Dollywood announcement coming Sept 4th

Thursday, September 1, 2011 8:16 PM

Dollywood is going to make it official on Sept 4th. I saw the blue B&M track when I was there back in June. Has it since been determined exactly what type of coaster this will be?

http://www.dollywood.com/dollywood2012/

Last edited by swampfoxer, Thursday, September 1, 2011 8:17 PM
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Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:35 PM

The same wingrider design that is going into Six Flags Great America

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Friday, September 2, 2011 1:31 PM

IF this is true, I gotta make a return trip to Dollywood next year.

IF this is NOT true... I still gotta make a return trip to Dollywood next year. One of the best parks (along with the best employees) that I have ever visited.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 4:32 PM

Jason Hammond said:
The same wingrider design that is going into Six Flags Great America

The general consensus is a wingrider, but I highly doubt that the layout is going to be anything like the Great America one. This is because that one is on flat terrain and Dollywood is using their hilly terrain for this one.

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Friday, September 2, 2011 5:22 PM

I didn't mean the layout would be the same. I just meant the ride type would be the same. I suppose I didn't word that properly.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Friday, September 2, 2011 5:23 PM
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Sunday, September 4, 2011 2:40 PM

Didn't Six Flags "ruin" (for lack of a better word) the Dollywood announcement when they said something along the lines of "First Wingrider to be announced in the United States?" Sounds like they knew enough to work it in their favor.

Not that it matters as I'm sure the average person isn't following it that closely anyways.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 3:38 PM

It's only about 7 hours away now. This is the announcement that I am most excited about anyways.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 3:56 PM

F2006 said:
Didn't Six Flags "ruin" (for lack of a better word) the Dollywood announcement when they said something along the lines of "First Wingrider to be announced in the United States?" Sounds like they knew enough to work it in their favor.

Not that it matters as I'm sure the average person isn't following it that closely anyways.

To be honest, I had no idea what a "Wing Rider" was until this announcement came out and good ole Google came to my rescue..

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 5:26 PM

This is going to be epic. Already planning my next trip to Dolly!

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 6:16 PM

Why in the world announce at 9:30 on a Sunday night?

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 6:39 PM

Because the announcement is taking place in the park during a festival called "Boomsday"...it's a Labor Day fest at Dollywood.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 12:44 AM

Hey 9:30pm on a Sunday is better than 3:30am on a Thursday. ;)

Kinda funny that SF can only say the "first announced" since Wild Eagle will open before X-flight.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 1:52 AM

Kinda weird that neither park will be able to claim the "only one in the US" title, which I think would have been the plan early on. Makes me think these wingriders are well on their way to becoming a must have for parks over the next few years. With an Intamin version on the market as well, it will be interesting to see which parks do what in 2013.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 1:59 AM

Seems like the next sit-down coaster variation (evolution?). They did the standard trains, then moved to floorless and now the Wing design. Otherwise the layouts remain generally similar.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 2:04 AM

My question is, did they solve the vibration problem of the outer seats that plague similar rides? Nothing I've experienced myself, mind you, but it seems to be the common complaint, particularly with X2.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 2:07 AM

I've also experienced it on Furious Baco.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 7:04 AM

That seals it! Next year's Coaster Trip is Dollywood, Lake Winnepesaukah, and Six Flags over Georgia on Serious Thrill Issues Day Week (That's the week of July 9 for those of you in Rio Linda!) I will also visit Stone Mountain, The Ocoee River and do a Hike to a Mountaintop in the Smokies. :)

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Monday, September 5, 2011 7:38 AM

The dive machines go eight across, and last summer Griffon didn't seem to vibrate at all.

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Monday, September 5, 2011 10:29 AM

Actually SheiKra is 8 across. Griffin is 10 across. I have sat in outside seats in most of the rows and have not experienced any problems.

On an off topic side note, I just got to ride Krake at Heide Park. It's a 6 across Dive machine. The smallest and shortest they have made as far as I know. It's also the only one that I'm aware of that you can get very wet on. The outside seats in the back row can get very wet. The only reason I can figure is that it pulls out of the splash down very quickly and slows down enough for the splash to catch up with the back of the train.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Monday, September 5, 2011 10:33 AM
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Monday, September 5, 2011 10:53 AM

You know, as soon as I typed that, I thought "I better look that up. Was it eight?" And then took the lazy man's way out.

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