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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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I've never been to a "themed" park (Disney, Dollywood), though I've never seen anyone explain what makes these parks so much better than Cedar Point for example. I don't think I'm a regular enthusiast either, I've just never understood the hype over themeing.

 

I think it's something you'll need to experience to "get". It's about turning a park or a ride into a complete experience, and when it's done right it makes a world of difference. At least it does for me, but that's a whole other useless debate.

 

If you grow up going to a park like DW it's hard to have it any other way.

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^ People like you, Elissa, are why I love TPR. People actually RESPECT your opinions, unlike a more famous coaster enthusiast group that shall not be named.

I agree. I love to see people respect the opinions of another user. Especially when it's the forum owner. That's a rarity in any forums pertaining to any topic.

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I'm not so sure I'm a typical enthusiast. My wife and I always have a great time at Cedar Fair parks. Although I don't think a roller coaster on a parking lot is a good idea, I'm more into roller coasters than I am theme parks in general. I don't mind the large corporate parks. I'll take clean lines, decent landscaping, and somewhat generic themeing any day, as long as the park has a few good large scale coasters. However, I don't like to see coasters neglected, unruly teenagers, and run down surroundings like at Six Flags MM. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but Dollywood just didn't do it for us. We had much more fun in the surrounding area (skipping the usual tourist attractions) than we did at Dollywood.

 

I guess we all can't like the same things. Hah. I remember when you were once puzzled when I declared King's Island one of my favorite parks... and that was even pre Banshee. Although a lot of enthusiasts bash on parks like KI and CP for their lack of themeing or attention to detail, we find ourselves having the most fun at these larger parks.

I've never been to a "themed" park (Disney, Dollywood), though I've never seen anyone explain what makes these parks so much better than Cedar Point for example. I don't think I'm a regular enthusiast either, I've just never understood the hype over themeing.

 

Ill put it like this. Disney Parks are like the movies that get nominated for the academy awards. They're highly regarded and most people seem to love them.

 

BUT just because the general concensus is the movie is great doesn't mean it appeals to everyone. Some people just like gritty action films or low-budget b movies. Maybe their "quality" isnt as high, but quality doesnt nevessarily determine one's enjoyment or what they find fun.

 

 

I LOVE Disney. I love the way they design emersive experience (when they give a shit or have the budget). The show comes first and it *ahem* shows. Its an experience. But it's enjoyed differently, i cant imagine myself just going to Disney trying to cram in as many rides as possible. I like to take it in and enjoy it all a piece at a time.

 

My way (and other people's too) isnt the only way. Sometimes an i305 or a banshee or a collection of 5 or 6 great coasters is all people could want or care about within a pleasant and safe environment and that's cool too.

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I've never experienced the level of customer service that we received at Dollywood at any other park. Disney and Universal are close but Dollywood goes above and beyond.

 

Everyone there seemed generally happy that we came to visit their park, it's like they all took ownership in the place and acted as if they were welcoming us into their home. I know I've told this story before but when we were on the last train of the night on Wild Eagle and the ride op thought we left our souvenir cup he ran all the way down the exit stairs, through the gift shop, through the entrance plaza and over by Tenessee Tornado to give it to us. We thanked him but said it wasn't ours but he handed it to us and said that it was a "free Dollywood cup then" and thanked us for coming to Dollywood. As I was walking away I was kicking myself for not getting his name so I could let someone know what a great employee he was. He ran about 1/8 mile after he had worked all day (standing up) in 40 degree weather just to give us a cup.

 

It wasn't just him though, every ride op was talking to us (the park was busy but the rides weren't because it was Christmas time and it was really cold), asking where we were from and thanking us for coming. They treat everyone like that... it's amazing. We saw it on Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead with the older woman running the ride singing "Happy Birthday" to someone on the train, Mystery Mine and absolutely Wild Eagle. Everyone there seems to love their job and it shows, and if they don't love their job they do a great job of faking it.

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Dollywood and SDC are hands down some of the best parks in the US. I understand why someone who is just into coasters wouldn't be thrilled because they have only 5 or 6 coasters each but what they do have are really good, fun rides. I personally think that Thunderhead is a top 5 woodie and Outlaw Run too and I have ridden 332 coasters to date and been to most of the major parks in the US. The people that work at both of these parks go above and beyond to help you. I remember at an event once that an employee walked all the way from the back of the park to the front to get me change for a $20 during ERT because the park was not open and there was no place for me to get change. I can promise you will NEVER get that at a SF or CF park. SDC rolled out the red carpet for my group last year when we visited. There is a reason that people love these parks so much, not to mention the amazing food and the excellent theming!

 

For me, I don't get why people are all gaga over Disney parks. I am not a huge fan. I would much rather go to Dollywood or SDC.

