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p. 751 - Lightning Rod expected to reopen with the park!

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Did I call this or what? Anyway, I did better side-by-side comparison for you.

^Lets be real...if you really wanna follow those guidelines you wouldn’t even be going to amusement parks. 

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

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With all of the excitement of the bright future of the park. I wanted to look back and share some pictures of the past! We’ve come along way! Would love for others to share some old photos!

 

WOW thanks for this awesome throw back! I grew up going to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for family vacations and remember visiting DW early on when it was still Goldrush Junction. My dad put me on my first flume ride there. I remember also the park had a Mad Mouse coaster unlisted on RCDB. Plenty of park nostalgia over here: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46005 .

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Pretty much everyone here has an infestation of black rat snakes if they know where to look lol

 

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Fact.

Those things are EVERYWHERE, but hey they help keep the rodent population down

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I'd expect the next day after three promotion will still be offered on/off throughout the year as a temporary promo... I have seen this coming for a while and here's why. Over half the season, it couldn't be used anymore!! Most of the summer they are open until 10 and didn't really honor the next day after 3 promo (that's over 7 hours free!). Also, the next day after 3 didn't work during the holidays. Park opened at 2 most of those days. So to stop confusion, maybe Dollywood is just "ending" it and only going to offer it during portions of the year when it's actually usable.

 

Just a thought

 

Not to mention the 2 day 1 park ticket for $89 isn't bad especially during the summer and holidays when next day after 3 didn't work. (Although a season pass is a much better deal)

 

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I used that special as recently as December, it really helped me get some extra Lightning Rod and other coaster rides on night one as the park hours were so short. No way we could have seen everything we did when the park is only open 7 hours and you're also trying to do shows.

 

Hopefully with that offer being taken away they can at least do like, Noon to 9. or 12:30. We would have liked to do a sit down restaurant at DW but lack of time again since we didn't want to devote 2 full days.

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See and you got lucky they honored it.. I had friends try to use it and they simply replied "we opened at 2, if we did the promotion 90% of the guest would qualify"

 

I guess it really depends on the day

 

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The rule as I read it online was you could enter at 6, the Front gate persons let us in about 10 minutes early for that as well. We def. didn't have any issues.

This sounds right to me. SDC also has the after 3, next day free, but on days they're open late, such as Moonlight Madness and Old Time Christmas, it's 5PM.

 

Really, there's enough stuff to do at Dollywood that as first time visitors we didn't consider the promotion. We instead got the 3 day tickets and spent the first day on rides, the second day at the waterpark, and the third day at museums and shows. That was really a great way to do it, and there's plenty of stuff to do to fill all three days.

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The rule as I read it online was you could enter at 6, the Front gate persons let us in about 10 minutes early for that as well. We def. didn't have any issues.
Exactly, another reason to drop the after 3 promotion.. it doesn't mean the can't run different "after" promotions throughout the year.. the various hours Dollywood us now open allows for various promotions..

 

I have seen post on this forum several times where people ask about the after 3 promotion. It can be very confusing, especially during parts of the season when the park is open very late or opens up late.

 

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There is a rumor that they had issues with snakes however I have heard three different snakes that were inside the ride

 

1.) Water Mocassin - This snake doesn't live in this area if East Tennessee.. there is a snake that looks similar and lives in the water but doesn't have venom.

 

2.) Cottonmouth which are only west of the Tennessee river

 

3.) Copperheads which don't really like water. Yeah they will tolerate it but with all the places to live stream Dollywood, I'd doubt they would choose flooded mine

 

Were there snakes inside the ride? Probably, 25% of homes around here have snakes in them or under them.. it's not uncommon, but snakes are also territorial meaning if one water ride was replaced by another, they would just inhabit it as well

 

Folks at Dollywood will say the snake story is an urban legend. Dollywood does have snakes, I saw snakes several times this visit but none venomous.

 

So is it true or an urban legend/rumor? I'm sure we will never know the truth but I'd imagine if it were true, the snakes were harmless

 

Harmless snakes still = scary though!

 

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You do realize that the Water Moccasin and Cottonmoith are one in the same? Take it from someone that goes to war with them on a frequent basis. AnD yes, there's a water snake that is often mistaken for them. It's all about the head or when the pit viper of the two opens that white mouth and that means you are too damn close. There'd plenty of Eastern Diamondbacks over in East Tenn too.

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ok.. I fully intend to go back thru recent updates to this thread, but sometimes it's just easier to ask:

 

we're looking at our 1st trip to Dollywood in a few months, and will book at the DreamMore resort, with 3 day DW tix.

 

so that part I've got down. . airfare seems to be a big ol gotcha, with flights into Knoxville only offered by carriers we don't really care for. . but we can hold our noses and book anyways.

 

but here's the question:

 

Knoxville is an hour from Dollywood (and seems to be the closest airport). . . surely there's a shuttle of some sort that will pick up/ drop off between the Knoxville airport and DreamMore ?

