Posted Friday, June 27, 2003 5:05 AM | Contributed by LONNOL
Dollywood has announced the construction of a new wood coaster called Thunderhead, scheduled to open next spring. The ride will be built by Great Coasters International, and feature a "fly through" section of track that will go through the station.
Awesome! I for one (and probably the only one) am very happy to see another GCI going in - and if the "fly through" is what I'm thinking it is, I've always wondered why no park has ever done this with a non-boomerang (or Impulse) coaster. It is an exciting part of both of those styles of rides, and I think it makes waiting for the ride a little less tedious since you can watch the train and people's reactions on it while you wait. Hmm, how far is Dollywood from Pittsburgh ...
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While we all know artist's renderings aren't always accurate the one I've seen does NOT show Millennium Flyers, but a custom train to fit the logging theme of the ride. That being said, Flyers do seem logical given GCI is involved.
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The press release mentions that the coaster will use the GCII Millennium Flyers. The artist rendering sure looks kind of ThuNderaTion-ish as far as the structure (big thick ledgers)in the rendering goes. Might have used a photo of TNT or Dollywood's old mine train to go from. I am just talking about the fact that the rendering trains are not Mill Flyer like trains. I hope the actual trains do incorporate some of the theme elements shown in the rendering. Point being that this is just a rendering to build excitement and does not need to be 'factual'. The early billboards for Wildfire, for example, had trains that only bore a slight resemeblence to the actual trains.
*** This post was edited by JWolg 6/27/2003 5:36:13 PM ***