Dollywood announcement 8/21/2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:57 PM

Haha! My mind didn't even go there.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:03 AM

Just now on the Today Show, Willie Geist had a recently taped interview with Dolly. There was a little tour of some things at Dollywood, and a poolside conversation. They mentioned the resort for 2015, (Dolly said it would have a southern flair but be "real classy", and they showed a beautiful rendering) and that there would be a new coaster for 2014.

I can't think of a celebrity who I admire more. She's humble, genuine, gracious, and so nice. Whether you're a country music fan or not, it's hard not to love Dolly and, of course, Dollywood.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:39 AM

Dolly to invest $300 million over ten years. FireChaser Express will have a forward and backwards launch and have three, 14 passenger trains. DreamMore is a 300 room resort covering 100 acres.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:46 AM

Located 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area Express, the coaster will feature three 14-passenger trains with an hourly capacity of 750 riders

Uh oh! I'm going to go ahead and open this can of worms for a second. Where's the whining about capacity? Or, is this different because it isn't at a Six Flags?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:50 AM

In fairness, we've only known about this for minutes. There will be plenty of time for whining to commence.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:52 AM

Right, but I wanted to be able to quote myself in the future and say "look, I've been saying this all along."

It's called "pullin' a Gonch" (not to be confused with another activity of the same name that happens during twister.)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:14 AM

I've told you guys a thousand times. That was NOT MY HAND.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:38 AM

RCMAC said: I can't think of a celebrity who I admire more. She's humble, genuine, gracious, and so nice. Whether you're a country music fan or not, it's hard not to love Dolly and, of course, Dollywood.

I didn't really think much of her until I visited the park and walked through her museum. I discovered how awesome she really is and now have an appreciation for her. She's pretty cool.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:10 AM

Raven-Phile said:

Where's the whining about capacity? Or, is this different because it isn't at a Six Flags?

Key difference here is that wait times at Dollywood aren't nearly as much of an issue as they are at Six Flags (or Cedar Fair parks). Most of the time ride wait lines at Dollywood are all between 15-30 minutes even on busier days. At a Six Flags/Cedar Fair park you're incredibly lucky to find any larger coaster with less than a half hour wait on a busy day. Capacity matters significantly more at a park that has longer wait times for their coasters, which isn't generally the case at Dollywood.

The big question I have for Dollywood is when they'll add a significant attraction away from the alley between Thunderhead and Tennessee Tornado. I know they added Barnstormer outside of that zone but that doesn't draw nearly the lines now that it did its opening year.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:16 AM

They are live right now, http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3922501/DestinationDollywood

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:58 PM

The worlds first family launch coaster that goes forward and backward... which is one of the dumbest features to brag about. Details are scarce but it does look nice.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:16 PM

Raven-Phile said:

Right, but I wanted to be able to quote myself in the future and say "look, I've been saying this all along."

It's called "pullin' a Gonch" (not to be confused with another activity of the same name that happens during twister.)

Lightweight. Quoting yourself from earlier in the day isn't impressive.

Give me a call when you're quoting things from 6, 7, 8 or more years ago, Junior.

(winky face)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:23 PM

Firechaser Express

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 2:40 PM

Odd. I would have thought that had Dollywood needed a hotel, one would already have been built.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:14 PM

RCMAC said:

Just now on the Today Show, Willie Geist had a recently taped interview with Dolly.

Just now occurred to me - Willie G. and Ann C. should put together a new coaster/politics show to be filmed on location at SFFT....

Announcing...."Coulter-Geist!"

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:35 PM

^^Boo. In more ways than one. ;)

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:03 PM

Firechaser? Is Thunderhead okay? Hopefully Thunderhead will be okay.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:27 AM

I was wondering how a launched coaster and family coaster would be one and the same, then I saw the launch speeds... 0 to 16MPH for the first, and 0 to 20MPH for the second.

I think the 750pph for a kiddie coaster is acceptable. Sounds like it'll be a fun ride for the kiddos.

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