Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby coasterville » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:35 am

Talk about coincidence, I thought Mold-A-Rama was a thing of the past. I hadn't seen a Mold-A-Rama (The injected plastic mold toy machine) for like 15 years or so. I was at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry over the weekend and saw some of them and thought I had found a great treasure from the past.

The museum was getting $2 for them and had replaced the coin slot with a bill reader. They did NOT emphasize just how hot those toys are when they first come out. Luckily I remembered that part from my youth, to let the toy sit there for a few minutes, or until the next person wanted to use the machine.

Great update as usual, and that Taj Mahal at adventure golf looks just like the castle I mentioned above.

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Postby WFChris » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:59 am

Just wanted to let you know that I have a fantastic time reading your updates and look forward to seeing your next installment. Thanks for this thread!!!


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Postby Electerik » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:54 am

^ Thanks!

^^ I'm not totally convinced that it is though, based on your description.

coasterville wrote:I remember us being drawn to one by a huge castle in the back of course. We asked which of their courses involved the castle, and were all exciited. We got to the castle, we walked up a long windy rampway to the top of the castle, then you merely putt your ball over the drawbridge into the castle and walk back down to continue the hole down below.

You actually walk through the "Taj Mahal" at Adventure Golf.
Is this your castle?

The white lattice fence on the left is where you walk out of the back to the next hole.
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Postby Rastuso » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:32 am

So, have you lived there for a long time? I love these TRs, but would really love a retro one with pics of the water slides and stuff from the 80s, when I went to Gatlinburg a lot.

I am especially interested in a park that was once in PF called Time World, or something like that. You entered a time machine at the front gate and the park was apparently filled with uber-cheezy dark rides and such. I never got to go, but always wanted to.


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Postby Velo_editor » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:56 am

Is there still a roller coaster in Pigeon Forge? I'm not dreaming that, right? Seems like it was between the Track complex and one of the outlet malls.

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Postby Electerik » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:38 pm

^ Technically, there are four roller coasters in Pigeon Forge (and one in Sevierville). But I assume you mean Thunder Eagle. Sadly, that was gone before I first visited the area.
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Postby Electerik » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:08 pm

If I had to choose something in the area to label a "hidden gem," I think I would choose Fort Fun (also known as, Old Gatlinburg Golf & Games).
Fort Fun is located in the Reagan Mall area of Gatlinburg.
It's a weirdly grouped conglomeration of different attractions, some of which are substandard, and some of which are totally awesome.
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The highlight is the outdoor mini golf, built up the side of a hill.
Choose thy course! (Actually, we're going to play both. But let's start by going right.)
The Old Town Square Course is the best, and one of my favorite mini golf courses anywhere.
Placards sit at the start of each hole, explaining the history of Gatlinburg.
Smisty tries her hand at the toilet bowl hole.
My theory is that this actually started out as a historical attraction, and was only later turned into mini golf. But that's just a guess.
The holes themselves are clever and fun, and the real stone buildings add weight to it all (as opposed to the standard fiberglass figures and thin wooden windmills found at most mini golf places).
Huh. Sounds like a good guy.
Smisty pointing out where her ball went.
I like this course.
I can't wait to hear how it ends!
That space between the trees is the path to the next hole.
Evidence of my "started as something else" theory: Random stairs that go nowhere.
Wait, the "fact" that was never documented but obviously MAY have been true? That's awesome.
At the top.
Interesting view of Gatlinburg from here.
The fact that he was a cross-dresser has never been suggested, but could definitely be possible.
Okay, back to the game. That's the schoolhouse behind Misty there.
The hole inside the schoolhouse.
Misty helping me out a little.
Where do you go once you're done with school?
Inside the jailhouse.
My putter clearly deserved it after that game.
And now for the Old Mountain Trail Course.
This course has fewer buildings, and the placards detail the history of the larger Smoky Mountain area.
It's still a fun course, though.
Still, if you can only play one, choose Old Town Square.
The railroad building...
...housing the final hole.
What else do they have in this mall?
On second thought, let's go back inside.
How bad could it be?
We chose "Alice in Wonderland" as our 3-D movie. It was, uh, interesting.
The bumper craft were fun.
But let's get back to mini golf.
This is their indoor blacklight course.
Pirates are cool.
It's fun, but short at only 9 holes.
Apparently, I did something cool.
Cool music in here--all classic water-themed tunes: The Tide Is High, Sea Cruise, Octopus's Garden, etc.
You know what? I think I'll just quit now. :P
Old Gatlinburg Golf & Games. Er, I mean, "Fort Fun." Whatever. Go there and play the Old Town Square course. You won't regret it.
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Postby monkeyoverlord71 » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:15 am

Thanks Erik,
Awesome update as always. That was an awesome mini-golf course.
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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:46 pm

Huh, I just went through a bunch of Gatlin Forge brochures and just looked at these two courses. Now that's just timing. Hope to get back to that area soon, as I love a good round of mini golf. Think I have a 3 handicap. ;)

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Postby Brandy524 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:09 am

That Old Town Square course looks really cool! It's not often you see a mini golf course with such nice structures. I love the historical look of it. I'll have to remember that one next time we go to Gatlinburg.

Awesome updates. Love this thread!


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