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Photo TR: Dollywood, Spring Break 2017 Part 1


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THIS IS ONLY PART 1. PART 2 COMING SOON

 

Okay everyone. This was posted a lot sooner than I thought. I literally was just at the park today! (Well that happens when a park closes at 7:00) Let's get started!

 

Dollywood overall was a phenomenal park, the best I've been two. Great staff, extremely fast operations, and not a single bad coaster in the collection.

 

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I think we've found the right place!

 

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Blue B&M Wing coaster? WE'RE HERE!!

 

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Taking the tram...

 

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Hello beautiful!

 

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Gotta admit, the architecture in the park is so beautiful everywhere

 

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I see you hiding back there!

 

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Band playing

 

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Walking through the Mainstreet section...

 

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Ah, that's what we're looking for!

 

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OOH LET'S GO RIDE! Wait a second... it's down. Anyways, it actually was down right as we got there. See if you can find out why

 

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We continued to walk through Market Square

 

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We'll eat your heavenly wheat products later!

 

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We'll ride this later

 

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Coasters themed to eagles are cool...

 

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But real eagles are fun too!

 

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With Lightning Rod closed, Tennessee Tornado was our first coaster of the day

 

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There's some really cool theming here

 

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This ride blew me away! The first time I rode in the front row was utterly underwhelming, but when I rode in the back, man... what an intense, SMOOTH Arrow coaster! Short, but very satisfying. 8.5/10

 

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Next up, FireChaser Express

 

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It is a family coaster, but an action-packed one. The launches are on the gentle side, but it was still a fun ride for me, with some cool theming and little pops of airtime. 7/10

 

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Ah, here we go! B&M, or as I say, the B stands for Best and the M stands for manufacturer. (Yeah, I just said that. Fight me)

 

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Such a cool sculpture!

 

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Overall, it was a very good coaster. The theming and atmosphere help make the layout feel more appropriate. The drop was much better than expected, all of the inversions were fun (my personal favorite inversion is the last corkscrew), and there were some forceful moments. X-Flight is still my favorite wing coaster though. 8/10

 

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OOH!! LIGHTNING ROD IS BACK OPEN!

 

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The queue line had some really cool theming

 

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After riding, it was VERY easy to claim Lightning Rod as my new #1. There's literally nothing wrong with it. The built into the terrain, the launch is just bonkers, it never loses the relentless speed until the end, it feels long when you're riding, and the airtime is beyond words. New #1, hands down. 10/10

 

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Such cool cars!

 

 

 

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For anyone who's home park is Dollywood, I ate here. You can tell me if there was a better location or not for food. Their fish and chips were stupid good though

 

 

 

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We'll see ya for a second ride later

 

 

 

 

 

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I've always wanted to try one of these

 

 

 

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Overall, I thought it was very mediocre. There was some great hangtime and speed, and I got a good facelift on the way down, but otherwise it was just uninteresting to me. 5/10

 

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Random Wild Eagle shot

 

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Then we went over to Mystery Mine after one last ride on Tennessee Tornado (This was the only shot I took). I was just blown away by it! Everyone told me how mediocre and bad it was, so I had REALLY low expectations. And it blew me away! With such a cool layout, it feels much longer than 1,800 feet. And I had barely any idea what the layout did beforehand. Both drops were excellent, the inversion combo was excellent, everything was excellent! The only problem was the roughness, which I was able to fend off. 9.5/10 (fight me)

 

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The coaster was fab! My first ride in the back row was disappointing, maybe because I was sitting next to a GP boy who was yelling at me the whole time to keep my hands up when I clearly was, but when I rode in the front row, it redeemed itself! I'm never huge on wooden coasters that are too smooth, and Thunderhead definitely brings the rough, out-of-control feeling that I want in a wooden coaster! 9.5/10

 

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People working at Whistle Punk Chaser. They had the base for the station laid down, something new. Drop Line started testing on that same day!

 

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Ooh! Are we heading there next?

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Almost there!

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Here's the store for Lightning Rod

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Cool globe!

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Cool waterworks!

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The second time we walked past and didn't get the heavenly wheat product

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There I am, wearing my new Lightning Rod swag, and trying to figure out how it works

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The rest of the photos won't be attachments because the rest of the photos are from my phone, so I had to have a separate post for them

 

Aw fudge. When we got back to Lightning Rod, it rolled back

 

After a couple test runs, the mechanic was back, doing his magic.

 

Lightning Rod then finished testing, and re-opened!

 

Here's a funny story - When we got to the line, I asked the employee if I could have the back row. At first, she gave me a dirty look because I had my Goliath shirt on. But then I pulled out my Lightning Rod sweater, and she let me into the back row! What a nice person!

 

Onto the ride, Lightning Rod was phenomenal in the back. That much more intense!

 

We ended out the day with getting some cinnamon bread. Thanks for a great day, Dollywood!

 

And I'll end out this trip report with all of my on-ride photos!

 

Tennessee Tornado...

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Mystery Mine...

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Wild Eagle...

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Lightning Rod...

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Thanks SO much for taking the time to read! I spent lots of time on this

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Lightning Rod actually goes over the road?!? Did they need a permit for that? How did they do that?

 

I'm pretty sure it's just a park service road. I'm not positive but since it's not a public roadway, I don't think the need any special permits.

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