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Title: Dollywood 2018
Post by: jtudor on March 09, 2017, 08:15:52 AM
Posted on another forum:

So did anyone else get a Dollywood survey where they asked for opinions on four potential new themed areas? The themes were Music (which seemed to dominate the survey), Roadside Attractions, Snow and Farming/Agriculture. The survey showed some very preliminary artwork of the concepts and mentioned that each area would have "8-10 rides the family can enjoy together ranging from mild to wild" along with shows and food that relate to the theme of each area.


Wondering if this will be a new area or a rebuilt county fair space
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on March 09, 2017, 08:34:44 AM
I just saw that (on TPR) and commented too. A re-theme of county fair was my first cynical thought, but I think they still have their minds set on expansion.

I think this will be their "answer" to Fireman's Landing. Maybe they'll squeeze a new indoor play area as well. I don't think the train loop is a practical area to expand into yet, but there is room north of the entrance if they get creative.

I just hope they go with farming. Music is already a major theme of the park, roadside attractions seems wonky, and snow is just lame.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on May 22, 2017, 09:28:59 PM
About time to dust this thread off and get to speculating! Summer is basically here and that means August announcements are just around the corner.

I haven't made it back to DW since 2015 so my knowedge about how the park is laid out is getting old, but after looking at where things could be squeezed in I'm wondering if there's a way to open up more area on the North part of the park near the entrance. I know they've been restructuring the parking over there already, but it's such a pinch point that it's inevitable that they will have to widen it soon. It's steep terrain on both sides, but excavation isn't something they are afraid of anymore, and it really doesn't take much space to squeeze in a few kid's rides.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sanddunerider on May 23, 2017, 09:08:15 AM
Maybe a different Themed "Firemans Landing"
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: jtudor on May 31, 2017, 09:18:42 AM
Shave, you mentioned on TPR this:

Anyway though, I'm thinking that before too long we could start seeing some markings for the 2018 addition. If they are indeed adding a whole new area as proposed in the last concept, then they will typically start clearing by August depending on how much excavation is necessary.


Can you post what the last concept was?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on May 31, 2017, 01:56:57 PM
I was referring to the last known ride concept survey, the one you mentioned in the first post of this thread with the three different pitches of a new area similar to Fireman's Landing. I don't think I saved the images if there were any.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Swoosh on June 01, 2017, 06:19:47 PM
I'm thinking that before too long we could start seeing some markings for the 2018 addition.

I might be completely off on this guess, but I honestly see DW not adding anything next year.  I fully believe that what happens next year will rely on the lawsuit between HFEC and RMC.  IIRC, when HFEC was in a legal battle with Huss over Timber Tower nothing of significance was added that season.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on June 01, 2017, 08:22:08 PM
I'm thinking that before too long we could start seeing some markings for the 2018 addition.

I might be completely off on this guess, but I honestly see DW not adding anything next year.  I fully believe that what happens next year will rely on the lawsuit between HFEC and RMC.  IIRC, when HFEC was in a legal battle with Huss over Timber Tower nothing of significance was added that season.

Did not know that it had got to the litigation stage. Sad.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sdcfan88 on June 02, 2017, 02:01:52 AM
Pretty good guess that HFEC is probably done with RMC for future attractions. Honestly while I respect the chain for being open minded to embrace new ideas and concepts for attractions, I think HFEC needs to back away a bit from trying to 1up other chains coasters or be the worlds first for something and just go back to installing quality rides/attractions in their parks. Stick with high capacity and reliability. Its unfortunate that the issues with LR and even OR has been such a huge headache and a publicity nightmare. Its a real black eye for the chain.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Gilligan on June 08, 2017, 10:27:47 AM
My son and girlfriend are at Dollywood today.  Her guide dog has a reservation at Doggywood!  How cool is that??? I wondered how they would be able to enjoy rides with her guide, but Doggywood to the rescue! Her dog will spend the day on park in her own "cottage with a bed" and her own private kennel run. Thank you, Dollywood, for this excellent service! I wish SDC had something similar.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: HumphreyHawk on June 08, 2017, 12:00:34 PM
Silver Doggie City?   :o

