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  1. Last week, I had my very first visit to Dollywood from the 21-22nd. Luckily, the weather was perfect on Wednesday, but Thursday was rainy and humid. The rain kept the crowds away, and I was able to get a few rides in with no wait. I’d like to take a moment to advocate the TimeSaver. This was the very first time I had purchased a ‘virtual queue’ system at a park, and it was worth it. The TimeSaver Unlimited let me work at my own pace throughout the park as I never had to stress out about wait times. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to be on the 2nd and 5th train of the day on Lightning Rod. Totally worth it, and it was extremely beneficial on my first day at the park. Some quick thoughts: Lightning Rod This is my third RMC after New Texas Giant and Outlaw Run, and it has the same intensity that Outlaw Run has. The ride never lets up, and it has the best second half of any coaster I have ever ridden. However, it does have a noticeable rattle/shake at the bottom of the first hill. Has anyone else experienced this? Nevertheless, the ride is full of energy, has major airtime, and it’s a terrain coaster. What more could you want? I’d also like to note that it was running two trains a few hours after park opening. 10/10 Mystery Mine My second Euro-Fighter. This ride has my favorite theming in the park, and the custom music for Mystery Mine is a nice touch. The first half of the ride was rougher than expected, but I still enjoyed the back half and the dark ride elements. 8/10 Wild Eagle This is my very first wing coaster, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the ride. Based on past reports, it seems that wing coasters are very tame and force-less. However, I actually enjoyed Wild Eagle, and it didn’t seem force-less to me. The restraints never gave me any problems either. I preferred the right side. 7/10 FireChaser Express Loved the setting, and unique backwards launch. I never experienced any airtime throughout the ride, but the theming, backwards launch, and length made up for it. This is the perfect family coaster. 7/10 Tennessee Tornado This is one of the smoothest Arrow coasters I have ridden. It packs quite a punch without leaving me aching. I only rode it once in the front, so I can’t say what the ride experience is like elsewhere. 7/10 Thunderhead This ride was quite rough, but it was full of energy and had quite a few pops of airtime. I’m still kicking myself for not riding Thunderhead on the second day when it was raining. I’m curious as to how it rides on a wet track. 6/10 After going to Silver Dollar City, I was aching to see how Dollywood compares! Lightning Rod delivers. A tad outdated, but still has charm. Loved the fire station theming! There's some heavy construction going on in the area, but I couldn't get enough of the theming/music. Decent drop ride with a good view. Loved the back half of Lightning Rod. No trip is complete without a visit here. Don't forget to order the frosting! One of the various entertainers throughout Dollywood.
  2. Hopefully I can knock off some of these within the next few years. There's no particular order to this list. Steel - Nemesis - I305 - Kinda Ka - Tatsu - Bizarro - Expedition GeForce - Kawasemi Wood - Boulder Dash - Phoenix - T-Express - El Toro - Balder - The Voyage - Ravine Flyer II - Raven Rides - Tower of Terror (DisneySea) - Radiator Springs Racers - Harry Potter Forbidden Journey
  3. Hey guys! Went to the park this week and I thought I might share a quick trip report. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 I was in Branson last week with family enjoying our stay at a condo next to Table Rock Lake. Fortunately, we had a day planned for Silver Dollar City, and I requested that we go on a Tuesday with the hopes of running into lighter crowds. We arrived at the park thirty minutes early, and I took in all the sights and sounds of the main square while everything was roped off. I was quickly absorbed in the 1880s setting and was impressed at how unique Silver Dollar City is. Their attention to little details scattered throughout the park really add up. The opening ceremony before the rope drop was also a nice touch. I made the mistake of waiting at the rope drop next to Grandfather’s Mansion thinking it would lead me on the fastest path towards Outlaw Run. I realized my mistake when I noticed thirty people ahead of me brisk walking when my path connected with another near Riverblast. I still managed to be the third train of the day for