Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby Electerik » Sun May 10, 2009 7:34 pm

^ You forgot Lovecraft. But Dave didn't. ^^

Thanks, y'all. ;)

/Madness from the sea, indeed.
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Postby Electerik » Wed May 13, 2009 7:54 pm

Ober Galinburg sits high in the mountains above Gatlinburg, and is accessible via very scary winding road or an aerial tram from the Parkway. It’s open all year, but has two distinct personalities: in the winter, it’s a ski resort; in the summer, an amusement park.
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The downtown entrance, shops, and aerial tram station.
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Operating hours for the various attractions at the top.
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Von Roll made the aerial tram system, if you’re interested in such things.
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The indoor section at the top is essentially a mall surrounding an ice rink.
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Who would?
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Oh....
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The bear exhibit has gotten a bit of a facelift.
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It’s still a bit ghetto, but at least it’s an improvement.
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This bear is wisely behaving himself.
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Where the bears go when they’re bad.
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They’ve also added otters.
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And a “nocturnal house.”
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Featuring snakes.
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Do-it-yourself Pepper’s Ghost.
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Here y’all, use thisy here magic sunstick ta scare the bejesus outta tha critters!
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There used to be go cart track here, but now it’s some kind of winter ski school.
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By implication, I guess you can smoke everywhere else.
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The Blue Cyclone water slide.
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They actually didn’t come off all that wet.
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The big attraction at Ober Gatlinburg is the Alpine Slide. (Photo by speedmetal, obviously.)
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You take a chairlift up. But at this point you have to decide whether to get off for the Alpine Slide or continue up to the top.
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This is the top.
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Decisions, decisions.
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Totally cheating.
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Not a bad view from up here. Not really much else, though.
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Time to head back down.
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Check.
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You have to ride the chair lift all the way back down to the bottom, then get on again and ride halfway up for the Alpine Slide.
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Concrete trough, tiny little plastic sled.
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I always win. I'm sure weight is not a factor.
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It's not a coaster, but it's fun.
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Smisty gracefully dismounting.
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All too often 'round here, you see dudes who look like Elvis. I think this is my first ever Wolverine, though.
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There's also an arcade and some crazy little bungee things.
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Skeeball treasure.
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And now for the ride down. Enjoy.
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Hey, we're up pretty high.
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Bye bye, Ober Gatlinburg. Welcome back to Gatlinburg proper.

So is Ober Gatlinburg worth it? Well, it's got some great views, the Alpine Slide is a cool experience, and chairlifts are always fun. Due to the whole tram thing, though, it can be a bit of a commitment, time-wise. So I would say yes, it's worthwhile--if you have half a day to spend on it.
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Postby Electerik » Thu May 14, 2009 6:55 pm

Just an FYI: In a day or two, we'll be leaving for a coaster trip outside the area. Which means that this thread probably isn't going to be updated for at least a couple of weeks. I'm sure you're all heartbroken--but fear not, more adventures shall be forthcoming!
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Postby Teacups Make Me Sick » Fri May 15, 2009 11:54 am

Here y’all, use thisy here magic sunstick ta scare the bejesus outta tha critters!


That is just mean, I'm going to call PETA on them!! ;)

Did you use the flashlight to try and find them? Its kinda silly b/c unless they actually have a nocturnal set up (they are housed in a light controlled encloser, and the zoo artificially switches there day/night), they will not come out of the nook they are sleeping in. I know this from volunteering at a zoo and we had flying squirrels they didn't come out for anything (food, water, etc) and when you took them out, they immediately ran into your shirt/pocket.

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Postby Electerik » Fri May 15, 2009 5:57 pm

Teacups Make Me Sick wrote:Did you use the flashlight to try and find them?


No. It just seemed wrong.

Actually, I saw another guest using it before I saw the sign, and I thought it was hers! Good thing I didn't yell at her for it.... :P
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Postby Electerik » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:29 am

