Dollywood released an animated video of their new roller coaster, FireChaser Express last week. The family ride, which is scheduled to open in March 2014, will have the distinction of both a forward and backward launch.

Here’s a new animated video of FireChaser Express coming to Dollywood in 2014:

FireChaser Should be a Blast!

FireChaser Express Construction - DollywoodI’m impressed. Not only does this family roller coaster look good, but it also looks like it’ll provide a fun and lengthy ride. RCDB lists the ride at 2,427 feet long. That’s about an average length for a coaster like this. Carowinds’ Carolina Goldrusher is 2,397 for example. But since riders will get to travel that both forward and backwards, they’ll be given quite a long ride. FireChaser’s capacity isn’t the greatest, but at least your wait should be worth it!

Reader Judy sent in this construction photo of the area where FireChaser will be built. The Adventure Mountain ropes course attraction has been mostly removed. As you can see some of those towers still remain and Dollywood will be using some of them as pass-thrus for FireChaser that’ll provide those fun near-misses.

I’ve been hoping for a rebirth or resurgence in mine train roller coasters and this might be the next best thing. Since I’m lucky enough to only be about 4 hours from Dollywood, I’m really looking forward to riding this with my kids.

Read more at the official FireChaser mini-site.

What’s Your Take?
How do you think FireChaser looks? Leave a comment below. Thanks to Judy for the image.

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6 Responses

  1. Mak

    When I first heard about this ride, I thaught they meant a much smaller family coaster. But this coaster looks fun for all ages, and looks like a spectacular addition to the park. More parks need these types of rides, good theming and fun for all ages.

  2. Mike M.

    I agree with Mak. I was thinking a family coaster along the lines of Flight of the Hippogriff or your typical mine train coaster. But judging from the video, I’d put this coaster on the same level as a Cheetah Hunt or Verbolten, just with the most extreme elements notched down a bit. Dollywood’s ride lineup is looking even more impressive!

  3. ethan

    I wouldn’t be suprised, and I’m hoping that this coaster will be the best new attraction of 2014. Looks better than Banshee, Medusa Steel, and Goliath! This might be the single best ride in the park. If not, I’d put Mystery Mine at the top of my list. Gerstlauer must really love this park!

  4. Quil

    It’s interesting to see how we don’t see too many single-launch coasters anymore. Everything seems to have at least two launches and a lift hill now. I think this is an awesome trend.

  5. Matt McIrvin

    Based on the animation and the diagrams over at CoasterForce, it appears to me that the train doesn’t take the entire track forward and backward; while it’s in the “fireworks” shed, the track switches out behind it, so that it launches backward onto a shorter track that leads back to the station.

    It’s similar to the trick pulled on Disney Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest.


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