Thanks guys for the comments about the New York trip. It was a great over night trip and helped tide me over until this past weekend spent in Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. As one of my favorite parks and being a bit of a Dolly Parton fan heading out there for opening weekend to see her, chill with friends and take in the Smoky Mountains has become a yearly tradition. I'll totally plug staying at the Dollywood Vacation Cabins and enjoying views, nice accommodations and included gated preferred parking.
The park is just as great as ever with the friendliest employees, great food, and a new solid attraction. Blazing Fury got more TLC over this past fall and I noticed some new lighting, effects, and general upkeep inside the ride. Wild Eagle was running smoother than last year and I didn't have the painful experience with the restraints this year.
Fire Chaser Express is just pure fun and it's location is great since there isn't much for the younger kids up in that part of the park. The forward launch delivers a very small punch, there's the right amount of positive and negative G' through the course and the Backwards launch and section is probably my favorite part of the ride. While it's not my favorite of the more family orientated launch rides (Manta at Sea World SD) it is fun and families will love riding it together.
Alright enough of the ramblings and enjoy the photos everyone!
First thing's first on any trip….
Seeing King Kong Duh!
But what we are really here for is hiding through a mess of coaster steel...
There's the truck now where are the hunky firemen?
Volunteers are not hunky firemen...
Uhh guys, the train is behind you….
Some fun que theming.
There are a few of these fire related posters scattered around too.
There is Dolly and she loves Fireman.
Watch our for that train!
Now toss around some water and start the ride!
Just checking in on the first set of volunteers.
The magical transfer track.
From Wild Eagle you get a great over view of FCE.
They couldn't call it Fire Chaser with out there being Fire. PS - look for Dolly off to the right in the show room.
The way the ride zips around the area makes for fun views and interactions.
One, two, three, that's Three trains Ha Ha Ha.
This guy stole my outfit, bling gold necklace and all.
New this year you could get Apple Butter to dip the worlds best bread in.
Skillets are godly!
Thunderhead is running amazing as always.
That longing look of love….
That turns into that feeling of love….
Culminating in a vibrating passionate moment.
True story, Keep your scooter our of that piano's path, It has a horn as loud as a semi trucks!
First Alpine Coaster, these things are a blast.
Was surprised at how fun these rides are, I do hope more of these get built.
Checking out the Island and Pigeon Forge requires having a fun time.
And Fun times are Bear approved.
The Island is coming along nicely and they have World of Colour shows ever hour. The area seems nice and once everything gets open I can see this being a great location to visit.
You know you're in TN when….
Be ware of the bears in TN.
Creepiest dolls ever.
Wouldn't be a trip to Pigeon Forge with out Gokarts!
Zipping' along the elevated tracks.
Going down hill with mixed moonshine taster shots.
Where there's moonshine there's music
You can learn' somethin' up in them Mountains.
The chill out area at our cabin.
The views from any of the cabin's are break taking.
Love is like a Butterfly and already can't wait to get back to Dollywood.
Barge84 wrote:Looks like a lot of fun. I'm glad you only posted 1 of the creepy doll pictures.
There's plenty more creepy photos for you Thad
ernierocker wrote:Good to see you for a bit last Friday and sorry I couldn't hang around longer. I still need to try that Moonshine place sometime soon. Can't beat the amount of free samples they give you!
Happy to have gotten to at least say hey. Between Old Smoky Moonshine Distillery, the new Sugar Land one, and the Davy Crocket Whisky and Moonshine it's amazing how many free samples and buzz you can get.
FreeFaller wrote:PS: You seem to be a NYC boy. You + NYC = BEST relationship!
That is so true!
The Great Zo wrote:Great report Shawn. It really looks like they have a winner with Firechaser Express, and nice to see Dolly actually got on the ride!
Oh, and I presume they have a winner with the apple butter also, as if the Cinnamon Bread needed anything else to make it even more awesome.
Dolly never gets on the actual rides, though it would be hilarious if she ever did. And the apple butter was seriously nothing but delicious win!
MisterP wrote:Excellent photo TR.
Man, Dolly has lost so much weight, she just looks like two boobs and a blond wig!
Thanks! Though realistically isn't that all she has ever been
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