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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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So I finally got to ride Lightning Rod. First, I ALMOST didn't make as I struggled with the seatbelt. Held up the train and all but it finally clicked. RMC sure did humble my A$$ so off to the gym I go . . .

 

Congrats on you deciding to get in shape. I think that you won't regret it and will be a lot happier with how you feel afterwards. My main piece of advice is to remember that losing fat is about 80% what you eat, and only about 20% hard work at the gym. Hard work at the gym is necessary, but you really won't see any results until you clean up your diet. Just my two cents. Happy to see that you get on LR.

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Has there been any new clues for the passholder preview date for Wildwood Grove? I saw the latest update on Screamscape and it looks like there is a way to go. I want to be there for the preview, but I need to give some notice to work

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Has there been any new clues for the passholder preview date for Wildwood Grove?

 

I'd expect it to be like any other year. The day before official opening.

 

If the plan is for WG to open with the park in March, pass holder day would be the Friday (Mar 15) before opening weekend (Mar 16).

 

But no official opening date for the area yet, so just speculation.

 

But that's the best bet for a pass holder exclusive. Any later date would mean controlling entry to the area separate from the main entry and that's less likely.

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I think it's unlikely they get something as wild as Lightning Rod. That's not to say Dollywood won't add a thrill ride; it's just Lightning Rod is more intense than all but a handful of coasters.

True, I was typing that in a hurry and didn’t step back and think. I myself would love to see them get another coaster close to, or at the level of thrill/intensity of LR. Next down from LR, I see Thunderhead as the next best in the park as far as “wild and untamed” goes. Wild Eagle is just...chill. Just some early morning thoughts haha

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^ From a guest perspective, I'm guessing Wild Eagle is considered the park's biggest thrill coaster after Lightning Rod because of its location on the hill and inversions. Since Herschend tends to buy rides in pairs, I'd love to see some sort of Mack coaster at Dollywood in the future.

 

But the thing I want most is a consistently operating Lightning Rod. That's better than adding a new B&M to me at least.

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Looks like Dollywood was slammed today. Local reports of them being out of parking? Can't confirm that or if they even opened splash parking up or not. They also extended hours today. One of the few times this year they have done that!

 

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Looks like Dollywood was slammed today. Local reports of them being out of parking? Can't confirm that or if they even opened splash parking up or not. They also extended hours today. One of the few times this year they have done that!

 

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I was at the park today and can confirm that it was slammed today. Cars were parked in the Splash Country lot, and it looked pretty full there when we left. I’ve never been on such a busy day before!

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Unless it's Halloween! Halloween on a weekday was the absolute PERFECT day for my first ever visit. We walked on to all the rides, and even got a couple re-rides, despite getting to the park two hours after opening. And we weren't rushed at all; we were able to walk through the entire park at a slow pace, and actually did the "circle" of the park... three times? The crowds got slightly larger in the evening, but it was mostly school-age kids and their parents there for the trick-or-treating.

 

I absolutely wanna go to Dollywood again on a weekday Halloween! It was so amazing!

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How abouts a 2021 visit to all parks involved? Dollywood and Silver Dollar City, actually

 

After our 2019 to Disney/Knott's visit, we are then set for 2022 in Disney Paris.

It's our 50th Anniversary Together!

 

But 2021 is still "open" for myself. And definitely interested in any of future TPR USA tours.

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I know we’ve discussed this before however after being at the park Sunday, not only has the slidewinder signage been removed at the rides entrance in Owens farm, the directional signage in craftsman’s valley that says “Owens farm barnstormer and Mountain Slidewinder up the hill.” The Mountain Slidewinder portion has been removed from that as well. So upon further digging and asking some employees they said slidewinder Is indeed done and that the slidewinder crew was informed that the 2018 season was indeed the last season for slidewinder. While it makes me sad due to it being a classic and one of the originals opening in 1987, and a fun ride and also one of the few rides on park that Dolly has actually ridden, I can also understand why it was canned. For starters it being non ADA friendly is a big thing plus I’m sure upkeep with the boat making etc is expensive.

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they said slidewinder Is indeed done and that the slidewinder crew was informed that the 2018 season was indeed the last season for slidewinder.

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For starters it being non ADA friendly is a big thing

 

Major suckage if true.

 

And the ADA being used as a weapon like that (or even being implied) makes me mad. No one gets to enjoy something if it can't be made compliant.

 

Let's just year down/destroy anything that requires 2 working arms and 2 working legs.

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