FireChaser Express

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FireChaser Express
FireChase Express Logo.png
Dollywood
Park section Wilderness Pass
Status Operating
Opening date March 22, 2014 (2014-03-22)
Replaced Adventure Mountain
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Model Custom
Lift/launch system Dual-Launch, Chain lift hill
Height 72 ft (22 m)
Length 2,427 ft (740 m)
Speed 34.5 mph (55.5 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:19
Capacity 750 riders per hour
Acceleration 0 to 16 mph (26 km/h) in 1.1 secs
0 to 20 mph (32 km/h) in 2 secs
Height restriction 39 in (99 cm)
Trains Gerstlauer trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 14 riders per train.
FireChaser Express at RCDB
Pictures of FireChaser Express at RCDB

FireChaser Express is a steel family launched roller coaster at the Dollywood amusement park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The ride's revealing was part of a large announcement made on August 21, 2013. The roller coaster opened on March 22, 2014.[1]

History[edit]

A trademark for the name "FireChaser Express" was filed on August 8, 2013.[2] The attraction was official announced in the morning of August 21.[3] The ride will be installed by Ride Entertainment Group, who handles all of Gerstlauer's operations in the Western Hemisphere.[4][5]

In Summer 2013, ground clearance began for the new attraction. A sign was erected near the site with the words "Coming in 2014: The next big adventure... It'll be a blast!"

FireChaser Express opened to the public on March 22, 2014.[6]

Story[edit]

The ride is themed around the fictional Volunteer Fire Station 7 and its fire chief, Pete Embers. Pete is a man of considerable patience and he's always more than happy to let sleeping dogs lie, except when the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains and their forests are endangered. Lately, he's had to deal with local businessman and eccentric fireworks enthusiast "Crazy" Charlie Cherribaum and his Gas Station and Fireworks Emporium. Because of an increase in dry lightning in the area, Charlie has taken to calling Fire Station 7 on a daily basis, asking them to come out whenever he sees the slightest hint of smoke. To deal with Charlie while leaving his regular volunteers available to deal with real emergencies, Chief Embers has recently decided to deputize almost everyone in town to keep an eye on Charlie and his latest creation, the Big Bertha firecracker, which is rumored (by Charlie) to be the most powerful firecracker anybody in town has ever seen; this claim has driven Pete over the edge, and now he's looking for any excuse to have Charlie and his business shut down.

Ride[edit]

FireChaser Express' theme is based off the several volunteer-based fire departments surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1940s.[1] After a brief message from Fire Chief Embers, the station's siren goes off as the "truck" launches out of the station and navigates a few curves before hitting the chain lift. 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 and navigates through Crazy Charlie's fireworks testing range before hitting an s-bend and entering Charlie Cherribaum's Gasoline and Fireworks Emporium, through the storage warehouse. Charlie panics, saying he sees smoke, but then dismisses it as a result of his paranoia as a spark ignites a box of firecrackers and a few tanks of gas. The fire catches Charlie by surprise, and he tells the volunteers (riders) to watch out for Big Bertha and to leave the building; as he says this, a large firecracker labeled "Big Bertha" falls into a position where it points directly at the train, and the fire ignites the fuse, which begins to throw sparks. As the fireworks start to go off, the room fills with smoke and a series of loud bangs are heard as the train accelerates backwards onto a different track, where it navigates a few more turns and passes underneath another fire tower before hitting the final brake run. Fire Chief Embers praises the work of the volunteers as the train in the station is launched. The track switches again as the train backs into the station, where riders unload and exit the station. The track length is 2,427 feet (740 m).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harrington, Carly (August 21, 2013). "DreamMore Resort: Dolly Parton announces $300M Dollywood expansion on Today Show". WPTV. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Firechaser Express". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ McMahan, Dana (August 21, 2013). "Dollywood to get $300 million upgrade". NBC Today. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gerstlauer busy in 2011". Park World Magazine. 29 December 2010. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Projects". Ride Entertainment Group. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Osborne, J. H. (March 21, 2014). "Dollywood opens with spectacular new FireChaser Express". TimesNews. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 35°47′41″N 83°31′48″W / 35.7947°N 83.5301°W / 35.7947; -83.5301