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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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This is a weird take, but I actually feel like if this park just went back to exactly the way that it was in 2015 it would be a better park. Much prettier, better food, better Mystery Mine, Slidewinder and no coaster that never works making you feel like you're missing out when you show up and it's closed 50% of the time. The only thing that I'd miss is Drop Line and a few infrastructure upgrades.

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19 hours ago, SSL said:

When I worked there last year, I heard plenty of rumblings and rumors about what the plan is for this portion of the park... Be patient with it, this is gonna be part of a multi year project, but I know I'm immensely excited to see what's coming here.

Dude can you get me a discount on them Dippin' Dots?

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

I still love that they clear-cut a forest to make an area themed to trees with no trees in it. It's like the new Lorax movie but real, also that movie sucks and so does Wildwood Grove.

Except for one poorly executed fake tree that looks like steel pipe cleaners stuck together. Imagine THIS, but with musical instruments sculpted into it instead of sports references. And how cool would it be if you could go it it like this? 

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1 hour ago, megan said:

Except for one poorly executed fake tree that looks like steel pipe cleaners stuck together.

It's not Disney's Tree of Life (the inspiration I'm sure), but it's not _that_ bad.

The young kids don't care, and even my teenager thinks it's cool (and she has seen Disney's).

It's honestly better than I expected when it was announced.

 

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2 hours ago, TEDodd said:

It's not Disney's Tree of Life (the inspiration I'm sure), but it's not _that_ bad.

The young kids don't care, and even my teenager thinks it's cool (and she has seen Disney's).

It's honestly better than I expected when it was announced.

 

Young kids are not evaluating your product or paying for it. “Good enough for young kids” is a really odd standard since the pictures of the amazingly well done tree is from the Indianapolis KIDS Museum. 

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Hey everyone.    We will be visiting the Pigeon Forge area for 4 days the first week of April.  We've never been to Dollywood and are planning to visit.  Should we consider 1 or 2 days at the park?    Any other suggestions or advice for our visit?   Or any other interesting things to do in the area?  

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9 hours ago, megan said:

Young kids are not evaluating your product or paying for it.

They are the reason it's there. Most of the grove is oriented to younger kids.

As long as the kids are impressed the parents will take them.

As I said my teenager (soon to be 18) likes it as well.

I'm not impressed but better that I expected. Sure could have been better, but I expected a lot worse.

 

Like art and music, it can be good while not being exceptional.

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2 hours ago, TEDodd said:

They are the reason it's there. Most of the grove is oriented to younger kids.

As long as the kids are impressed the parents will take them.

As I said my teenager (soon to be 18) likes it as well.

I'm not impressed but better that I expected. Sure could have been better, but I expected a lot worse.

 

Like art and music, it can be good while not being exceptional.

Wow. High bar you have there! “I expected a lot worse”  and “I’m not impressed but better than I expected” are NOT glowing reviews of a project’s success. That sounds like parents who want an award for their kids because “at least they showed up and played 4 out of the 10 scheduled games and only fell down on the soccer field a little bit”. My point is sure it can be “ok” but there are examples of exceptional, so why not expect it?

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10 hours ago, racingmoose said:

Hey everyone.    We will be visiting the Pigeon Forge area for 4 days the first week of April.  We've never been to Dollywood and are planning to visit.  Should we consider 1 or 2 days at the park?    Any other suggestions or advice for our visit?   Or any other interesting things to do in the area?  

This time of year crowds can be hit or miss.  It's basically based on weather, a beautiful Spring afternoon will be packed on the weekend.. If it's packed, you might need a day and a half. If not, one day is plenty. My suggestion is one day with timesaver (if busy) or 2 or 3 day pass and spread out the visit.  Especially this time of year when the mornings can be cold, I'd visit afternoons. Personally, if I wasn't local I would do the three day pass, only $10 more than the two

I'd also suggest a weekday visit, if it's warm and pretty, locals flood on weekends making it extra packed

A few years ago I would have told you to come in after 3:00 so the next day is free but they ended that and I don't imagine it will ever come back. It was a nice perk for folks in your situation

For other activities

1.) Hit the mountains! Do a short hike or nature trail

2.) I love the aquarium, yes it's a corporate Ripley's but still a great aquarium

3.) Walk around the island

4.) Visit my wife who manages one of the outlets in Tanger! Who doesn't love outlet shopping (yes I know, most isn't the same quality as the "real" stores).

