Dollywood fans, it’s time to get excited. The park has hinted that their 2016 coaster will be the biggest addition to Dollywood in its 30 year history.
Rumors of Dollywood’s new coaster all started when Pete Owens, the park’s public relations manager, announced that 2016 would bring a major attraction “in the Wild Eagle price-tag range” (around $20 million). He went on to later reveal a short teaser clip of a speeding hot rod, displaying a license plate that said DW-2016. Catching onto the hints, enthusiasts guessed that the ride would be themed to a hot rod. This potential theme was affirmed when Dollywood filed trademarks for the names “Lightning Rod” and “Shot Rod”. Described as being used for entertainment services, the trademark was for “a roller coaster with a classic car theme.”
Rocky Mountain Construction
Rocky Mountain Construction, a company famous for making super smooth wooden and hybrid coasters, began hiring surveyors for working on their next projects. On the job listing that they posted to SimplyHired, they added, “This is a traveling position…Immediate placement would be in Pigeon Forge, TN.” Obviously, they meant Dollywood.
With wooded slopes surrounding the construction site, Rocky Mountain Construction will likely take advantage of the hilly terrain with the new coaster. Dollywood’s sister park, Silver Dollar City, received a wooden RMC coaster in 2013 that was immediately met with stunning reviews. Whatever RMC’s got planned this time, it’s going to be good.
What About a Launch?
I agree with many speculating coaster enthusiasts that since wooden roller coasters don’t usually cost $20 million to build, the new coaster will probably have a launching start and a couple inversions. As well as lining up well with the hot rod theme, the launch mechanism would cost a lot to build, solving the price mystery.
Though we’ll have to wait for the official announcement on August 7th for the details, there’s plenty of evidence that this will be no ordinary roller coaster. I for one, definitely want to take a trip to Dollywood next year.
What do you think Dollywood’s planning for 2016?
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