Photo TR: Christmas in the smokies!!

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Photo TR: Christmas in the smokies!!

Postby jarmor » Sat Dec 02, 2006 10:37 am

Well not exactly but anyway, I went up or should I say over to dollywood to check out christmas in the smokies yesterday. After almost not making it there, got pulled over for going 130 in a 60 zone 5 miles from the exit AND I didnt get a ticket :b , I finally got there around 3. I decided to take someone to the park w/ me but the question was who? I began to think...disney world to kids is like dollywood to old folks so who would be more fitting to take a trip to dollywood w/ me than an old geezer! I mean think about it, they would fit right in and I wouldn't look stupid riding around in the hover-a-rounds!
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ahhh the first thing you see when you approach the park...
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"Hi, im mccarthy and this is my first time here but from the looks of it...not my last!"
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Save all the "hey you look like a gap commerical goes ghetto" jokes!
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The purdy entrance
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At mid afternoon i tend to turn colors...
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Good ole knee slapping church music!
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Thunderhead gap/Timber Canyon seems to have some new displays this year! And I like them!!
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Why do I take this same shot EVERYTIME I go to dollywood?
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Whats that lurking?
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Whoa its the Adams family coaster first presented by paramount parks, I mean you know they are the same.../sarcasm
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The obligatory thru The Thunderhead shot...hey why do they call it "The Thunderhead"?
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Getting closer and closer to april 13th!
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"Hey im the biggest woodie in Tenn and no one wants to ride me..."
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Since Dollywood is in the business of changing the names of sections like a year after they open I think they should name this "Mystery Mine Midway!
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Stay tuned to see if I survived this ride...(well if im sitting here typing obviously I did but hey lets keep the suspense going!)
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Postby jarmor » Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:13 am

Ok im back and I survived..wait this isn't HHN, but anyway here are some MM shots. While talking to a ride op at lumberjack falls I found out some interesting tid bits about the park and the coaster itself. She seemed to know her stuff and it made me even more intrigued with this ride. The actual building should be complete by the end of the month then work will be focused on the show scenes since the track is already completed. Also the buzzard now tells a story about the grandson of some miner and how he took off his boots in the mine and was whistling and stuff started to happen. All I can say is that I feel this will be the best new attraction of 07!
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wooooow
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Mean while back at the ranch THE Thunderhead keeps a rolling!
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Herein lies a mystery...a mystery drop and some other "interesting" stuff!
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Thats gonna cause quite a frenzy!
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Cool angle.
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The "corkscrews" as many of the employees like to call them. Heck even one of the employees stated he liked Son of Beast!
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Similar but not the same!
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You pull i'll point and shoot!
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Only this missing from this is an enterprise...DOLLYWOOD NEEDS AN ENTERPRISE!!1!!1!!
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The first half seems to also be interesting!
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I wonder what the landscaping will be like...
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MM: "Im a mystery how about you?"
Me: Im a libra!
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Hummm...
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Random workers.
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Closer look.
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Loop-de-loop
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Looks like electrical stuff...
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Kinda blurry but this place should be called christmas ghost town!
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One more overview.
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Later MM see ya in a week or two!
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Now lets go check out some lights...
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Postby Shavethewhales » Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:00 pm

Fantastic stuff, THE Thunderhead looks great in your shots. How good of a ride is it? All I've heard about it is that it's full of cross-overs.

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Postby ginzo » Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:49 pm

Shavethewhales wrote:Fantastic stuff, THE Thunderhead looks great in your shots. How good of a ride is it? All I've heard about it is that it's full of cross-overs.


Personally, I like KY rumbler better, but this is a minority opinion. Thunderhead is fun, but there is little airtime, which makes me subtract a few points. Back seat rides are fun, but they started to hurt my elderly back after a while. So, I think it's a good ride, but a bit overrated.

Jarmor, thanks for the Mystery Mine pics. That mine house looks awesome. Dollywood sure has their act together when it comes to theming.

