Wild Eagle rollercoaster

Dollywood has announced that it will open a new $20 million rollercoaster, Wild Eagle, in time for the start of the 2012 season.

The park claims that the new addition will be the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider coaster to open in the US, although another - X-Flight - will debut at Six Flags Great America next spring. Riders on Wild Eagle will be 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 will be included in Wild Eagle's circuit, including a giant loop, a "zero-G" roll and a giant flat spin. The ride will hit its top speed at the foot of the first drop, which will stand at 135-feet-tall. Dollywood's official teaser video for the new rollercoaster is embedded below:

Wild Eagle will be themed around the sensation of flying, and is designed to celebrate the bald eagle. Dollywood has been home to the headquarters of the American Eagle Foundation for the past 20 years, and is one of the organization's largest benefactors.

The first B&M Wing Rider rollercoaster, Raptor, received a positive review from Theme Park Tourist following its debut at Italy's Gardaland in 2011. Another, The Swarm, will open at Thorpe Park next year.

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So which will open first X-Flight or Wild Eagle? I assume they are different track layouts judging from track lenghts and number of inversions? I like the idea of a loop on a Wingrider. Unfortunately Raptor opened after I visited Gardaland so I am looking forward to The Swarm opening at Thorpe Park for my first taste of this type of B&M coaster.

In reply to by Daveo (not verified)

It depends on construction delays etc. but it's likely that Wild Eagle will open first.

In reply to by Nick Sim

I have just been reading on Screamscape that they are looking at a date for Wild Eagle as early as March!! Obviously subject to construction delays. Theme Park Review has a construction Tour update and it looks like Wild Eagle is well under way with footers and track all ready to go!

In reply to by Daveo (not verified)

March is about right - Barnstormer opened in the same kind of timeframe last year.

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