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New ride at Dollywood in 2011… BARNSTORMER

Dollywood has announced plans for a new ride next year.  Due to the economy, the announcement of new rides has not been as quick as it has been in the past.  I’m looking forward to this new one.  This will be a high flying ride built on a traditional barn building.  There will also be other barn-themed fun things for the kids to do around the “barn.” This should be in place for next year’s season.  Can’t wait to check it out.

The link to the Dollywood press release is listed below.  I also copied the script of the press release below that…


Dollywood Theme Park Announces New Barnstormer for 2011

$5.5 Million Project Creates Fun-Filled Barnyard-Themed Area

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–High-flying high jinks take to the sky at Dollywood for the 2011 season with the new Barnstormer ride, a $5.5 million family thrill ride situated in a barnyard-themed area which also includes play areas for younger guests.

“I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops”

“I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops,” Dolly Parton said. “My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood. And I’ve recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!”

Taking its name from the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s, the Barnstormer features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops. Situated in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Barnstormer rests amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton’s family’s rural upbringing.

While the Barnstormer fills the air above the barn, children’s play areas dot the landscape around the barn. With a fun, barnyard theme, children can enjoy a 22-foot by 16-foot bi-plane play area as well as a pig pen water play area.

The Barnstormer has a ride capacity of 450 passengers per hour, and a 48-inch minimum height requirement.

The Barnstormer is adjacent to the Mountain Slidewinder, one of the park’s most popular rides which opened in 1987.

The new area opens in March 2011 to usher in Dollywood’s 26th operating season.

The number one ticketed attraction in Tennessee, Dollywood is an award-winning 150-acre family adventure park located in Pigeon Forge near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open nine months a year (late March to early January), Dollywood hosts four of the South’s largest festivals and offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Thunderhead, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, and Mystery Mine coaster, Theme Park Insider’s 2007 Best New Attraction. In addition to the 2009 Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, Dollywood is the recipient of 15 Big E Awards in recognition of the park’s live entertainment which features country, bluegrass, gospel and Appalachian music. The Golden Tickets’ 2007 Publisher’s Pick for best theme park, Dollywood also is a two-time winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event. In addition, a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region demonstrate daily. For more information, visit www.dollywood.com.

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New attraction coming to Pigeon Forge – Based on Lumberjacks

Looks like there will soon be some movement near the Belle Island site in Pigeon Forge.  A developer has purchased the land with plans to build an attraction that will feature Lumberjacks.  Still not sure EXACTLY what the attraction will be, but you can get an idea by clicking on the company’s website of a show they host in Alaska (http://www.lumberjackshows.com/?q=node/32).

The Belle Island resort area is between the main strip in Pigeon Forge and Teaster lane.  The resort went bankrupt before it could be completed, however you can clearly see they were a ways along in developing it before it was abandoned.  It is nice to see the area around Belle Island will be turning into a productive part of the Pigeon Forge economy soon. 

The new Lumberjack show should be ready by next June. 

Check out the story from Knoxnews.com below for more…


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ANOTHER NEW Rock Slide in the Smokies… this time, on Little River Rd. on the way to Cades Cove

This is becoming an all too common report.  Yet ANOTHER rock slide in the Smokies.  This one includes SUV-SIZED boulders.  It happened on Little River Rd.  That’s the road to Cades Cove in the park.  I’ve been wondering why there have been so many rock slides, and the first news report below explains why.  If you read about the geology of the park, you understand that one reason the Smokies is a much smoother mountain range than other mountain ranges, like the younger mountains out west, is that over time rocks fall down the mountains, and into the valleys. 

Well, the recent rains, coupled with the colder weather/snow means the rock has cracked up a bit.  Small fractures get water in them that expands as the water freezes.  That then expands the crack.  The process continues until the rock breaks off.  That explains how huge boulders end up in the rivers of the Smokies. 

Due to the size/location of the slide, there is no time-frame yet to have the road cleared/back open.  I’ll post updates here as I find them.  Check out more at the links below…



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BREAKING: Rock Slide closes portion of Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge spur

BREAKING: Large rock slide has closed the spur road heading to Gatlinburg to Pigeon Forge.  Traffic is now being routed to the Pigeon Forge bound lanes.  That road is now divided into a 2 lane road, one lane headed in each direction. 

The good news… this is not June.  I’d imagine it would be best to avoid the spur if you can.  There are back-roads if you know where they are.  If you’re not aware of those, stop by a visitor center and ask for direction.  Quite frankly, they can be very confusing.  I know where several of them are, and I STILL get confused pretty often.  If they were simple to understand, I’d post them here. 

Find out more about the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge rock slide over at the yoursmokies blog… http://yoursmokies.blogspot.com/2010/01/rock-slide-closes-portion-of-foothills.html


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New “Titanic” attraction in Pigeon Forge starting to take shape

 Shipshape Re-created Titanic rises above the landscape in Pigeon Forge


Take a look at how the “Titanic” attraction is coming along.  It really looks like the frame of the ship now.  Check out this photo and update from knoxnews.com’s site.  Note the comment in the comment section below…  It seems like if folks like that hate the area, why don’t they just quit visiting?  Maybe I’m the only one who feels that way.



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Stringtime in the Smokies in Pigeon Forge, coming up in a couple weeks…

A friend of mine who works with Pigeon Forge sent me the information below about the “Stringtime in the Smokies” festival.  What better to listen to in the mountains than good ‘ole mountain music?  If you’re in the area at the time, check it out…

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 2009) – Mountain music claims many modifiers—driving, soulful, plaintive, lively, joyful—and Pigeon Forge’s StringTime in the Smokies adds another: free.

Five diverse bands are scheduled for the two-night festival, Aug. 14 and 15 (Friday and Saturday). The Aug. 14 performance is at Old Mill Square, and the Aug. 15 event is at Patriot Park.  Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs for festival seating.

The lineup:

Aug. 14 (7 p.m. start)—The Knoxville-based, four-member Wild Blue Yonder; Gary “Biscuit” Davis and Company, whose namesake is the only three-time National Banjo Champion; and Timberwoods, which recorded its first CD in the studio of bluegrass and country legend Tom T. Hall.

Aug. 15 (6 p.m. start)—Timberwoods; Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper (Cleveland has six Fiddle Player of the Year Awards and two Instrumental Albums of the Year Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association); and SteelDrivers, a band that blends bluegrass, country, soul and other contemporary influences in a fusion that Vince Gill has called “an incredible combination.”

StringTime in the Smokies is on the official calendar of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It is the sixth Pigeon Forge-sponsored event with that recognition.

Performers’ information and other StringTime in the Smokies details are available at www.MyPigeonForge.com/StringTime or by calling 865-429-7350.  General information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at www.MyPigeonForge.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-251-9100.



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NEW GoSmoky.com Internet Radio show tomorrow morning 10:30-11AM

Hiking along trail to Laurel Falls

It’s been awhile since I have been able to host an episode of “The GoSmoky.com Internet Radio Show.”  I will host one tomorrow morning from 10:30-11:00AM.  The topic of the show will be the 75th anniversary of the Smoky Mountains National Park.  I’ll be discussing the Smokies and Pigeon Forge with Leon Downey, the Exe. Dir. of the Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism. 

I also plan to get you up to speed with some Smoky Mountain related news.  We’ll take a look at what’s going on in the area.  If you don’t catch it live at www.blogtalkradio.com/gosmoky, you will be able to hear it later at www.gosmoky.com.

It should be a fun show.