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

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On 1/10/2021 at 8:38 AM, coasterbill said:

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been to a park all year where people follow the distancing markers unless there are people there actively enforcing it (at which point people are trained by the end of the day and just do it on their own).

While I’m not giving the rural Tennessee crowd a pass on that, I also don’t think they’re any worse than most other places. Six Flags Great Adventure is in a market that got hit the hardest by covid (in terms of deaths since it happened early-on) and it’s a free-for-all. American Dream... same thing. SeaWorld, Knoebels, Dorney, Hershey... all atrocious.

The only (major) parks I’ve been to this year where people stand on those lines are Kings Island, Carowinds and Cedar Point where they had people walking through the queues constantly instructing people (though the parks are terribly run aside from that) plus Disney and Universal.

People insist on having no personal space. Why? Who knows?

Agreed, Cedar Fair had the best practices out of every park. Sea World San Antonio was pretty good, but it was also extremely dead. Cedar Point in particular was extremely annoying on their policies, to the point that a lot just didn't make sense, but they kept the park extremely well distanced and safe even though it was packed. Kings Island was very good, but not as strict as Cedar Point.

The worst park I would say was Silver Dollar City honestly, after you got through the screening process, rules weren't consistent and people crammed into lines while they overly distanced ride vehicles. This was very early on in their operations, but I'd imagine it's very similar to Dollywood in terms of clientele and everyone found every reason to not wear a mask. So I'd expect Dollywood to have a very similar experience.

Sea World and Busch parks were okay from my experience. Smaller Florida parks such as Fun Spot had zero mask or social distancing enforcement. I asked an employee about it and they weren't thrilled either, but they said they pretty much gave up trying to enforce it. It was the only park I saw employees not wearing masks as well.

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

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

You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

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On 1/15/2021 at 12:42 AM, TEDodd said:

It's going here, but I'm not sure what building that is. Maybe other readers know what it used to be.

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It's going here, but I'm not sure what building that is. Maybe other readers know what it used to be.


I saw the pic. My question was where is that.

Someone suggested the old wagon shop (short time pottery shop)

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7 hours ago, TEDodd said:


 

 


I say the pic. My question was where is that.

Someone suggested the old wagon shop (short time pottery shop)

 

I looked back at some old pictures, and yes, that is the old wagon/pottery shop.

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Some staff at Dollywood has said they are replacing approximately 2/3's of the Topper Track with I-Box Track. They said depending on the weather, the repairs may or may not be completed on time for opening day.  I'm sure they will have to do some testing on it too, before it opens to the public again. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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5 hours ago, u4icmusic said:

I was messaging back and forth with the lead ride operator for Lightning Rod. He said they are replacing approximately 2/3's of the Topper Track with I-Box Track. He said depending on the weather, the repairs may or may not be completed on time for opening day. He is still working even though the park is closed until March. I'll check back with him in another month or so for a status update. I'm sure they will have to do some testing on it too, before it opens to the public again. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Coaster Crew's Facebook page is reporting that Lighting Rod's rebuild will not be completed and operational until mid-April.  Sadly with the new I-Box track, it just will not feel the same.  But hopefully, it will still be an "off-the-chain" experience (get it, it still launches...no chain lift...BAAA HAAA HAAA).  Here's to RMC-ing the first RMC!!

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I'm betting (if the park doesn't suffer from another delayed opening to begin with) it wont be operating/reopening to the public until May.

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He said depending on the weather, the repairs may or may not be completed on time for opening day.


Hoping for good weather then.
I'd like to see it open all season. It'd be nice to have a win.
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18 hours ago, DollyWould said:

Coaster Crew's Facebook page is reporting that Lighting Rod's rebuild will not be completed and operational until mid-April.  Sadly with the new I-Box track, it just will not feel the same.  But hopefully, it will still be an "off-the-chain" experience (get it, it still launches...no chain lift...BAAA HAAA HAAA).  Here's to RMC-ing the first RMC!!

Really, that's not too bad. There were rumors going around at one point that it wouldn't open until summer. I'll take April, for sure.

