What’s the Difference Between Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster & a Traditional Coaster Ride?

When some people hear the word “roller coaster,” they imagine a big, rickety structure with a few loop-de-loops and a big drop, and others think of a brand new model that spins them upside down as their feet dangle. The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is something altogether different. It’s a thrilling experience, for sure, but this is a mountain coaster. Here you can meet your need for speed without crazy spins and loops, and all in the beautiful environment of the Smoky Mountains!

Is it the Amazing Surroundings?

Every roller coaster is going to get the wind blowing through your hair, but not every roller coaster offers you the clean and crisp breezes of the Smoky Mountain forests. This mountain coaster is silent, too, which means there’s no loud mechanical noises to distract you from the birds chirping, the leaves rustling, and all the natural beauty the Smokies region has to offer. The coaster is high enough that it offers a few views of scenic Gatlinburg, as well. You can catch them as you zoom on by, or stop the cart and grab a photo of the view before you head on down the mountain.

Is it That You’re the Boss?

This mountain coaster goes fast – up to 31 miles an hour, if you’d like it to. Maybe that sounds amazing to you, but maybe that’s not your style. The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster has a handbrake on each cart, and the pace is yours to set. Some roller coasters don’t give you that option, but the Coaster offers you honest-to-goodness thrills without the fear factor.

Is it That It’s in Awesome Gatlinburg?

Most roller coasters are located at amusement parks, and amusement parks are fun, but there’s something special about riding the Mountain Coaster and being able to exit at the bottom, out into all the best attractions in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg has great shopping, including specialty stores offering local crafts and delicacies, distillery tours, and art galleries, as well as fun local attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Westgate Wild Bear Falls waterpark, and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Outdoor activities like camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting are just a hop, skip, and a jump away, as well. Once you ride down to the end of the Mountain Coaster, the town of Gatlinburg is yours to explore!

Letting us know what you think also makes the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster special! Use the hashtag #CoasterMoments on Facebook and Instagram, and you’ll connect with the Mountain Coaster team, as well as other fans who have found something unique about the Coaster that they love. Haven’t taken the plunge and ridden the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster yet? Purchase tickets online and get ready to see for yourself why this is a one-of-a-kind experience and one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg!