Dollywood to expand water park

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2004 12:19 PM | Contributed by supermandl

Dollywood's Splash Country plant to build Bear Mountain Fire Tower, a new $2 million interactive, multi-level water-filled attraction scheduled to open in 2005. Themed in the spirit of the many fire towers that dot the East Tennessee landscape, Bear Mountain Fire Tower will be located adjacent to Big Bear Plunge which opened in July. Each level of Bear Mountain Fire Tower will feature various water-based activities including a 1,000-gallon bucket situated atop the highest level. After warning bells sound indicating that a fire has been spotted, the large bucket spills, setting off a chain reaction of subsequent, smaller buckets throughout the lower levels creating a four-alarm soaking for the entire family.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004 3:06 PM
ANOTHER excellent move by Dollywood. Sure I'm not the biggest waterpark fan on the board (CO, that's your cue)...but I know what makes MONEY.....and waterparks are it!
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 3:14 PM
I like the idea of the smaller buckets and the overall theme. It sounds much better than the standard tower with bucket. ** yawn **
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 4:04 PM
I wasn't a huge fan of water attractions either until I rode the half pipe at PGA. Craaaazy air for a large guy like me. ;)
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 6:11 PM
Of course we all that since they've announced this addition to the waterpark then the main park will only be getting infrastructure improvements. However this means that 2006 will be another great year for Dollywood lest we forget the fabulous survey they gave us earlier this year.

I think this is a great addition to the waterpark and one that's been missing since they opened the waterpark.

I don't know about you all but I'm beginning to think that this area of the Smoky's will soon become a destination for rollercoaster/theme/waterpark enthusiasts. I sure am glad it's only an hour and a half away from me. I don't know about anyone else but I can't get enough of Thunderhead!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 6:21 PM
Dollywood will add a new ride next year as well. Not yet announced.

Splash Country does great business, and me too, have been feeling an attraction such as this has been missing from the beginning.

Dollywood will continue to grow, and more and more people will come and visit, it can only get bigger and better.

I can't get enough of Thunderhead either. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 6:45 PM
Let me guess. A drop tower? (S&S or Intamin)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004 7:33 PM
I love the level of theming that HFE pulls off at it's parks. They always combine local heritage with thrill rides to an astonishing scale. I'm sure this thing will look spectacular when it's finished.

The only thing about Splash Country is that the employees there are not quite as friendly as the ones over at the theme park. They seem to have a less relaxed attitude.

*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 7/27/2004 7:34:52 PM ***

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 8:43 PM
Mostly because they are all Teenagers, unlike the theme park. They instill some friendliness into them.

Anyone else think a Dollywood Hotel might be a good idea?*** This post was edited by CoastermanX 7/27/2004 9:05:08 PM ***

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 11:47 PM
Sounds like another smart move by the people at Dollywood. Does anyone know if Splash Country's new for 2004 family rapids water slide has opened yet?
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 12:16 AM
Yes, Big Bear Plunge opened July, 17. It is one exhilirating experience, I assure you!
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 12:33 AM
You really think a drop tower is on the way? Personally I was under the impression that they would do some interior cleanup in preparation for the addition of the new themed area.

Speaking of the new themed area, it's my own personal opinion that this will the next in a long line of additions behind Thunderhead Gap.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 12:36 AM
Yes, park staff are convinced they will add on to TH Gap next year.

BTW, TNcoasterman, get on AIM, we can talk more.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 9:28 AM
Heh, did anyone else that has a Splash Country or Gold Super Pass get their free coupon for the water park in the mail. I guess they sent them out as a sort of apology for the delayed opening of Big Bear Plunge. We were going to head up there to check out Splash Country their last operating weekend anyway and now have a free ticket to for me to use (my wife has the Super Pass.) Awesome job by Dollywood!
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 7:47 PM
Free tickets abound! They want more visitors!
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 8:48 PM
Well they're going to get some ;)

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