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Thanks for the help, all! There are thunderstorms in the forecast for the 2nd and Sunday but between my getting there at 3 and my Q-Bot I should be fine. All I need is FireChaser, but I want to do Eagle and Thunderhead, preferably at night, if possible. Anybody know how the park should fare on the 2nd, though? It's supposed to be the only day I'm there but if it comes to using my "get in after 3, next day free" and popping by Sunday to ride it I'll do it.

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It is the last day of the Great American Summer festival with 10-10pm hours and fireworks. It should be very crowded and the temperatures here in East Tennessee have been in the low 70's and have been driving boatloads of people to Dollywood this week. So I would expect high crowds!

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It is the last day of the Great American Summer festival with 10-10pm hours and fireworks. It should be very crowded and the temperatures here in East Tennessee have been in the low 70's and have been driving boatloads of people to Dollywood this week. So I would expect high crowds!

Good thing I've got a Q-Bot reserved then, huh?

 

I was more concerned about the weather but the hourly forecast is showing it holding off mostly, so there's another thing I don't need to worry about.

 

Honestly, though, I nab FireChaser and get to ride Wild Eagle anytime and Thunderhead at night, I'll walk out a happy boy.

 

Probably a dumb question, but can I get refills in drinks if I bring a cup from last season?

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The drinks with the souvenir cups were never free. This years cups are $1 refills, and I'm pretty sure previous years cups are $4.

 

I'll be in Pigeon Forge next Monday through Thursday. Definitely going to Dollywood on Monday and hopefully Wednesday for a little bit as well. Does anybody know if the counties/cities near Pigeon Forge are going back to school next week? I'm hoping for some short lines.

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Thunderhead closes at 9pm due to the ride being in the firework fallout zone and it will not reopen due to the fact it takes maintenance 2 hours to walk the track of the ride to ensure it is safe for operation. It still isn't very dark here around 9pm as I would prefer it to be so there haven't been any night rides on Thunderhead all summer. Mystery Mine closes at 9:15 and will reopen at 9:40 after the fireworks show due to the same reason as Thunderhead.

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It is the last day of the Great American Summer festival with 10-10pm hours and fireworks. It should be very crowded and the temperatures here in East Tennessee have been in the low 70's and have been driving boatloads of people to Dollywood this week. So I would expect high crowds!

Good thing I've got a Q-Bot reserved then, huh?

 

I was more concerned about the weather but the hourly forecast is showing it holding off mostly, so there's another thing I don't need to worry about.

 

Honestly, though, I nab FireChaser and get to ride Wild Eagle anytime and Thunderhead at night, I'll walk out a happy boy.

 

Probably a dumb question, but can I get refills in drinks if I bring a cup from last season?

 

The Q-bot for Dollywood is one of the best deals there is. Such a great park, and well worth the up-charge.

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Dollywood is a strange park, with schools in session the people who go to the park for rides will be lower however the park attendance will probably be the same. A lot of people go to Dollywood just for shopping and shows and those people seem to pick up when schools are in session.

 

I have been there on a weekday during school and still park in F lot only an hour or so after opening

 

F is the last parking lot, the one furthest away from the park

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So I haven't been to Splash Country in a couple of years, and I have the option to go on Labor Day (Monday 9/1). I know it's the park's last operating day, so I expect things won't be quite in mid-season form, but I don't know what that will *actually* mean for my experience at the park. First, what should I expect the crowds to be like, given that it's a holiday? Second, what should I expect operations to be like given that school is back in session? Third, what are the chances I'll be able to find anything worthwhile to eat inside the park? Thanks!

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So I haven't been to Splash Country in a couple of years, and I have the option to go on Labor Day (Monday 9/1). I know it's the park's last operating day, so I expect things won't be quite in mid-season form, but I don't know what that will *actually* mean for my experience at the park. First, what should I expect the crowds to be like, given that it's a holiday? Second, what should I expect operations to be like given that school is back in session? Third, what are the chances I'll be able to find anything worthwhile to eat inside the park? Thanks!

 

I would go into it expecting it to be quite crowded, being a holiday coupled with the last day of the season. Now, the weather forecast may change that if its bad (I haven't looked yet, this far out it wouldn't be reliable anyway). Everything should be in tip-top shape and operations should be flowing just fine simply because it is a holiday and the park should be fully staffed.

