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I was thinking about making a pit stop at Dollywood for the first time on Sunday. Is there any coasters that are closed this time of year?

 

What do I absolutely need to do besides ride LIghtning Rod if going through the area? This is an impromptu trip.

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You mean because now it might feel like it's... rolling and... coasting and... open?

There was a time in my life when I would have cared what Lightning Rod was made of.  So refreshing to give precisely zero effs. I just want to go to Dollywood and not worry about it being open! 

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I was thinking about making a pit stop at Dollywood for the first time on Sunday. Is there any coasters that are closed this time of year?

 

What do I absolutely need to do besides ride LIghtning Rod if going through the area? This is an impromptu trip.

If it's over 40 degrees, all coasters should be open. Only the water ride are closed

 

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I'm at the park now, and it's been crazy packed all day. Lightning Rod was about an hour wait, Wild Eagle 30-40, Tennessee Tornado about 30. Fire Chaser was over an hour all day so I didn't get to ride, but hey, got to cross a few firsts off of my list:

 

-First RMC

-First Wing Coaster

-First EuroFighter

-First Arrow looper that was enjoyable and didn't suck

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I was thinking about making a pit stop at Dollywood for the first time on Sunday. Is there any coasters that are closed this time of year?

 

What do I absolutely need to do besides ride LIghtning Rod if going through the area? This is an impromptu trip.

 

 

As a Dollywood Insider I have a promotional code my friends can use when purchasing tickets online. Save $5 per ticket when you use the promo code DWINSIDERS15 for your discount! Also you can use your ticket and at the end of your day at Dollywood you can upgrade that one day ticket to a season pass for this Christmas and all of the 2018 season for a great price!

 

Click the link below to buy your tickets today and save!

 

https://store.dollywood.com/tickets/buy-tickets.aspx?promoCode=Dwinsiders15

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I went to Dollywood last Tuesday, the 21st, and took my kids for their first time, and we had a great day! They loved the park, and my second trip was even more enjoyable than my first, last year! Of course, going with my kids probably had a lot to do with that!

 

The park was open longer than when I went in November last year, but was much more crowded, with wait times approaching an hour for the major rides a few times. Still, we got to ride all of the major coasters once (I passed on Whistlepunk Chaser, as I'm just not a Credit Whore these days, but two of my kids rode it), and rode Wild Eagle twice, and Lightning Rod four times. I enjoyed Drop Line a ton, and it definitely shoots right up to near the top of my favorite drop tower rides! It's a great setting, and just the way it rotates on the way up, giving you a fantastic view, and then pauses just long enough to crank up the anxiety, before a free fall drop that is sure to leave your stomach up at the top of the tower. Great addition for the park, and the location is perfect, too! Additionally, I introduced my kids to the amazingness that is the Cinnamon Bread, and we inhaled one loaf, and promptly had to go get another! Their minds were definitely blown! We got it earlier in the day, so there wasn't a long wait. When we came back at the end to get some for the road, it looked like another hour wait for that, so we passed. But we still had eaten plenty, so it wasn't a big deal...

 

I've been wanting to take my kids there for a while, and the time did not disappoint! In the end, I think everybody agreed Lightning Rod was the best, but Wild Eagle was really popular as well, and after a lackluster ride last year, I rode in the front both times this year (each side), and enjoyed it much more! Riding at night the second time was also awesome! The park looked beautiful all lit up for Christmas, and even at night, the temps never dipped below hoodie weather - at least for us Michiganders. I'm guessing all those people traipsing around the park, even in the daytime when it was in the low 60's, in their heavy winter coats, must have been from the South, like Georgia, or Florida, because for us, it was great weather!

 

Next year, my plan is to take the kids to Dollywood's sister park, Silver Dollar City, and hopefully we have as awesome of a time there, as we did here!

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Pulled the trigger and bought my season passes this morning for the family and I, once it became apparent that Dolly doesn't really "do" Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

 

Only a little over two weeks, and we're going to be spending five nights down in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Obviously I don't anticipate spending the entire time at Dollywood, and the kiddo and I already know about the mountain coasters, but are there any other things in the area that you folks would highly recommend for family fun with a six-year-old and two--year-old in tow? (I'm guessing the moonshine tours probably frown on the rugrats.)

