I was at Dollywood on the official opening day and snapped a few photos of the new ride and some other stuff around the park.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
Sorry folks, this is my first photo tr and it may take me awhile to upload all the photos.
The new pathway under Mystery Mine.
When you turn the corner under Myster Mine, this is what you see. New restrooms on the right side (sorry, sunshine issues), River Battle is on the left as you can see. River Battle's footprint is surprisingly big.
Here's where the old and new meet.
Signage fans rejoice!
Located around the perimeter were water canons that you could shoot the riders with.
Going under the water arch
Hole for rent? teehee
You can see that targets are everywhere. When one was hit, either you got a surprise or someone else on your boat got a surprise.
Exit Bridge and more aquatic assualt cannons
Here I am starting my River Battle journey. I'm in the blue shirt on the left side, all icognito.
After being drenched in ice water, we went on down the new path towards Tennesse Tornado.
Overall thoughts of River Battle: It's perfect for summer, notsomuch in March, but I had to get my ride on it to test it out. Another winner in the themeing department. Wonderful little animals everywhere, targets, there's just a lot going on - everywhere. In a way overwhelming to take it all in. Very interactive for both the rider and the onlookers, just as they promised. I was exhausted after riding it, but I was full of aqua rage. I got my bicep workout for the day with those guns.
Splinters snacks, in Wilderness Pass, walking from RB towards Tn Tornado.
Wilderness Pass is a lot wider than the path headed up to Timber Canyon.
Sorry about the disjointed first photo trip report. I promise they'll be better in the future.
Overall, we had a great day. I was most interested in checking out River Battle and letting everyone see what it looks like. The park was packed - all lots were full upon arrival, so I knew it would be crazy. The new path is fantastic. I really love walking between all the 'thrill rides' and having them in a row, so to speak, is great.
Thunderhead was running two trains, but had a 45 minute wait, so we passed. Mystery Mine was not running all day, Blazing Fury was not running when we passed by it, the steam train was not running either. Some minor dissapointments, but we still managed to enjoy ourselves on the other attractions.
Wow, thanks for posting those. I haven't been there since like 2001 when they added The Smokey Mountain Wilderness Adventure. Hopefully I will be visiting this summer though. There is so many new attractions that I think I will spend more time at the park then last time.
River Battle looks awesome. I definitely think it was a tad bit too cold for it to be open though.
Great trip report! The new area looks great. I'm not sure about some of the hills they've got behind River Battle / the rest of the area but I guess they'll grow in over time. But it'll be good to have a complete loop now.
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