Outlaw Run, and I chose the back row. The ride was quite a rush, and it cracked the #1 spot on my list. The train never let up, and the ejector air on the first drop was extreme. The final barrel rolls were a sensation I’ve never felt on a coaster before and they were probably my favorite element on Outlaw Run. The head-choppers on the drop under the lift were a surprise as well. A fantastic coaster overall and an excellent addition to the park. My next stop was Powder Keg, and again I chose the back row. Like Outlaw Run, there was lots of airtime to behold. I recall more floater air on the second drop with heavy ejector air on the first. The ride was a walk-on when we arrived. My second ride on this later in the day was an unfortunate experience. This go-around had the longest wait of the day (at ten minutes) and I managed to sit in the front row. I got caught in an uncomfortable position as I was stapled with the lapbar, and my pelvis rubbed against it the entire ride. However, the excellent first ride of the day made me forget this later on. Wildfire was next. I managed two rides throughout the day on the front row, and the line was practically a walk-on each time. I was shocked at how intense and forceful this ride was. It’s probably my new favorite B&M. This is truly an underrated coaster. Thunderation was another surprise as well. I wasn’t expecting it to pick up so much steam heading out of the station. Another fantastic terrain coaster. Fire in the Hole needs a facelift, but I found it rather adorable and a good escape from the heat. I wasn’t expecting the drop into the water and I walked away drenched, but it was welcoming once I started to walk around in the hot air. I was lucky enough to be the last person allowed on the 2:30 tour for Marvel Cave, and this attraction really added to the charm of the park. Walking around in the “redneck air-conditioning” was also a blessing, and the cathedral room was quite a sight. Totally worth it, and you shouldn’t miss out on this when visiting Silver Dollar City. It’s a unique experience you can’t get at another theme park. Overall, I walked away from the park thinking it was on the level of Disney and Universal when it comes to themeing and experience. The small details in the park such as the craftsmen, FOOD, scenery, shade, and stores all add up. It’s now one of my favorite parks in the country. My first glimpse of Outlaw Run. I believe this was the first train of the day. Lines picked up after my first ride, and this was the most crowded I saw it that day. My second ride was nearly a walk-on in the middle of the afternoon. Common shot of Wildfire. The cathedral room of Marvel Cave. This is the first flight of stairs you encounter.
  4. Awesome news! I will try and make it out there as long as my Spanish professor doesn't post an exam that Friday. If I can make the opening, it will be the first time I have visited the park in at least two years! Also, visiting the park this year is inevitable with my cousin performing at The Crazy Horse Saloon this season.
  5. Robb, It looks like you caught 5! Heck, it could be a record for the Santa Claw. Giant Balls - 1 Red Medium Balls - 1 Pink Small Balls - 1 Purple, 1 Blue, 1 Red
  6. Dude! That was me who went after it and managed to push the prize into the chimney. Don't worry though, because it still said I lost. You have to grab it with the claw in order to let the sensor know you won. I think I remember chatting with your brother. Ask him if he remembers someone named Bubbles.
  7. I just dropped the claw so half of it would go into the chimney, and while doing so I was able to drag two balls into it, yet it still said I lost. Oh well.
  8. Finally! I just got me a nice giant pink ball that was sitting right next to the chimney. All thanks to my 3:30am alarm!
  9. Just a warning, but the left side screen was black when I played five minutes ago. All that's left is the bird's eye view camera. Heck, if they both went out and I was blind during the crane, my chances will still be the same.
  10. Since I haven't been in a few years, I will probably head out to San Antonio in early May to visit SFFT and Sea World. I will be in Anaheim July 6-9 because those are the dates the Rangers are in town to face the Angels, and since I have always wanted to visit LA this seemed like the right time to go. So after each day I will be there, it will be capped of with a baseball game. Parks I might hit are SFMM, Universal, and KBF. Other parks I could possibly visit this year are SFStL, SDC, and Magic Springs.
