As an avid coaster enthusiast, when it arrived to me that I would be traveling through the Smoky Mountains on my way from Texas to North Carolina, I couldn't help but stop at Dollywood for the first time. Running a tad bit late, and getting lost in Knoxville, I arrived in Pigeon Forge about 3:00 PM.
From my hotel I took the local Trolly, which then connected me to another Trolly to go to Dollywood. I arrived at about 3:45. I was very short on time considering the park closed at 6. I summon a park map, and off I go right towards Thunderhead and Mystery Mine.
Thunderhead was amazing to look at. Mind you, only a small part of the ride is visiable from the midway. Nonetheless, it was beautiful to stare at it's twist and curves and the station fly-by. I get in. Guess what? Pretty much a walk on. As a single rider, I think I only waited for two trains before I hopped on with another guy.
Let me say, after riding Boardwalk Bullet in Kemah a few months back, I didn't think anything could beat it. I was mistaken. Thunderhead is THE best woodie I have ever been on. Mind you, Voyage and Hades have not yet been visted. This coaster was not only non-stop action packed-fun, but the smoothest but rickety in the best of ways. This ride was so much fun, and I loved every minute of it.
My family is calling me for dinner out here in Pigeon Forge at the moment. I will continue my saga later. Shouldn't be too long.
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