Wild Eagle rollercoaster

Dollywood has released a new video offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the development and construction of Wild Eagle, the park's new rollercoaster for 2012.

Wild Eagle is expected be the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider coaster to open in the US, and is likely to debut a few weeks or months ahead of X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. The video, embedded below, includes concept art showing how Wild Eagle's trains will be themed, as part of an overall design that aims to celebrate the bald eagle.

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.

B&M has already seen major success with its Wing Rider rollercoasters, having sold models to several top theme parks around the world. The first, Raptor, received a positive review from Theme Park Tourist following its debut at Italy's Gardaland in 2011. Thorpe Park will open another, The Swarm, in 2012.

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