I would probably be a customer.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sanddunerider on June 08, 2017, 01:57:42 PM
My son and girlfriend are at Dollywood today.  Her guide dog has a reservation at Doggywood!  How cool is that??? I wondered how they would be able to enjoy rides with her guide, but Doggywood to the rescue! Her dog will spend the day on park in her own "cottage with a bed" and her own private kennel run. Thank you, Dollywood, for this excellent service! I wish SDC had something similar.

is this an extra expense?   is there someone there to monitor pets? or do you just put them in a kennel , and pick them up later?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Swoosh on June 08, 2017, 04:33:02 PM
Silver Doggie City?   :o

I would probably be a customer.

Silver Collar City
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: History Buff on June 08, 2017, 10:26:44 PM
Silver Doggie City?   :o

I would probably be a customer.

Silver Collar City

Rover Dollar City
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Gilligan on June 08, 2017, 10:43:34 PM
Love the names!  It was $27 for the day (I think she received a discount with a guide dog), take your own dog food (guide dogs eat a controlled diet, so she would've taken food for her regardless), they have an attendant, and water is free.  Her dog had a tail wagging great day!  Here's a link:http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Guest-Services/Doggywood
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sanddunerider on June 09, 2017, 11:35:24 AM
WOW! thats a great service, But a little pricey, .  BUT if you take your friends, they can be taken care of..
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: jtudor on August 15, 2017, 08:15:37 AM
Over on themeparkreview, someone is mentioning that there's a ride due for closer and having it replaced with something new.  Any thoughts or knowledge on this?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on August 15, 2017, 03:35:06 PM
Looks like a potential friday announcement? Dolly being there could mean anything, she shows up every year no matter what unless I am mistaken. They aren't making much noise about it, so I'm guessing 2018 will be something along the lines of SDC's year of food and crafts. That will give them time to carve out some space for that new area in 2019.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 17, 2017, 07:29:13 PM
If history repeats itself, they'll be getting a Mack Coaster soon, 2019?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Swoosh on August 17, 2017, 07:38:18 PM
If history repeats itself, they'll be getting a Mack Coaster soon, 2019?

Do you think the park will really want to put in another Launched coaster with all of the issues they've had with Lightning Rod?  The GP is not that smart.  How do you explain to them that a new Launched coaster won't have issues too?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on August 17, 2017, 08:00:17 PM
Doesn't have to be launched... they could get a hyper coaster running out to the side of the parking lot. That's actually what I expected when LR was about to be announced. Of course now it would be compared to what Carowinds has... but Mack has enough tricks to make it unique.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 17, 2017, 08:28:12 PM
If history repeats itself, they'll be getting a Mack Coaster soon, 2019?

Do you think the park will really want to put in another Launched coaster with all of the issues they've had with Lightning Rod?  The GP is not that smart.  How do you explain to them that a new Launched coaster won't have issues too?

I think the magnetic launch is becoming kinda standard and replacing the lift chain

Argue with it all you want, Mack makes plenty of coasters. The pattern is there, it's why I mentioned a Star Flyer as the next SDC ride, that was sort of tongue in cheek but they did just buy a Funtime Drop Tower to finally put something on the topple tower pad. I was just following the trend. In the grand scheme those aren't expensive yet considered fairly major. Besides, Firechaser has a launch as well.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sirwillow on August 17, 2017, 08:43:45 PM
If history repeats itself, they'll be getting a Mack Coaster soon, 2019?

I know that's a common theory- that whatever one park gets, the other will get something similar.  And it has happened sometimes, and I understand why some think that.  But it really only plays one way, sort of, and there's been a lot more investment at Dollywood than there has been at SDC.  And several things put in one park that didn't have a matching cousin at the other.

Since 2004, Dollywood has added 7 coasters (Thunderhead, Sideshow Spin- now closed, Mystery Mine, Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express, Lightning Rod, and Whistle Punk Chaser).  Of those, 2- that's right, two, had matches at SDC, one sort of with Outlaw Run, and the other being the Grand Expo coaster.

