Today’s Brandcation adventure included a day trip to Dollywood. I had such an amazing time, I couldn’t wait to blog about it.
There was a lot of excitement about today, because the Discovery Channel was filming a segment about the Wild Eagle roller coaster (the nation’s first wing coaster) and they invited us to ride while they were taping. Summer from Banana Hammocks and Tutus (with me in the photo above) promised to hold my hand if I got too scared.
It’s a really cool ride. You’re suspended on either side of the eagle (on the wings) as it dives, twists, and turns. I rode three times in a row and screamed my head off. Between screams, I was able to chat with two roller coaster designers that were there for the Discovery Channel filming.
That’s me and Chad. I couldn’t resist a couple Fifty Shades of Grey jokes, since he had a camera strapped to his pants and a blindfold in his pocket. (The blindfold is for riding the coaster, not other things, lol.)
One thing that really impressed me about the park is that it’s SUPER family-friendly. Right when you walk in there’s a Guest Convenience center where you can have your kids measured to see which height requirements they meet.
The height chart is color coded and matches a chart to show the kids which rides they are able to go on. I think it’s cool because they know BEFORE waiting in line for the rides. Dollywood also offers Parent Swap, which gives parents the option to swap out who’s accompanying their children on the rides without waiting in line all over again. They even have a special food program to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions.
There were tons of rides and shows and shopping to keep us entertained. I think I could spend two full days there and still might miss something. I’m not normally a ride person, but after 3 rounds on the Wild Eagle, I was ready for more and spent the afternoon riding with the other Brandcation gals.
I can’t wait until Levi is a little older so I can bring him back to Dollywood. Beyond the amusement park, there’s also the Dixie Stampede dinner show and the Splash Country water park. Dolly even has her own cabin rentals, so you can come down to Pigeon Forge and have all your bases covered in one place.
Are you afraid of roller coasters?