Erik & Misty's Smoky Mountain Adventures

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Postby larrygator » Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:28 pm

Since the rest of your report rocks, you are forgiven.

I hope you don't plan on a trip to the "As Seen on TV" store, before I post my Photo TR later this week.
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Postby Electerik » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:14 pm

larrygator wrote:I hope you don't plan on a trip to the "As Seen on TV" store, before I post my Photo TR later this week.


Nope. It's all yours, bro. But I do expect great things from it. ;)

/Which "As Seen On TV" store?
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Postby larrygator » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:19 pm

^Unfortunately, I did not go to the largest one. I think I stopped at the first one on the right side of the road driving in from I-40. I think it was close to the world's largest beef jerky outlet, which I did not have time to stop at either.
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Postby CoasterRog » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:49 am

Electerik wrote:Okay, I confirmed it with Dollywood: It must be at least 40 degrees for any and all of the coasters to operate. Sorry to Rastuso (and everyone else) for the misinformation earlier.


Even Blazing Fury? Several years ago, I was there in December on a very cold day and, if I remember correctly, it was open but the other coasters were closed. The water level appeared to have been lowered so that riders didn't get soaked just lightly sprinkled.

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Postby Electerik » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:36 pm

In addition to Hauntings (covered earlier), there are two walk-through haunted houses in Gatlinburg: Ripley's Haunted Adventure (still to come) and Mysterious Mansion.
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The Mansion is accessed by going around a hearse parked on a bridge over the river.
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The fact that these are real bumper stickers is what's funny about it, to me.
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Sign me up for fun filled apprehension, please.
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Photography within the experience itself is frowned upon, so this is me in the lobby.
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It is good. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of Dr. Frankenstein's Castle at Indiana Beach.
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It's $8.97 for adults and $6.95 for children. I think we got the children's price as locals.
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It's very effectively laid out, crossing over and around itself multiple times.
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Hmmm, that seems bad.
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How do we get out of here?
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All in all, a very nice walk-through haunted house.

The staff was great, and seemed to actually be monitoring our progress, which was a nice (creepy) touch. At one point, a ghostly voice even gave us hints when we were stuck.

Highly recommended.
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Postby speedmetal » Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:07 pm

It's $8.97 for adults and $6.95 for children. I think we got the children's price as locals.


I believe you are incorrect, Sir--since I paid. The total was only $9.99 for both of us.

I would rank the above mentioned attractions in this order:

1. Mysterious Mansion
2. Dr Frankenstein's Castle
3. Ripley's Haunted Adventure
4. Hauntings
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Postby ernierocker » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:25 am

So, it sounds like they didn't have any live actors when you went through? My brother and I went through close to Halloween and they actually had three live actors. (I have been several times in the past and seen one at the most and usually none)

One of them was literally jumping from balcony to balcony like a monkey. As a result, he would pop out on us several times through the walkthrough. Still trying to figure out what was wrong with the clown that followed us through half the house without trying to scare us. Seemed like he wanted to take us on the tour.

Anyways, great TR. Love me some Mysterious Mansion!

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Postby Electerik » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:42 am

ernierocker wrote:So, it sounds like they didn't have any live actors when you went through?


No, there were at least two, sort of following us around. They were quite good. Even made Misty jump a couple of times (and she's a rock).

Best bit: One of the actors running a grinder (or something) across a metal grate, shooting sparks at you.

/Nothing beats Hauntings, though. :P
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Postby Electerik » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:21 am

I had been to the Sir Goony's in Chattanooga, but wasn't even aware that there was one in Knoxville until just a few days ago. Amazingly, this one is even more funky and awesome than the original.

Sir Goony's
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Yes, there are go carts--and paintball, too--but neither were operating when we visited.
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This is where you go to buy tickets and be assigned a cat.
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"Hello. I'm October, and I will be your designated kitty escort at Sir Goony's today."
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"Let me show you hole #1."
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Hmmm...water doesn't look too good.
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Often, the key to mini golf victory is humping each hole into submission. (Wait, did that sound dirty? Oh...I guess it was supposed to.)
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Several holes have "bonus" and/or "penalty cups."
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This allowed me to get a zero on this hole. (While Misty fell into the cat trap.)
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"Hey, where'd my ball go?"
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"Is there a problem, officer?"
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Mmmm, the open sea...the smell of fresh pond scum....
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The haunted house was pretty cool.
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Don't get too confident. Kitty lies in wait.
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Note the penalty cup on the left.
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The spray bottle is in case you don't like cats. No, seriously.
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"I'm a crazy rock monster! Gimme your balls!"
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There are two courses: Championship and Goony.
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The score card doubles as a coloring page.
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Pretty good likeness.
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Those are some effed-up looking ghosts.
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Not much better.
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Care to sit down for a moment?
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Does this look really kinky, or is it just me?
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"I've got a fang."
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"And I've got a hole in my tentacle! That makes me evil!"
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Smisty rockin' her Deep South/Texas shirt.
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"Don't mind me. You're doing great!"
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Okay, I'm going to say it: Sir Goony's, in Knoxville, is the epitome of old-school miniature golf funktasticness. You owe it to yourself, and to the brave men and women who gave their lives to construct it, to go there as soon as possible.

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Postby dandaman » Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:58 am

Golf kitty > golf caddy.
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