Are you up to experience the same breathtaking moments that stunt pilots in the 1920s might have as they zoomed over the fields?. Get ready for both positive and negative G-forces and 230 degrees of rotation at a max speed of 45 miles per hour. At its peak, the Barnstormer reaches 81 feet in the air! If you’re a thrill seeker and want an experience that will push your limits, The Barnstormer at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is the ride you’ve been waiting for.

What’s it Like to Ride Dollywood’s Barnstormer? (Review)

As you walk through Owens Farm, you won’t miss the towering presence of Barnstormer. This huge swing ride stands at an astounding 81 feet. The entrance to the Barnstormer is to the side of the big, red barn. This ride has two pendulum arms, each of them accommodates 16 passengers seated back to back. Once its your turn to board and take a seat, you’ll find yourself secured by a lap bar. After everyone is checked for safety, you are off!.

The Barnstormer experience is a roller coaster of emotions. The Rotations that push you 230 degrees with every twist and turn will have you screaming either in terror or joy. As you go up, you’ll find yourself staring at the sky with your feet dangling above your head. But in a matter of seconds, you’re plummeting back to earth, in a freefall that feels thrilling and terrifying at the same time. 

How Intense is Dollywood’s Barnstormer?

If you want an intense ride that challenges your limits, Barnstormer is for you. If you’re scared of heights, if the thought of fast rotations makes you queasy, or if you have motion sickness, you should skip this ride. I do not recommend taking the younger kiddos on this ride, but that’s my personal opinion.

What are the Ride Requirements for Dollywood’s Barnstormer

Height requirement

This ride does have height restrictions. To ride Barnstormer, you need to be at least 48 inches tall. This is to make sure that riders can be safely secured by the lap bar restraints. There is no maximum height requirement.

Personal Belongings

For safety reasons, loose items such as hats, sunglasses, and phones are not allowed on Barnstormer. Most of the rides that don’t allow loose articles have cubbies where you can store them safely until you get back.

Health Conditions

Pregnant Mamas and riders with certain health conditions such as heart problems, neck or back issues, or motion sickness may want to skip this ride. This is because the Barnstormer has intense movements and high speeds, which could worsen pre existing conditions.

Age Restrictions

There are no specific age restrictions for the Barnstormer but I don’t recommend taking the younger kiddos on this ride. Its high speeds and inversions can be overwhelming for kids..


Riders may need companion assistance transferring to the ride vehicle. Barnstormer has a lift to assist Guests into the seat.

Limb Requirements and Amputations:

Riders with prosthesis are required to tell a Barnstormer Ride Host before boarding. Riders with one or two amputated legs above the knee may not ride. Prosthesis must be removed before riding unless permanently attached. Riders with one or two amputated legs below the knee may ride provided they have the ability to hold on with two functioning hands. Riders with one amputated arm or hand, with or without prosthesis, may ride provided they have the ability to hold on with one natural hand and to brace themselves with two functioning legs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does The Barnstormer Ride Last

The Barnstormer lasts about 1 – 2 minutes, It’s a short but its more than enough to give you a taste of what it was like to be an aviator of the past.

Is The Barnstormer Ride Scary For Younger Kids?

I Would not take a younger child on this ride. It’s considered a ride suitable for the older kiddos/teens, but it depends on their personal thrill tolerance. It’s pretty intense.

How High Does The Barnstormer Swing?

As you swing back and forth on this exciting ride,  get ready to soar 81 feet in the air!. 

How Long Is The Typical Wait Time For The Barnstormer?

The wait times for the Barnstormer can vary depending on the time of day, the season you’re visiting, and how busy the park is. On average, during peak hours and peak seasons, you might find yourself waiting around 20 to 30 minutes. You can always check the Dollywood App for live wait times.

Hold on tight, scream your heart out, and enjoy every moment, Have fun!.
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