Tagged: lightning rod

Lightning Rod Reopens at Dollywood After Months of Downtime

Lightning Rod yesterday reopened at Dollywood after more than three months of downtime. The coaster last operated in early July. Until last week, when the American Coaster Enthusiast (ACE) Southeast region’s Twitter account shared a photo of the coaster testing,...

Dollywood 2018 Opening Weekend Update

Dollywood is now open for the 2018 season. I visited the park opening weekend to see what was new as well as to check out the park’s annual Festival of Nations event. Although this is a relatively quiet year for...

Poll: Best Nighttime Coaster Ride at Dollywood?

Dollywood is home to two of my favorite roller coasters to ride at night: Wild Eagle and Lightning Rod. But each of those rides offers something unique after the sun sets. One offers unprecedented views (even at night) and the...

Reviews: Whistle Punk Chaser, Front Porch Cafe at Dollywood

The junior-sized, family-friendly Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood is now open. The park’s eighth roller coaster quietly opened to the public on May 21 following Drop Line’s debut earlier in the month. Whistle Punk Chaser Review What’s a Whistle Punk...

What’s New at Dollywood in 2017?

I decided to make this past Saturday at Dollywood the kickoff to my 2017 roller coaster-riding season. And as I expected, Dolly did not disappoint. Foolishly (April Fools Day pun intended), I made the assumption that the park opened at...

Dollywood over Labor Day Weekend 2016

This weekend, I braved the Labor Day crowds to venture out to Dollywood in hopes of riding Lightning Rod again, nearly three months after I first rode it in June. Thankfully, the weather couldn’t have been better. Highs were in...

Coasters-101: How Launch Coasters Store Energy

In this edition of Coasters-101 we’re going to examine how launch coasters store their energy. Launched coasters are becoming more and more common. Even wood coasters are getting in on the game. Launch systems, from electromagnets, pneumatics, hydraulics,and friction wheels,...