Dollywood announces Barnstormer for 2011

Posted Monday, August 2, 2010 12:12 PM | Contributed by Jeff

High-flying high jinks take to the sky at Dollywood for the 2011 season with the new Barnstormer ride, a $5.5 million family thrill ride situated in a barnyard-themed area which also includes play areas for younger guests.

Taking its name from the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s, the Barnstormer features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops. Situated in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Barnstormer rests amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton’s family’s rural upbringing.

Read the entire press release on Business Wire.

Dollywood Barnstormer

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Monday, August 2, 2010 12:33 PM

Looks like a great addition to the park.

The only concern I have, is the 450 people per hour. I can imagine that the line for this thing is going to be crazy long.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 12:36 PM

Awesome! Exactly what I hoped they'd get after SDC got theirs. I really love the plan Dollywood had in place. They haven't missed a step in the attractions they've put in since Thunderhead.

I noticed that they're trying out a week of being open 10am to 10pm this week. I hope they do that more often. Looks like they're trying to become more of a resort destination in the same way the PR folks at Carowinds said they were (staying open later).

Now, when are they going to build that hotel?

Last edited by Tekwardo, Monday, August 2, 2010 12:41 PM
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Monday, August 2, 2010 12:36 PM

Consider that except weekends and that about 60 percent of DW's buisness isn't for the rides. Thumbs up

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Monday, August 2, 2010 12:50 PM

A nice addition Sure the Single arm will be easily themed. LC has 2 arms and rarely uses both arms. So this should work out sell. The promo image says family ride but the height requirement will keep a good chunk of the family in the side lines.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 12:50 PM

When CP built their giant swing I wasn't impressed, until I rode it. Now I'm hooked. For something thats so simple, the rides gives a good thrill.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 1:00 PM

To be honest, I love the Screamin' Swings, but I find I don't like the smaller models quite as much. I am a huge fan of Skyhawk, but Swing Shot at Kennywood isn't as big of a thrill to me. There is a noticeable difference in the amount of airtime you get. That's just my opinion though. I will say that I really like the theming that the Barnstormer looks to have.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 1:38 PM

Good choice, obviously, as the experience at SDC will attest.

I'm more amused about this being the 2nd ride name obviously lifted from the defunct Opryland.

The Barnstormer was the name used by Opryland for their Intamin Air Race ride (same as Six Flags over Georgia's old "Great Air Race"). The rides were famous for nothing other than the SFoG version mishapped in the early days of CNN, which allowed them to run full day coverage of stranded riders.

Dollywood also aped the name of Opryland's rapids raft ride (Grizzly River Rampage) when they named their's Smoky Mountain River Rampage.

Given that Dollywood is the logical successor to Opryland (same target market, and same emphasis on shows/entertainment over rides, per se), it's smart business.

i just didn't expect an exact lift of the old Barnstormer name.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 2:02 PM

MRCEagle said:
A nice addition Sure the Single arm will be easily themed. LC has 2 arms and rarely uses both arms. So this should work out sell. The promo image says family ride but the height requirement will keep a good chunk of the family in the side lines.

Single Arm? It clearly states there will be two arms. I imagine they will be eight across seating, back-to back, on each of the two arms for a total 32 riders, just like the one at sister-park SDC.

Last edited by Jeffrey Seifert, Monday, August 2, 2010 2:03 PM
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Monday, August 2, 2010 2:06 PM

Looks to have more range of motion than Skyhawk! That might compensate for the height.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 2:29 PM

Barnstormer has a 230 degree rotation (115 degrees per side)
Skyhawk has a 240 degree rotation (120 degrees per side)

Skyhawk has slightly more rotation, but it's not a difference most would notice. The height (81ft vs 125ft) is where the difference becomes apparent.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 3:54 PM

I've only been on the pair at CP and Valleyfair, so I can't comment on smaller models, but I really dig these rides. Now that they run more reliably, it's good to see S&S with another winner.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 4:00 PM

The smaller ones (as one might expect with less mass to move) get going quicker. There is a single arm 4 seat model (upcharge) at Mt. Olympus that's a lot of fun. IIRC it was $10 for the first ride and $5 for each reride. Though I'm not a fan of upcharge, I did it and enjoyed it. It was a different experience than the slower starting/stopping Skyhawk.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 4:35 PM

I did the upcharge at Knott's in 2005 and loved it. I think they're a ton of fun, and if this one is themed like the one in SDC, I think they'll have another hit on their hands.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 5:56 PM

“I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops,” Dolly Parton said. “My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood. And I’ve recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!”


I highly DOUBT she came up with this - although I do love her publicity department...

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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:24 PM

Where in the park are they going to put this at?

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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:28 PM

In the Dreamland Forest area.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 6:59 PM

Near Slidewinder.

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Monday, August 2, 2010 8:27 PM

Best new addition that the park could have made, in my opinion. I doubt that the line will get "crazy long", because a lot of the people who go there don't even ride rides.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 8:56 AM

Is this the first S&S Screamin' Swings with real theming?

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