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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #345 on: December 31, 2022, 03:12:29 PM »
Lol, you of all people to say that. Bitching about change has been a pretty good hobby for me over the 15 years we've been discussing things on this forum. I guess it's the one thing we can always count on.  ::)

I just report on things from the park.  I just take photos and post them. 
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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #346 on: December 31, 2022, 08:39:15 PM »
Things are going to look a little different upon arrival in 2023 in the ticketing area.  No new buildings (yet) but improved guest flow is coming
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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #347 on: December 31, 2022, 09:09:32 PM »
More roof structure has gone up on the new dining area.
The first wall has also gone up on the new Fried Fancies.

Over in Firemanís Landing, the stretch of fence where the track crossing will be has been taken down to put up metal posts and different/unpainted fencing has gone back up.

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #348 on: January 03, 2023, 09:58:23 AM »
Thanks for the photos and updates everyone! The weather is looking pretty good this week so I'm sure the new buildings are going to fly up pretty quickly before the next cold front comes in.

Glad to hear they are going to improve things at the entrance, but I wonder how long they can shift things around before they have to start tearing things down to make more room. They have a pretty good number of ticket windows, and an increasing number of people are going to use mobile tickets. It's the security/turnstiles that are the real choke point, even though they are efficient. At some point they'll need to put that all up front and open up a second pathway around the other side of the sinkhole - the path they already use on super crowded days.

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #349 on: January 03, 2023, 04:59:41 PM »
Dollywood updated guest flow at their front gate this season.  Iíd be shocked if this isnít the direction the park is headed
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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #350 on: January 03, 2023, 05:02:45 PM »
Did you make it out there to take pics / show the difference?

Dollywood updated guest flow at their front gate this season.  Iíd be shocked if this isnít the direction the park is headed

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #351 on: January 03, 2023, 09:40:07 PM »
While we visit Dollywood yearly, I donít think I took any photos of the new entry area new traffic flow. 

The big changes were they moved the trams further out into what used to be ADA Parking.  They also moved the security screening out into that lot and you go through it before you even get to ticketing. 
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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #352 on: January 04, 2023, 07:39:09 AM »
Another big change was that the DreamMore trolly now goes to the main entrance with everyone else. In the past there was a separate entrance up the hill that had its own security and turnstiles. There were lots of complaints on the trolly each day about the removal of the special entrance for the trolly.

This was the first year we've ever gone in the main entrance since we have always stayed at the DreamMore and ridden the trolly.

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #353 on: January 04, 2023, 11:04:52 PM »
That change was done because they rerouted the entry/exit lanes for the cars
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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #354 on: January 05, 2023, 10:17:48 AM »
That change was done because they rerouted the entry/exit lanes for the cars

Not really a valid argument for taking away the perk of using the closer special entrance.
That entrance is still used for preferred parking and groups.

But enough about Dollywood...

65 days until the 2023 SDC season opens! Looking forward to the announcements that they mentioned in their Facebook post a few days ago.

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #355 on: January 05, 2023, 07:09:49 PM »
Those announcements will be mainly concerts coming this year to Echo Hollow
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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #356 on: January 17, 2023, 09:07:49 PM »
Looks like a ton of parking lot/road word is happening right now. The old tram tunnel has been demolished along with railings, plants and trees.

You can see photos at the links below:
https://twitter.com/hicknews/status/1615469216441802764?s=20&t=tgFluK5Wcl0kl8GjqESPfQ
https://www.facebook.com/groups/125273777553703/permalink/5826379614109729/

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #357 on: January 18, 2023, 08:46:42 AM »
Looking at all that smoke from trees burning, has me thinking that somewhere Mary Herschend is rolling in her grave!

Definitely looks like they are getting serious about the parking though.

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #358 on: January 18, 2023, 09:13:36 AM »
Interesting. Probably about time for the old roadway to be reworked. Kind of wish I had known so I could have taken a last photo or something. Who else remembers when that was the main road zipping past SDC? Weird thing to be nostalgic about, but I have fond memories of seeing the actual SDC sign and knowing we were there.

Going to be interesting to see how they push out lots 2 and 3 more. Probably mainly trying to rework the tram road. That connection between lots 2 and 3 has always been a major hazard and point of confusion for first time visitors.

Next they need to put up some kind of warning lights/signage at the pedestrian/tram crossing on the north end of the preferred lot.

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Re: SDC's 2023 Project(s) and Park Developments
« Reply #359 on: January 18, 2023, 09:53:15 AM »
Iím glad theyíre reworking the parking lot/entrance situation. Itís a much needed upgrade to handle the amount of people that come in, and the tram/roadway crossing heading to lot 3 was dangerous and confusing for new visitors. Hopefully once they start working on the landscaping they put some fully grown trees back in.

A much needed upgrade for a very crappy parking lot.