Airtimes Ejectors Intensity

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Lightning Rod features
Operating
United States
RMC
Wooden
Sit Down
IBox Track
Magnetic Launch (LIM/LSM)
Lap bar
6/13/16
Reviews  67
  • IronChef C.
    IronChef C. 9 days ago

    Launch Fun Intensity

    LRod doesn't have a weakness. Its been reliable lately so hopefully that's all solved. Launch is bonkerz. Theming is perfect. Location is perfect. RMC trains are great. Pacing is fantastic. Ejector air is great. Strong and intense the whole way through. It's like the wooden version of Skyrush; its fast, its intense, it has insane ejector, it has a fast lift hill, no inversions, and sort of hates you. Amazing Ride.

  • Alex M.
    Alex M. 1 month ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors Reliability

    Lightning Rod is by far my favorite roller coaster of all time, beating other coasters like Fury and TTD. It has airtime unlike any other coaster every, it’s so powerful and non stop that after a few rides your legs might be bruised from it. My favorite experience on it though was in 40 degree weather at night, by far the most intense experience on any coaster I’ve ever ridden. The only issue with the ride would obviously be reliability, it took a while for me to get my first ride in this because it was always broken down. Of course now it’s a lot better but you still have The fear of it breaking down and not being able to ride it.

  • Chase Weeks
    Chase Weeks 1 month ago

    Airtimes Pace Fun Reliability

    Dolly has really outdone herself with this magnificent roller coaster. If her coaster's were like her songs, this one would be her "Jolene". What a number one hit this is. The epic uphill launch was a nice touch. The entire coaster makes use of the hill terrain found in the region of the Smoky Mountains. The speed is intense and just doesn't let up, it only gets faster as it comes down the hill. The wave turn is gigantic and lovely. The old woodie feel is just right. Alan Schilke deserves the highest award for how this thing came out.

  • Slovis Cellery
    Slovis Cellery 1 month ago

    Pace Intensity Ejectors

    Lightning Rod Is my number 1 coaster in the world, no debate. They airtime is just insane throughout. The ride is themed to a 1950's hot rod, which I love, and the entire area that it's located in gives a beautiful Vista of the ride yeeting passengers up the mountain. The ride is located at the front of Dollywood, so it gets big lines right away, which is annoying due to it's tendency to go down. Despite this, I have over 40 rides. The first day I was at Dollywood (my number 1 park) Lightning Rod was down the entire day. I got on everything else that day, but I wanted to make sure it was open for at least 1 or the 3 days I was there. Well the following 2 days were dead, and Lightning Rod was Fully operational into the night, and, I lost my mind. I got 30 rides in a row that second day I was at Dollywood, I was in pain due to this ride's relentlessness and intensity. The queue is Also nicely themed, the best theming in the park if you ask me. The ride starts with an utterly amazing... Right hand turn. But after that, you engage with the LSM Launch and are sent flying up the mountain, with a great acceleration. The crest over the top is limited, due to the trims, but the main drop is utterly isnae in the front, and a world shattering experience in the back, due to the speed.You enter a outstanding 90' wave turn, which rockets you with some great ejector, side ways airtime. You then plummet down to the ground, and then rise up into an extremely whippy outer banked 90' wave turn, which twists your body with insane force. You fall back to the ground, hugging the terrain, and go into an off axis hill, providing great sustained air! You enter an outstanding double up into the Legendary... QUAD DOWN!!! The best moment on any coaster is this nuts airtime sequence. You continuously fall, not just going downward, it feels like the ride it trying to murder you into the air, but because of the -admittedly Bulky- lap bars, your body is thrown like a corpse down the mountain, into a G Force packed non-inverting 'half loop' which the exit off gives some great air. You smash into the breaks at top speed, wondering what the fuck Alan was smoking when he made this, and where you get some!

  • Brian Sheldon
    Brian Sheldon 2 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors

    My first ride, I wasn't 100% sold on its greatness. After a few back-to-back night rides, however, it launched its way up my favorite coasters of all time rankings. The air is crazy, ejector style. Literally on the border of downright frightening and/or painful. It isn't painful at all though. Truly on the edge of what our bodies can withstand and still enjoy. The most intense ejector air ever, by a wide, wide margin. Crazy fun. The launch up the hill is...interesting, not necessarily spectacular, just different--it does give a decent air pop over the top. Then the 90 degree banked turns at the top of the hills were truly disorienting--especially at night. Then the return trip home down the mountain. Truly epic. Air, then air, then air, then air again. The whole time you are getting faster and faster and more and more intense. Good times for sure. Great coaster for sure. Truly a world class thrill machine.

