Dollywood announces Lightning Rod, World’s Fastest Wood Roller Coaster For 2016



Dollywood just pulled back the curtain on the parks biggest investment ever, Lightning Rod.

Lightining Rod will be the world’s fastest wood Roller coaster when it makes its debut in 2016.  The ride also be the world’s first launched wooden coaster, with a launch of zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first of 12 airtime moments.

Other elements include a 165-foot drop,  3,800-ft. track to a top speed of 73 mph, making it the fastest wooden coaster in the world.  The ride will reportedly feature a total of nearly 20 seconds of airtime.  The ride will also feature a unique “quadruple down” maneuver where the train drops a total of four times in a row, similar to a double down.




“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts,” Dolly Parton said.

“Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”

Rocky Mountain Construction will be manufacturing the ride and will cost $22 million to build.

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