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p. 751 - Lightning Rod expected to reopen with the park!

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I have been requested to find out by the DW Christmas event regulars if there is hot chocolate available at the park and if so, where? Has anybody had it and if so, what does it taste like? We'll be going over xmas. My SO is extremely focused on this for some reason and won't stop talking about it until I find out specifics. He's really picky about his hot chocolate but LOVES the hot choc from 7-11 if that helps at all in people describing the hopeful HC they have at DW. The HC we had at BGW was very sweet, almost sickeningly so, and SFGAdv's was seriously gross and watered down. Please save me, I am so over this... thanks!

 

Just sneak a couple of nips of Rumple Minz and dump them in your hot chocolate.

 

I may or may not be speaking from experience.

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

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

You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

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For Smoky Mountain Christmas, do the shows ever reach capacity/how early should I show up for a show?

 

I was strongly considering getting a TimeSaver anyway to maximize Lightning Rod rides since it appears that it will open tomorrow with the 50 degree weather.

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For Smoky Mountain Christmas, do the shows ever reach capacity/how early should I show up for a show?

 

I was strongly considering getting a TimeSaver anyway to maximize Lightning Rod rides since it appears that it will open tomorrow with the 50 degree weather.

 

On busy days, most people are there for the shows. I have been in line 30 minutes early and still was turned away. If the park is busy, you need to be in line at lest 60 minutes early. If you get the timesaver, it would be good to use for the shows also. Typically, I have seen them fill the timesaver seats about 5-10 minutes before the show starts. So even with the timesaver, I would try to get to the show at lest 20 minutes early.

 

Now if we can only convince Dollywood to add a timesaver line for the cinnamon bread.

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For Smoky Mountain Christmas, do the shows ever reach capacity/how early should I show up for a show?

 

I was strongly considering getting a TimeSaver anyway to maximize Lightning Rod rides since it appears that it will open tomorrow with the 50 degree weather.

 

On busy days, most people are there for the shows. I have been in line 30 minutes early and still was turned away. If the park is busy, you need to be in line at lest 60 minutes early. If you get the timesaver, it would be good to use for the shows also. Typically, I have seen them fill the timesaver seats about 5-10 minutes before the show starts. So even with the timesaver, I would try to get to the show at lest 20 minutes early.

 

Now if we can only convince Dollywood to add a timesaver line for the cinnamon bread.

 

That's because, at times, they will start filling the time saver seats with regular guest right before the show starts if the theater is full.. if they see they are going to have plenty of timesaver seats. They don't always do this but have in the past

 

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Thanks I went for it! Which shows are the can't miss ones?

Yesterday, I saw Smoky Mountain Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Night Before Christmas. All three were very good and featured some outstanding vocalists and synchronized dancing.

 

Out of the three, my favorite was It's a Wonderful Life, which largely follows the classic movie. It's one of my favorite holiday movies, but if you're not a fan then maybe it's not worth seeing the show.

 

Smoky Mountain Christmas was recommended to me several times. It had some beautiful sets and amazing vocalists, but wasn't really a play in the sense that it had any definitive plot.

 

The Night Before Christmas was definitely the most child-friendly of the three, but I didn't leave it feeling dumber like I did with the show at WinterFest. Best way I could summarize it would be if they took a Hallmark movie and made it into a musical. There were some laughs and some good songs and dances, but not with the show-stopping quality of the music in the other two.

Just depends on what you like.

 

Also, yesterday was an awful day for coasters. Temp never got above 35. Only thrill rides that opened were Drop Line, Barnstormer, and Tennessee Tornado briefly. Too cold for anything else to open. Even the train was almost too cold to enjoy. Great day to do nothing but see shows, wander around in between, take in the sights, and eat food (indoors).

 

Weather already looks better today so I'm going to try for a few hours before heading back to Ohio.

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Out of every show at Dollywood's Christmas offerings, my favorite was actually Appalachian Christmas, which is just some very talented musicians playing and joking around at the Backstage Theater. And also go see My People if you never have.

 

^The Post above me described the three Major Christmas shows perfectly. I'd personally say It's a Wonderful Life was so bad it was good so I'd recommend that one.

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It’s open!!! posted as an hour wait. I’m gonna do it at least once, but idk if I want to wait another 1 hour. Coasters gradually started testing and opening as it got warmer. Not sure when LR opened because I was d*cking around at Thunderhead and Mystery Mine for a while. I don’t think I’ve ever seen all the effects on Mystery Mine, but they were working and it was great!

