I rode Mystery Mine...

Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:24 PM
Again it seems some people are confusing "airtime" with "negative g-forces." Anyone want to take a stab at the difference and which really matters?
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Saturday, April 21, 2007 5:58 PM
airtime: air between tush and seat.
negative-g's: falling faster than gravity alone would suggest.

The former can't happen without the latter. The latter is what matters.

(Did I do good?)

On a related note: Dollywood. Two days or three?
*** Edited 4/21/2007 9:59:39 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:03 PM
Yup, ya done good. That's why I have to laugh when people say they got no "airtime" on a coaster that has two vertical drops, lol.

Dollywood: two days max.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:10 PM
Looks like we'll have four full days in the area. We'll probably do the three-day ticket thing, with two days at Dollywood and one day at the waterpark. The final day is up for grabs. Maybe the alpine slide at Ober Gatlinburg plus the usual Parkway tourist trap stuff.

We're going to try to soak up atmosphere, though, so one day is not going to be enough I suspect.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:30 PM
If you're going for more than 2 days, I'd recommend looking into the Gold Season Pass. First off, it's not too much more than the ticket price for 2 days. Second, it includes free parking ($7, and you get the $7 back from the first day that you have to pay before buying the pass).. so that saves you $14 right off the back. From there, you also get 20% off all food and merchandise in the park. With all the good food (the steaks, sausages, cinnamon bread, and ice cream!) and any souvenirs, that can add up very fast!

I've only gone 3 days since buying the pass (2 at the end of december, and 1 last weekend) yet I've saved over $400 so far - and that's on stuff that I would have bought anyway!

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:58 PM
The three-day ticket is $75 or so, but it also includes the waterpark. The gold superpass is another $50 and I wasn't sure I'd make that back, but it might be a push.

Heck, I might just buy super passes for all of us, and then we can just come and go whenever while we are there. Have to do that this week, though, 'cause the early-season discount ends soon.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:10 PM
After hearing all of these good reports about MM I am glad my cousins live south of Nasheville so next time I visit them I can go to Beech Bend and Dollywood.
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Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:14 PM
Brian - how about spending a day in the nearby Great Smoky Mtn National Park?
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Saturday, April 21, 2007 8:46 PM
I might, but we're spending the July 4th week in Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park.
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Saturday, April 21, 2007 11:14 PM
Totally different parks ;)
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Sunday, April 22, 2007 3:02 AM
Don't forget there's Ghost Town just on the *other* side of the mountain by about a 1.5 hour drive max. It opens Memorial Day weekend.
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Sunday, April 22, 2007 6:53 AM
thrillerman,

I drove past Ghost Town when driving from Dollywood to Carowinds (We took the scenic route). I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I was thinking to myself, "what in the world is a ski lift doing out in the middle of nowhere?" Then I drive past the sign and I'm "oh shoot! Ghost Town is here?"

Too bad it was closed, I really would like to try out that park.

~Rob Willi

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Sunday, April 22, 2007 7:53 AM
Mamoosh: Sure, but we don't need this summer to be the Summer Of The Mountain Hike. I need my quota of tourist kitcsh. ;) *** Edited 4/22/2007 11:54:01 AM UTC by Brian Noble***
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