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I tried the cinnamon bread last weekend. Very,very tasty. I bought a loaf to take home, and I'm still munching on it right now, along with my blueberry cider. Mmm, Dollyfood.

 

I also checked out the new Alpine Coaster that's down the road from Dollyfood. It's a lot of fun, and actually pretty scary. The ride op instructs you not to use the brakes at all, and the turns near the end of the ride feel like they're trying to throw you off the side of the cliff. I can only imagine how much more amazing it would be at night.

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For me, I don't get why people are all gaga over Disney parks. I am not a huge fan. I would much rather go to Dollywood or SDC.

 

I agree. I do enjoy Disney but you can't beat the authenticity and real-ness of SDC and Dollywood.

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For me, I don't get why people are all gaga over Disney parks. I am not a huge fan. I would much rather go to Dollywood or SDC.

 

I agree. I do enjoy Disney but you can't beat the authenticity and real-ness of SDC and Dollywood.

 

I feel same way. The theming at Disney and Universal is amazing but you still know you're in a themed environment and no matter how great of a job they do it feels like a theme park. An awesome, awesome theme park but still a theme park. Because of the location, the people that work there and the great theming everywhere it doesn't even feel like theming at Dollywood. It feels incredibly authentic. I love Disney and Universal but I like Dollywood better and the authenticity of it is the biggest reason why.

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For me, I don't get why people are all gaga over Disney parks. I am not a huge fan. I would much rather go to Dollywood or SDC.

 

I agree. I do enjoy Disney but you can't beat the authenticity and real-ness of SDC and Dollywood.

 

I feel same way. The theming at Disney and Universal is amazing but you still know you're in a themed environment and no matter how great of a job they do it feels like a theme park. An awesome, awesome theme park but still a theme park. Because of the location, the people that work there and the great theming everywhere it doesn't even feel like theming at Dollywood. It feels incredibly authentic. I love Disney and Universal but I like Dollywood better and the authenticity of it is the biggest reason why.

 

I didn't realize this until I read your post, but. I feel the exact same way!

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Really, the only Six Flags parks without a RMC that would be in the running are SFSTL, America and Georgia. So if they only do one, there might be a chance for Dollywood with an Outlaw Run type coaster.

 

I'm sorry, but why is SFGADV not on this list.

 

 

I'd DEFINATELY expect an RMC. But an invert would be so SWEET.

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Really, the only Six Flags parks without a RMC that would be in the running are SFSTL, America and Georgia. So if they only do one, there might be a chance for Dollywood with an Outlaw Run type coaster.

 

I'm sorry, but why is SFGADV not on this list.

 

 

I'd DEFINATELY expect an RMC. But an invert would be so SWEET.

Because they have El Toro. The ONLY reason another woodie SHOULD go to SFGADV is if it's a first of its kind for a woodie. Maybe an inverted woodie.
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I think it is fantastic that RMC has such a full schedule, and I sincerely hope that one of the 2016 projects is Dollywood. Since Outlaw Run, I have heard rumors of one and to me it would be a perfect addition to their lineup. An invert would be nice as well, but I do not see them getting one so soon after Wild Eagle, I would predict to see another B&M at Silver Dollar City before another shows up at Dollywood.

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Really, the only Six Flags parks without a RMC that would be in the running are SFSTL, America and Georgia. So if they only do one, there might be a chance for Dollywood with an Outlaw Run type coaster.

 

I'm sorry, but why is SFGADV not on this list.

 

 

I'd DEFINATELY expect an RMC. But an invert would be so SWEET.

Because they have El Toro. The ONLY reason another woodie SHOULD go to SFGADV is if it's a first of its kind for a woodie. Maybe an inverted woodie.

 

My thoughts exactly...the only RMC I would see going into SFGAdv would be a Goliath clone. Even that I don't see for another couple of years at least. Also, Great Adventure has no wooden coaster that would need the Iron Horse treatment. America, STL, and Georgia all have potential coasters for the redo.

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Really, the only Six Flags parks without a RMC that would be in the running are SFSTL, America and Georgia. So if they only do one, there might be a chance for Dollywood with an Outlaw Run type coaster.

 

I'm sorry, but why is SFGADV not on this list.

 

 

I'd DEFINATELY expect an RMC. But an invert would be so SWEET.

Because they have El Toro. The ONLY reason another woodie SHOULD go to SFGADV is if it's a first of its kind for a woodie. Maybe an inverted woodie.

 

My thoughts exactly...the only RMC I would see going into SFGAdv would be a Goliath clone. Even that I don't see for another couple of years at least. Also, Great Adventure has no wooden coaster that would need the Iron Horse treatment. America, STL, and Georgia all have potential coasters for the redo.

 

La Ronde doesn't have one either.

 

Because of El Toro, I, like others have said, believe we won't see an RMC there for another few years.

