Photo Trip Report: Thrills in the Hills-Dollywood 2014

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Photo Trip Report: Thrills in the Hills-Dollywood 2014

Postby jimmiemac02 » Fri May 23, 2014 6:57 pm

This is my first event that I have ever been to and the first day was amazing!! FireChaser Express was running with no problems that I could see today, and the ride ops were amazing at dispatching trains efficiently. Enjoy the photos and more to come tomorrow!
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I arrived at Dollywood at 2:30 (the latest I have ever come) It was really hard to find a parking spot and the park was packed.
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I haven't seen this show in about 7 years. It was every bit as good as I remember and they added some new birds I hadn't seen before.
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Yay freedom!!
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This is Daredevil Falls line. I have never ever seen it in the back que house, it is always been one of the shortest lines in the park.
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45 minutes for FireChaser Express (yes I waited in it)
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One of the fire extinguishers from American Pickers.
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Artsy Shot
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All clear, you're outta here!!
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I got really wet on this ride (not an acceptable amount of wetness)
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BBQ and Bluegrass starts tomorrow with Vince Gill!!!!
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I can't hide my excitement getting a badge.
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River Rampage's line was in the back que which I had never seen before
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All the kettle corn you could eat! This event is great!!!
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My dinner consisted of a Sprite, Dippin Dots, and kettle corn.
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We also got a free pin
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There was ERT on thunderhead tonight
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The events of the weekend
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The loot.
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Re: Thrills in the Hills-Dollywood 2014

Postby jimmiemac02 » Sat May 24, 2014 6:12 pm

Day two was amazing, it started off with a walkback tour of Blazing Fury where Pete and the maintenance guy gave us a really good tour. Then we had ERT on FireChaser Express, which ran really well. We had prefered seating at the GAC show, which was really good (better than A Christmas Carol). Then we had a wonderful lunch and to top off the day we saw Vince Gill and the Timejumpers! Now onto the photos...

(sorry about the photo quality)
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We arrived early in the morning to an empty park
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They were already staring to cook corn and pork for the day.
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We got breakfast before the Blazing fury tour (muffins and yogurt)
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Pete Owens was there to give us a tour (it was funny he was wearing an Adventure Mountain shirt)
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The maintenance guy was also out tour guide. The trains were painted red this season
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New fireman at the start of the ride
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Frog Alley
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New reference in the ride
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The tavern scene, they updated the fire effects this year to LED lights that were supposed to be used for a water effect
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New fire effects in the upper window
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The gun fighter doesn't move any more, also they updated some of the characters in the ride so they were not as bulky
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Frog Alley reference
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Graveyard scene
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Molly is seated now and the updated fire effects in the windows
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DP...Do I know someone with the initials DP...
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New horse in the stable
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New water effect
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There is some great themeing on this ride!!!
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Showing the deteriorating cave of the ride
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Those are some big ants
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New bear
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The burning bridge scene
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Backstage catwalks
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The Maintenance shop
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The Maintenance shop
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NOTED!
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New Laser effect instead of the water
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Magnetic breaks. Apparently, if you lay a wrench on one, it takes two people to get it off.
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ERT on FireChaser Express was amazing. I got to ride in each row of the train, I can say the front and the back give the best rides.
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We got preferred seating for the GAC show.
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Had to ride the Slidewinder
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And they're off!!
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This doesn't need a caption.
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Lunch was a BBQ Buffet
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Yummy
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BBQ and Bluegrass had just started
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People really wanted their BBQ
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Got stuck by the train...
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Howdy!
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Saw Vince Gill and the Timejumpers!

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Re: Photo Trip Report: Thrills in the Hills-Dollywood 2014

Postby Invertalon » Sat May 24, 2014 9:35 pm

I was there as well! Only for day two though. Great little event. I was the tall guy with the SLR. I think at one point you were right next to me on the tour in the morning.

The night ERT on Wild Eagle was incredible. I didn't care for it much during the day, but huge difference. I just thought it was stupid we had to walk around each time when there was like four people on a train. Amazing night rides though. Only rode mystery mine once, it was pretty bad. I remember it being much better. Cool at night though.

I didn't care much for fire chaser. While a great family ride in an amazing location, two rides is all I ever need lol

I also won the wild eagle seat, brake piece and thunderhead chain dog at the auction after lunch! I was pretty excited with how cheap!
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