Then you get the other additions in that same time period:
2005 Dollywood Renovates Country Fair with 10 new rides- matched by Grand Expo at SDC the next year
2006 Dollywood adds Timber Tower- no match
2008 Dollywood adds River Battle- matched by SDC's River Blast
2010 Dollywood opens Adventure Mountain ropes course- no match
2011 Dollywood adds Barnstormer- matched by SDC's Barn Swing
2015 Dollywood opens the DreamMore Resort (nothing close at SDC)
2017 Dollywood opens Drop Line freefall ride.- no match

The one thing that SDC has done in that time that Dollywood hasn't was replace Geyser Gulch with Fireman's landing which contains exactly 0 (zero) new rides, but all ones that have been in the park previously or recycled from other parks (especially Celebration City).

So since 2004, Dollywood has added 5 coasters, 3 major rides and a resort with no comparison at SDC.  That also doesn't include the 2 new areas of the park they've added in that time as well- Thunderhead Gap/ Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass, as well as a couple they've expanded.

There may be a compliment to this at Dollywood, but honestly I hope not.  it would be nice to see them invest in SDC for a change and not have to do it at Dolly as well.  SDC deserves some of the love that's been going to TN over the last few years.

Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 17, 2017, 11:19:35 PM
If history repeats itself, they'll be getting a Mack Coaster soon, 2019?

I know that's a common theory- that whatever one park gets, the other will get something similar.  And it has happened sometimes, and I understand why some think that.  But it really only plays one way, sort of, and there's been a lot more investment at Dollywood than there has been at SDC.  And several things put in one park that didn't have a matching cousin at the other.

Since 2004, Dollywood has added 7 coasters (Thunderhead, Sideshow Spin- now closed, Mystery Mine, Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express, Lightning Rod, and Whistle Punk Chaser).  Of those, 2- that's right, two, had matches at SDC, one sort of with Outlaw Run, and the other being the Grand Expo coaster.

Then you get the other additions in that same time period:
2005 Dollywood Renovates Country Fair with 10 new rides- matched by Grand Expo at SDC the next year
2006 Dollywood adds Timber Tower- no match (thank god)

2008 Dollywood adds River Battle- matched by SDC's River Blast

2010 Dollywood opens Adventure Mountain ropes course- no match(Needed Play area like GG)


2011 Dollywood adds Barnstormer- matched by SDC's Barn Swing
2015 Dollywood opens the DreamMore Resort (nothing close at SDC)
2017 Dollywood opens Drop Line freefall ride.- no match( I believe that was match for the S&S in Firemans's LAnding, SDC funtime ride maybe forth coming)

The one thing that SDC has done in that time that Dollywood hasn't was replace Geyser Gulch with Fireman's landing which contains exactly 0 (zero) new rides, but all ones that have been in the park previously or recycled from other parks (especially Celebration City).

So since 2004, Dollywood has added 5 coasters, 3 major rides and a resort with no comparison at SDC.  That also doesn't include the 2 new areas of the park they've added in that time as well- Thunderhead Gap/ Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass, as well as a couple they've expanded.

Don't Forget the Country Living Kitchen, not a ride but an addition that wasn't cheap.

There may be a compliment to this at Dollywood, but honestly I hope not.  it would be nice to see them invest in SDC for a change and not have to do it at Dolly as well.  SDC deserves some of the love that's been going to TN over the last few years.

I got a six pack of your favorite beverage that sez Dollywood will get a Mack  of some kind. When did the crew go over there and visit, three years ago? They did take a trip right, I swear we talked about that. They signed up for two.

Take comfort they added that drop tower this year right after a coaster, maybe SDC gets a cheaper ride in 2019 as well.

Here's what put SDC behind
Buzzsaw Falls converted to Power Keg, so there's two big attractions that;s just one.

The cap expenditure gap really wasn't, it was just split in Branson with Celebration City and that was either lost or reused. I really don't see the huge difference once you take the CC debacle out of it and factor in the Buzzsaw Falls/Powder Keg deal.

The only thing outside of that is that second Gerstlauer, Herschend decided they didn't want another Eurofighter at according to some and Dolly needed a Powde Keg

So, outside of the CC debacle, the redo of Buzzsaw Falls and the Gerstlauer, the spend has been about the same at the dry parks.

