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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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45 minutes ago, IanKgtr said:

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.

Looks like DW will be open Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun throughout April, so I would go on a Monday or Wednesday in mid to late April.  Spring breaks should be over by then and no schools will be out yet.

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48 minutes ago, tndank said:

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.

 

You are correct. I was surprised how packed it was yesterday. There's no way they had any capacity limits yesterday with the crowds and parking lots that full. If they did, then they raised their capacity and are either at normal or close to normal capacity, because it is way more crowded than last year. It was loaded with kids too.

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Yeah I totally didn't even think of spring break. I'm not too worried, I mean I'm planning on May only bc I asked in the past how DW generally is that time, for a weekday, and people were pretty strongly in agreement it should be slow, and if its not slow enough to ones liking that timesaver should be all you need. But yeah between what others have said and my own experiences, that sweet spot of between SB and school finishing should be fine. 

Perhaps parks will be more crowded than last year, I imagine those who would've gone last year would have 2021 anyway...so not sure it'll be a big difference/surely some will still be wary. That said, I do avoid weekends and summer like the plague anyway haha 

And I always arrive at gate before opening! What type of enthusiast would do otherwise??

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Not only that but people also travel to the area for Spring Break from other locations.


No doubt, but having Knox on spring break really adds to the week day crowds. Same at SFOG when Atlanta area schools are out. Almost as bad as summer crowds.

Other schools don't contribute nearly as much normally. I've been once when Knox was out and many other times late March-early April and it never compared to when Knox was out.

Same with early/mid May. The end of year school trips weren't bad. Sure, there's always outliers, like a big competition in the area (band, cheer, etc.) But generally not bad.

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I just saw that you can now buy Timesaver online and just scan your phone at rides rather than having to go to the Timesaver building if you don’t want to.

Is that new? It’s awesome and I don’t think I’ve seen another park offer that (though they probably do and I just don’t know about it).

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That seems like an easy way to abuse the system / share with others, assuming that its not using near field communication like Disney is going to and just using a barcode to scan. Screenshots / etc. That does sound great though.

I think at one time SeaWorld did something similar with their one time QQ for individual rides and just pay on your phone no need to pick anything up (Antarctica comes to mind) but I haven't seen that anywhere else. I don't think it lasted long, though. The idea was you saw the line was long do right then and there you purchase your pass, skip the line once, and go on with your day.

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SWO and BGT were still doing that (scan the barcode) thing for QQ when I was there in the middle of February.  I used a printed piece of paper but if I had it on my phone that would've been good too.

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Yeah, I have to wonder what the timing of the scans are.  My first guess would be at least a 5 minute cooldown.

I like this system. No wasted time picking it up.  Did it at SWSA in Feb like Mike and it worked great there, too.  

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On 3/19/2021 at 8:26 AM, anonymouscactus said:

That seems like an easy way to abuse the system / share with others, assuming that its not using near field communication like Disney is going to and just using a barcode to scan. Screenshots / etc. That does sound great though.

Everland's being using codes for it's lottery/points based fast pass which is only available if you use the official Everland App for years, and this year, due to corona, for its virtual lines, and I don't recall there ever being a case of it being abused.

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When we went last September, the ride ops could barely be bother to mark off our plastic TimeSaver from Dreammore. We stayed 4 nights, and never filled up the pass given to us on our 1st day, as only 3 attractions actually marked it as used.

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23 hours ago, SharkTums said:

Has Lightning Rod been operating better since dying on opening day?

The problem with Lighting Rod right now is the LONG wait times in line because of them only running one train. I refuse to wait in line 2 hours for any ride.

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24 minutes ago, u4icmusic said:

The problem with Lighting Rod right now is the LONG wait times in line because of them only running one train. I refuse to wait in line 2 hours for any ride.

Also same. 

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6 hours ago, u4icmusic said:

The problem with Lighting Rod right now is the LONG wait times in line because of them only running one train. I refuse to wait in line 2 hours for any ride.

Don't they have some sort of line skip you could get to help with the wait time? 

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Don't they have some sort of line skip you could get to help with the wait time? 
They sure do and right now it's worth it because most rides have a fairly long wait. I'd hate to spend money on it for one ride
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1 hour ago, Pseybert said:

What's been the average LR wait with the skip pass? Are they still at only 1 train?

Yes, still only one train. They are waiting for a fix from the manufacturer. Even the TimeSaver Line is long, about an hour, instead of 2 plus in the regular line. It's not a good time to ride Lightning Rod right now because of the long wait times.

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On 3/22/2021 at 12:48 PM, tndank said:

Love Dollywood firing up discounted tickets this week to help with their light crowds so far this season.  🤣

Just got back from Dollywood. Lightning Rod was running two trains today. I got in line at 9:30 am. They starting sending trains out at 10:10 am and they were running two trains today and there didn't appear to be any issues. The line was long and at 10:30 the wait time posted on the sign was 140 minutes, so I only rode one time. They must have also tweaked some of the rough spots on the track or maybe the transition from the Topper Track to the I-Box track because it was super smooth. The last two times I rode it, there were rough patches on the track, but not today. It was smooth from beginning to end. I think the only way to ride this coaster in a timely manner will be to get the TimeSaver passes.

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Or not go when it's spring break! Now that it (I assume) will be running 2 trains I think all will be fine going forward. 

If not well yeah thats what TimeSaver is for! 

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Or not go when it's spring break! Now that it (I assume) will be running 2 trains I think all will be fine going forward. 
If not well yeah thats what TimeSaver is for! 
Naa, two trains don't help it much. It stacks like crazy
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2 hours ago, u4icmusic said:

Just got back from Dollywood. Lightning Rod was running two trains today. I got in line at 9:30 am. They starting sending trains out at 10:10 am and they were running two trains today and there didn't appear to be any issues. The line was long and at 10:30 the wait time posted on the sign was 140 minutes, so I only rode one time. They must have also tweaked some of the rough spots on the track or maybe the transition from the Topper Track to the I-Box track because it was super smooth. The last two times I rode it, there were rough patches on the track, but not today. It was smooth from beginning to end. I think the only way to ride this coaster in a timely manner will be to get the TimeSaver passes.

Wow it actually ran reliably with two trains? Its a miracle! lol 🤣🙃

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