Wild Eagle Review

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  1. Mark says:

    I’m not a roller coaster connoisseur by no means, however I did want to mention that I thought the ride was so so… obviously they are going to hype it like the most awesome thing ever, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. The ride seemed even shorter than normal. The transitions were neat but nothing that made you feel like you were soaring wildly like an eagle, that’s for sure! I still personally think Mystery Mine or even the Tornado are much more intense! That said, it’s new, different, and fun and since I go to Dollywood often (several times a year anyway) I WILL be riding it again, and again… and probably again :)

  2. Thanks for your thoughts Mark. My feeling is this ride was probably originally desinged as a standard looping or floorless roller coaster, then when the new winged trains became available they switched without changing up the layout. Notice how Wild Eagle lacks some of the common elements found on most of the other wing coasters (the inverted first drop, long barrel roll, etc.)? I wish they had used the terrain more to their advantge- a large drop off the side of that hill would’ve been really cool.

  3. dwayne says:

    I agree Wild Eagle could use more thrill elements, but it is seriously limited by it’s locstion. Look at it on Google Earth. It’s wedged between Mystery Mine, Daredevil Falls and Mtn Slidewinder. They could have done so much more with it if not for that.
    I have rode it several times each year since it opened and always alone. My wife can’t ride it and though my daughter LOVES Thunderhead she was terrified of it.
    Until this year.
    I gave her no choice.
    We started up the lift and she had a hold on my hand to choke an elephant. When we started down the drop she let go and began hooping. She’s been an eagle not a chicken ever since.

    I’m a thrill dude. I turn loose on Barn Stormer and just float so more thrills? Yeah it could use some but it got her to thrill it up and that’s good enough for me.

    Very nice article and review.
    We live at couple hours drive away and get passes almost every year so Dollywood is our “home”park.

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