Any Word On Dollywoods New CoasterDollywood: Anyone had a chance to ride it yet?
From Melissa FaulknerHas anyone had the chance to ride Dollywoods new coaster, Haunted Mine. I was wondering what it was like and what kind of restraint system they are using.
Posted April 27, 2007 at 9:14 PM
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From steve leeIt's "Mystery Mine," and from what I've heard it's pretty solid. There's some decent videos of it on Youtube, though you should probably avoid the POV ones since they may give away elements that you shouldn't have spoiled.
Posted April 28, 2007 at 10:13 AM
From Betty Rohrerrode mystery mine on sunday of Dolly weekend. cars are 2 rows of 4 seats. line moves fast. ride was outside more than i expected. it has 2 places that look and feel like you go straight up and i mean like 90 degrees up. like the themeing and hope to be able to ride again in june
Posted April 29, 2007 at 7:16 PM
From nota gatorfanI live close to Dollywood and I have had the opportunity to ride Mystery Mine on several occasions. I think that Dollywood is starting to make a name for itself in the roller coaster world. Mystery Mine is great because it is a roller coaster with integrated special effects. The most frightening part is looking straight up at a 90 degree lift hill. Unbelievable.
Posted May 9, 2007 at 5:27 PM
From Jordi DunnWe rode Mystery Mine on the season pass preview days. It was awesome! The 95 Degree drop is beyond cool. And the lift hills are so unique! Just be careful if you have any bows or clips or anything in your hair, because the lift hills will make them hurt!
Posted May 13, 2007 at 8:35 AM
From Christy ShumanMM was ok, just ok, it just didnt have enough thrill for me, but still was fun and had great themeing and an awesome immeleman with some hangtime. It was also a lil bit on the rough side to be a new coaster, I wacked my ears pretty bad on 1 part of the ride so make sure keep head pushed back against the headrest.
Posted May 14, 2007 at 6:45 PM
From Melissa FaulknerIs there any type of test seat? I know the ride uses over the shoulder harnesses and was wondering because Tenn. Tornado has over the shoulder restraints but doesn't need a test seat because it locks the second you begin to pull it down. I'm a little on the large side but have never had a problem with TN Tornado. I rode Thunderhead but it was a very tight squeeze. I'd hate to stand in line for a ride I couldn't get the harness to lock on. Thanks for your responses.
Posted May 14, 2007 at 8:41 PM
From Christy ShumanYes there is a test seat on the right beside the talking bird thing.
Posted May 14, 2007 at 9:30 PM
From Kevin MaguranyMystery Mine was okay. We visited Dollywood the first week in April and the lines weren't too bad for anything. That being said... we only rode MM once. It had a couple of thrills to it like the multiple 90-degree drops, but getting to the drops was less than thrilling; including the 90-degree climbs. The majority of it was a very slow trek around various vignettes of mining “disasters”. It reminded me a lot of Splash Mountain at WDW. Too much to look at, not enough going on. It’s not a ride for coaster enthusiast, but it was worth doing once.
Posted May 16, 2007 at 12:34 PM
From Christy Shuman^ I totally agree
Posted May 16, 2007 at 4:19 PM
From Erik YatesI completely disagree. It was an amazing ride. It had a lot going on as far as visuals and effects, and how can you not be excited at the 90 degree lift hill, and the 95 degree drop, and the insane inversion. I also think that it passes Revenge of the Mummy as a really intense dark ride/coaster. But thats just me. I definately think everyone should check it out and make the call for themselves.
Posted May 17, 2007 at 6:08 PM
From John GrayMystery Mine is a great ride. Although many would consider it a "dark ride", it is more of a heavily themed coaster. Dollywood is known for it's great themeing and great story lines, and Mystery Mine is no exception. The great effects and unexpected surprises make the coaster even better. Mystery Mine is what I would call a "smart-safe" coaster. The ride has broken down two reported times during its lifetime, which have proven how safe the ride is. The cars themeselves stop in positions that make a collision physically impossible. Mystery Mine is a great ride that is tottally safe and secure!
Posted May 27, 2007 at 8:13 AM
From Russ HolthausMystery Mine Coaster ride was smoothest ride I've had on rollarcoaster, even on first day open I rode twice in about an hour. The lines are fast and ride is very fun. The two 90 degree up with the one drop of 85 down was exciting. I visit here each year about 3 times and this is best new ride they have built in a while.
Posted August 13, 2007 at 1:49 AM
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