  • mokume disney
    mokume disney 2 months ago

    Fun Layout Ejectors Dead spots

    ラジエータースプリングスのパクリ

  • Aki Hayashi
    Aki Hayashi 3 months ago

    Airtimes Location Ejectors Disappointing! Lap Bar

    せっかく加速したのにてっぺんで減速するなら、普通に巻き上げたらいいんじゃないですかね?殺戮的なエアタイムの連続は唯一無二です。

  • Candice Fu
    Candice Fu 3 months ago

    First Drop Ejectors Discomfort Launch Intensity

    This coaster is too relentless.

  • Na N.
    Na N. 4 months ago

    Launch Pace Ejectors Rattle Reliability

    I have ridden this thing at least 100 times. My first ride was in late 2016. So... rare credit! The airtime on LR is so strong that if you aren't stapled, you can see where the seatbelt dug into your lap. Last time I rode LR, in was mid-August 2019 and it closed twice while I was in line, so try to ride early in the day.

  • Jack Jack Johnson Jones

    Airtimes Theming Location

    One of 4 coasters I’ve ridden so far that I consider to be perfect. I live unique rides and this is one. Only launched woodie, hugs the terrain, well themed. It has everything I want. The launch is great the wave turns throw you out if your seat and the quad down is arguably the greatest airtime Moment there is.

  • Raymond Jackson
    Raymond Jackson 7 months ago

    Masterpiece Intensity Hangtime

    10 out of 10! This is a perfect coaster with the speed and big jumps like Shawn White in the half pike. For me it is the perfect amount of time you get all of the excitement not too much to be overbearing but you don’t feel cheated. I got to ride this front, back and middle and loved ever location.

  • Kw6sTheater
    Kw6sTheater 8 months ago

    Airtimes Location Intensity Disappointing! Lap Bar

    Lightning Rod was all the rage back in 2016. No one talked about anything BUT the world’s first launched wooden coaster, meaning that my hype for this ride had skyrocketed for when I would finally get to experience it in October 2016. It certainly did live up to my absurdly high expectations, but the very next morning my thighs were riddled with black-and-blue bruises. Then, it placed at my 4th favorite spot, just behind Mako, Fury 325 and Skyrush. I revisited Dollywood in spring 2017, and was able to get one ride on Lightning Rod. Unfortunately, I was stapled — meaning that I couldn’t feel any of the incredible airtime that I’d experienced back in 2016. Thankfully I came off with no injuries, but this experience disappointed me greatly. My most recent ride was in December 2017, in which the ride ops caught me trying to get more room. I begged and used the old “puff out your stomach” trick (which worked), and I actually secured some room! The airtime was great, sure, yet I didn’t find this altered version of Lightning Rod to be nearly as intense and airtime-filled as the former one I had ridden the previous October. While Lightning Rod’s layout makes for a fantastic ride, the restraints, inconsistent quality and colossal hype unfortunately ruined it for me. There’s no denying that it is a very impressive coaster — however, the quality of my more recent rides on it did not match the sheer insanity that this coaster delivered back in October 2016. It’s the flagship attraction at Dollywood and a must-ride for any coaster enthusiast like me, but I have yet to understand why others rate it so much higher than I do.

  • Coaster Cupcake

    Airtimes Masterpiece Intensity

    Out of 159 credits including Steel Vengeance, Japanese and Chinese Credits, most of the East Coaster, Lighting Rod reigns not only as my #1 wooden but #1 overall.

  • Bart R.
    Bart R. 1 year ago

    Intensity Discomfort

    I rode it twice, once in the back row and once in the middle, and both were some of the least enjoyable rides i've ever been on. The layout is awesome, but the ride just hurt like hell and was incredibly uncomfortable. The ride broke down both times we were in line as well, making it even less enjoyable. Almost all other reviews seem to say this coaster is amazing though. So maybe it just had an off day? I'll try it again next time I'm in the area, and can hopefully update my rating.

  • Sam Weaver
    Sam Weaver 1 year ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Ejectors

    Lightning Rod is the best coaster I have yet ridden out of 280 different coasters. Although it is a short ride, the layout leaves very little to be desired as a lot is accomplished in every element of the ride. Every single moment of Lightning Rod features ejector airtime, and although the airtime may not be as strong as El Toro, the different sensations of airtime found during the first wave turn (my favorite element of the ride), the outward banked turn, and the final overbank were pure bliss. While the launch has been troublesome to the ride's reliability, it is what makes the rest of the ride paced so well. What sets Lightning Rod apart from other rides is an amazing ride paired with theming, as most coasters are stellar in only one of those aspects. Lightning Rod is a near-perfect roller coaster experience, and is a must ride for every enthusiast out there.

