Thunderhead is a wooden roller coaster located at Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The coaster, which was the anchor attraction of the new “Thunderhead Gap” section (now Timber Canyon), opened on April 3, 2004, to much critical acclaim. Thunderhead boasts 22 turns and 32 crossovers, and utilizes GCI’s Millennium Flyer trains, used on all GCI coasters since 1999. Thunderhead is also the first roller coaster to feature a station flyby.
Park section Timber Canyon
Coordinates 35°47′48″N 83°31′55″W
Opening date April 3, 2004
($9.48 million in 2019 dollars)
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Designer Mike Boodley
Track layout Twister roller coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 100.4 ft (30.6 m)
Drop 100 ft (30 m)
Length 3,230 ft (980 m)
Speed 53.7 mph (86.4 km/h)
Max vertical angle 60°
Height restriction 48–76 in (122–193 cm)
Trains 12 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
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