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FireChaser Double launch coaster for Dollywood


Tennessee’s Dollywood theme park will add another rollercoaster to its ride line-up this coming spring in the shape of FireChaser Express. America’s first dual-launch family coaster travelling both forward and backward, it will open March 2014. The Gerstlauer-built ride launches once in each direction, on a winding 2,427ft track. Each 14- passenger train will travel from zero to 20 mph (32kmh) in 1.1 seconds as its leaves the station. A 79ft lift propels FireChaser Express through a “trick track” section where the trains twist from side to side. Riders will also encounter two helixes and six zero-gravity


Wonder Mountain’s


Guardian – a 3D dark ride with 4D effects and game technology – will be the big new attraction for 2014 at


Canada’s Wonderland outside


Toronto. The attraction opens in May and begins with a perilous climb up the side of the mountain then plummets into its core. Passengers will encounter mythical creatures as they navigate 1,000ft (305m) of coaster track through a desolate forest, underground lake and draconian city. The quest culminates as riders enter the dragon’s lair for an all- action finale shoot out. “Thrill seekers and video game enthusiasts will be amazed,” says Canada’s Wonderland general manager Norm Pirtovshek. The new attraction will be realised together with Canadian technology and attraction specialist Triotech, with a ride system by Art Engineering.


moments on a journey that lasts almost two-and-a-half minutes. Towards the end of the ride, a reverse launch sends the train back towards the station. The coaster’s 39-inch (1m) minimum height requirement invites families to ride together. Featuring three trains, it will offer a 740 hourly capacity. FireChaser Express celebrates the volunteer-based fire departments of the 1940s who protected the neighbouring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ride will careen through fire towers and the mountainside amid crashed rockets, a destroyed fireworks storage shed, fallen telephone poles and other themed elements lining its path. Perched 12 storeys above the park’s Wilderness Pass


area, FireChaser Express is the first capital investment in a 10-year/$300 million plan for future developments either in or adjacent to Dollywood. In keeping with the Southern charm and hospitality that has welcomed


the waterpark! On Monday 2 September, Morey’s Piers’ Ocean Oasis waterpark in Wildwood, New Jersey, offered free admission to dogs and a discounted rate of just $10 for their owners as part of a “doggie paddle” promotion. Water bowls and free dog treats were stationed throughout the park, dogs were free to paddle around the endless river or cool off in the puddle pool, and each four- legged friend was given a souvenir Frisbee to take home.All proceeds from the day were donated to New Jersey’s Society of for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And in case you were wondering, yes we did put this picture in just because it’s cute!


Take your dog to


millions to Dolly Parton’s theme park since it launched in Pigeon Forge in 1986, a 300-room hotel resort is set to welcome guests as from summer 2015. The DreamMore Resort, located just a stone’s throw from the park entrance, will offer great views of the Great Smoky Mountains, immortalised in the Parton song My Tennessee Mountain Home. As well as an indoor and outdoor pool complex, a spa and farmhouse-style restaurant, special touches will include ”sanctuaries encouraging family bonding time” such as fire pits, swings and hammocks plus story spots scattered throughout the grounds.


DreamMore is the second lodging venture by Dollywood, following the opening in 2010 of Dollywood Cabins two miles from the park and Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark.


dollywood.com Cedar Point


2014 It was a big year in 2013 for Cedar Point with the launch of the Ohio park’s GateKeeper wing coaster, but owner Cedar Fair still has several plans in store for 2104.


Pipe Scream by Zamperla


Joining Cedar Point’s line-up of rides next summer in Gemini Midway will be Pipe Scream, a Zamperla Disk ‘O’ Coaster with a custom skateboard ride vehicle and Lake Erie Eagles, a Flying Scooters ride from Larson International.


Meanwhile the park’s Camp Snoopy kids area celebrates 15 years of family fun with retheming of the Gemini rollercoaster as Wilderness Run and the moving of the Frog Hopper ride, to be rethemed Woodstock’s Airmail, from another area of the park. This will bring the total number of Camp Snoopy rides up to nine. The beginning of a two-year renovation at Hotel Breakers will also begin this winter.


cedarpoint.com 20 SEPTEMBER 2013


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