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I went to buy season passes and the site says they are not for sale. Does anyone know when they will be back?

 

I don't recall that ever happening.

They just rolled over to next year without a break.

 

And I thought '19 passes were already being offered. (Back in August there was a presale mentioned in an email)

 

I've bought in Oct many times.

 

Just guessing, but i'd expect them to be back up before the 10th when park reopens for Christmas.

(maybe a glitch with the new site updates)

 

But I'd recommend you call and ask.

Explain you're planning a trip and wanted to buy a pass for it.

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I know this has been discussed earlier in the thread and the rumor was even put to rest when someone emailed the park concerning it, however, I am still hearing rumblings that mountain slidewinder is indeed done and being removed. Any thoughts? Or has anyone heard any additional rumors or speculations about it?

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So, I had my first ever trip to Dollywood on Halloween, and it was PERFECT. The weather was amazing, crowds were non-existent, and I just couldn't have asked for a better day for a first impression of the park!

 

We basically walked on to all the rides; we did every coaster except Thunderhead and Blazing Fury. We ate a late lunch at Aunt Granny's, and omg, it was amazing. LumiNights was spectacular, and Wild Eagle and Firechaser Express at night are wonderful! Lightning Rod was our first ride of the day, and OMG, WOW. MINDBLOWING.

 

The Smoky Mountains are so beautiful, and Pigeon Forge looked like it had a lot of great stuff to do (we did an hour or so at The Christmas Place and I loved it!). We didn't even get to drive through Gatlinburg, so I can only imagine how much more there is to do there as well.

 

I want to take a two week trip back to that area. I've absolutely fallen in love!

 

EDIT: Oh, and the artist/calligrapher Victoria Rose at the Christmas Cottage was one of the nicest people I have ever met. My friends and I had a long conversation with her about various art things, and the experience left me with a lasting feeling of awesomeness.

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I know this has been discussed earlier in the thread and the rumor was even put to rest when someone emailed the park concerning it, however, I am still hearing rumblings that mountain slidewinder is indeed done and being removed. Any thoughts? Or has anyone heard any additional rumors or speculations about it?

 

I think the concern started from the fact that Dollywood removed Mountainside Slidewinder from their website around Labor Day when it was closed for the season due to weather. I just checked the website and they've removed Daredevil Falls and Smoky Mountain River Rampage as well. I guarantee you they aren't removing all three of their water rides at once, so they probably just took them off the website since there's no chance of them opening at Smoky Mountain Christmas.

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I know this has been discussed earlier in the thread and the rumor was even put to rest when someone emailed the park concerning it, however, I am still hearing rumblings that mountain slidewinder is indeed done and being removed. Any thoughts? Or has anyone heard any additional rumors or speculations about it?

 

I think the concern started from the fact that Dollywood removed Mountainside Slidewinder from their website around Labor Day when it was closed for the season due to weather. I just checked the website and they've removed Daredevil Falls and Smoky Mountain River Rampage as well. I guarantee you they aren't removing all three of their water rides at once, so they probably just took them off the website since there's no chance of them opening at Smoky Mountain Christmas.

 

I wasn’t sure, because the rumblings I heard were coming from ride operators in the park. Plus the last couple seasons they’ve only ran the ride from late May to Labor Day which is what silver dollar city did before waterworks was removed. On another note though, the park posted on Facebook that Dolly will be at the park this weekend to kickoff Smoky Mountain Christmas.

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The only thing that would worry me is the fact Silver Dollar City removed a very similar attraction. From a weather standpoint, it's not a shock it'd only run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That's what a lot of parks do with their water rides.

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Another valid reasoning to removing Mountain Slidewinder is the fact that it is not ADA friendly.

All other rides at Dollywood are ADA friendly.

 

I have a feeling that Barnstormer's days are numbered as well due to low ridership.

 

If you look at where Mountain Slidewinder is located and they removed this ride, this frees up a lot of real estate.

Maybe they could keep Barnstormer and the popularity of this ride can change with a new ride in that location.

 

I have a feeling this area will be addressed after phase 2 of Wildwood Grove.

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Maybe they could keep Barnstormer and the popularity of this ride can change with a new ride in that location.

Yeah, I'm not sure Barnstormer's relative lack of popularity is the ride's fault - Owens Farm and that pathway near it are kind of tucked away.

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Another valid reasoning to removing Mountain Slidewinder is the fact that it is not ADA friendly.

 

I'd hope not. Would really suck to loose a ride due to ADA. But it wouldn't be the 1st time ADA has made things worse.

 

The goal was to increase access for some not remove access for all.

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Along with the oddity of pulling passes off the site last week, they are back with a big jump up on the Gold pass.

 

DW Regular $104.00 -> $114

Super Regular $154.00 -> $164

Super Gold $214.00 -> $239

 

$10 more for the regular passes is OK, but $25 increase for gold?

Gold pass is now $75 more than regular pass. For 2016 the gold pass was only $40 more (and Super Gold was only $175, a $64 increase in 3 years).

 

I'm really going to have to reconsider passes now.

Some changes and the low sale price ($56, I wouldn't pay $200 for them) lead to me getting Six Flags passes.

While I much prefer DW the prices are just getting rough.

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Even with the discounts factored in, it would take you three or four visits at the least to get your money's worth out of the gold pass as opposed to purchasing the "regular" season pass and paying for parking. Not very attractive in my opinion, unless you can go to Dollywood on a whim.

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As far as the Mountain Slidewinder is concerned, didn't Pete confirm that it is indeed not going away and removal of the signage is just something they routinely do? I have been to the park many times recently and the only thing missing from the ride is the signage. Everything else is still intact. Maybe they took it down for a refurb. The ride is quite popular with the locals and the coaster community alike. I don't feel like the park would remove it without announcing its closure first.

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I was at the park yesterday, while riding wild eagle I did get a whole 2.5 second look at slidewinder and the slides were still there. The rumbling of the ride being removed came from ride operators and they were as recent as the beginning of Great Pumpkin Luminights. I guess we will see. Dolly did a Facebook LIVE Q&A this morning and she said they did plan on building more resorts in the coming years maybe with a different theme than DreamMore.

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I tried to take a peek at slidewinder today, but couldn’t see any activity. I did get a few pics of the news coaster from the train this afternoon.

 

Rode Lighting Rod 4 times and it seemed to be running consistent 2 trains all weekend.

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