Friday, June 6, 2008

Dollywood Part 2

This post is all about Taylor's experience at Dollywood. This year Taylor was finally tall enough to ride some real rides :) I always thought Caleb would be my daredevil, I thought he would be the one to ride roller coasters not my sweet, quiet, timid Taylor. Boy did she prove me wrong!!

We started our day by riding some small kid rides but quickly moved on to bigger and better rides! She and I rode the Sky Rider, a 70 ft high rotating plane ride. She loved it.

We also rode the Dizzy Disk which is a high speed rotating and spinning ride. We waited the longest for this ride b/c someone threw up on it so it had to be cleaned up and then run twice to make sure there weren't any problems. We didn't see the person throw up nor did anyone on our ride throw-up, thank goodness! We also rode the Shooting Star which takes you up 25 ft and then drops you. It does this numerous times. Taylor had ridden this a couple of years ago with her cousin Haley. It was fun and I loved seeing Taylor smiling so big. She was having a blast :)

She wanted to ride some of the big roller coasters. We checked and she was tall enough to ride everyone that she wanted too. We knew we couldn't get them all in and help Nana and Pops so she had to pick. She chose Daredevil Falls, Blazing Fury and Tennessee Tornado. Now these are not rides for the faint of heart. I have expected her to chicken out when we actually got to the ride (I would have at the ripe old age of 8) but she never did.

First we tackled Daredevil Falls which is a "super flume water ride with a 60 foot drop you make at 50 mph. She loved it! Caleb wanted to ride this one too but couldn't, you had to be 42 in and he is 41. They wouldn't budge on it at all either even though we saw numerous other kids his height get on and survive the ride. He cried a while but got over it.

Then we moved on to Blazing Fury which is an indoor roller coaster. It is dark for most of the ride and has some "drops" that you don't know are coming since it is dark. She really enjoyed it also.

We saved the best for last. We tackled the Tennessee Tornado last. This is a 70 mph triple loop roller coaster! This is definitely not for the weak hearted person. She was the littlest child I saw get on. I really expected for her to chicken out while waiting in line but she didn't. She did tell me she was a little nervous right before we got on but she didn't want to back out. I am so glad! And when it was over her first words were "that was awesome!" She was so proud of herself for doing it and loving it.

We can't wait to go back and tackle Mystery Mine (high-speed, extreme vertical, indoor/outdoor, looping roller coaster), Thunderhead (a 55 mph wooden roller coaster), and Mountain Slidewinder (high speed water toboggan ride). We didn't even get to the side of the park that had these rides. Dollywood is a pretty good size park and it is not easy to cover it all in 1 day especially while toting around a 5 yr old and almost 3 yr old.


JenniferL. said...

I am anxious to see what all rides Kaitlyn will ride when we go to six flags. I checked the website and there are only a few rides she won't be able to ride. I think she will be a daredevil too but you never know with kids.

Sara said...

Taylor, YOU GO GIRL!! That's so awesome that she rode all the big rides. And I LOVED seeing the photos with the big smiles. You're a great mom for riding those with her. I think Carter's on his own when it's his turn. Now that I'm an adult, those spinning rides make me sick.

Cindy Taylor said...

Looks like so much fun! I'd really like to take our kids to Dollywood this year for their first time...we'll just have to see what the budget will allow!

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Melanie said...

I am so proud of Taylor! She ROCKS! I too was a daredevil at that age. Maybe that's where Carter gets it from. I still love to ride the thrilling rides, I just can't ride them over and over the way I used too!

Melanie said...

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