Cleveland, Ohio 2022-08-06 14:43:00 –
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (Wate) – Dolly Parton Dollywood management on Friday announced an investment in the biggest attraction in theme park history, a brand-new roller coaster that will be the largest when it opens in spring 2023.
The $25 million Big Bear Mountain Roller Coaster is a 6-acre attraction that extends the Wildwood Grove section of the park and features 3 different launches on a 3,990-foot track. The project is also the latest step in a $500 million expansion announced for 2021.
Big Bear Mountain reaches speeds of 48 miles per hour and elevations of 66 feet. It winds through Wildwood Grove around the waterfall and is simply underground. It’s also the first Dollywood His ride to feature onboard his audio with music and narration by Wildwood Grove’s fictional caretaker Ned Oakley.
The ride takes about 2 minutes and seats 20 people per train.
“Last year we announced that we would invest $500,000 over the next 10 years,” he said. , this is Phase 2. So somewhere along that timeline, we’ll see another opportunity to expand that realm.”
As Parton explained, the theme of the Big Bear Mountain Coaster is that guests are looking for “the hugging bear that’s been roaming these hills for years.”
“People around Wildwood Grove said they’d seen him,” Parton teased in his rhinestone-encrusted park ranger outfit.
Parton added that while she’s excited about the new experience, she probably won’t be riding the coaster herself.
“Looks like fun, doesn’t it?” she said, referring to the rendering of the vehicle. “You know I’m not going to ride it.”
“If you ride over there, you’ll find my wig in the tree over there,” she joked.
The Spring 2023 launch of the new rides coincides with the grand opening of Dollywood’s newest resort, Hartsong Lodge.
According to a case study published last year by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Dollywood delivers an annual economic impact of $1.8 billion. There are also over 23,000 jobs recognized in the region.
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