Thunderhead (roller coaster)

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Thunderhead
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Thunderhead's logo and two Golden Tickets for the Best Wooden Roller Coaster
Dollywood
Park section Timber Canyon
Coordinates 35°47′48″N83°31′55″W / 35.79667°N 83.53194°W / 35.79667; -83.53194 Coordinates: 35°47′48″N83°31′55″W / 35.79667°N 83.53194°W / 35.79667; -83.53194
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 3, 2004 (2004-04-03)
Cost$7,000,000
($9.29 million in 2018 dollars [1] )
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
DesignerMike Boodley
Track layout Twister roller coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height100.4 ft (30.6 m)
Drop100 ft (30 m)
Length3,230 ft (980 m)
Speed53.7 mph (86.4 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration2:30
Max vertical angle60°
Height restriction48–76 in (122–193 cm)
Trains12 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
TimeSaver Pass available
Attraction transfer icon.svg Must transfer from wheelchair
Thunderhead at RCDB
Pictures of Thunderhead at RCDB

Thunderhead is a wooden roller coaster located at Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The coaster, which was the anchor attraction of the new "Thunderhead Gap" section (now Timber Canyon), opened on April 3, 2004, to much critical acclaim. Thunderhead boasts 22 turns and 32 crossovers, [2] and utilizes GCI's Millennium Flyer trains, used on all GCI coasters since 1999. Thunderhead is also the first roller coaster to feature a station flyby.

Wooden roller coaster type of roller coaster

A wooden roller coaster is most often classified as a roller coaster with running rails made of flattened steel strips mounted on laminated wooden track. Occasionally, the support structure may be made out of a steel lattice or truss, but the ride remains classified as a wooden roller coaster due to the track design. The type of wood typically used in the construction of wooden coasters is Southern Yellow Pine, usually grown in the US and the rest of North America.

Dollywood is a theme park jointly owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosting nearly 3 million guests in a typical season – mid-March to the Christmas holidays – Dollywood is the biggest ticketed tourist attraction in Tennessee.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 5,875. Situated just 5 miles (8 km) north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a tourist destination that caters primarily to Southern culture and country music fans. The city's attractions include Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country as well as numerous gift shops, outlet malls, amusement rides, and musical theaters.

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History

The ride was named after Thunderhead Mountain, a peak within the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was heavily logged during the early 19th century.[ citation needed ] The mountain itself was named "Thunderhead" after a slang term in the American South for Cumulonimbus clouds.

Thunderhead Mountain mountain in United States of America

Thunderhead Mountain is a 5,527-foot (1,685 m) mountain in the west-central part of the Great Smoky Mountains, located in the Southeastern United States. Rising along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, the mountain dominates the Western Smokies. The Appalachian Trail crosses its summit, making it a popular hiking destination. Rocky Top, a knob on the western part of the mountain's summit ridge, shares its name with a popular Tennessee state song.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park U.S. national park in Tennessee and North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline of the park. Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the United States with over 11.3 million recreational visitors in 2016. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Maine to Georgia. The park was chartered by the United States Congress in 1934 and officially dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.

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Rankings

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year2004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Ranking6 [4] 1 [5] 1 [6] 2 [7] 2 [8] 5 [9] 5 [10] 5 [11] 4 [12] 5 [13] 5 [14] 5 [15] 7 [16] 8 [17] 10 [18] 11 [19]
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best wood-Tracked Roller Coaster [20]
Year2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Ranking5273111114121515
NAPHA Survey: Favorite Wood Roller Coaster [21]
Year200420052006200720082009
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