Dollywood releases full ride animation for Firechaser Express
Dollywood released today a full-ride computer animation video of its upcoming Firechaser Express
If the ride ends up looking anything like the animation, this might be the most impressively decorated family coaster in the country — and that includes competition such as Disney's Barnstormer and Universal's Flight of the Hippogriff.
Maybe the volunteer fire-fighters' job would be easier if there weren't a gas station selling fireworks in the middle of the forest. Just sayin'…
Firechaser Express's launch stats won't frighten anyone — zero-to-16mph in 1.1 second forward and zero-to-20mph in two seconds backward — but that's the point. This is a family coaster, and Dollywood appears to be providing riders plenty of other entertainment on the ride, including Dollywood's iconic lush mountain terrain and a nice little special effects interlude. Hey, it's not a theme park ride unless something goes terribly wrong, correct?
Firechaser Express opens next spring. What do you think?
Pretty impressive for a "family" coaster!
This looks great.... Fun for all...
Who says coasters can;t be for the whole family?! I would love to see more parks take this approach and design more things to do as a family. Nice!
The ride is lengthy and it goes backwards as a selling feature, but the theming isn't as much as you claim and there's no perceptable storyline. The opening sequence is pretty lame with a gentle hill and a twist and then it immediately goes up a chain lift hill, thus losing all momentum. The center part of the ride is boring. It doesn't get interesting until the backwards part, then it gets long. When will it end? End it does.
That looks like a fun coaster.
One thing to note (which is probably obvious to everyone but me) is that the video often shows the same length of track several times from different angles. So the ride length is probably closer to 90 seconds or so, but I am still impressed. Again, for a whole family attraction and starter coaster, FE looks like a real winner!
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