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  1. That's why I always liked the restraints on Lost River at SDC. They were just velcro, so you felt safe enough wearing them, but they'd be easy to rip apart in an emergency. Can't imagine going on a ride like that without that kind of safety belt.
  2. Ohhh. Huh. I just figured they'd bought some of the Pickin' On CDs to play. So, if they can't sell the queue music, there's at least a really good variety of bluegrass covers through Pickin' On and The Cleverlys and The Beef Seeds and more. So if you ever wanna groove to bluegrass covers, there's plenty out there even if it isn't the exact versions in the TT queue.
  3. I have to think that the queue music is okay...? Like, they're only using it as background music, so it's likely they bought it with that particular kind of license. The problem, as highlighted in that article about Dollywood, is using the licensed music outside of the agreed usage in the contract. So they may have made a contract to use the music as background music, but they then also performed the songs in their shows, which would require a "dramatic usage" license. One of the shows in the Opera House at SDC used "Just Around the Riverbend" from Pocahontas, and that was what really stood out to me. I couldn't fathom the idea of Disney allowing a non-Disney park to use their music/songs. But yeah, just about every show at SDC uses songs from other properties. Now, I think there's a difference (but I could be wrong) between "performing a song as part of a scripted/dramatized story" and "performing a song as a part of a musical showcase"; the second one would, I believe, be considered fair use because it's technically a cover? But I don't know that for sure, so even their non-scripted shows could be in danger depending on if any of them use songs/music that aren't their own. This is really gonna hurt the park badly. Their scripted shows are their most popular - the Opera House dramas and the Saloon Show. Gonna be interesting to see what happens.
  4. OOF. I've always wondered how SDC got away with using all those IP songs. They've used Disney songs, and I was super surprised that was allowed. But maybe it wasn't...? I guess their being a "smaller" park kept them under the radar for a long time. That sucks that the entertainers were let go. Does that include Dave and Rachel Wallace? I've always been a huge fan of theirs. They've been there for so long and have done some amazing work in the productions at the park.
  5. Self-replicating spider bots, huh? I think Peter needs to lay off the Stargate for a while, LMFAO. Seriously, though, this report was awesome! You got some really amazing photos! I love all the giant stuff in the Pym's Kitchen, especially the resizing pretzels. And the new pavement details around the tower are so cool! Thanks for posting this!
  6. My three-way tie for favorite is the new Hong Kong Castle of Magical Dreams, Shanghai's Enchanted Storybook Castle, and Paris' Sleeping Beauty Castle. I like MK's Cinderella Castle, and I'm particularly fond of the new paint job and embellishments for the 50th celebration. Disneyland's castle is... not particularly impressive, but I remember how much I loved the walkthrough the first time I visited DL, at age 4. Tokyo... sadly, it's not particularly unique, which is kind of a bummer, since everything else I've ever seen from the Tokyo DLR is just beyond amazing; maybe they'll get a re-work eventually, like Hong Kong did!
  7. As usual, no music on at the moment (I tend to have Spotify paused when I go on sites where I'll be doing reading, like message boards and stuff). But I've got "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" stuck in my head 'cause I watched a guy's "Try to Stan" video for Lil Nas X earlier. I suppose I could just state whatever song happens to be paused on Spotify at the moment.... but I just realized I paused during the ad break (I tend to do that 'cause I don't like stopping in the middle of a song). Lemme hit play and see what pops on once the ads are over... "Sax" by Fleur East. SUPER catchy, SUPER fun, and the double entendre is *chef's kiss*
  8. On Wednesday at my 6-month checkup, I was 281. The highest I've ever been. But we discussed some stuff and I'm now weaning off the beta blocker I've been on, because while correlation doesn't equal causation, my increase in weight after losing started immediately after starting on the med. Plus, reviews online have a LOT of people saying they gained weight on it. I'm also gonna be starting on thyroid medicine; we've been testing my thyroid for ages and it always comes back "normal," but my symptoms don't fit anything other than hypothyroidism. So my doctor said we might as well try the med on me and just see what my results are in three months' time. He said he's had other patients that have had a similar issue - test results in low part of normal range, but still having symptoms, but with meds, symptoms went away when they hit the high part of the normal range. And fingers crossed that my Medicaid will approve an ADHD med for me this time around. We've tried all sorts of non-stimulants, and none are helping. I think with the three above med changes/additions, I might actually be able to lose weight again.
  9. The first time I ever went to WDW was during that Birthday Cake overlay and for years I was disappointed that I didn't get to see Cinderella Castle as it normally looks. I'm glad this time around they've learned their lesson; less is more and I really love the richer colors and pretty ornamentation.
