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Lightning Rod - New for Dollywood 2016!

Postby CP2013 » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:13 pm



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Dollywood today announced the addition of Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wood coaster and the world’s first launching wood coaster. Set to roll to the starting line in March 2016, Lightning Rod adds another groundbreaking roller coaster to the park’s already impressive portfolio of world-class attractions. The thrilling $22 million ride also marks the single largest attraction investment in The Dollywood Company’s history.

Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the daring first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-ft. track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.

“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts,” Dolly Parton said with a laugh.

“I’m truly excited about this ride because it will let our guests experience something just as fast as those hot rods I remember,” she continued. “Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”

Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction, Lightning Rod rockets riders around its massive wooden structure on an adrenaline-charged lap through the trees in the hills and valleys surrounding Dollywood. During the ride, guests experience nearly 20 seconds of airtime. The coaster train is comprised of 12 cars, carrying two passengers each, for a total of 24 people per train.

Dollywood’s development team has tapped Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) as the ride manufacturer. RMC is no stranger to out-of-the-box coaster projects, having designed a number of innovative attractions around the world. Lightning Rod employs several unique features including the lift hill launch, twin summit airtime hills, a 90+ degree banked breaking wave turn, a 90+ degree outside banked turn, and a non-inverting half loop.

Lightning Rod puts riders in the driver’s seat of Johnny Rev’s newest hot rod. After months of tinkering, Johnny invites Dollywood guests to step behind the wheel for the first test drive of his flashy new creation. Like any proper hot rod, massive header pipes and an imposing injector scoop peer out from the train’s flamed bodywork.

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well I can say I doubted it but I guess it's true. but this thing looks amazing and a very unique coaster.

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Re: Lightning Rod - New for Dollywood 2016!

Postby Simba » Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:55 pm

OMG Lightning Rod looks it will be an amazing addition to the park. - I can't believe the first ever launch woodie is finnally going to be implimented. I am so excited to follow this construction, and you can bet those trains will look exactly the same from the concept art. It is also interesting to note that it wont feature any inversions which despite the launch element, will make it feel like a traditional sold woodie as well.
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Re: Lightning Rod - New for Dollywood 2016!

Postby Thekingin64 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:27 pm

That looks utterly fantastic! It may not be a big launch but it is still a world first.
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Re: Lightning Rod - New for Dollywood 2016!

Postby CP2013 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:27 pm

Lightning rod has opened (somewhat) and this thing hauls through the entire ride.
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Re: Lightning Rod - New for Dollywood 2016!

Postby Kumali » Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:01 am

This thing does look fantastic, have always loved the look of amy RMC. Pity that it's been plagued with reliability problems though meaning its never been open for longer than a day or two at a time.
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