Photo TR: The Johnson's finally get to Dollywood

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Photo TR: The Johnson's finally get to Dollywood

Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:12 pm

Hey all! We just got back from a 3-day trip to Dollywood and back. I have been trying to find the time to fit Dollywood into our schedule for the past two years, but I am glad that we held off until this year. We were able to go to SFoG again for a few hours on Saturday as well as hit a new park for us, Lake Winniepesaukah.

I will first start of with our visit to Six Flags Over Georgia:
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We always start off these things with an "upset" cat photo.
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Looks like we made it to Georgia.
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We stayed over at one of my best friends up in Atlanta.
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That places looks familiar.
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We are ready to ride Goliath again.
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Oh wow, the park is going to be really crowded.
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All these buses can not be any good.
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The seas of humanity in the form of middle school bands.
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Lucky for us, all the gates were open so it only took us 5 minutes.
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I had no idea it was the 40th.
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They had a nice 40th display just after the gate.
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One of the many middle school bands.
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We had to get a Qbot, otherwise we would not be able to ride anything.
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I had no idea they had a Qbot "preshow". This really sucked.
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Even though its took us 20 minutes, we have made a new best friend.
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Oh wow, Freefall really is gone.
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We had to wait 30 minutes for our time on Goliath, so we rode the Gotham Crime Wave swings first.
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Oh yeah, we got to see Joe and Andrew.
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This is more like it.
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Still running as well as last year.
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Without Qbot, the wait would have been 90 minutes.
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I thought you only saw this kind of action in zoos.
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Best ride I ever had on this was this day.
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Poor Andrew had to ride all alone, but he did not care...he was riding Mindbender.
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I wonder if that is safe to drink.
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We noticed something running in the background.
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We had to ride Georgia Scorcher with its new paint first.
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As well as the crappy log ride.
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We have to ride something new on every visit, right?
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Oh wow, it still has not broken down.
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Since we had a Qbot, we only had to wait 15 minutes.
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It only took Andrew two visits to clear the park. He just earned his Deja Vu Credit.
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"Deja Vu Hair"
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No thank you.
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GASM was running well that day.
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They had all of these home depot coaster facts all over the queues.
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We actually had some quality airtime on it.
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Superman used to be Leanne's favorite, until she rode Tatsu last March.
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But Mini-Tatsu is still fun.
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It is not open yet.
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The park only has one Intamin drop tower now.
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We ran out of time to be able to ride the Cyclone this year.
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It was time to head out.

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Postby Sir Clinksalot » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:18 pm

Awesome. I love SFOG.

Looking forward to the rest.

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Postby Swimace » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:23 pm

Hooray for Mindbender being amazing, GASM being fun, and Deja Vu being open! Great day at SFOG!

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:48 pm

Ok, onto Lake Winnie. We only had about 2 hours to explore the park, but we were able to do just about everything we wanted to do. It turned out to be a really nice little family park with quite a few good rides. It was very clean and had a great atmosphere about it. Onward to our photos:

Also here is our Lake Winnie video:

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/vi ... hp?t=35184

It does feature onride footage of all three coasters.
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Lake Winnie is only 2 hours north of Atlanta. Its about 5 miles off I-75.
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The parking lot pavement looked brand new.
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Its turned out to be a nice little family park.
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If we had more time, we would have bought unlimited ride braclets.
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There is a good assortment of rides here.
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The pirate ship almost rocks over the lake.
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In order for it to be a real park, it must have a merry-go-round.
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Our first Wacky Worm credit.
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A face only a mother could love.
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Onride POV picture of the Wacky Worm.
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Onward to the Cannonball, which was a lot of fun.
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We had to wait about 15 minutes to ride.
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It was a real suprise on this trip.
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They still have the duo-manual braking system in the station.
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Another group ready to leave the station.
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Me and my cannonballs.
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We decided to skip the drop tower.
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White Lightning proved to be a bit painfull.
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You get it?
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Sunset over Lake Winnie.
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We had to ride the "classic" boat chute.
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You enter here.
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Sploosh!
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There are not any type of restraints on this ride.
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Cannonball.
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We waited 15 minutes, but we ran out of time.
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The Rock City gnome, or Travelocity? You decide.
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We decided to ride the train, since we always ride the train.
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It is small, but a lot of people can ride at once.
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Trainload of people.
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Have a good night, Lake Winnie!

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:33 pm

Ok, onward to Dollywood. I should post a few notes about this park:

*Dollywood is the newest park to receive the Qbot (Q2Q) system. Its simply the most amazing/easy to use fast pass system I have used so far. It is also inexpensive (around $16.40 total for the both of us) They use it quite a bit differently than the ones in Six Flags parks. When you pick up you machine you walk over to a computer monitor which displays all the shows/times. You pre-program your Qbot with the shows and thier times ahead of time. When it comes to rides, every Qbot machine comes pre-programed with a list of all the rides on the system. Using the arrow keys you scroll up/down to pick which ride you want to ride next. Once you pick the ride, its usually ready within 15-20 minutes after your selection...sometimes sooner. You can only have one ride selected at one time, but you no longer have to run to the front of each ride, like you do at Six Flags, to "capture" your next time. You simply just select it from your personal machine. When it is time to ride you walk over to the Q2Q entrance where another employee will scan your machine with another Qbot. Once you are cleared you can immediatly select another ride/ride time on your machine. With this system we never had to wait more than 2 minutes from scanning to sitting on a train for Mystery Mine. We usually has to wait a bit longer for Thunderhead and T. Tornado (about 5 minutes), because you still have to queue up in a seating row after being let into the station.

