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^(cough, cough) PUSSY! (cough, cough)

 

I get cold easily!

 

I've never been to a theme park in winter or fall months, it's always been during summer vacation. I am hoping to make It back to Dollywood this fall, in September, anyone know how crowds are that time of year? I wanna take a Birthday trip!

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^^It can be a good time to visit...but the weather can also be unpredictable in December (any time, actually). I think it was two years ago that Dollywood had to close for snow and ice in December. I've been several times when the rides would shut down not long after arriving as it dipped below 36-degrees while we we there. And they only do one train operation on coasters (except M.M. and B.F., not sure about W.E. yet.) when it's below 45-degrees, which can quickly put the damper on any hopes of multiple re-rides. Plan wisely and hope for the best. Most of the rides in the Country Fair area can and do operate under the 36-degree mark, fyi.

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Due to night rides, we are now planning on going in November, park is open til 9pm. Gotta assume the weather won't be too bad just yet

 

Do keep in my mind, that all of the water rides will be closed. If that doesn't matter to you, then November is a great time to go.

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I had my first visit ever to Dollywood yesterday. I was quite impressed with the quality of everything at the park. What they lacked (which really isn't the right word honestly) in quantity they made up in quality. Wild Eagle was a lot of fun, but Thunderhead stole the show for me. I loved it. We rode it by far the most and ended the day with 5 or so rides on it.

 

Tennessee Tornado was the surprise of the trip. I was expecting to like it based on reports but was surprised how seriously intense the loop/sidewinder combo was. And the first loop is awkward in all the right ways. It was short, but no part was lacking.

 

Overall I was really happy with the trip and in the end we didn't get a Qbot and never waited more than 15 minutes for anything. The park wasn't very crowded at all and allowed us to ride all the major rides multiple times with Thunderhead the most with probably around a dozen rides. I would love to return again and rent one of those cabins with a group of people that you can see from the back of the park way up on the hill. They must have a seriously awesome view.

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I had my first visit ever to Dollywood yesterday. I was quite impressed with the quality of everything at the park. What they lacked (which really isn't the right word honestly) in quantity they made up in quality. Wild Eagle was a lot of fun, but Thunderhead stole the show for me. I loved it. We rode it by far the most and ended the day with 5 or so rides on it.

 

Tennessee Tornado was the surprise of the trip. I was expecting to like it based on reports but was surprised how seriously intense the loop/sidewinder combo was. And the first loop is awkward in all the right ways. It was short, but no part was lacking.

 

Overall I was really happy with the trip and in the end we didn't get a Qbot and never waited more than 15 minutes for anything. The park wasn't very crowded at all and allowed us to ride all the major rides multiple times with Thunderhead the most with probably around a dozen rides. I would love to return again and rent one of those cabins with a group of people that you can see from the back of the park way up on the hill. They must have a seriously awesome view.

 

Nice. Link to where to inquire about one of those cabins ???

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I love staying at the cabins in Pigeon Forge. We have done those^ before during the christmas time and it was gorgeous. It was awesome looking down at the coasters,the christmas lights and it provided a wonderful view of the sunrise. Glad to see a water coaster coming to TN and I look forward to trying it out.

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So, thanks to some last minute travel arrangements, it looks like I'll be taking my first trip to the park tomorrow! We originally would have gone on Thursday, but Dollywood's ridiculous schedule (closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays during peak season?!?) forced us to reschedule. 

 

So without further ado, a few questions for the locals:

 

1) Should I expect a crowded day, with the possibility of having three days' worth of guests funneled into one day (due to Tuesday and Thursday being non-operating days)?

 

2) Would the Q-bot be a wise choice if it is a crowded day? I'm usually not happy with only one ride on major coasters, and anything that could maximize re-rides is surely of great value. 

 

3) Any suggestions on food? Besides the legendary cinnamon bread (where does one purchase this?), I have no idea what to expect food-wise, other than it being delicious. 

 

Thanks in advance for any advice, and I'll be sure to post a TR when we've returned to civilization!

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1) They're not open daily now because a lot of schools are going back, it won't be insane, but you will still see some crowds.

 

2) YES!!! Even if it's just 'slightly busy' get the Qbot! It's also very cheap at Dollywood compared to other parks. Mystery Mine can have some issues during the day which usually gives it a longer line.

