After a week long work related conference, I took a few extra days off and made my way to Dollywood
, that's in Pigeon Forge for you leaving under a rock, on April 29, 2011. Disappointedly, I was only able to spend 6 hours at a park that is full of life, rides, attractions, food, shows, and has a well manicured landscape.
Pigeon Forge itself is full of amusements outside of Dollywood including NASCARSpeedPark
(credit whore opportunity, sadly, it was out of service on my visit), Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride
, and go cart and mini golf courses that stretch for miles. In my personal opinion, this is certainly a destination that one could spend a weekend at and never be bored.
Ride wise, Thunderhead is now in my top 5 wooden coaster. It carry's its speed well, nice drops and turns and unlike many wooden coasters intermingles with the structure and a variety of ways. Tennessee Tornado was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a little headbanging, especially taking my first ride in the rear. On the first drop, OMFG! I felt like I was going to fly out of my seat, total surprise. Taking the suggestion of a special someone, I tried out the front seat of the last three cars which made, for me, a more intense ride, but nothing beat the rear. The second half of the Eurofighter was money with the fire and video screen at the top of the lift, and Blazing Fury was loads better IMO, than Fire in the Hole at SDC. Oh, and I also whored out Veggie Tales.
The only ride I was really disappointed in was the disk-o. I found it to run a rather weak program compared to it's counterpart at SDC. It was either that, or I've become immune to them.
Anyway, I had a fantastic time, and although I missed seeing Dolly, I certainly have plans to return sooner than later.
Enjoy the pics!