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P. 791: Big Bear Mountain family coaster announced for 2023!

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Looks like the coaster is going to be in Timber Canyon. Surprised, excited, and shocked by the announcement! A 200 foot drop tower and a credit!

 

Wood junior coaster wood be excellent!

 

I noticed the last time I was there that the water play area next to Thunderhead was removed. So I can see a Jr. going in that little cove right there. I'm just wondering if they will keep the playground.

 

Overall, I'm excited to finally get a flat in timber canyon again. 200' would give some great views of the park never seen before

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I'd imagine between the two rides, they are putting a lot of capital into this! Especially with the slides at splash country.. wonder how much they are spending?? And wonder if we will still see a major attraction such as a dark ride or something in 2018 now?

 

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Dollywood just announced several new additions to the park along with two new special events to enjoy in 2017!

 

http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/YOF2017

 

New in 2017 at Dollywood

 

In 2017 Dollywood will offer even more fun for families at our Smoky Mountain destination. With three new attractions and two new special events everyone in the family is sure to find something that makes their day memorable in 2017.

 

Drop Line at Dollywood

 

New in Summer 2017, Drop Line is a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. The drop tower ride lifts Dollywood guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush.

 

Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood

 

Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

 

TailSpin Racer at Dollywood's Splash Country

 

In 2017 experience the wet and wild twists, turns and thrills of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s newest attraction, TailSpin Racer! From its unique spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes to its splashdown finish, it’s an all-out race to see who can get to the end first.

 

New Special Events at Dollywood

 

Two new events will join our family festivals in 2017. Just in time for families enjoying spring break, the park will introduce enra, a Tokyo-based dance company which was featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015. The group wowed audiences with their high-energy multi-media dance, light and video fusion show.

 

Also, for the first time ever Dollywood will be opening during the evening in October to welcome the spectacular GREAT Pumpkin LumiNights event alongside the Southern Gospel Jubilee to our Harvest Festival. This nighttime event immerses families in fabulous fall pumpkin illumination.

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It does look like the new funtime skyfall system style tower based on the photo of the cart (Except for the different restraint system).. If so, it shouldn't take long to build and these towers are designed for small areas such as the old timber tower area.. but those are designed to be more of a mobile drop tower aren't they? I love the funtime swings like skyscreamer

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Color me surprised that they made a big announcement this late, and that they managed to keep it under wraps so well. Solid additions to the park. The drop tower really helps round things out.

 

What will DW Fans fixate on now with the drop tower idea finally taken care of?

 

When we will finally get the dark ride that pops up on surveys everynow and then

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Wow! Dollywood is going all out! I imagine Lightning Rod will have its kinks worked out before the 2017 season opens and with the addition of all these new attractions, Dollywood is going to be amazing! Or more amazing because the park already is amazing. Glad to see some of these parks such as Dollywood and Hershey finally adding drop towers. And also, it would be nice to know if grown people could ride this junior coaster or not because credit whores need to know.

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Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood

 

Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

Is this a kiddie woodie?

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In case anyone is still confused on the manufacturer, Ride Entertainment just posted that they sold it on FB. They're the broker for Funtime in the US.

 

And they have a good video on Facebook of one in Action!

 

https://www.facebook.com/RideEntertainment/

 

Looks like an awesome drop tower!

 

(This one is over 300ft tall though)
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Is this a kiddie woodie?

 

RCDB has it listed as Steel. Im interested to see this to

 

I am assuming they are just guessing, because Dollywood has surprised everyone with this.. If they do put it around Thunderhead and it's steel, it will look out of place I feel but who knows.. If its a woodie, I am sure we will see progress starting on it soon or it'll be late

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Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood

 

Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

Is this a kiddie woodie?

 

I'm not sure if by "preparing" riders for Thunderhead they're implying the coaster will also be wood, or simply adjacent to Thunderhead in location.

 

Either way, I'm surely due for a revisit to Dollywood after missing Lightning Rod this year, and both these additions make another visit very enticing!

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I'm interested to see more details on the GREAT Pumpkin LumiNights event. I'm guessing this is why they are open so late in October.

Same here.. my GF and I go all the time to just walk around and enjoy the festival's, especially in the evening after work.. I have been excited about October since the schedule released with extended hours

 

October, we don't get to go as often due to them closing early and me not being off until 5 or 6.. now we can go again

 

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Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood

 

Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

Is this a kiddie woodie?

 

I'm not sure if by "preparing" riders for Thunderhead they're implying the coaster will also be wood, or simply adjacent to Thunderhead in location.

Exactly why I asked.

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Here's another question: "Summer 2017" definitely isn't opening day for Dollywood. So...when do these open?

That's what I said a few pages back but I believe they are just playing it safe with the LR delay they experienced this year and we might still see a spring opening, at least for the drop tower. I don't know why the drop tower couldn't be be finished by Spring. Funtime claims they can be installed in as short of a time as 8 hours and the area is already prepared for it.. I know a permanent install will take longer but I'd imagine not much longer.. Just my theory though. (Unless they are pulling a six flags and want these rides to open in the summer to bring in a small summer rush)

 

Dollywood is known to try and have stuff finished by opening and if the coaster is Steel, this is about the time we started seeing progress start on fire chaser a few years ago (aside from taking down the old attraction).. I'd imagine this coaster might be smaller so I feel they have time to open by Spring.. If it's wood, they will have to move fast but I still feel they have time. I'd imagine it isn't a huge coaster.

 

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As far as the Pumpkin Illumination event, this is intriguing. They're in a tough spot since they need to keep their bible thumping fans happy so a Halloween event might not go over well, but when they talk about a pumpkin illumination event that can be quite the cash cow.

 

There's an event in the Sleepy Hollow, NY area called the Great Jack O Lantern Blaze and it draws an absurd amount of people. All it really is is a bunch of great stuff created out of carved pumpkins. Here's an example...

 

 

Obviously the press release is vague, but this is kind of what I imagine. If so, it's family friendly, won't upset the bible thumpers too much (even though the origins of a Jack O Lantern are satanic or some bull***) and a lot of the pumpkins are fake (shhh...) so they can just bring them out year after year.

 

Business Wire has this description which makes it sound like this is the direction they're going in...

 

In October, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival adds the spectacular GREAT! Pumpkin LumiNights event. This nighttime event immerses families in fabulous fall pumpkin illumination. Additionally, a new pumpkin trail comes to life after dark with a number of spectacular pumpkin displays glowing with the fire of fall. The festival also includes the Southern Gospel Jubilee which brings in the greatest Southern gospel talent around.

 

Personally I think all of this sounds great.

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