Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

Dollywood, Mini Golf, & What Have You
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Postby Electerik » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:56 am

Relatively new on the scene in Gatlinburg is Blindshot Barnaby's Circus Golf. Squeezed onto a small plot of land across from the convention center at traffic light #8, it consists of one 18-hole blacklight mini-golf course and a mirror maze--both of which are pretty cool.
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The upper facade features animatronic trapeze artists.
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I believe that's Mr. Barnaby on the left.
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All of these guys sing whenever someone gets a hole-in-one at the end. It's actually quite entertaining.
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It's $10 for golf, $8.75 for the maze, or $14 for both. (Half that with Sevier County ID.)
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Hole #1 on the left, and #17 on the right. It's a compact course.
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So that's how they do it. I always figured it was tape.
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Not sure what I'm doing with my golf racket here.
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Misty gets her first hole-in-one (of three!)
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Step right this way!
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Giraffe wants my balls.
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What's this guy up to?
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No, Smisty! Get out of the way!
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I am not actually the monkey boy. Sorry.
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Lots of cute theming...
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...and scary zebra-eating clowns.
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On the left is a video screen with a psychic who predicts how you'll do on the hole.
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Lots of cut-out fun, too.
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Hole #18 is outside.
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Misty rules the day! (Note how the babe is slightly lower than in the last photo. She has been dunked.)
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On to the Amazing Mirror Maze.
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That's pretty cool.
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And now, Misty would like to perform for you her special Mirror Maze dance. There will be no further commentary during the performance.
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Bravo! Now then, how do we get out of this thing?
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Once again, Misty proves victorious by finding the exit first. (Obviously, I was distracted by the dancing.)
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The tiny exit.
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And that's Blindshot Barnaby's. Worth checking out if you like indoor golf.
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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:23 am

Hail Mirror Dance (not to be confused with River Dance, Lord of the Dance, Dance, Dance, Revolution, Dancing with the Stars, Dancing Queen, ...and where am I going with this anyway...)

Me and few of the other mini golf fiends will get a kick out of this one. Themeing looked pretty cool. Never done blacklight golf before, come to think of it.

Cool addition to the thread sir!

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Postby Teacups Make Me Sick » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:28 pm

Pretty cool golf course....


Why does Misty have plastic gloves on?

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Postby Electerik » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:57 pm

Teacups Make Me Sick wrote:Why does Misty have plastic gloves on?


They make everyone put on disposable gloves, since smudges from peoples' hands would make it easier to identify the mirrors.

There are now three mirror mazes in the area, and they all do that.
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Postby Brandy524 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:35 am

^ That's pretty clever! I was wondering the same thing. Never thought about that. I guess it would make it easy to cheat. Instead of bread crumbs, leave fingerprints.

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Postby STR8FXXXINEDGE » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:43 am

Another great update!
Thanks for all of these random TR's that you do. I enjoy seeing all of the other things that are out there to do.
I LOVE putt-putt golf, so those updates are right up my alley.
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Postby Electerik » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:58 pm

TheRapidsNerd wrote:Any chance of Dollywood Splash Country?


Sorry, I don't do requests.

Nah, just kidding. Anything for the Nerd!

I have to admit, I'm not much of a water park guy. Still, we usually try to visit Dollywood's Splash Country at least once a year--mostly because it's extremely close and we get in free. It just seems like bad form not to go, you know?
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A water park close enough to my house to walk to. And they have water waiting for me!
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The actual gate. It's a bit of a walk from the ticket booths to the attractions.
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Uh-huh, sure.
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This is as bathing suit-ish as we get.
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Rules 1 & 2 = Please don't eat diarrhea. Rules 3 through 6 = You and your children are disgusting.
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Aha! Stuff!
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The stand on the left is where you go to rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. The one on the right has the weirdest name of anything ever.
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The main fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, if you're into that sort of thing.
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The lazy river is my favorite thing here.
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Misty totally wins with this photo.
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The (only) entrance and exit to the lazy river.
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Nice "lots of stuff" shot, if I do say so myself.
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Awesome.
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Airtime-inducing body slide.
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One of them newfangled toilet bowl rides.
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I'm not really quite sure what this is, but it looks pretty cool.
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Mat slides.
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Exploding out of its swollen banks, its heaving waters pulsating against-- Excuse me a moment.
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Wild River Falls family raft slide.
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Individual tube slides.
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And now, the most innocuous-looking slide of death ever created.
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It's only, like, 15 feet high--and the splashdown pool is shaped like a butterfly! How bad could it be??
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But be warned, Dolly is trying to drown you! Evil! Stay away!
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"Center for responsible hydration"? So...I can drink the water in the wave pool?
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In my view, water parks are all pretty much the same. But at least this one has a nice setting.
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Yes. Welcome to Itchy Point.
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Cute food stand. And like all food stands at Splash Country, they primarily serve chili. Um....
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Fire Tower Falls
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We're gonna go with "no" on this one.
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Moving right along....
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Ah, this looks more our speed.
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Cute kids/family area...
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...with some low-impact slides...
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...and some open water (by which I mean, something kind of like a regular old pool).
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I just find the idea of a water jet shooting up through a lounge chair hilarious. What can I say? I'm five.
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The water play structure in mid-dump.
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The park's second family raft slide, Big Bear Plunge.
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Just like on the other one, they pair up parties of two. It makes sense capacity-wise, but it can be a bit disconcerting to suddenly be rubbing arms and legs with half-naked strangers. (Or, you know, totally awesome. I guess that depends on you.)
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The splashdown area. This is where you apologize for touching that really hairy dude. (Or, ask for his number. Again, depends on you.)
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No...we just came from there. Where the heck is a map?
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There, that's better.
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Can we eat now?
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Yummy flatbread thingies.
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Dolly likes butterflies.
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The park's main gift shop.
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And...the inside of said gift shop.
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Well, thank you so much for that little reminder of my own mortality.
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Bye-bye, Splash Country! Your attractions may be standard, but at least you're pretty!
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Postby monkeyoverlord71 » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:23 pm

I never knew Dollywood had a water park!
Is it next to the park?
It looks really nice.
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Postby STR8FXXXINEDGE » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:29 pm

I love your updates, and they are always entertaining... but this one had me laughing from beginning to end.

I am also not a big water park person. This one does look nice, though.
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Postby Hotlanta » Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:49 pm

Excellent update. Your whole thread is now like a travel guide for what to do the next time i am up in TN.

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