Dollywood's Future

Saturday, May 10, 2003 2:27 PM
Once again the rumors that a new coaster will be built havent shown anything.Dollywood almost desperately needs a new coaster-Tennessee Tornado is great coaster,but it just dosent provide the thrills neede for a 110 acre park.Has anyone heard anything about this so longed rumored coaster?

Another rumor is that Blazing Fury will be revamped soon (along with the Mountain Slidewinder) and since DW is owned partly by Herschend Family Entertainment (formerly Silver Dollar City Inc.) it's been said that if Celebration City proves to be a success, a new park will be added to DW along with resort hotels.Connected by some sort of transportation device.Many believe that it will be a monorail system connecting Dollywood,Dolly's Splash Country,new park and, resort hotel(s).

Of Course these are all rumors but at least the coaster may happen in the future.

Speculate on these rumors and feel free to post a rumor you've heard.

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 2:41 PM
Uh, rumors aren't gonna be allowed here, dude. Just so you know. I haven't heard anything about Dollywood, but that doesn't mean anything. ;) Any new coaster anywhere is good news for me.
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 3:36 PM

CoastermanX said:Dollywood almost desperately needs a new coaster
Desperately? According to who?

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:13 PM
Me, who lives an hour away.
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:13 PM
I only put that in there to prove the point-DW does need another coaster, and look how the TT has had a positive impact on the park,attendence has been quite higher since 1999 (TT debut year) than before that point in their history.

I also agree a new coaster is a must in the coming years, that coming from an eight year season passholder who has seen the positive effects of a roller coaster at Dollywood first hand.
*** This post was edited by CoastermanX 5/10/2003 8:19:31 PM ***

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:57 PM
Since when aren't rumors allowed here? If so why did Jeff allow them at one time(in a rumor section) and got rid of it (the rumor section)?
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 5:11 PM
Jeff got RID of the RUMORS section because he DIDN'T want RUMORS on this SITE.

Moosh - who *has* heard news about Dollywood....

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 6:25 PM
Why would they build a resort hotel in Tennessee before Mighty MO... Ohh wait, HFE owns a certain... Lodge by Table Rock Lake... though they never publicize it as owned by them... part owned by Bass Pro Shops World Headquarters in Springfield MO. But imagine what cool themeing they could have in Branson. mmm... themed resort hotels....

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 6:58 PM
If Jeff didn't want rumors on his site why did he have a rumor section in the first place? What made hime change his mind? I still don't understand. Did it causes too many flame wars?
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 7:18 PM
No, it caused very mindless discussion, and turned into more of a wish list that people made for their respective park. Most of the time, these 'rumors' wer just things that the poster made up. It became very mindless discussion, and since it accomplished nothing and probably wasted a good amount of bandwidth Jeff got rid of it. I really don't miss it at all.

It was one of those things that probably 'seemed like a good idea at the time'.
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*** This post was edited by Mustang 5/10/2003 11:19:52 PM ***

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Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:51 PM
I think it is very stupid when people posted rumors they completely made up. Whenever I posted a rumor anywhere I always got it from another source. Wheather or not I can trust the source it's another story. But if you post a rumor you completely made up than you'd be very stupid IMHO. For that reason I can see why Jeff got rid of it. But I still enjoy reading them on other sites.
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 9:03 PM
what happened to the original topic?
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Saturday, May 10, 2003 11:20 PM
Having just been to DW this past week, I think the park does need something more. Granted, I loved what they had but, there just wasn't enough to keep me interested ride-wise for the entire day.

I love the fact that the park concentrates so much on crafts and music. It was quite fun to watch the blacksmiths, and others creating stuff, but by the middle of the afternoon, I had seen it all.

