Dollywood to add $17.5 million roller coaster in 2007

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - Dolly Parton is putting some more big
curves into her Dollywood theme park. And some big dips and spins,
Tennessee's top tourist draw will add a $17.5 million steel
roller coaster called "Mystery Mine" in 2007, the country singer
and actress announced Friday. It's the biggest single capital
investment in the park's 21-year history.
"I've had to keep my big mouth shut about the Mystery Mine, but
I can tell you now," Dolly said. "It's the most exciting thing to
come out of these hills in a long, long time."
The coaster, with the theme of an abandoned coal mine, will take
riders on a 2½-minute trip featuring a weightless inversion known
as a "heart-line roll," a double inversion known as a "rollover
loop" and a kind of half-loop climb, turn and plunge perfected by
combat pilots in World War I.
The 1,811-foot coaster will cover an acre and join Dollywood's
other major coaster, the wooden Thunderhead.

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