So Screamscape is reporting this...
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Screamscape wrote:2012 - Possible New Coaster - Rumor Only - (10/26/10) The latest Dollywood rumors suggest that the park is toying around with a couple of ideas for new coaster projects for 2012. Apparently they’ve asked S&S and Premier for a few different ideas for their next coaster, which to me says that they may be looking into something with a launch. Given the popularity of S&S’s PowderKeg at Silver Dollar City, it could be that Dollywood may be hoping to add a similar ride to their playbook. With all the focus going to the back end of the park for the last several years, I’m hearing that they are looking to breathe some new life into some of the more older areas that could use a little new traffic like near the train station, or in Jukebox Junction near the car ride, or perhaps along the hillside where the Mountain Slidewinder sits. Again, no plans are final yet… though I would suppose they would try to narrow it down very soon, perhaps at IAAPA in November.
What kind of coaster would you suppose Dollywood is going for? My guess is either a "Sky Rocket" style system which would be a nice addtion to the park. But one could only dream of seeing one of the new S&S launchers that are popping up in China. (Yes I know Powder Keg is technically "one of those China style launchers).
But when it comes to the type of launch coaster, hopefully Dollywood would go with the more reliable LSM launch system instead of air powered.
Or may be we could be seeing a new style of coaster like the...S & S Free Fly