Dolly Parton’s theme park will soon be home to the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.
Dollywood announced plans to open the new Lightning Rod coaster during its 2016 season. The $22-million ride will be themed as a hot rod style train that launches riders from zero to 45 mph, to a peak over 20-stories high.
Parton announced the park’s new attraction during a press conference, explaining the inspiration behind the theme of the coaster.
“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school,” Parton said. “I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts. I’m truly excited about this ride because it will let our guests experience something just as fast as those hot rods I remember. Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”
To find out more about the new coaster and the theme park, visit the Dollywood website.