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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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Maybe they’ll put an inventor theme up on the ridge. Or, I’ve been thinking about where it includes water (waterfalls) maybe it being a theme similar to the Cascades at Splash but fit for Dollywood. Just throwing out ideas. I had a feeling the mansion was going to get torn down ever since the “it all began here” sign was posted. To me, that was a hint that change was coming.

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Thanks for confirming. I never got to visit Inventor's Mansion, but as someone who loves gravity/fun house type walk through attractions, it has always intrigued me. Hopefully something even better will replace it in that spot, but I'm not holding out hope in lawsuit happy America for a similar attraction coming to the park. I think it would only be a ride through attraction if anything.

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It is indeed gone. You can see the dirt where it was against the rock wall if your standing farther back.
Its actually an eyesore with it gone! The tunnel is way out of place now! Hopefully they replace it with something or tear down the tunnel. Maybe they will put some themeing or something up.

 

As for the it all began here sign we have been mentioning, I'm honestly not so sure it means anything.. Dollywood has always played homage to it's past and puts stuff like that everywhere if you look.

 

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I can officially confirm the quality of Aunt Grannies is back! Real catfish, real turkey, delicious veggies.. no more fish sticks.. it's very good! Great cobblers/pies.. Same price to.. might actually be cheaper.. total was $33 for two people after the Gold Pass discount or roughly the price of Ryan's.

 

Note for folks with kids though, no more hotdogs or taco bar that I saw and they didn't mention it..

 

Update: Waterfall is broken on DD falls again and turned off. While a lot of the park looks great and there are improvements, a lot of the rides look like they were ignored during the off season

 

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Well I was waiting for someone to mention it. I literally just noticed this but..

 

RIP Buzz. 2006-2018

 

I'd say he or something would be back. It seems Mystery Mine always has a rough start every season. Didn't get a chance to ride so I can't comment on how many of the ride's special effects were working right

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So far all the rides are having a rough start.. waterfall dead on DD Falls, fire effects and firework effects on fire chaser are dead, waterfall inside Blazing Fury isn't working.. Looks like they did add new LED lighting to parts of Blazing Fury which is nice and adds to it, they also repainted the outside of it.

 

The new plaza area is very nice but wasn't it supposed to be a show venue? I guess small acts can perform on the grass area lol.. it is really nice though.

 

Festival of nation's food is better this year! Especially the deserts I know last year a few folks on here, including myself said they were lacking.

 

They also have a few vendors back for the festival of nation's, last year they didn't have any vendors so that's nice!

 

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My friend was at the park yesterday and said staff was extremely friendly compared to our visit together back during Luminights haha were literally screamed at by “Bob” at Barnstormer. Anyway, she said LR had a loud squeak during the last turn that she noticed. Told her Outlaw Run had squeaks like that but I hadn’t heard them on LR, hoped to not hear them actually. She also said as soon as you get to Thunderhead it feels odd haha. Just the whole area seems different due to the clearing. Like how it used to feel like you were hidden in the hills. That’s totally gone.

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My friend was at the park yesterday and said staff was extremely friendly compared to our visit together back during Luminights haha were literally screamed at by “Bob” at Barnstormer. Anyway, she said LR had a loud squeak during the last turn that she noticed. Told her Outlaw Run had squeaks like that but I hadn’t heard them on LR, hoped to not hear them actually. She also said as soon as you get to Thunderhead it feels odd haha. Just the whole area seems different due to the clearing. Like how it used to feel like you were hidden in the hills. That’s totally gone.
It's iffy, a lot of the staff is great but there are still bad apples out there.. I again, renewed my pass this year and it didn't work at one of the shops for my discount.. the lady almost didn't give me my discount.. I went to a ticket window to get my passed changed and that lady scanned it, said it works, if you want a new one it's $15... I went to the window beside her and that man made me a new one, no questions asked.. the window beside her was guest services so that's probably why but you should never have to wait in line for that. Guest services line was long, ticket lines weren't

 

So yeah, while some are great, some aren't willing to help or try

 

LR was running great! Walk on, but they did have a row blocked off. Someone lost their phone on the ride before me but they didn't close it down to check the track like they have in past seasons.

 

Also not sure if anyone ever confirmed this or not but Wonder Wheel is gone..

 

 

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My friend was at the park yesterday and said staff was extremely friendly compared to our visit together back during Luminights haha were literally screamed at by “Bob” at Barnstormer. Anyway, she said LR had a loud squeak during the last turn that she noticed. Told her Outlaw Run had squeaks like that but I hadn’t heard them on LR, hoped to not hear them actually. She also said as soon as you get to Thunderhead it feels odd haha. Just the whole area seems different due to the clearing. Like how it used to feel like you were hidden in the hills. That’s totally gone.

