Dollywood coasters good?

Dollywood: Just wondering before my trip

From Karly Tenney
Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Are all Dollywood coasters good?

From James Rao
Posted July 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted July 19, 2012 at 6:41 AM

From Betty Rohrer
Posted July 19, 2012 at 7:03 AM
yes but plan to do everything not just the coasters.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Mystery Mine is a well-themed Euro-Fighter with two (?) vertical lifts which I like a lot. The ride itself is okay at best. Tennessee Tornado is a great example of a classic Arrow looper, a breed that is slowly becoming extinct. It's the first ride on which I ever experienced the "graying out" sensation we sometimes hear about..something that's becoming more common for me as I get old(er?) I haven't been there since Wild Eagle was installed, but I've heard and read mixed reviews.

The crown jewel of Dollywood is Thunderhead, a modern twister woodie. Deceptive speed, some airtime, and a great station fly-through. I rode it 22 times on my one-day visit back in '08. Mountain Slidewinder is a terrific raft ride down a mountain. It's got a roller-coaster "feel" to it, so that's why I included it here. It's in the main park, not the waterpark.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted July 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM
^ Don't forget Blazing Fury! A classic dark-ride/coaster hybrid. It's a little cheesy but it's still fun!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM
I can't (bleeping) believe I forgot about Blazing Fury, Bryce. That was my second favorite ride in the park!

From Karly Tenney
Posted July 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM
So Bryce you really like dollywood.

From AJ Hummel
Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM
There really are no bad rides at Dollywood, coasters or non-coasters (well, excluding the carnival-style flats in the Country Fair area, that is). I've only visited once (2010, so no Wild Eagle), and here's what I'd say about the coasters:

Blazing Fury: My least favorite of the coasters, but still a good ride. Some don't consider it a coaster, as it is more of a dark ride with a few short roller coaster sections. However, it is completely unique and not to be missed if you haven't done it before.

Mystery Mine: My favorite coaster in the park, and one of my top 25 steel coasters. The ride doesn't look like much, but it is actually really good. Other than the ending, it isn't really that thrilling, but the theming and awkwardness of the attraction just make it a very fun coaster.

Tennessee Tornado: Since there was no Wild Eagle when I visited, this was the park's largest and most intense coaster. It's very short, but it's also really good. Probably my favorite custom looping coaster due to the setting and the unusual inversions. I wouldn't wait over an hour for it, but I'd definitely recommend it otherwise.

Thunderhead: This is awesome. One of my top five wooden coasters, the best GCI I've been on, and one of those few rides without a single dull moment. There is no straight track anywhere on this ride between the lift and the brakes, and it is not a short ride either. Do not miss this one! Also, if it happens to rain, I'd recommend riding either during or just after the storm as it runs best when wet.

I haven't been on Wild Eagle, but I've heard it is really good and a must ride attraction. It is also the park's largest and most intense coaster, so if you're a coaster person missing it is probably not an option. I didn't ride the park's kiddie coaster when I visited, but it looked pretty pathetic and unless you're into getting every credit I'd skip it.

Other must ride attractions at the park include:

-Adventure Mountain: Basically a 9-story tall jungle gym (do this first to avoid 2 hour waits, and once you're inside you can stay as long as you want).
-Barnstormer: S&S Screamin' Swing (wasn't there when I visited, but I've ridden them elsewhere)
-Daredevil Falls: My favorite flume ride
-Dollywood Express: A 20 minute train ride through the Smokey Mountains
-Mountain Slidewinder: A unique waterslide style attraction that is sure to get you soaked
-River Battle: Raft ride where you spray other riders and bystanders with water guns
-Smoky Mountain River Rampage: A relatively dry river rapids ride

Also make sure you check out at least one of the shows. I don't know what they have now, but the Sha-Kon-O-Hey show they had when I visited was excellent. Dollywood is also one of those parks where it is enjoyable to just walk around, as most of it doesn't feel quite like an amusement park since rides are hidden in the surrounding hills. Finally, if you only have one day, consider purchasing a Q2Q unit. It is only $15 per person and will reduce waiting at almost all of the park's major attractions.

Dollywood is a great park, better than Disneyland in my opinion. I'm sure you'll have a good time there.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM
I do! Though I live far from it because live in Florida.

Though I live close to Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and BGT! :D

From Karly Tenney
Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM
I live two hours way from all of those parks.

From Chad H
Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM
A Joke told in Australia about Dollywood is the Roller Coaster only has two humps.... ;-)

From James Rao
Posted July 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM
Karly, here's a recent Dollywood Trip Report, FWIW.

From Betty Rohrer
Posted July 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM
Bryce, i also love Dollywood but i think i have you beat in distance as i live in Pa. this is the first time in years to not have season passes. hopefully next year

From Zack McDonald
Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM
Well they have three great ones and an Arrow looper. So three out of four is really good.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:21 AM
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain (Zack) :) Tennessee Tornado is one of the better Arrow Loopers out there. Granted, that may be damning with faint praise, or a back-handed compliment...but I enjoyed it.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:46 AM
It was really smooth compared to the others I've been on. Like, B&M smooth.

Plus, it's built into a mountain (so it's beautiful) and has the tallest Arrow Dynamics loop. (110 ft.?)

From Steven D
Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:09 AM
Yes, they have the best arrow looper, an amazing bolliger and mabilard wing rider, a mild but highly themed indoor coaster, and a good eurofighter. The woodie, the thunderhead was oddly a little rough for a woodie built since 2001, but was a classic. Wild Eagle was a great coaster but i think that it may have taken away the park's classis old time feel and given it a modern feel. but other than that every coaster here other than the kiddie is a must ride.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:40 AM
^Thats how I feel about Wild Eagle too. I also feel like it ruins the atmosphere of Mystery Mine by completely dominating above it.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM
Hey Karly, when are you going? Or did you already?

From Karly Tenney
Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM
Aug. 16-22 Mike

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