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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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As a tree lover, it is always disappointing to see such massive land clearing. But with that being said, I know it will be a beautiful finished project. And Dollywood replants I believe two trees for every one removed.

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you will sit in traffic starting from Sevierville and you will sit there for 2+ hours if you’re lucky.

 

I sure take the back way (Veterans off 411 east side of Sevieville instead of the Parkway.

 

Doesn't help with crowd at park but I generally avoid the parkway.

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Last year duing rod run though, I couldn't even get to veterans! The main road was backed up pretty much to about Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

 

That's not far from the interstate

 

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Last year duing rod run though, I couldn't even get to veterans! The main road was backed up pretty much to about Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

 

Not perfect. Still better than the parkway to the south end of Veterans.

 

But I've not seen 66 that bad.

haven't been there Rod Run weekend in a few years though. even then I wasn't coming down 66.

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As a tree lover, it is always disappointing to see such massive land clearing. But with that being said, I know it will be a beautiful finished project. And Dollywood replants I believe two trees for every one removed.

 

I’ve heard that’s a policy too. Dollywood really prides itself on how it looks and how clean the park is. I wouldnt worry about it, I’m sure opening day 2019 it’ll look very good and 5 years from now you’ll never even know the difference.

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The problem isn’t the amount they replant, it’s the size. They hardly plant any mature trees when replacing removed mature trees. I know mature trees are more expensive but sometimes it pays off.

 

It will take much longer than 5 years, Timber Canyon has just started to feel grown in over the last few years, over a decade after it was built. I don’t doubt this expansion will be beautiful and well landscaped, I just know it will still appear empty for a while. Take a look at Wilderness Pass, it’s still struggling to grow in.

 

I do think Dollywood does the best with what they have though, there isn’t much topsoil for the trees to root, so I assume this has a lot to do with the slow growth.

 

I’m still excited to see more plans released, we haven’t really got any clue to what the area will look like as far as themeing and landscaping.

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The more I watch the Orkanen POV videos the more excited I get. I am so thankful Dollywood is getting an inverted coaster. I could use a mine train that weaves thru the woods like Thunderation at SDC. The older I get the more mild I seem to be getting as far as roller coasters. When I rode Wild Eagle the first time it was such a rush! I am not sure I can handle Lightning Rod lol. I was watching lots of coaster POVs and it was cool finding Big Bad John still in operation which was Thunder Express at Dollywood before Tennessee Tornado was built. I'm rambling so I'll hush just I just can't wait for more info!

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I was watching lots of coaster POVs and it was cool finding Big Bad Wolf still in operation which was Thunder Express at Dollywood before Tennessee Tornado was built.
I think you meant Big Bad John at Magic Springs

Oops! My apologies. I just edited. Thanks so much!

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I was watching lots of coaster POVs and it was cool finding Big Bad Wolf still in operation which was Thunder Express at Dollywood before Tennessee Tornado was built.
I think you meant Big Bad John at Magic Springs

Oops! My apologies. I just edited. Thanks so much!

 

Before that it was the other track of River King Mine Train at Six Flags St. Louis.

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That's actually awesome.

 

I'm guilty of walking half way around Dollywood with an empty soda bottle waiting to get back to the place by Wild Eagle (which to my knowledge is the only recycling bin in the entire park) so I'm sort of happy to know I don't have to do that again.

 

I know better than to throw a plastic bottle in the trash in front of Brit ever. Plus, I could never ride Turtle Trek with a clean conscience again.

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Back in March, plans were submitted which included these images:

 

dollywood-expansion-ride-2.jpg

dollywood-expansion-map-2.jpg

dollywood-expansion-map.jpg

 

It's for the new area behind Thunderhead and includes a coaster with a layout that's a clone of Orkanen at Farup Sommerland (A Vekoma family suspended coaster). There was lot's of discussion on page 1600 or so. No idea how you managed to miss this, it was huge.

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I may have messed up. In my mind I'm thinking inverted roller coaster but it was called suspended roller coaster. I have just always known coasters where you ride under the track as inverted. Sorry if that was wrong I'm not as technically savy as most on here seem to be on that type of detail.

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I may have messed up. In my mind I'm thinking inverted roller coaster but it was called suspended roller coaster. I have just always known coasters where you ride under the track as inverted. Sorry if that was wrong I'm not as technically savy as most on here seem to be on that type of detail.

 

No you're not wrong. Vekoma calls it "suspended," but the cars don't swing (like an Arrow suspended), so it is simply inverted. For example, SLC stands for "suspended looping coaster," but everyone knows they're just inverts really.

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I'm guilty of walking half way around Dollywood with an empty soda bottle waiting to get back to the place by Wild Eagle (which to my knowledge is the only recycling bin in the entire park) so I'm sort of happy to know I don't have to do that again.

 

I would do the exact same thing - the lack of recycling bins was one of the few things I really didn't like about Dollywood. Really glad to read that there is a legitimate reason behind it and that I, too, no longer have to worry about lugging around the empty plastic until I find the one bin.

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During spring break it was very up and down with full day closures.. haven't been in a few weeks so I'm not sure. I check the app periodically and I have seen several TC (temporary close) but no CD (closed for the day)

 

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