  11. Well, the new season starts today between Atlanta and Philly. I'm definitely looking forward to tomorrow, because it has been a tradition for me to skip school and go to the Ranger's home opener every year. Also, George W is throwing out the first pitch. Should be interesting.
  12. Awesome, I got mine too. I will probably use it around the time I use the free birthday ticket Disney World offers.
  13. I felt that all those who won deserved it, but I would have liked to have seen Wally Pfister win for cinematography and for Wall-E to win an award for sound. Also, one thing I've always wanted to do was see a screening of all the animated and live action shorts that were nominated for an Academy Award. It's just I'm not sure if a theatre here in the DFW area that will do that. I also need to see Man on Wire now too...
  14. Just an FYI - The major Oscar nominees will be announced tomorrow at 8:30 am EST live. The other minor tech nominations will be posted online later.
  15. As a Cowboy fan, it would be very painful to see the Steelers and Eagles in the Super Bowl. I don't want the Steelers to get their 6th Super Bowl as Dallas, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh currently have 5. (Dallas has the most appearances with 8.) I don't want to the Eagles to win because, well...they are the Eagles. I'm also a Kurt Warner fan so I will be rooting for the Cardinals the rest of the way. So go Arizona and Baltimore! Edit: Mechanic, thanks for the correction.
  16. At this point I would say it is highly likely that The Dark Knight will be nominated for Best Picture and/or Best Director. I'm not saying it will win any of the major categories, except best supporting actor, but it will be rewarded with many nominations. My predictions: Best Picture - Slumdog Millionaire* The Dark Knight The Wrestler The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Milk Best Director - Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire* David Fincher - CCoBB Gus Van Sant - Milk Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon Edit: So, I was wrong...
  17. How about them Cowboys!?! 44-6! Way to show up boys, and we are now winless in season finales since 2000!
  18. 'Twas a good Christmas... DVDs - Star Wars original Trilogy Set Jurassic Park Trilogy Set Jaws Finding Nemo Emperor's New Groove Ratatouille Aladdin Chamber of Secrets Rockband 2 (Freaking awesome) A DVD rack Electric Razor (Woo!) Giftcards: Target, Chick-fil-A, and Wat-a-burger Earphones and Keychain LED Lights Cash Trip to Walt Disney World and Islands of Adventure in November
  19. Sounds like yall had a good time, and my family went to Epcot on Thanksgiving day as well. We went to the Boardwalk to watch the Cowboy game at the ESPN Zone so we missed some time to spend at the park. Where did you see the fireworks from? Because we saw them from the outdoor Mexican restaurant and it looked liked you had the same vantage point as we did, judging from your pictures.
  20. 1. The Dark Knight 2. Wall-e 3. Slumdog Millionaire 4. Iron Man 5. Prince Caspian Still Need to See - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Milk - Man on Wire - Frost/Nixon
  21. New Joker clip from a Swedish preview! (starts around the 35 sec. mark)
  22. ^ You can still find them on YouTube Here's Clip #8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSS-QtsWRWA To find the other 11 clips, look at the "Related Videos" section to the right; and there you will find all additional Dark Knight clips. Here's an example clip (#12): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0LHRoQJbow
  23. 12 new clips have debuted for the Dark Knight. You can view them here... (spoilers) http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5143&Itemid=99 Clips 8 and 12 involve the Joker. Keep in mind that some of these clips have been edited, as you will clearly see in clip 12. I have to say, all the acting performances in this movie is the best I have ever seen for a superhero movie.
  24. The first clip of Two-Face has been revealed thanks to the Dark Knight viral marketing today. - MAJOR SPOILER - http://www.whysoserious.com/myhero/ I must say, this is epic for a comic book movie. But then of course, Christopher Nolan has taken this franchise further than just "superhero movies".
  25. Kind of a spoiler, but... [[[WARNING: SPOILER!]]] If you pause the trailer at 2:02, you see Harvey Dent as Two-Face
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