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Discussion in 'Other U.S. Theme Parks' started by TheDecemberists, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Mad Dog

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    His schedule is solid though. He has a Disney cruise Saturday and then it's back to Universal and finally home to England.
     
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    UK Trigg earlier today posted two sets of photos from his Dollywood trip on the 'An Epic Adventure-A Live & Interactive Trip Report' thread.
     
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    There has to be some point at which Lightning Rod is stable. I think it is such a draw for people hearing about the park it would be worth even a ton of maintenance costs.
     
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    Breaking News from UK Trigg & Bob Wadd on the An Epic Adventure-A Live & Interactive Trip Report concerning the Lightening Rod coaster at Dollywood.
     
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    I dont think Lightning Rod will be replaced. I heard it is opening in October and if not it will 99% be open by next season or November.
     
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    Um...yeah...I don't think so. I'm not sure if that was just thrown in for humor, but...nope...not buying it.
     
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    If Lightning Rod is going..who's to say it won't just be the same coaster, but removing the most troubling aspect of the coaster, the LSM?
     
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    It wouldn't be the first time a troubled coaster disappeared early in it's life. Drachen Fire in BGW was torn down after only two years or so after being opened. I would think guarantees are still in place this early, so perhaps Dollywood tries to get their money back to a degree, or as Alexander Bush says, make some major alterations.
     
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    SoB called in that regard too.

    I would be shocked if it's torn down, but I think the biggest problem that can easily be fixed, is that launch. It's not needed, and causes enough trouble as it is.
     
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    The launch isn't the issue. The park has pointed this out numerous times. If anything, the trains are too heavy and are beating the track up; specifically at the bottom of the drop where the "pothole" is.

    Drachen Fire was in operation from 1992-1998.
     
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    If anything they'll reconfigure it with a new launch system, or even give it a lift hill. I don't see them tearing the entire thing down lol.
     
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    Didn't put it in for humour. The sever in the restaurant brought it up. Her words were its being replaced. Naturally punch is salt, but that is what I was told.
     
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    Dollywood has been quick to replace in the past. They went round and round with HUSS over a topple tower. Yanked a perfectly good Mack Splash battle and yanked a rather expensive newer ropes course.
     
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    I'd guess one of the major issues with this is it's just not a coaster placed within a amusement or theme park. It has an entire expansion land build in conjunction with this. If the coaster is most always down, I would think that entire area of the park is not reaching the return on investment that was envisioned and planned for. That's a serious problem and can only be rectified by having a highlight attraction that is dependable and operating nearly 100% of the time.
     
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    Well I just got an email that says that Lightning Rod will be available for exclusive ride time to pass holders in October... so let's squash the rumor (especially now that we know that it came from a seasonal $9/hr employee ;) )
     
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    The server in a restaurant at the park isn't going to know anything in regards to a ride removal. Unless it comes from the park president or other higher up official it means nothing.
     
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    I figure that they might go with a proven launch coaster provider. I was thinking maybe Intamin or Premier could set up the launch on the lift hill and retrofit the trains for the fins. Make that part work more reliably and that should fix everything.
     
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    Intamin and Premier outsource their electromagnets the same exact way RMC does.
     
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    This is a marque ride that put the park on the map for a bunch if people. It is not like bad troubled rides of the past.
     
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    Whatever the real near future plans are (continue as is, re do, or replace the coaster), I'd think it's incumbent upon the park to get that marque attraction working more than every now and then status if they're going to get a decent return on a pretty heavy investment for that new land area of the park. Broken down attractions, even greatly lauded ones, will not pull in attendance, and make money for the park. Revenue is the bottom line.
     

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