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Wild Eagle at DollywoodSubmitted by Nick on Sunday, July 22, 2012 13:19
Wild Eagle was be the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider coaster to open in the US, in March 2012. Riders are suspended on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, hitting a top speed of 61 miles per hour as they soar through its 3,127-feet-long course.
Four inversions are included in Wild Eagle's circuit, including a giant loop, a "zero-G" roll and a giant flat spin. The ride hits its top speed at the foot of the first drop, which will stand at 135-feet-tall, and is designed to recreate the experience of soaring through the skies like a bald eagle.
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POV Video: Wild Eagle roller coaster opens at Dollywood
Monday, March 26, 2012 07:28
Dollywood has debuted its new ride for the 2012 season, Wild Eagle, which has become the first ride of its type to open in the US.
Video: Wild Eagle roller coaster undergoes test run at Dollywood
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 08:39
Video footage has emerged online of Dollywood's new roller coaster for the 2012 season, Wild Eagle, undergoing one of its first test runs.
Video: Dollywood's Wild Eagle coaster set to be ready for March 24, 2012 debut
Friday, January 27, 2012 08:40
Dollywood has revealed that construction of its highly-anticipated Wild Eagle roller coaster is on track, with the ride set to open to the public on March 24, 2012.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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Reader reviews of Wild Eagle
Wild Eagle is the first wing coaster to open in the United States. The trip up the mountain is quick and steep there really isn’t much time to look around and admire the beautiful view. What does it feel like to be sitting out on the wings instead of over of under the track? For the experienced roller coaster enthusiasts, I’d say 2/3 of the ride feels like a typical roller coaster but a few of the transitions between elements and twisty inversions felt really cool and you could tell you were further away from the center of gravity. I did feel a slight “bounciness” in the outer seats towards the end of the ride in the helixes, not an uncomfortable feeling, actually pretty cool and unique!
As an engineer, another aspect of the ride I found to be pretty cool was the fact that you’re riding right next to the wheels and can clearly see the underside of the vehicles. You can watch the anti-roll backs bounce off the teeth all the way up the lift.
Overall, Wild Eagle is a fun ride and the signature attraction at Dollywood.
Tip: Lean forward in your seat going up the lift to help prevent the shoulder harness from tightening up.