I really hate to hear it if Slidewinder is truly gone, such a classic thrilling water ride. Classic, genuine fun, it always reminds me of going tubing down a mountain. The following is just random thoughts that come mind, ignore the order lol
2019- Wildwood Grove Phase 1, 5 acre expansion. Would Dollywood remove Slidewinder this year, and jump back to the other end of the park to expand when they have another 7 acre's left wide open? Dark ride? The henhouse scramble idea was proposed a few years back (River Battle time) but never happened. I'm not sure why, but when I think of that idea, I think of this shooting gallery up in Gatlinburg so that idea doesn't sit BUT it would fit theme wise beside of Barnstormer in Owens Farm. Something I could see going in that area is another outdoor theater (Think Echo Hollow at SDC) for this reason. This past year the train was made to shorten its whistle to .5 seconds of a blow while in the park, the only area it can do the classic "whistle" is at the loop. The complaints were made by performers of the outdoor shows, saying it was distracting guests. I could see this being a resolution, you don't really hear the train up there and its hidden.
ALSO; Wildwood Grove is getting filled with trees and they look great!!!
Below are photos of our construction tour of Dollywood's new Wildwood Grove area.
Dollywood has gone all out on this area to provide a new exciting, interactive area for families.
Some quick facts:
$1,000,000 towards landscaping
5 acre expansion
Tentative opening = May 2019
Entrance walk way from Timber Canyon into Wildwood Grove. Before this area opens, there will be a log feature that you will walk through that will "transport" you into the new area of Wildwood Grove.
New quick serve restaurant on the right as you enter the new area with a giant seating area next to it. COVERED!!!
New quick serve restaurant under construction.
Treetop Tower ride
Restroom facility. This is one of 2 facilities for this area. That will be fantastic in the busy season!
Sycamore Tree Swing (Pirate Ride)
Back view of the Dragonflier coaster
This expansion will give you a new prospective of Thunderhead. As you can see here, Thunderhead received some love this off season.
The giant building (Hidden Hollow) you see will be a climate controlled building featuring a big soft play structure and alot of seating.
Patrick Brennan, art director for Dollywood's new Wildwood Grove area, talks about the giant Wildwood tree that will tower over the area. Behind him is the base of that structure. It will feature over 600 illuminated butterflies and other features.
Black bear trail ride
These are some very cute vehicles for the Black Bear Trail ride. Adults will be permitted to ride with children.
Frogs & Fireflies bounce ride.
Prototypes of the butterflies that will appear on the Wildwood Tree.
Mad Mockingbird vehicles. We love the paint job on them.
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