I've been through the Mysterious Mansion a few times and it's always a lot of fun. We did in once during the off season at like noon or something and my wife and I were the only people going through it. The workers looked shocked like why are you here now? Anyways after he took out money he gave us some weird instructions like "okay go into this room but wait like 2 minutes before you start" and I could hear him putting on his costume and running off into the maze to get into position. There were only 2 scaractors but they worked really well together and kept moving ahead of us to get into position the whole way through the maze and honestly made us jump about 10 times. Totally worth the $10 and 15 minutes or whatever it was at the time.
Great update! Generally we make Dollywood a weekend trip with Saturday being our park day and Sunday being our drive home day so we never really have the time to check out the tourist traps in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. On our last visit we FINALLY ventured into town a little and went to Margaritaville / rode the Alpine Coaster and went to Goats on the Roof but it seems like we really need to dedicate at least a day to the local tourist traps, it looks like you guys had a blast!
Fury, Intimidator, Goldrusher are great rides. Afterburn is good if you like inverteds. The new County Fair has some great flat rides. Nice Skytower. Great landscaping, especially the flowers. Food is edible for a Cedar Fair park. That's about all there is good to say about this park.
Over the years, the soul has been ripped out of this park, and there is little for non-thrill riders to do. Much of the beauty and theming of the park has been removed as well. This park used to be built around water. Now there is hardly any.
It is good for a bout a 6 hour visit. Then it gets boring.
Looks like an awesome trip so far. I really loved the Smoky Mountains and hope to get back there someday. Plus I can use Lightning Rod as an excuse for a return trip.
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Hilltopper39 wrote: Anyways after he took out money he gave us some weird instructions like "okay go into this room but wait like 2 minutes before you start" and I could hear him putting on his costume and running off into the maze to get into position.
Dang, those light packages look AMAZING! Great trip report as always Robb! I can't wait to return to Pigeon Forge next year to ride some of these!
Steel: 154 Wood: 39 Overall: 193 Top 5 Steel: Steel Vengeance, Twisted Timbers, Skyrush, i305, Maverick Top 5 Wood: Voyage, Lightning Rod, Outlaw Run, Beast, Thunderhead Top 5 Parks: Cedar Point, Silver Dollar City, Dollywood, Busch Gardens Tampa, Holiday World
I have made trips down to Pigeon Forge the last two years and for the foreseeable future. We go to a music festival down in Atlanta and pass through on our way down for a night or two. We did the Great Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster at night and it was great! What's your favorite of the alpine coasters down there?
We also considered the Jurassic Jungle Boat Ride (which I did on the New Hotness Tour followed by a meal in the adjacent TGI Fridays). We ran out of time. I was going to pay for my group because I really wanted them to experience it. The "Now Open!" sign and fake customer mannequins are just too perfect.
Glad to see you guys enjoyed yourself there! It's just so nice to have Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Smokies right there. Four totally different places all within such a short drive.
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