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

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Just saw where Hallmark channel will start filming “Christmas at Dollywood” next month. That explains why the lights are already starting to go up when I was there last week. Thought it was WAY too early this year.

 

That’s very interesting! I’ll have to remember to keep an eye out for the special to air or hopefully someone here will post. How did you find out they’re going to be filming that? I didn’t see any Xmas lights going up when I was there 2 weeks ago so it must have just started!

A lot of the buildings in craftsman area are outlined already. They’re probably using that area a lot since it’s the most “Smokey mountains Dollywood” in the park. Interesting they are switching to LED ( that area still used all incandescent probably for the warm look) wonder if they need the brightness of LED to read better on camera?
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I've rode many Disk 'O rides before...They're pretty fun so I make it a point to ride one at every park I go to. And the only one I've ever been told to put my hands down and hold the handle bars is at Dollywood. Of course, I obeyed and did as the park requested, because always follow park rules. But I was just wondering if anyone has ever been told that at another park on a Disk 'O before or is it just a Dollywood thing? I've just never heard it before and the ride operator there at Dollywood was kind of passionate about it too...Constantly screaming at everyone while the ride is in motion, "Put your hands down!" And even after the ride, the line operator would scold little kids and grown ups for their constant raising of the hands. It was just weird to see. Now, Dollywood has the right to do whatever, it's their park and their rules. I just felt that there was no joy in the operator's tone. I also kind of got that vibe at other rides too. Ride operators over microphones saying park rules over and over again...With no sense of joy in their job. There was no, "How did you enjoy your ride" or "Who's ready to ride" or any kind of message with great joy for them or the guests. I understand that parks have to put up with all kind of bad behavior from guests and I'm sure Dollywood has had to deal with a lot of it also with the amount of guests they entertain on a daily basis...But I'm kind of worried that Dollywood is getting a little beat down by it and letting it show. I was at Silver Dollar City the month before, who is operated by the same company, and the ride operators there were joyous and happy and interactive in way that made you feel welcome. While at Dollywood, it felt like they were kind of unhappy and beat down, no joy whatsoever. Not going to say it was that way for every ride, but the majority of them felt that way. And I hate to say this about Dollywood, because I love the place! It's a park I go to every year and will continue to go there...But I am a little worried about them though.

 

 

I asked an employee about the hands rule on the Disk 'O, and they said it was due to how the restraints operate on this particular (older) model. Once restraints are "locked" they will no longer open, but they can continue to ratchet forward while the ride is in motion. The hands-down rule is to help guests brace themselves against the back to prevent any unnecessary tightening of the restraint during the ride cycle. I highly doubt it would cause any injury, but I'm sure it could easily frighten a small child (or an adult ).

 

Also, the operator I talked to was very happy and kind, so hopefully your experience was just a fluke!

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Shooting a Christmas movie in August is going to be miserably hot. Can't imagine wearing sweaters in mittens in that heat. Also won't the foliage make it obvious that it is summer? I guess it's Hallmark so the details aren't that important.

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We took a tour of Thunderhead's lift hill Saturday during Thrills in the Hills. They shared a lot of great info about Thunderhead!!! Pete Owens was at the top waiting on us and shared even more info. PLUS you can get a great view of "phase 2"

 

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Shooting a Christmas movie in August is going to be miserably hot. Can't imagine wearing sweaters in mittens in that heat. Also won't the foliage make it obvious that it is summer? I guess it's Hallmark so the details aren't that important.

 

 

I was thinking the same thing lol! I guess they will edit out the leaves in post production....

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Shooting a Christmas movie in August is going to be miserably hot. Can't imagine wearing sweaters in mittens in that heat. Also won't the foliage make it obvious that it is summer? I guess it's Hallmark so the details aren't that important.

Yeah, shooting in August for a December release doesn’t sound like we’re talking Oscar contender.

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Yeah, shooting in August for a December release doesn’t sound like we’re talking Oscar contender.

 

Guess you haven't seen the two NBC movies, Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors, or A Smoky Mountain Christmas from '86.

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Yeah, shooting in August for a December release doesn’t sound like we’re talking Oscar contender.

 

Guess you haven't seen the two NBC movies, Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors, or A Smoky Mountain Christmas from '86.

 

 

I HAVE seen those - The two on NBC were totally different in that they weren't shot in the park 4 months before they aired. Im not saying it will be bad, but I'm not expecting something EPIC with a 4 month turn around time from principle photography to airing. And best I recall, none of those were "Oscar worthy" not bad, just were what they were.

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And best I recall, none of those were "Oscar worthy" not bad, just were what they were.

 

That was my point (sarcastically). None of the holiday stuff Dolly has done is Oscar worthy. So I never would expect such from the current one. Add in the Hallmark name and there was never a question.

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Shooting a Christmas movie in August is going to be miserably hot. Can't imagine wearing sweaters in mittens in that heat. Also won't the foliage make it obvious that it is summer? I guess it's Hallmark so the details aren't that important.

