This was a park I'd been excited to visit for years! And after visiting it's sister park, Silver Dollar City a week earlier my anticipation had only grown even more. Thankfully Dollywood didn't let me down!
The park has a great array of coasters, they're all in the upper tier of their ride-type in my view. But really it's the other things like shows, staff, atmosphere and food that set Dollywood apart from other parks.
We got a great range of perks starting with a really cool tour and ERT on Tennessee Tornado in the morning followed by some great ERT on the Mystery Mine and Thunderhead in the evening! On top of all that we also got priority seating and a behind the scenes tour of one of the park;s the shows!
Okay, without any further here's Dollywood, where every day's Sha-Kon-O-Hey!
It's Dollywood or bust!!!
What better time to make your first visit to Dollywood than the 25th anniversary?
We start off our morning with a special behind the scenes tour of Tennessee Tornado!
Don’t mess with this dude.
Tennessee Tornado is a total anomaly amongst Arrow loopers in that its actually smooth!
I guess Vekoma will take credit for this one, since Arrow gets the balme for all the Vekoma roughness!
We had some great ERT on it!
The new attraction for 2010 was the ropes assault course called Adventure Mountain.
This was a LOT of fun! Well done to Dollywood for adding this!
It’s quite a decent size too! Not a bad work out in the morning!
Of course since we’re special (so special) we got Q-Bots!
And now for the BEST food outlet in all of Dollywood!!!
YUM! Can you see what that is?!
That’s right – cinnamon bread!!! The best bread on the planet!!!
OMG, I want more of this right now!!!
Dollywood is also home to one of the most renowned GCI woodies around – Thunderhead!
Look at the GCI woodie doing it’s GCI thing!
I really liked Thunderhead. Not my favourite GCI but right up there with the best of them.
Not to be outdone by Silver Dollar City in Missouri, Dollywood has some kick-arse skillets as well!
But forget about the food, there’s a kiddie coaster to ride! Well actually don't because it’s food themed!
Yay, we fit!
Okay, back to the real food! These fry type things were great!
After the awesomeness of the Silver Dollar City train ride how could we pass up Dollywood’s?
Watch out for that BEAR!!!
Dollywood used to be a Silver Dollar City too! Fascinating!
TPDave was amused by a bat called Able. I forget why.
If this is anything like the Silver Dollar City swing (and why wouldn’t it be?) then Barnstormer will be a great addition to Dollywood!
Plenty of paraphernalia is available for all you cock fanatics.
Don’t buy the melon, the melon is bad. So says Steve!
Whilst everyone else trip goes out drinking tonight TPDave is gonna stay at the hotel and weave this basket.
Special Dollywood Coke! Cool!
For our TPR included lunch today we were treated to some more local cuisine at Granny Ogle’s Ham & Beans!
For starters we had this awesome corn bread brought to our table. So far so good!
When the sign says Ham & Beans it REALLY means Ham & Beans!!!
And that’s a good thing because this meal was GREAT!
We picked a good time for lunch too as it meant we got to avoid this crazy downpour!
Steve was crazy enough to brave the weather so that he could have a smoke.
Then Steve disappeared for a bit. No one was quite sure we had gone. Then he returned…
In 2010, it’s all about the HAT!!!
As another of our TPR perks we were given priority seating at the park’s show – Sha-Kon-O-Hey!
How can you visit Dollywood and not see their show? Sha-Kon-O-Hey is fantastic! I’m still singing along with the tunes!
Steve and the hat were thrilled to take part in TPR’s special behind the scenes tour after the show!
Oooh, behind the smoke screens!
What looks like a house is actually a melding of flumps and penny chews. Who would’ve thunk?
How special are we??? That’s right, so special!
Steve somehow managed to get through this part of the tour whilst fighting the urge to make off with the bird hat.
This all looks pretty important!
Luckily for everyone I was kept far away from the guitars and microphones during Sha-Kon-O-Hey!
It’s all about the TPHat!
Smile guys, we’re about to ride Blazing Fury!
Blazing Fury is very similar to Fire in the Hole at Silver Dollar City and is just as good!
Fireman on the pole!
It’s all about the DW hats!
Okay, enough rides and shows, let’s get back to the FOOD!
Of course there’s plenty of Dolly related stuff around the park too, like this tour bus.
There’s also this place if you really wanted to get the lowdown on who’s park you’re in.
Just like the inside of Scottish Steve’s wardrobe!
The Topple Tower was down for our visit but having been on them in other parks I wasn’t too concerned!
We ended our day with some fantastic ERT on Thunderhead and Mystery Mine!
If only TPDave was pretending to snore the rest of the time!
Woohoo, you can’t beat a bit of Eurofighter ERT!
Mystery Mine is one of the only Eurofighters in the US and one of the best themed coasters you’ll find in the US!
I still prefer Saw at Thorpe Park. I feel really dirty saying that but it’s true! That said, it’s still an awesome ride and it’s not at Thorpe Park which kind of makes it better than Saw by default!
What a time we had at Dollywood, where everday’s Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Thanks to the park and Robb & Elissa for setting up such an incredible visit for us all!
Great TR Divv! Wish I could have joined you all for this trip - but I spent all my money on the European trips instead.
Dollywood is my fave park in the U.S. - absolutely charming and delightful, with an atmosphere not usually found in American parks. I haven't been since 2008, so I'm definitely due for another visit soon.
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