I'll concede that they neglect the heck out of Whitewater and I have no clue as to why. The Resort, well, I honestly thought they'd copy it at the CC site but there must be a reason they haven't yet. Maybe not the money maker they envisioned in Pigeon Forge. It's really not much value added to it compared to other places in town with more impressive water features.

I just don't see the lack of love that others see and I do see the trend of two rides from a manufacturer at a time.

Springfield is growing but NWA is booming and SDC will grow. There's no reason to think the future isn't bright for SDC.

I'd call the Funtime Drop Line a fill the space from the blunder that was Timber Tower and match to SDC's relocated S&S. Frankly, the S&S if more fun. I prefer it over Mach Tower at Busch Gardens.  Hindsight is 20/20 but they should have added a second taller one in Fireman's Landing kinda like Hershey did. After my visit at Hershey the middle tower was was not needed unless it is purely for capacity sake cause that was avoided by the crowds when I was there, it was the small one or the big one. But if Funtime is in for two rides, please let SDC be a Star Flyer.

Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on August 18, 2017, 08:47:51 AM
lol, we've got to stop bringing up the "investment gap" between SDC and DW every time we talk about this stuff. We keep forgetting so many details, such as just how much the CC debacle really cost HFEC. Plus other investments they've made around Branson and the extra costs they have to go through with expanding SDC. DW is in a much better position with the geography of their parking lots and the road access conditions in their immediate area. Not to mention the fact that the company is simply going to invest more money where they see more immediate growth potential.

Anyway though, I agree with chittlins that there have been more cross-overs than those that are completely obvious. At the end of the day I'm pretty sure it's the same purchase managers for all of HFEC, and they do love multi-contract discounts.

I still think DW's next expansion will be the new area hinted at in the concept artwork shown earlier. Whether that happens in 2018 or 2019 I guess we'll see soon. An announcement is going to happen later today apparently. I'd also like to put my bets in on a Mack coaster following sometime after that.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: HumphreyHawk on August 18, 2017, 09:43:20 AM
Don't forget Dolly has bigger markets regionally that it is pulling from.  It kind of makes sense for HFE to spend a little more money at that park considering it has the potential to draw bigger attendances. 

Just think about the major markets within a days drive...

SDC: most of MO, AR, OK, KS (Springfield/Joplin, NWA, KC, Stl, LR, Columbia, Ft. Smith, Tulsa, Wichita, St. Joe, Topeka/Lawrence, OKC, Omaha?, Memphis?, Dallas?) with a lot of farmlands and Ozark forests in between.
Dolly: Most of TN, NC, KY, GA, SC AL, VA (Knoxville, Nashville, Ashville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Atlanta, Durhum/Raleigh, Huntsville, Lexington/Louisville, Greenville, Birmingham, Charleston,Columbia, Cincinnati?) plus the regions simply have more population per square mile in these regions than most of the SDC areas.

I even know multiple families in Mobile Al that say they make trips to Pigeon Forge every few years.  Both parks have competition from other parks in nearby big cities....but Dolly just has a larger population reach and base than SDC.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 18, 2017, 10:31:45 AM
Don't forget Dolly has bigger markets regionally that it is pulling from.  It kind of makes sense for HFE to spend a little more money at that park considering it has the potential to draw bigger attendances. 

Just think about the major markets within a days drive...

SDC: most of MO, AR, OK, KS (Springfield/Joplin, NWA, KC, Stl, LR, Columbia, Ft. Smith, Tulsa, Wichita, St. Joe, Topeka/Lawrence, OKC, Omaha?, Memphis?, Dallas?) with a lot of farmlands and Ozark forests in between.
Dolly: Most of TN, NC, KY, GA, SC AL, VA (Knoxville, Nashville, Ashville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Atlanta, Durhum/Raleigh, Huntsville, Lexington/Louisville, Greenville, Birmingham, Charleston,Columbia, Cincinnati?) plus the regions simply have more population per square mile in these regions than most of the SDC areas.

I even know multiple families in Mobile Al that say they make trips to Pigeon Forge every few years.  Both parks have competition from other parks in nearby big cities....but Dolly just has a larger population reach and base than SDC.

