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It's been aeons since I've been on this here excursion, probably somewhere in the late 1990s. We didn't ride when we went last month for the first time in well over a decade. But I still remember the ride the way it was then - a relaxing, scenic trip through the borders of the park. There used to be an awesome Western shootout along the way, but given Dollywood's focus on gospel and family and whatnot, I'm not too shocked that this is said to be gone now. Oh well. Another thing of note is that this is not your typical amusement park miniature railway with modern miniature locomotives dressed up to look authentic, this is THE REAL DEAL. You'll get soot everywhere and choked by the smoke. And that's awesome.
Given that the last time I went on the train, the park was much smaller than its current state, I would have to go on it again to change the rating; I remember wonderful scenery and open fields with great views of the mountains, and I suspect that some of these open areas are now filled with rides. This takes down the 'scenic' quality a bit, but, hey, RIDES! So it all works out.
This is a train ride that goes up the mountain and through the park itself while on a real coal burning locomotive. It is a nice relaxing ride and the views are nice (you get a different view of thunderhead). Years ago the train would stop about half way through and they had a western shootout type of show. The lack of that now is why my rating for this is not as high. One thing to watch out for is while riding near the front of the train some soot got on me, I am pretty sure that riding further back would help that situation. This is a Dollywood classic and should not be missed. Overall rating 4.0
The Dollywood Express was an enjoyable train ride, but perhaps not quite as good as I would have expected based on previous reviews. This is advertised as a 20-minute, 5-mile train ride through the Great Smoky Mountains. Based on this, I guess I was under the somewhat misled perception that we were actually going to be leaving Dollywood a bit to explore the surrounding wilderness. Alas, I never felt a very far-removed feel during any point of the ride. This could have been compounded by the fact that there was construction going on in the back area of the park, much of which was visible throughout the train ride. Still, I give Dollywood credit for making a train one of the most popular and celebrated attractions at their park, and it was a nice relaxing break in the middle of the day. I just think I got better views of the Smokies at plenty of other spots during my Tennessee/North Carolina trip.
This is a good train ride.It gives a nice veiw of the park and the smokies.It is pretty loud though.
Nice long train ride through the wilderness. It gives you some great views of the smokies.
I loved the fact that Dollywood used a full size antique locomotive (although narrow gauge) for this train ride. But the ride itself was a bit different than I expected. The park advertized a 5 mile senic railway though the smokey mountains. I didnt realize that it was actually 2.5 miles each way and the whole ride was 20 minutes long. I was told that the train was a must do at the park, and I should waste money on any other senic railways because Dollywoods was just as good as any other railroad in the Smokey Mountains and included in park admission. I would have much rather have had a longer ride all the way around the perimeter of the parks land than the short ride up a hill past some construction sites and then some pioneer facades. If it was actually going someplace, like to other stations around the park, I wouldnt mind the facades as much.
A good relaxing train ride that gives a good view of the park and has nice scenery.
A nice train ride to take a load off your feet. It is interesting to see the mock up buildings and see the crowds from the bridges. Just don't get soot in your eyes. OWWW!
Times ridden: 1 ~ Ride experience: 7 ~ Layout: 7 ~ Fun factor: 8 ~ Landscaping: 10 ~ Evaluation: Dollywood Express is a nice, long and relaxing, not to mention nostalgic, ride through the woods. I found the ride to be fun and different than other train rides that Ive been on, in that there isnt much to see. When riding a train for enjoyment and relaxation, and not to get from point A to boint B, Id like to see things other than woods and parking lot. It would be much nicer if they added some kind of storyline to the ride to make it more fun. Its sad when you have to pass the same scene twice, and see everything over again a second time. Thats probably the only downside to this ride. Aside from that, Dollywood Express offers guests some relief after a long day of walking. They play songs sang by Dolly herself and say a joke or two here and there. Theres a great feeling that you get when youre pulled by a historic locomotive that one cant find at every amusement park. The train itself is marvelous, but the ride experience lacks a lot, or it could be that my ride was in the dark and I didnt see everything Dollywood Express has to offer.
It was a very nice and relaxing ride, but I have never been too fond of trains. Overall though I would say it is one of the better trains around.
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