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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