On a side note, Mountain Slidewinder scared the crap out of me! There was only my gal and I in the "boat", and I swore there were a couple of times that I thought we were going to tip right on over. Very fun ride, but I hated the walk up the bloody mountain to get to it. It was murder on a couple of overweight smokers! LOL

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 9:47 AM
Keep in mind tht that DW is a family park, not a thrill park.From what I have been able to observe they have a nice mix of rides and attractions.
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Sunday, May 11, 2003 6:37 PM
Problem is that Dollywood is not a becoming a family park but Dolly's Graceland. Its get boring, and by 2:00 PM, the twins were asleep and my little sister had ridden all that her height would allow.

I've been told not to go to Silver Dollar City just for the thrills, which is slightly true, but SDC had many great rides, coasters, and family attractions. But things like a 3D movie about her life in the Smokeys is far below thrilling.

Why doesn't she just build a Rock'n'Roller coaster themed to country music and give a tribute that the kids can stay awake through?!!

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*** This post was edited by Vertigo 5/11/2003 10:38:46 PM ***

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 6:43 PM
I had the pleasure of talking to Steve H******t today in Celebration City. He was telling me how impressed that HFE was with GCI. And he was telling me that they were using GCI as the company to build the wooden coaster. He was saying that they are making the DW coaster a little bit taller and a little longer than Wildcat.

Now not to say that you should trust Mr. Steve Honey**** But this conversation did take place, and I do not make things up.

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 6:53 PM
Wish it was built this year, I'm going tomorrow!
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Sunday, May 11, 2003 8:57 PM
Don't doubt the New Coaster yet. Back in 98, they didn't announce the Tennessee Tornado until November, Two Months after Thunder Express Had Closed. Also Notice that they didn't Schedule any events in the Heritage Hall/Old Dolly Museum This Year.

While a New Coaster would be nice, they should also take a look at the Park Itself. I Think they should Rethink a few things here and there.

They should Bring back the 9 and 10pm Closings. (Dollywood originally had 3 weeks of 10pm Closings this year, but in Mid-March they replaced them with 8pm Closings) Back in the Early 90's, DW closed at 10 and 11 Every Night, June-August.

They should also Relize that there Landscaping Department has lost a since of Organization. They've trimmed some of the Buildings on Showstreet in Traffic Cone Orange, Rivertown Lake's Giant Waterwheel has not worked in a Long time, and the Grist Mill Waterfall has been eaten in Kudzoo, as well as the Long Fence next to the Country Fair. The Park still looks Beautiful, just not as good as it looked back in 1992 or so.

I think the Closing Of Opryland made Dollywood's "Edge" kind of Lame, because they are the Only Major Theme Park in the area. SFOG is a Six Hour Drive, Carowinds is an Eight Hour Drive, and Kentucky Kingdom is a Five Hour Drive. They have No Competition, and there in an Area that has 12 Million Tourists Annually (1 out of 6 visitors go to Dollywood while in the Smokies) so they make a Profit No Matter What, which is not a good thing.

Dollywood is still a Great Park, With the Better Quality that SDC is Known for. It's just not the same park it was a few years back.

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*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 5/12/2003 12:59:32 AM ***

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Monday, May 12, 2003 2:50 PM
I agree with you Dukeis#1. I don't understand either why Dollywood has cut back on their hours over the past several years. I have written and questioned them on this, and they simply replied saying that they will pass along my thoughts to the proper people.

Have you also noticed that Dollywood has cut back on shows over the past several years also? They have several less "production" shows than ever, and now they have mainly bluegrass and other soloist/country group-based shows. What happened to the big-time productions that used to play in the Celebrity Theater and Showstreet Palace such as Paradise Road, Country Standard Time, and Fire On the Mountain. The only production show they have now is the new Oldies show in the Pines Theater and perhaps Randy Parton's show.

Dollywood is still an amazingly beautiful and entertaining park, but it seems they have put too much of their time and effort into developing Splash Country at the expense of Dollywood. It lacks some of the force that it once had in the early to mid nineties.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 3:00 PM

Vertigo said:
Problem is that Dollywood is not a becoming a family park but Dolly's Graceland.

Hence the name DOLLYwood

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