Terry O'Neal

Published: March 31, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I usually follow this bracket on paper, but this year it's been tough because there wasn't a particular rigidiy to how the events were matched up. My bracket is busted, because I had Horror Nights vs. Horror Nights in the finals. At least I have one right.

Published: March 31, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Based on what Robert says about focusing on execution of the event I'm voting for Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas! No building goes without lights, no restaurant, shop, etc is left without decorations inside, menu's get dressed up and EVERY light is stapled to point the same exact direction. If that is not great execution of a event where you have more than 4 million lights I don't know what is!
Robert Niles

Published: March 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Yeah, without ongoing ride ratings to seed a bracket (since we don't do reader ratings of events), I tried to match up events in ways I thought made sense for round one.

And with 20 events, I needed to throw in some byes, too, which further screwed up any attempt to make a fixed bracket.

As a result, I felt it best to go with an NHL-style reseed after each round, so that the match-ups would make as much sense as possible. But, yeah, that takes some of the fun out of it when you can't create your own bracket at the beginning of the tournament.

Lesson learned for me. We'll do things differently next time.

Russell Meyer

Published: March 31, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I've never been to Smoky Mountain Christmas, but I've seen pictures and videos, and it does appear to be one of the best Christmas overlays in any park. However, it is just an overlay with some timely shows and of course Santa. However, F&W is a completely unique experience that is unlike anything that any other park in the world undertakes. It brings hundreds of chefs from around the world in a multitude of different events and experiences that is so expansive that even the locals have difficulty getting their fill.
Anthony Murphy

Published: March 31, 2011 at 8:44 PM

How could Food and Wine be tanking? Its seriously the best event in ANY theme park.

Who doesn't like food?

Steven Lee

Published: March 31, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Voting for Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas again. They start putting up Christmas lights in July just to get ready for this event! It is just spectacular!

Published: April 1, 2011 at 4:44 AM

Dolly is the best at all she does. This festival is also the best.
Bill Lohr

Published: April 1, 2011 at 5:00 AM

Dollywoods Christmas event is over the top. In my view it is the best Christmas event you are ever going to find. The lights are so well done and the shows are all great. We go every year and spend several days. You can not do it all in one day. Dollywood works so hard to make this special. If you love Christmas, you are going to love this event! Take a look at this one example of the shows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2kxjvHRjpo

Published: April 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Voted for Smoky Mountain Christmas the event is a family tradition for us. It is our families official kickoff to the Christmas season!
Audra Hicks

Published: April 4, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Had to vote for our favorite Park... Dollywood! We buy season passes every year because it is such a fun place to visit while camping in the Smoky Mountains. This park stays up to date with attractions, family oriented & really cares about its guests. We enjoy the Smoky Mtn Christmas every year at Dollywood. Even in the cooler weather you can ride rides, walk around and see the lights and just have a great time all day! We camp in our travel trailer in Pigeon Forge & usually stay for 7-10 every other month. While there it is a must to visit Dollywood at least 2-3 days out of our stay and sometimes more! Love it!!! :)

Published: April 4, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Christmas would not be Christmas without my seeing Dollywod's Smoky Mountain Christmas. It is so inspiring!!!