Dolly 2014 2Dolly Parton was on hand at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on March 22, as the park opened it’s 2014 season. Seems every year, lately, the park has had more than Dolly on that opening day. It has had a new roller coaster. This year, the sixth coaster was added to the theme park. FireChaser Express

Dolly 2014FireChaser Express theme is based on several volunteer fire departments that surrounded Smokey Mountains National Park in the 1940s. The ride starts out with a launch and a quick twist to right and left several times until reaching the lift hill, where it then slowly climbs the chain lift hill, the ride proceeds into a small curve drop into another curve then a drop into several camelbacks. After the camelbacks the train goes through a tower into several more camelbacks and curves before heading to an s-bend and a tunnel. The train enters into a brake run where it will quickly launch the train backwards onto a different path slowing down before leading into the switch track which brings you back to the station right after another train launches. The track length is 2,427 feet (740 m). [Source: Wikipedia]

Dolly Parton hosted ceremony opening the park's new family-friendly, double-launch roller coaster, FireChaser Express. Photo by J.H. OSBORNE

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I hope everyone gets a chance to visit Dollywood this summer. In addition to the rides, crafts, and good, Dolly always has a lot of entertainment, with several theaters throughout the park, and lots of shows scheduled every day.

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Dolly Parton was on hand at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on March 22, as the park opened it’s 2014 season. Seems every year, lately, the park has had more than Dolly on that opening day. It has had a new roller coaster. This year, the sixth coaster was...