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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby MamaTN » Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:28 pm

I addressed the non-venomous snake issue and was immediately contacted by the park and they addressed my concerns. I think when we enter an amusement park we do not think it will be "in nature" which it is. The Park is a great place, so please be adults, watch your children, and leave nature alone. - L. Rohan

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby TEDodd » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:58 pm

MamaTN wrote:I think when we enter an amusement park we do not think it will be "in nature" which it is.


I like how much nature is at DW. I rent cabins and hope to see bears (did once up towards Ober Gatlinburg)

Then again I grew up in the woods dodging snakes, not an asphalt jungle.

And yes, I expect gators in the swamps of Florida like Disney bought.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby tndank » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:32 pm

We've had a few bears in Gatlinburg this year. Some have entered stores. Can't imagine seeing a bear waltzing through the front door of a souvenir shop while I'm looking around. Had one in Knoxville this Spring, too.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby ElvisLuv » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:43 am

MamaTN wrote:

You do realize that the Water Moccasin and Cottonmoith are one in the same? Take it from someone that goes to war with them on a frequent basis. AnD yes, there's a water snake that is often mistaken for them. It's all about the head or when the pit viper of the two opens that white mouth and that means you are too damn close. There'd plenty of Eastern Diamondbacks over in East Tenn too.[/quote]

Thank You! Yesterday, on our first trip to Dollywood we were crossing the bridge from Jukebox Junction to Rivertown Junction. There are ducks in the "River" that was not even about six inches deep. We stopped for a second to see the ducks- immediately noticed a snake swirling in the water instead- honestly about two feet long. I assumed it was a copperhead. So did the two other visitors from Florida who commented it was like having alligators still at Disney. We went on the River Ride, other water rides, but it was obvious the Snake was swimming further into the Park headed somewhere. I do not know what kind it was now- but can tell you that I wouldn't know what to do if I was bitten or my Son. They honestly should have a sign and better fencing to keep us out and advise of the problem, because another man had a stroller and it is easy for a toddler to wander to feed the ducks, etc. The entire time I was on the River Ride or any ride, the thought that the Snake had friends and family was in my mind. I kept telling myself hopefully the Park didn't drain its ride water out or into where we saw the snake. I personally would have liked to have notice of this. Especially because my son has autism, the bridge isn't high, and you do not expect a snake in a theme park- especially after paying a good amount for entry.
We are staying at the Resort also- again a lot if money and supposedly 4 star rated. Last night, (after the Halloween Display and Park closed) so probably 11pm, I told my Son to come to the window to see how pretty the view was of the pool. I saw a rat. My Dad is from NYC and these are "Brooklyn Cats". It definitely was not a possum! Then, my Son could not see that one- which was a good sized rat. He instead pointed to the path- a darker rat was running down the path. We named him "Rizzo" from the muppets. But, these rats were on the paths, in the shrubs, and the resort serves food. I would not want to walk barefoot at the pool where a large rat had been. These were NYC sized- size of a baby possum. Not mice. Has anyone else seen rats at the Resort?

Now that I can confirm the Snake at the Dollywood Park, I no longer feel like an idiot![/quote]

A fence would mean nothing to the snake. Most will scatter given the human activity, with one exception. The Cottonmouth. I've had them charge at me personally, on several occasions. Copperhead will get you cause you stepped on it. Again, impossible to completely avoid in any park with mature trees and landscaping.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby ASE » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:57 pm

Friday afternoon press release from Dollywood.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191018005496/en/

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby ASE » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:03 pm

Also giving 4-5 year olds free admission in 2020...
https://www.dollywood.com/Tickets/Season-Passes/Pre-K-Pass

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby Djwadeknox » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:50 am

Looks like 2020 season passes go live Monday 10-21-19.


Also a local news story on the new 2020 flower festival.

https://www.wbir.com/mobile/article/entertainment/events/dollywoods-new-flower-food-festival-to-brings-spring-fun-to-the-smokies-in-2020/51-647d2b11-e915-4d60-8425-5b8ddaf27953


I can’t believe no new attraction for splash country. From what I hear it was packed this year and needs some new stuff to spread out the crowds.
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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby TEDodd » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:39 am



Looks like just the press release reprinted.


Maybe taking a break after WWG.
Was there a yeat off after the hotel?

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby ASE » Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:24 pm

TEDodd wrote:
Djwadeknox wrote:Maybe taking a break after WWG.
Was there a year off after the hotel?


No, Lightning Rod opened the following year.

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Re: Dollywood Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:38 pm

ASE wrote:
TEDodd wrote:
Djwadeknox wrote:Maybe taking a break after WWG.
Was there a year off after the hotel?


No, Lightning Rod opened the following year.

Define “opened”
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