  • Zachary Strader

    First Drop Pace Intensity Too short

    Lightning Rod is the king of ejector air. The launch is neat, the location is great, it is truly a relentless beast, but, frankly, the imfamous quadruple-down makes this coaster. To put it simply, Lighting Rod is a full buffet-worth of airtime that Dollywood aggressively shoves down your throat till you simply can't handle anymore. This is the type or coaster that you are out of breath on when you arrive back at the station. Somehow despite its incredible intensity, this coaster remains comfortable too. Fast, smooth, and ferocious—what's not to love?

  • Heiko Hartmann
    Heiko Hartmann 1 year ago

    Location Intensity Ejectors Harness

    What a wild and intense ride! Love the "launched" lift hill, the pre-drop and the following "first drop". The rest of the layout hugs the terrain and was a little bit too hectic for my tastes (especially the quadruple down wasn't as fun as I expected - you are thrown against the restraints four times in a row). After riding Wildfire in Kolmarden, I also wish they had added an inversion or two, because RMC inversions are exceptionally great. But still, one of the best coasters I have ever ridden.

  • Dan Hood
    Dan Hood 2 years ago

    Airtimes Location Masterpiece

    Not a wasted inch of track

  • CanadaCoasterFan Channel

    Airtimes Launch Pace Discomfort

    One of the best coasters ever built, it's just not the most comfortable ever.

  • freddy johnson
    freddy johnson 2 days ago

    Airtimes Intensity Ejectors Too short

  • matthew p.
    matthew p. 1 month ago
  • Griffin Eldred
    Griffin Eldred 1 month ago
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan H. 1 month ago
  • Daniel Massey
    Daniel Massey 1 month ago
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff T. 1 month ago
  • Roska K.
    Roska K. 3 months ago
  • Wang Tony
    Wang Tony 3 months ago
  • Luis H.
    Luis H. 3 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Rattle Discomfort Reliability

  • Jimmy P.
    Jimmy P. 3 months ago
  • Michael W.
    Michael W. 4 months ago
  • Jason Leslie Wright
  • 手取Fishland
    手取Fishland 4 months ago

    Launch Airtimes

  • Trent Mulvehill
    Trent Mulvehill 4 months ago
  • Steve N.
    Steve N. 4 months ago
  • Hans Roost
    Hans Roost 5 months ago
  • んぱ どど
    んぱ どど 5 months ago
  • Seth Pobursky
    Seth Pobursky 5 months ago
  • Kohler Briggs
    Kohler Briggs 6 months ago
  • Pear Bennett
    Pear Bennett 6 months ago

    Airtimes Location Pace Too short

  • Alex Mahon
    Alex Mahon 6 months ago
  • Kyle Broxton
    Kyle Broxton 6 months ago

    Airtimes Nice surprise! Layout

  • Estelle Despierre
    Estelle Despierre 7 months ago
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel W. 7 months ago
  • Xabi L.
    Xabi L. 7 months ago
  • Julien RocKub
    Julien RocKub 7 months ago
  • Julien Grimbert
    Julien Grimbert 7 months ago
  • morgan flay
    morgan flay 8 months ago

    Airtimes Launch Layout Reliability

  • S
    S 8 months ago
  • James Cook
    James Cook 9 months ago
  • Kommi
    Kommi 10 months ago

    Location Launch Ejectors

  • Usa t.
    Usa t. 1 year ago
  • Manuel Zeiselberger
  • iac17
    iac17 1 year ago
  • Joseph Bricout
    Joseph Bricout 1 year ago
  • Nicolas R.
    Nicolas R. 1 year ago

    Location Launch Pace Too short

  • JB T
    JB T 1 year ago
  • Katun GagaLefou

    Airtimes Pace Ejectors Too short Discomfort

  • Joris Bodin
    Joris Bodin 1 year ago
  • Alexandre Humbert
  • Florian Blond
    Florian Blond 1 year ago

    Pace Masterpiece Ejectors Too short

  • Jeremy Cole
    Jeremy Cole 1 year ago

    Airtimes Masterpiece Ejectors

  • Mathieu B.
    Mathieu B. 1 year ago
  • Edward M.
    Edward M. 1 year ago

    Airtimes Pace Masterpiece

  • Sebastian L.
    Sebastian L. 2 years ago
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin R. 2 years ago

    Pace Fun Masterpiece

  • Anthony Crawford
    Anthony Crawford 2 years ago
  • pinwheelguy
    pinwheelguy 2 years ago