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18 hours ago, DollyWould said:

Coaster Crew's Facebook page is reporting that Lighting Rod's rebuild will not be completed and operational until mid-April.  Sadly with the new I-Box track, it just will not feel the same.  But hopefully, it will still be an "off-the-chain" experience (get it, it still launches...no chain lift...BAAA HAAA HAAA).  Here's to RMC-ing the first RMC!!

If you are talking about not being as rough, then yes, it won't feel the same. Other than that, you probably won't even notice any difference, in my opinion since it was a topper track to begin with. Would you notice a change on Thunderhead if they switched to I-box track? For sure.

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19 hours ago, DollyWould said:

Sadly with the new I-Box track, it just will not feel the same.

You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

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3 hours ago, coasterbill said:

You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

Seeing it open for once will never feel the same lmao 

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Can’t wait for the elitists to come in and brag about the original Lightning Rod being the best coaster in the world and ibox LR is just not the same. That’ll be fun. 🤪

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7 hours ago, u4icmusic said:

If you are talking about not being as rough, then yes, it won't feel the same. Other than that, you probably won't even notice any difference, in my opinion since it was a topper track to begin with. Would you notice a change on Thunderhead if they switched to I-box track? For sure.

What I mean is, it probably will not feel as out of control, and have that balls-to-the-wall, OMG...what TF just happened (?) feeling.  But that's just IMLO. 

There are some of us that like it rough! 😉

 

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What I mean is, it probably will not feel as out of control, and have that balls-to-the-wall, OMG...what TF just happened (?) feeling.  But that's just IMLO. 
There are some of us that like it rough! [emoji6]
 
I doubt you'll notice a difference.

Same profile and the old track is to new to have much wear. If anything it might be more intense with the new track (less track flex so curves are tighter and less drag from the deformation)
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On 1/21/2021 at 3:42 PM, u4icmusic said:

If you are talking about not being as rough, then yes, it won't feel the same. Other than that, you probably won't even notice any difference, in my opinion since it was a topper track to begin with. Would you notice a change on Thunderhead if they switched to I-box track? For sure.

The difference you will notice is the speed. I had a chance to ride it on day two of the trials and you would actually get ejector air off the first little hump after the launch. More recently the train barely makes it over. I would assume that the spped change was made to help with wear and tear on the track. Now that they are installing IBox on the stress areas, they should be able to run LR at the speed it was originally made to run.

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On 1/25/2021 at 4:50 AM, middle_keeny said:

The difference you will notice is the speed. I had a chance to ride it on day two of the trials and you would actually get ejector air off the first little hump after the launch. More recently the train barely makes it over. I would assume that the spped change was made to help with wear and tear on the track. Now that they are installing IBox on the stress areas, they should be able to run LR at the speed it was originally made to run.

I have not heard anything from the staff about them replacing the last the LSM that was removed to slow the trains down. Personally, I think it is fast enough with that last LSM removed. I've ridden it both ways and there's not much of a difference other than the first hill.

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The debate over how much difference there is in the air going over the first hill, meanwhile I'm coming off failed attempt #3 in a row to even go to the park :(
2021 is the year though! I held off doing anything last year but in both my experience and others it seems parks werent as bad as I feared. I graduate in May and thus expect to have some amount of totally free time. Nothing to get in the way, and I reckon a May weekday would = quiet park?

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I reckon a May weekday would = quiet park?


Note they are closed Tue and Thu in May and only open 10-6 Mon, Wed, and Fri.

But given that, yes usually pretty dead during the week in March, April, and May (other that the week of local spring break, Apr 5-9 this year). Weather affects that though. If it warm early it might pick up.

And of course restrictions due to the current virus will affect that too. If things change by May, there could be a surge of pent up demand. But I'm not holding my breath on that.
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Yeah that was one of the other reason I avoided parks...figured even if down crowds limited capacity may negate that, but hopefully off days will help. 

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Lightning Rod and Outlaw Run rode much differently than any of the 8 I-Box RMC's I've ridden. After the first couple seasons, those 2 felt like wooden coasters. I have no doubt the 10 people who got to ride Lightning Rod more than once will feel a difference when it reopens.

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