High-flying high jinks take to the sky at Dollywood for the 2011 season with the new Barnstormer ride, a $5.5 million family thrill ride situated in a barnyard-themed area which also includes play areas for younger guests.
“I remember my daddy and granddaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they’d work crops,” Dolly Parton said. “My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood. And I’ve recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!”
Taking its name from the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s, the Barnstormer features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches a staggering 81 feet in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops. Situated in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Barnstormer rests amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton’s family’s rural upbringing.
While the Barnstormer fills the air above the barn, children’s play areas dot the landscape around the barn. With a fun, barnyard theme, children can enjoy a 22-foot by 16-foot bi-plane play area as well as a pig pen water play area.
-The Barnstormer has a ride capacity of 450 passengers per hour, and a 48-inch minimum height requirement.
-The Barnstormer is adjacent to the Mountain Slidewinder, one of the park’s most popular rides which opened in 1987.
-The new area opens in March 2011 to usher in Dollywood’s 26th operating season.
The number one ticketed attraction in Tennessee, Dollywood is an award-winning 150-acre family adventure park located in Pigeon Forge near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open nine months a year (late March to early January), Dollywood hosts four of the South’s largest festivals and offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including Thunderhead, twice named the world’s No. 1 wooden coaster, and Mystery Mine coaster, Theme Park Insider’s 2007 Best New Attraction. In addition to the 2009 Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows, Dollywood is the recipient of 15 Big E Awards in recognition of the park’s live entertainment which features country, bluegrass, gospel and Appalachian music. The Golden Tickets’ 2007 Publisher’s Pick for best theme park, Dollywood also is a two-time winner of the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event. In addition, a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region demonstrate daily. For more information, visit www.dollywood.com.
Ride Speed: 45 mph (72.4 kph)
Travel Direction: 230-degree pendulum arc
Passenger Capacity: 32
Ride Vehicles: 2 pendulum arms which seat 16 passengers each
Ride Duration: 60 seconds
Operating Temperature: 32 degrees
Capacity: 450 passengers per hour
Requirement: 48 inches
ADA Accessible: Yes, with a custom-designed ADA seat
Non-motion Dimensions: Height: 64 feet
Width: 29 feet 9 inches
Length: 60 feet
Operating Scope: Height: 81 feet
Width: 60 feet
Length: 110 feet
Project Cost: $5.5 million
Manufacturer: S&S Worldwide, Inc.
Scheduled Debut: March 2011
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