Alexander: Finally! After a couple months of delays, our summer Dollywood visit actually happened – just in time to ring in the fall season!
It was an extremely busy day at Dollywood, but since we were in the area for a wedding anyway, we couldn’t not stop for a look at the brand new Wildwood Grove and a few rides on some of our faves!
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Dragonflier is a production model Vekoma family inverted coaster. The layout can be found in a handful of European and Asian parks, but Dollywood’s is the first installation in the Western Hemisphere.
While we wished the ride had higher capacity (this model runs a single, 20-passenger train), we realize that Dragonflier isn’t quite long enough to justify the cost of a second train (and the various mechanical adjustments that would come with it).
An interesting detail about the current generation of Vekoma family inverts is that they do gently swing out to the sides on turns. This offers an extremely smooth ride despite some sharp transitions – like this final turn into the station.
We also got a ride on Thunderhead this visit, which has had lots of track work since our last ride (particularly at the bottom of the first drop). Wildwood Grove offers some great new vantage point of Dollywood’s original woodie.
Dragonflier didn’t open on time with the rest of Wildwood Grove, and we can only assume that they rushed to have it open before Memorial Day Weekend. Hopefully in the offseason they’ll be bringing its landscaping up to par with the rest of the area!
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