 

3) Eat anything from a Skillet. If you want real traditional Southern Food the Ham and Beans place is a good choice as well. Cinnamon Bread is at the Grist Mill.

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Dollywood also has great regular theme park food. Funnel cakes and turkey legs are awesome at Dollywood. If you're looking for desserts, the Spotlight Bakery at the entrance has good sweets to satisfy a sweet tooth. Every time I visit the park I end up at Red's Diner which has great American-style food (hamburgers, chicken, french fries; stuff you'd find at a diner). Red's is a great place to eat.

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So, thanks to some last minute travel arrangements, it looks like I'll be taking my first trip to the park tomorrow! We originally would have gone on Thursday, but Dollywood's ridiculous schedule (closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays during peak season?!?) forced us to reschedule. 

 

So without further ado, a few questions for the locals:

 

1) Should I expect a crowded day, with the possibility of having three days' worth of guests funneled into one day (due to Tuesday and Thursday being non-operating days)?

 

2) Would the Q-bot be a wise choice if it is a crowded day? I'm usually not happy with only one ride on major coasters, and anything that could maximize re-rides is surely of great value. 

 

3) Any suggestions on food? Besides the legendary cinnamon bread (where does one purchase this?), I have no idea what to expect food-wise, other than it being delicious. 

 

Thanks in advance for any advice, and I'll be sure to post a TR when we've returned to civilization!

 

1) Well, it's hard to know in advance, like any park. In general, the park can seem crowded and the ride lines are short as many guests are there to do other things than ride the rides.

2) Qbot is a good value at dollywood, and if you're only there for one day i would suggest getting it. There's a lot to do and see at Dollywood, Qbot helps make sure you can do most or all of it!

3) Cinnamon bread is at the iconic Grist Mill, which is at the bottom of Craftsman's Valley...hard to miss the grist mill. I have two favorite places to eat, both are in Craftsman's Valley - Granny Ogles Ham n Beans - all red meat and potato dishes, with pinto beans and cornbread at the table. Miss Lillians Chicken House, is a buffet - the biscuits are OMG good... But really, there are lots of options to try. Have Fun!

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Every time I visit the park I end up at Red's Diner which has great American-style food (hamburgers, chicken, french fries; stuff you'd find at a diner). Red's is a great place to eat.

I'd stop short of "great" when describing Red's. It's an "okay" burger at best. The place ain't "bad," it's just that when you're at Dollywood, this should be the last place on the list that you end up at.

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I agree about red's food being standard theme park but the resturaunt fits the theme of the area it's in. We usually eat at aunt grannies, a buffet , or granny ogles ham and beans if it's nice enough weather. Sometimes we eat at the backstage but I think they changed their menu this year.

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I just had my first Dollywood experience and it was a great day. What we did with food was try all the skillets and split them up. The park has plastic knives out and we just cut them up. I couldn't decide so it really worked out cool and we got to try many different things, sausage, baloney, cheesteak and chicken, all good. We had bread first thing of course and on the way out nearly unloaded the taffy bins. Some of the taffy was old days Cedar Point good.

 

The rides and attractions are all good, the three of us all had Wild Eagle at third. Thunderhead is from the baby Jesus, I care for it deeply. Slidewinder is cool, Mountian Adventure is cool and unique and Barnstormer is too short just like all the Screamin Swings I have been on, still fun. County Fair is a cool little change of pace after the first go around on the big rides.

 

I love Craftsman's Valley. Those folks really build stuff there, pretty neat.

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To me, Ham n' Beans is quintessential Dollywood. Otherwise I would go for Miss Lillian's Chicken House and hope Miss Lillian is in- it's dinner and a show for a pretty decent price for a theme park buffet with excellent food. This is considered our slower time of year, as most area schools are now back in session. There will be some crowds but they will be much lighter than this time a few weeks ago.

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Dollywood also has great regular theme park food. Funnel cakes and turkey legs are awesome at Dollywood. If you're looking for desserts, the Spotlight Bakery at the entrance has good sweets to satisfy a sweet tooth. Every time I visit the park I end up at Red's Diner which has great American-style food (hamburgers, chicken, french fries; stuff you'd find at a diner). Red's is a great place to eat.

 

The chicken strips I had at one stand tasted suspiciously like Arby's....

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