Of all the activities to try in Gatlinburg, the Mountain Coaster is at the top of the list for many reasons. The unique silent track that lets you get up close and personal with wildlife; the ability to control your speed so that all your party has a great time; or the fact that you can ride again for a discount the same day: All of these are things that make the Coaster amazing.
But there’s one thing about the Mountain Coaster that turns amazing into magic. That is the ability for riders to experience the coaster at night!
What A Nighttime Mountain Coaster Ride is Like
When you first board the Mountain Coaster at night and get strapped in, you’ll notice right away that the track on either side of you is lit with Christmas lights. Don’t worry, they won’t run out – the lights cover the entire track right up to the end. Then, as the coaster climbs to the top of the first hill, you may look around and notice that the skyline of Gatlinburg is now being silhouetted by the sunset in a way that you may never have seen before.
Then you’ll plunge into the dark track, using the brake as you see fit to control your speed. If you want to fly through the night without touching the brake, be their guest. If you’d rather take your time, you can do that too. You may even see a few nocturnal creatures.
Thrilling Nighttime Things to Do in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg does offer its fair share of nightlife, including live music, bars, and similar venues. However, those usually aren’t family friendly. With the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, you can include most all of your family in the fun! Any child over the height of 38 inches can ride the coaster with supervision, and any child over 56 inches can ride solo. This includes when there is moisture on the track, when the sun is setting, or in other conditions.
This is also a great way to switch up your usual date night routine. Forget the movies and dinner – try something that gets your partner’s blood pumping. The fairy lights along the track make it just romantic enough to be a date, while the fun mountain coaster atmosphere is unique and interesting. We can guarantee it’s not a date they’ll ever have experienced.
You’ll Want to Ride the Mountain Coaster Again
Want to remember your time on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster forever? Post your selfie or other photo to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CoasterMoments. Your image could be featured on our page, and we love to see that you enjoyed your night on the coaster! And don’t forget to come back in the daylight to enjoy it again.