Does anyone know what else is going to be in the new Thunderhead Gap area of Dollywood? Any new rides for this area besides Thunderhead? I'm guessing there won't be any other new rides since they'll want to milk the promotion on the coaster. What about new shops, restaurants, shows, etc?
I received my 2004 Dollywood brochure in the mail today. It has Thunderhead on the front with the caption "The Wildest Ride in the Woods!" and a picture of a wooden coaster with riders. I'm wondering what coaster they used for the picture. If anyone has seen the brochure, what coaster is used in the photo?
No mention of Dolly anywhere in that. I wonder if there is trouble between the two parties...
Anyway, I'm expecting a fun ride, not a shocking ride. The park targets families, and needless to say such an extreme ride might be a little out of the question. After all, the park has only one ride that goes upside down. Either way, I'm sure it will still be interesting.
Settle down everybody...families with kids aged 8-15 is probably Dollywood's overall target audience, for that matter, it's probably most parks' target. Who else are they going to say they're building for? Geeky thrill seekers aged 22-35? ;)
Based on what I have seen so far, I have to politely disagree with the idea that this will not be an exciting ride.
I hear nothing but good things about other GCI creations and Clair Hain states in the Mountain Press arcticle that... "We take them a little bit further every time," he said. "We're banking at 70 degrees here."
I am confident this will be the begining of a lot of good things to come to Dollywood in the coming years. Most importantly, creating a loop around the park.
Just remember, like any woodie, it'll need a certain amount of time to break in. I was so excited to ride SFMW's Roar when it very first opened, and was pretty disappointed. Ran very slow and sluggish. Still fun, but not what I was expecting.
But every year since then, the ride just seems to get more and more insane. The past couple of seasons, it's been delivering some amazing airtime that was never there before. Thunderhead looks like it should deliver regardless, but wait till at least the end of the season before making any final judgements, should be a pretty incredible ride once it's all broken in.