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The roller coasters at Dollywood

The Tennessee Tornado.
The Tennessee Tornado.
Becky Ginther

If you're a roller coaster fan, you'll definitely want to get to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to check out some of the fantastic rides they have there. Here are some of the highlights of the types of roller coasters you can expect there:

Flying Eagle
The newest coaster in Dollywood, the Flying Eagle is the first "wing coaster" in America. This means that the seats are actually on the side of the track rather than over it. It creates the sensation of flying, without any below you, which is an amazing experience. It's also an extremely smooth ride.

Mystery Mine
This is one of the most unique and original coasters I've ever been on. It's a steel coaster, part of which is inside and part of which is outside. You'll experience a series of surprising sights while inside, as well as some unexpected twists and turns, such as close to 90 degree plummets into darkness.

Tennessee Tornado
A more classic roller coaster, the Tennessee Tornado is your typical steel roller coaster. Built in 1999, it is a sit down looping coaster. It has a number of loops sure to please those that love to go upside down.

This is the one wooden roller coaster in the park, and it's a great one. Many feel it is one of the top wooden coasters in the country. It was built in 2004 and unlike many of the older wooden coasters, it is a bit smoother and knocks you around a bit less. It's also incredibly fast for a wooden coaster.

Dollywood is open yearly from late March-December. Check the website for a calendar and details on hours. Admission is currently $54 for a one day pass for adults. It is located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN.

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