On mission for S&D Greetings I got a chopper and flew over Dollywood.
(For those who missed...I did aerial pics of Ozark WIldcat last year)
We got the bird and took the beautiful 7 minute trip to get to the park. The strip full of tourist trap crap sure looks nicer from the air!
Before going on, please do not post, alter, etc. these pics in any way, commercial or not.....save them for your own use, wallpaper, etc. If you have any questions, see the image use policy on www.coastergallery.com. Sorry to waste space on here posting that, but I've seen my pics show up on too many sites without permission!
Anyway, soon after spottng DOllywood:
It was so beautiful I wanted to stare at it and not take pictures :)
Now I thought that Lightning Racer, Ozark Wildcat were very "twisty" but this takes the cake.
Mike Boodley has really outdone himself this time!
And one last pic.
I took two whole rolls of Thunderhead, so look for more soon, and the best shot of all will show up in S&D's 2005 calender. (In the future it will also be on my site)
After that it was another 7 minutes back to the pad, then a 15 min drive to the park.
I was with a church group of 40 kids (they can be seen waving to me in the queues while I was in the chopper). They had already ridden, and my dad, a veteran of around 300 different coasters confessed to me that Thunderhead might be his new #1. I met up with him for a ride....and at 60 years, he still ended up riding more than me by the end of the day!
What can I say about the ride other than "WOW". It's near impossible to describe. In the front there are at elast a dozen pops of air, some rather lengthy, and the lateral assaults are relentless. The crew (retirement age folks) were about the best I've seen anywhere. Amazingly efficient (even always filling empty seats), and nice beyond belief. (Of course, the same can be said for almost all employees in the park!)
After a few spins I went to check out Tornado. I had ridden it a few years back and enjoyed it. It was still fun, but had aged a bit since I was there. Now it's no Shockwave, but it could have used some new wheels to get rid of the bumpyness that myself and the kids I was with noticed. All in all, a nice ride, and a wonderful addition to the park.
The rest of the park was great...I loved it despite hating country music and not being a fan of Dolly :) Great rides, great (cheap!) food, and some really unique attractions (love that Bald Eagle habitat).
To think this will be my new homepark... :)
-Dawn (moving to western North Carolina in one week)
Shameless Plug: if you think those pics are beautiful wait until you see the ones we're saving for the calendar ;)
Details on the other coasters featured plus how to order will be released soon!
You may want to give Jeff Pike credit along with Mike Boodley. Thunderhead is both of their creations.
Thanks for sharing those!
Yep...forgot that, that's why I added "all who worked on the coaster). Cpunk...those are the best darn trains anywhere....can you please build them for all woodies? :) *** Edited 6/25/2004 2:59:46 AM UTC by Peabody***
I wish I could build more. I know alot of coasters that would benefit from the Flyers. For now I'd be happy to build them for Wildcat, Roar East, and a 4 trains for Gwazi. There's more to it than just throwing a set of new trains on the coaster though. The brakes are in differant spots and i'm sure other things would need to be altered too.
I got all warm and fuzzy just looking at them and thinking "yep.....that's my Thunderhead".
Thanks for posting those! They are just........WOW!
I have the first one as my desktop pic now.......SWEET!
-Tina *** Edited 6/25/2004 4:28:02 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
Thunderhead seems to have more air than the typical GCI's from what I hear. I've read numerous reviews and my anticipation grows with each one. My brother (B&M Guy) and I will be hitting this park in July. It's been 3 years and I can't wait to get back there.
Speaking of S&D, I'm done with "mini- Raptor" (for now) and ready to get back to work on those pics for ya Moosh!
mOOSHIE [t-minus 11 hours until GID]
Your dad done did good, you're a great guy...and it's good to know he's pretty hardcore himself...:)
Mooshie, can't wait for the upcoming calendar...
Thunderhead is *intensity throughout*...don't know that I'd say it features that much airtime, but what it does, it does AMAZINGLY well. Kudos to the entire GCII crew....
C-punk had *better* get working on some new trains soon, LOTS of great coasters could be SO much better with those trains....but Gwazi really wouldn't need 4 MF trains, they rarely run both sides at once anyway...;)
TT is short, but oh-so-sweet...I've never been on a coaster that spent 50% of the ride upside down....they shoulda called it "Hillside Hangtime", LOL...
Finally, a *holler out*(;)) to those folks from Dollywood, they also have that "these employees are too good to be true" feeling...:)
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