 

If you ever have any issues like that don’t ever be afraid to go to guest services by the ticket center.

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My friend was at the park yesterday and said staff was extremely friendly compared to our visit together back during Luminights haha were literally screamed at by “Bob” at Barnstormer. Anyway, she said LR had a loud squeak during the last turn that she noticed. Told her Outlaw Run had squeaks like that but I hadn’t heard them on LR, hoped to not hear them actually. She also said as soon as you get to Thunderhead it feels odd haha. Just the whole area seems different due to the clearing. Like how it used to feel like you were hidden in the hills. That’s totally gone.

 

If you ever have any issues like that don’t ever be afraid to go to guest services by the ticket center.

The only issue with guest services was today it was nearly a 15 min wait to get to the only open guest service window. No wait for ticket windows or rides haha. That's why I went to the ticket window to get my season pass corrected but they weren't willing to help out.. Now they might not be allowed to override the $15 replacement policy and if not, shame on Dollywood for not allowing it. I had no issues at the guest service window though. He even said "they are told to never ever go by the date, even if the system says the card isnt valid" and I was like "well she did and same thing happened two years ago so I'd rather just get a new card with new date. As you can see, I normally select renew online and keep the same card, today is my first visit this season so it's not like I am trying to cheat anything"

 

No issues, he got me a new card ASAP.. he never even tried to charge $15 but the ticket windows should of been able to do it.

 

I agree though, guest services is friendly and will get you taken care of though.

 

From now own though, I'm always getting new cards..

 

Also, anyone know why the new season passes say winter on them? Because of winter pricing maybe? Or do you think they might be coming out with a discounted summer only pass?

 

Both my new one and my wife's new one say winter on them.. I have her old one from last year and it doesn't say winter.. i wasn't allowed to keep my old one (she wanted a new card anyways so when I ordered, hers wasn't a renewal)

 

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Also, anyone know why the new season passes say winter on them?

 

Interesting. I won't get a new card for a few months but will be sure to check that.

 

FWIW, I've never had problems with old cards that were renewed.

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I had issue with mine in 2016 so last year I got a new card.. didn't figure I would have issues with it this year but first store said it wouldn't scan and asked if it was a good card or not because of the date.. She then went on to say "I'm going to give you the discount this one time but that's it"

 

Guest Services told me they are to never ever go by the date and are to swipe the card if it doesn't scan and then to call someone. They are to never assume anything about the date. This didn't happen yesterday or in 2016. Both times the clerks jumped to the date.. she didn't even try to swipe or rescan the card. Sounds more like a training issue on Dollywoods part so I did report the store it happened in and showed them the receipt so they had all the clerk's info.

 

I'm sure if the card had a current date, they would of never said a word.

 

Mistakes happen, I understand, I'm more upset the ticket window wasn't willing to help and I had to stand in line, the only line of the day, for guest services

 

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I used to never have issues.. I think it comes down to 1 bad scan and they never rescan.. Barcode readers can be funky at times.. Both times it's happened (2016 and yesterday) they scanned the barcode once (never tried the magnetic strip).. System said invalid card (or whatever it tells the clerk) they look at the date and then start questioning if the card is good or not.. Something guest services says shouldn't happen. Never retried the card, and just manually put the discount in.

 

Essentially, it probably comes down to a lack of training for the merchandise team.

 

Also, magnetic strips go bad on cards all the time, especially if you have a magnet in your wallet (magnet money clip) but my magnetic strip is good.

 

My 2016 card was very old, it was made the year they made all pass holders get new cards.

 

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To be fair, it did happen at the Mountain Laurel Home store (or whatever the name is for the new store). I had no issues anywhere else

 

It's a pretty neat store! Although the company I work for offers the same type stuff in our stores, actually some of the home decor was exactly the same. Surprisingly Dollywood is a little less expensive than my company though!

 

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I'm going to be "that guy" currently and ask the overall unknowable question.

Would anyone be willing to hazard a guess as to how insanely busy the park is going to be next week? I have a family vacation Sunday to Saturday in Pigeon Forge (first time that we will ever be in the area, so it would be my first time at Dollywood).

Hoping to get my daughter to enjoy some of the kiddy rides and ride some fun coasters myself.

 

Sorry, I hate it when people ask this question because no one can ever really know, yet I'm still doing it.

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Have you guys seen this thing? It's the newest credit debate ride to open - Mountain Glider at Rowdy Bear in Gatlinburg!

 

 

Personally, I don't see how this ride is any different than Pteranodon Flyers at IoA, Roller Soaker from Hershey, or any Caripro Batflyer. The seats may be more like a zipline, but the coaster-like functions are the same, no?

 

What do you think?

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