Joining The Season Pass Podcast at Dollywood

Coaster Critic Updates Trip Reports

Alvey, Levine, & The Coaster Critic on The Season Pass PodcastMy last trip to Dollywood was back in 2006. I enjoyed GCI twister Thunderhead, terrain Arrow looper Tennesee Tornado, and the amphibious indoor coaster Blazing Fury. Since then, the park has added Gerstlauer looper Mystery Mine and America’s first wing coaster Wild Eagle. I’ll be returning to Dollywood tomorrow where I’ll be joining a taping of The Season Pass Podcast with host Doug Barnes, Arthur of the About Theme Parks Guide and Robb Alvey from Theme Park Review.

Dollywood’s a great-looking park and I’m looking forward to Wild Eagle. 81% of riders from my early reviews post rated it an 8 or above. It’s been described as: flawless, extremely re-rideable, gorgeous, with great leg choppers and an awesome setting. It’s a bigger coaster than America’s other new B&M wing coaster X-Flight. I’m curious to see if it’s a good bit more forceful or if wing coasters aren’t very forceful in general.

Watch my Twitter for updates and first reactions from my rides and experiences at the park: twitter.com/CoasterCritic

The Season Pass Podcast is a great show. If you’d like to learn more about the amusement industry or just be entertained, I highly recommend it: The Season Pass Podcast

Here’s a video of Wild Eagle:

Note – These videos were filmed by professionals with permission from the park. For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.

Do you have any tips or must rides for my trip to Dollywood? Do you have a favorite seat or side on Wild Eagle?

Founder of CoasterCritic.com. My favorite coasters are B&M hypers and gigas. I'm also a huge fan of terrain roller coasters.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks Doug. I got five rides and you’re totally right about that part of the train. Best spot. Thanks!

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  2. I started my 2015 roller coaster season with an Easter weekend (Fri.-Sat.) trip to
    Dollywood. Even though there were no new rides this year, I was impressed with
    the changes that have been made to the parking lot and entry area and how
    significantly they enhanced my park experience. The road through the parking
    lot has been moved to the perimeter so that guests no longer need to cross a road
    in order to access the trams. Outlying tram loading stations have been widened so
    that a stopped tram does not interfere with those that are moving. At the end of
    the day upon departure, I have become accustomed to large crowds of people
    clogging the pathway to the tram loading station, making exiting the park
    tedious, especially for tired visitors. The walkway has been widened
    with a guiding handrail under the green awning, directing people to the center
    of the station rather than allowing them to block the entryway. There is now room
    for systematic loading of two trans at once, greatly increasing the efficiency
    of moving guests to the parking lot. This may not seem like a major improvement
    for coaster riders, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to
    leave the park and make way to my car. Kudos, Dollywood!

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