Some of the Park Journey extended family made their annual trek to Dollywood's opening weekend festivities and awesomely shared some of their pics over the weekend.
It became very clear very quickly that they were enjoying all of the amazing food that the park has to offer, so we figured we'd buzzfeed the hell out of this article, because we can. =)
Special thanks to Stephen, Cliff, RD and JoAnna for all of the awesome texts and messages over the weekend, that made us all who weren't there very hungry.
#42 ... Free ... Moonshine ... Samples. Even though this isn't technically at Dollywood, it's definitely worth mentioning.
Awesome fountain in Pigeon Forge. Looks even more amazing after all the moonshine.
Now that we've got water and moonshine out of the way, let's head into Dollywood
Dolly's bus, wonder if it's available for rental? Would be an amazing road trip.
Great, now everybody knows how we pay people who write for the site. Oh wait, pay people? LOL!!!
RD and Stephen, ready for an amazing weekend at Dollywood
How many coasters can you see in this picture?
Twisty coaster. And this is the parks "family" coaster. Amazing.
How about a look at Wild Eagle
RD looks absolutely thrilled to be on a B&M
Jesus shirts if you are so inclined.
I think Cliff is trying to do \m/ but he might just love us. We love you too buddy. =)
Makes me want to take a nap. Zzzzzzz
RD paying his respects to one of the great country singers ever.
Please God, allow me to eat more of the awesome food.
This reminds me of the Ferris Wheel they had at Disneyland during the County Fair. Anybody remember that?
Awesome looking kiddie coaster
You're a shooting star
Need to head up high to see where your next food is coming from?
How about some more coaster shots?
Oh yeah, we're supposed to be telling you how to get a food coma. Well, there's really not 42, but well, 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. =)
#15, after stuffing your face it's time for a train ride, or eat on the train, or nap on the train.
#14 ... well, this has nothing to do with food, but could possibly be where the 2016 attraction is going?
#13 ... the chance to see a Bear in his natural habitat can sure get you in the mood for some awesome food.
#12 ... if you've had too much food and need to wash off, what's better than an awesome rapids ride!!
Ok, we'll get into the actual food stuff.
#11 ... As if Pork Rinds by themselves weren't enough, how about a Souvenir bottle full of Pork Rinds? And then how about getting refills on said Pork Rinds? Sold!!!
#8-10 ... Cinnamon Bread. I think we'll all agree it deserves more than one spot, plus, you probably will want to eat 3 of them anyway.
#7 Apple Freaking Butter.
# 6 ... Skillets, Skillets, Skillets, Skillets, Skillets. Did we mention the Skillets?
#5, because one spot isn't enough for the Skillets.
#4 - The Chicken Ranch, err, Chicken House. =)
#3 ... what could get you more comatose than a 25lb apple pie? Time to get about 30 friends and go to town.
#2 ... Miss Lillian. You can just see the sweetness in these pictures. Even though she's gotta be gritting her teeth given Stephen's choice of sweatshirt and cap. =)
#1 is of course, Miss Dolly Parton herself. She absolutely loves her fans and well, I'm guessing RD fainted when he saw her.
Dolly says thank you Park Journey for coming out to my park. I can't wait for you to see what is coming in 2016!!!
Thanks for checking out our Dollywood update. It's possible that once everybody is home and has some time to decompress we'll have some more Dollywood pictures to share with you all.
We'll also have some pictures of other Pigeon Forge attractions for you in a few days, so stay tuned for that!!!
Yesterday we were invited out to Legoland California to check out the all new Star Wars Death Star Mini Land exhibit. As a huge fan of Lego and Star Wars, this is probably my favorite exhibit in all of the Star Wars Mini Land. It's truly a marvel.
Below you'll see some pictures from the event as well as the official press release. The Death Star display opens today!!! So head down and see it.
It was weird arriving at Legoland at 4:30pm.
Behind here is the ultimate battle station
Before the reveal we got to check out the trench battle display which also has a building station where you can build your own Star Wars vehicle
"The Force is Strong with this one"
They had a nice little band playing Star Wars music which really set the mood
I still want a Lego R2
Legoland General Manager Peter Ronchetti addressing the crowd
Oh no, the party is disrupted by some uninvited guests ...
"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed"
"Don't Underestimate the power of the Dark Side"
Use the force Darth ... =)
"That's no moon, it's a Space Station"
After the reveal we were able to get a closer look, pictures really don't do it justice, you need to see this for yourself.
You can see Luke's X-Wing circling around the trench while being followed by Darth Vader and Tie Fighters
Turns out they are proud of the technological terror they constructed, as they should be.
As it got darker we were able to get some cool shots, I think this is my favorite.
As the sun continued to set, we took the advantage of getting some sunset pictures of miniland.
Thanks to Legoland for having us out, we love the new display. Be sure to go check it out, it opens today!!!
See the full press release below.
The empire returns to lEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT with the unveiling of the new
LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND DEATH STAR MODEL DISPLAY
Resort adds largest Lego star wars miniland lego model
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 4, 2015) – Stormtroopers rushed to secure the area as Darth Vader used the Force to unveil the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display and ignite its superlaser during the opening ceremony at LEGOLAND® California Resort. The LEGO Death Star model is LEGOLAND California Resort’s latest major addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland and opens to guests on March 5, 2015.
With the help of R2-D2, LEGOLAND California’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti welcomed guests before the massive LEGO space station model and its planet-destroying superlaser was unveiled. At 8-feet wide, 13-feet high, weighing more than 1900 pounds and made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks, the LEGO Death Star model is the largest addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland. The new model display features iconic film scenes made of LEGO® bricks that were filmed inside the Galactic Empire’s space station including the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Adjacent to the planet-shaped LEGO model, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations.
“Since opening in 2011 and making the first major addition in 2012, LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland has become one of the most popular areas for children and their parents,” said Ronchetti “We are thrilled to add a LEGO model that our guests have been asking for, the LEGO Death Star! Truly, this addition is galactic!”
The LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star is designed from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It includes six animated Turbo Laser Turrets and LEGO starship models built out of more than 20,000 LEGO bricks. The unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display kicks-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event on March 7 and 8, where guests can spend the day participating in Star Wars™ related activities.
LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and Dino Island. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. New this year, LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network where guests splash about in a Lion Temple Wave Pool, slide out of a crocodile’s mouth and race LEGO boats. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).