A Christmas Decision

Thursday, November 21, 2002 10:42 AM

Hi, I have been thinking of making a trip to a park near christmas time. I don't have the cash this year to make a trip to say California or Florida. I will be in or around Southern Illinois for most of Dcember and January. That being said I have noticed that both Dollywood and Silver Dollar City are open until late December. Does anyone have a suggestion on which one to go to? I have never been to either and there are not many park reviews for them. Is Tennessee Tornado enough of a reason to hit Dollywood?

Thursday, November 21, 2002 11:32 AM
I would go to SIlver Dollar City. I have heard lots of great reviews about WildFire. Enjoy the trip.
Thursday, November 21, 2002 11:46 AM

Silver Dollar City is a better choice for the winter, because they have more coasters.

I would wait until Spring to hit Dollywood, when all the water rides are open, to make your visit more worth the money

"The fish are eating the guest, sir

Friday, November 22, 2002 12:27 AM

He Who Comes With The Dawn said:
"Is Tennessee Tornado enough of a reason to hit Dollywood?"

I can't say enough about this ride (just ask the hundreds of people that have spent long hours listening to me babble.....it's either TT or Matterhorn! LOL). I agree with the previous suggestions though, as there is much more to Dollywood than this coaster. You can easily get your money's worth on TT alone, but I recommend going when you can ride the flats, careen through Blazing Fury, and brave the dangers that lurk on the steam train ride (one of the best I might add).
Brad Sherman
"I had a good summer. I went to Great America, then I got Mono." - Wayne Campbell, SNL
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Friday, November 22, 2002 2:14 AM


How did I know you woulda beaten me to this..... Oh well. Go with SDC. Even though the coasters aren't gonna be open, it has more to offer in the winter IMO.

Friday, November 22, 2002 5:34 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the help. It turns out that the decision was made for me as the only weekend my brother can go only Dollywood is open. I will try to get to both parks next summer though. I am especially looking forward to Celebration City.
Friday, November 22, 2002 6:52 AM
Ah too bad. Oh well. Have fun next year!


Friday, November 22, 2002 11:01 AM

Do not go to Dollywood! I'm warning you! This has got to be one of the worst parks I've ever been to. It has one lousy roller coaster, which is 100% not worth it. All the other rides and attractions there are kid-related too, if you're seeking for more of a thrill. But if you must go to the Tennessee area, visit Pidgeon Forge (The strip Dllywood is located on.) They have a bunch of fun rides there, like endless Go-Kart tracks, sky flyers, sling shots, huge arcades, and indoor sky diving. Also, another good place around there is Gatlinburg - tons of mini-theme parks and highly themed mini golf courses. And in the town they have a very nice Hard Rock, aquarium, and fun houses.

Edit: They have some great hiking trails in the Gatlinburg area too, if you plan on staying there for more than a day.

*** This post was edited by RollerJunkie on 11/22/2002. ***

Friday, November 22, 2002 11:08 AM
I really enjoyed Dollywood. My wife and I went there but not too many rides were open during the "Christmas" event. The shows were outstanding though and I really don't care for country music. The park was beautifully decorated too.
Friday, November 22, 2002 6:43 PM

What does SDC keep open in the Christmas season? Do they open the back of the park where Fire In The Hole is or is it just the town square area?

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