The attraction offers night rides as well as day rides. General Manager Claudette Geoffrion concurs that excavation was the greatest expense in construction.
At the top the car is released and the rider propels down the mountain for a white-knuckle ride around hairpin turns at speeds as great as 30 miles per hour. It is 363' drop, 27mph and one mile worth of fun!
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Ride Day Or Night. Unlike roller coasters, which utilize mechanization, Alpine coasters, or mountain coasters, are gravity driven. Talk about a ride to remember!
Buy Tickets. Some wonder if mountain coasters will pop up across the region as profusely as zip lines have in recent years.
Unlike a roller coaster, riders control the speed of the sled using break levers, although anti-collision and other safety systems prevent dangerous riding. They ultimately landed on this location due to the perfect combination of accessibility, incredible views, and enough room to build the longest downhill track in the country.
The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is fun for everyone. Staff Score:. The staff starts out the day by throughly inspecting every inch of the one mile long stainless steel track. Skip to content Toggle navigation. Blog We invite you to check out the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Blog for all the latest news and action, tips for getting the most out of your trip down the mountain, and loads of other helpful information.
The alpine coaster uses an innovative braking technology that provides excellent braking regardless of weather conditions. Once the riders are safely seat belted in, the car is pulled up the track and up the mountain by a cable.
Expect a 30 minute wait from 11 am to 2 pm during peak season.
Josef Wiegand, founder of German toboggan company Wiegand, is credited with developing the first Mountain Coaster to use parallel steel tracks.