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p. 766 - HeartSong resort announced!

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I wouldn't hold my breath on that date.

 

It would be unusual to delay after all the stuff they sent out about the preview and open. Lots of people would have made plans by now.

 

I assume they had a plan to get there before they started announcing stuff.

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See I never got anything about the preview aside from my ticket haha

 

No dates or anything, but yeah, hopefully they have a plan and I know most of the landscaping will come in ready to go

 

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I saw something about it. It discussed a ticket that came with pass purchase and getting a wrist band with it.

 

I thought it was an email buy since I didn't renew early and wouldn't be able to go I may have deleted it.

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Yeah, that was the season pass deal they had and most of us have our tickets already for the preview but they say TBD for date and times

 

It's possible there was another special at some time that also included tickets but I got mine during the season pass special

 

If it opena on the 10th I'd say preview will be on the 9th

 

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Yeah, that was the season pass deal they had and most of us have our tickets already for the preview but they say TBD for date and times

 

But I saw something with the date and details, I think in March.

 

Pretty sure it was the WG list I signed up for back in August bot the normal passholders list or general DW list.

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I got a survey from Dollywood about new options for a dark ride and new festival ideas. It first had you rank between a traditional dark ride, a flying theater attraction, and a interactive walk through experience. It then had you go through about 5 themes for the traditional dark ride. Based on the themes this sounds like a Phase 2 attraction for Wildwood Grove. Themes ranged from bears, fireflies, counterfeit money maker, map maker, etc. They also had detail about a new Christmas show that was a orchestrated candlelit experience with the Nativity story, and a daily Summer parade (looked Wildwood Grove themed). I can upload screenshots I took if anyone is interested.

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Oh my god, this is AWESOME!!! I have been hoping for years to see HFEC get back into dark rides, and it looks like that is what they have their targets set on for DW (which means SDC will also get one afterwards!). I don't even care what option/vehicle gets picked, I just want something reliable, indoors, and immersive!

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They are probably planning for both. It's been mentioned several times that Dollywood will announce their next long term investment plan soon because their last 10 plan has finished early

 

I'd like to see both! A nice dark ride and a new coaster. A flying ride is already coming to town sometime soon (at the island I believe, or the new neighboring development) so not sure Dollywood would do that. It would be the same ride that is already announced for town so unless Dollywood just wants to compete, I would think they will do something different. I'm not a fan of walk through attractions as I feel they get old quickly

 

As for coaster, we all know a spinning coaster is probably on the list BUT I'd love to see a true hyper at Dollywood! I like out and back styles and feel it would for great in the mountains. And Dollywood does like that "wow" effect when you see their coasters so a tall hyper would fit in.

 

It could also be both in one ride! Indoor coaster/dark ride, this is an option on the coaster survey. But technically isn't that blazing fury and I guess you can kind of consider parts of Mystery Mine a dark ride? So I see their next one being tamer.. I'm for a shooting ride personally.

 

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A smoky mountain themed flying theater is such a no-brainer for them. Obviously we all want crazy coasters but their demographics (especially during certain times of year) can trend MUCH older and basically anyone can ride one of those and it gives them an E-ticket attraction that can run in all weather and temperatures. If they want they can even swap out the film down the line or run special seasonal films for the different festivals.

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I'd prefer a flying ride to the average shooting dark ride.

 

But a ride like Escape from Gringotts or Transformers: The Ride 3D would be great. Even better a robocoaster like HP Forbidden Journey.

 

How to theme to DW I don't know.

Flight through the Smokies is a no-brainer though.

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Yeah but ones already coming to the area but two is always nice! And it would be a nicr way to compete

 

Looks like I was wrong about the first one and it's a tour over America so tour of the Smokies would be good

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wbir.com/amp/article%3fsection=news&headline=new-flying-theater-ride-coming-to-the-island-in-pigeon-forge&contentId=51-8321a6ac-a6d9-49de-88e1-340b09c2f472

 

Edit: dang Tapatalk. If the link above doesn't work try

 

http://tinyurl.com/y3mflswo

 

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But a ride like Escape from Gringotts or Transformers: The Ride 3D would be great. Even better a robocoaster like HP Forbidden Journey.

 

... I mean yeah, sure. How about a Journey to the Center of the Earth clone with a full blown Mount Prometheus too?

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Looks like I was wrong about the first one and it's a tour over America so tour of the Smokies would be good

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wbir.com/amp/article%3fsection=news&headline=new-flying-theater-ride-coming-to-the-island-in-pigeon-forge&contentId=51-8321a6ac-a6d9-49de-88e1-340b09c2f472

 

Edit: dang Tapatalk. If the link above doesn't work try

It's not TT, it's Google AMPed crap.

 

The actual link to WBIR works fine

https://www.wbir.com/article/news/new-flying-theater-ride-coming-to-the-island-in-pigeon-forge/51-8321a6ac-a6d9-49de-88e1-340b09c2f472

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Didn't Dollywood used to have a motion simulator ride where you flew through the Smokies?
I don't recall one. There was the 4D Imagination Cinema that's now Dreamsong Theater (Dreamland Drive-In, My People)
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Didn't Dollywood used to have a motion simulator ride where you flew through the Smokies?
I don't recall one. There was the 4D Imagination Cinema that's now Dreamsong Theater (Dreamland Drive-In, My People)
I believe that's what he was referring to. The second film in the 4D cinema was based on a flying contraption but wasn't a flying simulator like the survey has. It honestly didn't do well at Dollywood but a more advanced true flying sim might do better

 

The flying sim in the survey is like flight of passage in Avatar at Disney or Soarin at Disney and I'm sure there are others at other parks but those are two of the most popular

 

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Didn't Dollywood used to have a motion simulator ride where you flew through the Smokies?

They did. I think it was her cousin Cleatus and you would board seats like the minions ride at universal.

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I dunno. I don’t see a flight simulator as a “huge/major” addition. Something for 2020? Yes that could work. Kind of like one of the yearly additions. They seem to already be getting the ground ready just past Wildwood Grove, as there’s gravel spread out in a long patch. Like construction will start up there later this year.

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