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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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*TRAVIS AND CASSY'S TRIP REPORT*

PART 1:

So Travis and I had a little six-day vacation at Dollywood and Pigeon Forge, and we stayed at the new Dream More Resort. I had never even been to Tennessee, so this was all a new experience to me; where as Travis had gone when he was a kid every few years, but the last time he had gone was 2008. So heres a little bit about how we spent our time while visiting!

 

We drove down Tuesday morning and arrived six and a half hours later and checked into the resort and took the trolly to Dollywood to spend the rest of the time we had left at the park till they closed.

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Our home for the week! :)

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On the trolly to Dollywood, we were the only ones on the trolly Tuesday

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Dinner consisted of the largest slice of pizza ever…

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This was indeed on top of our list to ride and OMG <3

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we managed to ride all the coasters that evening with no lines at all! :)

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after the park closed we went back to the resort and went swimming, this place is beautiful!

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Since the resort is new, they don't have a "dinner" per-say, but they do have a menu of items you can order, we got chicken and it was delicious!

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The pool has a DJ on certain nights from 7-9, the beginning of the week there were only a few of us, but our last day there were a lot of people. He plays games with the kids and tries to get everyone involved, he also was a former disney employee! :)

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around the pool walkway, there are tons of fire pits where you can sit in a rocking chair by the fire, they also have smores kits you can buy for $5 which makes 2 smores

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Wednesday morning we got some breakfast at their breakfast buffet, which had the largest selection of choices I've seen…I mean, they had everything! and its all home made! The french toast is highly recommended by Travis :)

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the dining area is beautifully decorated

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our room :)

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since the parks were closed, we obviously had no choice but to go for a bi-plane ride :p

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look its Dollywood!

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and Splash Country!

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this was a TON of fun! and the guy who runs it does an amazing job! This was Travis's very first ride in any kind of plane :)

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we spent a lot of time at the pool and driving around the area Wednesday and Thursday

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we HAD to stop here :3

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they had an awesome game room at the resort, which had token operated games and two TV's with XBOX Ones to play with

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of course we had to stop here :p

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OMG

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yay smores! :p

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this was one of my favorite areas of the resort, everything was so well decorated and themed there!

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the fountain was so pretty at night!

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PART 2

So Friday when we went the park was not busy at all an we also got to have a little Q-bot friend as a perk of staying at Dream More. Those things make me want to play with my old tamagotchi ^.^ we also decided to go zip-lining that morning as well!

Here's a few of the pictures from our last three days of being at the park!

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This was so much fun! and the workers have a great sense of humor as well. We zip lined over 3 roller coasters!

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zip-lining selfie!

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my little tamagotchi knows what's up! ;)

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YAY!

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construction pictures!

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more!

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look a crane!

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of course we had to take a sign picture!

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Dreamland drive in was an amazing show! I think it was my favorite that we saw! (sorry Dolly)

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Travis is a giant child with these things, so many families got drenched because of him.. xD

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Saturday we got really good parking ;) we climbed five million stairs to the top of Wild Eagle that morning!

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that is ALOT of stairs..

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wow were my legs tired!

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the views at the top are incredible!

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look over there!

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yay!

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more shots of the park :)

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yay Travis made it too!

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top of Wild Eagle selfie!

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such an amazing experience!

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:)

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more cool shots!

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can I push these?

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room where we got our harnesses on and they showed us the backpacks they use if they ever have evacuate people from the ride

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look at that chain! :)

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we also got to walk around the empty park for an hour after our little climb :)

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back on the trolley! we also visited Splash Country that day which was PACKED! then we spent the rest of the day using our little Q-bot friend to ride coasters, the employees said that the park was the most packed they had seen it all summer that Saturday! :)

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Sunday was our last day at the park, and we managed to ride every coaster in two hours that morning, we then did our last walk around the park and grabbed some cinnamon bread for the trip home! :)

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we only rode the tram twice the entire trip, having your own trolley is so nice!

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I definitely recommend staying at this resort! It makes me think of staying at Disney, you have your own transportation to and from the parks without the hassle of parking, and you can send anything you buy to the resort and they bring it to your room for you. Plus we got season passes and one gold pass, which gets you discounts everywhere in the park and at the resort! Totally worth it! We had an amazing trip and will definitely be staying here again when we come back!

