DOLLYWOOD ANNOUNCES LAUNCHED WOODEN COASTER

Dollywood has announced that Lightning Rod, the world's first launched wooden coaster, will open in 2016.  We knew that Dollywood was getting a new coaster but didn't know that it would be something this unique.  Lightning Rod is themed after a 1950's hot rod and in addition to a 20-story launch features a 165-foot drop, 90+-degree banked turn and non-inverting half loop among other elements.    It's looking like a very cool ride.  Video courtesy of Dollywood.