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I just read another story that indicated the ride designer had been indicted.

I read in the Post-Dispatch where the co-owner had been arrested. The story said the co-owner was being held in a Texas jail and would not fight extradition back to Kansas. The story did say the judge in the matter was going to consider bail if Kansas authorities didn't come and get him soon.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:30:36 PM »
We used to travel every year at spring break and preferred going to Dollywood over Silver Dollar City for the simple fact that when Dollywood opens for the season they are "open".  They jump right into a festival with a full slate of shows and all the restaurants/shops open. We had fun at SDC when we used to go over break 5 or so years ago but it seemed the crowds were more manageable. Must admit though I always had a weird feeling walking around SDC with so many things closed.  With crowds growing every spring, maybe it's time to re-evaluate and open full bore.  Then again, if people are coming anyway why spend the extra money.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:49:56 PM »
You're welcome History Buff.  I was hoping i would remember to check the wheel when I attended the Saloon show.  When they shattered the mirror at the end of the show it drew my attention that way and I checked it out.  Like you said...not a big deal but an interesting little tidbit to know.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2017 Trip Reports
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:23:33 AM »
Had good visits to SDC Wednesday, Thursday and Friday despite the hot, muggy conditions. Couldn't imagine being there in the summer without all the trees.  Got lucky Friday as Powderkeg opened on time and we were able to ride a few times before the crowds started building. PK is only running one train this week as the other two trains are broken down and they are waiting on parts. PK is my favorite ride at SDC and I wish it was more reliable. History Buff had mentioned the spinning wheel behind the bar at the Saloon.  We were at the show Thursday the 15th and the wheel was stopped at 15 so I guess HB was right that they set the wheel to the date. Fortunately, didn't see any major problems in any of the restrooms I went in. Did actually see an attendant in one of them one time!  Didn't seem to be much work going on Thursday at the new coaster but things were very busy there Friday. Ate Thursday at Percy's Southwest Grill and enjoyed it.  Globetrotter show was better than I anticipated and my family enjoyed it. We were in the line of fire when they tossed the bucket of confetti. Glad we didn't get the water. Classic HG bit. Last year for them at SDC.  Wonder if they will be at Dollywood in the future?   Again, we enjoyed our time.  Just wish the ride ops would move a little quicker and focus on keeping things moving when the lines get long.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:56:49 PM »
I have no clue what this new coaster is going to be and I have not made it to the park this year to see any of the construction. However, I was wondering if there is any chance or thought that this coaster might consist of multiple tracks with two trains launching at the same time. Just thinking out loud regarding some options that might make this ride, other than the spinning cars, a little different.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 10, 2016, 01:29:59 PM »
I'll third that.

I saw on Dollywood's website where Lightning Rod is closed today because the ride manufacturer ordered all of its roller coasters closed until further notice as a recalled mechanical part is replaced. Does anyone know if Outlaw Run is closed as well?

Well, Lightning Rod is now officially open. DW has been sending out-mails and posting things on Facebook yesterday and today announcing that the ride is open and out of technical ride rehearsal.  I got to ride it two more times this past Sunday.  It did not open on time Sunday but once it did open two train operation seemed to go smoothly throughout the day.  The more I rode it the more I loved the uphill launch.  But, I am afraid they are going to have continuing maintenance problems with it although I hope I am wrong.  I just have this bad feeling that it will be like Powderkeg in that once the chain drops for the day you will hustle to LR and it will not be ready to open on time.  As I posted previously, Lightning Rod is all about speed and air time.  It does feature some of the same elements as Outlaw Run.  It's a short, quick ride but it packs a punch!   

Got to ride Lightning Rod two times today. Great ride!! If you like speed and air time this is the ride for you. Went to DW Tuesday and it never opened as they were working on the launch hill. They did do some testing late in the day. Did not go to the park Wednesday but headed straight to the coaster when the park opened this morning. Workers said it would open today but they did not know when. I knew it was going to happen when 4 tv news crews showed up. We were about 12th position in line and the tv guys and gals were interviewing all sorts of people. When it opened we were on the first train for the general public today (it had been open to park goers sporadically for testing over the past few weeks) and all the camera crews were taping our voyage and conducting interviews when we returned to the station. As Swoosh mentioned earlier, flooding in that area of the park last week slowed the testing progress. I was told Red's Diner right in front of the coaster had water in it.

The uphill launch is something different and a lot of fun. It really shoots you over that first small drop hill and sets the stage for the big drop. After that it's all speed and airtime. It's very similar to Outlaw Run with some of the same elements. My wife and kids both thought LR was better than OR as did I. I have to admit though, at this stage of my life I'm not big on inversions and LR has none (you are sideways a few times). My favorite part was the quadruple down near the end of the ride. Always twisting and turning at high speeds.   It's a short ride but really packs a punch. The station looks very nice and the majority of the ride is hidden from park view. I even thought the coaster trains looked sharp and really fit the ride. I'll try to provide more thoughts when I return home. I hope to catch a few more rides on it this Sunday. It's a ride that makes you glad you've got a seatbelt as my rear end was off the seat more than it was on it.

I'm certainly hoping Lightning Rod will be running some this week as we will be at Dollywood several days.  Looking forward to visiting DW.

I got the survey yesterday as well and took the time to fill it out.  As has been mentioned, Concept 2 featuring Buffalo Bill had most of the survey dedicated to it.  The conceptual artwork wasn't too bad and clearly depicted a spinning coaster.  It talked about climbing aboard your bull and holding on.  It said you had to master your craft at Silver Dollar City before heading out with Buffalo Bill on the show circuit. The survey wanted you to provide what you thought would be the best name for the ride.
Concept 1 was only briefly mentioned and referenced silver caves.  It talked about an abandoned mine and searching for the caves in the unexplored parts of Silver Dollar City's mountains.  It also showed some conceptual artwork. They wanted know which concept you preferred and if either project would be more likely to have you visit SDC. This was the first survey I had gotten in some time.   

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Where in the City? (2016)
« on: April 12, 2016, 06:24:10 PM »
Teacup ride in Grand Expo?

Lightning Rod's opening has been delayed.  The e-mail from DW did not indicate when the new coaster might open, just said the manufacturer has asked for more time for testing.  Disappointing for sure for those who were heading down opening weekend.

Construction continues and the ride is taking shape.  Very little of the ride will be visible from the park itself.  It will be neat to blast out of the park and roll through the hills.  Red's Diner is also getting a makeover.  This new coaster will be a nice shot in the arm for that part of the park.

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