Hey there! As im sure you heard, Dollywood keeps getting bigger and as part of their expansion plans they recently opened their newest roller coaster addition, Big Bear Mountain!. The coaster is located in the Wildwood Grove’s area of the theme park, which is also one of the newest areas, right next to the Dragonflier. Big Bear Mountain is not only the longest roller coaster at Dollywood Park, but it also has moderate thrills that are perfect for families with kiddos of different ages. This triple launching family coaster is one of our favorites in the park, and im sure you will love it too!.
Comparison Of The Big Bear Mountain To Other Dollywood Coasters.
|Big Bear Mountain||39”||48|
|Whistle Punk Chaser||36”||16|
Dollywood’s Big Bear Mountain Ride review
As you are walking to the coaster, you are able to see the orange tracks way before you even get close to the entrance, this is because it is Dollywood’s longest roller coaster at the moment. Ride time is about 2 minutes. After you pass the Dragonflier coaster and make a left, you will see the Big Bear Mountain sign and entrance!
We love all the details they have as you wait in line. Most of it is covered and made to feel as if you are going inside of Explorers tents. As you walk trough the queue, you can see the black bear posters, camping gear, it really feels like you are part of it and getting ready to go on an adventure as well. They really did a great job with the queue.
As you get closer to boarding, you will see the ride vehicles also match the theme of the queue and coaster, they look like four wheel drive SUVs. On this ride you sit 2 people per row, it has 10 rows for a total of 20 riders per train. After everyone is checked for safety, you are off on your Big Bear Adventure!.
As the ride takes off, it speeds up right away, the G-forces make you feel weightless one moment and pressed back into your seat the next. What sets Big Bear Mountain apart from other coasters is its immersive experience and the 3 separate launches. The onboard audio brings the story to life. With Ned Oakley’s voice guiding you through the expedition in search of the legendary big bear!. It felt like a real adventure. The audio really enhanced every twist and drop!.
For my family, the best part of Big Bear Mountain was that its family friendly. With three kids of different ages, we are normally splitting up to go to different rides. With Big Bear Mountain we can all ride together since it is not too intense, it has max speeds of 48 mph and the biggest track elevation is 66 ft.
My 13 year old loved the speed and twists. My 9 year old loved that its so smooth and it doesn’t have big drops or go upside down. Even my 4 year old, who just reached the height requirement, had a great time. I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried he was going to be scared and not want to go on any others ride after, but he had a blast!.
How Does Technology enhance the Experience?
Technology plays a big role in enhancing the ride experience on Big Bear Mountain. One unique feature this coaster has is the on-board audio, which immerses you in the story of the ride.
You’ll hear music and announcements from Ned Oakley, the resident wilderness explorer of Wildwood Grove and caretaker of Benjamin Bear. He will guide you on your quest to find the Big Bear. With each twist and turn, the audio keeps you engaged in the story, making it feel like you’re part of an adventure.
What are the Requirements to Ride Dollywood’s Big Bear Mountain Coaster?
Big Bear Mountain Roller Coaster is a must try for thrill seekers and families looking for an unforgettable family friendly expedition. Get ready to scream, laugh, and create memories, have fun!.