I love a good log flume and Daredevil Falls at Dollywood is one of those must ride, rides each and every time I visit the park. From the speed of the line, to the 60 foot plunge at the end of the ride, this is one of those thrill rides that combines speed with water and makes the whole experience awesome. Add to this the fact that they take a souvenir photo of you halfway down the final plunge and you can also pick up something to remember not only the day by but also that particular ride.
The log flume and log flume style rides have been around for a long time. In 1998, Dollywood added its own large capacity, long drop log flume to its line u of thrill rides. As a themed ride it is beautifully done. You are walking through a lumber camp in the Smokies – easy to imagine, seeing as you are in the Smokies already. You get into the flume log, which looks like a log itself and you start your float around to the lift. From the bear in the tent to the flapping of the bats wings in the cave, this leisurely float around the ride is great. You then start the ride up the lift to the top of the ride and the waiting plunge. At the top of the ride you are in the recreation of the lumber mill itself, complete with a saw that looks like it might saw the log you are in, in half. You continue around the top of the ride until you get to the plunge. You fall 60 feet down at 60 miles per hour, with your heart in your throat. Even the most seasoned thrill seeker will feel their heart race after this plunge.
And of course, on the way down you get your picture taken. This picture is of the whole car, so if you planned it right and you have your whole party in the boat with you, you get a souvenir of all of your expressions as you were in mid-fall, at 60 miles an hour. This is a great way to commemorate the day.
Remember how I mentioned the speed of the line you wait in? It is one of the quickest ride sin the park. The logs never stop. You simply step onto the platform and then into the moving log itself. This constant motion keeps the line moving. Even from the very back of the line, there is a constant flow of traffic on and off the ride. You never feel like you have to wait very long, plus the queue itself is under cover so you are not left baking in the sun either.
Make sure that you leave time in your schedule for the Daredevil Falls the next time you go to Dollywood. It is an awesome ride, with a great theme and a thrilling drop at the end. Plus, if it is a hot day outside you get drenched at the end of the plunge. So, take the plunge, get the photo and get ready for a