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|Designer / calculations||Alan Schilke|
|Type||Steel - Terrain|
|Model / product||Custom Looping Coaster|
|Riders per train||28|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed63 mph
History[edit | edit source]
On July 2, 1998, Dollywood officially announced Tennessee Tornado, with a statement from Dolly Parton. The Thunder Express station was reused for the new coaster. 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. 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]
Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Articles on Dollywood|