Dollywood Opening Drop Tower and Junior Coaster in 2017
Dollywood announced plans this morning for two new rides in 2017: Drop Line, a 200-foot-tall drop tower and Whistle Punk Chaser, a small roller coaster.
Drop Line drop tower
Drop Line, a 200-foot-tall drop tower will claim the spot formerly occupied by Timber Tower in the Timber Canyon area of the park.
The Dollywood website states:
New in Summer 2017, Drop Line is a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. The drop tower ride lifts Dollywood guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush.
I’ve been hoping for a Dollywood drop tower for some time, and I’ve always thought that the Timber Tower foundation would make for a perfect location:
I've always thought Timber Tower's old platform would be a prime spot for a drop tower. Could 2017 be the year? Stay tuned: https://t.co/c8TDQLfxoy
— Coaster101.com (@Coaster101) October 25, 2016
Whistle Punk Chaser junior coaster
If a drop tower wasn’t enough, Dollywood also announced a “junior” roller coaster, Whistle Punk Chaser:
Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.
No other details about the coaster are known at this time, but we’ll update this once we learn more.
If you’re curious, a “whistle punk” is a “lumberjack who operates the signal wire running to a donkey engine whistle.”
That seems like a fitting name for a Timber Canyon attraction, so I’d place my bets on Whistle Punk Chaser being located near Thunderhead and Drop Line.
And in August, the park announced plans for TailSpin Racer, a racing mat slide that will open at the Splash Country water park in 2017.