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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.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: New entrance policy
« on: January 03, 2016, 02:20:06 PM »
Went to Dollywood several times this past week.  Half way expected to go through security bag checks with the changes at SDC but did not have to.  I didn't really notice any changes in security practices at DW and didn't really notice any increase in security personnel.  On a side note, Lightning Rod (the part you can see anyway) is looking good.  Looking forward to riding it this spring! 

Construction/Rumors / Re: OzCat to be demolished
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:15:44 PM »
Agreed.  I enjoyed every ride I took on it!

What are the people in the picture supposedly looking at?  They are not looking at the tavern.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / 2016 Season Passes
« on: October 30, 2015, 05:05:45 PM »
I was just looking over the e-mail for 2016 season passes.  Noticed there are a few tweaks for next year.  It said it was the final season for World-fest.  Are they just renaming and repurposing it in 2017 or is it truly going away?  They have added 6 days to Bluegrass and BBQ and September is now called "Heroes' Month".  They also added a Founders' Weekend in early May.

Other Parks / Re: A Birds Eye View of Celebration City.
« on: April 24, 2015, 05:14:08 PM »
My kids loved CC as well.  We used to get to Whitewater at opening and hit it hard there for 3 or 4 hours and then grab some lunch at Wendy's across the street and head to CC for the evening.  Always made for a great day!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Refillable Mug?
« on: March 28, 2015, 10:27:25 AM »
My $1 refill Buzzsaw Falls mug has always been honored.

Branson Talk / Re: Branson Shuffle- Ready for 2015?
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:33:49 AM »
I read where Jim Stafford is coming back to Branson this year.  He will be doing shows in his old theatre.

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