Yeah, shooting in August for a December release doesn’t sound like we’re talking Oscar contender.

Haha, I mean... it is a Hallmark movie so they probably don't care about any of that.

That said my wife always likes watching Hallmark Christmas movies so at least this one will have Dollywood in it

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At least it is a cute disposable Hallmark movie and not a OMG He done her wrong I'll get revenge Lifetime movie, or something like that.

 

↑ this.

 

LOL

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Wonder how much they will decorate the park
They actually have lights up already in parts of the park that have been up a month or so now. Not everywhere but mainly in Craftsman's Valley

 

Edit; someone already mentioned this above your post, sorry, I hadn't read them all yet. But like that post said, I'd imagine most of the movie will be shot in that area.

 

I'll probably be headed to the park today and we have a meeting at the park for work in a week or so so I'll keep an eye on lights!

 

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Filming is this month. Interesting note. The waterfall and mill run through all of craftsman valley has been off most of the season. I noticed they were adding some spotlights to the base of the millrace supports near the mini waterwheel that used to turn the barnstormer sign propeller. Some of the support woods looks new as well. Anyone know if this is just general refurb with a little extra thrown in, or something bigger?

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Filming is this month. Interesting note. The waterfall and mill run through all of craftsman valley has been off most of the season. I noticed they were adding some spotlights to the base of the millrace supports near the mini waterwheel that used to turn the barnstormer sign propeller. Some of the support woods looks new as well. Anyone know if this is just general refurb with a little extra thrown in, or something bigger?
If I had to guess it's just general refurb, especially if the movie is being shot in this area. Spotlights are to help with lighting during the filming. Some of the area looked kind of rough and a movie like this is essentially a commercial. I wouldn't be surprised if Dollywood has invested some in the movie.. Again, this is all just general observation due to the lights being put up so early in this area. Like the original poster of the lights in this area, my wife and I also thought it was very early but didn't think much into it. We just assumed, with Wildwood Grove, they just expect it to take longer to put lights up so they are getting an early start.

 

On a side note, I haven't noticed any work being done on the millrun but I haven't paid much attention to it.

 

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Filming is this month. Interesting note. The waterfall and mill run through all of craftsman valley has been off most of the season. I noticed they were adding some spotlights to the base of the millrace supports near the mini waterwheel that used to turn the barnstormer sign propeller. Some of the support woods looks new as well. Anyone know if this is just general refurb with a little extra thrown in, or something bigger?
So just got back from Dollywood, not really any new wood on the water run but parts have been pressure washed and cleaned. There were a few new fence pieces here and there and possibly a new board here and there on the run that had to be replaced. To me, it looks more like sprucing up that area vs anything bigger. Probably for the movie or just general maintenance.

 

And those tiny spotlights have actually been used there before and around the park. I thought you meant bigger spotlights

 

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I'll probably call the park tomorrow but maybe someone knows...

 

If I bring a friend next weekend and use the coupon for passholders, can we enter at 9:00? Good enough if I have a pass? Can't imagine they are that tight about it.

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I assume you mean the opening an hour early on Saturday? Yeah your friend should be able to get in but no guarantee they will let them on the select ride that's opened early. The park usually opens the gates early in general and let guest into the front Midway of the park (they have ropes blocking off the rest of the park) so your friend should be able to get in. How early they open the front gates varies. I've seen it an hour early and sometimes only 15 - 30 mins

 

I've personally never been for the select early opened ride so not sure how they manage that and who rides.

 

 

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Lightning Rod has been struggling the last few days. Unusual this year. It was down most of today. Same for the last couple days. I ended up at the park for the last 2 hours and it was listed as closed for the day.

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So I'm caving and booking my trip now.

I recall people saying during an October weekday the park should be dead, so that is my aim. I'm thinking earlier to miss whatever Halloween stuff they may do. I love the park has full operating hours, on weekdays, in October

Was tempted to ask how has LR been running in general and is it usually up/good in Oct? But I realize it's a literal crap shoot it seems, much like the early days of TTD (well ok still ) and I gotta just go and hope.

 

Im gunna make a long weekend of it, and do Gatlingburg/the Great Smoky Mnts and Knoxville. In theory I can switch days around if LR is down or hell even go twice if I like the park enough. I've never heard anything negative from anyone so yeah I'm stoked

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Be careful. When they start lighting the pumpkins and starting that whole festival, it can become really crowded. Saturdays are pretty much the only busy days right now. Area schools are slowly starting back.

 

If you're going solo, drop me a line. Might be able to meet up for a bit if you want some company.

 

LR down all day today. Strange.

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Yes, but if I recall correctly, quite a few here said they dont expect early Oct (Im talking first week) to be an issue, esp for a weekday. Yeah I'll be going solo. Once its set in stone I'll gladly drop a line. I don't mind going solo but ofc more the merrier.

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