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Dollywood announces Mystery Mine coaster for 2007

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Published: July 19, 2006 at 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.

Readers' Opinions

From Derek Potter on 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.
From Mike Duchock on July 20, 2006 at 8:00 AM
There is a great mini-site at http://www.dollywood.com/mmine/default.htm 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?
From Joshua Counsil on 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.

From Chris P. on July 20, 2006 at 10:01 AM
Well this news story was a tad bit late.
From Robert Niles on 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.

From Jason Jackson on 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.
From Betty Rohrer on 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.
From Derek Potter on 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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