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She does Cyber Monday deals! I got an email about 50% off bookings at Dreammore! Lol, not so sure how good of a deal it was but hey, it said it was a Cyber Monday deals in the email

 

Currently they have the free "tickets" (bring a friend tickets) with season passes as their main promotion.. I never get to use them because they have to many blackout dates! I have never had the December friend passes though so they may not have all the blackout dates

 

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She does Cyber Monday deals! I got an email about 50% off bookings at Dreammore! Lol, not so sure how good of a deal it was but hey, it said it was a Cyber Monday deals in the email

 

Currently they have the free "tickets" (bring a friend tickets) with season passes as their main promotion.. I never get to use them because they have to many blackout dates! I have never had the December friend passes though so they may not have all the blackout dates

 

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I got a similar e-mail today but the dates offered for half off are during the off season after the park is closed. I made the mistake of going to the area in January and everything was closed, even the shows in the area. The place was a ghost town.

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She does Cyber Monday deals! I got an email about 50% off bookings at Dreammore! Lol, not so sure how good of a deal it was but hey, it said it was a Cyber Monday deals in the email

 

Currently they have the free "tickets" (bring a friend tickets) with season passes as their main promotion.. I never get to use them because they have to many blackout dates! I have never had the December friend passes though so they may not have all the blackout dates

 

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I got a similar e-mail today but the dates offered for half off are during the off season after the park is closed. I made the mistake of going to the area in January and everything was closed, even the shows in the area. The place was a ghost town.

Being local, I love that time though haha! This is also the time of year locals get into a lot of attractions for $5 or $10 You still have the Aquarium in the Smokies that's open, the Mountains, the Island, and most dinner attractions, at least the large ones.. Dolly's lumberjack one was closed last winter because it was changing, but the others in the area should of been open like Comedy Barn, Hatfield's, and Dixie Stampede.. the museum's are open, again most of the area should of been open unless it was a smaller attraction.. it's nice visiting those places when it is a ghost town. A lot of church conferences going on during Jan and Feb, along with other conferences that keep the place in business

 

But again, that's why I said not sure how good of a deal it was.. it is smack dab in the heart of the off season haha

 

What did you want to go to that was closed last winter? Or whatever winter your visited? Aside from Dollywood? Because even most shows are open daily, although they may only have one show during the off season

 

Edit: I think Hatfield's might of closed for a short period last winter or maybe the winter before for a small renovation but it wasn't closed all winter.

 

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I have visited about 4 times over the past few weeks, mainly to eat.. I haven't seen any issues with LR.. been running fine but know that I have visited on the warmer days so not sure if cold will mess with it or not

 

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Pulled the trigger and bought my season passes this morning for the family and I, once it became apparent that Dolly doesn't really "do" Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

 

Only a little over two weeks, and we're going to be spending five nights down in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Obviously I don't anticipate spending the entire time at Dollywood, and the kiddo and I already know about the mountain coasters, but are there any other things in the area that you folks would highly recommend for family fun with a six-year-old and two--year-old in tow? (I'm guessing the moonshine tours probably frown on the rugrats.)

 

- The Island - there are activities ($$) there for kids. Obviously you'll see the ferris wheel, but there is a ropes course, mirror maze and a few other kiddie attractions there. There is a Moonshine store there that's mainly retail and kids can go in. Couple good restaurants there as well. Dicks Last resort on the Island is not family friendly but the one in gatlinburg is.

 

- Top Jump - its an indoor trampoline park / climbing gym.

 

- Gatlinburg - if you've never been. Plan on spending the day strolling through town shopping at all the little stores. Couple stores make taffy in front of you. There's also a bunch of Ripleys tourist trap stuff there too.

 

- Wonder Works - great place for kids to have fun and learn too. Next door is the Titanic Museum but I've heard its not really for kids.

 

- Go Karts - there's one on every corner. Extreme GO Carts just opened and they have the fastest carts in town. BUt the best value is the NASCAR park, you pay one price.

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Pulled the trigger and bought my season passes this morning for the family and I, once it became apparent that Dolly doesn't really "do" Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

 

Only a little over two weeks, and we're going to be spending five nights down in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Obviously I don't anticipate spending the entire time at Dollywood, and the kiddo and I already know about the mountain coasters, but are there any other things in the area that you folks would highly recommend for family fun with a six-year-old and two--year-old in tow? (I'm guessing the moonshine tours probably frown on the rugrats.)

 

In Pigeon Forge, there is MagiQuest or WonderWorks. Also Dixie Stampede is a good dinner show. Gatlinburg is a trolley ride away, Ripley's Aquarium and Ober Gatlinburg are both good. If you don't mind driving, do the Cades Cove loop and the Laurel Falls hiking trail (it's paved) in the Park, the Knoxville Zoo, Lost Sea in Sweetwater, and Forbidden Caverns/Tuckaleechee Caverns. Also in Knoxville, the Three Rivers Rambler is running their Christmas Lantern Express steam trains.

