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

Monday, January 30, 2012 4:33 PM

Isn't May 19th in the Spring?


Monday, January 30, 2012 5:03 PM

It's also my birthday.


Monday, January 30, 2012 7:19 PM

Jeff & Dolly make a porno.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 9:41 AM

How bout something spring fling or has that already been used?

Dolly Spring Fling

Smokey Mt. Spring Fling

Dolly Buzz Affair

Hopfully someone will come up with something better.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:56 PM

Here's the event info, but we don't have a registration form yet. The park is working on that. I'll post again when we've got that ready:

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:06 PM


Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:48 PM

I'll see you at the Q-bot sales booth, Gonch.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:52 PM

With ERT, I don't need no stinkin' Q-bot.

Friday, March 23, 2012 11:59 PM

Got 2 rides on Wild Eagle today. I really like it. It's a good fit for the park imho. By that I mean the whole family can enjoy it. It's smooth, has a great view and has comfortable/accommodating seats. I wish I couldmake it. Though, I'll be down at least 3 more times this year anyway. :)

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 AM
Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:32 AM

Did Wild Eagle open yesterday? According to the parks site, it opens today (March 24).

Saturday, March 24, 2012 2:07 AM

^But how was it, Jason? We want to hear a detailed review :)

Dollywood should get a ride called "Boobs and Bobs." That's what we used to call Schwabitchin at Cedar Point...

Saturday, March 24, 2012 4:44 PM

Maverick00 said:
According to the parks site, it opens today (March 24).

It's like Jeff said:

Jeff said:
You're so exclusive and special!


Not really. They had their Media event and season pass preview day yesterday. I'm not much for trip reports or complete breakdowns of coasters. Though, I will say this. I much prefer the front row. If I can't wait for front, I'd prefer the outer seats. If your in a row other than front and especially an inner seat not in the front row, your view is blocked. Though, not nearly as bad as an inverted coaster.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 9:28 AM

I was there Friday as well and absolutely LOVED it! It was super-smooth, fast, fun, with some surpising twists and swoops. There's also a little floaty airtime goodness from time to time. :)

It also has personality which totally fits with the park's fun and family-friendly atmosphere which was expected. And the view of the Smokies at the top is absolutely beautiful! It's VERY re-rideable, which is even better for me! And like Jason mentioned above, it's definitely a coaster that the whole family can enjoy!

I hope you guys will LOVE it as much as I do! I am so glad I renewed my pass a couple of weeks ago. I can't wait to get back!

I also love the giant metal Eagle gracing the entrance. You don't realize just how enormous that thing is until you are right up on it, much like a real eagle (which were also VERY cool during the bird show near the sanctuary.)

Oh, Thunderhead was running great as well, especially after it rained! :) I didn't ride Tornado and Fury wasn't running at all on Friday (that I know of.) Also, one of Mystery Mine's cars got stuck upside down (without riders.) I don't know if it ever opened back up on Friday or not.

Good times! :)


Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Sunday, March 25, 2012 9:35 AM
Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:10 AM

Mystery Mine never reopened Friday. The opperators said it stalled during morning testing. They also said it's never gotten stuck upside down like that.

Tornado was down for much of the day. We got a ride once it opened and its still running as good as I remembered. It is still one of my favorite arrow loopers.

The other unexpected suprise on Eagle were all of the foot choppers. That was cool.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 7:51 PM

We are giving this event some serious consideration. We'll see how things work out.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 8:07 PM

As you should. It'll be like getting the band back together. Well, if the Jandes clan would come as well.

Monday, March 26, 2012 9:27 AM

When I walked by on Saturday afternoon Mystery Mine had valleyed just after the first lift before the short brake run over the path. On Sunday the car was gone but the ride was still down.

My take on Wild Eagle: 2/3 of it felt like a typical B&M invert or looper but a few of the transitions between elements felt really unique. I felt a slight "bounciness" in the outer seats in the helixes - not uncomfortable at all just different. The lift is so fast and so steep there really isn't much time to look around and admire your surroundings. Another thing I found interesting was the fact that you're riding right next to the wheels and can clearly see the underside of the vehicles - you can watch the anti-roll backs bounce off the teeth all the way up the lift hill.

Monday, March 26, 2012 10:27 AM

I wonder if the valley happened during morning testing as it did the day before. It wasn't until my 3rd trip to Dollywood after Mystery Mine opened that I was able to finally get a ride on it. Is it just my bad luck, or does it have a lot of downtime?

Monday, March 26, 2012 10:56 AM

I've only been to Dollywood during summer---with warmer temps---but Mystery Mine seems to have been up and running most all the time during my visits.

Monday, March 26, 2012 11:21 AM

Yeah, we have never been there but been in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge a lot. Think it is about time we visit Ms. Dolly


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