  10. Hmmm. Well, Dollywood already has two Gerstlauer coasters, and they're pretty great, so I wouldn't be surprised if Dollywood wanted another one from them.
  11. Whenever I watch a video on YouTube and they use a bluegrass-type background music (usually on the TRY Channel when they try American stuff), it immediately makes me long to be at Dollywood. Bluegrass is one of the great unique things about Herschend's two main parks. You hear it all around you as you walk around under the trees and along the babbling brooks. Those parks wouldn't feel right with modern music. For example, at SDC, they do the whole "Moonlight Madness" thing... When they do, they switch over the modern music, and the level of jarring that is to hear is BEYOND. I was in line for Thunderation and they started playing "Build Me Up Buttercup" in the queue and I was floored. It just did not feel right. I don't know if they still do that (haven't been to MM in years), but I do know from vids on YT that they finally clued in and started playing the bluegrass covers of modern songs, at least in the queue for Time Traveler. And I know I heard bluegrass covers at the buffet at Dollywood, too, a few years ago. That is how you integrate modern music into these parks. Younger people will be standing in line and then suddenly their ears will prick up and they'll realize that their favorite Lady Gaga song is playing, but as bluegrass! It's really, really fun to listen to bluegrass covers of modern songs, to get an idea of what these songs might have sounded like if written a hundred years ago. It's unique. So if they want to continue to use/add modern songs, but as bluegrass covers, I'm all for that.
  12. It's May now, so updated with a different frame. This last Wednesday was my two-week mark from my second dose, so I'm fully protected now! Whoo!
  13. Dolly is what makes Dollywood so unique! But I also respect that she's not getting any younger and probably doesn't want to have to deal with promotional stuff as much and what-not. But what will happen with her museum? That thing HAS to be rebuilt elsewhere if they want to get rid of it at the park. I could've spent the entire day in there! People need to know what an amazing woman Dolly is!
  14. If Six Flags or any amusement place near/in St. Louis doesn't get one of these and theme it to the Gateway Arch, that's a huge missed opportunity.
  15. I am so buying that. And they're donating $3 for every box sold, so at $3.99 a pop, that's 3/4 of the MSRP donated! That's great! And I hope the taste is Froot Loops. I love Froot Loops.
  16. Showing off some new clothing (it's a big deal for me 'cause I tend to wear my favorites until they are so worn out that I'd be cited for indecency if I went out in public in them...) First up is one of my new shirts as well as a new mask (which I've gotta get one of those behind-the-head hook things for because it's too big on me) And from yesterday, another new shirt (same design as the mask, different background color chosen), as well as my new Grogu Loungefly purse, new capri leggings with pockets, and a hat that I got from my grandma who passed away last month.
  17. I read the new Cast Member lookbook and I'm so happy Disney is loosening their strict guidelines on what Cast Members can wear/etc. My favorite look in the book was the Haunted Mansion Cast Member. The beard, the earrings, and the black nail polish... It's the perfect look!
  18. Crocs - Classic Clog in black. That's it for casual shoes. I have a cute pair of black wedge Mary Janes for special occasions. But even then, I often end up just slipping on my Crocs instead. They're SO comfortable.
  19. I got mine (Moderna) three weeks ago this Wednesday; my second is in a week!
  20. New avatar featuring the real life me, celebrating Autism Acceptance Month!
  21. Oh, yikes. Didn't realize how big those photos are, sorry. New phone; still getting the hang of it. EDIT: DANGIT. Sorry for the double post. I didn't realize I did that until I'd hit "save" and there's no way to delete this message it seems.
  22. Does Dollywood have an online store or anything? Somewhere I'd be able to get a ride souvenir? I have this really great purse/bag with the Outlaw Run logo that I bought opening day back in 2013. I've been using it ever since. Well, it's nearing 8 years of heavy usage, and while it's still surprisingly in great shape, the zipper on it is starting to wear out on one end and I'm having difficulties moving the zipper along the teeth. I was hoping to find a similar bag online on Amazon or elsewhere, but for some reason, it's very difficult to find a bag in the exact structure as mine is. The tag in mine doesn't really help; all it says is "Silver Dollar City; 100% Nylon; Made in China". No manufacturer info. I was just wondering if similar bags are sold at Dollywood (or even SDC) and if so, how I'd be able to get one without having to actually go to the park (since SDC is 4 hours from me, and DW is 9.5hrs), 'cause I have no idea when I'm gonna have an opportunity to visit either park again.
  23. In the comments on the vid, someone said Heidi confirmed on Instagram that she wrote it. Also, omg, that was great! Didn't know someone from KC was on the show now! PS: Viking Voyager is probably my least favorite ride at the park, lol.
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