Its opening may have been delayed a bit, but folks who've finally gotten the chance to ride Dollywood's newest roller coaster are finding it was worth the wait!! The Lightning Rod was supposed to debut when the season opened this year, but the ride's builders asked for a little more time to make sure the ride was perfect. It was finally opened to the public this week, and has been drawing big crowds.
The 1950's era thrill ride lasts just over two minutes, but it took almost two years to take the innovative ride from concept to reality. Lighting Rod is the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, powered by new technology. It was designed especially for Dollywood, using the park's mountainous terrain to take riders up more then 20 stories, then dropping them 165 feet at 73 miles per hour.
Dollywood followed the progress of the Lighting Rod roller coaster, from the drawing board to its first ride. Watch the documentary video, produced by Devin Olson Media, attached to this story to see the months of hard work that went in to making this newest ride a reality.
Every epic journey has a start. Busch Gardens’ journey started May 16, 1975 and is 40 years in the making.
A specially-commissioned 40-minute documentary brings together past and current park executives and some of the park’s most enthusiastic fans to talk about their experiences. The piece explores the park’s humble roots as a hospitality tour and its gradual transformation into a modern theme park with old-world charm. Park guests can see the story of Busch Gardens® unfold during a limited, one-day screening in the park's Globe Theatre on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Limited quantities of the commemorative DVD 40 Years of Fun: The Story of Busch Gardens will be available for purchase at merchandise shops throughout the theme park, including The Emporium, Tempesto™ shop and Das Festhaus®.
Visitors to the park this year can trace its 40-year history during their visit by finding the 40 historical markers placed in the park’s villages. Ever wonder what happened to Glissade? Want to know what beloved attraction called Busch Gardens home before Griffon® began thrilling guests in 2007? Busch Gardens' most nostalgic moments are memorialized with pictures and stories throughout the park so guests can learn about the park's heritage while they enjoy a day of thrilling entertainment.