My Family’s Favorite Ride at Dollywood

Picture hopping into the passenger seat of a 1950s-era hot rod and then in the blink of an eye, going from 0-45 miles per hour and up 20 stories. That’s what Lightning Rod at Dollywood is all about. It speeds down the 165-foot drop at 73 mph (the fastest speed for a wood roller coaster in the world!)

When my husband and I first went on the ride, we had no idea what to expect. We were calm, cool & collected…

Well… what can I say? It was AWESOME!

Dollywood is right when they call it an “adrenaline-charged lap through the trees in the hills and valleys surrounding Dollywood.” We actually had 20 seconds of airtime! I couldn’t wait to bring our kids for a try on it! Our oldest son loved it like we did. We waited in line to get the front seat and he was blown away by the speed of the roller coaster. He asked to go on it again and again. (This is right up there with Wild Eagle in his mind.)

On my next trip to Dollywood, with my mom & sister-in-law, we tried it again.
This is the before picture… I should have asked someone to take an after one. Haha!

We have many favorites at Dollywood, but for me and my family, this one takes the cake. It was exciting and unexpected. I can’t wait to try this ride at night (on our next trip). One of my favorite things is to stay at Dollywood when it is dark outside and go on the roller coasters… I’m not sure what it is, but it brings a whole new level of excitement to the rides.

Do you know the story behind it?
Johnny Rev, as his friends affectionately call him, grew up with adrenaline coursing through his veins. His family’s reputation was built on years of spinning wrenches and tuning engines, and now Johnny is the go-to guy for those with an unquenchable need for speed. Never one to settle, each of Johnny’s hot rods is more impressive than the one before. Finally, after months of tinkering, Johnny invites Dollywood guests to sit behind the wheel for the first test drive of Lightning Rod, his newest flashy, world record-breaking creation. (read more here)

If you haven’t tried this ride yet- what are you waiting for? It’s amazing, fast, fun, thrilling and all around a BLAST! Go for it!

Ps- Planning a trip this spring? Check out Dollywood’s Spring Guide to help you plan your visit 🙂 Find more info here.

By | 2021-07-14T13:22:31-04:00 April 19th, 2017|Thrill Rides|0 Comments

About the Author:

Becky Mansfield (Dollywood Insider 2016-2017) knows that with four kids, she needs to find time to be with each of them individually while also being intentional to spend time together as a family. As a busy mom, blogger (Your Modern Family), author and therapist, Becky works to share ideas that help bring families together to create experiences and conversations that will create lasting memories. Becky says her family makes the trek from North Carolina to Pigeon Forge because Dollywood is different: they say the love they feel when her family visits Dollywood and stays at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is unmatched. She looks forward to telling you more about her Dollywood experiences as an Insider.
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