Its running as great as it did the day it opened. Too bad so many people are closed minded about Arrows to not see that this masterpeice, with newer technology and trackbending techniques added proves how great their rides have become.
Id like to see 100 new arrow loopers with their current engineering techniques before I see another B&M personally
It was only rough in the very front when I rode it, but the back was pretty bad ass, not the best ride out there, but a strong ride in its own, and it is a considerable improvement over every other Arrow looper.
We rode Tennesse Tornado last Saturday (MiG Crew) and we really enjoyed it. The ride is very smooth and the tunnel on the first drop makes the ride. The only thing that would make the ride better is to be able to mute the locals as their annoying speach habits will drive you insane. By the end of the day, I think our ears were bleeding and our IQ had to have slipped some. The park is great though, just IMHO it suffers from an idenitity crisis as it appears that SDC and CC have been fused together. The park would be better if it had more of the "little things" that makes SDC sooooo much fun.
What are these little things? I'll pass them along to management...BTW, ive grayed out on TT several times coming out of the 'Iron Butterfly' element, very intense.. *** Edited 8/20/2004 12:27:58 AM UTC by CoastermanX***
While the park has great rides, it is missing some of the things that make SDC special. Anyone who visits SDC will remember the swinging bridge, the bridge that groans when you cross it, Huck Finn's Hideaway, Grandfather's Mansion, the funny signs everywhere, the peep holes that say "don't look in here" and then there is something funny to see, the SDC Saloon and show, the "trick water fountain", and the list goes on. Dollywood just doesn't have the "small things" that SDC has that make the park memorable....and then there are the locals, but that is another story.
Also I think it is bull crap that they charge for parking. There is not a single HFEC property in Missouri that does that! Also the crafters at the park are not nearly as skilled as the ones at SDC.
Dollywood would have most of those things had SDC NOT TAKEN THEM AWAY BEFORE TURNING THE PARK OVER TO DOLLY & CO.
I agree with parking, but the craftsmen can't get much better. DW isn't SDC, remember that, so it's not gonna have the same things. HFE actually differentiates their parks from one another unlike Disney, where almost everything is the same.
My realy problem with DW is the fact that there is not transitions at all in the park. To me it was like here is Celebration City and then you walk a little bit and BAM it was like here is a luke warm version of Silver Dollar City. I think you are missing the point here. I'm not saying that the park needs to be exactly like SDC, I'm saying that if they add things to look at and neat little quirky things (much like I stated above) to the park it would actually make it more well rounded. As is, the park is fine, but why settle for mediocre when you can go the extra yard. Also they need to do something about the trams back to the parking lot, that is crazy (the set-up).
Swoosh said: While the park has great rides, it is missing some of the things that make SDC special. Anyone who visits SDC will remember the swinging bridge, the bridge that groans when you cross it, Huck Finn's Hideaway, Grandfather's Mansion, the funny signs everywhere, the peep holes that say "don't look in here" and then there is something funny to see, the SDC Saloon and show, the "trick water fountain", and the list goes on. Dollywood just doesn't have the "small things" that SDC has that make the park memorable....and then there are the locals, but that is another story.
Like CoastermanX said, prior to '86, Silver Dollar City Tennessee had all of that.
-Grandfather's Mansion was converted to Dolly Museum #1 in 1986. The building on top of the Lucky 7 mine was were this was at.
-Huck Finn's Hideaway's (Tennessee) equal, Critter Creek Playground (actually added after the park became Dollywood in 1987), was removed for Dreamland Forest in 2000.
-The Silver Dollar Saloon was demolished when the antique Carousel was added in 1990. (The antique was then replaced by a Chance model in 1999)
-Dollywood's swinging bridge is located in front of Apple Jack's. You must have missed it.
Your the first person I've heard complain about the locals running the park. Trust me, the park is operated by anything BUT locals. Most of the employees are from out of state these days.
And don't forget who has the 100ton coal fired steam train and who has that plantation crap. :P
As for the craftsmen, they have been scaled back. Why? Not mnay people watch, not enough to support the Crafts staff DW had in the 90's. For Crafts, the best time to go is during the Harvest Celebration. *** Edited 8/20/2004 2:38:51 AM UTC by CoastermanX***
Dukeis, I think you misunderstood my comment about the locals. I didn't mean the people working at the park, they were very friendly and were up to HFEC standards, I meant the GP. I could barely stand waiting in queue lines while they gabbed away in whatever language they were speaking. I swear some of the words that east tennesseers make up (along with their speech habits) is more than this north midwestern boy can handle.
Interesting facts about the park - I guess I missed that swinging bridge. Is it anywhere as long as SDC's if not that is probably why I missed it. And you brought up Dreamland Forest. I was actually disappointed by that as well. Geyser Gulch and Splash Harbor are far more superior.