Dollywood adding new rides in 2017

Courtesy: Dollywood via WATE
Courtesy: Dollywood via WATE

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Dollywood is adding three new attractions and two new special events to their park. The parks’ 2017 additions are all part of Parton’s $300 million investment in Dollywood announced in 2013.

“As everybody already knows, family is very important to me,” Dolly Parton explained. “These days, there doesn’t seem to be enough time for families to be together, whether you’re a just a couple like me and Carl or you have 12 kids like my family did growing up. That’s why we continue to add all these new rides and shows for families to experience together.

In summer 2017, Dollywood said they will add Drop Line, a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish.

They said the drop tower ride will lift guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush.

“We have something for everyone, but even more important, we have something for you AND your family. We’re adding so much this year; I’m calling 2017 ‘the year of the family,’” said Parton.

Also in summer 2017, a new junior coaster is opening in Summer 2017. Dollywood says Whistle Punk Chaser throws thrilling twists and turns for “younger loggers,” helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the Thunderhead wooden coaster.