One of the best thrills in Sevier County is located across from Dollywood. I finally got a chance to try Rocky Top Mountain Coaster last night and it was so much fun. In fact, I rode it twice! This place is really special, especially in October. Come and take a ride down the mountain with me (as they say) at the speed of fright.
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster has a Halloween themed experience right now, but don’t be worried if you don’t like that kind of thing. It was very family friendly.
When I pulled into the parking lot, I could see the lights and hear the sound effects from above. I have always wanted to take a coaster ride in the evening for an enhanced experience.
It is easy to find the ticket booth and the facilities.
There is a spacious area for people to relax and observe if they want to just wait and watch loved ones ride the coaster.
Good information here.
I highly recommend the ‘re-ride’ option because you will want to ride again. I rode twice and could have gone one more time. You notice new things each time that you ride and experiment with your speed. So much to see and enjoy!
Let the attendant know if you want ‘the scares’ or not. I opted for the non-scary ride and relaxed knowing that I didn’t have to be so nervous. Also, I enjoyed hearing other riders get the ‘scares.’ I found it amusing and laughed out loud on several occasions. They do a wonderful job!
This is the boarding area. It is pretty straightforward. You get in, put on the seatbelt, and get instructions on braking and how to push levers forward at the top of hills. There were over 52 people in line in front of me; yet, I was on my coaster in under 15 minutes. Don’t worry if there seems to be long line because it will move quickly.
The attendants are in costume, but are nice and put everyone at ease…for the moment.
The couple in front were riding at night for the first time.
If you don’t want to be scared then you wear a glow necklace so the actors see you coming and leave you alone. It was chilly so I hoped that they could see it over my neck wrap.
The first hill gives you a nice look over the property. It is a relaxing pace and not too fast.
Here is a Time Lapse video of the first part of the mountain coaster ride.
There are October sound effects and scenes that glow in the dark.
I like the lighting on the track and ominously humorous signs. It is very dark, but you zoom right along following the track lighting.
It is fun to see scenes in the distance and wonder what you will see there.
At this point, you want the coaster to go a little faster until you see what is ahead.
The lights add to the thrilling experience. I just noticed that my sled reflects the lighting as well.
I usually ‘granny it’ down a hill on rides like this, using the brake with a heavy hand; yet, I found myself going full speed at certain points and using one hand on the brake and one for photos. I felt very safe and in control. I wanted to feel the full speed of it at times. Then, I realized that it is actually a roller coaster without the big drops. Great fun!
It was fun to ride through a barn. On your first ride, you will wonder what awaits you there.
It reminded me of Disney’s Haunted Mansion scenes—Smoky Mountain style.
Nine minutes later, I was off and in the gift shop. There is a place during the ride that takes your picture. I saw the sign, but didn’t notice a flash.
Because I didn’t know there was a camera taking my photo, this is my real facial expression as I took off downhill.
In summary, Rocky Top Mountain Coaster will be great fun for all ages and family members. Night rides will offer a special experience enhanced by lights and darkness. The ride lasts over 9 minutes and utilizes 4 hills and descents. This was a long ride, in my opinion, but it will leave you wanting more so consider doing the ‘ride again’ option.
To see up to date information on the schedule and special events, go to the Facebook page
There is a website as well. http://rockytopcoaster.com
I can’t wait to ride this coaster again. In fact, I think that I could ride it frequently and not get tired of it. Let me know when you go because I may want to tag along.