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

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49 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

I just saw that they cleared a ton of trees around Tennessee Tornado too. Man, I normally love this place but WTF are they doing lately?

See? It's settled. DW has gone to crap! It's all over enthusiasts lol jk jk 
It is a bit of a shame, I reckon it'll take away a bit from the experience just bc who doesn't love trees? And ya know that did seems to be part of the feel of Dollywood. I mean no big deal but is a little unfortunate. I heard there were supposedly bad storms but seems like they cleared huge swaths! If they aren't gunna expand the park in the future, hope they pay to move in new trees. Sounds silly when they can regrow for free but like....that can take decades, and it'd be sad to see so much of the park cleared out for so long. 

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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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I saw that too regarding the trees. It's quite unfortunate. Man good thing miss Mary Herschend isn't around, she would be having fits over this. She was very adamant on enforcing their tree removal policy they had made for their properties.

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7 minutes ago, michaellynn4 said:

Are there any photos of the trees by TT? I've tried finding some online but haven't been able to see what others are talking about.

Coaster Studios on YouTube had a brief segment on it on their video trip report.

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I wonder if any of the tree removals are due to invasive bugs that are killing trees all over the mountains and even that area. There are scenic roads closed due to these bugs and while it sucks, can cause the trees to be very dangerous fall or fallen limbs.

It seems they are clearing them out around the rides, possible they are afraid they will fall?


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On 3/15/2021 at 9:38 AM, JJLehto said:

I'd just check this in a few weeks. If it looks like it's been running all day every day for a few weeks, then all's good : D 

 

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1 hour ago, prozach626 said:

 

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LOL this ride is the truly the god of memes. But for real it'll be fine. If it isn't then well we just gotta accept the ride is cursed, perhaps it was built on some ancient burial ground or some rivalrous country star hired someone put a hex on it. In which case I'd say DW just up the launch speed and run the ride until it falls apart in 2 years bc its doomed anyway XD

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Mystery Mine up and running today. Reports suggest the outside was the only work and it is still just as rough as ever everywhere else. 

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20 minutes ago, tndank said:

Mystery Mine up and running today. Reports suggest the outside was the only work and it is still just as rough as ever everywhere else. 

lol oh can't wait. 

Though speaking of, near 2 hour wait??? Yikes...but I hear the waits are always horrendous for MM. Don't seem remotely worth it or maybe the ops are just that bad?

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The ops are always bad. That ride has 700 ride vehicles so they can make sure they stack 698 of them at all times. Bring a book to read on the brake run.

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3 hours ago, tndank said:

Mystery Mine up and running today. Reports suggest the outside was the only work and it is still just as rough as ever everywhere else. 

I just got home from a half day at Dollywood. I used one of my Time Saver cards to get on Mystery Mine quicker than the posted 90-minute wait time because I wanted to check out the new modification.

 

I think the removal of the horseshoe loop makes the ride more fun. The curved drop they added instead of the horseshoe loop in fast and fun. The ride was smooth as silk, as it has always been to me. It must be riders of a certain height have issues with roughness. I thought it was fantastic today and the modification changes very little of the ride. Personally, I liked the horseshoe loop, but a lot of people thought it was too jerky. The new track is way smoother in that one section. The rest of the ride is identical with no changes and very smooth.

 

They were supposed to be at reduced capacity today due to COVID, but it was packed. So packed, that I left at noon to head back to Knoxville. Too many people, too close together and many not wearing masks or wearing them improperly. My first ride of the morning was Lightning Rod, which I rode last Friday and thought it was rough in row 9. This morning, I got the first row and it was much smoother than row 9. Both rides were great today, but the lines were long. I got on Lightning Rod at 10:15 am and when I got off the wait time was 110 minutes at 10:18. For me, no ride is worth that wait, except for Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point. I parked in Lot B because I was so early,  but when I left, lots D/E were mostly full.

 

Lightning Rod was only running one train again. The ride operator said they were running two trains on Monday, but the second train was causing issues so they pulled it off for today, hence the long waits.

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Does the reprofiled drop on Mystery Mine still provide a pop of airtime like the old one?

The biggest issue with Mystery Mine in 2020 was that they loaded one party per car.  So as a single rider last year, I got an entire train. Are they still doing that?

