Of course, as soon as I got in the park, I made a beeline for Thunderhead. After about a 10 min wait, I got on the front seat for my first ride. All I can say is, I am speechless. This is my new number one wooden coaster. The ride reaches about 55 mph, and I could swear thats the speed it keeps throughout the ride, all the way to the brakes. This ride has got it all: speed moments, airtime, crazy turns, wonderful trains, and a great staff. The only way to sum up this ride is the following statement: If you have ever considered yourself to be a coaster enthuasiast or a wooden coaster fanatic, you cannot die happy until you have ridden this art of wood. After a few rides, we headed to the back of the park to ride Tennessee Tornado. We made a stop by Blazing Fury on the way. Wow, if there ever was a SPED coaster, this would be it. There were a few moments of what might be considered some fraction of fun, but in general this ride is a flaming pile of monkey crap. I hate to be so blunt, but I got off thinking "Yeah, that ride must be old but still, WTF....". Finally, we got back to Tennessee Tornado. I took a trip in the second seat. This ride is very fun for an Arrow looper, but it just too short. I like it, but would not wait more than about 15-20 min for it at any other park.
From here on out, we decided to go find other things to do. First, we wanted to get some food. However, every food stand literally had the longest line I've ever seen for food stands at a park. We found a little booth serving nachos and left it at that. The rest of the day was exploring this very unique park. Being the train nut that I am, of course I took a spin up in the cab of #70, their 2-8-2 Baldwin narrow gauge, coal fired, steam powered locomotive. I absolutely loved this experience, and I reccomend you ask to ride in the cab if you have any remote love for trains. We ended the day with Thunderhead again, making 5 total rides on this puppy. The back seat is by far the most fun seat, IMO. We left the park around 7:30 after our last ride. One of the good things I noticed on my frist trip to Dollywood was that even though the park was insanely crowded, the coasters barely had any lines. Since the average guests are old people or families, we were able to ride most everything we wanted to ride with minimal problems. Without Thunderhead, I don't think I would be back to Dollywood for quite some time. However, another trip might just be necessary to experience the greatness that is Thunderhead. *** Edited 4/9/2004 5:58:09 AM UTC by Chris the Coaster Freak***
"On the moon nerds get their pants pulled down and spanked with moonrocks."
Then I better live until next year ;)
Great TR, CTCF!
mOOSH [must get to Dollywood...must get to Dollywood]
Glad to see you had a nice trip other than the slow employees.
Blazing Fury's age is really beggining to show. It's really only 26, but it looks as if it has been around since the 1950s. I love the ride, but when BGW has things like Escape from Pompeii that involve real fire, the ride is kind of weak. Maybe they'll upgrade sometime in the future.
I'll post the '78 brochure if I ever get my scanner fixed.
1978 was also the year they expanded Craftman's Valley past the Church & Flooded Mine.
All I can say about Blazing Fury is that the sound system really needs a boost. The ride would be so much more cheesy fun if you could hear what those hillbillies are saying.
I'll be at Dollywood with my best friend on Wednesday. wOOt!
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