Save the date: Dollywood, Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012 11:19 AM

OK... this is super preliminary. This can change. It might change. We're tentatively looking at Saturday, May 19, for our event at Dollywood. Also subject to change, ERT on Wild Eagle and Mystery Mine, and backstage tours.

Details will be fleshed out in the next week, and like I said, it's all subject to change. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up as soon as possible. Very excited for this one!

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Friday, January 13, 2012 12:18 PM

Crap, Jordan has a softball tournament that weekend. grrrrr

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Friday, January 13, 2012 12:35 PM

May 19th?

Now you're talking dates that daddy can do. :)

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Friday, January 13, 2012 1:00 PM

Gotta say, having never been there, I'm pretty excited about it. They have several rides in categories I'm into. The Gerstlauer rides excite me, and I'm anxious to see how B&M's new thing rides. Thunderhead is an obvious +1.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 1:19 PM

Would love to go as I've never been to Dollywood too, but that's the ACE spring conference weeekend at Cedar Point

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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:11 PM

Well, you can go to CP and ride stuff you've been on a million times, or you can come ride Wild Eagle with us. Just sayin'. :)

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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:33 PM

Knowing a little of what you value in a park experience (learned from here and PointBuzz), I think you will be very pleased with Dollywood, Jeff. My step-son is turning 7 on the 16th of May....hopefully I can stretch a few more inches outta him and he will be ready for Mystery Mine at least. Any guesses on ride height restrictions for wing-riders? Anyone know what Raptor's at Gardaland is?

Also if anyone has questions about lodging or other things to do in that area, feel free to ask. I'm in that area a couple times every few years. More than welcome to offer any advice.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:38 PM

Seems safe to bet that any B&M is going to be 54 inches.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, January 13, 2012 2:41 PM
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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:40 PM

That was my assumption too.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:41 PM

Oh wait! This Dollywood page says 50 inches.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:49 PM

Gardaland's Raptor has a height requirement of 140 cm, which works out to about 55 inches. However, there's an *age* maximum of 99 years. :)

They also warn you that the ride has "poorly lit areas and a high possibility to create panic, fear, vertigo and/or claustrophobic reactions." O RLY?

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Friday, January 13, 2012 2:50 PM

Jeff said:
Gotta say, having never been there, I'm pretty excited about it. They have several rides in categories I'm into. The Gerstlauer rides excite me, and I'm anxious to see how B&M's new thing rides. Thunderhead is an obvious +1.

Mystery Mine is an excellent ride, I bet you'll really like it. From what I understand, some former Disney folks were on the creative team for it, and it really shows. Oh, and the last one and a half barrel roll has TONS of hang time since it moves through it rather slowly. Don't miss Blazing Fury either, even though you most likely won't like the ride. It's one of those things where you get off and say "What the heck did I just ride?" and scratch your head for the next hour trying to figure it out. Rode it three times in a row and came off thinking the same thing every time.

Last edited by maXairMike, Friday, January 13, 2012 5:40 PM
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Friday, January 13, 2012 3:16 PM

Did I miss something, or is it my pain meds kicking in? I thought Fire In The Hole was at Silver Dollar City, and that Dollywood's was Blazing Fury (which I actually liked quite a bit)

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Friday, January 13, 2012 3:28 PM

Not the pain meds....you are right. I liked Blazing Fury too, although its been a few years since I've been on it.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 4:21 PM

I believe SDC's ride came first, and benefits from the "Bald Knobber" theme - the dark ride portion tells a kind of comic version of a story involving an infamous group of Ozarkians. (<?) Dollywood has basically the same ride but no regional connection to the story line, so it's either different or maybe even gone all together, I can't remember. Might seem like a small thing, but for me DW's ride was always a little bit lacking compared to the original.

At any rate, I agree that they're two of the strangest rides you can find, and worth waiting in line for. I haven't been on Golden Nugget yet, I wonder if it doesn't kind of hit the same groove?

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Friday, January 13, 2012 5:41 PM

Mike Gallagher said:
Did I miss something, or is it my pain meds kicking in? I thought Fire In The Hole was at Silver Dollar City, and that Dollywood's was Blazing Fury (which I actually liked quite a bit)

You're right, of course. I have a tendency to switch the two around.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 9:13 PM

Mystery Mine is likely the ride we'll be able to tour in the morning, and that sounds pretty interesting.

Tyler mentioned sharing a cabin in the area to me, so that might be a consideration for lodging. We may also spend time with my in-laws, near Asheville, NC. Overall, just looking forward to spending time in a region that I've mostly driven through and not stopped.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 11:06 PM

That is my Birthday weekend - for the big 40. What to do what to do....

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:48 AM

I highly recommend the Dollywood Vacations cabins!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 2:13 AM

DW is one of the best of the best!

I've stayed at Econolodge Riverside and it was super for the price. The indoor pool is fantastic.

I am taking my Mother to Pigeon Forge in April, but maybe I'll come down again in May and hang out.

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