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1 hour ago, u4icmusic said:

Lightning Rod was only running one train again. The ride operator said they were running two trains on Monday, but the second train was causing issues so they pulled it off for today, hence the long waits.

So besides the past track issues the ride also has (had) issues with the trains? Jeez Dollywood can't seem to catch a break with this one. Such a shame since it's one of the best rides in the world...

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5 hours ago, coasterbill said:

The ops are always bad. That ride has 700 ride vehicles so they can make sure they stack 698 of them at all times. Bring a book to read on the brake run.

lol can't wait. 
Though I do hope they get that LRod 2nd train thing figured out. The point of an early season weekday was park would be dead (even w limited capacity) but already place is slammed....may have to still buy the Dollywood fast pass! I loathe to do so and thus avoid peak times but aint waiting 2 hours on some Tuesday in May XD

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2 hours ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Does the reprofiled drop on Mystery Mine still provide a pop of airtime like the old one?

The biggest issue with Mystery Mine in 2020 was that they loaded one party per car.  So as a single rider last year, I got an entire train. Are they still doing that?

No, they are filling most, if not all the seats. Today, I was by myself and the ride operator asked me if I minded having 2 more people in the row (of 4) with me and I said no problem. We all had masks on.

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Dollywood seems to be filling most seats on all coasters. No skipping rows, at least today. Lines were pretty long most of the day

Ops weren't bad today park was just packed it was reduced capacity though, but I don't believe as reduced as last year.

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1 hour ago, u4icmusic said:

No, they are filling most, if not all the seats. Today, I was by myself and the ride operator asked me if I minded having 2 more people in the row (of 4) with me and I said no problem. We all had masks on.

Now that's the Tokyo Disney Way they do things! Single Rider on Splash Mtn, I always had to wait if the person by themself, said yes or no (group of 3?). And every time, they were very polite and said yes! They loved having a wierd looking old hippie like me beside them, for the Onride Photo, LOL.

And Raging Spirits (?) Coaster in TDS was the same. And easy. But during these times, I understand, that's not too easy.

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lol can't wait. 
The point of an early season weekday was park would be dead (even w limited capacity) but already place is slammed.


It is spring break season. I checked and Knox and Blount county this week. That's the 2 highly populated counties west of Pigeon Forge, with a combined population over 560k. Also Jefferson county but it's a small addition (50k).

May is a very different situation.

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It is spring break season. I checked and Knox and Blount county this week. That's the 2 highly populated counties west of Pigeon Forge, with a combined population over 560k. Also Jefferson county but it's a small addition (50k).

May is a very different situation.
 

 

OH spring break! Wow....talk about something not remotely in my mind, I never would've thought about that going on right now. Makes sense! 

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9 hours ago, TEDodd said:

It is spring break season. I checked and Knox and Blount county this week. That's the 2 highly populated counties west of Pigeon Forge, with a combined population over 560k. Also Jefferson county but it's a small addition (50k).

May is a very different situation.

Would you say May is the best time to go in general? Trying to hit the park on a day trip from Nashville, and by then I should be fully immunized against Uncle Covid.

Need to ride Lightning Rod before it's retracked as an Aquatrax.

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In May you have schools starting to let out and lots of end of school trips, traditionally.  I think every park is going to be slammed most days this year.  I think you'll need to get lucky or battle with rain to have a quiet day at DW this year.  Timesaver can help out here, but buying in advance is a gamble since you can't be sure everything is running.  And they sell out at the park on busy days, quickly.

Just like any park in the world, Sun - Thurs is a better chance at lower crowds.  Show up before gates open.  Still, DW has been nuts crowd wise this year and the last month or two of 2020.

 

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I went on the Tuesday after Labor Day a few years ago and it was walk-ons or station waits everywhere, all day.

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It is spring break season. I checked and Knox and Blount county this week. That's the 2 highly populated counties west of Pigeon Forge, with a combined population over 560k. Also Jefferson county but it's a small addition (50k).

May is a very different situation.

Not only that but people also travel to the area for Spring Break from other locations. So not only locals, but most folks we ran into yesterday that my wife and I talked to were actually visiting from other states. Also lots of college students
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