Big Bear Mountain

Roller coaster in the United States
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Big Bear Mountain
Location Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Park section Wildwood Grove
Status Operating since May 12, 2023
Cost $25,000,000[1]
Rider height 39 inch minimum
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Family Launch Coaster
Type Steel - Launched - Terrain
Propulsion 3 LIM launches
Height 66 feet
Top speed 48 mph
Length 3990 feet
Inversions 0

Big Bear Mountain is a steel launched terrain roller coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA. It opened on May 12, 2023.


The addition of a new attraction, described as a "multi-generational coaster", was announced by Dollywood president Eugene Naughton in June 2021.[2]

On August 5, 2022, it was announced that the ride would be called Big Bear Mountain.[3] Track began arriving onsite in late September 2022.[4]

The train was revealed at IAAPA 2022.[5]

The final piece of track was installed in January 2023.[6]

Big Bear Mountain was opened on May 12, 2023 by Dolly Parton.[7]



This is the first of Vekoma's new Family Launch Coaster model. They feature the same trains as the normal Vekoma family coaster model, except for the large launch fins on the bottom. The track has been redesigned to accommodate for these fins, leading to the big gaps in the track design.

Color scheme

Orange track and black supports


10 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 20 riders per train. The trains are designed to resemble SUVs and have working headlights and taillights, and feature on-board audio.[7]


Queue line


  1. "Dollywood building $25 million new coaster, longest roller coaster at the park".
  2. "Dollywood plans new 'multigenerational coaster,' talks resorts". Pigeon Forge News. 2021-06-18. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  3. "Dolly Parton reveals Big Bear Mountain, Dollywood's longest roller coaster coming in 2023".
  4. "Big Bear Mountain Construction Update – Track Arrives at Dollywood". Coaster101. 2022-09-29. Retrieved 2022-10-12.
  5. "Big Bear Mountain Aims to Bring Family-Friendly Coaster Thrills to Dollywood".
  6. "Dollywood's Big Bear Mountain making progress toward Spring opening".
  7. 7.0 7.1 Niles, Robert (2023-05-12). "Dolly Parton Opens Dollywood's New Family Coaster". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved 2023-05-24.

External links

Articles on Dollywood