Earlier this fall, I made the trek to my home park, Dollywood. Even though I went on a Saturday, the lines were fairly short and I was able to get in a decent number of rides.
After tracking its construction and naming it the Best New Ride of 2016, I finally caught a ride on Lightning Rod last weekend. My expectations were high, but nothing could have fully prepared me for the sheer insanity that lay ahead.
Presented by Amusement Today, the 19th annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony was held at Cedar Point this past weekend. They had one goal – to honor the best of the best of the amusement industry and encourage them to keep up the good work. Experienced park-goers from all over the country sent in their votes, and the results have now been released.
Dollywood’s record-breaking wooden coaster was expected to shatter all expectations when it opened in April. The problem? It didn’t open until May, and then suffered from a series of issues with its launch system, causing it to shut down. Since then, Lightning Rod has been in and out of technical ride rehearsal, disappointing many enthusiasts who visited the park solely to catch a ride on the coaster. For me, this long summer of waiting proves that innovation comes at a cost.
Remember how Dollywood announced that Lightning Rod would not be opening on time due to extended ride commissioning? Good news, the wait is over! Early this morning, the commissioning was officially brought to an end, and the ride soft opened at the park today.
Are you looking forward to riding some new coasters this year? Perfect, because a slew of rides have begun testing, and the footage is awesome.