Dollywood 2019 Trip Report: Part 2 Luminights & Lightning Rod

Here’s Part 2 of my Dollywood trip report. In case you missed it, check out Part 1: Wildwood Grove and Dragonflier. Great Pumpkin Luminights: A More Family-Friendly Halloween-Themed Event Great Pumpkin Luminights is Dollywood’s Halloween-themed event. As parents, we really appreciated Dollywood’s approach to their theming. Instead of the gory and macabre, the park has glowing pum...[Read More]

Dollywood 2019 Trip Report: Part 1 Wildwood Grove & Dragonflier

A few weeks ago, I went to Dollywood with my wife and daughters (ages 12 and 9). It was our first time at Dollywood since our trip in 2015. On that trip, Lightning Rod had just began construction. Since then, the ride had opened to much praise from enthusiasts. Jon gave it a 10 out of 10 and it currently sits tied at 2nd in our combined overall list. So I was looking forward to finally riding it m...[Read More]

Dollywood Revisited

Dollywood Revisited So What’s New (relatively)? It had been five years since I visited Dollywood and during that time some significant changes had been made.  Two coasters had been added, including one which is revolutionary in design.  (The park also added a drop tower and drop line.)  The prospect of experiencing something new in such a gorgeous setting was more than enough incentive to revisit ...[Read More]

Destination Connecticut: Wooden Coaster Paradise

Two Parks in Five and a Half Hours If ever there was a whirlwind trip to amusement/theme parks, my visit to Quassy and Lake Compounce last weekend constitutes a prime example.  After a scenic 5-hour train ride from Philly to Hartford, I had 5 and a half hours, allowing for travelling time between the two parks, to accomplish my mission.  This was a challenge, especially when relying on Uber to rea...[Read More]

Conneaut Lake Park Trip Report

Conneaut Lake Park was founded in 1892 and lies just off-shore of Conneaut Lake in Western Pennsylvania, about 45 miles south of Erie. Like many classic American amusement parks, the offering of a pleasant picnic and swimming area eventually led to the continual addition of more things to do as its popularity grew to satisfy the growing crowds. But unlike Lake Compounce or Cedar Point, it has been...[Read More]

Kings Island Trip Report & Future Speculation

Visiting Kings Island had been a bucket list item of mine for many years. I can’t say whether it was effective advertising that I’d absorbed watching Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoons or whether it was due to my early research on roller coasters as a kid on a database such as ProQuest in the public library. I remember looking for the record-breaking coasters that existed at the time, a quest...[Read More]

Cedar Point Trip Report Pt 2 – Frontier Fling & Park Experience Changes

Animals, Melted Cheese, a Wacky Professor, and New Hotel Options Cedar Point guests may have been surprised by some of the changes they saw throughout last year with the removal of the Intamin-manufactured Shoot the Rapids ride and the dismantling of the former Challenge Park. Gone were the mini-golf, go-kart track, and Skyscraper ride, making way for Cedar Park Shores. Professor Delbert’s F...[Read More]

Cedar Point Trip Report Pt 1 – Mean Streak Update & Cedar Point Shores

What’s New at Cedar Point in 2017? Another winter off-season has passed in Sandusky, Ohio and Cedar Fair’s flagship park, located on a scenic peninsula surrounded by Lake Erie, has finally woken up. So what can visitors to Cedar Point expect to see that’s new in the park this year? The big news is the new water park, Cedar Point Shores, which opens Saturday, May 27th. That’s the big news, at...[Read More]

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]

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