TheRapidsNerd wrote:With so much to do in both Pigeon Forge AND Gatlinburg, this as an on-going thread would be a huge help to anyone interested in those areas. I'd be very interested in seeing what other attractions you go to. Seriously, great work here!
Thanks, Michael. I really appreciate that. Part of the inspiration for this thread is the private messages I occasionally get asking for advice on the area. And, also, it gives me a place to post all of my lame mini golf photos.
Teacups Make Me Sick wrote:I found the first picture of the "space needle" interesting considering you at the same height as the needle itself. I guess things are a bit different down south.
It's funny you should say that....
Gatlinburg's other observation-type attraction is the Sky Lift.
Basically, it's a chair lift. One end is right on the parkway...
...and the other is at the top of that there mountain. It's a bit overpriced at $12.00 for adults, but it's still fun.
Yes, you go right over the Gatlinburg Inn’s parking lot. (A famous song with a Tennessee connection was written in one of this hotel’s rooms. Anyone?)
The view up is, well, pretty much just dirt at this point.
Animatronic! (Sorry, I scream that whenever I see one.) Smile for the on-ride photo.
At the top are an observation deck and a really typical “I’m with stupid…on the moon” gift shop.
It's a pretty nice view.
Why they call them the Smoky Mountains. (Note: This is not actually true. Just go with me here.)
Time to head down.
Aw, don't be sad, Smisty. The ride down is the best part!
Down the mountain, over the river, across the road, through the hotel parking lot, and back into the station. Not bad, eh?
Before this visit, and despite living in towns that had them for at least the last eight years or so, I had never been to the Dixie Stampede. What can I say? I’m just not a show guy. Still, when the opportunity arose to go for free, for the fourth year in a row, I finally gave in. And...well, it wasn’t bad, actually. In fact, I kind of enjoyed it.
Fair warning, though: Photography of the actual show is not permitted. But that’s not to say that there’s nothing to take pictures of....
The Dixie Stampede, as seen from the Parkway.
The entrance is around to the side.
The ticket booths and a lady who's wondering why I'm taking a picture of them.
You go in here...
...get your photo taken...
...watch some pre-show entertainment...
...drink some fruity stuff from a souvenir "bootmug"...
...try to figure out which stall to use if you're from California...
...and then settle in for the show.
The menu is printed on the napkin. Now that’s efficiency.
The main arena.
The Master of Ceremonies guy putting up his horsy.
Giant Dolly Parton orders you to exit through the gift shop.
Here you can stuff your own cute, lovable critter.
Owned by the same people, bigger in scope, but not quite as cheesy (unfortunately) as Earthquake, comes the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride!
Cost? A whopping $13.99 for adults! But fear not, no sacrifice is too great for you, my loyal readers!
Misty's "waiting for a boat" face.
The track leading to the entry doors. It’s worth noting that at no point is the boat free floating.
A T-Rex defending its waterfall.
More creepy fake customers.
The doors open into a prehistoric world of fog machines and cargo netting.
I will eat you! - Rather than continuously moving through the attraction, the boat frequently stops so that you can be better menaced.
Hey, what’s that up there?
This one doesn’t seem so bad.
Luckily, he's not interested in us.
This photo is slightly out of order, but I want to use it to explain the ending of the ride. You cruise up to the closed exit doors and stop. Then, for no storyline reason I can fathom, the front of the boat is slowly lifted up about five or six feet out of the water, and...
...a giant disembodied snake head pops out of the wall. Then you’re slowly lowered back down (if you’re in the front...if you’re in the back, not much really happens). The doors open, and you’re free. Ta-da!
Verdict: Not quite good enough to stand on quality, not quite cheesy enough to succeed on charm. Plus, it’s really expensive. Unless you live here, or just have to ride anything with a dinosaur in it, it’s probably not worth your time. Just ride Blazing Fury while you’re at Dollywood instead.
Only in the "Honeymoon Capitol of the South!" Great pics. I used to go to Gatlinburg/PF back when I lived in Atlanta, not so much anymore. The pics remind me of all the money I spent on stuff like that!
Awesome TR! I went to Tennessee the year before Mystery Mine was built. I did almost everything you did except the space needle & mini golf. I stayed in a cabin on the top of a mountain in Gatlinburg & the scenery was amazing! I love Tennessee & want to go back soon.
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