Dollywood's new attraction for 2014 will be FireChaser Express, set to open in March. Located where the Adventure Mountain ropes course once stood, it will be the nation's first dual-launch family coaster.
Traveling forward and backward on a winding 2,427-foot track, three 14-passenger trains will catapult riders from zero to 16 mph in 1.1 seconds going forward and then launch backward from zero to 20 mph in two seconds. The 39-inch minimum height requirement will allow many four-year-olds to ride.
The family-friendly FireChaser Express is meant to celebrate the volunteer-based fire departments of the 1940s who protected the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park.