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coneyislandchris, don't forget to make a stop at the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride. There are some reports on TPR from others that are big fans of the attraction if you need more details. And don't let the crowd out front of the building steer you away from thinking they are busy. Those folks have been there for a while...

 

And if you want something even worse, over in Gatlinburg is "Earthquake The Ride". This may be the worst tourist trap of all time and yet I loved every minute of it. Surprises abound while on the "subway train" and the special effects rank right up there with those of Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space".

 

And finally, if you're a "Simpsons" fan, you're not far from the legendary Sunsphere in Knoxville. It doesn't cost anything to go up in the self-service elevator for a yellow-tinged birds-eye view of beautiful downtown Knoxville. You may not be able to buy a wig or an Al Gore doll, but it's worth a stop if you're in the area.

 

So if you're a fan of "so bad it's good" attractions, I'm not sure if these live up to that billing... but they are still good for a laugh!

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Quickie question please:

 

My son and I are going to head to the park while my wife and daughter want to shop, are they able to drop us off for free? I'd hate to pay for parking if we can avoid it.

 

I've heard about the .50 cent trolley too maybe we can do that it we are unable to get dropped off?

 

Thanks!

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Only a little over two weeks, and we're going to be spending five nights down in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Obviously I don't anticipate spending the entire time at Dollywood, and the kiddo and I already know about the mountain coasters, but are there any other things in the area that you folks would highly recommend for family fun with a six-year-old and two--year-old in tow? (I'm guessing the moonshine tours probably frown on the rugrats.)

 

Another vote for Top Jump. Not for the Trampoline area, but for the climbing area. Super fun and one of the only Clip and Climb installations in the US (and the biggest).

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Pulled the trigger and bought my season passes this morning for the family and I, once it became apparent that Dolly doesn't really "do" Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

 

Only a little over two weeks, and we're going to be spending five nights down in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Obviously I don't anticipate spending the entire time at Dollywood, and the kiddo and I already know about the mountain coasters, but are there any other things in the area that you folks would highly recommend for family fun with a six-year-old and two--year-old in tow? (I'm guessing the moonshine tours probably frown on the rugrats.)

We have an indoor family entertainment center at the Wilderness resort in sevierville that is open to the public. It has a ropes course, rock wall, drop ride, giant soft play ground, mini bowling, laser tag, laser maze and mini golf plus over 90 arcade games.

 

Check it out at: http://www.wildernessadventureforest.com

 

 

 

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Only a little over two weeks, and we're going to be spending five nights down in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Obviously I don't anticipate spending the entire time at Dollywood, and the kiddo and I already know about the mountain coasters, but are there any other things in the area that you folks would highly recommend for family fun with a six-year-old and two--year-old in tow? (I'm guessing the moonshine tours probably frown on the rugrats.)

 

Another vote for Top Jump. Not for the Trampoline area, but for the climbing area. Super fun and one of the only Clip and Climb installations in the US (and the biggest).

 

I need to take Jacob to that, he'd love it.

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I plan to visit DW Tuesday evening 6-9, and Wednesday 2-9 of the upcoming week. I have visited since Wild Eagle opened but never done Christmas or LR.

 

I have 2 questions:

 

1. If I were to take the Pigeon Forge Trolley, what time would you recommend parking to be at the park prior to the available admission times (6PM and 2PM)? I definitely want to maximize in-park time with so many things to do. Timesaver is an option for the second day depending on crowd levels but honestly I could skip a couple of the coasters I've done before and be happy.

 

2. Temps are predicted for a high of 45 on Wednesday, so to be safe I must try the night before to do Lightning Rod, but also will try to see one or 2 of the main shows. Would you do LR right at 6 or wait for nearer park close?

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2. Temps are predicted for a high of 45 on Wednesday, so to be safe I must try the night before to do Lightning Rod, but also will try to see one or 2 of the main shows. Would you do LR right at 6 or wait for nearer park close?

 

Can't help you with the trolley but regarding LR, I would make a beeline for it as soon as you get into the park. You want to get on it, right? Then make it happen even if it means standing in line. If you've been on it before then I'd still say go right to it. To get there - after you enter the turnstiles at the entrance go right at that huge DW sign, and then it'll be on your right after just a couple minutes of walking. There is a big V6 or V8 Cafe right before it that has milkshakes and stuff. There are signs but I found the park slightly confusing at times and more often than not turned to the staff for directions, all of them were very helpful and some even walked me right to whatever location I was looking for. Report back on how it goes!

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