Dollywood Reveals Coaster Trains for Big Bear Mountain

November 15, 2022, 10:35 AM · Dollywood and Vekoma this morning at the IAAPA Expo revealed the coaster train for their new family coaster, Big Bear Mountain.

The 3,990-foot terrain coaster will feature three launches and a top speed of 48 mph. The height requirement will be 39 inches, which should make Big Bear Mountain an attractive family coaster.

Big Bear Mountain ride vehicle

Styled to look like four-wheeled-drive SUVs that have seen a thing or two while out seeking bears (that dirt is painted on), the ride vehicles will have working headlights and tail lights.

"This ride is going to be a game changer for us at Dollywood for several reasons, including the fact it’s the largest coaster we’ve ever built and our first ride with on-board audio," Dollywood President Eugene Naughton said.

Dollywood and Vekoma also released a concept POV video for Big Bear Mountain.

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Replies (2)

November 15, 2022 at 11:25 AM

Theming is all over the place on this one... Magical fairyland with... jeeps?

November 15, 2022 at 11:31 AM

Those ride wheels are awfully small, particularly for a coaster with on-board audio where a smooth and quiet ride is essential. The high-sided seating area will probably help enhance the soundtrack, particularly if the train rides "loud", but will make unloading and loading a bit tricky. With so many manufacturers moving towards zero-entry trains to increase load efficiency and enhance accessibility, Vekoma continues to put guests in buckets. Disney forced Vekoma into a flat floor train for Guardians, so I don't understand why Dollywood didn't do the same here as it wouldn't have impacted the theming too much.

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