Lightning Rod

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Lightning Rod
Lightning Rod Entrance.jpg
roller coaster
Location Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Status Operating since June 13, 2016
Cost $22,000,000 USD
Manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction
Type Wooden - Launched - Terrain
Model / product Topper Track
Riders per train 24
Propulsion LSM lift hill
Height170 feet
Δ elevation206 feet
Drop165 feet
Top speed73 mph
Length3800 feet
Steepest drop73°
G-force3.5 g

Lightning Rod is a wooden launched roller coaster located at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA. It is the world's first launched wooden coaster and the world's fastest wooden coaster. It is also a prototype launched Topper Track coaster by Rocky Mountain Construction.

History[edit | edit source]

The roller coaster was revealed at an event featuring Dolly Parton on August 7, 2015. Shortly before the attraction's scheduled March 19 opening, the attraction was announced as delayed due to launch problems. It started technical rehearsals with guests on May 23, 2016 before officially opening on June 13. Since then, the ride has had many technical problems due to its unique launch system.

Design[edit | edit source]


Trains[edit | edit source]

6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

The trains are based on hot rods.

Images[edit | edit source]

Fastest wooden roller coaster
June 13, 2016 - present
Preceded by
Fastest wooden roller coaster
June 13, 2016 - present
Succeeded by

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