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

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I'm very excited about this coaster. I will definitely be there to ride this as soon as it opens. I love seeing it come together so quickly. It towers over the park. I can't wait. Dollywood is one of my favorite parks and it looks like they're getting another great addition.

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Had a great day at the park today and got a TON of Wild Eagle photos for you guys! (Scroll down for the photos!)

 

To recap the day briefly:

 

- The park has awesome food!

 

- Wild Eagle absolutely towers over the back of the park! It's size and location is really prevalent the closer you are to Mystery Mine and along Wilderness Pass.

 

- Outside of Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass, you will not be able to see Wild Eagle from inside the park. You can just barely make it out standing next to Blazing Fury but the tree line hides most of the ride. (You can see the ride from Parking Lot B though)

 

- Construction on the ride has progressed up to the Zero-G Roll and everything is complete except for the exit portion of the element. It is extremely difficult to get a good shot of it as the tree line hides it above Timber Canyon. I'd say once the leaves fall off through Autumn, you will be able to get a better shot of it with a decent zoom lens.

 

- All of the water rides, except for the rapids are closed for the season. Pretty sure this is normal compared to past years.

 

- The park has awesome food!

 

- The park is currently holding the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration. This is one of the many great seasonal events that Dolllywood holds each year.

 

- My 2.5 year old son got his first coaster credit on Veggie Tales! He JUST made it on as the marker touched to top of his scalp. I am a proud papa!

 

- The park has awesome food!

 

I think that about covers it. Now on to Wild Eagle photos!

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As I mentioned above the park is currently holding its annual National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration. I will be doing a trip report later this week that will show off more of the seasonal event.

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But you guys are probably more interested in Wild Eagle photos I assume! Well, here you go!

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This ride towers over Splash Battle and pretty much all of Wilderness Pass!

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This is the best view of the Zero G-Roll that I could get. The track is complete through the exit of this element. As I mentioned above, it is very hard to get a clear view of the Zero G-Roll because of the tree line.

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The lift hill towers over everything in Wilderness Pass! You can see the supports for the latter half of the ride below it.

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Here is an overview of the beginning of Wild Eagle with the area of the station and entrance into the lift hill. (The structure going up will be the transfer station I assume)

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Now, lets show off how this ride interacts with the skyline of Mystery Mine!

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Mystery Mine meet vertical loop. Vertical loop meet Mystery Mine. I hope you two can play nice together!

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Wild Eagle through the In-Line Twist!

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Wild Eagle already likes to play peek-a-boo with Mystery Mine. They are going to be great friends I know it!

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This photo demonstrates how hard it is to see the Zero G-Roll from Timber Canyon. It is behind those trees, I promise!

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You can even see the ride from the train!

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And the children's playground next to Thunderhead! (Which was running awesome today BTW!)

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How about a couple of sunset shots?

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A close-up of the ride and transfer station area.

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Can you make it through one more lift hill shot?

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I can not wait! Wild Eagle is looking fantastic!

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This coaster is absolutely beautiful! I think it's great how landscaped this park is and how they choose to keep trees and natural scenery. This coaster will be the prettiest of the 2012 lineup for sure.

 

I need to hurry up and get my degree, so I can get a real job, and then I can travel here.

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Wow, beautiful coaster. I've got to get to Dollywood soon. It's on my early bucket list. This coaster reminds me a lot of Tatsu, except it's in Tennessee!

 

Random question: is the food in Dollywood any good?

 

 

 

 

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Fantastic update, ernierocker!!!

 

Here's an update from our local news affiliate on Wild Eagle... With VIDEO!

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/187874/2/Dollywoods-Wild-Eagle-takes-shape

 

Less than two months since Dollywood announced America's first ever "winged roller coaster," the towering structure is taking shape.

 

"This is the first time we've actually seen anything be put together so we're pretty excited to ride it next year," said Kevin Jardet, a park visitor.

 

Park goers can now see "Wild Eagle's" soaring loop and 20-story lift. Both milestones were completed this week.

 

"The crew that's working on this is just flying," said Dollywood spokesperson Pete Owens.

 

Riders will fly through the air. "There won't be anything above you or below you," he said.

 

While they've made a lot of progress, there is still about two-thirds of the way to go. The "big loop" is just the first of four inversions that take riders up side down.

 

Dollywood thinks the $20 million dollar structure will be a big hit.

 

"It's the largest investment we've ever made in an attraction and it's certainly going to be one of the biggest icon attractions because for the first time you can see it from the parking lot," Owens said.

 

The thrill seekers said they appreciate Dollywood's efforts to keep them on their toes.

 

"The more new things that come... it just makes you wanna keep coming back," said Jardet.

