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p. 734 - Lightning Rod closed for remainder of 2020 season

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I’m going to be visiting Dollywood next week on Wednesday. How busy does the park typically get this time of year on weekdays?

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There was a time in my life when I would have cared what Lightning Rod was made of.  So refreshing to give precisely zero effs. I just want to go to Dollywood and not worry about it being open! 

Yeah, the difference to the rider between I-Box track and the current track is really minimal. The only major difference would be that the ride would actually be open when you wanted to ride it and wh

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Wildwood Grove looks so awesome! I've seen some videos of it on YouTube. I'm looking forward to some trip reports posted here!

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I went to check out the new section today. Things looked nice over there. Dragonflier is so quiet. Hard to hear it even standing in the queue. Nice little family coaster with nice, comfy seats.

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I was curious if Mountain Slidewinder is already torn out or if they will do that over the season or off season? A park's work is never done is it lol
Pete said it was just going to sit this season.
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Will the park be slammed?

 

Yes.

 

Guess I'll be getting some skip the line passes. lol.

That's a good idea. We went Memorial Day weekend in 2017 and got the TimeSaver and had a great time. Yu basically get right on every ride, I don't think we waited more than 5 minutes for anything. Have fun!

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Thunderhead currently closed. I can hear drills and hammering. Never saw the work being done. Surely it's not down all day today

...it's going to be packed.

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^ Hit all the main coasters, they are each great in their own right. Obviously Grist Mill as well for the cinnamon bread, I think it's a bit overrated but even then I still loved it to death. Other rides to hit are Daredevil Falls and Drop Line (there are probably a couple others I'm forgetting). Best restaurants to eat at are Miss Lillian's Chicken House in Craftsmen's Valley and the Backstage Restaurant in Showstreet.

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I think he was asking about places to see in the vicinity of Dollywood rather than in the park itself.

 

Pigeon Forge is a tourist trap, so there are all the usual "weird museum" type places. There are a couple of mountain coasters along route 321. There's also The Island, which is a newer retail district with a ropes course and a Ferris Wheel. Down in Gatlinburg is another mountain coaster, more weird museums, and a Ripley's Aquarium, which is apparently actually really good.

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Hey y'all 2 quick questions please:

 

Any clue what the crowds might be like tomorrow (5/24) from open until 2 pm or so? Thinking of driving up to checkout Wildwood Grove.

 

Also, I tried to call and wasn't able to connect with anybody who knows but can I buy a single day admission and convert it to a season pass at guest services before we leave?

 

Thanks so much!

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Holiday weekend Friday likely very crowded as people like to take extra days off (make it a 4 day weekend) and kids usually out of school.

 

Yes, you can upgrade ticket to season pass any day. There are bo days that it's not an option.

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I would agree. I bet the park is very busy. If you're interested in riding a lot, the $50 TimeSaver Unlimited will still take care of you. And you can get reserved tickets to shows and skip those lines, too.

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I would agree. I bet the park is very busy. If you're interested in riding a lot, the $50 TimeSaver Unlimited will still take care of you. And you can get reserved tickets to shows and skip those lines, too.
Holiday weekend Friday likely very crowded as people like to take extra days off (make it a 4 day weekend) and kids usually out of school.

 

Yes, you can upgrade ticket to season pass any day. There are bo days that it's not an option.

 

Thank you both! Decided to hold off and head up at a later time.

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So next weekend will be my first time @ Dollywood. I hear that the park is nice but there are other must do places to visit. Anyone have some suggestions of places a first timer should not miss?

 

Hit Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg while you're in the area. There's some really unique gems (combination of genuinely cool and so-bad-its-good) attractions down the stretch... Goats on the Roof (fun) and Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride (amazingly terrible) are both worth a stop. Plus there are tons of quirky options for mini golf if that's your thing!

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