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Dollywood receives approval for RiverRush water coaster plans

RiverRush concept art

Dollywood's plans to install Tennessee's first water coaster, RiverRush, have been approved by the Pigeon Forge Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Mountain Press reports that the board has given the go-ahead for the project based on a site plan submitted by Dollywood. The new attraction will form part of the Splash Country water park, and is due to open in May 2013.

Riders on RiverRush will board four-person rafts, before traversing a 25-foot, 45-degree first drop. The ride's circuit will also include three additional drops, with linear induction motors being used to propel the rafts uphill in some sections. After navigating these, guests will plunge through a series of twists and turns before emerging back onto dry land.

The new addition to Splash Country will be similar in style to the record-breaking Mammoth water coaster, which opened at Holiday World earlier this year. Its circuit will be slightly shorter, though, reaching a total length of 1,175-feet.

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