Try some eats at the giant skillets over by the county fair section and don't miss the Cinnamon Bread at the bakery up the hill on the way to Tennessee Tornado. Sorry, I don't know the name of the bakery, but I'm sure someone can point you to it. Just say you're looking for the place with the Cinnamon Bread. It is sooo yummy. If you like cinnamon rolls, you will love it!
If you don't like Country and Bluegrass music, see the Dreamland Drive-In show. It features pop and rock from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s. (Last season it won IAAPA's Heartbeat Award for best park show)
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Wear some sort of eye protection on the Steam Train to keep all of the soot (sp?) out of your eyes, and when you get it on your clothes, don't try to wipe it off!
Even though you will get a bit wet, and you have to make a pretty good hike to get to it, you have to ride the Mountain Sidewinder.
If you have ear rings, take them out, or be careful on Mystery mine. Personally I thought there was only one bad spot for head/ear banging, but it was bad enough to make me take mine out every time I rode it. You may think otherwise.
If you are also a credit counter, I was just there last month as was able to ride Veggie Tales Side Show Spin without a kid. So give that a spin.
Be surprised at how smooth the Tennessee Tornado is for an Arrow. It definitely surprised me.
Have fun. It's a beautiful park!
Maggie Valley, NC – The world’s only roller coaster that is literally located on the side of a mountain, the Cliff Hanger, will open next season at Ghost Town in the Sky, Western North Carolina’s mountain top theme park and family destination.
Ghost Town recently re-opened on May 25 after a 5-year hiatus while the park was for sale. Although park officials planned on the one-of-a-kind coaster being ready for opening day, extensive restoration and updating safety components have caused delays.
Since the roller coaster was originally built over 20 years ago, originally known as the Red Devil, there have been improvements in coaster safety standards, parts and materials. First, the entire track was gauged to ensure the exact dimensions of the track. Over 14,000 parts and components, not including nuts and bolts, will be used in constructing the cars for the train, and each part had to be redesigned, fabricated and tested even before being assembled. North Carolina Department of Labor officials have been involved in the process of inspections during each stage of assembly. The Cliff Hanger will boast a magnetic brake system to assist the existing air brakes and to improve rider comfort.
This one-of-a-kind roller coaster will have a custom-built train on it. Although there are trains that could have been purchased with standard seat configurations, Ghost Town’s roller coaster will feature all new components and a completely new, one-of-a-kind train that has open-air cars and custom seats. Coaster enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the new train will not use standard over-the-shoulder harnesses. The new seats will utilize ergonomic padded lap bars and retractable seatbelts which were specially engineered and manufactured for the coaster. There is not a train on a roller coaster like it in the world.
Once completed, Ghost Town will need to have adequate run-time and testing for the brand-new train. “We will not compromise the safety of our guests,” states General Manager Bob Cordier, “And ride enthusiasts will certainly appreciate the extra efforts made to make the Cliffhanger better than ever. Aside from the train, the Cliff Hanger is so unique because the station (where guests enter and exit the ride) is built higher than the loop. Riders experience the loop within 7 seconds of beginning the ride!”
Ghost Town offered fans the opportunity to re-name this famous landmark on their website. “We had a great response from our fans. It was a really difficult decision with all the names and choices that were submitted,” said David King, Ghost Town’s Sales and Marketing Manager. The contest generated over 250 submissions from fans all over the country. Ghost Town’s management and staff voted on the name, and the most popular choice was “Cliff Hanger.”
The original Red Devil has not only received a new name, but a new look. The roller coaster has been sand blasted from “head to toe,” and each individual joint has been thoroughly tested and inspected. The Cliff Hanger features a corn husk yellow track, chili red cars and terminal. These colors are being used throughout the park to keep the theming synonymous with Ghost Town’s logo, website and all new collateral.
The Cliff Hanger is located on the side of Buck Mountain and has a top speed of 56 mph. As you leave the terminal, it seems as though you are going to fall off the face of the mountain. An exciting loop generates g-force pressure as you travel 2,063 feet of a fun-filled ride.
It sounds like it will be more than worth the wait for these one of a kind trains!
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