Dollywood announces $20 million Wild Eagle wing coaster for 2012
September 4, 2011, 7:35 PM ·
Dollywood announced today its new $20 million ride for 2012 - Wild Eagle, a Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster that will launch from the park's Wilderness Peak section, the highest point in the park.
Concept art of Wild Eagle, courtesy Dollywood
Experiencing the freedom of flight, the new coaster’s innovative floorless design positions riders seated four abreast in a forward-facing position, with two riders actually seated on the “wings” along either side of the coaster’s track with nothing but air above and below them.
“Wild Eagle celebrates not only the majestic bald eagle but also my beautiful Smoky Mountains which folks will get a bird’s eye view of as they soar high above Dollywood," Dolly Parton said at the announcement. "I’m just thrilled that Dollywood’s Wild Eagle is the only place in the entire country where folks can get their feathers ruffled on a coaster like this!”
Here's the teaser video:
Dollywood's announcing this as the country's first wing coaster, though it might not hold that honor for long. Six Flags last week announced its own wing coaster, to debut at Six Flags Great America next spring.
Dollywood's also running a contest to promote the coaster's announcement. Text WILD EAGLE to 87654 before 1 am ET Monday morning for a chance to win lifetime season passes for you and up to seven other people living at your address, plus a chance to meet Dolly Parton and get to be the first riders of Wild Eagle when it opens in March.