Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, gaining $25M roller coaster

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Big Bear Mountain is scheduled to open at Dollywood in Spring 2023.

Big Bear Mountain is scheduled to open at Dollywood in Spring 2023.

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The newest addition to Dollywood Parks & Resorts is the $25 million Big Bear Mountain, nearly 4,000-foot. long roller coaster.

Guests will embark on an unforgettable expedition through the Smokey Mountains in search of the elusive “Big Bear.” Big Bear Mountain, at 3,990 feet becomes the longest roller coaster at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and marks the expansion of Dollywood’s newest area, Wildwood Grove.

In addition to becoming the longest roller coaster at Dollywood, Big Bear Mountain also marks the first attraction at the park to feature on-board audio. The sound system provides auditory thrills to match the ride’s dynamic movements as guests come daringly close to Big Bear.

“The Smokies are all about adventure and going exploring,” Dolly Parton said in a statement. “I’m excited our guests will be able to head out on their own trip into the Smokies to see if they can find that Big Bear.”

Big Bear Mountain is slated to open in Spring 2023 Guests ready to join in the excitement can pre-register for a 2023 Dollywood season pass by visiting Dollywood.com/2023SP from Aug. 5-Sept. 30.

Those who register during this time receive the guaranteed lowest price on passes, as well as access to an exclusive ride event for Big Bear Mountain.