Dollywood Revisited

Dollywood Revisited So What’s New (relatively)? It had been five years since I visited Dollywood and during that time some significant changes had been made.  Two coasters had been added, including one which is revolutionary in design.  (The park also added a drop tower and drop line.)  The prospect of experiencing something new in such a gorgeous setting was more than enough incentive to revisit ...[Read More]

Announcing CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our Top 10 Roller Coasters List

Given the growing team and community here at CoasterCritic, I thought it’d be fun to launch a critic-driven Top 10 that would become the site’s official list of the top roller coasters. In order to incorporate new rides, the list will be refreshed annually. Our first annual Top 10 Roller Coasters List combines the lists from the writers for CoasterCritic (Joel, John, Bobbie, and Jon), ...[Read More]

Dollywood 2015 Trip Report Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of my Dollywood Trip Report. In case you missed it, check out Part 1 which covers the Jukebox Junction, County Fair, and Timber Canyon areas. Wilderness Pass – Home to the Firechaser Express & Wild Eagle Coasters Firechaser Express was one of our most anticipated attractions since my 8-year old daughter is becoming quite the thrill seeker. I knew that my other daughte...[Read More]

Dollywood 2015 Trip Report Part 1

Last week we took a family trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The main attraction for our trip was Dollywood, a top-rated theme park that offers classic country charm mixed with modern rides and award-winning food and shows. The park’s mountainous terrain offers a beautiful backdrop and the employees are known for being the friendliest around. Jukebox Junction Jukebox Junction is an area that&...[Read More]

Dollywood Announces Lightning Rod, World’s First Launched Wooden Roller Coaster

A few days ago Dollywood officially unveiled a new roller coaster called Lightning Rod. It will be the World’s first launched wooden roller coaster, designed by Rocky Mountain Construction. Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction area, the ride will have a classic hotrod theme. The ride will start with a 45 mph launch up the first hill. Next, riders will experience a 165-foot drop gene...[Read More]

Upcoming Pigeon Forge Trip

Soon, I’ll be heading to the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. We’re looking forward to a first-time visit to Dollywood as a family. By the time we visit, they’ll have announced their highly anticipated 2016 attraction (scheduled for August 7th). So, I hope to have some fresh construction photos and the latest scoop on the ride. It’s rumored to be a launched woodi...[Read More]

Dollywood’s Cookin’ Up a Big Roller Coaster for 2016

Fans following Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), have been seeing signs that they’ll be adding a major attraction in 2016. While there hasn’t been too much stated by the park, they have dropped a few hints. Last year, there was a hint from the park that they’ll be adding the biggest attraction in their 30-year history in 2016. The park’s great wing coaster, Wild Eagle had a $20...[Read More]

Top 8 New Roller Coasters of 2014 – Part 1

The Best-Looking New Roller Coasters for 2014 I couldn’t close out my coaster critiquing career without one more roller coaster preview list. As I’ve done in years past, I’ll list which new roller coasters opening this year look the best based on what I know about them, the preview videos, and my past experiences with similar rides. One more time, here are the best-looking new ro...[Read More]

Wordless Wednesday | Why Doesn’t Dollywood Tout This Record Breaker?

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New Video of FireChaser Express at Dollywood

Dollywood released an animated video of their new roller coaster, FireChaser Express last week. The family ride, which is scheduled to open in March 2014, will have the distinction of both a forward and backward launch. Here’s a new animated video of FireChaser Express coming to Dollywood in 2014: FireChaser Should be a Blast! I’m impressed. Not only does this family roller coaster loo...[Read More]

The Cleanest & Friendliest Theme Parks

Amusement Today’s 2013 Golden Ticket Awards were announced last month. If you’ve been following them for a few years, then you’ll already know most of the results. You may not know the winner, but you’ll likely know much of the top 5 for each category. Year after year most of the same theme parks and rides are chosen. They just shift in order a bit. Having said that, I̵...[Read More]

Dollywood Announces FireChaser Express, New Roller Coaster for 2014

Today, Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee), announced their new roller coaster FireChaser Express. It will be a dual launching roller coaster with its thrill level set to mild as the park describes the ride as a family roller coaster. Interestingly, the ride will feature both a forward and a backward launch. FireChaser Express will be located in Wilderness Pass. Ropes course attraction, Adventure ...[Read More]

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