When someone uses the word roller coaster in a conversation with you, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s screaming down the track at breakneck speeds, spinning upside down, twists, turns, zero Gs, max Gs. You name it, it’s all about the thrill of the ride. What if I told you that when you ride Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, one of the most unique attractions in Gatlinburg, TN, that you get to decide if you want to let ‘or reap or glide easily! That’s a whole different experience!
You Are in Control
How many roller coasters do you know where you are in charge of your speed? None! No surprise; Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is unique in that the driver of the car has full control of the brakes and can set his own speed. The track itself winds its way down the side of a mountain with plenty of drops and turns, allowing for a different ride every time you go.
If you want to go all out, you can reach speeds of up to 30-35 mph. Don’t worry though; in some ways it’s like riding in the pipe as there are safety rails along both sides of the track where necessary, to ensure your safety. Plus, you are buckled into the car. You have the choice between a single seat car or you can add a friend, a child, or that special someone in a two-seat car. The person up front maintains control.
The Track is Silent
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster offers one more unique feature. Once you reach the top of the first hill, the only thing propelling you along the track is gravity. The specially constructed track keeps the ride silent from top to bottom. Not only does this make the ride more pleasant, but the lack of noise helps to not scare away the local wildlife. You just never know what you might see on the way down!
Now take this experience a step further. The local fauna is allowed to grow right up to the track. The only time it is trimmed back, is if it interferes with the safe operation of the coaster. Imagine being able to slow down or even stop the car so you can take in the beauty of the area; maybe even take a picture.
Day, Night, Just Ride
Whether you want to cruise down the track at top speed, or ride “lazy river” style and spend time enjoying the sights, you can ride Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster at your own pace. Daylight rides are fun, but at night the coaster comes alive; making it one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg.
The track is lit from top to bottom by thousands of tiny LED lights, so you can see where you are going. Ride fast and they look like stars flashing past at warp speed, like you might see in a Hollywood movie.
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster welcomes you! Ticket prices are $16 for a single rider, $27 for double riders, $24 for parent and child, and an extra $8 for those who want to ride again. So come for a day ride, then come back to take it nice and slow while you enjoy the lights and the night air at your own speed.