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p. 751 - Lightning Rod expected to reopen with the park!

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Did I call this or what? Anyway, I did better side-by-side comparison for you.

Luckily any day now Lightning Rod is probably due to launch a wheel into a mountain or spontaneously combust or something so we can stop talking about covid...

^Lets be real...if you really wanna follow those guidelines you wouldn’t even be going to amusement parks. 

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If I was betting I would say no way Dollywood opens until April 6 minimum or maybe later. I am hoping they can beat the May 9 opening date of the dinner shows as you can keep more social distance out in an open theme park. We shall see. What a mess this stupid virus is!

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Dollywood will remain closed until at least May.

UPDATE: March 23, 2020

 

Based on daily changes in the status of the coronavirus pandemic and guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control we are delaying the opening of Dollywood and suspending the operations Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa as of March 24. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins remains open at this time.

 

“The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented, and based on the ever-changing developments, we are constantly re-evaluating our options and hoping to open in May,” Craig Ross, Dollywood President said.

 

Ross continued, “We are looking daily at all of our options to present an exciting and entertaining 2020 season that is a great experience for our guests, but our first priority is the safety of our hosts and guests. .”

 

Dollywood will continue to watch the conditions within our region, consult with our medical experts and follow CDC guidelines to determine the re-opening date for the parks and resort. We will continue to communicate any additional changes as they occur.

 

For guests with resort reservations or tickets for this period of temporary closure, please contact 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for rescheduling information.

https://www.dollywood.com/Plan-Your-Visit/Coronavirus-Update

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May (or thereabouts), appears to be The Chosen Time Period,

parks all over the world, are considering re-opening in. An observation.

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I wonder if Trump wanting to get the country opened back up will speed up the decision? Either way, they missed their busy part of Spring already by missing out on Spring Break. The area is still slammed with folks right now with nothing to do. Hotels here at doing fine right now!

 

I just hope these closures won't cause more serious economic issues in the area. I know my employer is bleeding over 2 million every two weeks just on payroll and we don't have any income right now. Right now my employer is paying everyone but I know they won't be able to do it much longer

 

Regal Cinemas, who's HQ is also here, has already furloughed most of their employees. I'm not sure they will even bounce back from this, that business was already going downhill

 

A lot of the businesses in the area of Dollywood were already hurt by the Cade's Cove closure this winter so this isn't going to help

 

BTW, I'm not into politics and I'm not for or against our president, but I can see this issue causing a lot more than health concerns in our area and around the world.

 

 

 

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I just hope these closures won't cause more serious economic issues in the area.

 

I can see this issue causing a lot more than health concerns in our area and around the world.

 

I think the "cure" is going to prove worse than the disease.

 

I'm seeing zipline places announcing closure now. I've never seen groups larger than a dozen zipping, seems very low risk. Also don't see many old people there.

 

Yesterday was my cutoff the cancel/move my cabin reservation. Now I'm worried the national park is going to close if the trails before I get there Sat. They already closed the campgrounds and bathrooms.

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Me and a group of friends were supposed to go tonight so one could surprise his gf with a proposal but we knew this kind of thing was going to happen so everyone ended up cancelling.

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^ Oh, that's sad. Has he already proposed, now that the trip is cancelled? Maybe you could all conference phone (?) and figure out something else to do? Sorry, but it's just sad when these are the important things that get interrupted and/or cancelled, by this.... medical problem.

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Why would they do that when it's plenty of them right outside the gate?
If they did it right and it was included with admission it'd be fine.

 

The zip-line was OK but not worth the added fee vs outside options at similar cost.

 

But a good one included, or really great one for added fee would be nice.

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^ Oh, that's sad. Has he already proposed, now that the trip is cancelled? Maybe you could all conference phone (?) and figure out something else to do? Sorry, but it's just sad when these are the important things that get interrupted and/or cancelled, by this.... medical problem.

 

since our group of friends were looking forward to a weekend getaway, I kinda borrowed his idea and am planning on proposing to mine at the top of the Space Needle at 6pm in June. She thinks that it's just going to be a me and her weekend, I'm hoping everything will be ok by then.

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