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The resort concept art looks charming! I figured Dollywood's first resort would be a bit more of a "moderate" hotel but this looks like it could be more like a "deluxe," which I believe could be a great fit for the park!

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Well I finally got my Firechaser Express credit today. It's a good thing that I got on it first thing after the park opened because sometime after 11:00 it went down and I only saw it have one test run the rest of the day. I hope they can get it straightened out and we don't have another Timber Tower on our hands.

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Well I finally got my Firechaser Express credit today. It's a good thing that I got on it first thing after the park opened because sometime after 11:00 it went down and I only saw it have one test run the rest of the day. I hope they can get it straightened out and we don't have another Timber Tower on our hands
I was present when it went down this morning. It was due to a leak in the air gate system. It was back up within an hour or two and ran for the rest of the day with a 15 minute downtime due to a nearby storm. It was also running all day yesterday - wouldn't worry too much.
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Well I finally got my Firechaser Express credit today. It's a good thing that I got on it first thing after the park opened because sometime after 11:00 it went down and I only saw it have one test run the rest of the day. I hope they can get it straightened out and we don't have another Timber Tower on our hands.

 

"Timber Tower on our hands"?!? It's a brand new ride and it will have its kinks to be worked out but the ride has not had THAT much downtime, to even begin a comparison to Timber Tower.

 

I was present when it went down this morning. It was due to a leak in the air gate system. It was back up within an hour or two and ran for the rest of the day with a 15 minute downtime due to a nearby storm. It was also running all day yesterday - wouldn't worry too much.

 

And there you go.

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I wasn't aware of any storms in the area as none of the rides I went on were down because of one. I tried to ride Firechaser Express two other times between 12:00 and 4:00 and it wasn't running either of those times. I only saw one train running without any passengers on it. I thought I remember several posts on here saying that Firechaser was down for different reasons this season. I could be wrong though. I'm deeply sorry if I am.

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Finally got to visit the park(s) this past week (Thu-Sat). Impressions from a first-time vistor:

 

--The three-day park-hopper ticket is the way to go (if you're going to be in Pigeon Forge for two days or more).

--BTW, Pigeon Forge might be an even bigger tourist-attraction freak show than Las Vegas.

--Out of all the parks I've ever visited, Dollywood ties with Busch Gardens Williamsburg and sits just under Disneyland for its capabilities to truly transport its guests. Amazing, well-detailed immersive experience with an astounding setting.

--Splash Country is definitely the best water park I've ever patronized. Couldn't get enough of River Rush and the Big Bear Plunge.

--Thoroughly appreciated the care Dollywood takes in theming and designing its coasters. Mystery Mine, in particular, was a stunner.

--Firechaser was a blast (har), though it was the only major coaster I didn't re-ride due to the backwards element making me feel a little woozy. Related: I began to grey out on both Tennessee Tornado and Wild Eagle, both of which I nonetheless loved.

--Stoked about the price of the Q2Q "fast pass" system Dollywood uses. Though we could have gotten by without using it, we sure did appreciate it.

--I never see shows, but I caught "My People" and -- occasional hokey-ness aside -- was glad I did. Bummed we just missed getting into the Chasing Rainbows museum.

--Friendliness of staff rivaled only by Cedar Point, IMHO. I nearly came up with excuses to talk to them because they were so nice and charming.

--Eating half a loaf of Cinnamon Bread sidelined my coaster-riding for over four hours. That stuff just sits in your stomach!

--I probably won't get to go again anytime soon, but I can't wait for some future attractions to expedite a return.

--Sorta unrelated: Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is BADASS.

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Finally got to visit the park(s) this past week (Thu-Sat). Impressions from a first-time vistor:

 

--The three-day park-hopper ticket is the way to go (if you're going to be in Pigeon Forge for two days or more).

--BTW, Pigeon Forge might be an even bigger tourist-attraction freak show than Las Vegas.

--Out of all the parks I've ever visited, Dollywood ties with Busch Gardens Williamsburg and sits just under Disneyland for its capabilities to truly transport its guests. Amazing, well-detailed immersive experience with an astounding setting.

--Splash Country is definitely the best water park I've ever patronized. Couldn't get enough of River Rush and the Big Bear Plunge.

--Thoroughly appreciated the care Dollywood takes in theming and designing its coasters. Mystery Mine, in particular, was a stunner.

--Firechaser was a blast (har), though it was the only major coaster I didn't re-ride due to the backwards element making me feel a little woozy. Related: I began to grey out on both Tennessee Tornado and Wild Eagle, both of which I nonetheless loved.

--Stoked about the price of the Q2Q "fast pass" system Dollywood uses. Though we could have gotten by without using it, we sure did appreciate it.

--I never see shows, but I caught "My People" and -- occasional hokey-ness aside -- was glad I did. Bummed we just missed getting into the Chasing Rainbows museum.

--Friendliness of staff rivaled only by Cedar Point, IMHO. I nearly came up with excuses to talk to them because they were so nice and charming.

