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03/07/13 at 12:52am in FireChaser Express (Latest Edit: 10/09/13 at 07:24pm by Zachary.)
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Screamscape Wrote:???? - The Next Coaster - Rumor - (3/7/13) I’ve got to wonder if this is just wishful thinking at this point, but early rumors suggest that Dollywood may have already tapped the crew at Rocky Mountain Coasters to build their next ride much sooner than you would think. So far they have been impressed with their work over at Silver Dollar City on Outlaw Run. Could this be what is replacing Adventure Mountain?

I honestly think that the rumors are pointing true, atm. But Dollywood has no real connections to the enthusiasts, even their fansites are small.

With few fansites to actually cover them (like what BGWFans does for BGW), their information really only comes around as the park updates or as locals feel fit. So I can imagine their next coaster being incredible, but having little coverage to update enthusiasts on it as it's built.
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06/28/13 at 10:35am in FireChaser Express
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So some sort of construction is happening at Dollywood, but there is no sites covering it. Anyone been recently and know what is going on there?

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06/29/13 at 07:41pm in FireChaser Express
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I went there during Spring Break...construction walls all around the Wilderness Pass area (near the Wild Eagle wing coaster) surrounding the ropes course area, plus lots of construction vehicles and some torn-up, soon-to-be developed land. To be honest, since so much of the ropes course had been dismantled, I though that's what they were building! Tongue

More importantly, though, there were teaser signs posted all across the stretch of walkways boarded up by construction walls, and I know for a fact that there was a little banner in the northeastern-most corner of the park (where the ropes course was). Just to throw that out there, but that's all I know Cool...

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06/29/13 at 07:55pm in FireChaser Express
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So by now they could be putting in footers for all we know. Apparently Dollywood does have a fansite that's been around since Wild Eagle was setting up to open. They haven't said anything since that happened so I doubt they'll be helpful...
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07/03/13 at 07:15pm in FireChaser Express (Latest Edit: 07/03/13 at 07:27pm by Natoma.)
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I'm currently on vacation in Kentucky, missing out on the Illuminights antics, so I decided to take a visit to Dollywood on July 2. The site is still pretty much what Joe described from what I could tell. I doubt footers are going in because the wooden structures from the rope climbing are still up. Here's what I could see:

   
   
Some of the structures

   
Teaser sign

   
   
Gates

   
   
   
Overview

I could see a few trucks rolling around from the Wild Eagle exit but other than that, it appeared dormant.
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07/03/13 at 10:43pm in FireChaser Express
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Thanks Natoma. A verbal update would've sufficed but you went that extra mile!
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07/04/13 at 09:02am in FireChaser Express (Latest Edit: 07/04/13 at 09:04am by Shane.)
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Thank you! This is exactly what I wanted to know, photos and all!

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It would appear that they have not really done much to the site yet. Eager with anticipation.

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07/05/13 at 11:22pm in FireChaser Express
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(07/04/13 09:02am)Shane Wrote:  Eager with anticipation.

Same here. If all goes according to plan, I should be back around the same time next year. Any speculations as to what the emphasis on "BLAST!" might be a reference to?
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07/05/13 at 11:45pm in FireChaser Express
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(07/05/13 11:22pm)Natoma Wrote:  Any speculations as to what the emphasis on "BLAST!" might be a reference to?

Powder Keg's "Blast" is its launch. Launching, Inverting RMC woodie!?
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07/06/13 at 12:13am in FireChaser Express
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I'm sure RMC has that on their drawing boards.

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10/09/13 at 07:09pm in FireChaser Express (Latest Edit: 10/09/13 at 07:11pm by Unagi.)
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No RMC for Dollywood!

Firechaser Express is the new coaster! Looks like a great addition for this park!




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10/09/13 at 07:16pm in FireChaser Express
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At first I was a little confused on how the ride system worked, but after watched the video a couple times, I've vaguely figured out the blocking system. It's actually not as complicated as I thought it was, but the train leaving the station forwards and entering it backwards threw me off a little bit.

There might be a little bit more of a delay since the train will have to wait for the track section to pop back into place and get secured, but that shouldn't take more than 15 seconds. And that also can't happen until the train clears the highest hill.

Anyways, it's a fabulous looking ride and i'm very excited. Wild Eagle was impressive last year. I will have to plan a trip to the park soon.

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10/09/13 at 07:22pm in FireChaser Express
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That looks kind of awesome. Looks like another Zierer?

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10/09/13 at 07:23pm in FireChaser Express (Latest Edit: 10/09/13 at 07:23pm by Zachary.)
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RCDB says it's being done by Gerstlauer.

Also, I updated the thread title.

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10/09/13 at 07:24pm in FireChaser Express (Latest Edit: 10/09/13 at 07:24pm by Thomas.)
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Looks like the world's longest, most poorly named kiddie coaster IMO. But, I'd still ride it, and it has some neat layout stuff happening.

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