here food for thought!

Friday, February 2, 2007 4:00 PM
I was browsing the net last night and found that fun mountian in gatlinburg maybe reopening soon,

www.funmountain.com is where I found this info out all the rides names were changed and some ride removed or just not mentioned on the page, do you guys think it could make a much need come back? *** Edited 2/2/2007 9:17:20 PM UTC by CoasterCraze***

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Friday, February 2, 2007 4:22 PM
Nice to hear. We've lost too many small parks lately- the reopening of a small park is just what's needed.
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Friday, February 2, 2007 8:48 PM
I love small parks and am thrilled to hear one will be reopening, but is it just me or are their prices really high. $3.00 for a childrens boat ride. I use to go to Bay Beach in Wisconsin, which is also a smaller park and they would charge maybe a dollar for a ride (If I am remembering the prices wrong someone please correct me). It just seems though that those prices are way to high for many families to actually go there. I wish it the best of luck but I doubt it will last long at that cost.
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Friday, February 2, 2007 8:54 PM
I just checked Bay Beaches prices and at the most it is 50 cents for a ride. Which is far less then the up to 6 dollars Fun Mountain is charging. I mean do people actually pay those ridiculous prices. And also I noticed on Fun Mountains page they have a 2 hour wrist band. I have never heard of anything like this before. Are there anyother parks that offer something like that.
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Saturday, February 3, 2007 12:14 AM
Tourists in Gatlinburg have more than enough money to burn. I can easily see them charging that much for rides, *not* that I agree with the prices. However, I'd gladly pay that for a custom woodie ride ala Sky Princess. I'll have to check out Fun Mountain next time I've over that way...which will probably be April 13. ;)
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Saturday, February 3, 2007 8:20 AM
Yep, I remember that the rides on Ober Gatlinburg weren't exactly cheap either.

http://www.obergatlinburg.com/ratesFall06.htm

$6 for the Alpine Slide in the snowless offseason? It's fun but not THAT fun.

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Saturday, February 3, 2007 8:38 AM
The Tram is worth the money. Yeah, 9.50 sounds pricey, but the view is awesome. I'd also recomend the chutes. We had a blast on those.

The whole Ober Gatlingurg complex was cool. They have interesting stores and everyone was friendly which is always nice to see.

The Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area are great places to spend money. The have some fairly interesting go-kart tracks and putt-putt courses.

When we went there, gas was 2.50 a gal and we drove that trip some 1500 miles which translated into about 210.00 in gas for the week (almost as much as our cabin cost for 7 days in PF).

When did it close? It looked open when we were there in 2004. *** Edited 2/3/2007 4:57:23 PM UTC by FLYINGSCOOTER***

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Saturday, February 3, 2007 11:20 AM
I took the sky tram to Ober Gatlinburg. Your pass is actually good for unlimited rides for 2 days. I think I spent 50 dollars for my wife and I to take the tram, ride the ski lift to the top of the chutes, come down on the chutes and buy an ice cream. It was a big rip off really however I love the area, loved Dollywood, had a great time driving to Clingman's Dome, and if you go south of Cheokee, N.C there are tons of white water rafting and tubing places. They are much more affordable than most attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and are extremely fun.
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Saturday, February 3, 2007 4:47 PM
The last time I was in the Smokies (For the 2005 ACE Spring Conference) I Spent three days hiking in the National Park. I did Hikes to Shuckstack (On the South end of the Appalacian Trail's path through the Smokies), Maddron Bald (North of Gatlinburg) and the Chimney Tops. I also watched a sunset from Clingmans Dome. Those Mountains never fail to take my breath away!

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