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With that population comes competition as well. Lots more major parks over there, yet when you sit down and go through additions and removals and overall attractions outside of rides there really not much difference  especially when you factor in the Celebration City spend.

That said, both parks need more tween coasters. SDC could use a Vekoma family boomerang and family invert. Same goes for Dollywood.  You could probably mix them and use the same space. They aren't coaster that I'd ride but I acknowledge the need, possibly for when I start gaining Grandkids.

Till then I'm betting Dolly will get a Mack and hopefully both parks will get a Hyper/Giga within a decade.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Tmboote on August 18, 2017, 10:59:03 AM
I would expect more money to be invested into Dollywood than SDC. If HFE were to invest the same amount into each park, then Dolly invests into the park herself, Dollywood would have more money.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 18, 2017, 08:32:25 PM
Doesn't have to be launched... they could get a hyper coaster running out to the side of the parking lot. That's actually what I expected when LR was about to be announced. Of course now it would be compared to what Carowinds has... but Mack has enough tricks to make it unique.

There's that new hyper Mack in China that has the largest loop in the world
https://youtu.be/H2hY0feyRNo
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: jtudor on August 21, 2017, 09:15:44 AM
I still think DW's next expansion will be the new area hinted at in the concept artwork shown earlier. Whether that happens in 2018 or 2019 I guess we'll see soon. An announcement is going to happen later today apparently. I'd also like to put my bets in on a Mack coaster following sometime after that.

Shown earlier where? Very curious about this.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: HumphreyHawk on August 21, 2017, 09:19:50 AM
Doesn't have to be launched... they could get a hyper coaster running out to the side of the parking lot. That's actually what I expected when LR was about to be announced. Of course now it would be compared to what Carowinds has... but Mack has enough tricks to make it unique.

There's that new hyper Mack in China that has the largest loop in the world
https://youtu.be/H2hY0feyRNo

That coaster looks amazingly fun.  Just makes me dream about a mack hyper running down the hills of SDC back behind AP?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sdcfan88 on August 21, 2017, 03:24:24 PM
I see two things, the most likely being they will probably get a chain lift based Hypercoaster about the size of DC Rivals with the non inverting loop and some other gimmick to satisfy marketing.

Depending on how well the GP accept the Mack Spinner at SDC next year, they might get a rethemed version of it and market it as being bigger and longer than SDC's. I don't see it until after 2019-2020 depending on if the 2020 coaster rumors are true for SDC.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: givemezamor on August 21, 2017, 05:10:44 PM
I see two things, the most likely being they will probably get a chain lift based Hypercoaster about the size of DC Rivals with the non inverting loop and some other gimmick to satisfy marketing.

Depending on how well the GP accept the Mack Spinner at SDC next year, they might get a rethemed version of it and market it as being bigger and longer than SDC's. I don't see it until after 2019-2020 depending on if the 2020 coaster rumors are true for SDC.

I told myself I'd sit back and soak in all that Time Traveller had to offer, but 2020 SDC coaster- please elaborate. There's nothing like a good rumor. 
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Swoosh on August 21, 2017, 05:33:11 PM
I see two things, the most likely being they will probably get a chain lift based Hypercoaster about the size of DC Rivals with the non inverting loop and some other gimmick to satisfy marketing.

Depending on how well the GP accept the Mack Spinner at SDC next year, they might get a rethemed version of it and market it as being bigger and longer than SDC's. I don't see it until after 2019-2020 depending on if the 2020 coaster rumors are true for SDC.

I told myself I'd sit back and soak in all that Time Traveller had to offer, but 2020 SDC coaster- please elaborate. There's nothing like a good rumor.

The park has 6-7 plots earmarked for coasters at the park.  The rumor going around is that the next big addition will be in 2020 and be on the west side of the park between PK and WF.  The issue with the timing of the rumor is that there is an even louder rumor that the park is going to either (A) throw large amounts of money at the classic - FM, FITH, AP, LR, GM or (B) remove the classics and/or replace them. 
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on August 21, 2017, 09:05:54 PM
lol, keep the SDC rumors in the SDC threads, we already fill these DW threads with SDC stuff.  :D

I still think DW's next expansion will be the new area hinted at in the concept artwork shown earlier. Whether that happens in 2018 or 2019 I guess we'll see soon. An announcement is going to happen later today apparently. I'd also like to put my bets in on a Mack coaster following sometime after that.

