Tennessee Tornado

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Tennessee Tornado
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roller coaster
Location Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Status Operating since April 17, 1999
Cost $8,000,000 USD
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Alan Schilke
Type Steel - Terrain
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1,360
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height163 feet
Drop128 feet
Top speed63 mph
Length2682 feet
G-force3.7 g

Tennessee Tornado is a steel roller coaster located at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA. It was designed by Arrow Dynamics and is their last Custom Looping Coaster installation.

History[edit | edit source]

On July 2, 1998, Dollywood officially announced Tennessee Tornado, with a statement from Dolly Parton.[1] The Thunder Express station was reused for the new coaster.[2] Dollywood would hire Arrow Dynamics to build Tennessee Tornado.

The ride opened for the first time on April 17, 1999.

Design[edit | edit source]


When Tennessee Tornado was announced, Dolly added that the ride would incorporate an element nicknamed the "iron butterfly". This is not a butterfly element, rather the vertical loop and sidewinder which combined resemble a butterfly.[1] The roller coaster uses the more modern track style, which Arrow introduced in the 1990s. It also has large tubular supports, a departure from the lattice-style supports used by Arrow since the 1970s. The support structure is similar to that of Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters and the failed Drachen Fire roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Tennessee Tornado was one of the first Arrow Dynamics computer-designed coasters. In addition, it had a smooth and comfortable ride experience.

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

When the train exits the station, it makes a left turn and goes straight into a shed. Inside the shed, riders hear tornado sirens. The train exits the shed, makes a right turn and then climbs the 163 foot tall chain lift hill. At the top, riders make a right turn and drop 128 feet straight into a tunnel, reaching a max speed of 63 mph. After the tunnel, riders head into a 110 foot tall vertical loop. The train goes past a wagon and makes a right turn. Riders flip into a second vertical loop and a sidewinder, before going through several turns. After the turns, the train approaches the final brake run.

Trains[edit | edit source]

7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.

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