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Dollywood announces Mystery Mine coaster for 2007

July 19, 2006, 8:43 PM · Dollywood announces a new $17.5 million roller coaster for 2007: Mystery Mine. From the concept drawings, it appears to be a highly themed roller coaster with a story!

From the park's release:

Mystery Mine, scheduled to open at Dollywood in spring 2007, is the United States’ first system based on Gerstlauer’s Euro-fighter ride, which combines an intimate guest experience with hair-raising 95-degree drops. Located in Dollywood’s Timber Canyon area, Mystery Mine is themed as a long-abandoned coal mine with an eerie past. Mystery Mine utilizes a state-of-the-art show experience built on special effects, audio and lots of excitement.

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July 20, 2006 at 6:59 AM · If you go to the Gerstlauer site, they have a rendering of the actual coaster. Actually they've been pretty much giving away the announcement for a couple of weeks.
July 20, 2006 at 8:00 AM · There is a great mini-site at promoting the new ride. Dollywood is building a very detailed back story for the attraction, seeming acheiving a level of themeing that rivals a Disney E-ticket. Click on the "Mine Legend" section to watch movie clips that describe the legend. "What if there is no light at the end of the tunnel?
July 20, 2006 at 9:07 AM · Didn't someone announce this about a month ago? I recall visiting the mini site already.

Just another transition from thrill to theme ... good job, Dolly.

July 20, 2006 at 10:01 AM · Well this news story was a tad bit late.
July 20, 2006 at 10:47 AM · Umm... sorry for the dupe.

Hey, I'm suffering from a nasty summer cold now. No excuse, just an explanation. I'll try to get my brain rebooted sometime this afternoon.

July 20, 2006 at 11:50 AM · Mea Culpa! Sorry everyone for the stale news! I had just gotten an email from Dollywood saying they were "announcing" their new attraction.
July 20, 2006 at 6:09 PM · keep checking te mini site because if Dollywood does as before, site will have pictures as it goes up. I was at Dollywood this past weekend and you can see sight from the train ride. They are just getting started.
July 20, 2006 at 7:30 PM · Actually, they've been teasing the ride for about a month. They released the name, but not the ride. It's a thrill ride alright, with drops going beyond 90 degrees vertical. It hasn't been a well kept secret.

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