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Below are photos from the Dollywood Opening Day Media Tour. I hope you all enjoy them. It was a faboulous day with great shows, good running rides, a little cold but a lot of great experiences.

 

I do apologize for the delay in posting this. I have been sick, wife and kids extremely sick as well as other family emergencies. Basically one thing after another. Never the less, I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you have any question... enjoy

 

- David

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Good morning Dollywood, this was the 1st sight I saw when I pulled into the parking lot. What a very nice surprise. It was said they topped it off the day before opening day.

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2017 Park Map

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Showstreet was looking good as always

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Welcome to Festival of Nations!

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Our 1st stop was the Mother Africa show at the Celebrity Theater. I will honestly say, I wasn't quite sure about this show before it started but after... WOW!!

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Cast members warming up!

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This show was absolutely amazing! I will definitely be back to see it with the family. There is something for everyone in it! Well done Dollywood.

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After the show, we were offered a Q and A with the performers of Mother Africa.

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2nd part of the media tour for opening day.

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Dollywood's marketing team talked about the new festivals and programs coming up in 2017. Especially the Illuminights! Very exciting!

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Craig Ross spoke about Dollywood and the economical impact the park has on the economy of Sevier County and East Tennessee. He said they were way ahead of projections of their impacts.

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Next stop was lunch at the new Front Porch Cafe (Former Backstage Restaurant). We were treated to a nice salad, sandwich and desert. This was well presented and tasted fabulous. Well done Dollywood Food's team!!! Be sure to stop by Front Porch Cafe and give them a try!

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Dollywood Provided Economic Impact Graphic - Very interesting!

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Next stop was a quick tour of the Drop Line / Whistle Punk Chaser attractions. While we were getting started, there was a medical emergency with a member of the tour group. Dollywood's staff was quick to jump in and assist the gentleman. Amazing job by the team!!

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230ft in the sky. This should make a very nice view of the smokies!

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Whistle Punk Chaser coming along in the former playground area. These 2 new attractions should bring a nice change to this area.

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Some more Drop line goodness.

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Some nice new paint!

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Lye Soap is back, next to the glass shop!

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During the Media Trip Report I mentioned the Blown Glass shop was expanding, well here is the final product!

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Looking good!

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Lightning Rod was down most of the morning, finally opening around 5pm. I was able to ride the back and front seat! What a great, wild ride!

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After that we walked down Craftsmans Valley to view some of the updates that have happened. Not clearly visible in this photo, but it appears they have added more lighting to the valley.

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Some Mystery Mine love!

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Sideshow Spin is gone. They have created a more open space to help ease the traffic in this area while creating a nice park like setting with additional seating! It was a nice change.

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New artificial turf was added around Country Fair area.

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The arcade in the tunnel was closed :( No cranes during this walk through.

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I had to pass on the festival food, even though I didn't want to! It smelled delicious.

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Some of the new theme to Timber Canyon.

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Timber Canyon

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They have opened up the area alot. This area is where the old rain maker show was. It is now home to what appears to be an area where kids can play in a make shift, bucket/pan band. Pretty cute idea.

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New props

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The grave yard is back and better

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Thunderhead love!

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More theme. The walk to Timber Canyon is much better now. Wider path, more theme/props and more lighting.

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Lastly, one last show. Thank you Dollywood for a great day. If this day was any clue how 2017 will be, you all will have a fantastic year! Thank you for inviting us to be your guest for the day, we really enjoy it.

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The Craftsman's area of the Mountain Blown Glass!

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While I don't expect to be the big winner here, we live 12 hours away and have had Season Passes for years. We make the road trip all the time and in most instances we only have time to go to the park for a day and then leave.

 

 

Wow! That is awesome you love it so much. Do you have any theme parks closer?

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Tons. We usually only visit Dollywood once a year for Smoky Mountain Christmas but if you buy a season pass during SMC it's good for the following year too, so technically speaking I guess we only have a season pass every other year even though we go every year.

 

This year we made a Spring trip though since they opened before every other park we could drive on a weekend to and we wanted to ride Lightning Rod. It's about the furthest park we could realistically visit without taking any time off from work.

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

 

My brother and I will be traveling there from Utah in June, but Dollywood isn't the only park we're going to.

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

 

I am taking the family there for 5 days in June and we live in Las Vegas. But there's probably some TPR members that have traveled from Europe or Asia to visit Dollywood.

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

 

I am taking the family there for 5 days in June and we live in Las Vegas. But there's probably some TPR members that have traveled from Europe or Asia to visit Dollywood.

 

Awesome been to Vegas twice. I have family out there. Red Rock Cannons is so awesome. Enjoy the mountains of East

Tennessee.

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

 

I am taking the family there for 5 days in June and we live in Las Vegas. But there's probably some TPR members that have traveled from Europe or Asia to visit Dollywood.

 

Australia also. You get people from all over the world from coaster groups. Plus I'm willing to bet the park gets GP on vacation from all over the world, even if its very small numbers.

