Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, has announced the new attraction for their 2011 season. The ride will reportedly cost around $5 million.
The new thrill ride will be named the Barnstormer, after aerialists and stunt pilots of the 1920's. It will feature two pendulum arms, which will be able to seat 32 riders back to back for a capacity of 450 passengers per hour. The pendulums will swing back and forth while progressively increasing in height, reaching a peak of 81 feet and 45 mph, including 230 degrees of rotation.
"I remember my daddy and grandaddy talking about the old barnstormers that used to do all kinds of crazy stunts above the fields where they'd work crops," said Dolly Parton. "My new Barnstormer ride offers folks those same breathtaking moments, high in the sky above Dollywood. And I've recreated a critter-themed barnyard that reminds me of growing up on the farm here in the Smoky Mountains!"
The Barnstormer will have a 48-inch height requirement, and will be located in a barnyard-themed area. The new area will include play areas for kids, including a 22-foot by 16-foot bi-plane play area and a pig pen water play area, all located around around a red barn that serves as a nod to Parton's upbringing.
The Barnstormer will be adjacent to the Mountain Sidewinder, which opened in 1987, and will open along with the new area in March 2011 in time for Dollywood's 26th season.