Photo TR: Dollywood, River Battle & Opening Day

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Photo TR: Dollywood, River Battle & Opening Day

Postby coasterfreaky » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:45 am

Hi everyone,
I was at Dollywood on the official opening day and snapped a few photos of the new ride and some other stuff around the park.

Hope you enjoy the photos.

Sorry folks, this is my first photo tr and it may take me awhile to upload all the photos. :)
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The new pathway under Mystery Mine.
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When you turn the corner under Myster Mine, this is what you see. New restrooms on the right side (sorry, sunshine issues), River Battle is on the left as you can see. River Battle's footprint is surprisingly big.
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Here's where the old and new meet.
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Signage fans rejoice!
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Located around the perimeter were water canons that you could shoot the riders with.
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Boat
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Going under the water arch
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Excellent themeing
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Hole for rent? teehee
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More themeing
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You can see that targets are everywhere. When one was hit, either you got a surprise or someone else on your boat got a surprise.
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Exit Bridge and more aquatic assualt cannons
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Here I am starting my River Battle journey. I'm in the blue shirt on the left side, all icognito.
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Aqua rage!
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Did I mention that it was ice water? Freezing!

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Postby Vffreak07 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:14 am

Pics are a tad large. . . Good ones though! RB looks like a blast!

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Postby Hand 0f Time » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:18 am

Yuo do need to resize the picture. It is kind of anoying scrolling from side to side to get the full picture.

But other than that. It does look like a blast, especially on sunny days when you have the need to cool off. I might to arrange going to Dollywood in the near future.

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Postby coasterfreaky » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:33 am

After being drenched in ice water, we went on down the new path towards Tennesse Tornado.

Overall thoughts of River Battle: It's perfect for summer, notsomuch in March, but I had to get my ride on it to test it out. Another winner in the themeing department. Wonderful little animals everywhere, targets, there's just a lot going on - everywhere. In a way overwhelming to take it all in. Very interactive for both the rider and the onlookers, just as they promised. I was exhausted after riding it, but I was full of aqua rage. I got my bicep workout for the day with those guns.
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Splinters snacks, in Wilderness Pass, walking from RB towards Tn Tornado.
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Wilderness Pass is a lot wider than the path headed up to Timber Canyon.
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Tn Tornado. Two train operation
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Looking up Wilderness Pass
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3 Point Challenge. New for 2008
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Rockin Roadway, rehabbed for 2008

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Postby coasterfreaky » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:39 am

Sorry about the disjointed first photo trip report. I promise they'll be better in the future. :)

Overall, we had a great day. I was most interested in checking out River Battle and letting everyone see what it looks like. The park was packed - all lots were full upon arrival, so I knew it would be crazy. The new path is fantastic. I really love walking between all the 'thrill rides' and having them in a row, so to speak, is great.

Thunderhead was running two trains, but had a 45 minute wait, so we passed. Mystery Mine was not running all day, Blazing Fury was not running when we passed by it, the steam train was not running either. Some minor dissapointments, but we still managed to enjoy ourselves on the other attractions.

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Postby kraken613 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:43 am

Im sure that Tunderhead wait was from Mystery Mine and Blazing Fury down!
Ill be going Thursday I think so look for my TR then.

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Postby coasterfreaky » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:52 am

Yeah, sorry about these pictures being so large. I will see if i can resize them and repost. I'm working on Iphoto and my antiquated mac..oy.

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Postby Voyage_luvr » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:22 pm

Wow, thanks for posting those. I haven't been there since like 2001 when they added The Smokey Mountain Wilderness Adventure. Hopefully I will be visiting this summer though. There is so many new attractions that I think I will spend more time at the park then last time.

River Battle looks awesome. I definitely think it was a tad bit too cold for it to be open though. :?r
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Postby coasterdude5 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:45 pm

Great trip report! The new area looks great. I'm not sure about some of the hills they've got behind River Battle / the rest of the area but I guess they'll grow in over time. But it'll be good to have a complete loop now.
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Postby ernierocker » Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:53 pm

Thanks for the pictures. Does it look like there is room for new rides along the new path? Or is it just enough room for the pathways towards Tennessee Tornado?

Edit: Looks like you added some pictures that answered my question. Quite a bit of clearing on the east of the path.

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