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It was certainly unique and a great idea, but ultimately not as good as I hoped. The preshow was terrible in my opinion and the film was at times nice, but the visuals werent as amazing as I hoped. The movement and sound was good though, but many of the jokes were really corny.
Its a little hard for me to review the Smoky Mountain Wilderness Tour since thats not exactly what I rode. I visited Dollywood a few days before their Kids Fest special event began, and the website ensured that the Wilderness Tour would operate as usual until the start of Kids Fest. Despite this, the simulator had already been converted to Yogis Wild Ride when I visited. This annoyed me, but my irritation turned to confusion during the preshow, when William Hanna and Joseph Barbera started hosting. How old was this? I know both of these animators have died. The plot developed into a chase with Yogi Bear to rescue Elroy Jetson from Dick Dastardly, paying a visit to the Flinstones, Scooby Doo, and the Jetsons on the way. I had never ridden the old Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera at Universal Orlando, but this sounded incredibly similar to the description of that ride. Turns out, it was the same thing. Im not sure how Dollywood got hold of it, but for some reason I didnt mind missing out on the Wilderness Tour ride anymore because I got to try another ride that I would never have gotten the chance to otherwise. These Turbo Action theater rides are not my favorite types of simulators, as they dont feel all that real, but this one ended up being okay overall.
A good simulator ride. It is fun, rerideable, it has a long duration, and large capacity.
Boring compared to Thunder Road. Children may like it but not teens or adults.
They got rid of Thunder Road for this. UGHHHHH!!! This does star Dolly so i gave it a few more points. Use to they squirted you with water when you fell into the river. Now they hardly do anything.
I gave this ride a lower score, not so much that its a bad ride, but that its predecessor Thunder Road was great. It almost gets a 10 out of me, for just letting us be graced by the presence of Miss Dolly Parton herself, but away from the decor in the line of the ride, Dolly is the only reason to ride. The scene where Dolly and her crazy cousin Clovis goes over the dam into the lake is also watered down, no pun attended, by the fact that the water squirters have been disabled. Also, another factor may be my Dollywood bias, where as most of the time it works for the good, after working this ride one day, I went to sleep hearing "Dont worry Dolly, its all a part of the plan".
I liked the idea and the corny humor, but the visuals just werent that great. Especially when you encounter the bear and end up in the river with the kayakers. Also, the preshow was real lame. However, I was most disappointed by the length of the wait at more than an hour, especially when the sign out front said 15 minutes. I did like the diagrams of the inventions of Clovis P Dueberry that hang on the walls as you walk through the queue.
Neat overall. The movement of the chairs actually goes with the movie, unlike others I have riden. If anything is wrong with this ride it is the volume. Dollys voice peirces your ears when you are on this ride. But all in all I would ride it again.
this ride was way to fast paced for me, but had great temeing and the seats were fun too.
i found it boring but the seats were comfortable and went aloing with the movie petty good .i liked thunderroad alot better
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