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Postby speedmetal » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:07 am

monkeyoverlord71 wrote:Surely Misty did not go into a competitor christmas shop! :P


Of course, I looked at the competitors store. Gotta see what the other dude is selling.

SharkTums wrote:My parents made me eat at that Apple Barn place during a family trip to the Great Smokies when I was much younger. I remember hating it and making a very similar face to your woman's for the whole meal!!!!


I actually prefer the Restaurant, but I figured I would give the Grill a chance.
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Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:21 am

...a winery (featuring lots of yummy apple-flavored wines)...

Some of these are actually pretty tasty. Which reminds me, I think we still have an unopened bottle at home. Gonna have to take care of that.

As for the restaurant, it really is pretty good "home cookin'."
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Postby Electerik » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:26 pm

Perhaps you are now thinking, "WonderWorks? Isn’t that in Orlando?" Indeed it is. But it's also now here in Pigeon Forge. How? Well, because it’s wondrous, of course....
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You may remember this van from such updates as, “The 24th Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade.”
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Though WonderWorks is one of the first things you see as you cross the border from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge, it is set quite a bit further back from the road than its Orlando counterpart.
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"...unless you can do it upsidedown."
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This photo may be slightly crooked. It’s a bit hard to tell, really.
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The main lobby and ticket booths.
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There’s also a separate dinner theater at this location, called “Hoot N’ Holler.” But that was not on the agenda for us today.
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The WonderDog Café is new since the last time we visited. But it’s pretty much just a snack bar.
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The lobby is actually quite elegant, outside of the fact that there’s another building crashed into the top of it.
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Okay, time to go in. But first we have to get spun around the right way.
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Spinning tunnel awesomeness!
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The first little section features some statistical demonstrations, VR games, and earthquake and hurricane simulators.
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Predictably, I was quick to start but slow to stop.
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Yes, it’s just a rock climbing wall. But as least it’s not an upcharge.
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These “peddle upsidedown bikes” were undergoing some sort refurbishment.
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My fastball was 34 miles per hour. That’s really good, right?
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Basically just video games. But, again, at least they didn’t cost anything extra.
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If you jump high enough, you end up in space. (This joke makes more sense if you note the jumpy thing on the left. Otherwise, I just sound retarded.)
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What Smisty would look like if she were pretending to wear a spacesuit.
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What Smisty would weigh on Mars. (But she would claim it was only 68lbs.)
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What Smisty would look like lying on her back. (What?)
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What I might look like if I were dancing on a pressure-sensitive image-morphing floor.
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Hmmm, sounds dangerous.
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"Backbeat, the word is on the street, that the fire in your heart is out."
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The answer is no.
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I’m not really sure what this thing was. But I like what the last person did with it.
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Big piano.
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Super bubbles!!!
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In case you wanna get REALLY kinky, there’s a mirror above the bed of nails.
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My favorite thing in the whole place. You drop a bowling ball and it shoots a tennis ball 40 feet in the air. Somebody tell Stan Checketts.
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The “point” of Mind Ball is to out relax the other person and not really pay attention to what your doing. At last, a sport for me!
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Kind of like the floor thing, but on the wall.
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You know you want to.
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to follow the frog.
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I...um...I can’t do that.
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I’m not sure what the point of this thing is, but it looks really cool.
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So what? I watch her go to the bathroom all the time, at home.
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Optical illusion land.
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Okay, this is kind of cool. Shine a light on this goofy pile of wire, and...
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Ta-da!
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She’s just mad ‘cause I grabbed the bars and trapped her there while I took a photo.
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There’s also laser tag and an arcade.
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WonderWorks really tops the competition by making you exit the attraction into an arcade, and then making you exit the arcade into a gift shop. Bravo, good sirs!
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Magnets are so blasé...
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...what I really want is a WonderWorks toy big rig! Convoy!

So, the big question: Is it worth $20? Well, I think it depends on how hard it’s raining outside.
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Postby Pufferfish » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:19 pm

I love Wonderworks, it's a really awesome place and I personally believe that yes, it is worth the $20. The self propelled flat ride thing is a lot of fun, sorry it wasn't working for you, and most of the exhibits are really neat. Did you try their inverting motion simulator, or was it closed too? It gives a lot of really good hang time.
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Postby Electerik » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:31 am

^ The "build and ride your own coaster" thing is visible in the background of the Air Cannon photo. We've been on it before. It's not really my thing, but it was running, yes.

I like WonderWorks. But I certainly don't think it's a "must do."
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Postby SharkTums » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:12 am

Have you done the location in Orlando? I'm just wondering if they're the same or have different attractions. I've never done one, always seemed quite pricey without having a good idea of what you're paying for.

So thanks for the look inside!

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Postby Electerik » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:02 pm

SharkTums wrote:Have you done the location in Orlando? I'm just wondering if they're the same or have different attractions. I've never done one, always seemed quite pricey without having a good idea of what you're paying for.


I haven't, for much the same reasons that you laid out above.

I only finally gave this one a try because I got in free the first time (they had a local employees freebie thing right when they first opened).
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Postby Emiroo » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:44 pm

That place looks like a ton of fun.

And I'm quite positive that when I arrive in Hell, Satan himself will hand me a wacky wire game and tell me that as soon as I beat it, I can leave.

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Postby Electerik » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:19 am

Ripley's Haunted Adventure
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Wedged between two other attractions, near traffic light #8, is Ripley's Haunted Adventure.
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Choose thy fate: The Headless Horseman's unstoppable wrath, or the wet floor!
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There's an elaborate backstory about a mysterious casket company.
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This attraction reminds me quite a bit of a Universal Halloween Horror Nights Maze--except that there are more props and fewer actors. Which really has nothing to do with this photo. But there you are.
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A "rickety old" funicular take you to the second level, where the vast majority of the attraction is.
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A kiss for good luck?
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"Ladies and gentleman, there is to be no kissing and no photography inside the house."
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"Oh, and please keep your arms and legs inside the funicular at all times."
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The top level and your guide into the funeral home.
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Being like a Horror Nights maze is certainly not a bad thing, but I do prefer Mysterious Mansion to Ripley's Haunted Adventure.

The best bit is the elevator trick at the very end, but I won't describe it in any detail lest I spoil it for you. Unfortunately, they do sort of telegraph it ahead of time--which takes some of the surprise out of it anyway.

Still, if you like haunted houses, this one is certainly worth a visit.
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Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:29 am

The best bit is the elevator trick at the very end, but I won't describe it in any detail lest I spoil it for you. Unfortunately, they do sort of telegraph it ahead of time--which takes some of the surprise out of it anyway.


Like you just did? :P

Just kidding. We're gonna have to try out one of these places the next time we're up there.
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