Dollywood announces drop tower and junior coaster for 2017

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:26 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the official site:

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.

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.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:34 AM
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20 stories above the Canyon’s pool

That makes me wonder if it's going in the old Topple Tower location.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:54 AM

They will be replacing lightning rod with these new attractions. Lmfao


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:35 AM

Punk Chaser? Really? Lame name

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:37 AM

whistle punk: a lumberjack who operates the signal wire running to a donkey engine whistle


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:51 AM

I'd reckon the topple tower site is the place. It's small, it's round, it's useless. It's also up the hill, so at 200 feet the sense of height will be... heightened. It will be a great view of the park on one side and the hills on the other.

There's a small interactive kids area behind that location that butts up against Thunderhead and I think it doesn't get a lot of traffic. That might be the place for the kid coaster.

I hope this tower doesn't topple.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:19 PM
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Is there a source for any more details on the coaster? Normally I wouldn't pay much attention, but since this is Dollywood, I bet they have something at least a little unique or interesting planned.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:44 PM

I completely misread what the name was...Whitsle Punk Chaser. I thought it said whilst Punk Chaser Lol

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:55 PM
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I like the name of the junior coaster a lot. The park can use a good, quality junior coaster. RCDB says it will be a steel coaster, but does not give a manufacturer. The press release mentions Thunderhead, so I bet the new coaster is placed into that area of the park.

I have always pictured a drop tower in the spot of Timber Tower ever since that ride was removed.

Will the 200 foot drop tower be taller than Wild Eagle, as far as the skyline goes? Wild Eagle has a 135 foot drop, but it was built on the top of a mountain. I think the lift hill is said to be about 210 feet tall. It starts from 30 or 40 feet from ground level, so I bet the tower will not rise above the wing coaster if it placed in the Timber Tower area.

Dollywood has really become a really great thrill park over the last decade, which adds to everything else they offer. This is great news.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:57 PM

Will the new coaster operate?

Serious question.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 3:40 PM
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Serious answer: obviously

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:52 PM

Those do seem like good attractions for that area of the park. It was dead in there a few weeks ago when we visited. Considering River Battle was closed and Mystery Mine was the only thing open until hitting Thunderhead.

I do think they could use some more flats spread around the park.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:08 PM
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Coasterfantom2 said:

I do think they could use some more flats spread around the park.

This. So much this. Having almost all of them concentrated in one area (County Fair? Country Fair? Whatever.) really reduces their impact and utility, IMO.

Even just relocating a couple would help a lot. Love the park and can't wait to get back.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:55 AM

^Yeah I can't remember that name but that part of the park was packed when we were waiting to ride the train. We didn't try to ride any of the flats with the crowds. It seemed as though a lot parents with smaller kids were hanging out in that area.

All the coasters with the exception of Lightning Rod(only open one of our three days there.) were walk ons.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:37 AM

matt. said:
Is there a source for any more details on the coaster? Normally I wouldn't pay much attention, but since this is Dollywood, I bet they have something at least a little unique or interesting planned.

The park confirmed it will be a steel zamperla gravity coaster.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:42 PM

I'm assuming Whistle Punk Chaser is the same as the Cocoa Cruiser at HersheyPark (same model that the park confirmed). Very much a "kiddie" coaster as opposed to a family coaster... :(

With HersheyPark and Dollywood adding drop towers this year, what park now becomes the "biggest" without one?


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Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:02 PM

Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Magic Kingdom. SeaWorld Orlando.


But then again, what do I know?

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:11 PM

Disneyland, Both US Universal Studios


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Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:41 PM

Geauga Lake.

Too soon?

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:14 PM
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More like too late, and it's all Dick's fault. (!!!111!!)


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