Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

Dollywood, Mini Golf, & What Have You
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests
Archived Photo Trip Reports of Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, and Donkeys!
Permanent Tourist
User avatar
 
Posts: 1863
Joined: 23 Apr 2006
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Postby Electerik » Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:21 pm

[Edit: Oops, Flying Horse Grill is now out of business. -Erik]

Okay, time for something a little bit different:

Not only is The Flying Horse Grill one of our favorite restaurants in town, it's themed to--and has--a carousel!
01P3193285a.jpg
It's located in Pigeon Forge, near traffic light #2, across from the Incredible Christmas Place.
05P3193280.JPG
The entrance/exit gift shop.
09IMGP0955.jpg
The main dining area.
12IMGP7881.JPG
Monte Cristo, anyone?
18IMGP6767.jpg
Proving, once again, that I'm not afraid to post pictures of myself looking like a gluttonous pig.
21P3193268.JPG
The carousel is free with your meal! (Note the Smisty on the left.)
25P2131591.JPG
The carousel is made by Bertazzon, and features a spinning tea cup and a set of rocking-style horses, among other things.
38IMGP7926.jpg
That's a heck of a height requirement, though.
40P3193282.JPG
Yes we did.

This restaurant is officially Erik & Misty endorsed.
Erik Allen Elness

Image

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 4936
Joined: 02 Nov 2006
Location: Westport, MA
Gender: Male
Age: 38

Postby Moose » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:33 am

features a spinning tea cup and a set of rocking-style horses, among other things.


Like a horse that dusts the air as s/he goes around? I swear that is a duster coming out of its head.

If I haven't already said it, I LOVE these updates.

Permanent Tourist
User avatar
 
Posts: 1863
Joined: 23 Apr 2006
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Postby Electerik » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:23 am

moose wrote:If I haven't already said it, I LOVE these updates.


No, I don't think you had. ;)


Located side by side, between Pigeon Forge traffic light numbers 4 and 5, is Adventure Raceway and Adventure Golf.
10P3163080.JPG
Adventure Raceway features an elaborate go cart track...
15P3163092.JPG
...bumper boats...
12P3163085.JPG
...and a ghetto arcade (complete with Intamin pre-fab woodie).
20P3163106.JPG
Adventure Golf, on the other hand, feature a windmill clubhouse...
25IMGP7462.JPG
...and a giant man-eating octopus. (My look of terror is 100% real, by the way. There is nothing in this galaxy more horrifying than octopi.)
35P3163115.JPG
Yes, Misty, I see you pretending to be scared. It's very sweet.
P3163132.JPG
Adventure Golf is the most "traditional" mini golf course in the area.
P3163133.JPG
The kind of place where the funkiness is a big part of its charm.
P3163138.JPG
However, there are no moving parts (windmill doors that go up and down, for example).
P3163154.JPG
But there are lots of fiberglass figures, which is cool.
P3163159.JPG
The long trek up to the Taj Mahal.
P3163172.JPG
Wrapping up the left side course by coming back to the octopus. Ug. (But I do like the way they utilize him on multiple holes.)
P3163187.JPG
And now for the right side course. This one is slightly harder and features this bridge that Misty is afraid of.
P3163189.JPG
Harder than it looks.
P3163197.JPG
Lots of water features on this side.
P3163198.JPG
Happy face!
P3163200.JPG
I got a hole-in-one on this. You should be impressed. I mean, just look at it! A hole-in-one on this thing!
P3163206.JPG
Not exactly ADA accessible.
P3163214.JPG
Erik & Smisty sitting in a tree.... Well, really just Smisty. And, technically, she's standing. You know what? Just forget it.
P3163215.JPG
I'm not done yet. I'll just make my own course.
P3163226.jpg
Bye bye, Adventure Golf. You're above average!
Erik Allen Elness

Image

Have I mentioned how awesome donkeys are?
User avatar
 
Posts: 256
Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Gender: Male
Age: 28

Postby coasterdude28 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:10 pm

I'm leaving a week from today for my first trip down there. These updates are seriously awesome and very helpful. Thanks so much!

(22:06:18) ajc47: who are the obnoxious ones? (22:07:16) tatertot3710: Mr. Starr, jeremie, deathbydinn
 
Posts: 314
Joined: 06 Jul 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Age: 22

Postby tatertot3710 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:15 pm

Awesome! I just got back from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville yesterday. We did Dollywood and stayed at Wilderness at the Smokies which was really cool. We also did this lost treasure golf thing which was indoor golf themed to the jungle. Although the scenery was good, the rest of the course sucked. No obstacles whatsoever and there were only about 3 different hole designs in the whole place. I can't wait to see what other things you guys do! Great TRs!

Permanent Tourist
User avatar
 
Posts: 1863
Joined: 23 Apr 2006
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Postby Electerik » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:58 am

Knoxville is the closest big city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at about 40 miles away. And though not nearly as touristy as Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, it does have a zoo.
01IMGP6575.JPG
Extra ghetto parking toll booth. In fact, now that I think about it, this might just be a couple of enterprising youngsters.
02P1129845.jpg
Ticket booths...manned by actual zoo personnel!
06P1129848.JPG
So...you can buy tickets for a half hour after the zoo closes?