Shown earlier where? Very curious about this.

I don't know where the concept artwork is anymore, and I don't have enough time to go searching. It was posted about a year or so ago on TPR and a few other places. It was just a concept pitch similar to the ones SDC always sends out. There were three options for a new themed area with several new kids rides. Basically their answer to FL.

Sounds like nothing is coming to DW in 2018 though. Dolly gave the annual speech last friday and touted the new additions to their festival lineup. Hopefully this gives them time to go full steam on Lightning Rod again.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on August 22, 2017, 12:00:32 PM
... and just as soon as I post that nothing is coming, DW announces that their river battle is closing soon and that more announcements are on the way concerning future projects...
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Swoosh on August 22, 2017, 01:20:58 PM
A Fireman's Landing back by Firechaser Express would make logical sense.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sirwillow on August 22, 2017, 01:38:27 PM
... and just as soon as I post that nothing is coming, DW announces that their river battle is closing soon and that more announcements are on the way concerning future projects...

Interesting choice.  Depending on what they do, that can be a pretty large area to work with. 

Funny reading the comments on Facebook about it.  Either "It was our favorite ride" or the ridiculous, "I hated that ride.  Some grown man shot my child in the face and got them wet.  How could someone be that evil?" and variations on that them.  SMH  at the melodrama.

The Fireman's Landing idea would be interesting, but I wouldn't be surprised if they put in some more food choices/ stores/ things to keep people hanging around more.  There's some on that side of the park, but it's still a bit light since it's the newer area of the park.  Wild Eagle also wouldn't fit in well with that theme, and it's sitting in between Firechaser and where River Battle is now.  I wouldn't be surprised if it's more than one thing though.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 22, 2017, 02:46:36 PM
... and just as soon as I post that nothing is coming, DW announces that their river battle is closing soon and that more announcements are on the way concerning future projects...

Interesting choice.  Depending on what they do, that can be a pretty large area to work with. 

Funny reading the comments on Facebook about it.  Either "It was our favorite ride" or the ridiculous, "I hated that ride.  Some grown man shot my child in the face and got them wet.  How could someone be that evil?" and variations on that them.  SMH  at the melodrama.

The Fireman's Landing idea would be interesting, but I wouldn't be surprised if they put in some more food choices/ stores/ things to keep people hanging around more.  There's some on that side of the park, but it's still a bit light since it's the newer area of the park.  Wild Eagle also wouldn't fit in well with that theme, and it's sitting in between Firechaser and where River Battle is now.  I wouldn't be surprised if it's more than one thing though.

I don't see SDC's Tom and Huck River Blast disappearing soon

Yet another Dollywood quick yank. Timber Tower, Adventure Mountain, and now River Battle right at just 10 years old.

That said,  a Mack Powersplash may replace it and spell doom for Daredevil Falls as well.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sanddunerider on August 23, 2017, 07:57:09 AM
... and just as soon as I post that nothing is coming, DW announces that their river battle is closing soon and that more announcements are on the way concerning future projects...

LOL>  i read that also, thought the same thing you just said :o :o
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sirwillow on August 23, 2017, 10:13:06 AM

I don't see SDC's Tom and Huck River Blast disappearing soon

Yet another Dollywood quick yank. Timber Tower, Adventure Mountain, and now River Battle right at just 10 years old.

That said,  a Mack Powersplash may replace it and spell doom for Daredevil Falls as well.

Yeah, this one surprises me a bit.  The topper tower needed to go as it rarely worked right, sadly.  I think it's replacement was well done.  Adventure mountain- essentially a rope course that only a few would get to do, almost seemed like a placeholder until they were able to get Firechaser Express built.- something to fill in the hole that otherwise would have been there.

Not sure why they're removing River Battle.  it was interesting riding it when we were there.  The squirt guns on it don't have the range that the ones at SDC do, and they're harder to work.  Not as many targets to you got nowhere near as wet as you do at SDC. 

