So it's been announced, Dollywood is opening LIGHTNING ROD in 2016, the world's first launched wooden roller coaster.
45mph launch up a 20 storey hill
165ft drop at 73 degrees
Top speed of 73mph, making Lightning Rod the world's fastest wooden roller coaster
3800ft track length
12 airtime moments, making up 20 seconds of airtime in total
12 car trains with a capacity of 24 people per train
Several unique features including twin summit airtime hills, a 90+ degree banked wave turn, a 90+ degree outside banked turn, and a non inverting half loop.
Dollywood have as suspected, commissioned Rocky Mountain Construction to build the new ride, so looks like we can expect something VERY good to happen now! It's scheduled to open March 2016.