Dollywood may not be open to visitors at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get excited about their upcoming season and new roller coaster, Wild Eagle! Without a doubt, this will be Dollywood’s most impressive coaster to date, and we’re going to give you a sneak peek!
The Wild Eagle will be the first wing coaster in the US. What is a wing coaster, you ask? Strapped into a forward facing seat, with your feet dangling over nothing but the scenery below, you will be suspended either to the left or right of the track, on the wings of an eagle! From that point of view, you will climb 210 feet above the ride’s loading station, catch a quick, but spectacular view of the Great Smoky Mountains, before plunging into a 135 foot first drop to take your breath away! The nearly two and a half-minute journey includes, among many thrilling swoops and turns, a giant loop, a zero-G roll, and a giant flat spin.
Even after spending $20 million on this spectacular new coaster, Dollywood commission the country’s largest flying eagle steel sculpture to accompany it! Canadian metal sculptor Kevin Stone worked for six months to create the sculpture, which included the creation and welding of thousands of intricate feathers! With a wingspan of 48 ft, this will surely be a massive thing of beauty!
For a sneak peek of what it will be like to ride the new coaster, watch the video below! For more information, videos, and pictures, visit Dollywood’s Wild Eagle site.