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USA 2016 - Robb & Elissa Traveling Around Riding Stuff


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Part 1 - Pigeon Forge and Dollywood

Part 2 - Kentucky Kingdom

Part 3 - Kings Island

Part 4 - Cedar Point

Part 5 - Kennywood

Part 7 - Knoebels

Part 8 - Dorney Park

Part 10 - Six Flags Great Adventure

Part 11 - New York City & Scott's Pizza Tour

 

 

So we've set off on another trip. Not sure why, probably because we are insane, but we're traveling around the USA doing random stuff. I'll post a few things here and there but not sure if I'll have time for a full-blown trip report while we are on the trip. We are live tweeting every day so to follow along, click:

 

Our first stop will be Pigeon Forge & Dollywood...

 

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Our first stop in #PigeonForge? Goats on the Roof Alpine Coaster!

 

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The "Goats on the Roof" alpine coaster was awesome! One of the best I've ridden!

 

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And yes, there are actually "Goats on the Roof" at Goats on the Roof! lol

 

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An "Alpine Coaster" is a single person sled roller coaster barreling down a mountain! They're AWESOME!!!

 

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Right down the street from "Goats on the Roof" is another great alpine coaster! Hit them both up!

 

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Greetings from @Dollywood!

 

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With Lightning Rod closed, we'll go ride my favorite coaster @Dollywood... Tennessee Tornado!

 

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Fresh, Hot, Cinnamon Bread from the Grist Mill that melts orgasmically in your mouth *almost* makes up for Lightning Rod being closed!

 

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This is my current view @Dollywood. Yes it's dark, but soon it won't be! VIP seats for fireworks! Yesssssss!

 

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Great fireworks @Dollywood! Loved seeing them and the VIP seats were fantastic!!! Well worth it! It's a $15 upcharge for a GREAT view and it includes a soft drink and popcorn!

 

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Tonight's ERT on Wild Eagle @Dollywood will be Kristen's first B&M! More of them need to be 50" height restriction!

 

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Some great night rides on Wild Eagle tonight @Dollywood! That wraps up our first day at Dollywood! See you again tomorrow!

 

SIDE NOTE! The Pokestop for Dollywood's entrance was kind of hilarious! lol

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Back @Dollywood this morning! Getting some early rides in on Wild Eagle & Firechaser Express!

 

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Early morning rides on Wild Eagle @Dollywood! Fantastic!

 

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Soaring over the Great Smoky Mountains!

 

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Left or right side? Which view do you prefer on Wild Eagle?

 

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Taking a ride on Mystery Mine @Dollywood! Well themed Euro-Fighter roller coaster!

 

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Blazing Fury... Absolutely classic dark ride/roller coaster @Dollywood! FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!

 

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You can count on @Dollywood for great food offerings! The new Mac & Cheese Kitchen fits right into the mix!

 

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Not only is the Grist Mill @Dollywood a great place for Cinnamon Bread... It's also a #PokemonGO gym!

 

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Hooray for @Dollywood!

 

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The Barnstormer @Dollywood's Owens Farm is an awesome swing ride! "Owens Farm..." Hmm... Sounds familiar...

 

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Thunderhead showing its age but still running great!

 

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We highly recommend the TimeSaver Pass @Dollywood! Great for skipping lines & reserving show seats!!!

 

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River Battle is *perfect* on a hot day!

 

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Some great expressions on those faces! @Dollywood Photo by @HhappyNL

 

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Looks like @PidgeyBirdd is hanging with some friends @Dollywood!

 

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The Country Fair area @Dollywood is a good mix of classic and newer flat rides!

 

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Mountain Slidewinder @Dollywood is an old-school "wet/dry slide" that has a homebrew kind of feel to it! Great ride!

 

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The steam trains @Dollywood are the legit real deal! Train fans need to ride it!

 

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Hot & need to cool off @Dollywood? Rapids will do the trick!

 

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You want Bald Eagles? @Dollywood's got 'em!

 

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Yes, to can go zip lining over @Dollywood and yes it's super fun!

 

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If you're a person of faith and want to spread the word, they have plenty of shirts @Dollywood to help with that!

 

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Love that @Dollywood does a great job of putting kids play areas near bigger rides!

 

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Did a good amount of coaster riding @Dollywood today. Wish we could have ridden one more but we WILL be back again!

 

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Great day @Dollywood! Although I think a visit next year is also in order!

 

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Welcome to #Pidgey Forge! Hanging out in some touristy areas today hosted by our favorite #PokemonGO bird!

 

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Let's start with some "Moonshine Tasting" in Gatlinburg! Because this seems like a good idea! lol

 

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There is no shortage of Go Karts, Arcades, Bungee Jumping and Trampoline arenas in #PigeonForge!

 

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Hitting up the Aerial Tramway at Ober Gatlinburg!

 

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I think Ceasar has become an *actual* hillbilly! lol

 

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If you're a beer fan, a visit to #PigeonForge or #Gatlinburg is not complete without the Smoky Mountain Brewery!

 

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The girls are still playing daredevil and LOVING it!

