Dollywood

As a fan of Disney, I wasn’t overly impressed with Dollywood. But, for the location and price I thought it was a good park. It’s a cross between a Renaissance Faire and an amusement park. There are sections with the “good” (faster and more daring) rides, then a section with more traditional fair types of rides. There is also a section with renaissance faire types of shops and attractions – leather making, hat making.

The good: It is a nice theme and felt homey and countryish. It also had a good selection of food throughout the park, though when I was there several places were not open due to smaller crowds. I ate at a buffet place with BBQ types of foods, the food was good though I hadn’t intended to spend quite so much on lunch. The lines were very short, I never waited more then a couple minutes for any ride.

The bad: You “may” get wet on almost every ride, not a great selling point when it’s not hot out. It’s a long walk (unless you know the back way up the steep hill) to get to the better rides at the back of the park. The park layout wasn’t very good. I don’t like going to an amusement park, paying admission and then being asked to pay the regular rate to play a carnival game that I can play at any street carnival. I’m also not a fan of carnival rides at amusement parks, I prefer a better themed ride that’s more complex and that I can’t find in other places.

Overall it’s a good park and a nice place to spend a day if you’re in the area. If you’re used to a Disney Park then you’ll be a bit disappointed at the atmosphere. If you’re used to Great Adventure parks you’ll probably be disappointed with the rides.

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