--Eating half a loaf of Cinnamon Bread sidelined my coaster-riding for over four hours. That stuff just sits in your stomach!

--I probably won't get to go again anytime soon, but I can't wait for some future attractions to expedite a return.

--Sorta unrelated: Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is BADASS.

 

Oh yeah I rode that Alpine Coaster last fall when I went to TN, that was awesome except there was a lady a few clicks in front of me half way through the ride so I couldn't go full speed lolz.

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I drove by the Alpine Coaster when I was up there last week, but did not have time or money to do it this trip.

 

Had two awesome days at Dollywood Monday and Tuesday...my two favorite coasters there, Wild Eagle and Thunderhead, were walk-ons both days, and Firechaser Express impressed me. A perfect family coaster and a great fit for the park, they really did a great job.

 

Someone else mentioned Mystery Mine's fire effect not working, it was not working on Monday or Tuesday last week either of the times that I rode...

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^I've ridden it every season since it opened in 2007 and the fire effect has always worked regardless of how hot or cold it was outside the building, so in the past that's not been the case. Its obviously a far better experience when its working properly.

 

On another note, a friend that visited recently said that he saw the "Closed For Bees" signs being placed on standby near the entrances to the coasters. So expect to deal with this issue again this year....get your coaster rides in early in the morning if possible.

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On another note, a friend that visited recently said that he saw the "Closed For Bees" signs being placed on standby near the entrances to the coasters. So expect to deal with this issue again this year....get your coaster rides in early in the morning if possible.

 

Bear in mind, in years past this issue has only affected Thunderhead and Wild Eagle. Thunderhead has misters atop its lift to help alleviate the issue, but sometimes it gets so bad even that doesn't help. Sound piece of advice here, though. Be sure to get your rides in early in the morning on those two coasters, particularly if it's going to be hot. Typically, it isn't as big an issue during the Summer, but come August and September it will be a daily occurrence, most likely.

 

As for Mystery Mine's flame, it has been an issue this season thus far. While it now works most of the time, there are times when it doesn't. They are aware of the issue and are trying to get that effect fixed but its tough to do when you have to order custom parts and have already begun daily operation (which makes it very difficult to do in-depth work on anything). But rest assured, Dollywood isn't one of those parks that lets effects stop working, a permanent fix is being worked on.

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  • 2 weeks later...
While she was there, Katy and her dancers rode the Wild Eagle, the Tennessee Tornado, and Thunderhead. She even stayed to watch the fireworks.

 

While in the park, the pop princess ate at Aunt Granny's buffet. Perry tweeted she "tore up" Dollywood's turkey legs and barbecue.

 

http://www.wbir.com/story/life/people/2014/06/27/katy-perry-visits-dollywood/11454729/

 

She had mentioned in an interview I saw a few months ago that she was going to make time to come to Dollywood when she was on her tour...and she did.

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Wow. That sucks. I missed her by 1 day! I'm at Dollywood right now, and the rain has caused the closure of all outdoor attractions. Hopefully everything will open back up soon! Already got my ride on thunderhead, which I really enjoyed. It was my first time riding it, since last time I was at the park it had ice on it. Still have yet to do Firechaser express. Will ride it once the rain clears.

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I'll be at the park on Monday, July 21st. Does anyone have any tips for a first timer at Dollywood? How will the lines be on a Monday in July?

 

Most importantly... does the park serve beer?

 

Thanks.

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Interesting of her to mention this at her post-Glastonbury concert press conference...

 

Dolly Parton could be bringing Glastonbury to Tennessee, as she teases plans to host her own music festival at her Dollywood Theme Park.

 

The country superstar stormed the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury over the weekend, drawing in the biggest crowd of the 2014 event as she belted out her classic hits.

 

And now she's had a taste of festival life, the Jolene singer has hinted she'd love to organise her very own event back home.

 

''I have a lotta land up near east Tennessee, and we do a lot of festivals through my Dollywood company. I've often thought I might start my own festival in Tennessee, or maybe I'll get some good pointers from this one," she told media at a press conference after her Worthy Farm set.

 

The 68-year-old pointed out she could ask Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis for some advice:

 

"I think I'm going to do that - Michael can give me some tips. Why wouldn't I want something like this?''

 

It sounds like the pint-sized singer has got the festival bug, as she revealed that her set to thousands of revellers was a once in a lifetime experience: "I'm so excited to be part of this whole thing. I'm just a country girl, and now I feel like a rock star."

 

source: www.entertainmentwise.com/news/153792/Dolly-Parton-Planning-To-Launch-Her-Own-Dollywood-Festival-Following-Glastonbury-Success

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Here are a bunch of pictures that were taken at the park this past Saturday. This was my second time at the park, and my visit was actually jus decided spring of the moment. I had no idea that I would be visiting the park until about an hour before I actually went! I was just passing through pigeon forge to get back home, and realized I had time to spare to hit this park up! This was a Great visit, and I finally was able to get the 3 credits I missed last time; thunderhead, Firechaser, and sideshow spin. Sideshow spin actually ended up being my 80th credit! Woo hoo!

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