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

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On 2/16/2021 at 11:27 AM, TEDodd said:

 


Plays hell with my glasses. And I just don't like anything on my face, never have. In the frigid cold in Afghanistan I couldn't do the gators on my face.


 

 

Me too, My glasses fog up, so I don't wear them into the park anymore. Makes it hard to see, but I deal with it.

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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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For Dollywood park goers that like the live shows, Dollywood has announced all theaters and the Chasing Rainbows museum will be open this year with reduced seating but additional show times to make up for the COVID restrictions. Some theaters and shows won't start up until after the Flower and Food Festival though, so be patient.

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Me too, My glasses fog up, so I don't wear them into the park anymore. Makes it hard to see, but I deal with it.
Then I can't read.

And like I said, I don't like stuff on my face/ if I wouldn't do it for warmth on the hour walk from my room to work in sub zero temps I'm not doing it at a theme park.


But to each their own.
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Awesome! Thinking LR will deff be open then by late April/early May. 

25 minutes ago, coastercoaster5 said:

Was really hoping that the re-tracking could return the ride to it's original speed but it looks to slow down at the top just as it did before.

I do regret not getting here earlier when LR used to fly over the top, but I've wondered if the slower speed over top really has any impact on the ride overall?

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33 minutes ago, coastercoaster5 said:

Was really hoping that the re-tracking could return the ride to it's original speed but it looks to slow down at the top just as it did before.

I was hoping the same. That double pop of strong airtime at the top of the mountain was pretty spectacular. 

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Was really hoping that the re-tracking could return the ride to it's original speed but it looks to slow down at the top just as it did before.
I road the first day it was open to the public (with many hours waiting in that line and talked to Pete/the press after the ride) and many times over the years since and never noticed this supposed change.

Do you have videos showing it faster at some point?

The LSMs have always stopped at the same place so the push always ended before the top and it naturally slowed before creating the hill.
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4 hours ago, TEDodd said:

I road the first day it was open to the public (with many hours waiting in that line and talked to Pete/the press after the ride) and many times over the years since and never noticed this supposed change.

Do you have videos showing it faster at some point?

The LSMs have always stopped at the same place so the push always ended before the top and it naturally slowed before creating the hill.

They did remove the last section of LSM's after having so many problems with the launch and damage to the tracks on the bottoms of the first two hills. That didn't work, so that is why they decided to replace 2/3's of the Topper Track with the I-Box track over the last few months. When Lightning Rod first opened the LSM's went all the way to the top of the launch hill, but have long since been removed.

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5 hours ago, coastercoaster5 said:

Was really hoping that the re-tracking could return the ride to it's original speed but it looks to slow down at the top just as it did before.

That slow down doesn't affect the ride experience at all. You still get the high speeds after going down the first two hills. RMC made the decision to remove the last section of LSM's to try and prevent the damage to the Topper Track that was happening and was one of the reasons there was so much down time over the last few years.

 

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35 minutes ago, u4icmusic said:

That slow down doesn't affect the ride experience at all. You still get the high speeds after going down the first two hills. RMC made the decision to remove the last section of LSM's to try and prevent the damage to the Topper Track that was happening and was one of the reasons there was so much down time over the last few years.

 

Yeah that's what I figured, I sometimes hear it get made a big deal of "oh if only it still was like...." "wont ever be quite the same as when" "shame its not like at first" and I never got how it could be that big a deal... just enthusiasts doing their thing I guess! 
Yeah I heard that was why they did it and that supposedly it has improved the downtime. Seems like a plus to me. Get it running better! I am stoked to see it's testing already, and can't wait to finally get to this park! 

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26 minutes ago, CoasterGuy06 said:

Yeah I rode it a couple of weeks after it opened in 2016 and again in 2019 and it seemed just as intense both times. I did enjoy the rollback in 2019 though 🤣

Yeah I get that the intensity is the same. That first pop of airtime that is now gone looked pretty special but I want to ride this just as bad still.

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I went back to this early video (June 8, 2016).