*We thought Mystery Mine was fun. It does have great theming and it does have that great "suprise" that everyone is talking about. We give the ride a solid "B". Just be warned if you ride on an outside seat that you will get thrown around a bit.

*We liked Thunderhead quite a bit, especially when we rode in the first row. It really has that "out-of-control" feeling as well as some nice moments of airitme. We ended up riding it three times.

*Tennesse Tornado proved to be my 2nd favorite standard Arrow coaster. While on the short side it proved to be very fast and intense...as well as suprisingly smooth.
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We stayed here. Nothing too special, but it was clean and inexpensive.
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Though it has the world's shortest pool slide.
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If you work at Dollywood, you pick up your uniform here.
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There was a long line to get into the parking lot 60 minutes before park opening.
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At least the parking lot was open.
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The World Showcase, Dollywood style.
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Dolly Parton's butterfly logo can be found everywhere in the park.
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The parking lot was filling up fast.
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Almost to the park gates.
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See, more butterflies.
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Oh no! We came to the wrong park!
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Ok, that is much better.
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No Huss flat ride for us today.
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Time to enter the park.
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So we can get one of these brand new Q2Q machines.
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Here is the building to pick them up.
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You can use it on these attractions/shows.
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Check out how inexpensive it is. You would be stupid not to try this out.
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There they are, waiting to be rented.
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As well as Qbot items to proudly buy and wear.
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You first decide on what shows/times you want to see.
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Then you use the "ride Menu" to pick which ride you want to ride next.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:12 pm

More Dollywood!
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Dollywood is simply a really nice park.
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Plus they have rides as well.
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I think everyone here already knows about Mystery Mine.
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Everyone's Photo TR has this shot.
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The birds on this ride are simply evil.
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Boy that line really looks long.
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But who cares? We got our Q2Q machine.
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All about Mystery Mine.
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It only took us around 90 seconds from entering the station and getting seated on a car.
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30-60 minute wait? Or a couple of minutes? You decide.
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The theming was quite top notch.
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While not rough, some of these coaster transitions can shake you up a bit.
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The turns of this coaster are very tight.
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Yes, its closed.
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We enjoyed Thunderhead, especially in the front row.
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Just in case you forgot its name.
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Hey! What is that new building above your head?
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Awwww....Mystery Mine looks lonely.
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Ok, that's much better!
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30 minutes for Thunderhead, or 5 minutes? You decide.
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With the shows, you get to sit in the very best section...kind of like Busch Platnium passholders.
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Who said playing with scissors wasn't fun?
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The entire park was this nice.
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This is where you start seeing and smelling some amazing things.
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Heart attack in a pan.
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See! More amazing theming.
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Awww....We miss Soren.
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We visited Dolly's childhood cabin recreation.
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I guess all the kids had to sleep on the floor since there was only one bed.
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Something really amazing is created by this mill.
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Yummmm...The cinammon bread was amazing.
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We should have bought 3 of them.
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Instead of standard paper cups. We got plastic Mystery Mine ones.
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I guess you can go to church while in the park, but we still had credits to earn.
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Like this impressive Arrow coaster.
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There is a coaster station inside this building.
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See what I mean?
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Everyone put down the restraints.
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Up the super tall lift hill.
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While on the short side, this one is very fast and intense.
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Is this the largest loop that Arrow built?
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Blurry tornado damage.

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Postby hemmy » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:28 pm

Man they have built soooo many rides since my last visit!!!

They only had Tennessee Tornado coaster wise then. I must have went on the perfect day, because not only were there no lines, we didn't even have to get off the rides to go again, they just said if you want you can stay on.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:38 pm

Ok, final section of this Photo: TR.
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There is a dark ride/coaster in this building.
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Yes that is its name.
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Scary looking fire fighter.
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The dark scary loading area.
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An American in jail.
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We got a little wet on this one.
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How is it going Julie?
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This is a totally shameless credit.
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You pretty much see the entire layout in this photo.
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You can not use a Qbot for this one.
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These cars are not built for tall people. It was a real struggle to sit down with the lap bar.
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While it may look like it, you do not have to steal a kid to ride this ride.
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Time for another show.
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The girl in green was simply amazing.
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These Irish shows are still very popular.
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The train ride was fun. It goes up a mountain for a 5 mile round trip ride.
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Water ride #2
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We though it was one of the better water flume rides.
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Sploosh!
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Never seen this photo before.
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Even though the park was closed, you could still reserve ride times.
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Make sure you get your Qbot early. I understand they sold out quickly.
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Thank you Dollywood, and thank you for reading.

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Postby Axman » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:39 pm

Ohh, I just love Dollywood! In 10 hours, I rode every ride, Thunderhead 3 times, and between lunch and dinner, I ate a box of Potato Skins, 2 scoops of ice cream, 1 handful of saltwater taffy, and an entire bag of multi-colored Kettle Korn! Dollywodd has the best themepark food ever!

There were no lines, so I could take my time, do lots of shopping, and take lots of pictures.

Timber Tower is nothing special. Do not regret missing it much.

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Postby Ryan King » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:45 pm

ERIK!!!

Dude! Glad to see you had a blast! Every time I see an Erik Johnson Photo TR, I get excited. You do a fantastic job at making me feel like I'm actually tackling the parks with you!

Thanks!

-Ryan

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