 

Splash Country actually has a pretty good variety of food for a water park when compared to when it first opened. Admittedly, the selection isn't as good as Dollywood, but that's to be expected. Burgers/Fries/Chicken/Pizza/Salads/Wraps can be found at Campsite Grill and Miss Mamies (same large building in the middle of the park), Tacos and taco salads can be found at High Country (by the wave pool), Funnel sticks can be found by the main lockers, corn dogs and hot dogs can be found at Dogs n' Taters (by RiverRush) and hot dogs/nachos/BBQ sandwiches can be found at one of the other stands by the wave pool (the name escapes me). The park also has several Dippin' Dots stands (since DW switched back to them this season), as I said, pretty good selection for a water park!

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So I haven't been to Splash Country in a couple of years, and I have the option to go on Labor Day (Monday 9/1). I know it's the park's last operating day, so I expect things won't be quite in mid-season form, but I don't know what that will *actually* mean for my experience at the park. First, what should I expect the crowds to be like, given that it's a holiday? Second, what should I expect operations to be like given that school is back in session? Third, what are the chances I'll be able to find anything worthwhile to eat inside the park? Thanks!

 

I would go into it expecting it to be quite crowded, being a holiday coupled with the last day of the season. Now, the weather forecast may change that if its bad (I haven't looked yet, this far out it wouldn't be reliable anyway). Everything should be in tip-top shape and operations should be flowing just fine simply because it is a holiday and the park should be fully staffed.

 

Splash Country actually has a pretty good variety of food for a water park when compared to when it first opened. Admittedly, the selection isn't as good as Dollywood, but that's to be expected. Burgers/Fries/Chicken/Pizza/Salads/Wraps can be found at Campsite Grill and Miss Mamies (same large building in the middle of the park), Tacos and taco salads can be found at High Country (by the wave pool), Funnel sticks can be found by the main fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, corn dogs and hot dogs can be found at Dogs n' Taters (by RiverRush) and hot dogs/nachos/BBQ sandwiches can be found at one of the other stands by the wave pool (the name escapes me). The park also has several Dippin' Dots stands (since DW switched back to them this season), as I said, pretty good selection for a water park!

 

I'm mainly interested in getting a few rides in on River Rush. I assume that's where everyone will head right at opening, so I'm hoping to be on the front edge of that crowd & get a couple rides in before the line gets long. How long has that line been getting this season?

 

As to the food, my big concern was that the restaurants would be running out of stock, given that it's the last operating day.

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I'm mainly interested in getting a few rides in on River Rush. I assume that's where everyone will head right at opening, so I'm hoping to be on the front edge of that crowd & get a couple rides in before the line gets long. How long has that line been getting this season?

 

As to the food, my big concern was that the restaurants would be running out of stock, given that it's the last operating day.

 

While the lines haven't been as long as they were last year, I would expect it to be the longest line in the park, so your action plan would likely work. As for food stock, I wouldn't worry about that. Anything left over will simply be sent over to Dollywood.

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I'm mainly interested in getting a few rides in on River Rush. I assume that's where everyone will head right at opening, so I'm hoping to be on the front edge of that crowd & get a couple rides in before the line gets long. How long has that line been getting this season?

 

As to the food, my big concern was that the restaurants would be running out of stock, given that it's the last operating day.

 

River Rush was closed when we went a couple of weeks ago. Might want to check before you go if it is the only reason you are going.

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Not sure if anyone of you would know this, but I've been looking for a good soundtrack from Mystery Mine and all I have found is the station music. If anyone knows where I could find the ride show sound effects (especially the second lift), I would be very grateful. Most of the recordings are from the ride itself and the very loud lift mechanisms overpower the sound effects themselves. Else, if someone knows where the soundtrack from the second lift originated from that would be equally helpful. The following clip shows the part I'm asking about (1m55s):

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Dollywood posted this picture of the new restaurant in the resort called "The Farmhouse" If you zoom in you see there are dinosaur skeletons (or what I think are dinosaur skeletons) on the plates. What do you think they are?

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Dinosaurs?!?!?

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It looks really nice and homey.

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