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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

Yeah, the difference to the rider between I-Box track and the current track is really minimal. The only major difference would be that the ride would actually be open when you wanted to ride it and wh

Shenanigans! Dollywood is a theme park. Do you realize how many people go to Dollywood for the shows? Or the Eagle habitat? Or the soot train? Or just to take it all in? Or the freaking cinnamon

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Is it a Orkanen clone? That ride looks like a great ride. A 453M family suspended coaster

I believe so. It looks like, in terms of rides, the land will have a 453m Vekoma Suspended Family coaster, a Larson Flying Skooter, and several Zamperla family / children's rides.

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^^ Usually we spend a bunch of time analyzing photos trying to determine what type of ride it may be, but Dollywood made it easy for us with that fact sheet. Looks like a nice collection of flats for the park plus a solid new family coaster.

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I think three things are what I can't wait to see:

1. The entrance via a hollow log.

2. The Wildwood Tree.

3. Dragonflier.

 

I am so happy to hear about them planting 400 trees and 1000 shrubs. It will spring to life before you know it. I knew I could trust Dollywood! I wonder how long it will be to connect it to the rest of the park with a second entrance. I don't like dead ends but I bet as they continue to expand it will work out. I was so thankful for Wilderness Pass! It is just part of growing I suppose.

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Question...

 

So they had a forest, but they wanted to put a theme park land there that looked like it was in a forest, so they clear-cut the entire forest and now they're spending a million dollars on 400 trees and a bunch of shrubs to make it look like a forest even though it already was a forest but they just spent a bunch of money getting rid of the forest so that they could put a forest there.

 

I'm not bashing them or complaining. I'm legitimately thrilled that they're going to have so many trees and clearly they did this for a reason or they wouldn't have done it but can someone enlighten me because I'm legitimately curious as to the potential benefits of doing it this way?

 

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As for the rides, this is EXACTLY what the park needs and I'm thrilled to see another Moose on the Loose style attraction. I'm just really confused by this tree thing.

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Very exciting expansion. This makes three roller coasters added since I last went in 2012, and the added flats are certainly a plus! I was hoping for another larger more modern flat but this looks fantastic. I can go to Barnstormer ( ) or Drop Line for my large adult flat fix.

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So they had a forest, but they wanted to put a theme park land there that looked like it was in a forest, so they clear-cut the entire forest and now they're spending a million dollars on 400 trees and a bunch of shrubs to make it look like a forest even though it already was a forest but they just spent a bunch of money getting rid of the forest so that they could put a forest there.

 

The original forest wasn't the issue. It was the steep slopes those original trees were on. ADA access and all that. Remember that DW is already getting sued constantly for people tripping over their own feet. Don't need to add anymore steep inclines/stairs to the mix. Plus, this gives them a lot more flexibility with future additions on this side of the park. It will be wooded again soon.

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Okay, that makes sense. All I've seen are aerial pictures so I don't know much about the terrain there once you get over the hill since it's not really discernible. Like I said, obviously they're doing this for a reason but you have to admit it seems like the strangest thing ever.

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I love the area!!! Plus the good thing about this is, it satisfies those that always say the kids need something to do with families. Well this is just that. There’s a family coaster for every one, with kid flats in the area. I’ll be focused on the family coaster of course and the theming. I love looking at theming and detail.

Another great thing I was thinking about is, now that they’re ticking off the “kid focused area” next year, 2020 could be the next big coaster? That’s exciting.

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A Vekoma suspended family coaster is a perfect addition to Dollywood. Considering they are a family-friendly amusement park, it will be perfect for the park. Now the park lineup will be diverse, promoting the park as one of the greatest family-friendly resort, while being the Tennessee capital of thrilling rides, and extreme coasters. I'm pretty sure Dragonflier will be one of the best family coaster in USA.

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Why are people still talking about the coaster when the park is getting the sheer unimaginable brilliance that is Bears on the Loose?

 

I know you think I'm joking but it's going to be the best ride in Wildwood Grove and possibly the world depending on if the bear talks and whether or not it has a super-deep Tennessee accent.

 

Edit: Oh no, what if the bear tries to teach you about Jesus? Let's be honest, it could happen.

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I'm not bashing them or complaining. I'm legitimately thrilled that they're going to have so many trees and clearly they did this for a reason or they wouldn't have done it but can someone enlighten me because... what?

To add to this discussion, they want to tell a story and / or create a certain atmosphere, right? Sometimes, getting to that level of immersion can't be accomplished with existing foliage and / or site conditions. Perhaps they want a to include certain number of tree species that aren't normally native to the area where the park is located. Or, perhaps, the construction that will happen in the area will leave such a huge impact on existing foliage / wildlife that the cheapest and most effective solution is to basically wipe the slate clean and replant.

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I wonder if there will be animation for Dragonflier? I think I have watched Orkanen POV's a hundred times lol. Looks like it is 56 seconds from the time you start moving until the time you stop. I just love the idea of zipping around the grove on a dragonfly.

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I have been watching as many reviews on YouTube as I can find lol. Is the bear ride actually considered a coaster? If so won’t that mean Dollywood’s coaster count will be up to 11? One video said the s&s steeplechase bear ride is a coaster so was curious what ya’ll experts said!

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