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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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So did you get unlimited rides on Lightningrod with time saver or was is it like one time only, because that is what the website states....?

Timesaver Unlimited gives you unlimited rides on Lightning Rod, regular Timesaver gives you one ride, unless you forego dropline and then you can go a second time.

 

Yeah, sounds logical, but the website tells something different:

 

""TimeSaver - For rides, enjoy using expedited entrances ten times throughout the day at your choice of TimeSaver attractions. Your combination of ten rides can include ten different TimeSaver attractions, or you can ride your favorite rides* up to ten times. For theaters, enjoy unlimited daily show reservations.

TimeSaver Unlimited – Allows unlimited access to expedited entrances at your choice of participating TimeSaver attractions* and unlimited show reservations at participating theaters.

 

*Which rides and shows are eligible for TimeSaver?

Rides - Your choice of ten different attractions or ride your favorite rides up to ten times.

Barnstormer

Dizzy Disk

FireChaser Express

Mystery Mine

Sky Rider

Smoky Mountain River Rampage

Tennessee Tornado

Thunderhead

Waltzing Swinger

Wild Eagle

Drop Line (limit one ride per person)

Lightning Rod ® (limit one ride per person)""

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It's not the clearest description.

 

plain Timesaver is 10 uses total, but only 2 can be used for LR or DL.

 

Unlimited is unlimited use on all rides with TS queue.

 

(both included unlimited show access)

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Does anyone know the reason why Dollywood has the park open one day in August and then closed the next day in August. It seems as if the Park and Water park are never open on the same day. It seems a bit strange.

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August was very slow for them last year from what I recall.. I had a lot of trips to Dollywood and Splash last Aug and there were days at Splash we parked right beside the gate and the park was nearly empty.. if the season is going well, they sometimes add extra days in August. This happened a few years ago so it's possible one or the other will end up opening those days in Aug

 

From what I have heard from some of the tourism folks that work for the city, they seem to think that Dollywood is having a disappointing season again this year. Although, it seems busier on days I have visited, maybe it isn't.

 

The area itself seems to be having a record season according to the same tourism folks. Keep in mind, Dollywood might not report official numbers to the city though

 

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I hope Dollywood is having some good seasons. It seems they must to be able to do their largest expansion ever next year. I was thinking they paid as they went and didn't take out loans so if they have a bad season or two I bet that could delay things.

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Does anyone know the reason why Dollywood has the park open one day in August and then closed the next day in August. It seems as if the Park and Water park are never open on the same day. It seems a bit strange.

 

Happens every year. Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country in August alternate on and off besides the weekends.

 

That being said Dollywood is open way more than most theme/amusement parks that time of yea

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Visited on Thurs. Only one train running on LR. Waits were 45 to 60mins. On Sat they had 2 trains running after noon. Posted wait time said 10mins but was more like 30. Went down for maintenance around 2pm for about 30mins.

Firechaser on Thurs was 30min wait and was a great ride. Whole family loved the theme. It did close for about 25 mins when we were in the start house due to the fireworks trucks driving the night's supplies up the road.

 

Wild Eagle was never more than a 10 minute wait. Often it was only that long due to slow load cycles.

 

My kids loved Thunderhead. I rode it once and passed. It qas rough for me.

 

Splash country was more fun that we,thought it would be. We have Schlittterbahn so are spoiled

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I have been watching lots of water park and theme park videos on YouTube and got an idea. It seems to me Tennessee Tornado could use alittle love since it is their oldest coaster (not counting good ole Blazing Fury that is). I was thinking they could add some storm elements in the tunnel even if they had to extend it alittle.

 

I mean like lightning bolts and maybe fans for wind and even a funnel cloud visual effect so you felt like you were in a tornado and whoosh you fly out into all the loops.

 

Or better yet. Maybe start the dark park at that second station and continue it up the lift hill to the existing tunnel. That may be expensive but not as much as a new coaster. Everyone says it goes so fast I really think enclosing the slower first half with the lift hill with all those wind and storm elements would do Tennessee Tornado some long overdue justice. Most reviews I have seen rate it in the very best of arrow coasters. It would be so cool like a mini Space Mountain except it would be a Storm Mountain lol

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The tunnel already flashes because of the camera.. I personally see nothing wrong with tornado and don't think it needs anything added.. the entire area is themed great for a tornado already and even during Christmas they make the lights in that area look so sloppy like a tornado had hit.