 

The website says anyone over 200 lbs may have trouble (yet 290 me was able to ride every time). But it seems like odds of riding are pretty darn high this year compared to last year when it was a complete crap shoot!

 

MAY have problems. Depends on your built too.

6' @ 200lbs is a lot different than 5'9 @ 200.

 

They are trying to get a wider range thinking and checking.

I'm sure it goes for any RMC (as well as Lightning Run at KK). I think as long as your stomach doesn't stop the bar from coming down far enough onto your lap, you're pretty golden. Can't go completely off of weight.

 

This goes for any ride on earth. But I've never seen a park throw out that low of a number for weight (CP says 225 for MF and TTD I think). RMC's hit my legs before my stomach, but just barely go down far enough

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Awesome been to Vegas twice. I have family out there. Red Rock Cannons is so awesome. Enjoy the mountains of East

Tennessee.

 

Will do, we plan on doing a bunch of activities in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area in addition to Dollywood. If there are any must see attractions for a first timer, feel free to share them!

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

I live in upstate New York and drive 14 hours twice a year to go to Dollywood. Leaving to come down Thursday morning, can't wait!

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Awesome been to Vegas twice. I have family out there. Red Rock Cannons is so awesome. Enjoy the mountains of East

Tennessee.

 

Will do, we plan on doing a bunch of activities in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area in addition to Dollywood. If there are any must see attractions for a first timer, feel free to share them!

The mountains! You must plan a day to visit the mountains and hike or something.. even if it's just the short hike up Laurel Falls (very popular hike with tourist, so popular it's paved)

 

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

I live in upstate New York and drive 14 hours twice a year to go to Dollywood. Leaving to come down Thursday morning, can't wait!

 

 

Cades Cove is a must in the GSMNP.

 

The Chimneys and is also awesome place in the park to see the MTN's.

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The mountains! You must plan a day to visit the mountains and hike or something.. even if it's just the short hike up Laurel Falls (very popular hike with tourist, so popular it's paved)

 

Much better waterfalls that are only a few miles in.

 

Laurel Falls is too crowded most days.

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I'm amazed at how far folks will travel to come to Dollywood. I have lived within 45 minutes of the park for over 38 years and I was wondering what is the longest distance anyone's has traveled to Dollywood?

I live in upstate New York and drive 14 hours twice a year to go to Dollywood. Leaving to come down Thursday morning, can't wait!

 

 

Cades Cove is a must in the GSMNP.

 

The Chimneys and is also awesome place in the park to see the MTN's.

 

Cades Cove is a must in the GSMNP.

 

The Chimneys and is also awesome place in the park to see the MTN's.

 

Of course Chimney trail is closed due to the fires.

Exactly, I was about to say the same.. Chimney is nice but closed. The Newfound Gap trail to Charlie's Bunion is a very similar hike though with a large rock at the top you can climb for views

 

Clingmans Dome is also a nice hike and short (although steep) but has plenty of benches to rest on.. the road was closed last week when I was there but I assume it was due to the late season snow as it should be open by this time of the year

 

If you aren't into hiking or are into hiking but not familiar with the area, NOC, in Gatlinburg will find you some nice hikes that aren't as crowded as places like Laurel Falls, Clingmans Dome, and even Newfound Gap. They will also make sure the hike is right for your skill level.. I also like he REI trails app (called the REI National Parks Guide I believe) and it can find you some great hikes that aren't as crowded.. remember, the AT even comes through this area..

 

Like STdog says, Laurel Falls is very crowded because it is a very touristy hike but it's also a good hike for folks who really aren't into hiking.. it's almost impossible to get lost and the trail, at least up to the falls is paved.. I see wheelchairs going up it everytime I hike it.. I love hiking past the falls though to the fire towers. No one really goes past the falls unless they are a hiker. But there are a lot of waterfall hikes in the area that are better.. Amazon actually has a book of them I recommend.. (I forgot the name right now but I'll find it at home)

 

Just know, driving through the mountains is very pretty but in my opinion, you really can't enjoy the true beauty of the park until you get off the beaten path and actually explore it.. in Cade's Cove, get out of the car and hike to Abrams Falls (or any of the other trails in the cove) and you will have a much better appreciation of the cove! I promise!

 

Again, a good resource for those who aren't from around the area is NOC, in Gatlinburg.. yeah, it's a huge retail store but the will also help you find hikes and other outdoor activities and they will not pressure you at all to buy stuff.. I go there all the time for gear and clothing and they have never pressured me once. They have a desk just for trip planning.

 

Another good store for advice is the "Day Hiker" in Gatlinburg.. it's a smaller store, a little less known but they love the outdoors.. The visitor center at Sugarlands is nice but the advice I get there is mixed.. sometimes good but a lot of times it's advice for the tourist and they pretty much only recommend the popular touristy hikes. I pretty much just stop there now to buy National Park Gear

 

As you can tell, I love hiking and had over 200 miles in hikes last year lol

 

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