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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Attraction: Wild Eagle
PostPosted: March 26th, 2012, 12:41 am 
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Mark, to answer your question the wait hovered around 30-45 minutes all day. From the way they were talking, full queue is approximately 45 minutes. They were not opening and closing the gates in front of the train all day in an effort to get the trains in and out faster. You can pick your side. The queue is located under the station, and at the rear of the queue are stairs that go to the left or the right side of the station for each side of the train. They also had a ton of employees working.

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1 Ride Op (not counting the two employees standing behind him/her all day overseeing)
4 loaders (2 on each side)
2 employees standing in front of the train where the gates would normally close/open (presumably to keep someone from wandering off the ledge!)
1 Groper/Q2Q attendant at the base of the stairs

That's a lot! That doesn't count the 4-5 additional management staff on the dock/ride area all day long. They were routinely meeting dispatch interval and the train was only sporadically stacking. You could tell it was a bit of a culture shock for Dollywood to have such a long line for a ride, as they were having to limit the "Dollywood charm guest interaction" to get the train out. It was amazing though to see how they could move so fast, yet still be so friendly. Those employees are going to lose weight quickly with how much they are hustling to get the trains in/out.

We got a Q2Q which is a steal at $15 a person. The Q2Q merge point is at the base of the stairs to either station. One thing to note is that the handicap elevator is on the left side of the station (right side of the train), so that side does get held up sporadically in order to load those patrons, which seemed to always have guests waiting. Dollywood was doing a great job in pulsing the number of interruptions to the guests already waiting, while not keeping the handicap riders waiting too long.

Also, Dollywood you need to sell the ride employee shirts. They are very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Attraction: Wild Eagle
PostPosted: March 26th, 2012, 9:36 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Attraction: Wild Eagle
PostPosted: March 28th, 2012, 3:33 am 
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Our full Photo Trip Report from Opening Day is now up, and can be viewed here:

Destination Dollywood: 3/24/12 Photo Trip Report

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Attraction: Wild Eagle
PostPosted: March 28th, 2012, 1:09 pm 
Chris wrote:
Our full Photo Trip Report from Opening Day is now up, and can be viewed here:

Destination Dollywood: 3/24/12 Photo Trip Report

Thanks!

Great TR, as always guys.

Question. What was the status of Mystery Mine on Saturday when you were there? It was down Friday when we went, and they had a train/car hanging upsidedown on the final inversion. I asked an employee what that was for, and he said to allow it to drain water from the rain. On Monday when we went back, we never went by MM and forgot to look. I think I heard it running when we were in line for Mtn. Slidewinder.

And speaking of the Mtn. Slidewinder...if you want a great off-ride view of Wild Eagle, take the walkway up the hill to this ride's queue. The loading station for Slidewinder sits just over the fence from a big portion of W.E.'s track layout. You can literally feel a small breeze when the train zooms by.
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Taken on 3/26/12, just before the Slidewinder loading building.

Mind you, you won't get a clear view of W.E's first drop & first big inversion, but a good portion of the rest sits right there.

And yes...W.E. was worth every bit of the hype, wait, and 7-months of anticipation. Hats-off to DW for this amazing new addition to their coaster collection. 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Attraction: Wild Eagle
PostPosted: March 29th, 2012, 1:13 pm 
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Mystery Mine opened up around lunchtime, but closed back down mid-afternoon.

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