Dollywood’s new Drop Line tower opened May 6 and has been drawing rave reviews from riders, park officials said last week.
Dolly Parton is famous for many things, including owning a theme park that’s grown into a national, and international, destination for coaster enthusiasts — and for never riding the more intense rides herself.
That will hold true with Drop Line, Parton said during a press event the day before the new ride’s official May 6 opening date.
“Any of you going to ride it? Well, I’m not,” Parton said with a laugh. “You know I’m not. You’d have to be crazy or a kid to want to drop 230 feet. But there’s a lot of crazy people out there.”
A new “super slide” ride, TailSpin Racer, was set to debut Saturday at Dollywood’s Splash Country as the water park opened for the season. TailSpin Racer is a six-lane, mat racer slide which park officials predict will have families and friends challenging each other “to a wet and wild race to its splashdown finish.”
“I’m not getting on that either,” Parton said. “For obvious reasons, I don’t ride the rides or get in the water.”
Drop Line lifts guests more than 20 stories above Dollywood’s Timber Canyon. As it ascends, the ride’s gondola slowly spins around the tower, providing guests with a bird’s-eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains. Guests shouldn’t get too comfortable with the commanding vantage point they find more than 200 feet above the ground, however. In an instant, Drop Line plunges back toward the ground.
“Drop Line is the perfect new attraction for Dollywood,” said the park’s general manager Gene Scherrer. “We have a number of unique rides, but this one is unlike anything else here. Our guests will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery as they rise up the tower, but once they get to the top, the anticipation of the drop will certainly create memories they’ll remember for quite some time.”
Parton earlier declared this season at Dollywood as “the Year of the Family,” partially because the new mix of rides at the park includes something for a wide range of age groups.
Dollywood also soon will open Whistle Punk Chaser between Drop Line and the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster. Whistle Punk Chaser is a junior coaster which throws exciting twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger guests, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the park’s larger rides.
The Year of the Family continues with several exciting events and festivals, including Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 26-June 4) and summer at Dollywood (June 17- Aug. 6). Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 29- Oct. 28), which will feature Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 4- Jan. 1) round out the year.
For more information about Dollywood’s Year of the Family, visit www.dollywood.com or call (800)- DOLLYWOOD.