Monday, August 2, 2010

Dollywood 2011: Barnstormer

Dollywood kept their word and announced a major new attraction for the park's 26th operating season, which starts in March 2011.

The new thrill ride, named Barnstormer, will "feature two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops."

The new ride will be a part of a $5.5 million development that will create a new barnyard themed area at the park. Along with the ride "children can enjoy a 22-foot by 16-foot bi-plane play area as well as a pig pen water play area." Adding smaller attractions for children near a big, new ride is always a smart move. Keep the whole family happy!

The Barnstormer will be located adjacent to the Mountain Sidewinder ride, have a capacity of 450 riders per hour, and have a 48 inch minimum rider height requirement.

Rides of this type at parks like Cedar Point, Kennywood, and sister park Silver Dollar City have been a success in the past. The thrill of the attraction combined with what looks like great theming should make for one great ride!