Oh come on Dollywood!
Dollywood has went Qbot. Not for the rides tho.
I just recieved my pass holder news letter from Dollywood, and I am a bit suprised at some things that are new. First, Dolly has started the Qbot system called Q2Q. Now this is NOT for the rides but for the shows. It cost $10 for the first person and then $5 for everyone else in your party. I have to say ARE YOU KIDDING? I have held an annual pass for the last 4 years and this is stupid. I have never had a hard time getting inot any of the shows, even the ones that takes a ticket to get in i.e. the Christmas show at Celebrity theater.
Also, she has started the "Dolly Dollars" yes boys and girls you can now receive your change in the form of Dolly bucks. They are very collectible items that can be used at any location throughout the park. UMMM, I didn't use this crap when Disney had it a few years ago.
If your a big Dixie Stampede person, you can now build your own Stick Horse. Thats right your very own Stick Horse. God only knows what that will set parent back.
I also agree about the Q2Q system for the shows. Other than Kingdom Heirs show and holiday times, I usually get into the shows I want to see. i know last year between Christmas and end of season Dollywood added shows to the 2 major production shows. I know lines could get in way on holiday weekends. If in line you are not spending money else where. Not sure if will help or hurt.
Dollywood tried the Dolly Dollars few year ago without much luck.
Dollywood has had Dolly Dollars for years...I've been a passholder for 15 years and the park has had them as far back as that. Apparently they just started promoting them again.
Perhaps y'all should write to the park & tell them that the Q-bots should be used for the rides & not the shows.
I DOLLYWOODS NEW Q2QS
I was at the park Saturday, 9/16, the 2cd day the Qbots were "rented". I found out there were 160 +- for rent. I did not rent one. The big show of the day was Ricky Skaggs. I did not get into the lines, but went and saw other shows. Then, about 10 minutes B/4 show time I got in the moving line and got into see Ricky both times.
Another thing was, the q bots were only good for the 3 indoor theaters, and one of them was closed and another was for a regular running show,
so it was only good for one special show. I suppose it will have greater value during the Christmas season, and maybe for the Gospel fest, but for season ticket holders, the q bots just don't have much value. If they expand them to other venues : rides, eateries, etc. then they might have something worthwhile.
I think this may be an experiment for next year, both in number of Q2Qs available and uses.
Mike K. - Gold Pass Holder
like Mike, i was in park 9/15 thru 9/17. did not use Q2Q. i did not need to get into shows i wanted. i noticed at the shows i went to almost half of the Q2Q set were not used. granted Kingdom Heirs were at NQC and not at park. meet someone who told me that she was told she could not use for Ricky's show but i do not know for sure as i did not try that show with a 21 month old. from what i saw even on Friday when Dolly was in park, Q2Q was not popular.
I went to the opening of the Bluegrass with my mother aged 82. We heard about the Q2Q device on our Dollywood newsletter so decided to get it. We had to queue for 35 mins to get it but it was well worth it. A really nice english man showed us how it worked and we pre-booked Ricky Skaggs. It was superb !. The queue for Ricky was over 1.5 hours long but we did not have to stand in it, that was great considering the age of my mom. When it was time for the show the Q2Q beeped alot and let us know it was time for the show. We then were let into the exit for the show and had priority seating before anyone else. This was so great and really made our day, well worth the $16 charge. We went back on the saturday to get another but Q2Q had already sold out completely by 10:15am so we had to get in line for that day. So $16 not to stand in a line for hours and get great seating is well worth it. Dollywood should have done this a long time ago. For people like me with elderly parents who can't stand for long it was a god send. Mr E. Jones.
I think the Q-Bot at Dollywood is a very good idea. Dollywood is a growing larger ever year and with that more people are visiting. Along with those new visitors means longer lines for shows. Why would people that will only be there for a one day want to stand in line when they could be riding? If you want to fit in both rides and shows Q-bot is the best way to go. And not everyone is going to be happy with it but how would you like to go some where on vacation for a day and not even get to see what half of the place you visited is known for (since Dollywood is very well known for there shows).
As for Dolly Dollars yes they have been around for a very long time. And think about Dolly Parton is one of the most recognized people in the world and has a HUGE fan database. So what better idea for those fans than money with there favorite star on it?
So all and all I have used Q-bot and I do collect Dolly Dollares and I think both are great ideas that Dollywood have had. And don't forget even though Dolly is part owner of Dollywood it doesn't not mean Dolly decided to do this stuff. But I'm sure that they both seem to be great ideas to her.
I saw many people renting these over the holidays and the lines for the shows are very long wrapping around ramps and curves. However, I walk in just as the show starts, always get good seats and do not have to wait. I think what is unique about Dollywood is it has a "small town atmosphere". Having visited Disney parks recently, the differences are profound. I nearly ran over many people at Disney stopping in the walkway to take photographs. I was constantly in someone's way. Dollywood feels safer than the larger themeparks. I would rather not see it turned into another overpriced themepark.
From steve lee
Posted January 2, 2007 at 10:26 PM
What they need is a reservation system for some of the food stands. Man, those lines can get insanely long as the day progresses...
we were at Dollywood between Christmas and New Years. did see all the shows i wanted, other than babes in toyland no problems and lines were not bad. saw babes when a late show was added on thurs nite. all in all great trip and look foreward to next season
The following is soley my opinion. Dollywood is overpriced. Dollywood is like any other theme park when talking about prices. Bang-for-buck, their ticket prices (season and single day) are extremely overpriced. However, we are not blessed to have a Six Flags or Universal Studios close by. It's better than nothing!
2007 Dollywood Regular Season Pass: $69
2007 Dollywood Regular One Day Admission: 47.95
2007 Six Flags (Atlanta) Individual Season Pass: $69.99
2007 Six Flags Individual (Atlanta)One Day: $44.99
2007 Universal Studios (FL) One Day: $67 ($63 online)
Notice that a one day admission to Six Flags is cheaper than a one day admission to Dollywood. Almost anyone who has been to both parks would probably agree that Six Flags is much better. Also, the quality of Universal Studios surpasses Dollywood by far. So, bang-for-buck Dollywood strikes out with me. If Dollywood continues to expand at the current rate than maybe they will compare one day. By then their prices may be among the highest in the country.
In the past, Dollywood has been advertised as a park that the average person could afford. In fact, many people would still have you believe this statement. I do not think this information is holds true anymore.
I got my figures from the following sources:
Six Flags Web Site 2/1/07
Universal Studios website 2/1/07
Dollywood website 2/1/07
I agree with you 100%. When we first bought our season passes a few years ago, it was still in the "reasonable" range. But now it seems to be getting more and more expensive than its really worth. We aren't renewing our passes this year. Please don't get me wrong, the folks that still enjoy going. Its just that my husband and I have ran the course and just can't justify the cost anymore. Our passes were close to $200. I would much rather use that money at Disney, Universal ect. Dollywood is still a fine family park, its just gotten boring to us for the cost.
Granted I would LOVE to go to six flags or any other park just as often but those parks are all 6+ hours away, dollywood 1 1/2 hours... we get season passes for Easter from my boyfriends parents, and we do use them. And yea it is expensive, but enjoy what ya got ya know? Its great to go for just a quick thrill fix. When we went for pass days this year you would need to get a q2q for some of the shows. The irish dance show was lined up like crazy! But who knows.
Was at DOLLYWOOD 04/28/07 Q2Q was awsome We used ti for rides and shows! The Ireland show we were in line for 0 minutes and our friends did not have Q2Q and were in line 2 hours same story for the rides. I love Q2Q
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