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I tried the cinnamon bread last weekend. Very,very tasty. I bought a loaf to take home, and I'm still munching on it right now, along with my blueberry cider. Mmm, Dollyfood.

 

I also checked out the new Alpine Coaster that's down the road from Dollyfood. It's a lot of fun, and actually pretty scary. The ride op instructs you not to use the brakes at all, and the turns near the end of the ride feel like they're trying to throw you off the side of the cliff. I can only imagine how much more amazing it would be at night.

 

 

Hmmm....perhaps we will have to check out this mountain coaster as we have decided to hit Dollywood up on our way back from our Florida vacation next week.

 

And of course, we wouldn't be able to visit the park without sampling that awesome cinnamon bread and delicious food!

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You guys sure are proud of this park! I'm still waiting for the chance when I get to come out to experience this park and Silver Dollar City. I remember speaking with some people I know who grew up with Dollywood and visited Kentucky Kingdom once. Of course their review wasn't very positive, so I'm assuming they're definitely spoiling you guys out there!

 

^ People like you, Elissa, are why I love TPR. People actually RESPECT your opinions, unlike a more famous coaster enthusiast group that shall not be named.

One of the few reasons I still come back to these forums, apart from better handlings of topics from people who typically actually live near the park and have actually experienced certain rides instead of piggybacking someone else's views and watching videos repeatedly.

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Just a note to say there are two alpine mountain coasters currently operating around here and two more are under construction.

 

Theres the first one that opened that’s in Wears Valley, just outside Sevierville…

www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com/

 

 

There’s the one in Gatlinburg, next door to Hillbilly Golf…

gatlinburgmountaincoaster.com/

 

 

The third one is still under construction at Goats On The Roof… Screamscape says its delayed because of an issue with the lift hill, maybe opening in December… This one is basically next to the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, in Wears Valley. This website doesn’t seem to have any info on the coaster though.

www.goatsontheroofofthesmokies.com/

 

 

 

The fourth one will be at Ober Gatlinburg, its under construction and it’s said to be a different manufacturer than these other three. And also Ober has the very very old Alpine SLIDE coaster as well…it’s a concrete trough, and pretty short compared to these others. No info on the Alpine Coaster yet on their website.

www.obergatlinburg.com/activity/alpine-slide/

 

Edit: Here's the latest info from the park....opening Spring 2015, and this one is an ADG MOUNTAIN COASTER. www.obergatlinburg.com/events-news/whats-new/

OBER GATLINBURG ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF MOUNTAIN COASTER

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (July 16, 2014)— Ober Gatlinburg is proud to announce the addition of an exciting, year round adventure attraction, the ADG Mountain Coaster, opening in the spring of 2015. Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area will be a fabulous setting for the coaster which is nestled just below the peak of Mt. Harrison. Offering guests an activity of this caliber will increase enjoyment for all visitors who are seeking a new thrill with fantastic views. Ober Gatlinburg is partnering with ADG, Inc., of Cohoes NY, the leading manufacturer of mountain coasters and slides in the US, to bring this attraction to the top of Ski Mountain Road. The ride will last approximately 5 ½ minutes and cover nearly 4000 feet. Construction will begin near the end of July and the ride is projected to open in spring of 2015.

 

The mountain coaster will depart near the Tubing Park and begin with a tranquil uphill ride through woods that border the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Once at the top, riders will be whisked down adrenaline pumping turns, dips, zigs, zags, corkscrews and G-force action adventures. Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience and is great for any age. Children, parents and grandparents can comfortably enjoy the ride and choose their own pace down the mountain. Enjoy the high-speed adventure, hugging every turn and dip as you zoom down the mountain at speeds up to 25 MPH, or choose a more relaxed pace suitable to your enjoyment level.

 

Designed for comfort, the unique ADG Mountain Coaster carts provide a more secure and comfortable ride with room for two riders, higher back rests and shorter brake levers for easier handling and control. Whatever speed is chosen, the ADG coaster is top rated for safety and designed with a built-in collision avoidance and seatbelt monitoring system.

 

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park is Tennessee’s only ski Area and continues to be a favored year-round destination. The upcoming 2014-2015 season will mark Ober Gatlinburg’s 53rd year as a snow sports area, offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter and an alpine slide, scenic chairlift, chair swing, maze, water raft rides and mini golf in the summer. The Mountain Coaster will join the Wildlife Encounter, Arcade and Ober’s Indoor Ice Rink as a year-round attraction.

 

Ober’s 5th annual Oktoberfest will begin on September 26th and run through November 2nd. Guests can enjoy multiple show times of The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band everyday while indulging in authentic German cuisine at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant. Each weekend of Oktoberfest, Ober’s Bier Garten will feature different German Biers and Wines with fun and games for the entire family.

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