Mine would be a safari river ride, I think they could add some other family based, what I mean is instead of rides for parents & rides for kids, now don't get wrong they did add some rides but they where themed for the kids more than the whole family!
I really like the skyride idea. This past weekend, i realized how much walking one has to do from Tennessee Tornado to Thunderhead and back. A skyride would not only make for convenient transportation, but would be just lovely as well.
Other than that, I'd say an adult sized drop ride. It wouldn't have to be the tallest or anything, just a bit more substantial than the oversized frog hopper they have now.
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If I were so inclined, I'd drag up my TR from Dollywood from last year's *fabulous* event.
Without a doubt, the ride I recommended for them was a skyride. I'd place it from T-Head gap up along the ridgeline, behind that awesomely cool (and WET, thanks Joe) Mountain Slidewinder, then down to Craftsman's Valley. Of course, with a three-leg ride a la BGW, you could even run it down to Country Fair area...
I'd complete the loop between Thunderhead and Tennesee Tornado, continuing the Thunderhead gap themeing. I would add a themed drop ride, about 150'+, add a kiddie wood coaster so the younger crowd doesn't feel left out. Also a few appropriately lumber camp themed flat rides.
Not to be pessimistic, but I don't think the park would want to rebuild attractions it got rid of.
Thunder Express (Mine Train) was obviously removed because of Tennessee Tornado. Park patrons wanted something more thrilling- and it was beginning to become a common complaint. TT got all those people to shut up. (If you google and find any pre-1999 TR of Dollywood, you'll probably see comments like "Dollywood doesn't have enough thrill rides".)
Now, I don't know how much more thrilling Thunderation is over Thunder Express, but I'm sure if Dollywood wanted a mine train similar in size and scope of TNT, they would have built one back in 1989. (rather than picking up TE from SFoMA)
The Flooded Mine was demolished because it was the least popular (non-flat) ride in the park, as far as annual ridership goes. Daredevil Falls makes much better use of the space the FM was taking up.
Not that I don't miss the FM...it's just that the average Joe couldn't care less. After all, what 12 year old would rather ride a slow moving indoor boat ride over a high speed flume?
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B&M Floorless or Inverted. Been saying it forever. Well themed, lotta inversions, hella fun.
Seeing as Sky Rides arent common anymore, that would be neat. A new old-school log flume (Since Country Fair Falls is gone) and HUSS Giant Frisbee, and a dueling/racing wooden coaster by GCII (Actually is rumored, something along the lines of Thunderhead but doubled and it races).
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