Barnstormer (ride)

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This article is about the ride at Dollywood. For the junior coaster at Walt Disney World, see The Barnstormer.

Barnstormer
Dollywood
Area Owen's Farm
Status Operating
Opening date March 28, 2011 (3 years ago) (2011-03-28)
General statistics
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Model Screamin' Swing
Height 81 ft (25 m)
Drop 110 ft (34 m)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Capacity 450 riders per hour
Vehicles 2
Riders per vehicle 16
Rows 2
Riders per row 8
Duration 1 minute
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Restraints Lap bar
Virtual queue
Q2Q available
Must transfer from wheelchair

Barnstormer is a thrill ride at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.[1] It is located in Owen's Farm section of the park. It opened on March 28, 2011. It cost $5.5 million and is Dollywood's first S&S Worldwide amusement ride.

The ride was made famous in June 2012 by a viral YouTube video[2] of a father and daughter riding twice. The video was featured on national media outlets including the Huffington Post.[3]

Specifications[edit]

Barnstormer is a Screamin' Swing type ride built by S&S Worldwide, and installed by Ride Entertainment Group.[4] The structure itself is 81 feet (25 m) tall at its highest point. It consists of two swinging arms, both 70 feet (21 m) tall, seating 16 across and 16 back to back (32 total). At full swing, the ends of the arms approach 110 feet (34 m) high off the ground, and achieve a maximum velocity of 45 mph (72 km/h). The ride lasts about one minute, and can accommodate 450 passengers per hour. Riders must be 48 in (120 cm) or taller. Riders are restrained by a lap bar.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barnstormer". Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ bwinkeler1 (June 13, 2011). "Never Again, Grace". YouTube. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ (uncredited) (June 25, 2011). "'Never Again, Grace Elizabeth': Dad Is Terrified On Dollywood Ride, Daughter Loves It (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ ThrillNetwork Editor (October 2010). "Dollywood's newest ride". Dollywood Company. Retrieved February 16, 2012.