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Dollywood’s Lightning Rod Roller Coaster Opens to the Public

Entertainment | Donald Wood | June 15, 2016

Dollywood’s Lightning Rod Roller Coaster Opens to the Public

One of the most anticipated roller coaster debuts of 2016 was the Lightning Rod at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

On Monday, the world's fastest wooden coaster opened to the public.

According to The Tennessean, the Lightning Rod was in technical ride rehearsal since May 23, but finally opened to amusement park guests Monday. Not only did the attraction become the world's fastest wood coaster upon its debut, but it also became the world's first launching wood coaster.

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“I knew we really had something truly special when we started talking about building Lightning Rod,” Dolly Parton told The Tennessean in a statement. “It's going to bring people from all over the world to Dollywood so they can experience all that speed and excitement. I just can't wait to hear what everyone thinks when they burn rubber on that wild ride through the hills in our newest hot rod! I know one thing; it's definitely going to flip your wig.”

The official YouTube page of Dollywood shared a point-of-view video from the new ride and the reactions from guests who had just rode on the record-breaking attraction:

The Twitter account of CoasterForce shared their opinion of the Lightning Rod roller coaster:

For guests who want to experience the world's fastest wooden coaster for themselves, Dollywood is open to the public 10 10 p.m. every day through June. More information is available on the theme park’s official website.

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