 

Now, to kill 45+ more minutes...

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Thanks for the tips! I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life the movie (say everything you want), but really enjoyed the show.

 

I was also lucky enough to get my first rides on Lightning Rod. The coaster is absolutely nuts from start to finish. It's wild. It's smooth. It has an amazing setting. And has as much air as any coaster out there. There's no wasted track on this thing.

 

I already thought it was the best coaster I had ever ridden, but then it got even better in the dark. I've been on some dark coasters like the Beast and Boulder Dash, but they still have some light. Lightning Rod had none in the first half.

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Thanks for the tips! I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life the movie (say everything you want), but really enjoyed the show.

 

Worth seeing the movie. It will fill in some blanks from the show. They skipped a lot and compressed the story.

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Park seemed ridiculously slammed on Saturday thanks to the sunny weather and mild temps. We ended up spending a lot of time in the country fair section for rides for our littlest. LR was posting up between 60-90 minutes the entire time we were there so we ended up skipping it... and even Tennessee Tornado had a 30+ wait thanks to only one train on the track. On the plus side, the kiddo got his first B&M under his belt with Wild Eagle, and he absolutely loved it!

 

We are heading back today with temps forecasted to be in the high 50s by late afternoon, and considering how quickly the Parkway cleared out on Sunday night, hoping that translates to low crowds at Dollywood today as well. Heading over to Ober Gatlinburg first though to complete our set of alpine coasters in the area

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It's very common to be busy this time of year in pretty days. Several times last year the park was parking guest at Splash Country during the Christmas event, especially on mild or sunny weekends

 

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You made the right decision... Mystery Mine is where it's at!!

 

Preach

 

I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life the movie (say everything you want), but really enjoyed the show.

 

I think the movie sucks (yup... I'm the guy), but I liked the show. I liked the random music they chose, they basically picked random things from everywhere since "It's a Wonderful Life" was never intended to be a musical but I thought that was cool. I think they even had a Polar Express song in there.

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A very nice, quiet, somewhat warm day at the park yesterday. Schools are still in session until Wednesday in the area, so it was mainly older people and really small kids. The park was nicely decorated. The lights (like last year) were mostly concentrated at the front of the park near showstreet. It's a Wonderful Life was as good as last year, I think the cast was the same. We had dinner at Granny Ogles Ham and Beans, a restaurant that never gets enough attention. The food and service (it is a sit down restaurant) is fantastic. I had the pot roast ($11.99) and my girlfriend had the BBQ chicken sandwich ($10.99). Both entrees came with ham and beans and one other side. As with every meal at Granny Ogles, it came with some really good cornbread.

 

Construction at River Battle was coming along nicely. It looks like they've already done tons of work and may have that area ready way before the park opens back up in March. The other construction area is HUGE! Seeing it for myself, I still could not wrap my head around how big it was. I would speculate just because of the size of the area that it would be another resort of some kind (but anything is possible at this point). One other construction related topic to mention is that the old applejack sandwich shop in rivertown is completely leveled. Has anyone heard what is going in its place?

 

Overall, a great visit to end the season and I can't wait for opening day in March!

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You can just barely see the top of Thunderhead's lift

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Note Drop Line and Wild Eagle in the background

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Doing a bit of burning

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Applejack's Sandwich Shop

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Thanks for the tips! I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life the movie (say everything you want), but really enjoyed the show.

 

I was also lucky enough to get my first rides on Lightning Rod. The coaster is absolutely nuts from start to finish. It's wild. It's smooth. It has an amazing setting. And has as much air as any coaster out there. There's no wasted track on this thing.

 

I already thought it was the best coaster I had ever ridden, but then it got even better in the dark. I've been on some dark coasters like the Beast and Boulder Dash, but they still have some light. Lightning Rod had none in the first half.

 

Glad to hear you finally got on it! What was it, 4 attempts?

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We’ll be driving down to PF tomorrow. Anyone know of anything that’s open on Christmas Day that we could do after arriving? We’ll be getting there in the early evening. Goats on the Roof is closed as is The Old Mill restaurant. Other than that I’m not sure what else to look up.

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Not sure if this has been mentioned before. The train loop up on the mountain is just as big as the one in country fair. Just to give you an idea just how much can be put in just the upper train loop. Lots of land and ideas to work with over the next few years. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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