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    Dollywood getting a GCI

    Dollywood is building a GCI woddie for 2004 called Thunderhead. Read more [URL=http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/**_headline.cgi?&story_file=bw.062603/231775382&directory=/google&header_file=header.htm&footer_file]here.[/URL]
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    What's a fly-through station?
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    [url]http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1076.htm?Picture=8[/url]

    That, is a fly through station (This barrel roll is taken just above the station track)
    So despite what the article says, it won't be a "world's only" feature.

    However, it does sound like an awesome ride.
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    ^ Cool! It's one of those Intamin inverts. Drools.

    As for Thunderhead it sounds like just the thing for Dollywood. They must be happy with the Ozark Wildcat because the same people run Dollywood as Celebration City and Silver Doller City, Right?
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    They can say world's only "wooden" fly through station lol. I'm glad GCI is getting more rides being built. Their designs are awesome and so are the MF. I can't wait to see the layout of this ride.
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    I hope it's powerful like Wildcat @ Hersheypark not kinda weak like Lightning Racer.
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    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by ride6 [/i]
    [B]I hope it's powerful like Wildcat @ Hersheypark not kinda weak like Lightning Racer. [/B][/QUOTE]

    Unfortunately based on previous coasters using the Millennium Flyers it will probobly be more like Lightning Racer.

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    It will still be good. And having the coaster come back through the station going probably 30mph will be cool.
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    ya but Wildcat is sooooo kick @$$. I can't decide if i like it or LR better. But i'll say that if LR wasn't a racer it wouldn't a contest.

    oh well...
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    Cool, right as I leave TN Dollywood gets a new coaster. Oh well, just my luck. I can still come home and ride it.
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    Awesome news...I heard Dollywood is a great park, and now to have 2 awesome coasters, it will really be worth the trip next year!
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    This sounds awesome!!! All the more reason to drag my parents up there for a day!!!
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    Anyone got the guts to e-mail the PR guy for the Artist's Rendering? Maybe one of the ThrillNetwork honchos, hint hint nudge nudge? I bet they'd get a better response than the average curious fanboy/fangal. =D

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    I doubt I can convince my parents to go back to Dollywood. They didn't particularly like the park nor did I (Aimed more at kids). The new coaster does sound promising though. Hopefully the coaster will race through the trees and make the expierence even better.
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    Glad to see that GCI is coming back with what looks like a strong coasters

    AS for those of you who were saying that coasters with MF trains were "weak", what about ROAR?
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    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by mikepierson [/i]
    [B]AS for those of you who were saying that coasters with MF trains were "weak", what about ROAR? [/B][/QUOTE]

    Roar at SFA is a wicked fun machine and one of my fave rides, but it's running PTC trains like Wildcat. Anyone been on both Roars to compare/contrast them? I envision the Marine World Roar as running smooth and quick like Lightning Racer.
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    Yes yes yes yes yes! I have never ridden a GCI or a CCI and have only ridden 6 wooden coasters in my life...first visionland gets that badass woodie, now a GCI! And now i can go to Dollywood!
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    Awesome news!

    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by GAcoasterguy [/i]
    [B]Awesome news...I heard Dollywood is a great park, and now to have 2 awesome coasters, it will really be worth the trip next year! [/B][/QUOTE]

    Well I wouldn't call Blazing Fury awesome, but it's ok. TT though is a great looper. I loved it.

    The park is one of the most beautiful parks I've been to.

    This is awesome news, way to go Dollywood!
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    Thunderhead!

    Sounds like this is going to be a great addition to America's Wooden coasters...sounds like a great theme, that is functional...but one question, does anyone know what this "fly-through" station is? Did i miss the memo? First of it's kind? What's goin' on? Some one set the record straight. :)
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    Merging with other Thunderhead thread.
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    I'm glad to see that SDC is startin to go wooden with the Ozark Wildcat and Thunderhead. I hope SDC gets a wooden coaster sometime, i'm a lot closer to SDC then Dollywood.
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    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by Dave [/i]
    [B][url]http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery1076.htm?Picture=8[/url]

    That, is a fly through station (This barrel roll is taken just above the station track)
    So despite what the article says, it won't be a "world's only" feature.

    However, it does sound like an awesome ride. [/B][/QUOTE]

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that is just a zero-g roll that is just built in a tunnel. At least thats what I remember seeing and hearing while they were building it.

    Either way, the fly through sounds pretty cool and I congradulate DW on what sounds like is going to be an awesome coaster. I can't wait to ride it!
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    You can check out Tornado on badnitrus. And Lancelot-isnt Celebration City right next to SDC?
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    Thrill Rider, the zero-g roll on Tornado does go through the station. I believe that it is just above the station track.
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    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by ride6 [/i]
    [B]I hope it's powerful like Wildcat @ Hersheypark not kinda weak like Lightning Racer. [/B][/QUOTE]

    The only reason Lightning Racer is "weak" is because of those articulated Millenium Flyer trains. They take sharp turns much better. Believe it or not, LR is intense, it pulls 3.6 G's. It just doesn't feel that way with those ever-so-comfortable Millenium Flyer's.

    I'm definitely looking forward to Thunderhead...a terrain GCI with Millenium Flyer's! ::drools uncontrolably...like Niagara Falls::
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    Their almost too comfortable in that case.
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    [QUOTE][i]Originally posted by coasterguy1 [/i]
    [B]You can check out Tornado on badnitrus. And Lancelot-isnt Celebration City right next to SDC? [/B][/QUOTE]

    Yea, but SDC is a hella lot better than CC. I just want wildcat and wildfire in the same park. Then you could only pay the SDC admission instead of paying the SDC and CC admission.
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    I don't think anyone's posted this yet, but RCDB has posted an update to Dollywood stating that this is a confirmed coaster for next year. [url]http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail2451.htm[/url]

    They also explain what is meant by "Fly-through" station.

    And they do state they will be Millennium Flyer Trains.
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    If the coaster was only 8 feet above the exit ramp, won't people be able to jump up and touch the track? I mean, I have the least amount of ups possible by a human being, and I can still easily touch 8 feet without a problem. Then, I suppose they could put ply wood or something up there to keep people from doing that, but then it seems like it would kind of eliminate the purpose.
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    Yeah I was kind of wondering the same thing. I guess we'll have to wait for construction pics or until we can ride it to figure it out.

    The only thing I can think of is on Roar at SFA, where they have that wicked "open tunnel" thing, where the track twists and it's all covered, but it's not quite a tunnel.

    I think it will probably be something minor when we finally see it, and it was just a bunch of PR so that DW would get some press time.
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