Wild Eagle Videos Released

We can now take a virtual ride on Dollywood’s highly-anticipated wing rider coaster, Wild Eagle. Last week, the park released POV and off-ride videos. Wild Eagle looks great! Sitting outside the track should really add a new dimension. B&M has had open trains for years, but they haven’t developed anything that looks to provide this kind of an unprotected and free feeling. Hopefully...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Construction Photos | Dollywood’s 2012 Roller Coaster

Long time reader Judy, sent in a few shots from here recent trip to Dollywood. Specifically, they’re construction photos of the park’s highly anticipated Wild Eagle wing roller coaster. The new ride will take advantage of the Dollywood’s beautiful mountainous terrain. So, getting photos was probably pretty tough. Here’s are some of the images she sent in:[simple_slideshow t...[Read More]

Dollywood’s Wild Eagle Wing Coaster to Soar in 2012

Wild Eagle to Soar Over Dollywood in 2012 | New Wing Roller Coaster Tonight Dollywood announced the details of their highly anticipated 2012 rollercoaster at the Boomsday celebration in Knoxville, TN. Wild Eagle will be a $20 million Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster. Riders will be seated in four across trains with seats positioned outside of the track, instead of above or below it. According...[Read More]

Dollywood’s 2012 B&M Roller Coaster

One of my favorite things about the theme park season is all of the speculation for the next theme park season’s roller coasters. Sure I enjoy trying out this year’s latest and greatest, but there’s just something exciting about the unknown and Dollywood’s 2012 roller coaster is a perfect example. I’d seen notes from ScreamScape about some land clearing for a while, b...[Read More]

Featured Photo #2 – Timber!

When I visited Dollywood in 2006, I finally rode the popular GCI woodie Thunderhead. That year, Timber Tower opened near the ride. It’s an 18 meter tall (about 60 feet) topple tower from Huss. The 40-person ride rotates slowly as it rocks back and forth. Dollywood added fountains to enhance the experience. Unfortunately, my wife and I skipped Timber Tower, but I wish we would’ve ridden...[Read More]

The Next Generation of Wooden Roller Coasters

The Next Generation of Wooden Roller Coasters – Part INot Your Father’s Wooden Roller CoastersFrom my early riding experiences at Kings Dominion on wooden staples like the old-school racing coaster Rebel Yell, I would use two words to describe wooden roller coasters. Rough and boring. Of course some woodies were more enjoyable than others, but I think overall I didn’t appreciate ...[Read More]

New Transformers Ride, Terminator Coaster & More

Recent Theme Park News Stories – Transformers, Terminator, & MoreSince I’ve been busy working on Coaster Portal, I’ve missed a few news stories. Here’s a recap of the biggest stories from the past month or so: Gravity Group Launches Blog & Podcast – GravitycastThe Gravity Group, acclaimed wooden roller coaster designers, recently launched their blog and podcas...[Read More]

Top Wooden Roller Coasters of 2007

Voyage Takes Top Wooden Coaster at 2007 Golden Ticket Awards At the 2007 Golden Ticket Awards, Holiday World’s Voyage has over taken Dollywood’s Thunderhead in its second year in existence. This isn’t too surprising and is well deserved. Check out my full review of the insane and intense marathon that is The Voyage including an onride video. While I have my own Top 10 Wooden Coas...[Read More]

Timber Tower Accident at Dollywood

Timber Tower Strands Riders for Hours“Forty four guests were stranded on Dollywood’s Timber Tower amusement ride Saturday night as the attraction was beginning its cycle. According to sources, the passenger vehicle became stuck at the top of the tower, causing the ride’s emergency safety system to engage. The passengers remained at the top of the tower for nearly three hours whil...[Read More]

Mystery Mine @ Dollywood Reviews

Early Reviews of Dollywood’s Mystery Mine Roller Coaster A correspondent from ThrillNetwork was on-hand for the official opening day of Mystery Mine. In case you’re out of the loop, Mystery Mine is Dollywood’s new heavily-themed looping roller coaster. Careful, this feature has spoilers and will likely take some of the mystery out of the ride. If you want to be completely surpris...[Read More]

Mystery Mine Rides Offered at eBay

Charity Auction at eBay for a Ride on Mystery MineDollywood is auctioning off 56 seats for Mystery Mine’s first ride cycle on Friday the 13th, this April. All of the proceeds will go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Winners also get a photo taken with Dolly Parton, VIP seating during Media Day, and Mystery Mine memorabilia. See the eBay bid post here. Mystery Mine is the new Gerstlauer...[Read More]

Thunderhead @ Dollywood | Coaster Reviews

World-Class Woodie Puts Dollywood on the MapBy some random chain of events my family decided to take a summer vacation in Tennessee. This gave me the opportunity to stop at Dollywood on our way back home. I had heard a lot about Thunderhead, the 2004 GCI wooden coaster that topped many enthusiast’s Top 10 lists. Also, Thunderhead had been awarded the Golden Ticket Award for the best Wooden C...[Read More]

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