 

But they'll have to wait to ride "Wild Eagle" until next year. It is set to open in March of 2012.

 

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Had a great day at the park today and got a TON of Wild Eagle photos for you guys! (Scroll down for the photos!)

 

To recap the day briefly:

 

- The park has awesome food!

 

- Wild Eagle absolutely towers over the back of the park! It's size and location is really prevalent the closer you are to Mystery Mine and along Wilderness Pass.

 

- Outside of Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass, you will not be able to see Wild Eagle from inside the park. You can just barely make it out standing next to Blazing Fury but the tree line hides most of the ride. (You can see the ride from Parking Lot B though)

 

- Construction on the ride has progressed up to the Zero-G Roll and everything is complete except for the exit portion of the element. It is extremely difficult to get a good shot of it as the tree line hides it above Timber Canyon. I'd say once the leaves fall off through Autumn, you will be able to get a better shot of it with a decent zoom lens.

 

- All of the water rides, except for the rapids are closed for the season. Pretty sure this is normal compared to past years.

 

- The park has awesome food!

 

- The park is currently holding the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration. This is one of the many great seasonal events that Dolllywood holds each year.

 

- My 2.5 year old son got his first coaster credit on Veggie Tales! He JUST made it on as the marker touched to top of his scalp. I am a proud papa!

 

- The park has awesome food!

 

I think that about covers it. Now on to Wild Eagle photos!

 

You had me at awesome food...

 

Oh and congrats on the first credit for your son!

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here's a few screengrabs from the wbir video...we haven't seen this perspective yet. There's a little dip between the safety brakes and the transfer brakes. Bonus view of the storage shed. The coaster-nerd in me perked right up when i saw this....just wanted to share.

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screengrab from wbir video

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one more :) the safety brake run...

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One thing i noticed is that the brake run looks to be all magnetic brakes, which then reminded me of how I305's brake run is....so i guess what will happen is that it cruises right through the safety brakes and in to the transfer brakes to wait to get in to the station...just like I305 does. I guess that's pretty typical of B&M's operation.

 

It may be too early to tell, but there could be some air time going into the safety brakes...like Tn. Tornado and Mystery Mine.

 

Geeked Out and excited!!!

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close up of the brake run...

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...from rcdb.

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similarities: i sees em - operationally speaking of course.

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Awesome update! Thank you so much for this. I'm really anticipating another visit to Dollywood in the next few years. I went last year for the first time for 3 days and had an absolute blast. I especially love the water park and thought it has a great layout and is beautifully landscaped.

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One thing i noticed is that the brake run looks to be all magnetic brakes, which then reminded me of how I305's brake run is....so i guess what will happen is that it cruises right through the safety brakes and in to the transfer brakes to wait to get in to the station...just like I305 does. I guess that's pretty typical of B&M's operation.

 

It may be too early to tell, but there could be some air time going into the safety brakes...like Tn. Tornado and Mystery Mine.

 

Geeked Out and excited!!!

 

It's hard to tell for sure but I think that there are friction brakes in between the last magnetic brake the the previous one. Although I agree that I think this brake run will function a lot like i305's initial brakes, I think they have friction clamps as a safety precaution. Especially since I think this is the first time that B&M are attempting brakes of this style. They always seem to err on the side of caution.

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It's hard to tell for sure but I think that there are friction brakes in between the last magnetic brake the the previous one. Although I agree that I think this brake run will function a lot like i305's initial brakes, I think they have friction clamps as a safety precaution. Especially since I think this is the first time that B&M are attempting brakes of this style. They always seem to err on the side of caution.

 

I think you are right about the friction brake - the more i look at it i can see some springs and what looks like the 'circles' below the track that all B&M friction brakes seem to have. That does seem to be the only friction brake i can see on that run though.

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It's hard to tell for sure but I think that there are friction brakes in between the last magnetic brake the the previous one. Although I agree that I think this brake run will function a lot like i305's initial brakes, I think they have friction clamps as a safety precaution. Especially since I think this is the first time that B&M are attempting brakes of this style. They always seem to err on the side of caution.

Most of the newer "big" B&Ms already have those type of magnetic brakes. I know for a fact that Sheikra, Griffon, and Intimdator have them, and it would be a safe bet to say Behemoth and Diamondback also have them.

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^^We were trying to determine wether or not this was 100% magnetic brake run or not (like I305)...i'm aware that the B&M's have magnetic brakes. I think all B&M's should be retrofitted with mags as some of the friction brake runs are quite harsh, Mantis and Raptor come to mind. This would be the first B&M i've ever seen if it were 100% magnetic. Does anyone know if B&M makes a RETRACTABLE magnetic brake? I don't think i've seen that before - maybe what looks like a friction brake is possibly a retractable magnetic brake???

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