There are so many things to do in Gatlinburg; it could take you several vacations here to enjoy them all. But for those of you who live with FOMO, or the “fear of missing out,” it can be hard to know which attractions to visit. One of the most popular attractions has to be the nearby mountain roller coaster. After spending a day or two hitting the museums, the horseback rides, and checking out the scenery via car as you drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s time for a little excitement.
Take a Mountain Roller Coaster Ride While the Sun Shines
The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is like no other coaster you have ever been on. Gone are the clunky chain drives pulling you up a huge steep climb to the top of the first drop. No more slamming on of the automatic brakes built into the tracks to help keep your speed under control. You don’t have to allow your fear of heights and high speeds keep you from having fun anymore.
In fact, this is one of the most rider-friendly coasters in the country. You start out at the top of the ride with a slight push over the small hump in the track at the top of the ride. Gravity takes over from this point as the tracks twist and turn on their way down the mountain. If all the noise and craziness of those massive high-speed coasters leave you feeling like you are missing out because you aren’t comfortable riding them, the mountain roller coaster may be just what you are looking for.
A Quiet Ride All the Way Down
The Gatlinburg Mountain Roller Coaster uses special tracks and gravity to ensure your ride to the bottom is virtually silent. Where some roller coasters use multiple chain drives and noisy mechanical braking systems to make your ride as intense as possible, this coaster avoids all of this in order to make it more fun for everyone. The track itself twists back and forth as you ride down the side of the mountain on rubber wheels and a silent track.
If going too fast has always been one of the biggest reasons you have avoided riding roller coasters, with this coaster, you never have to worry about going faster than you can handle. Each of the cars — both single-seat and doubles — come equipped with brakes you can use to control your speed all the way to the end of the ride. You can take it easy and enjoy a nice gentle ride that lets you take in the scenery at your own pace, or if you are feeling brave, you can leave the brake in the off position and let the car barrel ahead. The cars reach a maximum speed of approximately 35 mph, which is enough for you to feel the wind in your hair, but not so crazy it makes you feel uncomfortable.
At the Gatlinburg Mountain Roller Coaster, we give you the opportunity to overcome that fear of missing out on a good time by offering you a coaster that puts you in total control. Once you ride this coaster for the first time, you will come back time and again. To make it even better, there is a discount for all consecutive rides on the same day, and this is one of the many things to do in Gatlinburg that is open all year round come sun, rain, or snow.
Ride Again at Night
Once you’ve had your fun during the day, why not pick up your discounted night ride tickets and bring the family back for one last ride at night? We turn on the thousands of tiny lights lining the track from top to bottom; they look amazing as you fly down the track. If you have a FOMO (fear of missing out) on the best things to do in Gatlinburg, squash it by visiting us online or calling us at (865) 430-5577 to buy your advance tickets.