I'd hate to see Daredevil Falls go.  That was a great ride.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 23, 2017, 11:15:13 AM

I don't see SDC's Tom and Huck River Blast disappearing soon

Yet another Dollywood quick yank. Timber Tower, Adventure Mountain, and now River Battle right at just 10 years old.

That said,  a Mack Powersplash may replace it and spell doom for Daredevil Falls as well.

Yeah, this one surprises me a bit.  The topper tower needed to go as it rarely worked right, sadly.  I think it's replacement was well done.  Adventure mountain- essentially a rope course that only a few would get to do, almost seemed like a placeholder until they were able to get Firechaser Express built.- something to fill in the hole that otherwise would have been there.

Not sure why they're removing River Battle.  it was interesting riding it when we were there.  The squirt guns on it don't have the range that the ones at SDC do, and they're harder to work.  Not as many targets to you got nowhere near as wet as you do at SDC. 

I'd hate to see Daredevil Falls go.  That was a great ride.

Oh, that's just me speculating that it would go if Dollywood got a PowerSplash by Mack.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Swoosh on August 23, 2017, 12:24:07 PM
The Fireman's Landing idea would be interesting, but I wouldn't be surprised if they put in some more food choices/ stores/ things to keep people hanging around more.  There's some on that side of the park, but it's still a bit light since it's the newer area of the park.  Wild Eagle also wouldn't fit in well with that theme, and it's sitting in between Firechaser and where River Battle is now.  I wouldn't be surprised if it's more than one thing though.

Actually it's not.  The entrance to Firechaser Express is up the hill from Wild Eagle and closer to River Battle than Wild Eagle so it could work if they wanted it to.  Still doesn't help Blazing Fury which is down around the corner but what can you do.  The themes back there are not cohesive anyway
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: chittlins on August 23, 2017, 11:21:11 PM
Ok, someone on TPR referenced  back when Lightning Nightmare was announced that it would be the last coaster for a time and that they were going to concentrate on other stuff besides coaster. I seem to remember that as well. Guess we'll see.  Mack can make a mean log flume.

If SDC gets another coaster in 2020 and Dolly Doesn't color me impressed as it would make up the "recession" deficit.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: jtudor on September 27, 2017, 08:24:34 AM
Any updates on the River Blast area or thoughts on what's going in?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 08, 2017, 01:36:22 PM
Its gone save for the station. Still no news on what will replace it.
http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23793&start=15640

(http://themeparkreview.com/forum/files/thumb_fb_img_1507421706079.jpg)
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on October 08, 2017, 07:56:35 PM
I'll bet the station will disappear right after the halloween event is over. They've got to get a move on if they are going to make this into a mini-area. I can't think of anything else they could be doing.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Bobby2889 on December 14, 2017, 09:15:08 PM
Thereís lots of construction updates about a large new expansion area everywhere but here, thought Iíd mention it.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on December 14, 2017, 09:56:23 PM
Yeah, DW news always gets away from me, but it seems like their 2019 addition is going to be bigger than anyone imagined. The area they are clearing, if the most recent images I've seen are correct, is over twice the size of Fireman's Landing. They might be getting land ready for an FL-style addition and then some other things on down the road after that.

It'll be interesting to see what rides they go with. I expect at least one ride in the area will be a decent sized thrill ride. Perhaps a frisbee style ride?
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: sdcfan88 on December 20, 2017, 11:53:15 PM
Some were toying with the idea that this area is gonna be part of a new themed area and for a future Mack coaster that will tie into it sometime in 2020. I am skeptical though even though HFEC has always done a two park deal with attractions in the past.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: shavethewhales on December 23, 2017, 11:58:20 PM
Here are some more recent photos: https://m.imgur.com/a/YlLqA

Just a huge area... Got to be clearing for at least a few different projects down the line. I can't imagine them filling this up all at once.
Title: Re: Dollywood 2018
Post by: Bobby2889 on March 15, 2018, 11:49:36 PM
Dollywood posted this video to Facebook showing some of this years upgrades.

https://www.facebook.com/dollywood/videos/10156491773077240/ (https://www.facebook.com/dollywood/videos/10156491773077240/).

It all looks really nice in my opinion. Canít wait to see how it all turns out.