I spend money and shop when on vacation, some like this some don't

5.) Pick a mountain coaster or two

Dollywood Tips

1.) Water is free, just ask. Don't waste money on bottle water unless you are the type who won't drink the water from a soda machine

2.) If you have ever been to Disney, Universal, or six flags and have a Fuelrod swappable battery bring it! Dollywood has the swap machines. The one in the emporium is down right now but the other three work.  I know these things can be expensive BUT they have saved me thousands of times at Disney, and much easier than carrying a power bank (hint you can buy them on Amazon and trade at Dollywood or Disney.  Just search fuelrod. On Amazon two are the price of one at Disney or Dollywood) (Setup the app so you have free swap credits! Dollywood has a small swap fee if you need a fresh one. Under $3)

3.) Sunscreen! Bring it! 

4.) It can be a hike back out to your car so bring a backpack for important stuff if needed BUT they don't allow food or drink in the park. You can probably get by with a pack of crackers or energy bar, I have. Personally I hate backpacks in parks but that's just me

4.) Hit LR first, it was down the one visit I have been this year. Not sure if it has been up at all to be honest.

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4 hours ago, megan said:

My point is sure it can be “ok” but there are examples of exceptional, so why not expect it?

Because nothing they've done in the last 6 years was exceptional. Wild Eagle is the last thing where the theming impressed me. Fun rides yes, but not that level of theming. Even Dreammore was a let down. So I don't expect a lot from them now.

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I was confused when I read that as well. Even LR has more theming in it's queue than WE in my opinion. Probably best theming recently on a ride is firechaser. Fireworks are placed throughout the area even on the ground. 

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I mean the lower que and station area for Wild Eagle has a major national park visitors center vibe to it, atleast it always did to me. Does Tennessee Tornado or Thunderhead have any themeing besides some random junk laying around here and there? No, does it matter? Not really.

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1 hour ago, Hilltopper39 said:

I mean the lower que and station area for Wild Eagle has a major national park visitors center vibe to it, atleast it always did to me. Does Tennessee Tornado or Thunderhead have any themeing besides some random junk laying around here and there? No, does it matter? Not really.

It totally matters! It’s a THEME park. Attitudes like yours allows the slide to start.  I used to be so impressed that “good enough” did not seem acceptable for this fairly small regional park. It should be LESS acceptable as they move into the real of national destination. And to use some past examples… Mystery Mine effects haven’t worked in the right sequence (green snaking fuse, green lantern, explosion) in years, the spark fountains that actually told the story of “big Bertha” igniting on FireChaser worked sporadically the first season then never again, the prop burning fireworks have never been cleaned of black soot (making it obvious the effect  has happened over and over, lightning rod had had numerous tools ripped off of the queue work benches and never replaced… etc. the park is NOT as focused on the details as they once were, but I guess neither is Disney, so if that’s their new competition, then they are following right along. 

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1 hour ago, megan said:

It totally matters! It’s a THEME park. Attitudes like yours allows the slide to start.  I used to be so impressed that “good enough” did not seem acceptable for this fairly small regional park. It should be LESS acceptable as they move into the real of national destination. And to use some past examples… Mystery Mine effects haven’t worked in the right sequence (green snaking fuse, green lantern, explosion) in years, the spark fountains that actually told the story of “big Bertha” igniting on FireChaser worked sporadically the first season then never again, the prop burning fireworks have never been cleaned of black soot (making it obvious the effect  has happened over and over, lightning rod had had numerous tools ripped off of the queue work benches and never replaced… etc. the park is NOT as focused on the details as they once were, but I guess neither is Disney, so if that’s their new competition, then they are following right along. 

Yeah my attitude has a lot to do with how the park is designed and operated lol. You can nit pick the place to death if you want but it's still one of the best parks in the country IMO. I'm just saying the themeing now vs the themeing whenever you want to compare it to is all about the same. Mystery Mine is maybe the one exception but it's still just a coaster in a box with a cool facade, it's not exactly on the level of Expedition Everest or whatever you want to compare it to. 

