Today was the full reveal of Dollywood's new family coaster, FireChaser Express, which was done via the launch of a brand new website for the ride.
The site features a new point of view animation of the custom designed coaster, which will utilize a hillside in the park to the fullest over the course of the ride. FireChaser Express will feature both a forwards and backwards launch, along with a traditional lift hill.
We also got a nice look at the coaster's layout, above, and now understand just how it will fit into the Wilderness Pass area. New details of the ride's path were also explained: "A 79-foot lift propels FireChaser Express through a “trick track” section where the passenger trains twist from side to side. Riders also encounter two helices and six zero-gravity moments on a journey that lasts two minutes and 19 seconds. FireChaser Express features three 14-passenger trains with an hourly capacity of 750 riders."
The ride's theming includes "fire towers and the mountainside amid crashed rockets, a destroyed fireworks storage shed, fallen telephone poles with “rocket darts” and other charred remnants that litter the coaster’s path."
"FireChaser Express takes its volunteer recruits through the fireworks testing area where they encounter the mythical “Big Bertha” skyrocket and a lightning hit at Crazy Charlie’s Gas & Fireworks Emporium. As FireChaser Express races to extinguish the blaze, the coaster encounters a fireworks explosion, catapulting FireChaser Express into a backward launch sending the coaster on a reverse ride back into the station!"
FireChaser Express will have only a 39 inch height requirement, making it a great starter roller coaster for smaller visitors. The ride looks so much more impressive than I expected, though I suppose it was foolish of me to doubt Dollywood! I can't wait to watch as construction on this one progresses.