March 28, 2014
2 launches. 1 chain lift. Airtime hills galore. A wild mouse turn off the lift. Where do we start? Fire Chaser Express at Dollywood is just awesome. This was one of our most-anticipated 2014 rides and it definitely lived up to the hype. It was also one of the most fun attractions we have been a part of. Herschend Family Entertainment, Dollywood’s parent company, is a great partner. When they buy a ride they theme it to the hilt and Fire Chaser was not different. The ride pays homage to fire fighters across the country and is designed for families to have fun together- what a great combination.
We love this ride for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is the fact that it is just not like anything else out there. Is it a mine train? Is it a launch coaster? Is it a family coaster? Yes, it is a little bit of all three. My personal favorite part of the ride is the launch out of the station. Kids are gripping the restraints with trepidation, even their parents don’t quite know what to expect. All of the sudden, the fire lights spin red around the walls and in matter of seconds the tire drives accelerate the ride out of the station and onto the course. I really love the little figure-eight that precedes the lift. The rest of the layout is riddled with surprises and I don’t want to spoil them for you. Suffice it to say, Fire Chaser Express is an awesome family ride. If you are a ride junkie, nerd or enthusiast you need to book a ticket to Pigeon Forge. Now.