Here’s the press release from Ober Gatlinburg:
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (July 16, 2014)— Ober Gatlinburg is proud to announce the addition of an exciting, year round adventure attraction, the ADG Mountain Coaster, opening in the fall of 2014. Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area will be a fabulous setting for the coaster which is nestled just below the peak of Mt. Harrison. Offering guests an activity of this caliber will increase enjoyment for all visitors who are seeking a new thrill with fantastic views. Ober Gatlinburg is partnering with ADG, Inc., of Cohoes NY, the leading manufacturer of mountain coasters and slides in the US, to bring this attraction to the top of Ski Mountain Road. The ride will last approximately 5 1⁄2 minutes and cover nearly 4000 feet. Construction will begin near the end of July and the ride is projected to open in late fall of 2014.
The mountain coaster will depart near the Tubing Park and begin with a tranquil uphill ride through woods that border the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Once at the top, riders will be whisked down adrenaline pumping turns, dips, zigs, zags, corkscrews and G-force action adventures. Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience and is great for any age. Children, parents and grandparents can comfortably enjoy the ride and choose their own pace down the mountain. Enjoy the high- speed adventure, hugging every turn and dip as you zoom down the mountain at speeds up to 25 MPH, or choose a more relaxed pace suitable to your enjoyment level.
Designed for comfort, the unique ADG Mountain Coaster carts provide a more secure and comfortable ride with room for two riders, higher back rests and shorter brake levers for easier handling and control. Whatever speed is chosen, the ADG coaster is top rated for safety and designed with a built-in collision avoidance and seatbelt monitoring system.
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park is Tennessee’s only ski Area and continues to be a favored year-round destination. The upcoming 2014-2015 season will mark Ober Gatlinburg’s 53rd year as a snow sports area, offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter and an alpine slide, scenic chairlift, chair swing, maze, water raft rides and mini golf in the summer. The Mountain Coaster will join the Wildlife Encounter, Arcade and Ober’s Indoor Ice Rink as a year-round attraction.
Ober’s 5th annual Oktoberfest will begin on September 26th and run through November 2nd. Guests can enjoy multiple show times of The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band everyday while indulging in authentic German cuisine at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant. Each weekend of Oktoberfest, Ober’s Bier Garten will feature different German Biers and Wines with fun and games for the entire family.