Smoky Mountain Fun: Things to Do in the Pigeon Forge Area

Many of you visit the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg areas primarily for Dollywood. I’ve written about my recent trip to that great theme park here: Part 1 & Part 2. I thought it’d be helpful to highlight some of the best things to do in the area, outside of Dollywood. WonderWorks Pigeon Forge WonderWorks is an interactive science museum and entertainment center. You may...[Read More]

Dollywood 2015 Trip Report Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of my Dollywood Trip Report. In case you missed it, check out Part 1 which covers the Jukebox Junction, County Fair, and Timber Canyon areas. Wilderness Pass – Home to the Firechaser Express & Wild Eagle Coasters Firechaser Express was one of our most anticipated attractions since my 8-year old daughter is becoming quite the thrill seeker. I knew that my other daughte...[Read More]

Dollywood 2015 Trip Report Part 1

Last week we took a family trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The main attraction for our trip was Dollywood, a top-rated theme park that offers classic country charm mixed with modern rides and award-winning food and shows. The park’s mountainous terrain offers a beautiful backdrop and the employees are known for being the friendliest around. Jukebox Junction Jukebox Junction is an area that&...[Read More]

Behind the Scares – Scarowinds 2012 Trip Report Part 3

And now, for the conclusion of my Scarowinds trip report. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 including a makeup demonstration and a trip through Carowinds’ longest maze, Cornstalkers and here’s Part 2 including a tour of park’s best haunt Asylum and an inside look at Intimidator. Scarowinds Opens Next, we were escorted to the front where guests were being held before the ...[Read More]

Behind the Scares – Scarowinds 2012 Trip Report Part 2

And now, for Part 2 of 3 from my Scarowinds trip report. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 including a makeup demonstration and a trip through Carowinds’ longest maze, Cornstalkers. Asylum – Regarded as Cedar Fair’s Best Haunt Cedar Fair had deemed Asylum the best haunt in the whole chain in 2008. So, I knew we were about to have quite a tour. Jack shared that Asylum is ...[Read More]

Behind the Scares: Scarowinds 2012 Trip Report Part 1

I joined CoasterCrew earlier this week for their Haunt Event at Scarowinds. It was great as I was given a special behind-the-scenes look at how these Halloween-themed events come together. I arrived at the park around 5 PM; hours before Carowinds transforms into Scarowinds. It was a sunny afternoon and I knew the park was going to take on a much different vibe in a few hours as night fell and the ...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Trip Report

Back in July my family and I returned to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Of course, I was excited to check out the park’s new roller coaster Verbolten. And I knew that the kids were going to enjoy Sesame Forest. My parents were also with us, so this was going to be a trip that included three generations of visitors. Surviving the Heat It was right around 100 degrees the day of our visit. And wit...[Read More]

Legoland Florida Trip Report

You’d never know that Legoland Florida just opened in the Fall of 2011. Located in Winter Haven, it’s a nice looking theme park with its picture-esque lake and lush green foliage everywhere. It was formerly Cypress Gardens, but has since been transformed with fun and adventurous Lego theming throughout. While it was a pretty park from a landscaping and foliage standpoint, of course the...[Read More]

Joining The Season Pass Podcast at Dollywood

My 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 D...[Read More]

Darien Lake Trip Coming Up

I’ll be taking a family trip to  Darien Lake soon. This will be my third time to the park and also the third management company running the park . On previous trips, the park was run by Six Flags and PARC. Now it’s under Herschend’s management and  I’m curious to see if I notice any improvements. Herschend also manages Dollywood and Silver Dollar City. The Predator has give...[Read More]

Have You Ever Been Stuck on a Roller Coaster?

If you’ve ridden roller coasters quite a bit, then at one time or another you’ve likely found your ride suddenly put on pause. I know that I have. From an incident almost ten years ago on Predator’s peak to just this past weekend on Great America’s Viper, getting stuck is not unusual. In my experience, a ride op has always trekked out to my location to inform me and the oth...[Read More]

SeaWorld Orlando 2012 Trip Report

This Spring, my family and I took our first major theme park trip of the season. Luckily, we’re only an 8-hour drive from the themeparkopolis of Central Florida. With our kids’ interest in animals and their Dad’s interest in world-class roller coasters, I thought SeaWorld Orlando would make for a fun adventure. Like SeaWorld Parks’ dryer parks, Busch Gardens Williamsburg an...[Read More]

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