 

I'm not sure what enclosing the lift hill would add, if anything, to the ride.

 

What do you mean it needs a little love? They added new magnetic breaks a few years back, redid the trains some, and overall it's one of their best kept up rides.

 

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Oh I didn't mean at all it was run down. I love it so much except it could last longer lol. I just meant extra special attention since it is the oldest "big" coaster. I remember Thunder Express. I just think the dark elements would be cool but it is great like it is. I can just visualize going up the enclosed lift hill (although it may need to go slower if they could) with wind, thunder, lightning etc. Like I say just thinking out loud. I love Tennessee Tornado!

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I think Splash Country had more people than Dollywood today! It's sad that on a weekend Dollywood can't fill lot C.

 

Splash though was slammed! We used our bring a friend $30 coupon and brought my mother in law.. was there for about 5 hours, its pissed pouring right now and the lifeguards were out front giving rain checks so basically two tickets for $30! Pretty sweet

 

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I went to go see drumline live tonight and it's probably the best show Dollywoods had in a long time! Park was dead but they still had to give out tickets it was so popular.. they really got the crowd going and it's a very upbeat show! Only a few days left so go see it if your able and haven't been yet!!

 

I'm sure it's a shortened version of their real shows/tour but drumline normally cost $50 - $75 to see. Also, it didn't seem like it was the entire cast/crew but was still very much worth it!

 

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Wonder when we’ll see the cosmetic changes made to the trains? It’s like the hoods/trunks appeared then disappeared haha. I’ll be at the park tomorrow if all goes well. First time of the season (a bit late for my usual but life happens) and I’m so ready. Season pass is ready to go! Question, my parents have the McDonalds 10 dollars off cups for each ticket. So you just enter that code on the cup online when you order your ticket and print it out? I know we used to do the cup deal when it was just 5 dollars off for one ticket if you brought the cup there. I go more than my parents do they didn’t get a pass. I go with friends like 5+ times.
You don't need a code.. you just go to the Dollywood promo site and it should work (at least it has in years past).. I just tested and got all the way to payment info without it requiring a code.. there is a place for a code, but that's for other discounts I believe..

 

https://www.dollywood.com/lpg/promo/McDonalds

 

It's $10 off if purchased online and $5 off if you bring your McDonald's bag to the park.. they aren't very secretive about this promo anymore because you can just buy a $1.00 burger or soda and get the deal.

 

You can find the link above just by googling McDonalds and Dollywood

 

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Just dirt. They are building a new small path around the graveyard area, I assume to help the congestion during luminights. The current path goes around the front so they are building one going around the back as well

 

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Sorry to bring this up again but is anyone at the park and could give an update on the status of Lightning Rod? The app shows it closed for the day and our trip will happen in a few weeks...

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Looks like it went down yesterday afternoon for some reason. It's been running well... just a slight breakdown here and there. It's usually running 2 trains unless they are having to perform maintenance on the other train, or crowds are light. Surely it will be fine for your trip in a couple weeks.

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My last two visits (Sunday and Monday of this week) they were only running one train while I was there. Sudnay was dead though, Monday was a little busier

 

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^ On the park’s website, it mentions in the description of the coaster that “Lightning Rod is closed for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Hopefully it’s nothing major.

 

Anyways, I do wonder when Dollywood will start teasing next year’s expansion. I’ll be there next week for only the second time this season.

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^ On the park’s website, it mentions in the description of the coaster that “Lightning Rod is closed for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Hopefully it’s nothing major.

 

Anyways, I do wonder when Dollywood will start teasing next year’s expansion. I’ll be there next week for only the second time this season.

 

That coaster is actually straining my nerves........Hope they figure it out until mid August.....

Besides that, has anybody experience with contacting the parks guest services via email?

I emailed them 2 times in the last few months asking some questions regarding our upcoming trip and never got a response....

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Dollywood has horrible customer service via the Internet.. that includes Facebook, Twitter, their email and everything.. I have sent numerous emails and never heard back. You will need to give them a call, normally wait times aren't that bad.

 

I can't imagine the number of guests they lose or upset because they don't reply emails lol.

 

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