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^^Great looking pictures, and TR! I've never been to Dollywood before, but am taking my family there (and the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area) next year as our big family vacation! The more people report back on it (and show pictures), the more it whets my appetite for next year to be now!

 

As exciting as all the Dollywood stuff was, however, I think what I got the most excited about was you two being fellow "twenty one pilots" fans! Coaster enthusiasts AND Skeleton Clique members - the perfect combination!

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Wow, awesome report, looks like you guys had a great time. It's amazing of how much of a destination resort DOllywood has turned into over the years. I totally forgot about all of the extras upcharge attractions they offer now with the Zip lines and early morning coaster tour, all very very cool.

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Visited the park today, will have a trip report up later.

 

Is it just me, or do most of Dollywood's coasters have something that keeps them from being super-awesome? Tennessee Tornado has the awful Arrow trains, Mystery Mine's twisty sections are rough and jerky...

 

But my goodness, the park as a whole is one of the best complete experiences I've ever seen outside of Central Florida.

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The operator was nice enough to tell me that if I hold them forward and a little loose until the ride starts moving, the vests will be locked in that more loose position as opposed to tight on my shoulders (which are very small and bony).

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The operator was nice enough to tell me that if I hold them forward and a little loose until the ride starts moving, the vests will be locked in that more loose position as opposed to tight on my shoulders (which are very small and bony).

 

I'm curious to know if this helped you. I had the same issue on Gatekeeper and I tried the entire time to hold them forward a little and it never worked.

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I find all of Dollywood's coasters to be extremely comfortable rides and don't even think it's possible for Wild Eagle or Tennessee Tornado to be any smoother. I've also never got the complaining about Mystery Mine. I don't find it rough at all and the ride is absolutely outstanding.

 

To each his own though.

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i'm a bit uncomfortable in Wild Eagle's restraints "only while sitting on the brake run waiting to get back into the station." it would be nice if they could make the vests unlock when the coaster hits that position. other than that, i have no problem with any of the rest.

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*TRAVIS AND CASSY'S TRIP REPORT*

PART 1:

So Travis and I had a little six-day vacation at Dollywood and Pigeon Forge, and we stayed at the new Dream More Resort. I had never even been to Tennessee, so this was all a new experience to me; where as Travis had gone when he was a kid every few years, but the last time he had gone was 2008. So heres a little bit about how we spent our time while visiting!

 

We drove down Tuesday morning and arrived six and a half hours later and checked into the resort and took the trolly to Dollywood to spend the rest of the time we had left at the park till they closed.

That food though

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i'm a bit uncomfortable in Wild Eagle's restraints "only while sitting on the brake run waiting to get back into the station." it would be nice if they could make the vests unlock when the coaster hits that position. other than that, i have no problem with any of the rest.

 

Same here. I am completely comfortable until after the train stops and we are waiting to pull back into the station. A small annoyance, but one worth mentioning. It is particularly uncomfortable if you spent the day before at Splash Country and got a little sun-burned.

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i'm a bit uncomfortable in Wild Eagle's restraints "only while sitting on the brake run waiting to get back into the station."

 

This is exactly where a friend and I got stuck on Wild Eagle last summer. They were running 2 trains and for some reason they would not run the train that was in the station. They closed the ride with us still sitting in the brake run. It was in the mid 90s that day and with that brake run being fully in the sun and the station sooooooo close... my God, I honestly thought the vest part of the restraint was going to kill me. After about 20 mins they finally did something that released the tightness of the vest and then eventually pulled us off the train one by one. Being in the front seat I thought for sure I'd be first off... guess who was the last person off the train that day?

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partycat - Nice TR! I'm hopefully planning a little trip down to Dollywood for my first time ver next year. How much did the zipline run you per person and how long did it last? About how many different lines did you go on? The food looks delicioussssssss nom nom nom

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Vonni,

 

It's pretty clear that prozach is just a miserable dude who loves to spread his angst and vitriol to all. Clearly the guy wanted to eat that literally every day, so I, for one, am glad that prozach is here to give him a reality check

 

Back on topic: fantastic trip report! Have to imagine that would be one of the best lift hills to get to climb/look around from!

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