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  1. It is the busiest I have seen in Dollywood on Black Friday. Wait for Lightning Rod is 105 minutes and Blazing Fury is 45 minutes. In the past, this is a good day to come. Lightning Rod - This is by far my favorite RMC coaster. A distant second is Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. I still have not been on Twisted Timbers yet though. That 6 hill combination at the end is absolutely incredible. Still, I have El Toro and Voyage above this as a wooden coaster. Drop Line - Since Drop Tower is not a frequent option for me now, this is my go to drop rides. They cycle this ride so much faster than Drop Tower so it is much easier to wait. I still miss Drop Tower a lot. Thunderhead - Still running very nicely. First half of the coaster was retracked this year and running so much better. About 30 minutes wait for this ride. This coaster provides so much floating air time. This is a great substitute for Mystic Timbers for me. Wild Eagle - 45 minute wait? I got to appreciate this ride over the years. Not a big fan of wing coasters except for Skyrush but this is probably my favorite of the B&M wing coasters. It is practically required to get a cinnamon bread at Grist Mills when we come to Dollywood. For those who never had this, do yourself a favor and try it. Dollywood has become our favorite park over the years. With the park being only 2.5 hours away for our house, this became our regular stop.
  2. WindSeeker seems to be down a lot. There was a sign yesterday that the ride was closed for the day. Park was really empty yesterday. We rode Fury 11 times with 9 re-rides. Carowinds allow re-rides.
  3. I checked with gift shops. They said they do not sell patches. I did not see them in Fury shop. Sorry. Also, WindSeeker is not working again after running during Labor Day weekend.
  4. I will check next weekend and let you know.
  5. I cannot go this weekend but will check out what was done to the train next week. I will also try to find out what happened. I can bribe operators.
  6. I rode Maverick last week. It is not the same light show, unfortunately.
  7. That is the reason for Maverick making a big leap on my coaster ranking. I love that coaster. Only if they bring back the original light show inside of the tunnel......
  8. I agree. These are really personal tastes after all. I did not think Steel Vengeance as anything really special. As I ride more, this may change. In fact, many coasters do. Maverick has been climbing. There are very few coasters that take my breath away when I first ride them. The last one was Lightning Rod. Before that, it was Fury 325.
  9. I have been on 394 so far. The last new coaster was Dragonflier at Dollywood. 96 wooden coasters. My top 10 steel and wooden coasters are listed on my signature. Since many people like these CP rides, I will add Steel Vengeance at #16 and Millennium Force at #21. Also, The Beast is #11 on wooden.
  10. The original Maverick restraints were not very comfortable. Skyrush or Green Lantern (SFMM), which are even newer design, are somewhat painful. Most I can ride Skyrush is about 5 in a row. Too bad since I love Skyrush.
  11. The restraints for Copperhead Strike is not the most ideal one. I can see how this could happen. I always have my hands and arms up when they check the restraints and let the attendants bring down the restraints. It reminds me somewhat of Skyrush system. This coaster, newer Intamin rides, and RMC trains all could use redesigned restraints.
  12. Sorry that you had a difficult day at CP. CP is a great park to visit normally. Intamin coasters are down a lot although MF and Wicked Twister became much more reliable over the years. For future reference, Saturdays are really busy. For a strange reason, Fridays are not as busy as Mondays. Sundays in September and October are the best time to go. My annual trips to CP is the second Sunday of September. Very nice weather along with small crowds every trip since 2009. We normally get around 16 to 20 rides by 3 pm in those days. 2 years ago, we got 1 MF, 8 Maverick, 5 Magnum, 2 TTD, 2 GateKeeper, 1 Raptor and 1 Wicked Twister and left by 3 pm. Last year, we got 1 SV, 8 Maverick, 8 Magnum, 2 TTD, 1 MF and 2 Raptor and left at 3:30 pm.
  13. I do not know. As of 8/18, WindSeeker is still not operating.
  14. I wonder what type of "auction" or "fundraiser" event will be held for this coaster. Local Make-a-wish or special needs children funds will be outstanding. I will definitely participate on that.
  15. I do agree with many of what you said. Height does add fear factor although my love for drop rides tell me that I do not fear heights much. I never say people being wrong about their opinion though. I just do not understand how people say they are disappointed about a coaster they have never been on and not even built yet in this case. Well, my ride totals on DB 7500+ Magnum 2500+ and MF 1200+ tell me that I love all theses coasters even though I joke around calling MF, Millennium Forceless. I just prefer DB and Magnum over MF every day of the week. DB #6, Magnum #9, and MF#21 are on my favorite steel coaster list. Steel Vengeance knocked out MF out of my top 20 steel coaster list.
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