Discussion in 'Rest of the World Parks and Attractions' started by BigAl, 10th Dec 2012.
Dollywood have started teasing for their 2019 expansion:
One would hope they would get their New for 2016 attraction open first!
Invites have been sent out for the annoucement of Dollywood's new area, revealing that it will be called Wildwood Grove:
Looks like news of Dollywood's 2019 expansion evaded the forum whilst I was away! The park announced their new family area: Wildwood Grove.
The coaster will be a Vekoma family suspended coaster. This looks like a lovely and much needed family area for the park. More information can be found on Dollywood's website.
Lightning Rod has been put on Early Entry for Saturday 6th October; looks like they've finally fixed the bugger!
Lightning Rod still hasn't re-opened but it is now testing with water dummies:
Hopefully it will re-open soon, but who knows with this ride.
Hopefully it'll open before Dollywood's 2018 season is over; I personally reckon it could be within weeks!
Good to see that it is testing again.
Meanwhile I have come across a new Wildwood Grove concept along witn an image showing the plans for the area on top of an aerial image:
Lightning Rod re-opened today, it seems!
Sorry to bump the thread, but I'm here with another Lightning Rod update! After reopening with a substantially smaller zero car in October, the ride's zero car has apparently now disappeared entirely! One does have to wonder why they had to remove it...
I believe that one of the (many) issues with Lightning Rod has been the weight of the trains. So they have been trying to shed weight from them.
Ah right. Thanks for the clarification @Rob; would certainly make sense!
Dollywood have shared a photo of progress on Wildwood Grove:
Looks like the coaster is nearing completion.
Dollywood have confirmed that Wildwood Grove will open on Mat 10th 2019.
In other news, Dollywood are apparently expecting Lighnting Rod to have a great season (I'll believe it when I see it) and over 600ft of Thunderhead has been re-tracked by GCI with more to follow in the next few years.
Finally, Mountain Slidewinder has been retired. This was a dingy ride down the side of the hill in the middle of the park and was quite good fun so it is a shame for it to go!
Is that an SFC or an actual suspended coaster?
Wildwood Grove has now opened. Here is a video showing a look around the area:
It looks nice, and it is an area that the park needs, however I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed at the moment. It just all looks a little sparce and is lacking something that the rest of Dollywood has. Having said that, I am sure that it will improve once planting has been given time to grow.
The area looks really nice if you ask me; well done Dollywood!
On a side note, I am also hearing reports that Dragon Flier is surprisingly intense; people apparently greyed out on it during the media event, and it's reportedly more intense than the other SFCs, including Orkanen that it is a clone of! If true, then this ride's status as a family coaster is somewhat questionable; sounds like we have a wolf in sheep's clothing on our hands here!
Dollywood are set to announce their largest ever investment on Friday 13th March to the press. Based on planning applications filed last year, it could be a 310-room hotel project with a 325-seat restaurant as well as conference space that would be located somewhere between the current DreamMore Resort and Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark.
It would appear that Dollywood is still having immense problems with Lightning Rod. The ride has reportedly been shut since the start of August, and Dollywood have put a sign up indicating that the ride will be shuttered for the remainder of the 2020 season:
However, the most interesting part of this sign is that they are teasing some sort of upgrade to the ride for 2021 (the full teaser doesn’t seem to show in the forum preview, so the catchphrase at the bottom is “In 2021, lightning strikes twice”). Little is known about what this could be, but it is apparently not the ride’s launch system causing the issues. All we know is that a crane has appeared within the ride area:
Now one rumour spreading around is extremely interesting... I know this might sound like some kind of April Fool’s joke or something, but there are rumours that Dollywood may possibly be doing an IBox conversion of Lightning Rod. Yes, rumour has it that the ride is at very least being partially (if not fully) retracked with steel IBox track, and for the first time ever... an RMC is getting RMC’d.
Now, I know that this would remove the main USP of the ride, but a very intriguing point to consider is that RMC have previously stated that it was them who pitched the idea of a launched wooden roller coaster as opposed to Herschend; they were competing with steel coaster designs when pitching their wooden coaster design to Dollywood. So I don’t think Herschend really cares whether or not it’s a wooden coaster at this point.
As obscene as this rumour sounds, the crane would imply that at the very least, some form of trackwork is being conducted. This rumour could be untrue, and this could just end up being routine track maintenance.
But regardless of what it is, here’s hoping that it allows them to finally run Lightning Rod problem-free!
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