 

On 6/8/2016 at 1:55 PM, Dollywoodlover20 said:
 


 
I don't see any difference in the speed at the top of the hill vs the recent one of testing after retrack.


 

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12 hours ago, JJLehto said:

Yeah that's what I figured, I sometimes hear it get made a big deal of "oh if only it still was like...." "wont ever be quite the same as when" "shame its not like at first" and I never got how it could be that big a deal... just enthusiasts doing their thing I guess! 
Yeah I heard that was why they did it and that supposedly it has improved the downtime. Seems like a plus to me. Get it running better! I am stoked to see it's testing already, and can't wait to finally get to this park! 

If you watch the testing video from this week, the train barely makes it over the top of the launch hill.  Definitely a lot slower than when I rode it when it first opened.

 

 

6 hours ago, TEDodd said:

I went back to this early video (June 8, 2016).

I don't see any difference in the speed at the top of the hill vs the recent one of testing after retrack.
 

If you watch this video, and watch closely at the 14 minute mark, you can see the speed. You can also see the LSM's that were removed. You can hear the narrator talking about the airtime on the crest after the launch. That airtime no longer happens. Also watch at 16:40 to see the original speed and LSM's. This video also mentions that it was built as a hybrid coaster due to the steel supports and Topper Track, so it never was a true wooden coaster from day one.

 

 

Here's another video showing the original speed over the first crest. It was fun while it lasted.

 

 

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Please don't make three separate posts. You can edit your posts, y'know. I've merged them together.

As for the change in speed, Lightning Rod was still the #2 overall coaster on the TPR Coaster Poll this year, so who freaking cares? I get flashbacks to when people were complaining about how Skyrush started slowing down as it crested the lift.

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13 minutes ago, A.J. said:

Please don't make three separate posts. You can edit your posts, y'know. I've merged them together.

As for the change in speed, Lightning Rod was still the #2 overall coaster on the TPR Coaster Poll this year, so who freaking cares? I get flashbacks to when people were complaining about how Skyrush started slowing down as it crested the lift.

Are there rules about how many times one can post? I'm well aware that posts can be edited, as I do it all the time. Personally, the speed makes no difference to the ride experience, except for the airtime on the first crest. There are people that don't believe the coaster was slowed down, so I was showing them how it was. Next time send me a personal message rather than scold me in the forum.

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There aren't but generally there's no reason to double post ever unless your last post was a long time ago and you need to bump the topic with some new information. It's always better to edit an existing post.

Anyway hopefully Lightning Rod works now. I'm entirely confused as to what's going on with Mystery Mine because it's totally weird and I'm almost more interested in that project.

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3 hours ago, A.J. said:

Please don't make three separate posts. You can edit your posts, y'know. I've merged them together.

As for the change in speed, Lightning Rod was still the #2 overall coaster on the TPR Coaster Poll this year, so who freaking cares? I get flashbacks to when people were complaining about how Skyrush started slowing down as it crested the lift.

Exactly, like I'm sure it was cool to have that air pop over the top, but the big deal that was made seemed kinda silly to me. Skyrush is a good point, also I thought of El Toro. Opening year you got some air over the top. It was slowed down later but any impact on the overall ride? Clearly not lol 

I am just glad its testing and they made the choice to improve reliability. A ride that runs better > unfettered speed over one hill. All I want is the ride to be open, (I'll be in TN for a few days, I may legit just keep things open and shuffle my plans to make sure I go to DW when its running) and little crowds. 

Ah Bill and his Mystery Mine crush ❤️ Though I do hope that will be running too. Jokes aside looks like a fun experience. 

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3 hours ago, coasterbill said:

There aren't but generally there's no reason to double post ever unless your last post was a long time ago and you need to bump the topic with some new information. It's always better to edit an existing post.

Anyway hopefully Lightning Rod works now. I'm entirely confused as to what's going on with Mystery Mine because it's totally weird and I'm almost more interested in that project.

They took out and reprofiled the section just after the first brake and vertical drop on the trestle.  Said it was a couple hundred feet.  I think they extended it a bit further so that turnaround isn't so immediate. 

 

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