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Re: Photo TR: From Dollywood to Holiwood

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:29 am

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TBpony414 wrote:Great TR so far! I love the chapter titles. How long is the tram/bus ride from DreamMore to DW? Do you have to pay for a separate ticket to get into the waterpark?

Thanks! The bus goes to Splash Country first, then on to Dollywood, then back to the hotel. Each leg is about 5 minutes. The waterpark is separately ticketed, but you can get a 3 day/2 park pass that allows you to visit both parks on the same day if you wish.
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Postby coasterbill » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:42 am

Great report. Did the snake actually slide down part of the slide? If so that's amazing. :lol:

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Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:46 pm

^That's what I was wondering too!

Great snake report. And great trip report too. ;)
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coasterbill wrote:Great report. Did the snake actually slide down part of the slide? If so that's amazing. :lol:

Yes, that's absolutely true. That part of the slide runs parallel to the back fence, so the snake came through the fence and onto the slide, and slid down it a few feet until our heroes grabbed it with that long pole and Snake Bag.
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Postby prozach626 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:07 pm

Great TR as usual, Andrew. It's a shame the snake couldn't be allowed to enjoy the slide.

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Postby Vonni » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:45 am

Seeing the snake would have freaked me out so bad, I would have left. I wouldn't have been able to enjoy the water after that.

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Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:55 am

prozach626 wrote:Great TR as usual, Andrew. It's a shame the snake couldn't be allowed to enjoy the slide.

#snakelivesmatter
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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:42 pm

When we were at Cedar Point Marina, both for the CM! cruise and Sunday at Famous Dave's, snakes were in the water, everywhere!
I had never ever seen that many in the water, live, and close up, in my lifetime. Kind of freaky, but I didn't freak out about it.

:omg:

I wanted to get photos of them, but they were "swimming" too fast through the water to get a good shot with my camera.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:37 pm

Day 3 Continued: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

After the snake wrangling, we were all done with the waterpark. We had done all we wanted to anyway, and we were preparing to leave even as the snake appeared. So we headed back to the resort for some more swimming and exploration.

The first priority was dinner. We ordered pizza from the Pantry, and they were super professional. They called up to the room when it was ready, so we didn’t have to wait around for it at all. We just relaxed in the room waiting for the call. It was really good too, thin crust with plenty of herbs and spices. Price is surprising too—a large 16” went for about $14. That’s really about the same as Papa John’s or similar, and much better quality. For this being an upscale hotel, they’re not gouging people in any way at all.

The grounds are just beautiful. This was our first opportunity to see it, since we arrived late Saturday night and spent all day Sunday at Dollywood. There are so many little gathering areas for families to sit around and talk. The pool is great, with a small lazy river, hot tub, and splash pad. It’s kind of a mini waterpark of sorts. It’s also very large, so even though there were a lot of guests, it didn’t feel crowded.

Since we’ve had some questions about it, I’ll mention that there is a full hotel bar here. It’s right in front of Song & Hearth—you walk through the bar to get to the restaurant. They have several signature drinks, my favourite of which was the Front Porch Swing, a rum-based fruity pineapple drink. Prices are quite reasonable for a resort.

There was a band in the lobby that night, and they played covers of various rock, pop, and country songs. Great entertainment for hanging out at the bar.

On the lower level is an arcade, indoor pool, and an entertainment room for kids (colouring books, toys, and such). There’s really something for everyone, and this hotel would be a fantastic vacation all on its own, even during the times Dollywood isn’t open.

After a full day, it was time to get some rest in preparation for our second day at Dollywood!
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Pizza in a hotel room! YEAH!
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The resort had a bunch of really cool stuff for kids, including this playground...
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...this splash pad...
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...and this story corner.
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This is the indoor pool.
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DreamMore bus
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You can see RiverRush from here!
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Theming!
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We're in the South, where a legally required standard of 2 rocking chairs per human is strictly enforced.
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Butterfly garden
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The exterior of Song & Hearth
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There are several fire pits.
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Beautiful view of the mountains from here.
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There was a live band in the lobby
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Dolly's records. All of them.
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Spa
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And this really cool mural!
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Back to Dollywood tomorrow!
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Re: Photo TR: From Dollywood to Holiwood

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:41 pm

Story Corner is brilliant!

Rocking chairs setup looks just wierd.

Love it! =)
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