Maybe I should read the sign again.
08P1129850.JPG
Yay! We're in!
09IMGP6579.JPG
The Black Bear habitat is right in front.
10IMGP6582.JPG
And we're off to a rousing start!
12IMGP6585.JPG
Kid's Cove? I vote left!
15IMGP6587.JPG
Red Panda
18P1120010.jpg
White Rhino
20IMGP6616.JPG
Petting zoo. I insisted on petting a goat.
22IMGP6633.JPG
Why in my day, we had to milk REAL cows. And it was work, not fun. And we ENJOYED it!
24P1129961.JPG
I live for signs like this.
25P1129937.JPG
Yes, there is one ride at the Knoxville Zoo, the Fuzzy-Go-Round.
26P1129956.JPG
Cute animals.
27P1129953.JPG
Er...less cute animals.
30P1129983.JPG
Step on the wrong one, and the frog squirts you.
32P1129977.JPG
Wait, seriously? Is this sign actually explaining how to use a bench? I must be in heaven.
35P1129993.JPG
Otters are cool...
37P1129989.JPG
...but impossible to get a decent picture of. Tortoises are much easier.
38P1120069.JPG
These plastic mold machines are all over the zoo.
39P1120127.JPG
Misty got an elephant.
40P1120065.JPG
Butterfly house.
41IMGP6684.jpg
A butterfly.
42P1120062.JPG
And another turtle. (Easy to photograph.)
43P1120135.jpg
We passed on the camel rides. I may never know the joy.
44P1120074.jpg
Natty dread llama.
45P1120093.JPG
Cool elephant mural.
46P1120102.JPG
Cool elephant.
48bP1120106.JPG
Zebras. (I'm totally out of stuff to say.)
51P1120114.JPG
Human.
52IMGP6706.JPG
Agent of Satan.
60P1120018.JPG
The only indoor eatery. Very basic. You couldn't even get tasty zoo animal meat. (Well, cow....)
62P1120128.JPG
Spot the monkey!
65P1120022.JPG
Translation: "Our zoo sucks too much to have this animal."
66IMGP6672.JPG
Monkeys or rocks?
67P1120032.JPG
Okay, monkey sex is pretty cool. But I'll always wonder about the rocks.
70P1120155.jpg
Bird trail.
72P1120071.jpg
Guys, you're missing the bird!
74P1120050.JPG
Smisty does her umbrella trail dance.
76P1120044.JPG
That's just wrong. (And possibly even Fail Blog worthy.)
80P1120166.jpg
I have no idea what this thing is.
85IMGP6680.JPG
Actually, it probably doesn't know what we are, either.
90P1120169.jpg
The Big Egress.
95P1120170.JPG
Gift shop goodness, and the end of our Knoxville Zoo adventure.

Thanks, as always, for reading.
Erik Allen Elness

Image

Have I mentioned how awesome donkeys are?
User avatar
 
Posts: 257
Joined: 06 Aug 2008
Location: New Caney, TX
Gender: Male
Age: 50

Postby coastersrule85 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:21 am

Awesome report as always!

I wish the animals at the Houston Zoo would come out during the summer. Between May and October, when you visit the zoo it's more like visiting an arboretum, because all you see is the landscaping. Okay, landscaping with elephants and giraffes since it's a little hard for them to hide.

Does Jeff Johnson count this donkey as a credit?
User avatar
 
Posts: 134
Joined: 04 Jun 2008
Location: Knoxville, TN
Gender: Male
Age: 27

Postby tnguy » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:46 am

The knoxville zoo has improved a lot over the last 10 years or so, it used to be pretty ghetto. (Although they used to let you ride an elephant, that was cool.) I don't know if they still have them, but they used to have signs that warned against climbing on the fences that said if you fell in and the animals ate you it would make them sick. :lmao:

Permanent Tourist
User avatar
 
Posts: 1863
Joined: 23 Apr 2006
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Postby Electerik » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:20 pm

^ & ^^ Never been much of a zoo person--but Misty likes them, so she really campaigned to go to this one. We had fun. But then, we have fun everywhere. :mickey:

moinab wrote:Erik - I think it may be your destiny to take over one of these sad, neglected SBNO mini-golf courses and transform it into the best damn mini-golf the area has ever seen! :lolr:


That would be awesome. But, honestly, I think I lack the drive and acumen to successfully run a business. I could do the creative part, maybe.
Erik Allen Elness

Image

This B&M donkey is so smooth!
User avatar
 
Posts: 141
Joined: 25 Mar 2009
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Gender: Female
Age: 36

Postby speedmetal » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:32 pm

I hope people realize that some of those photos are mine, I'm just saying. ;) I think you should have emphasized more about the hot plastic.

I love the update for the Zoo. Its one of my favorite updates you've done so far. I can't wait to see MagiQuest.
Caution: Smisty

Image

PreviousNext

Return to Photo Trip Report Archive

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron