Dollywood crews construct state's first ever water coaster

Dollywood crews construct state's first ever water coaster

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The new 1,176 foot RiverRush water coaster will make history as the first ever in the state. The new 1,176 foot RiverRush water coaster will make history as the first ever in the state.
"You slide down like you would on a regular water slide until you reach the bottom and you hit another one of those magnetic sections and it launches you back up and over and around," said Pete Owens. "You slide down like you would on a regular water slide until you reach the bottom and you hit another one of those magnetic sections and it launches you back up and over and around," said Pete Owens.
The new RiverRush Water Coaster is expected to be open this May. The new RiverRush Water Coaster is expected to be open this May.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Water park season is still months away, but construction crews are hard at work on Dollywood's newest attraction and biggest investment in park history.

"It's something very, very unique for us, very, very unique for the state and something that I think families are really going to like," said Pete Owens with Dollywood Public Relations.

The new 1,176 foot RiverRush water coaster will make history as the first ever in the state, but it's also using some of the newest technology in the industry. The track is lined with electronic magnets that literally carry you along the ride.

"The rafts themselves have a metal plate in them and the magnets will actually catch the metal plate in the raft and propel you up the hills," said Splash Country General Manager Mike Brown.

That means when you board the four-person toboggan, you will go up as fast as you go down.

"At the top of the hill you'll feel weightlessness," said Brian Dudash, director of construction.

"You slide down like you would on a regular water slide until you reach the bottom and you hit another one of those magnetic sections and it launches you back up and over and around," added Owens.

The coaster is powered by 12,000 gallons of water and a several computers. It reaches a height of four stories with drops as steep as 45 degrees.

Park officials say it's a thrill seeker's dream, but also fun for the whole family.

"It's a high adrenaline ride for us, but it is not a ride that families are not going to want to ride together," said Owens.

If you're worried about long lines, the new coaster can run 720 passengers per hour, which will hopefully keep wait times to a minimum when the coaster opens.

The new RiverRush Water Coaster is expected to be open this May.

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