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

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You mean like this. . . (pssst, all wooden coasters run on steel rails, well, with the exception of the flying turns)   Also, who would have thought the first RMC coaster to get the RM

Their season pass renewal system is running on the same server as Lightning Rod. 

Shenanigans! Dollywood is a theme park. Do you realize how many people go to Dollywood for the shows? Or the Eagle habitat? Or the soot train? Or just to take it all in? Or the freaking cinnamon

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"Christmas at Dollywood" was... okay. I've never really been into the Hallmark Christmas movies, and it was just as sappy and predictable as all the rest. The best part of the movie, imho, was near the end when Dolly sat with Danica's character and gave her advice; I LOVED Dolly's reverse-sequins outfit.

 

Also, I was just... disappointed by the lack of park in the movie. Like, if you're gonna set a movie in a theme park with that park's name in the title.... don't just show us the front and one other location. I wanna SEE the rides and the eagle sanctuary and everything else. USE the location!!!

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OK has thunderhead got more rough because I rode front row on Saturday it was still good but really rough it just may be the front seat
I got 3 rides recently and I thought it was fantastic. This is an underrated coaster in my opinion. Yes it's a little rough but not really any more than most woodies. Just an out of control ride experience and super fun!
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^^^ ^ I rode Thunderhead with my son twice last weekend, and no... it's pretty damn rough and tough to enjoy. Very rattly, very shaky, very headache inducing. Not just my opinion, either. My kid wants nothing to do with the ride at all anymore. He was telling anyone who'd listen that he wants it to be torn down or RMCed.

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To echo that, I usually have a soft spot for Thunderhead. After the first drop and turnaround that were worked on, the ride becomes miserable. I would hope someone at Dollywood rode it this year and they take some action, because it is not in a good place right now.

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To echo that, I usually have a soft spot for Thunderhead. After the first drop and turnaround that were worked on, the ride becomes miserable. I would hope someone at Dollywood rode it this year and they take some action, because it is not in a good place right now.

 

Well they are already reworking it.

 

They said they couldn't do it all at once so maybe wait and see what they do next.

 

^^^ ^ I rode Thunderhead with my son twice last weekend, and no... it's pretty damn rough and tough to enjoy. Very rattly, very shaky, very headache inducing. Not just my opinion, either. My kid wants nothing to do with the ride at all anymore. He was telling anyone who'd listen that he wants it to be torn down or RMCed.

 

My daughter (and me) disagrees completely,

she loves it as is. Thanksgiving it was hauling too. Certainly felt faster than at Halloween (or any prior rides over the last 7 yrs).

 

I'd really hate to loose it and RMC would change the character at lot.

 

Maybe you should ride a few of the really rough woodies still, around. Thunderhead ain't one of them.

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My daughter (and me) disagrees completely,

she loves it as is. Thanksgiving it was hauling too. Certainly felt faster than at Halloween (or any prior rides over the last 7 yrs).

 

I'd really hate to loose it and RMC would change the character at lot.

 

Maybe you should ride a few of the really rough woodies still, around. Thunderhead ain't one of them.

 

I mean, the reason I am saying what I am saying is because I have been on it every year for the last four or so years and it is absolutely significantly worse this year than years past. I am a Thunderhead fanboy. My girlfriend has never been keen on it but she would never avoid it. We actively avoided it after our one obligatory ride.

 

Are there many, many rougher woodies out there? Absolutely. That's not really the point, though.

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I mean, the reason I am saying what I am saying is because I have been on it every year for the last four or so years and it is absolutely significantly worse this year than years past.

Same. I've ridden it every time I've been to Dollywood over the past three years and this last time was significantly the worst experience we've had on it. Previously the layout was more than enough to overlook the mild amount of rattling you'd get from a woodie with character like that, but this time, it was just shaky to the point of unenjoyability. I'm not saying I hope they RMC it -- that's my kid who's an unabashed RMC fanboy -- but I definitely think they need to work on it and maybe replace some wheels on the trains, because it felt like we were riding on octagons.

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^From what I remember visiting early in the season, the big turnaround after the first drop was all new wood, as were 2 or 3 of the low-ground turns. It ran extremely smoothly back in April.

 

I've never found this coaster to be rough or uncomfortable at all, only aggressive.

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I mean, the reason I am saying what I am saying is because I have been on it every year for the last four or so years and it is absolutely significantly worse this year than years past.

 

My comment to you earlier was wait and see how the planned rework goes. (Which you conveniently didn't quote)

 

They did a section the last off season and in the spring said they planned more this year. So instead if hoping someone was paying attention, as if they had no intention of continuing the work on it, wait and see what they had planned.

 

While it may be a bit rougher than 2-3 years ago, it's still fine in my book. I don't want every woodie to be smooth as steel. Even new they weren't back 50 years ago, and I want to keep that traditional feel.

 

I've also ridden several RMC reworks and they loose a lot of woodie character. Fun rides sure, but not really woodies any more.

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OK has thunderhead got more rough because I rode front row on Saturday it was still good but really rough it just may be the front seat

I thought it was fantastic and maybe a little retracting to make it a bit less rough and It may have also been a bit wamer than

the usual that day at dollywood during that time of the year and rmc thunderhead is stupid It was fine besides the roughness and I did get a lot of air time while my bar was a bit High but still locked It may have been me coming back into my seat

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I've never found this coaster to be rough or uncomfortable at all, only aggressive.
I think this is part of the reason people say this coaster is rough...it's because it's a really aggressive layout. That along with the fact that it is a wooden coaster and not a steel coaster. I know that's stating the obvious but aggressive and rough are two totally different things.
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Yes... Lightning Rod does indeed now have a single rider line. We noticed it at the last visit. Enter the que through the Timesaver line and the single rider line is down the center line on the second deck before the grouper. For anyone who hasnt been there lately they now group on the second deck below the platform.

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They group on the lower platform, but 2x its happened where no one actually goes to those lanes once they go up the steps and it totally defeats the purpose. I don’t understand this change. There no communication to the upper deck, so no one really knows what lane people are supposed to be in.

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I haven't been able to figure out their changes on the LR line. It was fine earlier this season. Now some poor grouper is trying to assign seats on the 2nd floor. Then they have to constantly run upstairs because most don't go to their assigned rows. So much time and energy wasted and looks like a pain the ass for the grouper to keep going up and down. And it doesn't seem to really solve anything.

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Mini Golf had a full lot lol and Jurassic Jungle Boat had 3 or 4 REAL cars. Then their two fake cars that never move

 

It's no biggie, we are locals and the entire area was swamped. One of the first times I've ever seen Dollywood turning people away though

 

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That is nuts. I thought they would be busy today, but that sounds crazy. So glad I decided to hit SFoG instead of Dollywood today. Had a great day down there today.

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