In June and July, Dollywood holds Kids Fest...and we take pictures of it!
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Flower pot men equal Kids Fest.
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See, there's another one behind that tall dude.
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The bus seems to have become semi-permanent.
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Jukebox Junction. The shop facades on the left hold Dreamland Theater.
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And on the assumption that most coaster enthusiasts have never seen the inside of said theater...here you go.
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The gas station is a gift shop. And the thing on the left is the coolest car ride station ever.
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Rockin' Roadway is still my favorite car ride anywhere, despite the fact that you don't control your own speed.
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The park's rapids ride. Look carefully at what's happening to the girl in green.
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Whew, that raft just missed the danger box!
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The prospector and the dog wanted their picture with me.
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The Whitewater gift shop and the lake.
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Inside the Slate Works shop.
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The big train barrels through.
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This is over by the train station. Incidentally, Victoria's is the only place at Dollywood that serves pizza.
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A giant sand sculpture that's part of Kids Fest.
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That's quite a name.
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Smisty on the carousel!
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The Country Fair section is finally starting to look more natural as the trees grow in.
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In the back corner is "Happy Valley Farmland," which consists of three baby rides: Lucky Ducky, Busy Bees, and Piggy Parade.
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Not bad, eh?
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Take the tunnel?
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I guess this is a big deal if you like shows. Let's move on.
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Dreamland Forest and the upper level of the Grist Mill.
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Kind of a gift/toy shop. One of Misty's favorites.
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Funny hats are fun. (Also, feel free to quake in awe at my self photo taking skills.)
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Mountain Slidewinder's loading procedure.
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And the finale.
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So...if you're a lazy porch sitter...how would that express itself?
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The Country Crossroads stage. Trust me when I say that the stage is much more interesting than the show.
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The Woodcarving shop is actually really cool.
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See? He's working on a carousel horse. That's cool, right?
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This is new. Never seen them have a show in the church before. "The Whittlin' Man."
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Kamp Kidsfest contains the coolest Kids Fest stuff.
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Crafts and critters.
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A giant coloring wall.
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And Shrinky Dinks! (I got done first.)
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Misty's was more artistic.
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The Blacksmith is cool because he works with fire.
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What's this? A ride?? In one of Electerik's trip reports???
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Here's a new shot.
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This looks ominous....
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The money shot.
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Did you know that Dollywood had animals?
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Pretty much just birds, but still....
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Plus there's a show.
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And a gift shop. (As seen from the inside of the new Alewine Pottery shop.)
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This is Misty's favorite ride in the park. But she was upset that the park didn't have any shirts for it...
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...so she bought this shirt...
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...and had it improved by one of the Kids Fest T-shirt artists!
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The path to the Tennessee Tornado.
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No one else has this shot. (Because where you have to go to get it is ridiculous.)
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Short, sweet, and smooth. What, aren't all Arrow loopers like that?
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Et tu, Dollywood?
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What's this then?
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The park's new upcharge attraction, Sky Zip.
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The layout.
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I still haven't tried anything here. (It opened with River Battle.) But I like the theming on the roof.
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Speaking of River Battle...it's always good for a few photos, but we seldom ride it.
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The backside of Mystery Mine.
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I can't wait to ride now!
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Signature attraction, or dud?
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Big finish.
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Smisty shows off some fine Mystery Mine merch.
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Er...yeah.
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Lumberjack Lifts, Timber Tower, and Thunderhead.
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They've changed up the menu here this year.
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A potato with cheese, tomatoes, and chicken strips on it. (Yes, it was good.)
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Do they look worried?
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They should be. In summer, Timber Tower is a water ride.
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Thunderhead's queue (and partial train photo fail).
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Second hill turnaround thing from the playground.
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Voyeuristic shot.
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The dead path.
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The Rain Maker street show thingy.
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Flower pot rattle snake!
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Aw, time to leave already?
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Still trying to figure this one out.
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I'll give you one Booby Buck for it.

That's it for Kids Fest. Thanks for reading.
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Postby ernierocker » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:40 am

Great coverage of the park in this report!

Where was that Kamp Kidfest at? I don't remember there being a shop that large besides the gift shop at the front of the park.

I always thought that with a powerful lens, you could get a unique shot (like yours) of the Tennessee Tornado from those chalets that overlook the back of the park.

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Postby Electerik » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:08 am

ernierocker wrote:Great coverage of the park in this report!


Thanks! Since Dollywood is my "home park," and I've done other reports for it in the past, I'm always trying to find new shots and stuff I've never posted photos of before. It's becoming increasingly difficult, but I kind of enjoy the challenge.

Where was that Kamp Kidfest at? I don't remember there being a shop that large besides the gift shop at the front of the park.


It's next to Daredevils Falls, behind and wrapping around the "A Touch of Ireland" shop.

I always thought that with a powerful lens, you could get a unique shot (like yours) of the Tennessee Tornado from those chalets that overlook the back of the park.


Darn, you've discovered my secret! :P
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Postby Electerik » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:00 am

Smoky Mountain Fantasy Golf is a course you must play if you absolutely must play every mini golf course in the area.
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The outside of the clubhouse is themed to a castle.
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While the inside has more of a Scottish golf theme.
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Fantasy Golf has lots of water features, none of which you ever get particularly close to.
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There's also almost no shade, outside of the tunnels.
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This dragon dude has really cool teeth, though.
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Many of the holes are built at subtly awkward angles, making them annoyingly difficult.
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Fantasy Golf is located in Pigeon Forge, between traffic lights 6 and 7.
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I really enjoy the phrasing of that.
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Smisty takes a break on the steps of the random rest area.
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"I'm the super tall sad goblin guard dude!"
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The landscaping isn't bad.
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The mermaid chick wishes she weren't bolted to the rock, so she could ride the Screamin' Swing next door.
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At least this place has fun signs.
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Misty's going to kill me for this one.
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Nooooo! I didn't think she'd send a bear!
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What do you think of Fantasy Golf, Smisty?
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Located next door (and owned by the same folks) is the Smoky Mountain Speedpark.
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Featuring a Sling Shot, Skyscraper, Screamin' Swing, and Go Carts--none of which are anything special.

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Postby tnguy » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:33 am

I think it was worth it for that bear picture. Plus dragons are always cool.

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