August 2, 2010
Pigeon Forge, TN – High-flying high jinks take to the sky at Dollywood theme park with the all-new Barnstormer ride coming in 2011. The $5.5 million family thrill ride will be situated in a barnyard-themed area that will also include a play area for younger guests.
The new attraction takes its name from the daring aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920s. Barnstormer will have two pendulum arms that seat 32 rides, back-to-back. With each swing the riders will travel progressively higher reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation.
At its peak the Barnstormer will reach a height of 81-feet in the air.
"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!"
Barnstormer will be built amid a traditional red barn on the Owens Farm, a nod to Parton's family's rural upbringing. The ride will accommodate up to 450 passengers per hour and have a height requirement of 48 inches.
While the Barnstormer fills the air above the barn, children's play areas will surround it. 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 will be adjacent to the Mountain Slidewinder, one of the park's most popular rides which opened in 1987. The new area and ride will open in March 2011, Dollywood's 26th operating season.
The new area opens in March 2011 to usher in Dollywood's 26th operating season.
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