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Lightning Rod at Dollywood

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Jukebox Junction

Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Jun 11, 2016

3800 feet

Maximum speed:
73 mph

Rocky Mountain Construction

Wooden Launched Coaster

Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod is billed as the first wooden coaster in the world to use a launch system instead of a traditional lift hill. Riders are launched from 0 to 45 miles per hour before racing around a 3,800 foot circuit that includes a 165 foot drop. At the foot of the hill, the trains reach 73 miles per hour.

More information about Lightning Rod:

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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

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Reviews of Lightning Rod:

Best Roller Coaster in the World
Submitted by sirusstest
on Saturday, November 04, 2017 05:45

Just has everything a coaster needs in an almost perfect order and execution. Impeccable.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Monday, June 13, 2016 17:40

It's not very often that I'm glad a coaster isn't very long, but I was glad Lightning Rod wasn't very long. This ride is exhilarating and terrifying. You'll want to check the restraint on your seat very closely, as you'll need it. From the moment you're launched up the first hill you're out of your seat as often as you're in it. Every hill (including a couple of completely sideways turns) flies by and you are moving fast. It really feels like you could go flying out of your seat at any moment. The one complaint I had is there is really nothing to hold onto (and while I love coasters, I hold on--that's the chicken in me). A terrific roller-coaster!


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