FireChaser Express Opens at Dollywood

Dollywood started its 29th season with a blast — by opening FireChaser Express, the dual-launch Gerstlauer family coaster.

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The $16 million coaster is touted as the first of its type in the United States. The 2-minute and 19-second coaster launches riders forwards and backwards.

The coaster is situated on the land formerly occupied by the Adventure Mountain obstacle course.

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Riders are launched out of the station from zero to 16 mph in 1.1 seconds.

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The coaster’s lift hill stands 79 feet above the ground. Riders reach a top speed of 34.5 mph on the 2,427-foot-long course.

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The coaster also features a family-friendly 39-inch minimum height requirement.

“Whenever we build something, of course we try to create something unique to Dollywood,” Dolly Parton said. “And this FireChaser Express certainly is unique … what makes it special, is the ‘fire company’ — the kids and their parents — are launched forward … and then about halfway through, they are launched backwards. That sounds scary to me!”

Watch the entire announcement here.

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