 

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And when in #PigeonForge you HAVE to do the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride! It's so terrible that it's awesome!!! lol

 

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Would you believe that @elissaalvey ate an entire steak at the Smoky Mountain Brewery??? She's almost like real person now!

 

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If you like Alpine Coasters, between #PigeonForge and #Gatlinburg there are FOUR of them! They are all so much fun!

 

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Here's some pics of the #Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster from @thegreatzo!

 

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Oh, Jesus....

 

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Thanks to @thegreatzo (inspired by our good friend EB) we have some delicious treats to eat while on our drive to the next park!

 

We are live tweeting throughout our adventures! Follow along here:

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Awesome! I'm personally planning on hitting up Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge area in a couple of weeks, probably the 2nd weekend in August. Other than at the park, any nearby food places you'd recommend, Robb?

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Looks like a lot of fun! Really wished of would of done the Alpine coaster when I was there a few weeks ago.

 

That trampoline park and climbing structure thing look pretty awesome!

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I need to get back to Dollywood/Pigeon Forge. The food and atmosphere are so unique. Looks like you guys are having a blast.

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Macaroni and Cheese kitchen at Dollywood???

 

It looks like Dollywood and Pigeon Forge have upped their game in terms of all of the Jebus stuff. We ate at one of the pancake houses near the turn that goes to Dollywood and almost the entire gift shop was God related knock-off's of major corporations, colleges, pro sports teams...it was like the Jurassic Park attraction - so awful that it was awesome!

 

Yes...I am embarrassed to say that we didn't hit Smokey Mountain Brewery when we were there, although we did hit the Old Smokey moonshine place. After getting a tiny buzz on there, we went to Dick's Last Resort next door and were dying laughing at reading everyone's "hats" that they were wearing!

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Great photos. We're always in a time crunch when we go to Dollywood but I feel like we really need to dedicate at least a day to checking out the surrounding area.

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Those two Wild Eagle POV shots might be the best pictures ever posted on TPR.

 

Hard to beat this picture though.

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Having fun at Worlds of Fun.

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Hot damn, looks like y'all had fun.

 

one of these days (maybe next year), we'll make it to DollyWood.

 

and some day in the future, I'll get to hang out w/ y'all!

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Went to Kentucky Kingdom today. Some things to note...

 

- The park looks GREAT!!! So much more improved even after our last visit two years ago.

- Storm Chaser is absolutely *INSANE* OMG! I don't know if this ride has picked up speed since it opened or what, but all those people that said it was "slow" - Um, it was NOT SLOW AT ALL!

 

We are live Tweeting throughout the trip! Follow along here:

 

Photos...

 

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We have started our morning @KentuckyKingdom deciding new future rides. What do you think it's going to be?

 

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Our morning starts off on Storm Chaser @KentuckyKingdom! I cannot put into words how insanely AWESOME this ride is!

 

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We ran into TPR fan Josh working @KentuckyKingdom! Great to meet you Josh!

 

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Thunder Run is running for some morning rides.

 

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We've had a great start to our day!

 

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The water park @KentuckyKingdom is just fantastic! Some amazing slides here! We love Deluge!

 

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Walking around @KentuckyKingdom the park looks GREAT!!! Bright, colorful! Nice comeback from the Six Flags days!

 

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You can FEEL the airtime in this photo of Storm Chaser @KentuckyKingdom by @HhappyNL!

 

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This is the FIRST DROP on Storm Chaser @KentuckyKingdom and it is unreal!!!

 

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Fun Fact! Pigtails can measure the amount of airtime you get on Storm Chaser @KentuckyKingdom! Photo: @HhappyNL

 

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While we love Storm Chaser let's not forget about Lightning Run @KentuckyKingdom! AWESOME coaster! Photos: @HhappyNL

 

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Even our rides on T3 were better than your average SLC! New restraints are an improvement!

 

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Kristen absolutely LOVED her rides on Storm Chaser!

 

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More Hanno photos of Storm Chaser!

 

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Angry Birds The Ride! "It's better than the movie!" Says @RussCeccola!

 

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Remember that @KentuckyKingdom also has a sea lion show! It's cute! Be sure to go see it!

 

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These @KentuckyKingdom group sales drink wristbands are a life saver! If youre taking a group to the park, get them!

 

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Did we mention how much we all loved Lightning Run?

 

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We understand that fans of @KentuckyKingdom should follow the instructions of the sign.

 

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Some very happy riders on T3!

 

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You can see the crazy airtime in the ridercam pics we took on Storm Chaser today!

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For this place is a GREAT deal!

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Heading out of @KentuckyKingdom! We had an AWESOME day!!!

 

We are live Tweeting throughout the trip! Follow along here:

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I'm so pissed that I'll miss this park by ONE FRIGGIN' DAY! My cross-country move will send me right by Louisville on August 10th or 11th. They cease daily operations on the 9th. Not fair, Kentucky Kingdom. Not fair at all.

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I liked Kentucky Kingdom back in 2014--especially Lightning Run. It's great to see the park getting even better. Storm Chaser looks crazy!

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