B&Ms albeit some time apart.(Wildfire and Wild Egale)

2 Mack Splash Battles

2 S&S Giant Swings

2 Arrows(Tenn Tornado and Thunderation)

2 GCIs ( Thunderhead and OzCat)

 

OzCat was at Celebration City but it was the Branson GCI

 

 

There has been been some one offs BuzzSaw Falls and then it's conversion to Powder Keg. But history shows it comes in twos even the old rides like the river raft rides and FITH and Blazing Fury, The Waterboggan rides (SDC lost theirs)and even two Flooded Mines (Dolly lost theirs)

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They also put an S&S swing in at Wild Adventures didn't they? Or was it already there before HFE purchased them?

 

I bet they buy in pairs to keep price down, similar to why Six Flags builds so many "Cloans"

 

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Why not show some love for the new kiddie coaster? Since I have a 7 and 8 year old I was happy to get them a ride on Whistle Punk Chaser. Quick photo report below:

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Theming is definitely a step up from the Sideshow spin.

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Kayla is ready for an new credit!

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More theming.

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You know you wanted to see a kiddie coaster control panel so I obliged.

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Really nice job on the station. My kids were shocked that all of this fit in where the old playground was.

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The ride does three circuits.

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If this was a Cedar Fair park in the 90's it would of been called Thunderhead Jr.

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Looks good in the Thunderhead's footprint.

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Follow the rules.

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Another credit for my kids.

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Which begs the question, Drop Line was a Funtime product, could SDC be getting a Funtime in turn? With The relocation for the S&S shot tower to SDC, that leaves a Star Flyer and that would glorious giving the setting and the lake in the distance

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Or maybe HFE has purchased the starflyer for Dollywood it would bring the amazing heights to the fair side of the park..

 

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They also put an S&S swing in at Wild Adventures didn't they? Or was it already there before HFE purchased them?

It was put in 2 years before HFE purchased the park. It was removed in 2011( or prior) and is now at Fun Spot Orlando where it opened in 2013.

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Well, since Herschend buys majors rides in pairs atgrom a single Manufacturer, what will Dollywood's Mack Be? The sole exception to this trend was that Dolly got two Gerstlauer coasters and that was mainly due to SDC's Mystery Mine type eurofighter got delayed due to the 08 meltdown and eventually changed to Firechaser Express

 

Let's look at the pattern

 

2 RMC'S(Outlaw and lighting)

2 B&Ms albeit some time apart.(Wildfire and Wild Egale)

2 Mack Splash Battles

2 S&S Giant Swings

2 Arrows(Tenn Tornado and Thunderation)

2 GCIs ( Thunderhead and OzCat)

 

OzCat was at Celebration City but it was the Branson GCI

 

 

There has been been some one offs BuzzSaw Falls and then it's conversion to Powder Keg. But history shows it comes in twos even the old rides like the river raft rides and FITH and Blazing Fury, The Waterboggan rides (SDC lost theirs)and even two Flooded Mines (Dolly lost theirs)

Dollywood's Mack (if they get one) should be a hyper model. It would be different from any other hyper in the U.S., and if the terrain is properly used (which it most certainly would be) could help to further more make Dollywood the destination park it wants to be. Having a hyper built by Mack keeps the height requirement at 48", which is something they obviously take into account. I mean, getting Wild Eagle a 50" height requirement isn't something you typically see from B&M. It makes me think they try to keep it as low as possible as their thing. So a Mack hyper would serve purpose more than a B&M, (and could be better) who knows?
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During my visit I was thinking about how the only thing missing from their lineup is a 200 foot+ coaster.
Wild Eagle is 200+ ft tall but doesn't have a 200ft drop! But it looks massive standing there.. a 200ft drop coaster would be awesome though

 

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We are here at Dollywood for the media event. Gates should be opening shortly. Stay tuned for updates.

 

The announcement by Dolly is suppose to be at 11am.

 

Fingers crossed for something exciting! [emoji3] [emoji3] [emoji3]

 

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