 

does anyone know?

 

or am I going to need to get a rental car?

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Bert,

 

Couldn't find anything on shuttles. Did some google'ing and nothing. But I did a uber estimate and the fare from the airport to DreamMore was $33-44. Not horrible, but worst case for $88 round trip you may be able to rent a car cheaper.

 

I will throw out the uber estimate is for fares today, they may be more or less depending on when you travel and what time you need the uber. Plus even though Pigeon Forge is a decent sized tourist area, not sure how quickly a uber will be available for the trip back to the airport.

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Bert,

 

Couldn't find anything on shuttles. Did some google'ing and nothing. But I did a uber estimate and the fare from the airport to DreamMore was $33-44. Not horrible, but worst case for $88 round trip you may be able to rent a car cheaper.

 

I will throw out the uber estimate is for fares today, they may be more or less depending on when you travel and what time you need the uber. Plus even though Pigeon Forge is a decent sized tourist area, not sure how quickly a uber will be available for the trip back to the airport.

 

yeah, the other option (if we have to rent a car) is to look at flights into Greenville, SC (which has way cheaper flights, on Southwest.. .tho there don't seem to be many/any car rental places at that airport)

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The past two times I've gone to Dollywood, I've flown into Atlanta and done the 4 hour drive.

 

Since I can't get a direct flight to Knoxville from Boston, I don't lose that much time and it's a heck of a lot cheaper. Plus the drive takes you through the Smoky Mountain National Park, so it's quite nice.

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The past two times I've gone to Dollywood, I've flown into Atlanta and done the 4 hour drive.

 

Since I can't get a direct flight to Knoxville from Boston, I don't lose that much time and it's a heck of a lot cheaper. Plus the drive takes you through the Smoky Mountain National Park, so it's quite nice.

 

yeah. . I suggested that right away, and got vetoed.

 

he does not want to fly, then do a 4 hour car trip.

 

I can get super cheap flights to ATL tho. . I do that all the time. . so maybe I can talk him into it, but I think we might just have to eat the nutso airfares, and drop the $$ to fly into Knoxville. (would rather not spend $$ on renting a car if we do that tho).

 

so might have to give DreamMore a call and see if they have any suggestions? (I'm certain it's a question they get a lot)

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I wanted to make sure everyone can see this.

 

Disclaimer: All photos are publicaly released on Dollywood's Blog, App, and media pages.

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Great Pumpkin LumiNights Plaza. (Sorry this is the biggest size I could get)

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Wilderness Plaza Normal

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Lots of Wood Replaced

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Train Station

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Eating Area

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Roofing

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Thunderhead's Structure looks to be upgraded

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Glacier Ridge Plaza

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yeah, the other option (if we have to rent a car) is to look at flights into Greenville, SC (which has way cheaper flights, on Southwest.. .tho there don't seem to be many/any car rental places at that airport)

Bert...

Here is the link to the ground transportation options at the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport. They have several rental car agencies there. There is Alamo, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty/Dollar Rent-A-Car there. (There is the smaller Greenville Downtown Airport that is a general aviation airport that likely has none in case you were looking at a map.)

https://www.gspairport.com/hire-ground-transportation/

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ok.. I fully intend to go back thru recent updates to this thread, but sometimes it's just easier to ask:

 

we're looking at our 1st trip to Dollywood in a few months, and will book at the DreamMore resort, with 3 day DW tix.

 

so that part I've got down. . airfare seems to be a big ol gotcha, with flights into Knoxville only offered by carriers we don't really care for. . but we can hold our noses and book anyways.

 

but here's the question:

 

Knoxville is an hour from Dollywood (and seems to be the closest airport). . . surely there's a shuttle of some sort that will pick up/ drop off between the Knoxville airport and DreamMore ?

 

does anyone know?

 

or am I going to need to get a rental car?

 

Knoxville is the closest airport. Nashville, Chattanooga, Lexington are all 2-3 hours. Not sure of your airline preference but Nashville, is the cheapest of the three. I live in Chattanooga and know there is a direct flight to DFW from there. Shoot, depending on the timing, I could give you a ride.

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yeah, the other option (if we have to rent a car) is to look at flights into Greenville, SC (which has way cheaper flights, on Southwest.. .tho there don't seem to be many/any car rental places at that airport)

Bert...

Here is the link to the ground transportation options at the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport. They have several rental car agencies there. There is Alamo, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty/Dollar Rent-A-Car there. (There is the smaller Greenville Downtown Airport that is a general aviation airport that likely has none in case you were looking at a map.)

https://www.gspairport.com/hire-ground-transportation/

 

I can confirm this. GSP is my home airport and there are LOADS of places to rent a car in Greenville (Greenville would also make a nice place to explore for a day). GSP is quite the drive from Dollywood though. One other airport to look at flying into (that I haven't seen mentioned) is Tri-Cities. It's about 2 hours away.

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