 

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7 hours ago, dstephe9 said:

This time of year crowds can be hit or miss.  It's basically based on weather, a beautiful Spring afternoon will be packed on the weekend.. If it's packed, you might need a day and a half. If not, one day is plenty. My suggestion is one day with timesaver (if busy) or 2 or 3 day pass and spread out the visit.  Especially this time of year when the mornings can be cold, I'd visit afternoons. Personally, if I wasn't local I would do the three day pass, only $10 more than the two

I'd also suggest a weekday visit, if it's warm and pretty, locals flood on weekends making it extra packed

A few years ago I would have told you to come in after 3:00 so the next day is free but they ended that and I don't imagine it will ever come back. It was a nice perk for folks in your situation

For other activities

1.) Hit the mountains! Do a short hike or nature trail

2.) I love the aquarium, yes it's a corporate Ripley's but still a great aquarium

3.) Walk around the island

4.) Visit my wife who manages one of the outlets in Tanger! Who doesn't love outlet shopping (yes I know, most isn't the same quality as the "real" stores).

I spend money and shop when on vacation, some like this some don't

5.) Pick a mountain coaster or two

Jumped in to say make sure you check out Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride in Pigeon Forge and Earthquake The Ride in Gatlinburg.  They are both "Now Open" and always have guests hanging around outside (mainly because they are mannequins!).  These are two of the absolute cheesiest rides I have ever done, but for some reason I giggle like a little kid every time I ride them.  I will say they are both a little scary for young kids as Jurassic Jungle is very loud and incredibly dark, while Earthquake has a giant ape that may frighten kids.  

Also, if you're a Simpsons fan, the "Wigsphere" (aka the Sunsphere) is about 30 miles away in Knoxville and it's free to go up and look through the gold colored windows and enjoy a very yellow view of the city.  Never found any wigs up there though!

And finally, I recommend Local Goat, Applewood Farmhoue and The Old Mill as places to eat.  All 3 were great!

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3 hours ago, Hilltopper39 said:

I mean the lower que and station area for Wild Eagle has a major national park visitors center vibe to it, atleast it always did to me. 

Or some sort of outdoors park, even the loading are keeps the feel.
And it feels similar to the bird show area. And of course the trains still looks great.
(And glad the lines aren't out past the statue anymore...)


FCE just felt like few random items scattered around the queue, but I've only been through 2-3 times.
Not worth the wait to me.

LR has so many areas outside the theming coupled with the long waits it just never felt well themed. A few nice bits (the welding behind the doors). And while the trains at first looked good, that didn't last.

And no, it doesn't matter to me. That's why the tree WWG doesn't bug me and exceeded my expectations.
 

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On 3/22/2022 at 11:01 AM, KBrylczyk said:

Dude can you get me a discount on them Dippin' Dots?

bokeem woodbine GIF

Ha. Nah, one season was enough for me to decide that wasn't the job for me... but it was pretty neat to see how things are run from the back end.

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On 3/19/2022 at 2:05 PM, swfan1988 said:

All of the major rides have TVs showing a the current wait times, and there's a few of them just scattered around the park. (They will also tell you if Lightning Rod is closed or not) The app will show wait times once you get to the park (It might also work in the parking lot, can't remember now).

I didn't get Timesaver when I went since I went in a weekday where it wasn't needed, but if your going on a weekend it seems like it would be a good idea to get it ahead of time. At the very least it will be great for Firechaser, Tennessee Tornado, Dragonflyer (if it's on there), and Mystery Mine as thoose had the worst lines when I was there.

I would say that even with Timesaver that if you have any inkling about LR being closed to make a left upon entering and beat it back to Firechaser/TT/Mystery Mine.

Other stuff:

-The train is ok. I don't think it's as good as some people say it is, but if you want to ride it line up early as it's super popular and they do count people so it doesn't overfill.

- Gotta get Cinnamon Bread from the Grist Mill. Period. No going around it. Also, be sure to say high to Earl the Turtle

- The right side of Wild Eagle (going left at the split in the queue) has better views of Wildwood Grove and Thunderhead, while the left side (going right in the queue) has better views of the Smokey Mountains.

Congratulations and have fun!!

They sell the exact same cinnamon bread at the bakery right at the front of the park and the line is much shorter.

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11 hours ago, u4icmusic said:

They sell the exact same cinnamon bread at the bakery right at the front of the park and the line is much shorter.

Usually shorter, but I've seen the line at the bakery go past the end of rne sweet shop, almost to the front porch (back when it was still backstage)

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It was closed last weekend too, at least Sunday. While I'm sure the fall has something to do with it, that's probably not the only reason. Last Sunday I felt it was closed due to staffing. Again not saying the fall is not an important reason to close it. The fall was tragic and they need to learn what happened

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