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Good attendance on this Black Friday. Park had to open up the splash country lot and park guests at splash country.

 

Was Lightning Rod running?

 

I was not at the park on Friday, but I was there Saturday and Sunday and Lightning Rod was open both days. By the time I got to it Saturday evening, it was only running one train, but the posted wait time was only 20 minutes. Sunday was excellent (crowd wise). Most everything was a walk on and I only waited maybe two or three trains mid-day for a ride on Lightning Rod (still one train op on Sunday).

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Did I call this or what? Anyway, I did better side-by-side comparison for you.

Luckily any day now Lightning Rod is probably due to launch a wheel into a mountain or spontaneously combust or something so we can stop talking about covid...

^Lets be real...if you really wanna follow those guidelines you wouldn’t even be going to amusement parks. 

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I've got some time off in December and was thinking about going to Dollywood for the first time. I'm only interested in riding the coasters and some flats. I would drive from Chicago so this trip would depend on the weather. Is it worth it to go for one day or should I hold off until next season?

 

Dollywood's shows are phenomenal, especially at Christmas. The lights and decorations are top quality as well. I wouldn't base a rides only trip in winter though, as the park is open, cold temperatures can close rides.

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There is a Dollywood documentary of sorts streaming on Amazon if you are a Prime member:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Dollywood-Bust-Phil-Grabsky/dp/B07BRYL2T8

 

 

The focus is on everything except rides. It's listed as 1999 so it pre-dates Tennessee Tornado. There is a brief on-ride clip from a log flume. It's not great, IMO, but you do get a glimpse of Dollywood 20 years ago.

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So update. My friend was at the park today. Dragonflier is complete track wise. Station work and those things are obviously needing to be done. Mad Mockingbird is up and in place. Rock placement has started on the waterfall coming down the hill around blackbear trail, which will turn into a creek and maneuver through out the grove. Foundation has started for the tree. Everything is picking up pace fast. Besides getting the other flats installed it’s mostly foliage work/theming needing done.

LR update as well. The hoods have been completely removed as of today. So yes, you get an open front ride like Outlaw Run.

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Hey as long as it's running, whatever [emoji38]

 

True! I haven't heard of it going down since the extended downtime all summer.

Yeah same here. No idea why they took the front off unless they saw it was about to cause issues or something haha. I've been to the park a lot and it's ran pretty much everyday, after the extended downtime, with the front until now

 

But hey! It's still running and that's the good news!

 

 

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Here’s what LR’s trains now look like. He said front row now seems more intense where you get that open view of everything

 

Or just ride it at night. It's like being in a wicked outer space battle with a heroin addict at the wheel. You can't see ANYTHING after the launch.

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Making my third Christmas visit to Dollywood the week of the 17th and wondering how crowds will be midweek. The two Christmas visits I've made previously were pretty dead, but they were much earlier on in the holiday season.

 

I expect the shows will be busier than the rides, but any other advice would be appreciated.

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I was there mid-week last week and the park was very dead. B lot, which is very small was full and c lot was only 5 - 10% full. It did pick up a little before dark and around dark, mostly locals looking at the lights.

 

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Dolly's brother Floyd Parton has died.

 

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/12/10/dolly-parton-brother-floyd-dead-obituary/2273088002/

 

Floyd Estel Parton, 61, of Sevierville, died Dec. 6, his family reported.

 

"Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness," the family said in a statement Tuesday. "Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest. We all sang his lovely song, 'Rocking Years,' together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs. Friends, fans and family may make a donation in his honor to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee."

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Tennessee had some earthquakes last night. It didn't seem like anything major (apart from people's photos being rattled off of their desks and nightstands), but Dollywood was in the affected zone. According to the USGS, Pigeon Forge felt the equivalent of a magnitude 2.5 (out of 10).

 

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60247871/executive

 

https://apnews.com/7d15bfe851284a90a80cc0699f359745

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magnitude 2.5 (out of 10).

 

Richter (ML) isn't used anymore (though media mislabels the strength in reports) and the moment magnitude (Mm) scale has no upper bound.

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