Roller coaster fans are now only days away from getting one of the hottest seats in town—a ride on the brand-new Wild Eagle roller coaster at Dollywood. The $20 million steel-wing coaster is the first of its kind in the U.S. The coaster’s innovative floorless design seats passengers four abreast in a forward-facing position, with two riders actually seated on each “wing” along either side of the coaster’s track. That means there’s nothing but air above and below them.
Perched on the park’s highest peak, Wild Eagle rises 21 stories into the sky. Taking off from the Wilderness Pass area, riders experience the sensation of flight as the coaster’s massive track swoops and soars along a journey that measures 3,127 feet. Wild Eagle reaches a top speed of 61 miles per hour and maneuvers four inversions including a giant loop, a zero-G roll and a giant flat spin.
Wild Eagle’s nearly two-and-a-half minute journey includes a plummeting 135-foot first drop. Located 210 feet above the coaster’s loading station, the ride provides spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains terrain below. Each coaster train consists of seven cars that carry four passengers each, for a total of 28 people per train. Each vehicle features an imposing bald eagle with piercing eyes and broad wings outstretched for flight.
If you’re planning a trip to Dollywood this year to check out Wild Eagle or any of the park’s rides, we invite you to stay in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins, which offer all the amenities of home while keeping you close to all the action.