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

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On 2/28/2021 at 2:15 PM, JJLehto said:

Also never been to the area. If there are any recs/tips for stuff to do in Knoxville, Gatlinburg, or hiking I am all ears. I know the Smoky Mnt Park is not far. 

I think there are whitewater rafting tours nearby. I can't remember where we did ours.

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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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10 hours ago, prozach626 said:

I think there are whitewater rafting tours nearby. I can't remember where we did ours.

There are several actually. You can easily google them or use tripadvisor.

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Oh interesting! That's something I'd never have thought of, rafting is just not something I've done in ages/not really a usual activity of mine. Sweet. 

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Just a head's up. If you don't have a gold season pass, Dollywood has increased their parking fees to $20, up from $15 last year. Preferred parking is $30 with a $10 discount with a gold season pass. Getting closer to Disney parking prices.

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six flags in Texas are, I believe, $27. ($25 if you pre-buy online)

(but most passes and memberships include parking these days)

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Dollywood just posted these photos of Mystery Mine.

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I’m honestly shocked. They’ve removed my favorite part of the ride (insane drop off the trestle). This would be like Great Adventure removing El Toro’s Rolling Thunder hill or Cedar Point removing Maverick’s Stengel dive.

Hopefully the change comes with a retrofit of lap bars to the trains...but that’s not sounding likely.

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Yeah, that sucks a lot. I can't really put a positive spin on that one...

I totally agree, that was one of the best parts of the ride.

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Just saw the work. Oh wow. That's a lot more than I thought they were doing.  Oh well. 

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I've not ridden, and it's hard for me to get my bearings from the photo/POV footage, but they have removed the horseshoe turn after as well, right? So instead of going straight on, it turns 90-degrees to the left and the new drop to the left takes you straight into the turn into that set of brakes?

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That's a really bizarre move - am interested to learn why as that portion of the ride was great.

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2 hours ago, KarlaKoaster said:

I've not ridden, and it's hard for me to get my bearings from the photo/POV footage, but they have removed the horseshoe turn after as well, right? So instead of going straight on, it turns 90-degrees to the left and the new drop to the left takes you straight into the turn into that set of brakes?

Here is what the ride used to look like in that area. Photo from RCDB

 

So, it now just takes a hard left, and drops right into the inclined U-Turn..into more brakes. 

 

I did love this part of the ride, sad to see it removed. 

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I'm surprisingly okay with this... The outdoor section was always the worst part of the ride for me.

As for the layout changes... It's pretty much impossible to go from that second brake run to the bumps underneath the trellis... I'd bet that the spiral there is still part of the layout.

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

So what you're trying to say is that Dollywood has baffled Baffles?

Well and truly 🤣

From Dollywood's blog -

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Mystery Mine is on track (yes, that was a joke) to open a week or two after the park opens. We have been working with the ride manufacturer to enhance the guest experience. Our crews are extending the track after the first outside drop and reprofiling some of the turns and transitions to provide a smoother ride.

https://blog.dollywood.com/index.php/2021/03/09/top-3-dollywood-signs-spring-is-here/


Intrigued to see how they are 'extending' it, unless there's more changes in areas outside of the photos.
 

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Nothing was extended.  Instead of the 90 degree drop and turn around, it turns left and drops down into the spiral to the next brakes.  The track is now shorter.

 

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Preferred parking is $30 with a $10 discount with a gold season pass.


Really discouraging preferred parking now.
When they gave full credit for regular parking (with gold pass) it was great. But only half the value? I paid the extra $10 many times, but doubt I'll pay $20.
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Nothing was extended.  Instead of the 90 degree drop and turn around, it turns left and drops down into the spiral to the next brakes.  The track is now shorter.

Yeah I can see that, but Dollywood has stated 'extended' in their blog text, which is clearly a slight error.

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Now I am bummed. Mystery Mine was closed on my trip in 2017 (funny though that I actually snagged a ride on lightning Rod) so I was never experience the original section 

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I somehow totally missed this. Was that horseshoe element that bad maintenance-wise? I enjoyed it when I rode it, can't imagine it was reprofiled due to complaints.

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