Dollywood has received planning approval for its proposed new ride for the 2012 season, though very little is known about the nature of the attraction.
The Pigeon Forge Planning Commission voted unanimously on March 22 to approval the park's plans, according to the Mountain Press. Initial rumors have pointed towards the addition of a new rollercoaster, but little has been confirmed to date beyond the planned location of the ride. This will be near the intersection of the Wilderness Pass and Craftman's Valley lands, close to the entrance of the Sky Zip.
According to the report, construction of the ride is set to begin during the 2011 season. "Considerable" excavation will be carried out on the hill beneath the Sky Zip platforms in order to make room for the new ride, which is said to include a long, winding track. Although this aligns with the rollercoaster rumors, the report also claims that the attraction will be just 11-feet-tall at its highest point, which would be unusually short for a coaster.
Further details on Dollywood's new ride could be released as soon as April, with a full announcement expected in the summer. This would follow the pattern set around 2011's new attraction, Barnstormer, which is set to debut on March 26.
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