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Well it looks like we may have the name for the resort now... "Dollywood's DreamMore Resort"

 

The Dollywood Company Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation filed for it August 16, 2013.

http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4802:ka3n0w.2.1

 

So does this mean...

2014: Firechaser Express... dual launch coaster

2015: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort

 

???

 

We'll know in less than 3 hours!

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http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/21/dolly-parton-tells-today-show-shes-investing-300m/

 

Following the opening of the Wild Eagle steel wing coaster in 2012 and Splash Country’s water coaster RiverRush this year, Parton also highlighted plans for a new attraction, the FireChaser Express, set to open in March 2014 where Adventure Mountain used to be located.

 

The company said it will be the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster that launches twice, traveling forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track. It will catapult from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 second going forward and then launch backward from zero to 20 mph in 2 seconds.

 

The FireChaser Express is meant to celebrate the volunteer-based fire departments of the 1940s who protected the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

Located 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area Express, the coaster will feature three 14-passenger trains with an hourly capacity of 750 riders. The 39-inch minimum height requirement allows many 4-year-olds to ride.

 

“FireChaser Express is truly special to me because families can ride this coaster together,” Parton said in the news release.

 

Sounds like a shuttle coaster.?..?

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http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/21/dolly-parton-tells-today-show-shes-investing-300m/

 

Following the opening of the Wild Eagle steel wing coaster in 2012 and Splash Country’s water coaster RiverRush this year, Parton also highlighted plans for a new attraction, the FireChaser Express, set to open in March 2014 where Adventure Mountain used to be located.

 

The company said it will be the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster that launches twice, traveling forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track. It will catapult from zero to 16 mph in just 1.1 second going forward and then launch backward from zero to 20 mph in 2 seconds.

 

The FireChaser Express is meant to celebrate the volunteer-based fire departments of the 1940s who protected the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

Located 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area Express, the coaster will feature three 14-passenger trains with an hourly capacity of 750 riders. The 39-inch minimum height requirement allows many 4-year-olds to ride.

 

“FireChaser Express is truly special to me because families can ride this coaster together,” Parton said in the news release.

 

Sounds like a shuttle coaster.?..?

 

 

16mph? Is that a typo....!!!!!!!!

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Actually you know what. I don't care. I was hoping it would be at least 2,500 feet and it pretty much is. This is still very exciting and I can't wait to watch the announcement.

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16 mph and then 20? This bad boy better have some GOOD downhill action.

 

And 14-passenger trains? Sounds like 7 2-across cars. That rules out Mack unless it's a first for them. Zierer or Intamin?

 

Honestly, I think we're looking at a longer, forward-backward roller skater-esque coaster.

 

At least I got the theme right. :/

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Well with three trains, it can't just be a standard shuttle type coaster. I am thinking this thing may have a slow launch but it will have the ability to pick up some decent speed being on the hillside there. The track length is big enough for decent speed and a good portion of it not having to be wasted on a lift hill should make it seem longer

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That HAS TO BE a typo... That would be a waste of electrical power to launch to 16 mph or 20mph... you can just use gravity on a slightly downhill slope to get that speed. Hell, I305's lift hill is like 14mph right? Maybe these are the speeds of lift hills (if any)?

 

I'm just going to wait for 11AM

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Well with three trains, it can't just be a standard shuttle type coaster. I am thinking this thing may have a slow launch but it will have the ability to pick up some decent speed being on the hillside there. The track length is big enough for decent speed and a good portion of it not having to be wasted on a lift hill should make it seem longer

 

Maybe a full-circuit coaster with a backward section, ala Thirteen? I guess we'll know shortly.

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Well with three trains, it can't just be a standard shuttle type coaster. I am thinking this thing may have a slow launch but it will have the ability to pick up some decent speed being on the hillside there. The track length is big enough for decent speed and a good portion of it not having to be wasted on a lift hill should make it seem longer

 

Maybe a full-circuit coaster with a backward section, ala Thirteen? I guess we'll know shortly.

 

Thats what I was thinking.

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