Dollywood announces ten new rides

Posted Sunday, October 3, 2004 9:32 PM | Contributed by supermandl

Dollywood announced that it would add ten new rides as part of a major expansion in the Country Fair area for 2005.

Read more from The Chattanoogan.

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Sunday, October 3, 2004 9:35 PM
i wish there would be a little more details on the actual rides....

oh well... i'm sure we'll find out soon enough.

-- alan j

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Sunday, October 3, 2004 9:47 PM
Here is another article with a small video also.

http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=2380999

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Sunday, October 3, 2004 11:32 PM
It sounds like one of the rides is a Chance Aviator. This should be a popular ride with families. It is one of the more popular flats at Six Flags Elitch Gardens.
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Monday, October 4, 2004 1:15 AM
rollergator's avatar From what I recall, other than ThunderHead, the longest waits all day at Dollywood were for the flume and Eli wheel. Most every flat had a good (long) line, and more of them would help spread the crowds a lot, since that area of the park was *packed*. Having at least a few flats outside the County Fair area would defintely help a lot too....
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Monday, October 4, 2004 2:39 AM
The last that I'd heard the only things that were staying was the bumper cars and the Celebration Hall. The log flume is totally up in the air! First I hear it's not going anywhere, then I hear it's out, then I hear it's not going anywhere again.

I guess we'll just have to see what happens with the flume but I do have it on good word that everything else down there, except the bumper cars, is being yanked for either higher capacity or newer versions of those rides.

I would also assume that since the one ride does sound like a Chance Aviator, then that will probably mean most or all of the other new flats would be by Chance as well since they did say they wanted to stick with one company so they could get a better deal on all the rides.

BTW, rollergator you're not the only one who's screaming for some new flats that are outside of the Country Fair section of the park. Craftsman's Valley has been totally overlooked in the flats department and there are many places where they could put flats up the valley. And I think we all pretty much know that Thunderhead Gap is far from being done, especially since it's pretty much a no brainer that any expansion will be behind Thunderhead since the valley runs parallel to Craftman's Valley. Maybe we'll finally get that midway loop we've been desperately needing.

As anyone who's been there can tell you it's the land of the deadend!

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Monday, October 4, 2004 8:51 AM
TNcoasterman, I don't think your "good word" is as good as you think it is.
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Monday, October 4, 2004 1:18 PM
The log flume is definately out.
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Monday, October 4, 2004 5:32 PM
Which is quite sad considering it's the second oldest ride on the property, having been built in 1964 and then brought to the park in 1967.

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Monday, October 4, 2004 6:48 PM
I'd like for the flume to stay, but thematically it would work better if it was relocated to Thunderhead Gap. I'm excited about this expansion!
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Monday, October 4, 2004 8:56 PM
Not much additional info, but WBIR had an article. Sounds like a lot of family rides.

http://www.wbir.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=20225

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Monday, October 4, 2004 9:28 PM
So, are all the rides in that area going? :( I don't see the need for them to have both a Wave Swinger and a Yo-Yo at once, which makes me wonder if this is more of a "make-over" (just removing and replacing) instead of an expansion.

Some guesses from that:

-Wave Swinger or Swing ride of some sort

-Disko or Trabant (or Frisbee? ;) )

-Aviator or Flying Scooters*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 10/4/2004 9:30:06 PM ***

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Thursday, October 7, 2004 1:30 AM
Hey Duke, the reason that practically every ride that's down there is coming out is because they are old and are not practical anymore as far as capacity is concerned.

Most everyone I've talked to at the park that should know what is going on said that many of the favorites are coming back, just as new rides instead of refurbs of the old rides. They didn't tell me what was going to be going in just cause they don't know what the new rides are. They did however say that we should expect things like the Ferris Wheel, scrambler, and tilt-a-whirl coming back, just as new rides instead of the old ones they have now.

Many people don't realize that most of the rides that are in that section of the park have been purchased from a traveling fair that is very popular here in the mid-south and they are old. They look so good though because Dollywood takes such good care of their rides when they get them.

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Thursday, October 7, 2004 1:30 PM
TNcoasterman:

I just wonder where you are getting your info. Don't think they know as much as they say they do.

Char

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