There is no outlaw holdup during the short ride. There is no comedy script to entertain guests. Dollywood simply relies on the nostalgia and the relaxation of a guest to entertain.
While I appreciate that, however, something else is missing. The train traverses the circumference of a mostly-empty field of grass, skirting the tree line, rather than plunging into the shade and the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. There are too many elements of the park's "backstage" area in plain sight, and on the return trip, the theme park just looks like a parking lot carnival. Much is ruined in the lack of ambience on the ride.