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Postby BDG » Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:01 pm

Wow, those are some great photos.

And Mystery Mine is coming together nicely.
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Postby coasterfreak101 » Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:03 pm

Wow, great pics! Especially of MM, I've been looking around for new updates!

So then, does this mean that the big drop at the end is inside the building?
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Postby jarmor » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:22 am

^yeah it will be in there along w/ some other "special effects" ;)

Shavethewhales wrote:Fantastic stuff, THE Thunderhead looks great in your shots. How good of a ride is it? All I've heard about it is that it's full of cross-overs.


It does have cross overs galore AND it gives that out of control feel and some decent pops of :airtime: where you would think it wouldn't have it! I really enjoy it and it seems like it goes on forever!

On to some more photos! First I want to say I left my tripod at home so some of the pics maybe a tad bit blurry but they are still pretty good. I am now on my quest to find PEOPLE in this park. I really hope it will be this slow on april 13th :lmao: !
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talk about VIP treatment. I called dollywood ahead of time and gave them a simple request, to be alone in the park, and low and behold they came thru!
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Could it be...people...RATS they work for the park...nevermind.
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"Im smiling because finally a theme park were im not the oldest thing roaming!"
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Ohhhhh Ahhhhh
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Can you tell me where the people are?
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Some more changes where the angel tree which is now this tree.
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Another view.
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Well...theres the angel
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Well since no one is here im gonna head to aunt grannies to get a bite. Maybe they will show when I come out!
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WOW I was right...but hey...they are LEAVING!!!
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Humm...the gloryhole seems to be the hottest!
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"...and when I stick my thing in the glory hole..."
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Its getting darker and the lights are getting brighter.
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The lights are just awesome!
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The infamous blue tree.
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Some school was singing...meh i'll pass.
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Ahhh...the best thing arrow has going for it...ironically the last!
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The lights back here are just thrown around...on purpose!
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This HAS to be the picture of the year...and I didnt even have my tripod.
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"Jingle bells batman smells robin laid an egg..."
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The amount of lights are abundant.
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I forgot what this thing is called...
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the finally of "Babes in Toyland" but it should have been called "where all the old folks go to sleep"
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That blue tree again!
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If only it were "er" (tallER. fastER, biggER)
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they even look good at night!
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Would I be a pig if I go back to aunt grannies for a second round...
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I GOT MY CREDIT!!! (just as soon as she turned her back!)
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The tree at night...
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Close up w/ the nutcrackers!
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Time for the parade! While its not main street electrical parade it's still pretty cool!
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And just like a kid after a fun day at disney world Mccarthy falls out as soon as we get to the car! I bet he is dreaming about his fun day!
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Postby Jeezus Juice » Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:11 pm

Wow, Tower of Terror at Dollyfood looks great!

Is this REALLY the Addams family coaster concept? Now that you mention it it does seem VERY familiar to the Paramount survey concept art.

If it is then why, by Tom Cruise's beard, did they go with the stinky Italian Job?

So it looks like MM closes out the back end of Thunderhead Gap. Does this rule out the idea of a pathway connecting T-headGap to the back of craftsman valley? I don't want to have to walk through crowds of old people at the entrance just to get to the new B&M!

Great pictures Jarve, even if you did forget the tripod...sigh... :roll:

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Postby Shavethewhales » Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:27 pm

Wow, DW looks way more decked out than SDC nowadays, crazy. Do they have a big emphasis (sp?) on nativity scenes like SDC? How many lights do they have?

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Postby ginzo » Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:21 pm

Jeezus Juice wrote:I don't want to have to walk through crowds of old people at the entrance just to get to the new B&M!


What new B&M? Mystery Mine is a Gerstlauer ride. Do you know something that I don't?

Here's to hoping for that new B&M hyper at Dollywood. Doesn't seem out of reach considering what they shelled out for Mystery Mine.

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