Published: February 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Finally listened. Good show. A couple dark rides I would like to mention....
1) Fire-in-the-Hole at Silver Dollar City is the original "Blazin' Fury", and just like the Dollywood attraction it is more dark ride than coaster. Fire-in-the-Hole propels riders slowly past various scenes of stalwart firemen battling a blaze set by a group of vigilantes known as the Baldknobbers. A few surprise dips and splashdown serve to provide some minor, but welcome thrills. This ride is a must do every time I visit SDC.
2) Speaking of SDC, another favorite dark ride of mine is the Flooded Mine, a Buzz Lightyear style shooter set in a flooded coal mine. I enjoy this attraction quite a bit and since there is never a line you can often ride as many times as you want without getting out of your boat.
3) Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure at Six Flags Over Texas is a POTC-style boat ride and, more importantly, a hidden treasure. This whole-family dark ride tells the story of Sheriff Bugs Bunny as he and a plethora of other Looney Toons characters try to capture Yosemite Sam after he commits a robbery. While the Gold River Adventure is definitely a Disney-on-a-budget attraction, it is very well imagined and maintained, and should not be missed by any true dark ride fan.
4) Corkscrew Hill at BGW is one of those gone, but not forgotten dark ride / simulators. This attraction was a surprise hit with the whole family back in 2008 when we visited. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, and thought the story was terrific. I hated to see it get closed down, but as I have not yet visited its replacement, I will withhold judgement on the park's decision...for now.
Finally, I just wanted to mention that the kiddie attractions that used to reside in the Volcano The Blast Coaster "mountain" at Kings Dominion, are not worth pining over. The current attraction, although the narrative and theme could be a LOT better (sadly the mountain is tragically underused), is far superior to the Smurfs, I assure you. Seems to be a little bit of revisionist history going on in this case, as I have heard several people talk about wanting Smurf Mountain back. No way. Not me. Volcano, all the way, baby!