Dolly Parton‘s popular Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, is all set to add a new roller coaster to its collection this spring.
Located in the Knoxville/Smokey Mountains area in Piegon Ford, Dollywood welcomes over 3 million guests through its gates each year. These numbers make the park one of the largest tourist attractions in the entire state of Tennessee.
Dollywood hosts frequent concerts and musical events at the park, with Parton herself often stopping by to make an appearance. But besides its musical events, the park is also known for its traditional amusement park rides, especially roller coasters. One of the park’s most popular coasters is called the Barnstormer, which replicates the views that 1920s stunt pilots would have seen as they soared over fields of crops.
In addition to the Barnstormer, Dollywood has been hard at work on a new “lightning” fast roller coaster to add to the Jukebox Junction area of the park. On Friday, Dollywood announced that their newest roller coaster, called the Lightning Rod, is set to start operating in time for spring.
According to Dollywood’s website, the new coaster is designed to resemble a 1950s hot rod, and sends its riders down the track at a top speed of 73 mph, which is the fastest speed in the world for a wooden roller coaster. The coaster’s track is a total 3,800 feet in length, and features a 165 foot drop.
Needless to say, the Lightning Rod coaster is one of the most-talked about theme park rides of the year so far. You can witness the power of this thrilling ride in the video below.
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