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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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The previous train design is better, but the new one keeps the spirit of it in a minimal way. Maybe it makes for better aerodynamics or some such thing.

 

I rode Lightning Rod twice in the dead of night November last year...I have to say that there was no perceptible 'pothole' during either ride...just my boyfriend's screams of terror during the first ride. He sat out for the second ride, proclaiming angrily 'THAT WAS TOO FAST.'

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I was there yesterday and today. I only got night rides on Lightning Rod today, but didn't notice the "pothole". Couldn't tell of any structural changes with the wood due to the dark. I did notice the sound effects worked during much more of the launch than before. Had 5 minute waits last couple hours park was open. Let's hope it stays running long term!

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Just incase anyone is curious, here’s a photo that has been circulating around on facebook showing the difference between the train fronts:
Bummer. No intake, no bumper. Tiny wheels, ...

 

Oh well it's running again. I'm supposed to be there next weekend (20th)

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Though the old style is more asthetically pleasing, it looks like the new style is less obstructing, giving you a better POV. Keep in mind too that the original design first lost its windshields, then headlights, tires etc. What was running prior to the closure in July the train was a shell of what it originally was.

 

Are the new trunks on the train now also?

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No trunks on the train and the new fronts are basically a painted flat shell. One funny thing I noticed, the ops and the TV before the ride are all still calling it The fastest wood coaster in the world! I guess maybe they can because Steel Vengeance doesn't use topper track?

Though the old style is more asthetically pleasing, it looks like the new style is less obstructing, giving you a better POV. Keep in mind too that the original design first lost its windshields, then headlights, tires etc. What was running prior to the closure in July the train was a shell of what it originally was.

 

Are the new trunks on the train now also?

 

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There use to be 2 bumps, or “potholes” going down the drop.

1 is direct center of the drop

2nd one was right before it goes under the ride’s “step up”

 

1st one is still there, but was never a big deal.

 

The 2nd one and the one that was violent AF is no longer an issue and there are cool looking braces on the outsides of the tracks in that spot

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...there are cool looking braces on the outsides of the tracks in that spot

Any chance someone could get an image of the changes to the drop (without breaking the park rules of course)? I'd be interested to see how significant the changes are.

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Lightning Rod opened with the park today. 1 train, but only running a max 10 minutes wait. Everything feels about the same speed and comfort wise. The launch does feel just a little less intense, but it ends the same with a wicked amount of steam left at the end. I also noticed the oil pan in the station was no longer there. Maybe they took off the self Oiler when adding the smaller front. Also the big news at the park are the Pumpkin Spice Dots!

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The wait is crazy!

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Huge News

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It was closed all day yesterday to and tested last night but no water dummies.

Other news. Mystery Mine closed today. Testing tonight with water dummies. Probably change wheels out due to the colder weather.

 

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Hopefully those are better than the apple Sunday! Last year the apple Sunday was amazing! They used real Carmel but this year they just use ice cream liquid Carmel. The real carmel apple carmel was much much better last season.. I looked forward to the apple Sunday the most during my trip lol!!!

 

As for the oiler, someone mentioned they were moved to the back of the train earlier this season. There is something on the back that looks like an oiler. Not sure though

Lightning Rod opened with the park today. 1 train, but only running a max 10 minutes wait. Everything feels about the same speed and comfort wise. The launch does feel just a little less intense, but it ends the same with a wicked amount of steam left at the end. I also noticed the oil pan in the station was no longer there. Maybe they took off the self Oiler when adding the smaller front. Also the big news at the park are the Pumpkin Spice Dots!

 

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Mystery Mine is back up and running. Lightning Rod seems to be doing great as well! Only 15 minutes of down time since it opened back up and that was for a protein spill.

 

I remember while boarding during testing, a guy got off and puked in the garbage can at the top of the steps right in front of where all the techs from RMC, Irvine Ondrey, and DW all standing there watching him. After he was done they all looked at each other gave a look that said, "Mission Accomplished!' It was hilarious to watch.

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Heading to Dollywood for Christmas this year!

 

Any can't miss things in Pigeon Forge? We are spending 2 days at the park and 3 nights at Dreammore. The park is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so looking for things to do on the 24th.

 

Thanks!

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There are a ton of mountain coasters nearby. My favorite two are the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster and the one at Goats on the Roof. They're open in December, but I'm unsure if they close near Christmas.

 

I love Hillbilly Golf. Last year they did open in December on a Saturday, but their hours are irregular.

 

Downtown Gatlinburg is also nice to walk around and you have the Smoky Mountains too.

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So it sounds like Dollywoods new coaster is customized a little. The new video calls it the "largest and fastest in it's family of rides". I don't really like that marketing for it but hey, we at least know it's bigger than all like it!

 

But I guess technically it might not be faster than it's other clones if it's just the largest and fastest model! But hey with the art showing two trains that means it's probably larger than others

 

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Just got back from the park. If you can get down and ride LR since it’s re opened. It absolutely hauled today from start to finish and the launch packs a punch. I did get some air at the top as well. The pot hole was gone, and the quad down’s ejector is even more intense if that’s even possible.

I'm just hoping against hope that it manages to hold out until early December. The family and I are going to be taking off a week and are heading back down that way for an early Xmas vacation. Fingers crossed!

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Just incase anyone is curious, here’s a photo that has been circulating around on facebook showing the difference between the train fronts:

 

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Ewwww, nooo!!!

 

Like yes, I'm glad it's back up and workingish... But the new front of the trains looks like a massive downgrade.

 

Not that it will affect the ride at all... but still.

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